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Spore: General / Re: creature design resources
« on: April 09, 2006, 12:26:15 am »
If you want to see awsome giant bugs (other creatures too)...go rent/buy the new King Kong...freakn' amazing CG.

Anyway, I am really hoping to make a race of sentient arthropods...as we came vary close to that on our own planet. :o It is amazing what minor climate changes can do to the world as a whole though...

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Spore: General / Re: A sad realization :(
« on: April 08, 2006, 03:30:44 pm »
Published some great games...yes. Made some great games...no.

Anyway, I have nothing against EA trying to buy up the game market...but i'll be damned if I sit by and let them obsorb Ubisoft. That attempt at a hostile takeover sent up a lot of red flags.

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Spore: General / Re: apple/mac update
« on: April 08, 2006, 01:13:18 am »
I do use Macs and Windows systems and perfer the Windows type enviroment if not everything about the software.  Also, Apple just announced that on its new computers they will give the buyer a choice of which software they would like installed.

Your loss...

...and I call BS. Apple has said you can install Windows if you want to (via Boot Camp). They have stated miltiple times that they do not support Windows what-so-ever. Link to make be believe...

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Ya...don't know if this has been mentioned but...

A state of enlightenment.

Say you send your creatures down the honest and rightful path. They acumulate all knowledge and then they become "enlightened," allowing them to leave their phisical bodies and travel freely in the universe.

Just came up with this idea when I was thinking about what a good "ultimate goal" for the game could be...

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Spore: General / Re: apple/mac update
« on: April 06, 2006, 08:44:15 pm »
But what of those PC gamers who want to play Mac games?

one great solution: they should give Mac a try! Maybe they would discover something...  ;)

Like what?  I think Apple is trying to move out of the computer business and so Mac might just be suffering soon.  How else can you explain why new Apples have an option of Windows or Mac OS for what you want installed?  Apple is doing great in the small electronics market and not so well in the computer, maybe this change is for the best.

The Macintosh platform has more users now than ever in its history and you can now download Boot Camp and install Windows if you want to, they still only come with OSX installed...

Now I have no qualms what-so-ever in recomending a Macintosh. Go to an Apple store and check them out, you may discover that they have changed quite a bit since that last time you used them. If you don't like OSX (I can't see how this would be possible...) just install Windows and you still get the hardware reliability and support...plus you can play all of your games.  ;D

Sign the petition...\/

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Spore: General / Re: Human Evolution
« on: April 02, 2006, 07:17:25 pm »

No, a fact is a proposition that is either true or false. You're confusing it with the common usage of the word which is the tautology that a fact is true.
A scientific theory is a hypothesis that has passed all experiments we have subjected it to so far.

These are the definitions of the words. Please understand what I mean when I use them, otherwise people will get confused.
You are using the common cognates for the words.

The denotation of “fact” is something that has happened, truth, an absolute.

The denotation of “theory” is an assumption, a hypothesis, a statement of items yet to be proved.

A theory becomes fact once it has been proven. I am not going to use the words your way if the Oxford English Dictionary says you are making their definitions up.

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Spore: General / Re: Human Evolution
« on: April 02, 2006, 06:30:47 pm »
Okay, this is a different topic. (And I promised myself I wouldn't post here again!)

Natural Selection = A Theory
God doesn't exist = A statement of fact, either true or false. (the technical definition of a fact, not the common usage definition)
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A fact is a proposition that has been asserted to be either True or False . The term "fact" usually refers to a "ground proposition", ie, a proposition that can be represented as a predicate applied to a sequence of instances or literals.
(source)

I don't think you quite understood what is meant by theory. Try this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory#Science
This definition may also help.
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[A theory is] an explanation of why and how a specific natural phenomenon occurs. A lot of hypotheses are based on theories. In turn, theories may be redefined as new hypotheses are tested. Examples of theories: Newton’s Theory of Gravitation, Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, Mendel’s theory of Inheritance, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
(source)

But, again by that logic, I could say "I have been to the moon and it is made of cheese. No really, it is a fact." It doesn't make any sense. Fact is proven, theory is an assersion yet to be proved. The assersion being that god does/doesn't exist.

Anyway this thread needs to get back on topic.

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Spore: General / Re: Human Evolution
« on: April 02, 2006, 06:07:53 pm »
Ok, this is exactly what I was trying to say.

We have observed natural selection is active in the rainforests (other places too, but it is easier to observe when it is happening rapidly). We have not observed that "God" has nothing to do with is...

So natural selection = fact. No "God" (or god at all for that matter) = theory.

By that articles logic nothing can ever really be proven. So people could still say that the earth is flat, that there are no other planets besides ours, and that the sun revolves around the earth...bs...

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Spore: General / Re: Human Evolution
« on: April 02, 2006, 05:27:46 pm »
Deism (first I've ever heard of it) will be the final tiny plot of land that theists will be reduced to...  "okay, fine, everything happened according to the laws of nature... but the big bang...  god made that... and you can't take that one away cuz nobody will ever know what was before the big bang"

You know, it actually makes sense that "something" created the universe. Not necessarily "God" but some sort of collective energy.

