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« on: April 03, 2005, 03:25:20 pm »
Come and visit Planet Spore for up to date news, screenshots, forums, and more.

Drop by, register, and join in with the discussion.

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2005, 03:59:48 pm »
This is the wrong fourm...I think...

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2005, 04:13:29 pm »
Technically, it's the right forum, because it's a link to a site which gives potential information about Spore - which is the forum description. 

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2005, 08:42:23 pm »
Advertising is kinda lame, though.

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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2005, 02:41:21 am »
You're all entitled to your own opinion.

But if you think it's a good site, please register and post on the forums.

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2005, 06:02:29 am »
That's fine.

I didn't know about it so thanks for bringing it to my attention at least ;D
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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2005, 11:48:55 am »
Thank you. At least someone likes my site...

Planet Spore needs your help to grow, so please join and tell your Spore-loving friends about it!

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2005, 12:19:16 pm »
It's nice to see sites springing up but somehow I get the feeling that this will be the place for any exclusive inside information however keep up the good work.

I forgot to say, I won't be signing up but that's only because I belong to more forums then I can count and it seems a waste to sign up to different forums based around the same game if I am only going to post in one.
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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2005, 01:21:18 pm »
It's nice to see sites springing up but somehow I get the feeling that this will be the place for any exclusive inside information however keep up the good work.

Gaming Steve seems to have some connections that dedicated spore site owners don't. Plus he has a history with the industry and kind of has a feel for how it works. Even though this site isn't dedicated to spore, it's the spore coverage that I think is going to put this place on the map. Until Spore gets really big, this place should be the best place for the latest info.

The spore forum here is a lot busier than any other spore forum I've seen so far.

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2005, 03:06:55 pm »
I whole-heartily agree with the person above me. Gaming Steve can attract more members because of the colours, members and information on Spore.

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2005, 05:03:27 am »
I must agree, GamingSteve does seem to have an "inside source", for a FEW of his facts about the game. But many of the others are speculations which are drawn from the information we currently have.

If someone could give me an example of information which is on GamingSteve, but not on Planet Spore, I'll be glad to hear it.

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2005, 11:09:28 am »
I must agree, GamingSteve does seem to have an "inside source", for a FEW of his facts about the game. But many of the others are speculations which are drawn from the information we currently have.

If someone could give me an example of information which is on GamingSteve, but not on Planet Spore, I'll be glad to hear it.

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http://gamingsteve.com/blab/index.php?topic=209.0

Yes, I saw that Mr. Heat put that on the SnootySpore forums too, but Steve's the one who got the info originally, and had it posted first. If any other *new* info is leaked before E3, I'd expect it to be steve who gets it. My guess would be that after E3, more Spore forums, including yours, will take off like mad. That's why I'm glad to see sites like yours popping up. :) But until then, this place is where most of the convo will probably be.

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2005, 11:46:17 am »
I must agree, GamingSteve does seem to have an "inside source", for a FEW of his facts about the game. But many of the others are speculations which are drawn from the information we currently have.

If someone could give me an example of information which is on GamingSteve, but not on Planet Spore, I'll be glad to hear it.

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http://gamingsteve.com/blab/index.php?topic=209.0

Yes, I saw that Mr. Heat put that on the SnootySpore forums too, but Steve's the one who got the info originally, and had it posted first. If any other *new* info is leaked before E3, I'd expect it to be steve who gets it. My guess would be that after E3, more Spore forums, including yours, will take off like mad. That's why I'm glad to see sites like yours popping up. :) But until then, this place is where most of the convo will probably be.

I have to admit, I was surprised to see that information. Steve is an expert at getting anything "leaked". You're right about E3, too. Not many people know of the GDC so they probably won't have heard of Spore. But many more know of E3, so let's hope people start looking for communities to join.

That's why I'm glad to see sites like yours popping up. :)

I'm glad to have finally seen a comment like that. ;D

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2005, 12:05:10 pm »
Hey all, I just wanted to put in my two cents on this topic since it seems like it's getting a little crazy.

