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Offline macweirdo42

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Passing the time
« on: June 16, 2005, 11:07:44 am »
Okay, this whole waiting-for-Spore thing has driven me nuts.  Especially since I used the screenshot of the planet as my wallpaper, all I want to do is play it.  And then I keep wanting to go play a similar game, but then I realize that no game like Spore has ever been made before, and so it's really quite pointless.  So does anyone have ANY ideas about any games/whatever that might satisfy me and help me to pass the time until Spore arrives?



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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2005, 11:21:17 am »
Black and White, Civilization, SimCity, SimEarth, SimLife, E.V.O., Populous, Fantastic Creatures, Diablo... :)

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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2005, 11:27:18 am »
I think he means Impossible Creatures.  Which I picked up because of Spore and I'm enjoying a lot.  Even if the creature editor is a hojillion times more fun than the rts parts.  I've been avoiding the singleplayer portion and multiplaying with my little sis and we have a blast  ;D
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2005, 11:39:51 am »
Yea Black & White, Civilization and Diablo are great games, i must have owned civ. 2 for 5 years and still play it occasionally. Same for Diablo 2, i just play it online with my freinds and it is more fun than many of my new 'better' games.
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2005, 06:24:04 pm »
Play Discovery Channels Game Evolution...

Evolution
http://www.gamespot.com/pc/strategy/evolution/review.html

You can even evolve into an intellegent Wombat. :P

Also an online discovery channel one. I loved their lemur to human one but can't find it. So atleast i found a similar survival game where you are a baby t-rex trying to gow up to an adult

Walking With Dinosaurs Survival Game
http://dsc.discovery.com/stories/dinos/bbc/bigal/index.html

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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2005, 06:55:31 pm »
I played the evolution demo, don't even think of touching it, its that bad
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2005, 08:48:07 pm »
Consider Animal Crossing for the GCN and soon the NDS.
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2005, 09:20:55 pm »
If you are looking forward to the space strategy part of spore Stars! is a great play
for you fans of the ground strategy stuff i recommend Civ Games By Sid Meier my personal favorite is Alpha Centauri

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« Last Edit: June 18, 2005, 12:48:52 am by golgrig »
"6.4 Um's per minute" or "The Speed of Wright

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The idea is to mix one ingredient that will burn very fast with a second ingredient that will supply enough oxygen for that burning. This burns so fast, it's an explosion.

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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2005, 10:03:29 pm »
You could also make some concept art for creatures, transports or building. That way when you start you have a set of thinsg you can choose from or go back later too when you run out of ideas (which i think will be hard to do with Spore, runing out ideas that is :)).

Or you could just view this forum all day or the offical Spore website and wait for new stuff to appear. ::) ;D
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2005, 10:06:30 pm »
i do the first one as much as possible the last one about once a day
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2005, 10:02:47 am »
Yeah, I go to the official site about 3 times a week, and this forum around 2-3 times a day.
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2005, 12:01:57 pm »
Yeah, I go to the official site about 3 times a week, and this forum around 2-3 times a day.

When you go to their site, do you watch the opening every time? I do. :P

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« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2005, 12:03:32 pm »
Yeah, I go to the official site about 3 times a week, and this forum around 2-3 times a day.

When you go to their site, do you watch the opening every time? I do. :P

Yeah, so far that's the best part.
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2005, 09:37:07 pm »
Home of the Underdogs
www.the-underdogs.com

An abandoneware site filled to the brim with games. You'll probably find something there that can keep you occupied for awhile, and by the time you finish with it this topic will be full of 100 000 more ideas. I recommend Starflight.

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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2005, 05:31:56 am »
I tihnk you'll want www.the-underdogs.org actually. :/
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2005, 09:19:49 am »
I sit.... rocking back and forth because I have none of these games  :P

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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2005, 09:52:51 am »
www.abandonia.com has some fun stuff as well. -leeman

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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2005, 08:20:18 am »
I just picked up a Gamecube game called Amazing Island.  I didn't have high hopes, but rentals are pretty cheap so I gave it a shot.

