Talk:Spore (2008 video game)

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Sales Figures in Reception[edit]

Sales Figures in "Reception"[edit]

I removed the one-million sold sentence from the "Reception" section because it stated at 2.5 weeks, one million worldwide were sold, while the very next sentence said at three weeks, two million were sold. Not likely sales doubled between 2.5 and 3 weeks. Both had references, but the first reference is now broken, while the second reference did still work, so I picked the second sentence. If the first sentence was mis-quoted and still has a valid source that has moved, please correct my changes and its reference [56] - (url= |title=Spore Begins With a Big Bang! One Million Games Sold and 25 Million Creations Uploaded|accessdate=2008-10-15|date=2008-09-24|publisher=Electronic Arts)

Reference for reception of Spore by Educators[edit]

I wrote an article published in peer reviewed science education journal on both the controversy around spore in education. The paper suggests that despite the problematic representation of evolution that there is good reason to believe that the game is acting as a catalyst to engage its players to learn more about evolution.

As I wrote this particular article I didn't want to just directly add it to the Spore page. Figured I would post this note here and anyone interested could weave it in.

Owens, Trevor (2012-01-26). "Teaching intelligent design or sparking interest in science? What players do with Will Wright’s Spore". Cultural Studies of Science Education. doi:10.1007/s11422-012-9383-5. ISSN 1871-1510 1871-1502, 1871-1510 Check |issn= value (help). 

Oh, and if you don't have access to the journal article I have a unofficial but open copy of it on my own site.

--Tjowens (talk) 14:27, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for asking! Although it's clearly relevant, I can't quite put a coherent edit together from the abstract, I'm afraid, and I'm loathe to add a non-free source as an external link. Since your article is at least partly a response to the Science article, I think there's room to add a "however" clause to that discussion in the this wikipedia article. Perhaps you could suggest a suitable quote from your article which would work and I'll look into adding it. GDallimore (Talk) 16:22, 6 February 2012 (UTC)
Sure, if you are interested in reading it the unofficial copy is up on my site. at Feel free to link out to that if you like, it is the same paper. It's OK by the publisher if I keep up an unofficial copy on my own site as long as it isn't their formated PDF.
As far as something one could say, this might be one option. While there are real problems with how the game models scientific phenomena there is reason to believe that "the simple toy-like environment Spore provides is serving as a springboard to engage with scientific ideas outside the game." (That is on page 11) Thanks for your help and consideration.--Tjowens (talk) 03:23, 10 February 2012 (UTC)


Should Thrive be mentioned? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Theworldisbig (talkcontribs) 00:32, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Misquoting sources[edit]

The article's section entitled "scientific" accuraccy misquoted the articles it cited; sometimes this was just one word in a quote such as "seriously messed up" when Dr. Plum claimed that spore's evolutionary process was "severely messed up" [1]

A more serious error was quoting the wrong biologist! The article only quoted Dr. Near when it used the "severely messed up" line, when Dr. Prum was originally quoted in the NY Times Article (Dr. Prum and Dr. Near were both quoted in the same paragraph in the NY Times article)[2]

I have edited that particular section of the article so that it is no longer misquoting a source; there are probably more however, and others should therefore look into this.

Brianc26 (talk) 05:47, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

One known bug sometimes happens in tribal stage when the game freezes, this bug is not supported by the latest patch for the game.[edit]

What does that even mean? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:17, 27 October 2012 (UTC)