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I may as well post the 2 popular bots from Leng's thread to start us off: (Very Impressive Chat with AI that actually Learns. Not kidding.) (Not so impressive chat with A Chat bot pretending to be God.)
I'm actually engrossed in an intresting chat with Jabberwacky right now...

OK Maybe the scenario described in the thread's title is a little over exaggerated, but still, EA has been keeping spore advertising under "MIB; you saw nothing" style hush hush for a while. And You can just tell they've been wanting to explode with Info.  But when are they going to do it? Is it going to be one of the obvious times? sometime around E3 or GDC? or are they going to do something unexpected and Give Info earlier, in a situation possibly like the one I just described?

Site News / Current Ranking: 81,613 US Ranking: 57,870 UK ranking: 83,559
« on: January 31, 2006, 01:40:20 pm »
Ahem, Acording to gamingsteve (on average is the 70,870th most visited site on the internet.
Info here:

Actually Compared to the millions of sites that exist out there, I'm surprised we made it in the top 100,000, let alone 70,870. (Apparently Our peak so far was just a little earlier this month. we were in the top 40,000. Right now we're at 38,303.)

Edit: Figured I'd update the top caption thing.  :)
Edit Again: May as well edit the whole Title
Edit: Well we're now at 26,478.
Edit: we're up again.
Edit: Down a slight bit...
Edit: Low and behlold, we're at our highest yet!
Edit: Finally in the top 25,000
Edit: bit of a drop...but who knows.
Edit: Up Again!
Edit: Looks like we're starting to hit a rough patch
Edit: Still going...down...28,433
Edit: Okay, out of the top 30,000. :-\ Ah well. We weren't even in the top 70,000 when I started this thread. Hopefully the site'll get it back.
Edit: Er...
Edit: (No Comment)
Edit: Sigh, and we had a really Bad week this week. I don't know what's going on. Steve's being mentioned on Gamespot and other high traffic sites (Though strangely not Joystiq as much.), and we're up to 1914 members, yet somehow...
Edit: although if you look at the Daily and Weekly, I think things are starting to turn around. Perhaps the new site updates have something to do with it.
Edit: GULP.
Edit: We're starting to get back to where we were when this thread started. Not that 70,870th isn't a flattering position for any website in this great big thing we call the interweb. Still...
Edit: Technically we have gone just doesn't look like it because I haven't updated in a short while.
Edit: Back in the Top 90,000  ;D ...well at least for now. Sooner the updates start back up the better for the site.
Edit: 84,842. Hopefully it keeps going up.
Edit: Still in the same general area.
Edit(2/18/07): Since Alexadex has recently updated with Specific country rankings, I've decided to update the title a little. One interesting Tidbit, The Netherlands Love Steve: 10,045  Germany, ehh not so much: 442,057
Edit(3/28/07): You can see the current ranks both overall and in the US and UK in the title. Up in the US(Top 20,000!); Down in UK.
Also, Germany dislikes us less apparently: 228,092 Canada, however, can't stand us: 389,565
Edit(1/27/08):We're up!
Edit(2/26/08):Up some more! 74,994.
Edit(3/14/08): 69,464! Yeah!

Everything Else / Guerilla Marketing on fourms
« on: January 27, 2006, 10:57:06 am »
If anyone's seen the recent middle newspost at penny-arcade, they'll know what I'm talking about, if not check it out. The general gist is apparently there are actually marketing firms who are using fourms as another outlit for advertising their product. Building up a well known position at the fourm and then plugging the product in a subtle manner.

But I'm having a hard time thinking of anyone on here who would do anything like that...
(*Ahem*Subtle Hint Subtle hint*Ahem*  ;))
Still, It is intresting...

Sure new Screenshots and such may have come out, but they aren't really new, they're just newly released. We really have absolutly no idea how far along progress has gotten since E3. The game may be so fantasticly amazingly great looking you faint just from a still Image...or not. But we have no way of knowing. Why haven't they leaked even an Image since e3? There's "hush hush", and then there's "Game?! what game?! we never mentioned a game! Go away!" And we're getting the latter... Hm...

TV / Is Futurama Pulling a Family Guy?
« on: January 06, 2006, 12:21:18 pm »,1,18076,00.html?tnews

You may now Commence Jumping for Joy. (I know its not definite yet but odds are it'll happen.) Could it be fox is learning the error of their ways when it comes to Canciling good shows and leaving on bad ones?... nah. Probably not. They just want a cut of the Futurama cash. Still, Yay!

No I don't actually have a clip of any sort of news report. Apology in advance if that's what you got out of my title.

This is for speculation as to what the news will be saying about this game. It isn't often the news mentions games unless it has something to do with Lawsuits or Holiday Shopping Lists or Censorship. This is Mostly because it isn't very often something newsworthy happens that would be notible to anyone outside the Gaming Community.