First, I imagine that in a few months there will be several hundred Spore web sites and forums around the world, just like The Sims. Would I like the Gaming Steve Spore forum to continue to be one of the "main" forums for people to come and chat about Spore? Of course I do. Not only do I really love the concept of the game and want to follow it, but I do feel I have connection to the game since I was there and got to cover the world premiere unveiling of the game to the public. I will also, if need be, make a separate section on the site just for Spore information and coverage. But right now with the limited information being released I feel that the forum, pictures, and podcasts on the game are enough to adequately cover the game.

Second, I will continue to cover and dig to find out information on the game. I will talk about the game both on my podcast as well as in the forums. As I find out information, both exclusive and non-exclusive, I will post it and let everyone know. Of course, any "exclusive" information can be spread throughout the Internet in 5 seconds and everyone in the world can claim responsibility, but I will still do what I can.

Third, I go to all the industry events, where the first information will be released to the public. Again, as I know about it so will you.

Fourth, very simple, I know people both directly and indirectly working on this game. It is actually tricky to get info on the game at this point as it is covered under the EA NDA agreement. So people who give me info on the game right now have to do it in secret otherwise they can get fired/sued by EA. So as I find out info from my friends and contacts I will let you know, but expect it to be spotty until the game is "officially" announced.

I'm sure this won't be the last Spore web site we hear about in the next few months, but keep it civil Sash. There is more than enough to share.
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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2005, 03:59:28 pm »
I hear you loud and clear, Steve. There's going to be nothing which could get anyone in trouble on my site, if I can help it.

Keep up the good work Steve...you're one of the best out there.

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2005, 04:35:35 am »
First, I imagine that in a few months there will be several hundred Spore web sites and forums around the world, just like The Sims.

how many The Sims sites were there before it was playable?
didnt come the fame for that game with and after its release?
while i did not follow the pre-sims history too cloesly, i doubt that there were many discussions like "do you think i can use a hello kitty toilet?".

spore on the other side is much more in danger of being hyped, giving birth to endless but shortlived sites even before it is released.
some of this sites will be survive, most will perish for a multitude of reasons. (an evolution on its own... :) )
just because some site covered a topic first, does not mean it has any garantee that it will play a big role in the future.
gaming steves insight might give this site here an advantage, but once its released that advantage is gone.

IMO this site, even with a dedicated spore section, will in the long term fall behind "spore only" sites, if it does not concentrate on developing a community as long as it has an advantage.

if it could be achived to build a true "portal" for spore-interested before the E3 (maybe in cooperation with a dedicated spore site, with that sites forum beeing here) then there might be a bright future. :)
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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2005, 09:52:45 pm »
Granted, this isn't a spore-only site. It's a games-in-general site with some good (and I mean GOOD) Spore content. In a sense, "come for the Spore, stay for goodies." I for one can't get enough of those podcasts, and now wish I had an mp3 player so that I could make effective use of all that spare listening time during my daily commute!

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« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2005, 10:09:56 pm »
Having just a forum makes a Spore site not. Make a large section if you want people to stay here after more info is about. Forums are too hard to get new info from compaired to a news section that is devoted.

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« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2005, 11:04:08 pm »
Having just a forum makes a Spore site not. Make a large section if you want people to stay here after more info is about. Forums are too hard to get new info from compaired to a news section that is devoted.

There is a large news section dedicated to just Spore. On the podcast I cover Spore every single week. As more print items are released, I'll cover those as well on the site itself.
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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2005, 11:06:07 pm »
I'm talking more face value. Judging a book by it's cover.

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« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2005, 08:04:15 am »
Wulf is right, Steve. The General Public won't care that you're a Spore Information Factory. They care who has the best presentation, most links, and best search engine placement.

After all, the info you give out will be cloned by those other, more slick sites within a day.

Now, you don't HAVE to be Spore King. Most people don't want to be Sporking anything, anyway. But if you want to stay on top, Wulf has the right idea.

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2005, 07:50:14 pm »
A news section is an intriguing idea, but at this time I don't think there's enough info to warrant one. The FAQ will have to do for now.
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« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2005, 06:04:52 am »
Why should Steve care about the general public? What, is he going to win some prize for "most visitors on a Spore site"? If someone can't be bothered to fish the info they want from the clearly labelled FAQ thread NOR the forums, and is too lazy to even ask on the latter, why should Steve move a single muscle for them?

