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New Spore Details, Possible Movie Deal

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the i-volunteer-to-write-the-dialogue dept.

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Eurogamer has a new hands-on analysis of Spore, as well as an interview with game designer Will Wright. He talks about the lengthy development cycle, the influence of religion (or lack thereof) on the game, and how movie-like stories are integrated into modern titles. Coincidentally, EA wants to license the television and movie rights for Spore as part of a new marketing campaign.

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73 comments

TV Show or Movie ? (2, Insightful)

Bibz (849958) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602577)

How could you make a TV show or a Movie about a simulation game that is supposed to be limitless ?

A movie with creatures made from the game ?

Who cares? (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602639)

If it has Angelina Jolie in it scantily clad, it'll be a huge success no matter how crap the movie is.

 

Re:Who cares? (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603015)

If it has Angelina Jolie in it scantily clad, it'll be an awesome movie no matter how crap the rest of the movie is

Fixed that for you

Re:TV Show or Movie ? (5, Funny)

DGolden (17848) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602685)

Just call Uwe Boll, he'll know what to do!

Re:TV Show or Movie ? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602863)

Just call Uwe Boll, he'll know what to do!

Could it be seppuku [wikipedia.org] ? Please?

Cheers

Re:TV Show or Movie ? (1)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603457)

Just call Uwe Boll, he'll know what to do!

Could it be seppuku [wikipedia.org] ? Please?

Cheers

Now that is an Uwe Boll production I'd pay to see!

Re:TV Show or Movie ? (1)

ichigo 2.0 (900288) | more than 5 years ago | (#24604745)

If there's something weird,
in your movie idea,
who you gonna call?

Uwe Boll!

If the script is shit,
and it don't look good,
who you gonna call?

Uwe Boll!

He ain't afraid of no sequels!

Re:TV Show or Movie ? (1)

el_coyotexdk (1045108) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602777)

They'll probably just end up relabeling some Creationism "educational" movie :P

Peniszilla Vs. Vaginosaurus (1)

GradiusCVK (1017360) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602807)

You're thinking too mainstream... I'll bet there's a relatively large niche for a Spore penis-monster movie in the Adult Entertainment market.

Re:Peniszilla Vs. Vaginosaurus (1)

CogDissident (951207) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603793)

You're thinking too mainstream... I'll bet there's a relatively large niche for tentacle monster movies in the Japan.

Re:Peniszilla Vs. Vaginosaurus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24604817)

You're thinking too mainstream... I'll bet there's a relatively large niche for genticle monster movies. Period.

Re:Peniszilla Vs. Vaginosaurus (1)

duckInferno (1275100) | more than 5 years ago | (#24609833)

What else do they have in the Japan?

Re:TV Show or Movie ? (1)

Adreno (1320303) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602833)

How could you make a TV show or a Movie about a simulation game that is supposed to be limitless ?

A movie with creatures made from the game ?

Yeah... I think the clips of anthropomorphic genetalia on YouTube are opening a whole new market right now... who wouldn't pay to see that stuff in hi-def, with Spielberg special effects?

A New Genre called... (1)

Kamokazi (1080091) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602943)

It would be a new genre called Spornography. It's primary audience would be young teenagers with a fondness for dirty jokes.

Re:TV Show or Movie ? (1)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603435)

I'm sure that Uwe Boll can find a way.

Re:TV Show or Movie ? (3, Interesting)

GleeBot (1301227) | more than 5 years ago | (#24605423)

How could you make a TV show or a Movie about a simulation game that is supposed to be limitless ?

A movie with creatures made from the game ?

Actually... I just thought of an approach that would be kinda creative and fun.

Instead of making a game set in the "Spore universe," whatever that is (and you're quite accurate in saying such a thing is ridiculous), what about a movie about the ideas that go behind a game like Spore?

