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  • Darkknight
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    There not being a dinos game might help

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  • tniem
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    I guess the game not being made will make me not buy it.

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  • Lee Johnson
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    Looks like I "win" the poll. ;-)

    Oh, well--maybe the concept will be resurrected someday. In the meantime, I'm now really curious about the non-Civ III project that has Sid so excited. Time will tell.

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    Dinos: What will make you not buy Dinosaurs?
    OptionVotes / Percentage
    I will buy ANYTHING that has the name Sid Meier on it 23 / 15%
    I won't buy if it contains unrealistic elements 17 / 11%
    I won't buy if it's an RTS game 39 / 26%
    I won't buy if it's a TBS game 2 / 1%
    I won't buy period, since I hate anything that involves dinos 37 / 25%
    Dont know/Dont care 28
    / 19
    %
    Total Votes: 146
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    [This message has been edited by MarkG (edited January 24, 2001).]
    [This message has been edited by MarkG (edited January 24, 2001).]

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  • Lee Johnson
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    quote:

    What will make you not buy Dinosaurs?


    How about, I won't buy it if it never gets released!

    Is anybody still working on this title, or has the entire crew been diverted to help with Civ III?

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  • Stormdancer
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    There's an important difference between games (Civ) and toys (SimEarth).

    They can both be a lot of fun, but they have very different play styles. Toys don't have win conditions.

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  • Zealot
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    quote:

    Originally posted by Roman on 11-08-2000 06:10 AM
    Coming to think of it, the Dinosaurs game is probably a good idea after all, since it will target young children and bring them into the TBS camp. This means that when they grow older they will enlarge our ranks - the end result being more and better TBS games.


    Worked with me with Civilization I, but I had 13 years old then. If dinos is going to be a simple game (I think SMAC is a complex, good one), I won't buy Dinossaurs. Because I'm a big boy, now! Remember that Firaxis!

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  • tniem
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    Originally posted by lord of the mark on 01-03-2001 03:05 PM
    any of you guys ever play simearth?


    Yes, I have.

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    its an old Maxis game based on enviromental theory ... but that can lead to problems, including global warming. Concept is cool, but its damned ugly and quite complex, and i havent felt motivated to actually play it much. It is "real time" IIRC but in the slow, serious fashion of simcity.


    Agreed. It really wasn't fun to play, but it certainly was well done.

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    I presume dino would be some cross between an environmental sim like this, and a competing tribes of dinos game with heavy civ influences (expand, conquer. stuff, eat other dinos, evolve)


    About what I have thought, but then again we may never know if there isn't a new journal soon.

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  • lord of the mark
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    any of you guys ever play simearth?

    its an old Maxis game based on enviromental theory - you can use it to fool around with global warming, terraforming, or the evolution of earth from early in the planets geological history. models climatological and geological stuff - evolution will give you plants - which will change the atmosphere to give make animals possible, than possibility of evolution towards intelligence and technology - if prior ages have left behind enough fossil fuels, can have industry, but that can lead to problems, including global warming. Concept is cool, but its damned ugly and quite complex, and i havent felt motivated to actually play it much. It is "real time" IIRC but in the slow, serious fashion of simcity.

    I presume dino would be some cross between an environmental sim like this, and a competing tribes of dinos game with heavy civ influences (expand, conquer. stuff, eat other dinos, evolve)

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  • Stormdancer
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    A minor comment considering sale-ability.

    I doubt even 0.1% of Sid's fans would buy a 3d hunting game.

    And yet games of this genre continue to dominate the sales charts.

    Limiting yourself to an existing fan base is a sure path to extinction.

    Only diversity and adaption are realistic routs to longevity.

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    TWEP,

    I don't quite understand how Dinosaurs is going to be a lot like WarCraft III. Yes they will both be RTS. Yes they both involve gathering resources and fighting enemies, but that is involved in every RTS game and they still sell tons of copies.

    WarCraft III is supposed to introduce some RPG elements to RTS, which might or might not work depending on how they balance the game.

    Firaxis with Dinosaurs promises evolution. I envision some grand environment with my dinosaurs evolving to become bigger and better. If an enemy attacks from the rear, my dinos that have genetic mutations having an eye in the back will survive. Soon my entire group will have eyes in their back and my dinos will kill your dinos (ok so I went to far).

    While both games have elements that are similar (i.e. RTS) they should have enough differences and if done right new elements to gaming that they both should find a market.

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  • tatterdemalion
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    What would make me not buy it?

    Wha's a matter Sid? Lose your Marketing Dept.?

    What kind of dorky question is that?

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  • TWEP
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    I always got the impression from the diaries that, gameplay-wise, Dinosaurs! was going to be alot like Warcraft III. I much rather wait a little while longer and get Warcraft III than get Dinosaurs!.

    At the time of this post, about a quarter of posters here will not buy the game period. And if it is a RTS game (which it looks like it's going to be) that percentage jumps to nearly one-half.

    Now if Sid can't even convince one-half of his fans to get it, how do you think the game will fare with the rest of the world?

    My conclusion: Dinosaurs! has an above average chance in becoming vaporware. But if Warcraft III goes gold within a quarter Dinosaurs!'s release, Dinosaurs! is guarenteed to become vaporware.

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  • marc420
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    I guess the answer I'd pick is "If it sounds like a bad game that costs too much, then I won't buy it."

    Or

    "Wait and see what it looks like when it gets closer to coming out."

    Like another poster here, I read a few of the early diaries, then hadn't been back to that site.

    If Sid's name's on it, I'll give it some respect. After all he's made a few other good games. But it doesn't make it an automatic buy.

    I generally favor TBS games. But that doesn't mean I'll automatically boycott it if its RTS. I suspect that if Sid's creative, it may be something rather different from what we think of as either of these.

    Just the fact that the game's on Dinosaurs doesn't really interest me. I guess I went through my phase where I thought dinosaur toys were really neat about 35 years ago.

    But this game could also have some very interesting elements. If its a game exploring evolution, the growth and death of species, it could be really interesting. If its a game where I just steer my dinosaurs over to the trees so they can get something to eat, I'll get bored reeeeeaaaaaalll fast.

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  • DaShi
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    For some reason, this game does not interest me at all. Maybe it's the dinosaurs, but I do like Dinosaurs. I just don't love them. I read some of the first diaries, then I just stopped going to Firaxis' site. I probably won't even consider buying it, unless I hear from great reviews from the gaming community. Then again, I probably won't buy civIII either.

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