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Old 01-08-2012, 07:19 AM   #1
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Exclamation Freeze during Tribal Stage

Hi, everyone!

Here's trouble: In a middle of tribal stage, game suddenly freeze. I can still press ESC and menu appears, fully functional. But when I trying go back to game, it stuck permanently again.
Already reinstalled game, but no luck with this.
OS - Win7 64bit.
GPU - GeForce 295
CPU - i7 920

Any help will be appreciated...
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:34 PM   #2
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Having exactly the same problem myself.
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:06 PM   #3
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I have the same problem in one of my games (which, btw. is one of multiple games ... in all of my other games that progressed beyond the tribal stage, this freeze didn´t appear).
The graphics freezes before a gfreat battle, where 2 enemy tribes in short order send out raiding parties against my village.

I can say for sure that it is some kind of graphical update glitch and that the game keeps running in the background.
Something that I found out because you can still save via the menu. When the game had its freeze shortly before the beginning of the first battle I waited some time (with the frozen screen) and then I saved the game and returned to the main screen.
When I returned to the game I saw, that the first battle already was finished and the battle against the 2nd raiding party had begun (unfortunately the game still keeps freezing).

It is one of 2 problems I have with Spore.
The 2nd problem is in the creature stage. After a certain number of times that my creature gets killed, the game seems to freeze when I click on the button that normally would take me to the scene, where a new clone of my creature starts hatching from its egg (that is, instead of this screen I just see a black screen, together with the button and the text at the lower end [that tells me that it is better to return to the nest to heal, instead of getting killed]).
Fortunately this 2nd problem isn´t too serious if you save often (in contrast to the 1st problem)

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Old 07-22-2012, 02:26 AM   #4
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Yarp, same here. I tried to copy/replace the contents of Game0.old folter into Game0 (save directories) and were able to load my previous game and avoid the freezing bug.

However this game works now UNTIL I destroy another clan and try to save my progress. It states that saving the game failed and spore will exit now - when restarted I can load my previous save again and play this stage over and over again.

Argh.. this sucks completely. I can't even finish the game now. Superb -.-

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Well, got my save back and killed another clan. So far so good - only one clan left (Cyan) and every time I get close to their camp my game freezes. Wonderful >_<

After alot of file-juggling, restarting, reloading, saving, freezing and whatnot, I rebooted my computer and tried again. But as always, I didn't go the same way afterwards, but instead attacked the violet clan and killed them. No problem. Next cyan clan - worked too. So, maybe te reboot did it (my guess). Am in space now (so no more freezing since that time).

For all with a crashed save game: if you did not save a thousand times since it freezed, you might get happy by copying the contents of Game0.old directory (on Win7 it's in AppData\Roaming\Spore\Games) into Game0, reboot your computer and load the old save (you might lose 15min or something like that). Don't forget to backup tho!

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Old 10-11-2014, 01:39 AM   #5
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I was about to make peace with one of the other villagers before mine froze (and I haven't saved since I started playing this afternoon, and now it's past midnight). I was able to access the menu and clicked save, then quit, but when I tried to load it, it still stays in the frozen state, while I'm still able to access the menu, though in a rather lagged state. I'd figured I had to cut my loss, since there was no way I would be able to fix the problem on my own (and EA Games are grubby little bastards who don't like to have their content open source), so I deleted my progress.

Then, for some odd reason, the entire selected planet disappeared. Poof! I don't recall it EVER doing that, even though this is my second playthorugh. In my first one, after getting my feet wet, I deleted my progress from a different planet, and that still remained. I installed the game and am currently reinstalling it as I type this, hoping it will at least get that one planet back, because, even though I have other planets to chose from, I considered it a bad omen.

So, even though there doesn't seem to be any solutions in fixing this perma-freeze thing, I like to share my theories as to why it does that, especially in the tribe sequence:

First: high-quality graphics are awesome when they're on high, but even the software might have a hard time processing it eve WITH a high-end computer (don't mean to brag, but my lappy is rather hot stuff, even though I originally asked my brother to recommend a laptop I could use for my Adobe programs, since I know nothing about computers other than I know what I want it to do, and if it don't do it, it's broken). I made the stupid mistake to max out all the graphic enhancers to see if I could 'break' it, which I guess I did. It may suck to do this, but it's better to leave the graphics at default settings with the exception of the screen resolution. It doesn't help to do it AFTER the initial freeze bug, because I tried doing that as well.

Second: for some odd reason, there was this alien saucer floating near my village, and I also heard it on continuous loop until I access the menu, then no more since the menu is laggy under that condition; I guess the saucer initiated the freeze, there was so much going on at the same time. It may be irrelevant to this problem, but I thought it might be worth telling about it. I assume anything might cause the entire thing to freeze from game to game, from computer to computer, from graphic settings to graphic settings.

Overall, try not to tax the graphics settings; that's my theory for now. Whether or not I'll get that 'disappeared' planet back is another matter entirely. (Maybe the aliens blew up the entire solar system my game/planet was in.)
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