More relevantly for us, do we want such lazy bums in these forums?
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« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2005, 06:59:45 pm »
Why should Steve care about the general public? What, is he going to win some prize for "most visitors on a Spore site"? If someone can't be bothered to fish the info they want from the clearly labelled FAQ thread NOR the forums, and is too lazy to even ask on the latter, why should Steve move a single muscle for them?

More relevantly for us, do we want such lazy bums in these forums?
Money? Popularity? An audience? To inform LARGE masses of people about the gaming industry and games?
Why the hell do you think anyone makes a website? I think the people he is trying to reach are the ones who will read the site. What about all the people who weren't excited about spore and didn't google it to find this site? They arn't 31337 like us and therefore he shouldn't 'move a single muscle for them'?
Example: On Steve's desktop there is a genuine popup that has two options; 'Increase traffic to site' or 'Decrease traffic to site' what would he click?

I think I have to digress. Make a page about Spore specifically to generate traffic. You don't have to, but a nice fanbase before spore is released would be nice right?

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2005, 10:06:08 am »
if it could be achived to build a true "portal" for spore-interested before the E3 (maybe in cooperation with a dedicated spore site, with that sites forum beeing here) then there might be a bright future. :)

I think a "portal" or maybe some sort of Spore webring is an excellent idea, so that the information can all be collectivized and whatnot. Or maybe I'm just a dirty commie spouting rhetoric on collectivization.

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« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2005, 02:51:32 pm »
There will be a lot of websites for Spore in the future for sure, but it is fans who create these, and they won't be gaining a lot if many people visit them, except satisfaction. In the end, the one with the most reliable and fast news will 'win', and right now Gaming Steve is the one. All others seem to just report what was said in this site.
But in the meantime, you can visit my own site too  ;) : Spore Universe
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« Reply #26 on: April 13, 2005, 03:27:04 pm »
In the end, the one with the most reliable and fast news will 'win', and right now Gaming Steve is the one. All others seem to just report what was said in this site.
Well, unfortunately, that isn't true. The vast majority of people will simply go to the sites with the slickest interface and highest Google hit. THOSE sites will come here and take the info from this site. Unfortunately, they rarely cite the origin of the information.

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« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2005, 04:00:42 pm »
Well, unfortunately, that isn't true. The vast majority of people will simply go to the sites with the slickest interface and highest Google hit. THOSE sites will come here and take the info from this site.

Good point, I guess I should start to watermark all my Spore images in the future and create a seperate area just for Spore info with a slick interface and everything. My Google count is already fairly high and can continue to build on that.

Unfortunately, they rarely cite the origin of the information.

That is what lawyers are for ... and I have several who work for me full-time.
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« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2005, 04:03:33 pm »
In the end, the one with the most reliable and fast news will 'win', and right now Gaming Steve is the one. All others seem to just report what was said in this site.

As craigp said, that's not entirey true. I speak for myself and a few other Spore sites out there, that the only news we have officially recieved from this site was the fact that Spore is in development for the Xbox 360 as well as the PC; and that's only because Steve has access to inside information.

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« Reply #29 on: April 13, 2005, 04:20:12 pm »
I'd better make sure to include you as the source then, Steve.  ;) Actually right now, the only Spore news I have has a link to you.
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« Reply #30 on: April 13, 2005, 04:45:10 pm »
I'd better make sure to include you as the source then, Steve.  ;) Actually right now, the only Spore news I have has a link to you.

Heh, I actually find that just about all web sites do list their source. I am not too worried about that, but a little letter from a lawyer saying that a web site is illegally reprinting information without listing the source usually gets people into line very quickly. Again, I'm not too worried, I myself visit around 50 gaming web sites a day, there is lots of room for lots of sites.
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« Reply #31 on: April 13, 2005, 05:11:26 pm »
Thats a lot of sites.
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« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2005, 11:22:26 pm »
I'm just trying to save the topic from falling to the next page...

Please, come and join the forums! They're quite quiet now, since E3 is merely a week away, but why not join adnd post what's on your mind? And if not now, then after E3, come over and see what the others are talking about.

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« Reply #33 on: May 09, 2005, 08:18:43 am »
We are fine here. Why go to a new place?
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« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2005, 01:45:27 pm »
erm....are you saying that you should only go to one forum?

Why not go to more than one? I'm not asking you to leave here.

