PC / Simulation / Release: Sep 7, 2008 / ESRB: E10+


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EA Planning Mercenaries 3, Hoping to Make Mercenaries 10

Following up on the late August release of Mercenaries 2 (PC, PS2, PS3, 360), EA publishing COO John Pleasants has stated that "there will be a Mercenaries 3, and if I can have anything to do with it, there will be a Mercenaries 10."

The Pandemic-developed open-world action game sequel has sold 1.9 million copies since it hit retailers, the company revealed during a conference call yesterday. Read more »

"EA: Giving you more reasons not to like 'em every week it seems.. stop milking games before ..."
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Will Wright Speaks on Spore DRM

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Will Wright himself has finally spoken up on the downright ugly DRM controversy surrounding his latest creation, Spore (PC). Kotaku asked Wright for his thoughts and the designer came off as, in a single word, understanding:

It was something I probably should have tuned into more. It was a corporate decision to go with DRM on Spore. They had a plan and the parameters, but now we're allowing more authentications and working with players to de-authenticate which makes it more in line like an iTunes. I think one of the most valid concerns about it was you could only install it so many times. For most players it's not an issue, it's a pretty small percentage, but some people do like wiping their hard disk and installing it 20 times or they want to play it 10 years later. Read more »

"I wonder why they spend all that money and grief on DRM software. A game like spore, with a ..."
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Spore Patch 1.02 Released, Removes Controversial 'Bad Baby' Achievement

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The second patch for the PC version of EA Maxis' Spore is now available on FileShack, addressing several bugs, adding cube-shaped planets and axing the "Bad Baby" achievement all while bringing the evolution simulator up to version 1.02.

The now-removed Bad Baby award was a secret achievement granted when a player's created creature was banned from the Sporepedia, according to the SporeWiki. Read more »

"Still no fix for the planets randomly turning into cookie-cutter messes bug? The only way I've ..."
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Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack Screenshots

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EA Maxis' evolution simulator Spore is getting a bit cuter with the November 18 release of the Spore Creepy & Cute Parts pack. To provide a better idea of the expansion's 60 new parts and 14 new animations, EA provided Kotaku with some screenshots.

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"Nothing like having a game stripped down, reworked and then rushed out the door. Then 60 days ..."
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Spore Gets Space Stage Expansion Next Year, Creepy & Cute This November

Electronic Arts today announced that a Space stage expansion pack is in development for Spore, with a release expected next spring.

The expansion will allow players to beam down their creatures from their spaceships, exploring new planets and going on missions. A new Adventure Creator will allow for the creation of custom missions, which can be shared online.

The company also confirmed earlier retailer listings, officially announcing the Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack. In stores worldwide November 18, the Creepy & Cute pack will include 100 new components for creating creatures. Read more »

"That adventures thing is an excellent idea though - essentially each planet could have a ..."
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Retailers List Spore Expansion Pack

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Retail entries for the first Spore expansion pack, reportedly entitled the "Cute & Creepy Parts Pack," appeared on online retailers including GameStop and Amazon, only to be quickly taken down.

Fan site Hooked on Spore, pointing to Google caches of GameStop and Amazon pages, noticed that both retailers listed the product as releasing on November 18, while GameStop pegged the game at a $19.99 price point as well. Read more »

"WTF man? The game just came out. Milk the fucking cow much EA?"
- Fred Garvin    See all 28 comments

Spore + StarCraft = Awesome Screenshots

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Ever wonder what would happen if StarCraft and Spore were combined? Here you go:

In a rather impressive display of the ingenuity, players of Maxis' PC evolution effort Spore have manged to recreate numerous units from Blizzard's acclaimed PC RTS series StarCraft, resulting in the bodacious screenshots above. Read more »

"Wow that's really good. Doesn't make the wait any shorter though."
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EA Denies Banning Spore Owners for DRM Talk

Following up on the "mis-communication" that threatened to ban Spore users from their game if they discussed the title's controversial DRM on the official forum, publisher EA has explained that the fiasco stemmed from an "over-zealous community volunteer."