When this game comes out it will push borders. Technologicly and Socially. People will know about it. It will arguably be one of the best selling games of all time. Seriously, you've got the hype with the game going around already, mixed with the fact its made by the same team responsible for SimCity and The Sims, and You can be pretty sure the Ad Execs at EA will come up with some big promotion for it. (assuming they don't mess it up by making it a monthly fee game when it seriously doesn't need to be, since all the content will be by the players for the players etc...)
And once the game sells big, more people are going to hear about it. It won't take long before it becomes a contrivercial issue of sorts. (No this isn't another thread focused on religous protesters, and what their reaction will be to it, though it is part of it.)
There Will be protests. For whatever reason I'm almost sure someone will find something in the game to protest. The protests will get local coverage, the local coverage will lead into national coverage, only boosting the Public intrest in the game. Wright will get interviewed. News Programs, Talk shows, Government FBI agents. (Ok, maybe not that last one.)
You may think I'm over estimating, but look at it this way. Picture the earth as a big pond. Little by little as games have been introduced to the world it's been like pebbles being dropped into a pond. Some bigger then others. all of them are creating little ripples. As a whole gaming has changed the world. Now picture A Stone being thrown into the pond. Much bigger Ripples. If spore is concidered to be so gigantic in the gaming community. It will find its way into the mass news media, At least as a fairly large thing.
What will they say?
*goes off to ponder...

Everything Else / Say goodbye to 2005!
« on: December 31, 2005, 08:57:48 pm »
I'm writing one of the last posts of 2005! Say goodbye to this year guys! Its coming (at least in the eastern time zone.) Say goodbye when your timezone comes up!

I think you get the point  ;)

Believed to be Created Years ago... When the still had an off topic BBS...

Anyone who wants can play

The object of the game we're actually playing at the moment (i'm going into the story) is: Just play along in the role you take on telling the story from your point of view until its over or you die or something along those lines..(If you do die you could always come back as like a ghost or clone or never really killed etc...totally up to you) its a really fun game! Just listen to these testimonails: [INSERT SOMETHING POSITIVE AND INTRESTING HERE]

Here's an example of how the game works:
poster one: Well, it was monday again, and yet another day of school was coming. I was at the bus stop. When the bus came, i got on only to find nobody else on execpt for the bus driver and myself. "That's weird." I thought to myself "I'm like the fourth to last stop. There ussually are no seats left when i get on."

poster 2: "I'm going into the story!"

I got on the bus and saw poster one, but no other kids. "Where is everyone?" I asked.

poster one:"I don't know" I said back to her. "Maybe they're all out sick."

poster 2: "I don't think everyone could be out sick." i said.

Poster 3: "I'm going into the story!"

I silently agreed with her in my head. I had been driving this bus for 3 years, and ussually only 1 or 2, if any kids were out sick. I didn't say anything at that point though because i was just there to do my job and drive the bus. Still i couldn't help but wonder where everyone else could be.

And the story would basicly go on till the whole thing was resolved or at least the main conflict was.(you know in case any sub-plots develop or something.)

Some rules:
-Don't speak for anyone else Who is actually a poster but yourself. in other words don't do this:

Poster 4: I said no, but poster 3 said yes. (also try not to do it with actions eigther, but if you must that's ok.)

-Don't make up fake names for other people. just refer to them by their screen name or real name (first name i mean) or some sort of approved-by-them nickname.

-You only have to say "I'm going into the story!" when you are first going into the story. Once you have entered the story, you don't have to say it anymore. But do say it to start.

-If you want to enter the story you can create a new person and introduce that person or take over for a created unfilled character (like poster 3 did in the example)

-Any created roles not filled by people (like the bus driver) can be taken over at any point in the story. until then it is fair game to say what they do and say and such.

-Have fun with it, though don't come in and ruin the whole thing by acting all "ruin the whole thingish" *Ahem*Vivec*Ahem*

Now let's start!

I'm going into the story

"The Lummuxor Arms Hotel" I thought to myself. "Strange a place like this would be here."
It wasn't its hight that struck me as odd. It was only 2 or 3 floors, not too out of the ordanary a Hotel to see on the side of the road. What struck me as odd was the intricate design and architecture of the place. It was made out of stone, what may have been centuries ago. It looked majestic enough to be one of those hotels you read about in Magazines, for the rich and famous. The kind only people who were in the process of buying their 8th summer home in the Hamptons could afford. Seeing a building like this on the side of a desert road, with only a gas station across the street the only building for miles, made me uncomfertable. The Digital clock in my car struck 6:00. (That's right, I'm pretending i can Drive!) The Rain started to pick up. I reached under my dashboard and pulled out my umbrella. I got out of the car and made my way to the front door of the hotel.

I walked in the door to an Interior that fit perfectly with the exterior. The Lobby was carpeted golden yellow, with two matching satin Sofas. A door with "Hotel Bar" Marked over In Gold Lettering over it stood next to an elevator. The stairs were in the back, wide and carpeted as the floors were. A man was sitting on one of the sofas reading a newspaper.

"Hello and welcome to the Lummuxor Arms Sir." Said a female Voice to my left. I turned and saw a woman in a Red Uniform standing behind a check-in desk. "May I help you with anything?" she asked.
"Um. Yes." I said. "I'm here about a room."
"Oh of course sir." She said. "Will it be just you?"
"As far as i know." I responded.
"Well rooms 3B through 1B are still available for your stay." She said.
"Oh I was told to give the person at the front desk this..." I said, remembering the invitation in my trenchcoat pocket. I wasn't sure why I had forgotten it, it was the whole reason i had come out here, though it was very vague as to why. All it said was that it would be a night to remember.

