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In 2008, Maxis, the creators and developers of the Sims series of video games, released Spore, a multi-genre single player “god game” for PC that allows users to create and interact with different alien species as they evolve to become a dominant life form and eventually a space captain.
The following year, an expansion pack was released called Spore: Galactic Adventures, which players can use to develop short “adventures,” or levels consisting of player-generated environments, creatures, buildings, and vehicles. Through http://www.spore.com, adventures and their components can be shared online.
To get users started, Maxis released several of its own adventures, including three starring unlucky best friends Clark and Stanley. In each adventure, the two attempt seemingly harmless activities but end up making a mistake that humorously and exaggeratedly causes their deaths.
Due to the simple formula pioneered by these levels, players began to make their own adventures starring Clark and Stanley. There is now an enormous amount of these levels shared on Spore.com. Though many users criticize their simplicity and frequent bad spelling and grammar, many C&S adventures are unique and humorous.
Clark and Stanley haters have formed a group on the Spore forum, and some have created anti-Clark and Stanley adventures, such as “Clark and Stanley-The Real Story” by Jaconan.
Many fan artworks featuring the characters can be found on <a href=“http://www.deviantart.com/” >Deviantart.
Here are examples of typical Clark and Stanley searches on Spore:
Because Spore is partnered with Youtube, videos of C&S levels being played can be found there.