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Spore

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista, Macintosh
1.5 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • Software Main Type: Game
  • Software Sub Type: Simulation Game
  • Software Name: SPORE
  • Features: Evolve Your Creature through Five Phases: It's survival of the funnest as your choices reverberate through generations and ultimately decide the fate of your civilization. Explore Other Players' Galaxies: Will your creature rule the universe, or will your beloved planet be blasted to smithereens by a superior alien race. Share with the World: Everything you make is shared with other players and vice versa, providing tons of cool creatures to meet and cool places to visit.
  • Game Expansion Pack: No
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Game Information

  • Platform:    Windows XP / Vista, Macintosh
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B000FKBCX4
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 1.3 cm ; 181 g
  • Release Date: Sept. 7 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,433 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)
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Product Description

Create Your Universe from Microscopic to Macrocosmic, from tide pool amoebas to thriving civilizations to intergalactic starships, everything is in your hands. Manufacturer: Electronic Arts, Inc. Manufacturer Part Number: 15352. Brand Name: EA. Product Name: Spore. Product Type: Software. [Product Information] Software Main Type: Game. Software Sub Type: Simulation Game. Software Name: SPORE. Features: Evolve Your Creature through Five Phases: It's survival of the funnest as your choices reverberate through generations and ultimately decide the fate of your civilization. Explore Other Players' Galaxies: Will your creature rule the universe, or will your beloved planet be blasted to smithereens by a superior alien race. Share with the World: Everything you make is shared with other players and vice versa, providing tons of cool creatures to meet and cool places to visit. . Game Expansion Pack: No. ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and older). Rating Descriptor: Comic Mischief. Fantasy Violence. Animated Blood. Player Connectivity Mode: Online. Network Compatible: Yes. Release Date: 2008-09. Platform Supported: PC. Operating System Supported: Windows. [Miscellaneous] Additional Information: Rating Descriptor: Comic Mischief Fantasy Violence Animated Blood . System Requirements: Processor: 2.0 GHz P4 or equivalent 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent (For built-in graphics chipsets) Operating System: Windows XP Windows Vista Hard Disk: 6GB of space Memory: 512MB RAM (For Windows XP) 768MB RAM (For Windows Vista and built-in graphics chipsets) Others: 128MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 Intel Integrated Chipset, 945GM or above (For built-in graphics chipsets) . Compatibility: Supported Video Cards: ATI Radeon series: 9500, 9600, 9800 X300, X600, X700, X800, X850 X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950 2400, 26


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This peace of sh** crashed my system, and get this, the only way I could get it to work was a full re-install of windows and than installing the cracked version I downloaded (I read on a forum that it would work). this thing is nothing but a $50 peace of worthless sh** that isn't even worth the disk it is pressed on.

STAY AWAY.

EA... You better not put this DRM sh** on Sims 3 or i will not bother buying it I will just skip right to my other solution and download it. You guys F'd up big time.

I have all my Sims stuff registered and will be emailing my complaint.
I have been a big fan of Will Wright's games for a long time but NOW I AM F***ING MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WAY TO SLAP LEGITIMATE PURCHASERS OF YOUR PRODUCT. THANKS FOR THE HEADACHE.
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You can buy this game but you wont own it. EA limits user accounts and you can only install the game by seeking their permission over the internet. This eliminates any possibility of resale. It also installs spyware like software called SecuROM into your computer that you cannot remove even if you uninstall the game. It's essentially a rootkit designed to take control from your computer.
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Spore is a shadow of what it could be. The game play has been dumbed down and it is now boring and retitive. The only fun part is the creature creation but the design of a creature does not seems to really impact it's success or failure. Add to this a DRM fiasco that only let you install the game 5 times! Save your money and don't buy this game!
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The DRM software that gets secretly installed on your computer and has complete access to ALL you computer's systems including the internet is going too far. I do have any priated games, I have bought all my games.(All of the Sims 2). But as a comsumer this is too much. I will boycott EA until they change the DRM they use.
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There are a lot of problems with Spore that I can dismiss: the limited internet activations which will eventually disallow me to play; the updates which cause the game to no longer play; the overly simplistic gameplay through the first 4 stages of the game. I can accept these things...