The woman behind the desk read at the Invitation.
"Oh, detective, I was told you were coming. You've been given the Saphire Suite." She said, Unlocking a case behind her, which seemed to contain 7 keys. She pulled out a key with what seemed to be a saphire attached to it, and handed it to me. "I was told to tell you to be at the hotel bar by 6:32." She said. "Your room is on the third floor, closest to the elevator."

While she left me with many questions, she didn't seem to know much about what was going on. I decided i would save the questions till i met whoever it was who invited me here. I made my way over to the elevator, noticing the man on the sofa eyeing me over his newspaper. Whatever happened, i knew then, this was going to be a night to remember, like the invitation said.

Everything Else / Uncyclopedia?
« on: December 21, 2005, 01:41:25 pm »
anyone heard of this?
Its like a parody site of wikipedia. Same format, but its more about humor then actual info.
I was typing stuff into google news and came across a site linking to it and actually to this article specificly:
Intresting site.

My Favorite from the article I mentioned:
March 13th - Several die after somebody set up them the bomb. They had no chance to survive, and as such were instructed to make their time.

Portable Games / So do Yoot or maxis get any Credit?
« on: December 19, 2005, 03:11:17 pm »

Simtower is being ported to the GBA. They're calling it "The Tower" No but mention of "Simtower", "Maxis" or "Yoot Satio" But its the same game. Look at the screens.

TV / Canceled too soon!
« on: December 16, 2005, 05:09:18 pm »
It had to have happend to you at least once. You tune into this new show you've really been getting into. You can't wait for the next episode. And suddenly you realize that you're watching an old episode of "Laverne and Shirley". No you aren't losing your mind. (At least I don't think you are...) Your show was canceled. And no amount of critic acclaim saved it.

This is post for you to list the shows you got into that became just that "Canceled too soon" And when i say too soon, I mean 2 seasons or under. (Although my favorite show i think was taken off too soon after 4 seasons, the line seems to fit at 2 seasons, there's rumors of them bringing back my favorite show though for a 5th seasons. i hope they do...)

Anyway I'll start off with 1:

Wonderfalls- Takes place and is filmed on location in niagra falls. (though a lot is flimed on the canadian side) It's an hour long comedy about a girl named Jaye Tyler(Caroline Dhavernas) "Overeducated and Unemployable" is basicly how she was labled in the highschool yearbook. She got a Philosiphy degree from Brown, and works as a clerk in a gift shop. Suddenly After a kind of semi near death experiance, Inanimate objects (with Animal Faces) start talking to her. The first of which is a wax lion(seen here: , who tells her not to give change back to a woman. The woman takes her change, while Jaye is staring in disbelief at the lion. The woman's purse gets stolen immidiatly after she leaves. Jaye faints not too soon afterwards...Very well written show. Anyway, more animals (a brass monkey statuette, and a stuffed toy bear to name a couple) start talking to her and telling her to do things, which is very hard for her to deal with. Think of it as a "Joan of Arcadia" only Joan has WASP type parents, lives in a trailer park, Is 24, And instead of god coming in diffrent forms, its a bunch of animal shaped objects, and you never find out who's really speaking though them or what its all truly leading up to. They only made 13 episodes before being canciled, and Fox only aired 4.  >:( i do have them all on DVD though. (If you want to check it out, the dvd's are still on sale in most places.) Great show, Great reviews.
Cast Shot:
Cause of death: Bad Timeslot

Site News / How about an Online Games Section?
« on: December 11, 2005, 04:22:00 pm »
Mostly online games have been posted eigther in Everything else or in PC games. Why not add an online games section specificly for them. Yes they are on the PC, but they aren't really PC games, or at least not in the general sence of the term.

PC Games / MTV made an online game, and it suprisingly rocks.
« on: December 11, 2005, 04:16:00 pm »

It's like video games through the ages, you play through diffrent eras, doing diffrent mini games from the era to move on. There's a frogger one, an astroids one, a DOOM one, etc... really cool.

(little tip, when you get to the doom one, some glitch keeps you from reloading more then twice. Without doing so, at least the second and 3rd time around, you'll definitely lose. A trick to get it to reload: click the help button and then immidiatly click out...)

Spore: General / Cladogram and Common Descent
« on: December 11, 2005, 02:04:07 pm »
seeing as how this idea was my first post ever, in response to another post which is very deeply buried in the spore section...I figured i may as well repost the idea. I thought it would be really intresting to see in the game.


What I think would be cool is sort of a Darwin chart type thing. Everyone knows the picture of the guy going from the amoeba to that thing to that other thing (i believe you can fill in the blanks here) and moving up till finally reaching modern man. I think it would be fun to click on a button and see something a little like that for your creature. Showing how far you came. It could be updated every time you evolve your creature. Maybe even in a procedurally sketched style to match the Darwin chart more...or not. It's an idea.

This way you can just open it up and see how far your creature has come.

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