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Re: Very Abstract thought here
« Reply #30 on: March 20, 2005, 04:52:36 pm »
Could be worse, you could be losing to the my little ponies, and their evil galactic overlord, Rainbow Brite. Ultimately, you may have to allie yourself with the lesser of two evils, the rebels, led by strawberry shortcake.



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Re: Very Abstract thought here
« Reply #31 on: March 20, 2005, 05:01:14 pm »
Could be worse, you could be losing to the my little ponies, and their evil galactic overlord, Rainbow Brite. Ultimately, you may have to allie yourself with the lesser of two evils, the rebels, led by strawberry shortcake.

Losing to Care Bears from the Planet Caring and Sharing.
Or happy pink ponies from the Plain of Happy Ponies.

Which would I rather lose to?
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« Reply #32 on: March 20, 2005, 05:27:20 pm »
I think I'm going to puke.
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Re: Very Abstract thought here
« Reply #33 on: March 21, 2005, 02:23:27 am »
Houseparty added a ton of content, if it wasn't for that. I doubt they would have done it. My thoughts on EA aren't very good but I'm pretty sure they aren't dumb enough to come out with pointless expansions when the trend is to do updates. Look at Star Wars Galaxies, the features they have added in their updates is astounding! I'm not even going to go off on every other game like that. When itnernet conectvivity is there and fairly constent updates are the way to go.
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« Reply #34 on: March 21, 2005, 11:57:38 am »
yes but you pay a MONTHY FEE to get star wars galaxies updates....
Just because its possible to come out with constant updates...  Wheres the profitability in the continued server costs?
I understand the sims has downloadable contend and all that but its not the focus of the game...  This game is different.

Likr it or not theyre going to get money out of this somehow beyond the original buy, if not through expansion packs then possibly a $ for k of data... I pay 5 dollars and can download this much info... You never knw But I can bet anything they will find a way.
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« Reply #35 on: March 21, 2005, 12:02:40 pm »
^^As much as I hate you for saying that, you're probably right.^^
And the annoying thing is that we will buy it anyway. We will line the pockets of the EA big-wigs, and that is what is wrong with the game industdry. I really hate middle men, even if that isn't really what EA is, I still hate this ####. Crap, thanks a lot, now I'm really pissed off.

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« Reply #36 on: March 21, 2005, 01:10:41 pm »
I think the notion of paying for data from the server is -- though a valid thought in the light of MMO games -- not applicable to Spore. Will Wright has made it clear that the game DEPENDS on user-created content. The game is merely a tool to make and spread this content. As is the case with Sims 2, the server for storing racial and behavioral data will most likely be free for all, because where would be the sense in denying access to a fundamental part of the game? The marketing and financial types of EA might drool over that possibility, but it would cost the company a great deal of credibility and what little goodwill they have left after the personnel scandal of not too long ago.

They will certainly put out add-ons, for that has paid off with Sims, will pay off with Sims 2, and the pattern applies to Spore. I don't see the problem with that, and such is EA.
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« Reply #37 on: March 21, 2005, 02:04:12 pm »
I agree with you, expansion packs are the most likely way, I was just pointing out another method.
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Re: Very Abstract thought here
« Reply #38 on: March 21, 2005, 02:40:10 pm »
yes but you pay a MONTHY FEE to get star wars galaxies updates....
Just because its possible to come out with constant updates... Wheres the profitability in the continued server costs?
I understand the sims has downloadable contend and all that but its not the focus of the game... This game is different.

Likr it or not theyre going to get money out of this somehow beyond the original buy, if not through expansion packs then possibly a $ for k of data... I pay 5 dollars and can download this much info... You never knw But I can bet anything they will find a way.

If The Sims sold 40 million copies (i bought 1 of em) i think spore will sell about 20+ mil. $50x 20 mil=1 trillion dollars. and thats if they only sell 20 mil which will sell more. and who knows how much EA rakes in a year. Even with that much EA would probably try to get every nickel and dime they can get(If your from EA u just didn't read that).

I bet they pay ppl 50k a year to look for loose change on the streets :D.

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Re: Very Abstract thought here
« Reply #39 on: March 22, 2005, 11:22:17 am »
Yeah, but if there are 20million users of Spore, then there is 20 million users to accomadate. And you got to account for costs. For instance, what you pay for the game isn't what EA was paid for it. And they marketed it out at a price so they'd at least make profit off the game after paying all the nice people who made it. So it isn't greed, it's staying alive and making profit.
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Re: Very Abstract thought here
« Reply #40 on: March 22, 2005, 07:45:38 pm »
Seeing how long this game is going to stay around, what with it's replayability, they might try to milk it with a monthly fee. If not just to cover server maintance.
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« Reply #41 on: March 22, 2005, 07:49:06 pm »
It would also depend on what kind of sever we're talking about here, how many, and how good they are for the maintaince cost.

I'd personally be pissed off to pay $5 a month for other ppl's stuff.

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« Reply #42 on: March 22, 2005, 07:52:51 pm »
The fee isn't really meant for the equipment, it's meant for the guys who maintian it. Without the, it would all come crumbling down pretty fast.
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Re: Very Abstract thought here
« Reply #43 on: March 22, 2005, 10:05:36 pm »
What if instead of a server it'd be all p2p. If all the categorizing can happen client-side, maybe this would be an effective way to support the community with no real cost. Course, I don't really know how feasable this is... but since this is the 'abstract thought' thread, might as well let the ol' noggin do its thing. :D
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Re: Very Abstract thought here
« Reply #44 on: March 23, 2005, 04:14:57 am »
What if instead of a server it'd be all p2p. If all the categorizing can happen client-side, maybe this would be an effective way to support the community with no real cost. Course, I don't really know how feasable this is... but since this is the 'abstract thought' thread, might as well let the ol' noggin do its thing. :D

This is a very good thought! If the content stays on the player's computer, and merely indexed and categorized on a central server (according to size, "whackiness", other factors), then that minimizes the load and server interference in content exchanges between players (sharing content with friends was mentioned elsewhere as one of the big points of Will Wright's philosophy).
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