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Reticulating Splines (including many derivative forms) is a phrase included in many Maxis games (or their non-Maxis successors), including SimCity (SimCity 2000 and later), SimCopter, The Sims, The Sims 2 and The Sims 3. The phrase is most often shown in text while on a load screen, though in its first appearance, in SimCity 2000, it was spoken by a female voice. The term has become a somewhat well known in-joke and reference to SimCity or Maxis games in general.
The words 'reticulate' and 'spline' both have dictionary definitions, which has led several people to determine a meaning for the phrase, such as "to make a network of curved elements." However, Will Wright stated in an interview that the term itself is meaningless, as SimCity 2000 does not reticulate splines when generating terrain; the phrase was included in the game because it "sounded cool." It has since been included in many Maxis games, mostly for humor, much like the references to llamas in multiple games.
Usage outside of Maxis gamesEdit
The phrase has since been featured in multiple other computer programs or websites, including:
- At the point of check-out, when purchasing items from the Cards Against Humanity online store
- Mozy, a data backup program
- Khan Academy, an educational website
- Udacity, an educational website
- As a splash screen on Minecraft, a first-person sandbox game
- While loading graph data on Google's Project Fi
- While loading lists in project management tracking software Asana
- Sporcle, a quiz website
- At the end of the Ubuntu installation process
- Hacknet, shown while first starting a game.