By now, many of you have lost yourselves or your loved ones to Spore. If you wish to seek out the origins of this vicious time sink, Maxis has posted almost a dozen prototype applications used to test particular aspects of the game while it was in development. The simulators of the simulator game, which are free to download (via Maxis or Big Download), don't exactly offer breathtaking gameplay, but they do provide a very interesting behind-the-scenes look at this years-long project.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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