If Spore is ultimately about simulated evolution, perhaps you could make a movie about the simulation, rather than taking it at face value. A bunch of lab geeks playing god with their artificial world. Throw in some typical Hollywood business about the simulation becoming self-aware, and you've got an interesting idea. It'd be a movie about the relationship between a god and his/her creations, with the twist that the gods are just normal human beings.

Alternately, you could just do a sort of Matrix-style thing. Any of the Sim franchises is probably ripe for it, although I don't know how far you could push the novelty of that.

Of course, it could just be that EA's licensing the rights as a marketing move to sorta highlight that, "Hey, Spore is such a big franchise, we're even licensing the rights to it. Never mind that there's almost no chance we actually make a movie based on it, and even if we do, it'll probably be crap."

Re:TV Show or Movie ? (1)

CommunistHamster (949406) | more than 5 years ago | (#24616305)

That sounds rather like the plot of Darwinia.

Re:TV Show or Movie ? (1)

!coward (168942) | more than 5 years ago | (#24616421)

Hmm.. Sounds a lot like Roundworld from "The Science of Discworld" books.

Though I doubt it would be as much fun.

Re:TV Show or Movie ? (1)

maglor_83 (856254) | more than 5 years ago | (#24607883)

If the game is limitless, there are limitless opportunities for TV shows and movies.
Right?

Right?

Re:TV Show or Movie ? (1)

splutty (43475) | more than 5 years ago | (#24612721)

Lots of penis creatures. Lots of them.

Easy (0, Troll)

malkir (1031750) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602649)

"How could you make a TV show or a Movie about a simulation game." Easy, you get bought out by EA and you're guaranteed that your franchise will be 'hyped' up. Fuck you, EA, I was going to buy Spore before you got your grimy hands on it.

Re:Easy (3, Insightful)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602749)

I don't think there was a time when Spore wasn't an EA product. Maxis was acquired by EA in 1997. So you were never "going to buy Spore before [they] got [their] grimy hands on it".

Re:Easy (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 5 years ago | (#24604549)

He does bring up a point though: if it's like any other icky EA games, then you can expect to see dozens of Spore expansion packs just to add new "creature parts". (Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if they sold parts a la carte online, either. Won't that be lovely.)

Re:Easy (1)

renegadesx (977007) | more than 5 years ago | (#24607993)

Microtransactions on Spore does seem like its going to happen for creature parts. New worlds or new parts of a world maybe for expansion packs.

Say what you will about EA, they have some new interesting stuff and not just Spore.. I am very interested in Mirror's Edge and Dead Space

Merchandising, merchandising (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602699)

I'm sure EA would've sold the movie and TV rights for Tiger Woods by now, if only that were possible. How about Burnout? 2 hours of DJ Stryker being brutally beaten with a muffler.

Spore Movie? What about SimCity? (1)

KnowledgeEngine (1225122) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602719)

I'm sure they are using the pitch "there are limitless possibilities" when referring to the script. If spore gets its own movie, the where is my SimCity movie?

Re:Spore Movie? What about SimCity? (1)

azgard (461476) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602829)

I want my The Sims Movie. It would make a nice horror. A loving husband who died in the pool would return at night, and don't let me start on garden gnomes..

Re:Spore Movie? What about SimCity? (1)

Verdatum (1257828) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602903)

Dear God, an entire movie done in simspeak. "Tira-na!!"

What in the Hell? (1)

AbsoluteXyro (1048620) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602973)

A game that's not even out yet and we're already talking about a fucking MOVIE? Is this going to be the most ridiculously hyped game ever or what?

Re:What in the Hell? (1)

pha7boy (1242512) | more than 5 years ago | (#24604891)

they hype comes from the fact that people are really looking forward to the game. I for one can't wait to go out and buy it once it hits the shelves. It just created such a buzz around it that they are simply trying to figure out ways to make money of it. Just because they want to sell the movie rights does not mean a movie will be made.

Movie? (1)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 5 years ago | (#24602995)

seriously, wtf?
it's not going to include user created content is it?