Think of it this way. The only reason we "think" is because of the energy moving through the neurons in our brains. On the same level, the universe could have a combined consciousness that could (in theory) cause a rapid expansion of energy and matter. (hehe...kinda like "the force")

I prefer the dual reality theory myself. Basically everything in the universe is balanced. For every positive there is a negative, yin a yang, up a down, ect...

So there are two realities. One made entirely of positive substances (our side) and one made of negative (the ani-matter side). These two realities are constantly in a state of flux and when the two meet there is a rapid annihilation and large amounts of energy and matter are formed.

Anyway, I can't see how people can still think that evolution is false. It is not even a theory anymore, it is proven fact. We have observed it happening in the rainforests all over the world. To not except that is just pure arrogance.

Also, evolution does not necessarily disprove God, there is no need for science and religion to be at odds. The religious right just needs to stop trying to get monotheism taught in science classes, it is not a science. If you want to teach religion is schools make a theology class a requirement in your state.

My two cents...

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Spore: General / Re: The Spore Community Fansites
« on: March 31, 2006, 09:55:06 pm »
Spore Fan

Just starting out. Please support this community and give ideas on how we can make the site better.

There are content upload sections so that when the game comes out you can show off your screenshots and videos.

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Spore: General / Re: Human Evolution
« on: March 31, 2006, 09:45:52 pm »
Actually, comparing just the size of the brain, they are smaller now than they were thousands of years ago. The reason for this is to facilitate the birthing process, as a smaller head means less pain/less chance of fatality on the mother.

Natural selection isn't the major process which drives evolution, though it does affect it. Natural selection does not make new genes, it just makes those less favorable disappear from a population. The processes responsible for new genes are genetic drift, and to a lesser extent, mutation. Mutations aren't too rare, the majority of them are neutral, and do nothing to the organism. Then the second most common are the detrimental mutations. And last, and very rare and few, are the positive mutations. I'd gander a guess that for every 1 positive mutation, there are hundreds of thousands of neutral or detrimental ones.

To the contrary belief, natural selections tends to slow down evolution, as it narrows down the different alleles in a population. The more a phenotype is selected against through natural selection, the less the alleles that are responsible for that phenotype are represented in the population. But for the most part, once a characteristic is significantly reduced, the contrasting characteristic tends to be selected against because of the abundance.

- True, the brain cavity of homo-erectus and then homo-sapiens around 200,000 year ago was larger. That does not mean a thing though, as the grey matter has encroached more and more apon the primitive brain and has become more sophisticated. Like you said, large head size is a disadvantage...

- Mutations and natural selection are the driving forces behind Evolution. Genetic drift is just natures fail-safe. If a community becomes overrun with bad genes then it will eventually die out, the only way to stop this is to breed the genes out of the community...it is more generational adaptation than evolution.

 - Ya...that is what I was saying. Creatures naturally select creatures with similar traits.

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How will snakes act in Spore? Granted, they aren't very creative, but so far every creature we have seen has had limbs. I'm guessing it might function well underwater, but will we have to place very small limbs to get it to function correctly?

This is something that has bothered me. There better be a procedural animation for slithering.
Snakes On A Plane...t.

Oh lord...that movie is the opitome of Hollywood crap, and they wonder why boxoffice sales for the industry are at an all time low...

Anyway, I am very interested in this, as I want to create creatures that slither but have fully functional arms and move upright.

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Spore: General / Re: Human Evolution
« on: March 30, 2006, 10:55:28 pm »
Yes...we have essentially stopped evolving. We are evolving on a very small level. Those prejudices built in to our brains are not God's accident, they are their so that we "breed" with similar beings. We are naturally afraid of things that are different because nature wants us to be.

The main evolution we have now is a sort of "social/mental evolution." As we pass information down through the generations more and more gets recorded, and we also learn to utilize more of our brains at a younger age.

I also think that in the future (because progress always wins out in the end) we will see a Gattaca style situation. Not to that extreme, but something similar.

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Spore: General / Re: Import and Export
« on: March 30, 2006, 10:40:44 pm »
Which is why you find a lot of college students have crack versions of it on their computers. I mean honestly, How can you expect college students to be able to afford a program that expensive which will, in about 4 months, be outdated by the next version.

Because the student versons go for around $300...200 if you look hard enough. Also, those companies (Autodesk and Alisa...actually the are merged now) offer cheap upgrades to the latest versions of their programs...

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*sprinkles fairy dust*...wish granted...just don't connect to the internet... :P

And how would I go about doing that?

he meant that spore is NOT multiplayer, never was planned to be, never will be, so your question was rather redundant

Actually what I ment is that he can just disable his network connection when he is playing "SPORE." Right click on the connection icon and select "disable," there, no more auto-updating. If you have a Mac just Ctrl-Click on the Ethernet icon in the title bar and disconnect...

You are right though, there is no true multiplayer....maybe I misunderstood the post?

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