Anyway, I got pleasantly surprised by the creature editor it contained.  Impossible to play it without thinking of Spore.  The first time you make a creature it does most of it for you, but you unlock more and more stuff as you play.  Basically, you pick a skeleton, then draw the body onto the skeleton similar to how I think Magic Pengel works, add in accessories such as eyes, beaks, wings, wherever you want, pick from preset coloring and patterns , pick a voice and boom you have a creature.  The gameplay isn't terribly compelling, though.  Basically you just take your creature through a bunch of Mario Party-style minigames.  Some of the mini-games were pretty interesting.  Reminds me a little of Wario Ware and Mario Party, where the challenge at first is just to see what you're supposed to do.

Making the creature is the really fun part.  I think it has some kind of multiplayer too, which I'll try out tonight.
I'd definitely say it's worth renting for anybody interested in the evolution portion of Spore.  I plan to play it quite a bit until it's due back Friday  :)
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2005, 07:24:42 pm »
mazing Island is pretty fun, but the simgle player game is extremely short. Excluding the creature making thing.
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Passing the Time
« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2006, 07:54:40 pm »
Well...I'd hate to remind everyone, but Spore won't be coming out till Spring of next Year.  Although I am psyched about this game right now, I know it can't last for so long.  During these dry spells with no updates on the game, many people will eventually lose steam and Spore will not be able to keep our attention.  I say this because I wonder;  What do you all plan to do to pass the time until Spore is released?  I plan to;

1. Buy HL2: EP 1 and beat it so many times
2. Reach Master Sgt. in BF2
3. Maybe buy Hitman: Blood Money if i have the money
4. Learn guitar from my friend
5. Run
6. Work at my job
7. Make Creatures here :)
8. Suck up every bit of info released about Spore

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« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2006, 08:29:06 pm »
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« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2006, 08:33:40 pm »
Hmmm... always wanted to complete Ultima IX.  Could never clense that last shrine :D  Yeah, BF2 is on the list as well.  Job, definately and some travel is not out of the question.
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Re: Passing the Time
« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2006, 09:14:39 pm »
*cough* This has been done already ...

Passing the Time
http://www.gamingsteve.com/blab/index.php?topic=759.0

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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2006, 09:15:29 pm »
Plz merge this with the other "Passing the Time" topic (sorry for necro bump)

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« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2006, 09:19:17 pm »
oh i see...i searched it, but it must not have come up because it started the same time last year and was so long ago

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« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2006, 09:44:42 pm »
oh i see...i searched it, but it must not have come up because it started the same time last year and was so long ago

This started july 2006 and the other started june 2005. Those are not the same time. And when i did a search it came up right there.

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Re: Passing the Time
« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2006, 09:52:20 pm »
Sorry to change the subject of the thread, but it's a bit of a dilemma isn't it. To start a new thread or necrobump?

If you start a new thread people complain that you should have searched.
If you necrobump, people complain that you necrobumped.

I don't know which is right or wrong, just pointing out the dilemma. But in my view if the topic has been dead for a year, it's ok to start a new thread.

Now back on topic...
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« Reply #27 on: July 06, 2006, 09:57:28 pm »
Plz merge this with the other "Passing the Time" topic (sorry for necro bump)

That's my point. See my post in the other "Passing the Time" thread. Hydro apologised for this necrobump, presumably to prevent people from complaining that he had to necrobump (I'm not saying that he did anything wrong, just pointing out that he felt the need to apologise). The OP of the other passing the time thread started a fresh thread, and people complained that he didn't search.

This highlights the dilemma... To start a new thread or the necrobump? People seem to complain in both cases.



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« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2006, 10:18:47 pm »
I guess I didn't search this topic then...I may have searched something right before making this and got confused.  SimEarth Freak is right though, its not like that previous thread was alive since it did start and end more than a year ago and wouldn't be revived until you necro'ed it.  I just figured I'd make one because the E3 info is dying down.  I didnt mean for you to get your panties in a bunch about it, I just thought it'd be a fun topic to talk about that has to do with outside Spore.

