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Spore: General / recording video (with menus)
« on: March 22, 2009, 03:54:48 pm »
I'm seriously looking at making some "how-to" videos for the space phase in spore... trouble is, I need to record the diplomatic menus, pointer, ect. so people can see what I'm doing. Any recommendations?

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Everything Else / Re: Calling all techies! *help needed*
« on: November 16, 2008, 09:35:19 pm »
UPDATE

Legodragonxp: using your method, I found out that one of the RAM sticks is bad. I should be able to have the store replace it tomorrow. I'm relieved it turned out to be something simple to fix. Thanks a lot! :)

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Everything Else / Re: Calling all techies! *help needed*
« on: November 15, 2008, 06:24:06 pm »
@ Gec: To be more specific:
mobo- (Biostar Tpower I45, AMIBIOS 8.00.15 (7/10/08)
CPU- intel 6600 (4 core) @ 2.4 ghz
RAM-corsair 2x2gb ddr2
hdd- western digital velociraptor 300gb @10000 rpm
video card- ATI radeon hd 4850
psu- corsair 750tx 750w
OS- xp pro sp3
(nice thing about building my own is I know EXACTLY what's in it)

And I took pics while building it:
http://s40.photobucket.com/albums/e211/khan_in_space/Computer/?action=view&current=Computer14.jpg

FYI- Live consultation IS possible... there's this little program called "instant messager" ;)


@ Legodragonxp: The RAM already got tested one stick at a time during assembly... I didn't push it all the way in teh first time. :-[


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Everything Else / Calling all techies! *help needed*
« on: November 15, 2008, 03:31:02 pm »
Hi! :)

I know I haven't been on this forum much lately, but that's because I was busy purchasing parts for, and building, a new computer. While the new pc does work, (and at blazing speed compared to my old one!) unfortunately its bootup is buggy as hell. It takes about 5-6 attempts before it will bootup without errors. It spontaneously reboots (no windows shutdown or anything, just instantly back to the beginning), each time a little later in the bootup procedure, until eventually it runs cleanly. This only happens on a "cold" boot, when its been off for an hour or more. Rebooting, or turning it on if its only been off for less than a half hour is just fine. Since it's my first time building a pc, I wouldn't be surprised if I did something wrong, but I have no idea what.

Stats:
CPU: Intel Q6600 (quad core) 2.6 GHz
Video Card: ATI HD 4850
Memory: 4 GB DDR2 RAM
Hard Disk: 300 GB, 10000 rpm
OS: WinXP sp3

UPDATE!!!

I replaced the RAM, and there's been no problems since.

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Spore: General / Re: One of the reasons why Spore is "cute" and dumbed down
« on: November 07, 2008, 05:14:28 pm »
That link hit the nail on the head. In 05 I was quite pumped to finally as a "layman" be allowed to play with one of those life-evolution sims that universities have been running on supercomputers, where virtual creatures evolved body form to move and find food better. I had (naievely) assumed that aspect of the game was removed due to technical challenges... no one had made a program before where you could so easily build a 3d rendered ANYthing without prior 3d rendering and animation skills and substantial hours to do it. Now I find out it was Chris Heckler and his faction that ripped out every last bit of physics engine from the creature editor.

It was obvious that internal forces within Maxis were fighting against Will Wright from just the small taste of the space phase I've gotten. Will would lecture for hours about how he was building a sandbox exploration game with free reign to play with the "toy planets", terraform, experiment, and just sit back and take it all in. So it was quite a shock to get an RPG where your ship does dull and generic missions to "earn" the right to experiment with the universe... didn't I earn that right after days of gameplay to get into space in the first place? Thanks again, Chris!

In 05 I had high hopes that maybe, just maybe, someone in this day and age would have the sheer guts to make a game that showed us the majesty and horror of life at the same time. Creatures were going to have convergent evolution as players found similar solutions to the same problems, people were going to see for themselves through experimentation why animals in the real world have the kinds of shapes and body plans they do. And it wasn't going to shy away from the brutality in nature, the predation, the blood, the mating... (I'm not asking for x-rated gore and sex mind you, just what you see in your typical nature documentary.) And it would have been beautiful. What we got was a sterile Disney-esque version of the history of life, where smiling happy faced herbivores can dance and grotesque abominations will lay by them like pets at the feet of Snow White.