Not buying it until they lose the DRM (4, Insightful)

Da w00t (1789) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603031)

Or until there is a community based patch to remove the DRM. I tried finding a way to contact EA/Maxis, and all I could find was their support portal. Entirely FAQ based, and when you go the route of "None of these help me, let me send an e-mail to customer support" my message was received but obviously misunderstood. How can I and the rest of the community tell EA/Maxis that they're not going to purchase the game unless the draconian DRM is removed? They don't seem to want to hear my thoughts, and I'm already planning on voting with my wallet.

Re:Not buying it until they lose the DRM (1)

TofuMatt (1105351) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603625)

If you want to let EA, or any big company, that you disagree with their draconian DRM, please email /dev/null@ea.com.

Re:Not buying it until they lose the DRM (5, Insightful)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 5 years ago | (#24604187)

They won't listen to you because people keep buying the game. Unless you can get a significant chunk of the gaming population to do the same thing you are, they won't listen.

Re:Not buying it until they lose the DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24605641)

Hey, I'm with him. Half Life 2 was the last game I bought with non-trivial DRM. Not putting up with that nightmare again!

Re:Not buying it until they lose the DRM (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24607143)

Unless you can get a significant chunk of the gaming population to do the same thing you are, they won't listen.

Actually, even if you can get a significant chunk of the gaming population to boycott it, they still won't listen - they'll just chalk the lack of sales up to "damn pirates".

Re:Not buying it until they lose the DRM (1)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 5 years ago | (#24604351)

Or until there is a community based patch to remove the DRM.

I tried finding a way to contact EA/Maxis, and all I could find was their support portal. Entirely FAQ based, and when you go the route of "None of these help me, let me send an e-mail to customer support" my message was received but obviously misunderstood.

How can I and the rest of the community tell EA/Maxis that they're not going to purchase the game unless the draconian DRM is removed? They don't seem to want to hear my thoughts, and I'm already planning on voting with my wallet.

The "community based patch," aka crack, for the game will no doubt be available within one day of the official game release. That may even be one day before the official release.

Re:Not buying it until they lose the DRM (1)

VeNoM0619 (1058216) | more than 5 years ago | (#24605383)

If you've been reading slashdot about the developers talking to pirates, you will know that you can just tell them you won't take the DRM (and not buy it) and just download the free cracked version which was much easier to install.

+1, My thoughts exactly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24624771)

I'm going to tell all my friends that if they buy that Spore garbage, they are going to get screwed one way or another. If the DRM doesn't bother them, then maybe the hordes of penis-creatures on every other planet they visit will.

Why is food choice critical? Tut-tut Will... (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603057)

There are plenty of examples of species crossing over from plant-eating to meat-eating and vice versa. Consider the dolphin or the kinkajou... or ones stuck in the middle like humans...

Re:Why is food choice critical? Tut-tut Will... (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#24604249)

Plants?
Who the hell eats that shit?

Re:Why is food choice critical? Tut-tut Will... (1)

syrinx (106469) | more than 5 years ago | (#24604851)

Vegetables aren't food, vegetables are what food eats.

Anything new on the install limits? (2, Interesting)

arkhan_jg (618674) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603163)

Has he said anything new about the securom DRM recently? Since it's supposedly going to have the same 3 install limit as mass effect, I cancelled my pre-order.

I simply won't accept a game that so heavily restricts how many times I'm allowed to reinstall windows or upgrade my PC in the lifetime of the game before having to make an expensive phone call to plead with EA tech support to be allowed to continue playing, with no guarantee they'll say yes. Even for a game that looks as tasty as spore.

Re:Anything new on the install limits? (2, Interesting)

paganizer (566360) | more than 5 years ago | (#24604459)

Here is my plan.
I'm buying the game.
I'm downloading the pirate version, and putting it on my game PC. the one I buy, goes on my work PC.
Every 2 to 3 days, I'm going to call EA and complain about the game making my emulators not work, restricting me from testing hardware out. Changing bios settings, messing with my firewall, whatever I can do to make the DRM shut me down.
If they get enough phone calls, and it costs them enough money, they WILL kill the DRM with a Patch.
Will Wright still gets money, and EA might get the shaft.