It is a little funny that the two threads have the EXACT same name  :D

If I knew it was there, I'd probably have just breathed some life into it.

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« Reply #29 on: July 06, 2006, 11:24:46 pm »
Personally I think it's better to start a new thread.  I got tired very quickly of reading year-old posts that were so badly outdated and worthless.  I only reply to threads anyway, but I myself never look beyond the first page.    :P

On topic...  I've been playing Diablo2 and CivIII, although I was doing that before I learned of Spore, too.  Other than that, I watch the GDC'05 and E3 videos once every couple of days.

Oh, back off topic, saw your video on Google the other day, Hydromancerx, very spiffy.   ;D
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #30 on: July 07, 2006, 12:20:43 am »
I think considering how old this topic is, and the fact that the other topic has a bit of a different different premise/introduction, that this topic should not have been bumped. Some topics should be able to have fresh starts, just because some topic some time last year has the same title doesnt mean it should be necro-bumped and continued on.
In fact, I hardly see /ANY/ situation were a year old topic should be revised... unless it was something like a certain question or concern thats being asked again or something   like that.
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« Reply #31 on: July 07, 2006, 12:29:57 am »
Hydro (and not trying to pick on you, this is directed to everyone), don't be so quick to attempt to merge all like topics from all times together, sometimes its a good idea to /reference/ to an old topic, like when a question or concern comes up another time, or something like that. But Its confusing and annoying to go into a topic, read a bunch of it, notice something is really off about it, and then realise the post is over a year old. Also not to mention that sometimes a second-comming of the same sort of topic sometimes brings completly different discussion, or is discussing the same thing but in a different way, or /whatever/... it sometimes doesnt make sense when topics are merged, or topic creators forced to continue on an old topic. People read the OP, then when they get to the merged part, the discussion completly veers off another way, and is re-introduced.

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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #32 on: July 07, 2006, 01:57:54 am »
For the space part, I'd look into a game called "Master of Orion 3".

Everything else...well, I'm not so sure. :P

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« Reply #33 on: July 07, 2006, 02:08:23 am »
Waste the best years of my life rotting my eyeballs out of my head and sitting on my lazy bum.

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« Reply #34 on: July 07, 2006, 04:59:53 am »
Personally, I've been keeping myself busy with Call of Duty 2, Civ IV, Rome: Total War and Barbarian Invasion, Hearts of Iron II and every now and then a little bit of Simcity 4. At the moment I look forward to the expansion pack to Civ IV (which will keep me occupied for some time) and in the fall, Medieval II: Total War, which I hope will keep me playing long enough to see Spore coming out..  ;D

All in all, there's still plenty to do before Spore comes out.. Also, I've noticed that time passes a lot faster if I don't stop by here every day so see all the new topics (without really adding anything new).. I basically just check on a weekly basis now and it definitely seems as though time is moving faster!  ;)

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« Reply #35 on: July 07, 2006, 05:04:33 am »
Topics merged...

If a post is relevant to an older topic, its okay to post in the thread and revive it. It sometimes promotes new discussion into an old topic. It also keeps the boards cleaner.

It is not okay to bump an old topic just for the sake of annoying other people by using "bump" or "necrobump".

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« Reply #36 on: July 07, 2006, 05:37:32 am »
I have a question sort of related. What if there is a part of Spore that you just have to wait for? I mean, I know that's unlikely, but imagine if you didn't have faster than light drive and tried to reach the other side of the galaxy? What'd you do then?
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« Reply #37 on: July 07, 2006, 10:26:30 am »
I got the feeling that you wouldn't be able to.  Notice how Will "backs up" to go from planet to system, then system to galaxy, then galaxy to universe.  From what he said when he bought the spaceship, you wouldn't be able to zoom out of the planet to see the system until you had the UFO.  It's probably the same thing, you have to get FTL drive to leave your system...  Then I don't know... maybe that's all you need, or maybe a better engine to leave your galaxy.

