My daughter overheard her science teacher talking about Spore. He said he wanted to use it to show evolution and stuff. Is there really any evolution? Do you learn something from it? I also hope her school does some research about this DRM so it won't damage their computers. It will be played on many different computers. They have no idea...
My guess is that science teacher has only heard a very basic description of the game and knows little or nothing about it. He might as well show them an episode of Pokemon if he wants his class to see strange creatures evolve. But you might better send him a message about the limited installs and the SecuRom before he does mess up one of the school's computers.
Yeah, I might do that. They're not sure if they're going to use it yet, so I might wait though. The guy's pretty dumb to do no research about the DRM or the game itself. If it messes up one computer, it will mess up all computers, since they are all connected somehow.
there isn't any danger of spore spreading viruses as far as I know. securom has to be physically installed on a computer to have an effect, not just 'a' computer on a LAN.
it's more like an elaborate Mr Potato Head game than any kind of evolution mechanics simulator. you always end up with a level 10 potato no matter what, no penalties for badly evolving... Darwin would not be amused..
it is definitely for children but not for any kind of educational purposes.. 'fun' only... dial your fun meter down a bit though.
Spore is not scientific at all. It should not be used to teach evolution, period. I'd get on the stick and talk to that science teacher if I were you. If he ignores you, then go to the principle and explain about the limited activations, and the DRM.
Agree completely with kgw. If Spore were a "good" basis for showing how evolution worked, then 1) your creature, starting in cell phase, would truly evolve throughout the different stages of the game. Instead, very little if any changes happen and what changes do occur are because of you and what you added to your creature via a creature creator. 2) Certain traits should be more beneficial then other traits. For ex, long legs means you should be able to run better then a stubby legged creature. Likewise, having a jaw made of sharp teeth is better for eating meat then a jaw that has more molar like teeth in it. Basically, everything in the game is balanced, evened out. No one trait is superior to another. And that is not how it works in the real world. Spore is definitely a fantasy game, there's no real science involved with it. It would be a shame if grade school teachers really thought that this game can be a useful tool to explain the concept of evolution. Not to mention to DRM contained within it. It'll just as easily screw up the computers at a school as it will at home.
SPORE has nothing to do with evolution, although it pretends to. Here is why: (1) natural and/or sexual selection never comes into play; (2) the appearance of novel traits is unjustified and arbitrary, more bizarrely Lamarkian (if not downright...magical) than Darwinian; (3) all eyes (and all legs, and so on) are not equal as the game would have us believe. (4) instead of evolving in the spam of generations, the player makes God-like decisions on the appearance and the abilities of his creature - which appear instantly. (5) the progression of the organism is made in leaps and bounds and not in a natural continuous fashion.
So, if any Science teacher is even considering using it as a teaching tool, be advised that he or she will be teaching more Creationistic intervention than Evolution. And, although not a Creationist, I very much doubt that SPORE would be warmly received in the Bible-belt either...
In the end though, I very much doubt that many schools could afford the cost of buying so many copies of SPORE again and again as they would stop working after a couple of hardware upgrades.
To be nit-picky, Spore could be called a game about evolution (a concept that pre-dates Darwin) in the sense that one generation of creature leads to child generations somehow different from the parents.
What it couldn't be called is a game about natural selection.