Re:Anything new on the install limits? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24613269)

I applaud your effort, but that sounds like way too much work. I'm just not buying it. It really is a shame, I was looking forward to it, but EA can shove their DRM where the sun dont shine, it's not gracing my PC.

Sorry Will, bad call.

Re:Anything new on the install limits? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24604693)

Will you people please try to understand why the DRM is there? And when you've reached that point, stop asking for them to remove it?

It's because they have to; remember the story where the game developer asked why people were pirating, even though he released the game without DRM? DRM is the only way to stop the pirates in the first few weeks.

I know, it is annoying. Servers don't work, you can't install it more than 3 times (but seriously, how many people are going over that limit? Not more than 2%.), but without it, you wouldn't even get the game on the pc.

So please, accept it, or come with another solution. And if that's all too much, wait for the DRM to be removed, by the authors (BioShock comes to mind) or by the release groups.

Re:Anything new on the install limits? (1)

wagnerrp (1305589) | more than 5 years ago | (#24605035)

Egosoft usually releases a NoCD patch for their games after about a year.

Re:Anything new on the install limits? (1)

arkhan_jg (618674) | more than 5 years ago | (#24605787)

I reinstall windows or upgrade every few months, recently. So if I'd bought spore 6 months ago, I'd now be out of installs with only 1 pc. What if I'd wanted to play on my laptop, or upgrade to vista? I'd plan on playing spore for years, I still dig out civilization or sim city or other old games years after I bought them. If they had the level of DRM of spore, I'd have been locked out long ago.

The mass effect DRM was broken before the game was even in the shops in my country - it lasted literally hours, not weeks (they had practice with bioshock). It's going to screw a lot more than 2% of customers, and for NOTHING.

The solution is, don't put DRM on it! Install restrictions do nothing but frustrate legitimate paying customers, and prevent people who would be legitimate paying customers from buying. Pirates will be playing it quite happily, while legitimate customers will be cursing EA.

Just read up on the horror stories of mass effect buyers who've been told to just go out and buy another copy, or worse, ignored entirely by tech support for months.

Bioshock still has DRM; they just turned off the activation limit after 18 months. You still need to download files off the internet to install, and are at the mercy of the securom servers to play it. They were also under huge pressure after launch, and promised to turn it off at some point, and produced a revoke tool. EA have made no such promises, and their customer 'support' for mass effect customers leaves me little belief that spore will be any better.

If I buy, then they take that as approval or at least acceptance of the DRM. I'm not giving them that, and would rather go without.

Re:Anything new on the install limits? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24606445)

What are you doing (or not doing) that you need to reinstall every few months?

Maybe it is time cut down on the porn movies downloads on your main machine. Or get a second machine and use that as the porn machine. Are you using a router? If not get one.

I am at a loss as to how your install gets so messed up that you need to reinstall that often. Is your hard drive failing? Please shed some light as to why?

Before someone says all the windows viruses/malware there are free programs that will help prevent and remove them.

Re:Anything new on the install limits? (1)

digitrev (989335) | more than 5 years ago | (#24607553)

Who cares why he does it? Maybe he likes to run a clean sweep to determine that only what he wants is on his box. Maybe he's a paranoid schizophrenic who has voices that won't shut up until he reinstalls. Maybe he gets bored and likes struggling with a new install because it keeps his brain fresh. It doesn't matter why he does it, just that he does. And there's no reason for EA to lock him out just because he has to reinstall the game.