Edit:  I guess what I'm saying is I think there's limits of scope.  I.E., Cell, you're stuck in that little drop of water in a 2D world, Creature, you're limited to the area around your creature, Tribal, city, civ might be similar, although I think again, their scopes will grow larger, And then space, which (seems odd to me now that I write this) may be split into system (stellar), galaxy, and universe.  At this time however, I'm not sure we can really say there are such splits in Space, except for the fact of WW talking about having to get an interstellar drive...  The point is, the area available to you depends on your level of advancement, so I don't think you'll be able to tell your UFO to go to stars you don't have the technology to reach.
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« Reply #38 on: July 07, 2006, 01:30:35 pm »
This raises the obvious question about Telescopes then. Can you use a SETI/Telescope system to look out into the Stars and see/hear/send messages to planets you're not going to be reaching for quite some time? It's just a simple question really, I mean, how limited will we be in the stages past Creature?
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« Reply #39 on: July 07, 2006, 02:23:52 pm »
Hmmm.  Of course I'm not sure...  The problem with Telescopes and listening devices is the time difference.  If you don't have FTL, the best you can do is lightspeed, which is still a long time.  Sorry for not looking this up to make sure I'm right, but isn't it like, 17 minutes for light from the sun to reach earth?  Conversations are doable but difficult with 17 minute lags... but then consider the distances involved when you're talking about communication from different stars.  (I'd like some real numbers on these, if someone wants to take the trouble of looking them up).  So even if you're only in the system phase and could listen to other systems, anything you heard would be hopelessly out of date.  A species could come into being and die out before their first broadcasts reach you.  Also, something that bothers me, is that searching for radio signals doesn't locate intelligent species, it only locates species that use radio signals to communicate (of course, finding one of those would still be a big deal for SETI  ;) ), so there could be other species that we wouldn't know about because they have a different way, or never bothered to communicate in such ways.

Edit: This is, of course, dependant upon WW doing this part realistically.  From the demo (If I remember correctly, he only showed this in the GDC'05 demo, not E3, so I'm wondering if it's still there) it seemed that there was only static/unintelligible noises which he said were an alien language.  So the best you could get out of a SETI type thing pre-FTL is to know someone's out there.  Unless they let you do some kind of Contact-Math-Is-A-Universal-Language type deals, you wouldn't get anything more meaningful out of it.

My belief at this time is that the game will only be concerned with the scope you're in...  Meaning that "others" don't exist until they need to.  Creatures don't exist while you're a cell, tribes don't exist until you're in a tribe, cities, and so on...  So planets in your system may not have AI controlled life until you're able to reach them, and planets in other systems won't have AI life until you get FTL.  I think this mainly because until you can visit a planet or contact a race, it doesn't need to exist (or rather, be loaded in memory and running through algorithms)...  Another example...  If you're on your own planet, there's not some carnivore on a planet around a distant star in another section of the universe eating a prey animal (that is, CPU time isn't doing that; you can always have your own story in your head).
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #40 on: July 07, 2006, 03:28:49 pm »
Actually, Will Wright has shown that communication happens at Faster than Light speed. It'd take decades for even a laser-based message to reach even the closest extra-solar planet, if not centuries, but this is not the case for Spore. Will Wright clearly shows that messages are recieved instantly over any distance. As for Radio Signals being a sign of intelligent life, I think any species that can build a radio transmitter/reciever would be at least slightly advanced. Radio Signals do not go that far that fast though, another sign WW is not keeping with true-to-life factoids in this area.

As to lack of meaningful stuff, it's one of those "GASP! THERE IS LIFE OUT THERE!" moments. You could probably only check for life within your system, but it'd still be interesting if you found it. You could initiate first contact before you actually HAD first contact. That alone would be interesting.

