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Spore: General / Re: I am SO %$*C!#@ ANGRY AT SPORE/EA RIGHT NOW
« on: September 07, 2008, 06:54:00 pm »
Hopefully EA will allow you to change your registration name. I would really push it. I don't think you're overreacting at all. It makes no sense for EA to disallow multiple registrations, especially for a game geared toward casual users (e.g., families).

Spore: General / Re: Spore community survey
« on: August 22, 2008, 05:13:03 am »
It was offensive because gaming has little to do with religion, unless you are an extremist as well as a lazy person/parent and think of games as "The Devil's Work". Religion and religious makeup shouldn't be relevant. It's a bit offensive that the question is even asked. I was also in a pissy mood earlier as I had just woken up with not nearly enough sleep.

If asking for religion is offensive, asking for gender or age must be offensive as well. Gaming has little to do with age (excluding the very young, who are most likely not present on this forum) and little to do with gender. It's kind of like asking for eye color.

Just for the record, I would not be offended if someone asked for my eye color on one of these surveys. It's an innocent question, even if a bit out of place. Same goes for gender, age, and religion as far as I'm concerned.

Spore: General / Re: Spore community survey
« on: August 20, 2008, 05:20:44 pm »
Age: 23
Gender: Female
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Religious or not: Not at all (atheist)
Preferred gaming platform: Computer
Preferred games genre(s): Adventure, Real-time Strategy, Turn-based Strategy, Simulation (sandbox), Roleplaying
Least favorite genre(s): Sports (except Wii Sports), Shooters (unless multiplayer), Vehicle Simulation, Arcade
Currently playing: God of War, Final Fantasy XII, Shadow of the Colossus, FreeCiv,...
Favorite game(s): Shadow of the Colossus, Civilization, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Riven, Zork Zero, Paper Mario, Risk,...
Least favorite game(s): Tetris
Hours of gaming a day or week: Highly variable, as I usually do most of my gaming in spurts (e.g., 10 hours in one sitting, then a week or two of nothing).

Spore: General / Re: Image Archives
« on: August 17, 2008, 03:12:58 pm »
Rating: E+10. God, my sister's Spongebob game is rated E+10. I don't even remember the last time I played an E+10 game outside of the educational ones from when I was a kid...

Civilization is E+10, too. Just because something is rated suitable for 10-year-olds doesn't mean it's specifically for 10-year-olds.

And what the heck is evolution doing in with the looser theories?  Evolution is in a class above the others on level of understanding...

For anyone still interested the above quote is only one theory of why it works the way it works.

I think we should keep in mind the differences between a theory and a hypothesis.

A theory is universally (or virtually universally) accepted by scientists in that particular field. Evolution is a theory. Gravity is a theory. Relativity is a theory. Scientists accept these theories as truths (even if the popular media does not).

A hypothesis is a "theory lite"; it is NOT universally accepted. It is merely a proposed explanation or idea. And while there may be considerably testing of that hypothesis, the testing has not yet been thorough enough to rule out all other hypotheses. It's the Many Worlds Hypothesis, NOT the Many Worlds Theory.

Spore: General / Re: A Little Bit of Info About You...
« on: July 27, 2008, 05:55:50 am »
My name's Halley. I am 23, and I originally hail from Atlanta (though I'm currently a wanderer, by necessity).

I discovered Spore--or, more specifically, GamingSteve--in summer of 2005 while doing a Google search for evolution/ecology games. I am an absolute science geek, especially the life sciences.

I am taking a break before going to grad school, since I can't settle on what I want to do. In the meantime, I'm working on a joint study on global warming between Harvard, the University of Georgia, and Duke. It's extremely fascinating, and the pay is appropriately meager.

I've introduced my fellow lab/field assistants to Spore, and they're so excited, they can hardly stand it. I won't be able to play Spore because my Mac lacks an Intel chip and I'm too poor to get a new computer. But I figure I can enjoy it vicariously through them.

Another possible point of interest: I happen to be quite artistic. It is surprisingly helpful in the sciences, I've discovered. If I could become a professional scientific illustrator, I think I would keel over with joy.

Spore: General / Re: For the love of Norns
« on: July 17, 2008, 05:24:31 am »
SimLife was also a major influence for me. That and the Maxis/Animatek game El-Fish... did anyone else here have that? You could breed and procedurally animate fish in that game.

I have El-Fish installed on my computer as we speak! I love it.

If you still have it, we could trade fish.

Spore: General / Re: For the love of Norns
« on: July 16, 2008, 03:55:01 pm »
I never got into Creatures 1, skipped Creatures 2, and fell madly, crazily in love with Creatures 3. It was amazing!

I remember having one norn with a mutation where it could only walk to the left. When it ran into a wall, it still kept trying to walk left. Eventually it walked itself to death.

Still a great game. I whip it out every now and then to see what crazy mutations I can find (or make, as the case may be).

Spore: General / Re: Most Anticipated Creator?
« on: July 14, 2008, 02:27:40 pm »
I'm really super excited about the building editor.

But I'm an architecture geek, of the worst kind.

Spore: General / Re: Girls
« on: June 21, 2008, 11:12:51 am »
One can even link how the people who want to ban games have been growing. Some of the wannabe soldiers had hippy mothers. It was something new to protest in their otherwise boring lives(generalization, but pff...). Then they spread word to other liberal activists who then spread it to others, eventually landing at Jack Thompson.

I'm not sure why you think this sort of censorship is (or began as) a liberal* thing. There are plenty of people on both sides who have favored censoring videogames (and books and movies and radio...) for as long as they have existed—and there are plenty of people on both sides who have always thought that such censorship is an infringement on basic human rights.

It's not a "liberal" thing or a "conservative" thing. It's just an ethical philosophy thing—a matter of whether it's better to control people for their own good or better to let people control themselves, for better or for worse.

*Note: By liberal, I (being American) assume you mean leftwing. If you actually mean rightwing, my point still stands, however.

Spore: General / Re: Girls
« on: June 20, 2008, 02:46:02 pm »
I don't know any guys interested in Spore, but I know lots of girls who are. The day the Creature Creator was released, two of them called me to demand I download it.

Sadly, I had to explain that I lack the necessary Intel chip. :'(


I have no choice but to abstain. I need a new computer before I can run Spore or its demo.

Spore: General / Re: Feet Cannot be Rotated!?
« on: June 17, 2008, 05:40:17 pm »
This makes me sad. I really wanted to create my inchbunny:

Yeah for HP.   :P

Still does not make up for the crappy computer they sold me.  Of course everyone knows HP is sooooooo much more creative then say, Apple!   ::)

Hehehe, my dad works for HP, and he still comes home to his Mac.

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