While the picture above might be a bit dramatic, news has come out that in addition to the draconian Spore DRM scheme, only one player account works with one game. As Techdirt points out, the manual for Spore says the exact opposite. An EA rep admitted that the manual that comes with Spore has a “misprint” and it will be updated in future versions.
This means if my son wants to play with his Spore account I’ll need to shell out another 50 bones for another copy. After playing the game the first time and being underwhelmed, I haven’t been inspired to return so I think my recommendation to him for the foreseeable future will be to just play under my account. Does that violate the EA terms? Hope not. He hasn’t asked me to play yet though, he’s looking more forward to Rock Band 2 which comes out on Sunday for the Xbox 360. I’m with him there.
I was worried about the massive hype surrounding Spore — few games ever live up to that kind of hype — but after playing with the Creature Creator I was excited. If the game had been MMO like the Creature Creator I’d be much more interested. Sure, we’ve known it was going to be single player for awhile with only the ability to insert other people’s creations into your game but I think EA needs to come up with an online version that goes all the way to redeem Spore.
Seriously, with only a couple months of the year left, is it too early to declare Spore as the most disappointing game of 2008? It’s the #1 contender at least.