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Spore: General / Poll: Have you had any issues with the patch?
« on: September 22, 2008, 03:55:49 am »
From the patch notes it seems the Spore team has released an awesome patch which addresses issues voiced by the community, so they are definately listening :)
However there has been some issues with the patch as well so I thought it'd be a good idea to see how many people are are having patch woes.
OpDDay2001 has made an excellent thread to hightlight the various specific issues, but this is more of a hand count to see how many has and hasn't had problems, and whether they have any mods installed to find out if there is a corelation.


UPDATE 23/09/08 @ 10:30AM GMT
Poll updated to include the option that you've not been able to install the patch at all.

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Spore: General / Ban/delete/replace creatures. Does it work, and how?
« on: September 09, 2008, 08:07:45 am »
Right. My problem is this:
I have several creatures from friends in my game that I don't want there. I love all the other stuff but don't care for a few. They don't offend me or anything, but I just don't like them.

What are my options?

Currently I can see two buttons in my sporepedia on the creatures - ban and delete. But delete is only active on my own creatures I can't delete ANY others. If I choose ban it asks me if I want to ban the creature from all my games and report it to EA! Yipes! No I don't want to bloody report Hydro (example), I just want ONE of his otherwise fine 300 creatures out of my one game :-X

I remember hearing that it should be possible to remove a creature from your universe and have it replaced by another (last time was 6 months ago or so). Is banning really the only way of doing that? It's so extreme.

I'm guessing I could manually delete the creature card manually outside the game, but what if I do WANT that creature in one of my savegames but not the other? And what's to keep it from being redownloaded next time I open spore?

Have I missed something? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Spore: General / I don't own my creatures from Spore CC in Spore?
« on: September 06, 2008, 12:50:41 am »
Right ok, I posted this somewhere else but with no luck so I'll try making a thread.

At first I had the license bug so I couldn't log in, so I just played offline. Then the servers started working and I could log into my online account *huzzah!*
BUT now it wouldn't show any of my creatures from the CC as my creations (only the new creature I'd made). They were still owned by this guy Necrox, who was apparantly not me.
I tried exiting Spore, moving the creatures to another folder, launching Spore again, then exiting Spore, moving them back and finally launching Spore yet again. Now the odd thing is that this had very limited success - 2 more of my old creatures registered as my own, but only 2 o_O They weren't the 2 newest either, it seemed completely random.
I tried editing another one and saving it, and yes it was saved correctly and I now own it, but it's not linked to the online one which has the comments  :-\ I'd very very much like to retain my comments and votes on all my creatures.

Does anyone have any suggestions ???

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Spore: General / Creature Phase Socializing
« on: September 05, 2008, 02:14:40 pm »
I've heard several people say that trying to impress other creatures is a bit two-dimensional because you basically have to have a higher score (at whatever social abilities you end up using) than the creature you're impressing, to stand a chance.

I may be wrong, but I seem to have found another dynamic which wasn't mentioned by those people: singling out.
Basically in much the same way as your own social stats increase by having a posse, so does the stats of other creatures. So if you're in the middle of their nest it can be almost IMPOSSIBLE to impress them, but if you single one that has strayed from the nest out, it's much much easier to impress because it only has its base stats as its friends won't join in :)

I also THINK (but I'm not 100% sure) that the creature's standing has something to say. If you take on an alpha it will be harder than a normal adult, and the easiest is the young ones. Can anyone confirm or deny this from their experiences?

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Spore: General / Sporepedia: The "Most Popular Creations" issue
« on: September 05, 2008, 05:35:12 am »
Pretty much ever since the sporepedia website was launched, the "most poular" has remained the same. I see a really big problem with this, because I see this as being an inaccurate inflation caused by overexposure. It reinforces itself, because more people see them since they are shown on every single user page, and therefore thousands of people see and vote for them every day, giving them an unfair advantage towards other content. Not even the featured creatures are likely to catch up because they have such a huge number of votes already and creations are only featured for a few days.
In other words they only REMAIN the most popular, because they WERE the most popular at one point in a distant past.

No disrespect intended, but I don't honestly think any of those 4 would be there now if they hadn't been from the start.

