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Offline Kenobro

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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #45 on: October 12, 2009, 07:29:21 am »
You're forgetting the wait time.  You know how exciting it was to take part in?  What ever, you're just like most of the others who care only for the final product.


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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #46 on: October 12, 2009, 10:53:42 am »
Excuse me.................

I was around since 2005-2006 so please put some pie into that mouth.

I was part of it and enjoyed the philosofic discussions about how life evolves etc. Which by the way was too little of. Much of what we discussed was based on the idea that spore would be a somewhat realistic game according to the 2005 video. Not some game where a 5 pound animal beats a 200 pound gorrilla and loses 5% health in the fight. A game where specs matters and could in some way simulate life.
A game where we had a chance to experiment with hacks etc and see what a world with 50% predators and 30% herbivores would have evolved etc. etc etc.

Spore was a hype that was fun to discuss and yes in a way some parts of it is missing like those discussions but the hype was based on game that was FAR from what we expected.

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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #47 on: October 12, 2009, 11:50:17 am »
but the hype was based on game that was FAR from what we expected.

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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #48 on: October 21, 2009, 02:44:35 pm »
Wasn't hydro the first to ever post a creature on here?
I always looked up to you for it, it was so inspiring and creative, and sagan came with it too, even though i might disagree with its policies a bit, i still think its a great great idea with great artwork and imiganitive lands. I loved the time, the zrithigs were my creatures, I remember creating the SWU just to beat the O.T.H.E.R and that other alliance which were wussies in my oppinion (no offense i just wanted some conflict) I remember all the talks on what wed want in the game, the discussions that went on over life. Spore also brought me to this forum, and even though i am not so involved I still like most faces i see on here... I learned alot about aspergers too, and Kenobro is in my heart, even if he hates my heart. I thank spore for it. I love the game, even if its not what i imagined.
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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #49 on: October 22, 2009, 11:19:41 pm »
So you are actually glad that they promised us the game to end all game releases etc.

As a slightly late rebuttal to that, they never promised us that.  We built it up to that and assured ourselves that that would be the case.

I will agree that the hype was different, but that was our own doing.  As time went on, the game went in one direction while we chose to veer off on another tangent.  We have nobody to blame but ourselves if we are dissapointed.  Spore is a good game and an amazing piece of technology, it just isn't the world-changing super simulator we told ourselves it would be.
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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #50 on: October 23, 2009, 05:15:24 am »
I will agree that the hype was different, but that was our own doing.  As time went on, the game went in one direction while we chose to veer off on another tangent.  We have nobody to blame but ourselves if we are dissapointed.  Spore is a good game and an amazing piece of technology, it just isn't the world-changing super simulator we told ourselves it would be.

That is not really the point of this thread. its not what Spore is but what we imagined it to be and how amazing it was during the time of "pre-spore".

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« Reply #51 on: October 23, 2009, 12:42:27 pm »
Which is the darker side of the subject you brought up Hydro. Some people did take those speculations as fact, and were led to believe that the game was to be so.

Spore-addict is a prime example. He just made a statement that Maxis never made, but based it off other people's claims and praises.

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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #52 on: October 24, 2009, 12:44:00 am »
Which is the darker side of the subject you brought up Hydro. Some people did take those speculations as fact, and were led to believe that the game was to be so.

Spore-addict is a prime example. He just made a statement that Maxis never made, but based it off other people's claims and praises.

You have a point. While I became one of the biggest fans of spore during this time I did make sure to check any facts of peoples claims. Basiclly if it did not comes directly from someone at EA or Maxis it was not true. And even then there was many things that were so vague that wild speculations sprung from them. For example features in the the hidden files within the creature creator that were eventually taken out or changed.

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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #53 on: October 24, 2009, 11:38:29 pm »
I started my account here at gamingsteve on August 09, 2005 only about a week after I had learned of the upcoming game. I can attest that those many months were some of the best I have ever spent on the internet. I spent broad swaths of time designing strange and terrible creatures, sculpting them in my mind like a piece of art and then streamlining them down to something that would excel in the real world. I would write stories describing how their unique biology and living conditions would affect their culture and technology. I would draw up whole maps of the worlds I wanted to carve into things of beauty. More than once I ended up laughing madly, my extremities tingling like I just had a close brush with death, just from the excitement.

I can understand why they had to give up some of the grand ideas we all wanted. It takes time to code and every day they hold off releasing the product means more potential customers are going to trickle away and so I never asked for the moon. What enraged me is that they had certain features programmed in one part of the game but not in others or the developers used it to make something in the game but never released it to the players. We have placement specific effects for different bodyparts: just look at all the horn-jousting you do in cell phase. We have asymmetrical bodypart placement: just look at the grox or one or two of the 'bug' creatures. The examples are legion. I won't even go into... stylistic issues or the soul-eating grind I found tribal and beyond.

I had squeezed what little joy out of the game within a week and giving up all hope in a few more. I snapped the discs for both the game and the creature creator in half and mailed the damn things back. Considering I had to buy an external DVD-drive for my computer just to run the damn thing, I was not pleased. I would have preferred that Spore turn into vaporware and left me my dreams.


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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #54 on: October 26, 2009, 12:24:43 am »
Hmm, i agree, it was a huge disappointment, but it still was fu waiting for it to come out, and the creations made because of the game seem to make it all a little better.
I think that it would have been better if it focussed individually on different aspects of the game, like the creature phase as one disk etc. so it wouldn't have been so bad, as it could channel all of the creative force in there. But they didn't. A huge disappointment.
The game irritated me at parts, where humour was used, and the cartoon-style i didn't like. Also, some of the creations made were just... stupid.

Overall game bad, long wait, good.  :)

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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #55 on: October 26, 2009, 12:50:59 pm »
I await the day that i shall create my own, better, SPORE game.

Well, I'm allready awaiting that too :D

It was really a great time. I thought you people would think I'm crazy if I said I really liked the wait, untill I found out about this thread. I didn't knew more people felt like that too, haha ;)
Also, I don't think it can ever be done again, the hype that was then, will never be achieved some time else I think.
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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #56 on: October 26, 2009, 02:43:22 pm »
Hmm, i suppose.
Well, i like the wait so much, it made me get into Worldbuilding etc. Of that i'm glad, but the game i'm not.
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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #57 on: October 26, 2009, 02:54:23 pm »
Well kev, i sometimes refer to spore as the second black and white
i was pretty hyped about the possibilities of bnw too, turned out quite different :(
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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #58 on: October 26, 2009, 07:10:23 pm »
yea, I prefer my own writing and creating over fighting through the shoddy game-play of spore. hell, I wrote a novella, and it has nothing to do with spore, nor was it inspired by it

I wanna take a trip back. now I know some of you think 'spores out, so I'm not participating in rp's here anymore'. I don't care. I do!

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Re: The Gift of Waiting
« Reply #59 on: October 27, 2009, 02:41:21 am »
yea, I prefer my own writing and creating over fighting through the shoddy game-play of spore. hell, I wrote a novella, and it has nothing to do with spore, nor was it inspired by it

I wanna take a trip back. now I know some of you think 'spores out, so I'm not participating in rp's here anymore'. I don't care. I do!

weird for me to say this, cause I never have...

Well I may not do any more Pre-Spore Fan Fiction, but I still am doing Sagan 4. It is sort of the child of the Pre-Spore Community and Speculative World Building. It has become its own game in its own right an int turn has spawned my other "sister"  world builder projects out there. I can thank the Pre-Spore time period for it being possible to do. Also a special thanks to all who have participated in it over the years and LadyM for hosting its current website.

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