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Re: Spore

Postby UKIan » 08 Sep 2008, 21:13

Johnmcl7 wrote:All those one star reviews are a load of nonsense, hopefully Amazon will see sense and tidy them up.

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Not really, people are genuinely annoyed about this. There are plenty of other examples of similar consumer uprisings on Amazon, and they generally just roll with it. The last one I can remember is Katie.com where Penguin just named a book Katie.com even though that domain was owned by a private individual who suffered because of it. They then acted like total c**ts. You'll have to look on Amazon.com as opposed to .co.uk, but it's still slated there.

Ars have a couple of Spore articles up. The first is a pretty clear review that says everything prior to getting into space is basically the tutorial, and then it gets interesting. The second covers the whole DRM debacle and is less complimentary.
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Re: Spore

Postby Johnmcl7 » 08 Sep 2008, 21:52

I think they are a load of nonsense, it just makes it all the more difficult for anyone wanting to make a genuine decision on the game. If people want to moan about the DRM they could at least put some more detail in to make it useful to others. Most of them simply equate to 'DRM Sucks, don't buy this game" which just makes the whole act look childish.

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Re: Spore

Postby Replicant » 08 Sep 2008, 22:07

I have to agree John - Its supposed to be a review of the product, i.e. the person has actually owned it or at least played it. Not just some random rant against DRM.
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Re: Spore

Postby UKIan » 08 Sep 2008, 22:32

Replicant wrote:I have to agree John - Its supposed to be a review of the product, i.e. the person has actually owned it or at least played it. Not just some random rant against DRM.


Well, the DRM is part of the package, so I have no problem with people refusing to buy the product purely on that basis. Let's not forget recent history, All Sony CD's infected with their rootkit got slated on Amazon for the same reason and honestly I would never put one of those in my drive regardless of how great the music was purely on principle.

I'm not even overly bothered by the DRM on Spore, I doubt it would ever affect me if I bought it, but remember this comes hot on the heals of the Mass Effect DRM debacle. I think it's actually more of a response to EA and their intentions than it is to the specific implementation. EA has a serious image problem, mostly created by their own actions.

This is just part of the current EA DRM clusterfck. The EA downloader doesn't work properly and Crysis owners are finding it impossible to play 64bit Crysis without downloading a cracked version. It's fine if you buy it on DVD, but the downloaded version just plain doesn't work and EA are avoiding the issue.
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Re: Spore

Postby Johnmcl7 » 08 Sep 2008, 23:09

That's not the issue, it's what people are actually writing - if they don't want to buy the product because of DRM and want to 'warn off' other people at least give some convincing reasoning. Many of the reviews cite that the DRM puts them off the game but not actually explain any reason why.

I do actually use Amazon reviews for many of the books I buy as they're not well known and there are actually some people who take the time to write good reviews. However any which simply state either how great the book is or what an awful waste of money it was are pretty much ignored as with nothing to back it up it's meaningless to me. However a well written review which mentions why the person enjoyed or hated the book is far more useful, same with any review.

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Re: Spore

Postby james » 09 Sep 2008, 00:08

is it normal to have died about 50 times?

Just made it to tribal... sleep now ;)
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Re: Spore

Postby EviL Ras » 09 Sep 2008, 07:44

Start eating them, thats what i did! Just whizzed into the centre of the galaxy, but got obliterated! My 11500 ship just couldn't cope! Am i supposed to kill the
grox? or befriend them?!
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Re: Spore

Postby scarbunny » 09 Sep 2008, 09:20

I think I worked it out, Spore ist a bad or shallow or dumbed down game.

Its an EA/Maxis game so it just dosnt have all the bits you need to actually enjoy it to its full extent, we just need to wait for the expansion packs to come out. :)
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Re: Spore

Postby Soup4 » 09 Sep 2008, 12:46

EviL Ras wrote:Start eating them, thats what i did! Just whizzed into the centre of the galaxy, but got obliterated! My 11500 ship just couldn't cope! Am i supposed to kill the
grox? or befriend them?!

It's your call. You can collect the artifacts to befriend them but there is also another way ;-) Alternatively they are fairly easy to wipe out, again if you know how. Check out their species' planetary requirements and have a think about it :)

Most of the Grox fell beneath my steely boot, there are still a few of them about as I like to leave my conquered foes alive so they can be miserable about being beaten. Brains over brawn ;-)

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Re: Spore

Postby EviL Ras » 14 Sep 2008, 10:17

I'm still inches away from the centre of the universe?!! How do you complete this thing?!!
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Re: Spore

Postby EviL Ras » 18 Sep 2008, 13:58

Has ANYONE worked out how to complete this game yet?! CAN you complete it?!
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Re: Spore

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Re: Spore

Postby Soup4 » 08 Oct 2008, 18:09

I upgraded the MBP's 200Gb drive to a 320Gb drive at the weekend, using the traditional OS X upgrade style of installing OS X afresh, shoving the original 2.5" drive in a caddy, connecting it to the USB to port and dragging and dropping my 'Home' folder from the old drive to the new drive - for Windows users this moves all your apps and settings to the new OS with no further work required.

Ran Spore today and.. nothing exciting happened. After installing a patch, the game ran fine and seemed oblivious to the fact that it had originally been installed to a different drive and simply file-copied across to a new drive. So much for the devastating DRM.

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Re: Spore

Postby EviL Ras » 08 Oct 2008, 18:47

i'm yet to reinstall, as there seems no way to complete it!
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