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Spore: General / Will Wright's punch out.
« on: May 16, 2006, 12:57:46 pm »
From the little i've seen it appears spore will center around one critical objective during the organism stage for carnivorious. That is aquiring speed so you can chase down a potential prey item. An identical biological strategy of the Cheetah, a Falcon or a shark. This would , obviouslly, cause the game to become extermely linear ,atleast for carnivores. On earth there are plenty of strategies carnivores use that don't require speed and bashing the hell outta a prey item with your primary limbs.

  • camouflage (preying mantis, Various species of snakes) incidently camo is great defensive adaptation too.
        A sub stratagy would be using the enviornment to conceal the organism body or sillohette. This stratagy is identical to allagators who wait at the shore with only their eyes exposed (which just so happen are positioned at the top of their skull for that reason). When a prey item comes to drink it doesn't chase down it's prey but opens it's mouth and grabs it, dragging it into the water.
    Prey Drowning, then final sequence of the aligators predatory plan
    Prey Crushing: this strategy employed by the anaconda. crushes bones, and asphyxiates by compressing the volume of the prey items lungs.
    Curved teeth. Allow the predator to Bite one time and that's it. The angle of the teeth make the only way to remove oneself from teh bite either tear away a big chunk of flesh or
    insert that body part further into the mouth to dislodge.
    Venom ( or some indigenous oral bacterium that produces neuro toxins, like the komodo dragon), the predator inserts the toxin then sits back and waits for the prey to die.
    Filter feeding (similar to sperm whales),
    Lateral lines of sharks can detect the electrical charge of fish hiding under sand the sea basin.
    Dolphins can blast their prey with highly concentrated bursts of energy or sonar.
    Whales oxygen expulsion push schooling fish up to the surface where they are then engulfed, due to innability to swim up any further.
    The pistol shrimp is able to disorient it's prey by introducing it to temperatures approaching teh sun, which rappidly dissipate.
    Digging. some prarie foxes or feral dogs, i think, dig up small rats like prarie dogs or rabbits that burrow.
    Impaling. Various crustacions , possibly even the blue marlin game fish.

   If anybody can think of more please post them.

The point is the game is starting to appear very linear. Where it looks like there will be a race to "get more speed" so you can run up to something and smash your food to death. Infact i can't think of any organism that employs the "bash the hell outta something strat" except two (man, using prehensile tools. and the mantis shrimp, which use a highly evolved hammer like limb), which is why i scratch my head at Wrights selection of this strategy when many others that i've stated are far more commen.

And then theres the predators ability to detect prey or bring prey to them. This game seems to visually focused when there are so many other stratagies then
Angler fish uses light to attract, Various plants (pitcher, venus fly trap) use scents to attract insects.
Exceptional olfactory or auditory capabilities that allow organisms to localize their prey (sharks or bats/ owls, that can detect movement or prey in complete darkness),
Highly senstive sensory organs (mole),

I understand the game is not done and things may change, but if they don't then we do have a linear game.
i also understand that "bashing/smashing strategy may have evolved early on some planets and just remained a primary strategy of organisms due to the common ancestors success with it"
I am also not discussing Defensive stratagies here, that is a whole other topic, and a valid one. There are probably more defensive stratagies then carniveroius ones.

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