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« Reply #35 on: May 12, 2005, 10:51:40 pm »
What's your forum got that this doesn't is what I think he means.
EDIT*** Oh, and not to be mean or anything (Even though it will come off like it) but I think you should get someone to design your webpage for you. You are trying to make some cash right? First impressions always count. On that note, if you decide against getting it designed at least remove the splash page or make it a reasonable size. It's a huge image with nothing in it that is too large a filesize.
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« Reply #36 on: May 12, 2005, 11:20:31 pm »
Na, I dont want to make cash. As for the site design, it's difficult. I'm making it myself, simply cause I want to. But I'm trying to design a webpage viewable in all resolutions, resonably, whilst working on a very high resolution myself. So for me, and others with a big resolutions, it's OK. But if someone with a smaller resolution comes along, it's an enormous page. If I made it smaller, it would fix the problem for the small resolutions, but be barely visible on the higher ones.

However, I AM working on a new site design. I was hoping this one would be temporary.

Thanx for the tips.

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #37 on: May 13, 2005, 01:21:02 am »
Well, your site works well on 1024x768 (which isn't that much of a high resolution these days). On the stats for my page, from the last 100 visitors, 53% had a 1024x768 resolution, while the rest had higher ones.
But if I were you, I would remove the splash page too. I bet it uses up a lot of bandwith, and it doesn't do much to the site. And anyways most sites do not use splash pages anymore.
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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #38 on: May 13, 2005, 07:11:45 am »
Use percentages in all of your tables and use more modular images and your site can be viewed on nearly all resolutions. My site does this and you can look at even on like 320x200... well, not that low, but you get the idea.

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« Reply #39 on: May 17, 2005, 10:20:07 am »
Thanks for the tip. I did try, but I've been getting a problem where the percentages keep going back to 50% all the time.

Anyway, the site is now rid of the large graphics, and has a much cleaner (albeit, slightly boring) look to it. I hope you like it. The purple is still there, though...

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« Reply #40 on: May 17, 2005, 10:29:59 am »
Well, percentages can be a problem if you do them in a program like Frontpage or Dreamweaver I suppose; I do all my stuff in Notepad, so it does what I tell it, no matter what.

You could try doing a few things at fixed sizes, like the top and sides that need to be the same size, then put your main content in a percentage thing... er, I'm not being very clear. Here, I'll post the table that I use on my site:

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<table cellpadding="1" cellspacing="0" width="100%" height="800" bgcolor="#C0C0C0" frame="border"> //100% width, could do percentage for height if I wanted, but I don't feel like changing it
<tr>
<td width="100" height="100" bgcolor="#C0C0C0" valign="top"> //Note how this is fixed
<p align="center"><img src="images/sean.jpg"></p> //Just sean connery
</td>
<td width="100%" height="100" bgcolor="#C0C0C0" valign="top"> //Only the height of the top is fixed, and since the width is 100% it takes up as much width as it can
<p align="center"><img src="images/title.jpg"></p> //Just the logo
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td width="110" height="100%" bgcolor="#C0C0C0" valign="top"> //Here is the nav bar, the height takes up as much space while the width is fixed; it's the opposite of the top basically
//tons of nav bar junk was here, took it out for space considerations
</td>
<td width="100%" height="100%" bgcolor="#C0C0C0" valign="top"> //And here is the main content area which takes up as much space as it can and will scale to fit the browser
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Yay! That's pretty much it. I don't know if this can really help you if Dreamweaver or whatever keeps insisting on changing the table percentages, though.

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #41 on: May 20, 2005, 09:09:42 am »
Thanks for the help. I'll see if I can get it to work.

Now that E3's over, it's a great time to join our forums! It's a place to hang out and discuss what's on your mind, and about Spore. But please, if you're going to register, come back. There's no point in registering and then not posting.

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #42 on: June 05, 2005, 08:25:28 am »
this isnt the right forum really

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« Reply #43 on: June 05, 2005, 03:00:00 pm »
I put it in the Spore forum and then someone moved it here cause they thought it didn't belong there.

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Re: Planet Spore
« Reply #44 on: June 05, 2005, 03:03:52 pm »
^ everyones soooo picky here! lol

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« Reply #45 on: June 05, 2005, 04:23:55 pm »
lol