Re:Anything new on the install limits? (1)

arkhan_jg (618674) | more than 5 years ago | (#24607729)

Motherboard changes. x-fi sound card, various nvidia chipsets and finally an intel motherboard, with different selections of 4GB DDR2 so the thing will boot reliably. The first one did, but that gigabyte piece of crap went bang, so I had to replace it. Repeatedly, trying to get a stable system with working sound under XP and vista that didn't decide that today it wasn't going to boot any more until I flashed the BIOS. All the rejected motherboards are fine under linux, so it's just crap nvidia windows drivers combined with crappy creative engineering. And drivers.

That said. what the hell business is it of yours, or EA's how often I update my PC? I buy the game, it's my own damn property, not EA's any more. I shouldn't have to beg permission to play my own property whether I have a hardware problem or an obsession with dodgy porn. Oh, and I live in a country with a functional 'forst sale doctrine' with exemptions from copyright for normal operation of software, so don't bother trying to argue EULA crap.

Re:Anything new on the install limits? (1)

biovoid (785377) | more than 5 years ago | (#24611235)

DRM is the only way to stop the pirates in the first few weeks.

Then the developers should remove the DRM after the first few weeks once it has been cracked?

Or maybe they should just not bother with DRM in the first place because it only affects and impedes legitimate customers.

What a ridiculous argument.

Re:Anything new on the install limits? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24613343)

I really don't get this attitude. I haven't felt the need to reinstall Windows or upgrade my PC once in the many months since I bought Mass Effect. I also haven't felt much need to play Mass Effect again since I finished with it. I paid my money, I enjoyed the game, I got good value for money out of it, and now there's plenty of other games I want to play, so what does it matter that theoretically I might have problems if I suddenly want to play it again in ten years' time?

Creation of the Universe (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603205)

[With Spore] we didn't want to go too far down that path: we leave the whole creation of the universe question open.

With spore, we know how the universe was created. It was created in Will Wright's office. Duh.

Re:Creation of the Universe (1)

genner (694963) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603945)

[With Spore] we didn't want to go too far down that path: we leave the whole creation of the universe question open.

With spore, we know how the universe was created. It was created in Will Wright's office. Duh.

Intelligent design for the win.

Re:Creation of the Universe (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#24604075)

Intelligent design of a universe driven by natural selection!

Is that a compromise, or what?

Pyrrhic Compromise: a solution to a problem designed to piss off everyone involved.

Re:Creation of the Universe (1)

Draconius42 (751172) | more than 5 years ago | (#24604571)

Actually, thats a fairly common belief amongst reasonable creationists. The unity of evolution and intelligent design: a creator who set up the rules of the universe such that life would arise in a given manner.

Re:Creation of the Universe (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#24606443)

I'm not sure I would describe people who hold that belief as creationists, unless they told me that's how they wanted me to do so (and I'd be sure to ask why). Nor would I expect that any technical or scientifically minded person who was willing to accept something like the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Physics would be prepared to rule it out.

Also... I have made similar suggestions to various people who did identify themselves as creationists at various times over the past 36 years (the first time I can recall was at a religious booth at the Royal Sydney Easter Show in 1972) and I have yet to find such a self-identified creationist who was prepared to accept it.

But I take your point.

Of course a movie! (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603211)

It's a well known fact that the movie "Star Wars" was based on the game "Space War".

Re:Of course a movie! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24616375)

I thought it was based on "War, what is it good for?" - Helene.

I can't wait for Stephen Colbert to cover it (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603273)

Every time he announces his "Sport Report" I keep thinking he's talking about this game.

Re:I can't wait for Stephen Colbert to cover it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24609507)

He has has Will Wright on the show before.

My god.. the spore creatures... (3, Funny)

Channard (693317) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603319)

.. they're mutating. Into dong-faced monstrosities. Well, that's how it'd be if the movie was true to the game.

Re:My god.. the spore creatures... (1)

dontPanik (1296779) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603441)

Nicholas Cage has to discover the mystery of the penis-shaped aliens before time runs out!

militancy (1)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603399)

There is no connection between atheism and militancy. Those who conflate the two (like the interviewer) are engaged in little more than hate speech.