"These comments are absolutely not true or in-line with EA's moderation policy," Electronic Arts informed Kotaku. The post in question claimed that DRM discussion would put users "at risk of banning which in some cases would mean you would need to buy a new copy to play Spore." Read more »

"DO you really think an over zealous community volunteer is going to dictate policy at EA without ..."
- massdev    See all 11 comments

EA Declares Spore A Hit: Over 1 Million Copies Sold, More Than 25 Million Creatures Uploaded

Maxis' chart-topping evolution simulator Spore has sold over a million units since it was released on PC, Mac and Nintendo DS earlier this month, publisher EA revealed today.

Sales were not broken down by platform, which will undoubtedly lead to more arguments regarding the game's controversial copy protection. However, EA noted that over 25 million user-made creatures have been uploaded to the Sporepedia--a feature only available in the PC and Mac release of Spore and the Creature Creator. Read more »

"The first sign of trouble is declaring your own game a hit. When a game is a hit - everyone ..."
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Spore DRM Prompts $5M Class Action Lawsuit

The controversy surrounding EA Maxis' PC evolution simulator Spore and its DRM continues to escalate, with studio owner and publisher Electronic Arts now facing a class action lawsuit due to the title's use of SecuROM copy protection software.

Whereas most of the controversy thus far has stemmed from the limited number of installs available to legitimate owners, the claims of plaintiff Melissa Thomas lay with the undisclosed installation of the SecuROM software that enables the above practice. Read more »

"Finkelstein Thompson LLP is a law firm that represents consumers who have been harmed by unfair ..."
- Finkelstein Thompson    See all 116 comments

Spore Players Threatened with Ban for Discussing DRM

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An apparent case of "mis-communication" led to moderators on the official Spore message board threatening to ban posters from playing EA Maxis' PC evolution simulator if they discussed the title's controversial DRM.

After inquiring about the DRM situation on the official Spore board, jpfrostfox's thread was locked, with the following added by a forum moderator: Read more »

"I've been torn on purchasing it. I want to support Will Wright and an exclusive PC game, plus my ..."
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EA Revamping Spore, Crysis Warhead DRM

EA Games president Frank Gibeau promised to revamp and further loosen the controversial DRM requirements in recent releases Spore (PC) and Crysis Warhead (PC). His statement was not without a few backhanded comments in the direction of the very vocal anti-DRM community.

"We're extremely pleased with the reception Spore has received from critics and consumers but we're disappointed by the misunderstanding surrounding the use of DRM software," Gibeau wrote in the statement on MTV Multiplayer. He also announced that Spore would soon gain the ability to be authorized on five computers instead of three. Read more »

"As an example, we all know that clothing lines are ripped off. (Piracy). What would be our ..."
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Maxis Addressing Spore Account Outcry

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Responding to fan outcry that legitimate owners of Spore (PC) could only create one online account for the evolution simulator, developer Maxis has announced plans to implement a new system that will allow multiple screen names per account.

In essence, the move allows each account to have up to five sub-accounts, dubbed screen names. Each screen name has almost all the perks of an individual account, including proper accreditation for created creatures in the Sporepedia. Read more »

"I don't think the account/screen-name issue has much to do with potential expansions, but rather ..."
- Dan[WSB]    See all 10 comments

Spore Patch v1.01 Released

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Now available at FileShack is the v1.01 patch for Spore (PC), courtesy publisher Electronic Arts and developer Maxis.

The update is said to fix some bugs, address some community complaints, and implement a few new cheat codes in the recently released evolution simulator. It is not yet known if this patch provides the promised DRM loosening. Read more »

"So when are they adding/fixing SLI support. I have 2 8600GT's and the game doesn't start with ..."
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Spore Gets DRM Loosening Update Soon

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EA Maxis' PC everything-sim Spore will soon get an update loosening one of its copy protection limits and allowing customers to de-activate existing installations of the game.

The game's three-installation limit has sparked full-blown Internet Rage for users' inability to de-activate installations in a method like Apple's iTunes. "Right now, with our solution, you can't. But there is a patch coming for that," EA representative Mariam Sughayer told MTV Multiplayer. No timeframe other than "near future" was given for the update. Read more »

"No timeframe other than "near future" was given for the update. Translation: We'll let it blow ..."
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