I think Will Wright had that courage. Now I can put a name to the wussification of Spore, the bleeding out of all its realism and science, and that name is Chris Heckler. Actually, I wish him well. I hope he rises in the ranks and becomes a game director and devellops his own games so we can boycott them and put him out of a job.

Don't get me wrong, I love spore, I still play it, but it is NOT scientific. It is NOT a sim. I play it as a pure game, a fun fantasy in a sci-fi setting, which is still good overall. But now I know for sure what I suspected all along, that it is a shadow of its former self in 05.

This, I think, is what it must feel like to be a Peter Molyneux fanboi. :P

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Spore: General / Re: HELP! Corrupted Save.
« on: November 07, 2008, 04:31:06 pm »
Thanks, Blulighting.

 :-\ ...but no luck for me. I tried replacing the save file, but the old save file has the same problem. (FYI the game I had before where I could replace corrupted saves with old ones from the recycle was Morrowind... which was infamously buggy to begin with. I'm surprised to see such a problem in spore, considering Maxis gave themselves such generous dev time to debug.)

I may try re-using the old species in a new space phase game at some point, but for the moment, I'm going to play a new game because I like trying out different gameplay strategies.

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Spore: General / HELP! Corrupted Save.
« on: November 06, 2008, 12:12:29 pm »
Hi, all! Been gone for a bit as I was busy building my new computer. Now that that's done, I have spore... and a problem.

After my first long interstellar war in space, the game now runs for 5-10 minutes before the generic "Spore has suffered an error" box from windows. I've tried starting other games, and those run just fine. I think my first game has gotten corrupted.

Now, with some games, I could restore an older deleted save from the recycle bin, overwriting the corrupted file. (And lose some progress by doing so but that's better than no save at all.) With spore, I can't find either the spore saves folder, or any previously deleted saves in the recycle bin to work with.

I'm rather fond of my first game. Any techies out there with any ideas how I might find and salvage the file?

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Spore: General / Re: Second Review (PC Gamer)
« on: August 27, 2008, 05:43:27 pm »
I'm actually enthused the reviewer got tangled in an "unwinnable" war against hostile (kirby?) aliens in the space stage. (page 7) I've been hoping the game would provide challenge on a galactic level... I'm happy there will be a chance to use all the potential strategies that have been floating in my head the past couple years... and because getting your A handed to you and clawing your way back from the brink makes for a good story. :)

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Everything Else / Re: So...the Montauk Monster...
« on: August 03, 2008, 03:33:04 pm »
It looks like someone photoshopped a fried chicken with a parrot's head. :P

...and it makes me hungry. Seriously. :)

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My faves: Sphyma, Fwooie, Rasp, and Sectel!

Great stuff all around! :)

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Great stuff! ;D You have quite a bit of creativity...

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Spore: General / Re: Do you remember...
« on: May 28, 2008, 04:30:43 pm »
My experience was similar to the OPs, except that I didn't stumble onto Spore myself. There was a two-page article in Game Informer in Nov 05 about the game... it explained enough that I was blown away! Then I looked for more online, and found Gaming Steve... and a post to the GDC 05 video... and was blown away all over again! Spore is very similar to my "dream game"... the game I'd make if I was a video game designer... how could I not go nuts over that?

...but now, the waiting has been so long, I have grown bitter and consider Will Wright a charlatin :P

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My plan is simple:

1. Get a new computer that can play spore.

2. Go to the store and... "OMG! I can play Portal now!"  ;D
*drops spore box and it shatters*

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Spore: General / Re: No dinosaurs :(
« on: May 28, 2008, 03:27:35 pm »
*sigh* This is the kind of thinking that had me laughing at the folks who worried you couldn't make snakes if there was no "slithering" part... or never have infantry if you were forced to use the vehicle editor to make them... :P

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Spore: General / Re: What power's your vehicles / spacecraft?
« on: May 10, 2008, 01:36:24 pm »
And to think Hectonkhyres once had us all fooled into thinking his civilization was a great idea... :P

http://www.gamingsteve.com/blab/index.php?topic=11890.30


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