And yes, that last little fact is obvious, but just because you can see and hear these planets doesn't mean any "Action" is going on. They're just there, and may or may not have a sapient species. You could contact a race in your own solar system and that'd be interesting enough. Maybe even launch a probe/satellite of some sort to inspect the planet. You have a sort of timer of how long you have until it gets there (A few minutes, ranging in amount based on your level of development), and this thing basically lets you examine the planet and send messages but not interract. It'd be fun.
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #41 on: July 07, 2006, 04:35:39 pm »
... I think any species that can build a radio transmitter/reciever would be at least slightly advanced.
Well yes, I wasn't arguing that.  Radio as communication implies at least a somewhat technologically advanced race, but my point is that I believe even (or perhaps especially) a technologically advanced race does not imply radio communication.

... As to lack of meaningful stuff, it's one of those "GASP! THERE IS LIFE OUT THERE!" moments. You could probably only check for life within your system, but it'd still be interesting if you found it. You could initiate first contact before you actually HAD first contact. That alone would be interesting.
I meant besides that.  Because of the time delay, you couldn't talk back and forth.  You'd just have a bunch of random noises with no context.  In addition, there's the issue of possible encoding, such as video.  There's no way of knowing how other species might do that, or if they even would.  So even ignoring the speed of light limitations on communications pre-FTL, I find it hard to believe anything useful would come of it.  If you had a HAM radio and started talking to someone who only spoke a language you've never heard of (and couldn't look up translation dictionaries), how long do you think it'd take before you could impart any information, let alone exchange complex ideas and treaties.   ;)
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #42 on: July 07, 2006, 07:25:38 pm »
Sorry for not looking this up to make sure I'm right, but isn't it like, 17 minutes for light from the sun to reach earth?
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In addition, there's the issue of possible encoding, such as video.
It's actually more complicated than this.  Current theory says radio signals opperate through self propergating electromagnetic waves on different frequencies that travel at the speed of light.  To convey intelligence on a radio wave, it must have some kind of modulation at the send site and an equivalent demodulation at the recieving site.  To further complicate matters, there are many forms of modulation such as amplitude modulation (AM), frequence modulation (FM), pulse code modulation (PCM) etc...  Further more each type of modulation can be applied in different ways e.g. SSB and DSB for AM.  Then finally on top of all that comes the encoding.  So it's actually a huge issue :)
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #43 on: July 07, 2006, 08:29:21 pm »
I'm so bored I looked it up myself...  Closest Star is Alpha Centauri (a set of three stars, actually).  They're about 4.27 light-years away.  So while "conversations" at light-speed with species there would be rather cumbersome, they'd be possible...  At least a message could go out and a response come back before the person who first sent it died.   :P

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Edit:  I guess Proxima Centauri is closest right now, at 4.21 light-years.

But see, this is in another thread, but this is what I'd like to see in Spore.  Alpha Centauri A and B are the primaries, similar to our own sun.  They orbit around their common center of mass (I wonder what the conditions are at that location).  The third star, Proxima Centauri, orbits the pair.  It takes one and a half million years to complete an orbit, so it should be the closest to us of the three for quite a while yet.
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #44 on: July 08, 2006, 08:44:22 am »
I hate to use the sacred book of Roddenberry here but I have to. As I mentioned earlier, this would ONLY be capable with planets within your system. I mean, how pathetic would it be if a species didn't know how many planets were within its system by the modern age? We knew almost how many around 300 years ago (Except for Pluto which was too far away). That's why Telescopes make sense. Now onto why communications make sense:

Radio waves can transmit within a system with some delay but I doubt this would be included in the game, as demonstrated SEVERAL times already. With that, my argument becomes a LOT more sensible. As to the problem of scanning radio bands, you merely have to send one on as many types of radio signals as you can send without turning them into another type of energy wavelength. In other words, you keep sending until they recieve, and as soon as you get a message back, you suddenly have a common wavelength.