The result of this is that we have 4 ok creatures being set as the post poular ones, when every day creators push the boundaries of the editors and come up with amazing content, which COULD easily become the most popular, if given a fair run.

This is an opening for a debate to get some ideas flowing to how we can resolve this issue. Some ideas the devs will hopefull look over.
Discuss :)



My own thoughts:
Basically I think the concept is flawed due to the above mentioned points of concern. Below is my own suggestion for a possible solution, let's hear more :)

"This Week's Most Popular Creation" - Only count votes from one week, and then make a new appointment every monday (example). A single creation cannot be elected more than 1 week per month. It's not much different than "Featured Creations", except it's the users voting (so to speak) instead of the devs/admins choosing.

If this was implemented, they'd need to only count votes from the date it was implemented and forwards, otherwise these same four would just pop up again every 4 weeks for the next 6 months.

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Spore: General / Steve, where are you?
« on: September 03, 2008, 04:34:59 am »
This is a topic that crops up every so often I guess, but this time it's serious business ;)
I don't know if I missed a memo other than the usual stuff (family, friends, work) but we've not seen anything from Steve since that quick heads up on Diablo, which is fine since he's probably busy with, you know, life and such - and this is just a hobby.
It's a bit odd that we haven't heard from the other writers either though? (I've probably missed a post about that somewhere)

HOWEVER Spore is coming out!
It's already here some places, and coming out by Sunday in the US. Given how excited Steve has been about Spore as well, I think this calls for a big GS Spore podcast soon ^^
*HINT HINT HINT*

Article and podcast please! I'd personally be satisfied with just a quick note/article at first if you want to play the game for a week or two before reviewing/podcasting about it - but you can't let this one slide mate.
You simply HAVE to post about this one ;)

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(Click for larger version)
...yes I made these letters too :)

Hi all!
Here I will post my darlings as I create them. Feel free to comment along the way :) Oh and it doesn't have to be positive comments, as long as it's constructive criticism ;)

My very very first creature ever, created from the very first blob I was given the very first time I loaded the program (you get the idea):

The Butonidon #1



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFANbzkJtSg

The Butonidons are a mostly peaceful race, but they are very protective. They will not actively look for war and conflict, but if conflict is upon them you will find fierce and capable fighters defending their homes and families to the very end.
It takes time and effort to gain their trust, and you will not be welcomed into their tribe straight away. But if you are persistent, honourable and peaceful, your presence may be accepted in their territory eventually. And once they call you friend, you are also family.

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Spore: General / Deleting silly creatures?
« on: August 05, 2006, 05:04:50 am »
Ok, there's one thought that's really been nagging me. I've read a lot of topics and a lot of articles, and they always come CLOSE to answering this question, but not QUITE. There may be something out there I've missed, but if so it's hidden itself well.

The problem is this:
I know that you automatically download other peoples creatures. I know that this feature can be turned off completely if you don't want it.
But what IF I wanted it on, and then during my travels encountered a major race of stupidly annoying silly creatures which i just don't WANT in my game.
Lets imagine that the biggest race I encounter, which is militaristic and very very hard to eliminate, and with whom my only option is to make a peace treaty... what if they were for example, oh lets say, Teletubbie-looking creatures (let look past the point that they might be a copyright violation and as such might be banned. Let's say they weren't).
That would COMPLETELY ruin the game experience for me.
At this point I would most certainly not want to start the game all over and just hope I don't run into them again, yet it would greatly taint my enjoyment of the game, if not completely destroy it. I'm a very particular person about the look and feel of games (gnomes almost had my boycott World of Warcraft =P).
Would it be possible (oh I hope so, but doubt it unfortunately) to as soon as a new race is encountered say "No! I don't want this race to exist in my universe! Delete it!" and then the race is either obliterated or, even better, replaced with another race. All their cities units etc. completely replaced with something else.
Oh how I hope and pray this will be possible.
Flagging it for removal would not be good enough for me, because it would rely on thousands of other peoples oppinions as well, and wouldn't for certain help my immediate situation.
Can individual creatures be banned/deleted, not just from future encounters, but from current ones as well?

Thoughts, links and oppions very welcome :)

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