The most annoying thing to me about Spore is the complete lack of adequate help files. There is very little explanation on how to do things in this game, and the manual which comes with it is sadly lacking. Terraforming, for example, is not explained anywhere in the manual or game. Not that anything in the FIRST FOUR stages need explaining; they are painfully simplistic and easy to play.

I am sure if I were to spend $40 more to buy Spore: Galactic Edition, the help files would be more... helpful. However, this game isn't even worth the initial $40, let alone another $40 more to make it comprehendable. I'd rather just deal with the headache I get from trying to deal with the crashes and inadequate gameplay explanations.

And the next time an EA game comes out... I think I'll save my money.
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By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 30 2008
The game has been just released. But I am not going to buy it. I used to a have a standing pre-order but not anymore, that has been long canceled. I gave EA a chance to mend its ways but it failed. Here is why.

This is a warning Review. Warning of the dangers of the harbored Digital Rights Management (DRM) subroutine that comes unavoidably bundled with the game. This type of DRM (SecuROM 7x with Limited Installations) is well known as it has already been used in at least two other games (BIOSHOCK & MASS EFFECT). So my review is based on first-hand experience of a core aspect of the game.

Apparently EA would rather keep its customers in the dark. That is why, in the past month, EA Forums got censored, Wikipedia entries selectively edited and Amazon reviews repeatedly deleted. What is worse, Amazon (possibly without knowing it) is breaking the law which requires the full disclosure of bundled snoop-ware.

LIMITED INSTALLS? Yes, LIMITED INSTALLS!!! We only get to ride this shiny pony for...3 laps! The official announcement mentions "on 3 different computers" but avoids to clarify what a "different computer" makes: will changing the graphics card trigger the loss of a token? what about attaching a new hard-drive (internal or external) or adding a new user account. All the above have been reported to subtract installation tokens from BIOSHOCK or MASS EFFECT.

And, in order to enforce the limited installations, exactly like BIOSHOCK, there will be IRREMOVABLE FOLDERS placed in our systems' Root that will effectively revoke our Administrator rights to our own PCs!

Is EA trying to pave the way towards a nightmarish future where PC gaming will be a continuously-billed service (such as cable TV) and not a product?
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My review will contain facts, and only facts, no commentary about EA or what's right and what's wrong. You make your own decisions.

I purchased this game 2 weeks ago.

When you first install this game, it will automatically, secretly, install a program called SecuROM into the Kernel of your computer. The Kernel is the highest administration level of your computer, it can interact directly with your hardware.

Facts:

1) SecuROM installs itself automatically when you install the game. It installs itself onto Ring 0 (Ring 3 is where most programs operate, ring 1 and 2 are your device drivers/OS, and ring 0 is the root of your computer where direct interaction with your hardware Ram CPU etc occurs). Simply put, it has total control over your computer because inner rings have full access of subsequent rings, but not vice versa.

2) The game's installer does not tell you that it is installing this program, and there's no way to prevent it. Nowhere in the manual, the online documentation, EA's website, the game's EULA does it make any mention of this software.

3) SecuROM runs automatically and HIDES itself from your operating system, it hides its folders and .dlls.

4) SecuROM CANNOT be disabled. It is hidden from your OS so you can't tell it's running unless you use special programs. Ending the process does nothing, it restarts instantly.

5) SecuROM CANNOT be uninstalled. Even if you uninstall the game completely and delete it from your computer, SecuROM is still there, still runs on your computer whenever it's on. It has no uninstaller. deleting its folder, removing the registry entries does nothing, it is now apart of your system Kernel.

6) SecuROM DISABLED MY FIREWALL!!
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