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Spore

Platform : Windows Vista, Macintosh, Windows XP

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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
9 new from CDN$ 12.99 4 used from CDN$ 9.95

Game Information

  • Platform:    Windows Vista / XP, Macintosh
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000FKBCX4
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 1.3 cm ; 181 g
  • Release Date: Sept. 7 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,915 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)


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87 of 100 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 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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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By N. Yang on Oct. 9 2008
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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Don Eglinski on Sept. 12 2008
While I'm not overly bothered by the DRM, tho I do disagree with EA's Draconian practise (Sins of a Solar Empire sold 500K units with no annoying anti-piracy measures), I do have a few thoughts after playing SPORE for a week:

1. It's creative.

2. It's boring.

3. It's not worth $50.

After you've played through the various developmental stages, the game is tedious. The "evolution" bits seem more novelty when you've gotten a feel for the game as a whole. Overall, it's just an uninspired sim game.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Dykstra on Sept. 29 2008
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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