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Spore: General / Re: No Internet for me
« on: March 25, 2006, 10:40:59 am »
Well, the problem isn't so much that I don't have internet (I have Cable, on a wireless network), but that yeah, it's a quality control issue. I mean, with players constantly uploading content, I'm guessing there will be hundreds of thousands of things to choose from on the database, which could make it a hassle to scroll through when I'm just looking for a building or an object.

Another problem lies with the asyncronous nature of the planets in the galaxy. When exactly will they be downloaded to my game? Right when I start or during the course of play? Plus, even though it would be kind of interesting to be playing with thousands of other players, wouldn't the galaxy fill up rather rapidly, and if not, suppose that all of the worlds near me get colonized first? Or my planet get's blown up by a player a zillion times better than me (I know I won't die since it's just a copy of me), wouldn't that affect the galaxy as a whole?

As far as I'm concerned, it's an atrocious idea, too much for someone who likes to look at the details. I want to grow up in a computer generated ecosystem, fight against computer generated cities, then take to space and encounter computer generated aliens. I don't think I'm asking for a whole lot. So, here are a few questions I'd like to see answered.

1. What does Will Wright mean by "asyncrous"?
2. What if the main server goes down?
3. What if my internet connection goes down (that's actually pretty common)?
4. What if someone elses internet connection goes down?
5. Suppose I get stuck with a "low-quality" creature, can I get rid of it or filter it out?
6. How are millions (hey it's possible) of people going to be playing in "the same" galaxy at once, without affecting one another as far as the game is concerned?
7. Is "low-quality" content taken off the database ever, or is it going to fill up with useless garbage?
8. Suppose I'd just rather throw out $50 for a creature pack, is that kind of stuff going to be available for us elitists?
9. (Seriously, no one really answered this already) If I choose to opt out, will I be alone in the galaxy, or will the computer fill in a few planets for me with either intelligent or not so intelligent life? Seeing as how the cities on the same planet are computer generereated, this could be possible I think.
10. Darn it, why do I have to wait so long for it to come out?

YOu misunderstand.  You don't share a galaxy with other players.  Your copy of the game downloads other player-created creatures as a need arises.  If you move onto land, and your planet has no fast land carnivores, then some player created carnivore will be downloaded and inserted.  They don't share your galaxy and take up all the space.

1.  Like I said, you download other people's stuff automatically.  You don't actually play with them at all.
2.  Then your computer will rely on local databases, I assume.
3.  See 2.
4.  Then their creatures won't be uploaded for others to use.
5.  I don't know.  Probably.  I would be unhappy if I couldnt' get rid of some jerk's penis monster that he made.
6.  They aren't.  It's singleplayer with other people's content being downloaded when needed.
7.  I would hope that stupid creatures get removed.
8.  I think it will likely just come with several thousand pre-installed creatures.  Wright suggested that a creature can be stored in as little as 1kb, which means that millions could theoretically be stored on the average harddrive.
9.  I would assume that the pre-made creatures would be around on other planets.  All computer controlled, of course, like if you opted-in.
10.  Development cycle is long, and I wouldn't expect the game to meet it's actual release date anyway.  It's a Maxis game, remember.

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