Perhaps the interviewer was just trying to drive clicks by insulting a large number of people, or perhaps he really does hate atheists; but in any case, someone who tries to convince others of his own religions view should be called "outspoken" or "evangelical*." This use of the word "militant" is very very bad form by Eurogamer.

*I would love to see the one of the talking heads on Fox News go insane when interviewing evangelical atheists who refer to themselves as such.

Re:militancy (1)

nawcom (941663) | more than 5 years ago | (#24604071)

There is no connection between atheism and militancy. Those who conflate the two (like the interviewer) are engaged in little more than hate speech.

Haven't you done a little research? When you lack belief in a god or goddess, you are naturally militant. I guess.

It's always made me laugh that some people find others who either currently lack religion or were introduced to the concept of immortal gods at an age when they can separate fantasy, ideas, and reality - stupid. and militant. and blind. They "lack morals".

If by militant the person was referring to its activist definition, the same way Martin Luther King Jr was militant in equal rights regardless of skin color, then I can understand its reference. If it refers to the aggression definition, such as a ruthless dictatorship, then he or she is way off base to say that.

Re:militancy (1)

The Iso (1088207) | more than 5 years ago | (#24609137)

As far as I know, the term "militant atheist" was coined by Richard Dawkins, who is clearly of the opinion that a militant atheist is a good thing to be.

Re:militancy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24609681)

He's that guy Mrs Garrison humped in that Episode of South Park right? Mrs Garrison: The Evolution of Woman :D

Re:militancy (1)

Haeleth (414428) | more than 5 years ago | (#24613431)

There is no connection between atheism and militancy. Those who conflate the two (like the interviewer) are engaged in little more than hate speech.

Using the term "militant atheist" does not equate to conflating atheism and militancy, any more than using the term "Ford car" implies that all cars are made by Ford.

It's true that the majority of atheists are nice tolerant folk who by and large couldn't care less whether other people choose to believe in Jesus, Buddha, or the Tooth Fairy if they want to. But nobody is denying that fact.

Unfortunately, whether you like it or not, it's also true that a small minority of atheists do object so strongly to religion that they do things like, oh, complain to EA when games like Spore include religious themes. These people are conventionally described as "militant atheists" -- often they describe themselves that way. That is the sense in which the article used the term. It is hardly "hate speech" to call a spade a spade.

Perhaps the interviewer was just trying to drive clicks by insulting a large number of people, or perhaps he really does hate atheists

The only people who would be insulted by a conventional, descriptive use of language are those who are both hypersensitive and have unusually poor reading comprehension skills.

This use of the word "militant" is very very bad form by Eurogamer.

Yes, God forbid (if you'll pardon the idiom) that any journalist should dare to directly quote the person he is interviewing. Let's make journalists censor their interviews instead. I'm sure that would make the world a better place.

Spore: Ticket Terms (4, Insightful)

sethstorm (512897) | more than 5 years ago | (#24603731)

To view Spore: The Movie, you are required to:

1) Register at the place where you bought your tickets for a key.
2) Carry a phone with a data and text messaging plan.
3) Periodically text message or visit a secured site during the movie to send the key.

Failure to do 3) will result in ejection from the theater. You are completely responsible for being able to send the key at the required intervals. Each participant requires their own key regardless of age. Any sharing of keys or reverse engineering is a violation of the DMCA.

Re:Spore: Ticket Terms (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24604603)

Your tongue is firmly in cheek I recognize, but the Spore DRM does not phone home as you imply. Not to say that it's good, but it's also not as bad as you are insinuating.

not sure (1)

Dan9999 (679463) | more than 5 years ago | (#24613157)

As soon as I heard that this will not be a multiplayer game (2 years ago I think?) I pretty much lost interest. Sure The Sims was popular without being multiplayer and this one looks like it's going to be just as "solitaire" strong, but is there a chance the the hype will kill it just as movies have been killed by their own hype?
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