Now onto a "How-to-talk" manual. There are basic ways to establish talking. You start out with basic numbers. While it is very hard to do this without some sort of visual communication, you know they exist, and that they are sufficiently advanced to have radio communication. Eventually you could get basic words such as one, two, three, etc. And once you have that, you can assign values to these things. Once again, hard without visuals, but it lets you make first contact. You know you have a neighbour, a good thing at pre-space age. It might help unify your planet.
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #45 on: July 08, 2006, 09:10:35 am »
Just go play one single game of civ 4 online with 6 hardcore gamers and turn off time victory, I assure u the game won't end till spore comes out   :)
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #46 on: July 10, 2006, 01:17:56 pm »
Learning is fun, because knowledge is power!
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #47 on: July 11, 2006, 10:41:39 pm »
I started playing The Kingdom of Loathing, an MMORPG. It's pretty fun and it helps pass the time.


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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #48 on: July 11, 2006, 11:02:39 pm »
If procedural generation is your thing look up a ps2 game called 'graffiti kingdom'

It's really REALLY childish (no swearing, blood, violence is kept to a minimum and colours are as bright as hell) But it's and awesome game. It's Procedurally animated and has a make-your-own creature thing, it's fun to experiment but doesnt get fun until later on when you've unlocked most of the options.

You make different shapes by drawring a side profile, while hard to get the hang of, complex shapes can be made by joining different parts. You can make different parts into attack parts, you only have a total of four buttons to play with (for things such as jump, etc), for example if i set a part to rotate and put four tubes on it, painted holes at the end, set them to attack parts and in effect could mash the buttons to form a chaingun.

All movement, action and sound is procedural generated depending on what you draw, for example i made a mech with legs like off orbital frames from 'Zone of the enders', pretty much standing on needle points, and it makes a sharp sound when i step onto a surface. I made a person and defined the ankles, the game realised they were ankles and my creature walked on feet as opposed to on it's toes as before, the sound when on a surface was more dull

So yeah, awesome game, the story line sucks and is short, but it's just so damn fun playing around with procedural generation in this game ^^. If you want a spore like game that's action oriented but is immersive in creature development and has procedural generation then this game is awesome.

If you want to look at the creatures of some japanese dude then heres a link

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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #49 on: July 13, 2006, 12:40:12 pm »
In reply to the first post: Wait for something better that's even sooner. I haven't given a damn about Spore in a month because of a month-long trip to Israel that my girlfriend is on. It's exactly 2 weeks until she's back in the states, though. Half way through!

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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #50 on: July 13, 2006, 02:00:27 pm »
For the space part, I'd look into a game called "Master of Orion 3".

Everything else...well, I'm not so sure. :P
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #51 on: July 13, 2006, 02:04:30 pm »
MASTER OF ORION 3 IS NOT GREAT!!!  AHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!

MOO 1 and 2 are masterpieces but 3 is a flaming pile of burning rat feces!

Get Galatic Civilization 2 or Space Rangers 2.  Those are good.

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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #52 on: July 13, 2006, 02:24:47 pm »
Play the Advanced Wars series. It will get your brain thinking of all the best ways to conquer other enemies through turn based strategy. Plus each one of the games kills tons of time ( and multiplayer is something to really behold ) .

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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #53 on: July 13, 2006, 02:25:17 pm »
Never played the MOO 3. But i know the first 2 are great.
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #54 on: July 13, 2006, 03:15:59 pm »
I really miss the first MOO.  The second was okay, and I liked the third to a point, but with my obsessive-compulsive tendencies, it gets to be a real pain later on (I micro-mange too much).
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #55 on: July 13, 2006, 03:29:07 pm »
Me to just pass the time wating for Spore, I just go other forums that I have great interests for (ex. SPider-Man 3, Hulk 2, GTA 4, etc.)

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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #56 on: July 13, 2006, 03:30:15 pm »
Speaking of which, does anyone know any sites in which i can legally download all those classic games, such as MOO1/2?
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #57 on: July 13, 2006, 05:21:52 pm »
Apparently, i have a new hobby. Slobbering over Fable 2. ;D
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Re: Passing the time
« Reply #58 on: July 14, 2006, 07:48:16 am »
i wish that was longer.