The last line is yours, not mine. You are the one putting "scrap them" in. If you want cats and bugs I really don't care- they are not my taste- and because the game is centered around those simplistic ideas it's modding options, as well as diplomacy options don't support the type of races I'd want to mod in- as I explained a few posts back in quite some detail laying out the different factions.
That should have been obvious considering that only your quoted line was italicised. The line below it was not italicised thus not part of the quote. Keep an eye on what is italics and not italics.
If your looking at odds in the Billions and random chaos evolution to justify a bug in space fine...but seems to me, given the intire history of races in 4x games you don't need odds of 1 in a billion. the odds are practically garanteed to have bugs in space...it's the default path these games take.
I do think bugs in space is a bit overdone, if anything the two constants that any 4X will have is that a bug and reptile race will make an appearance. However, im not going to advocate for removing DW's bugs or reptiles. I know some people like them and I am not going to deny their fun.
Realistically, and logically as far as we know science has been consistant through space as we know it. Certain elements are REQUIRED for life, and we search for them. We search for Earth type planets that has a Star simuliar to ours-- given that history it sure sounds to me we are also looking for planets that mirror our own and we expect the science to be consistant- so it is perfectly logical to assume human over bug, cat dog or whatnot.Not there may be scant odds there's something totally different, but scant should not be 100 percent possability every 4x game to come along.
Even exobiologists concede that life can form under unusual circumstances, the only reason we search for Earth-like planets is partially because it may harbor life as we understand it, partially because, well, humanity does likely intend to colonize them down the road and we need some ideas on where to go. As for realism, we gone through this argument before. We are in no position to assume anything about what extraterrestrial sentients may look like. We are not even 100% certain what gives us humans sentience.
I EXPECT everything else to be Alien...Dress, the language they use, their beliefs, who they worship-if they worship- custums and culture, and likely governments/leaders etc.....Yet somehow as minimal a chance of a space fairing bug it's a certainty, but how unlikely any other form of government except Democracy, Republic, Monarchy and the others we know. Apparantly it is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to find Aliens with any other kind of government we've never heard of...even the bugs. Aparantly also they all enjoy some form of capatalism with government and private ships, they all want the same luxuries and they all require the same basic elements like steel and lead for their planets to grown...ANYTHING else is impossible...except of course...a talking spacefairing roach.
We went through this before. We have no idea what is realistic or not realistic in spacefaring sentients because we do not know of any that exist. You are basically throwing up assumption after assumption about something we know absolutly nothing about. The realism argument is getting boring to hear. Please stop using it. Your assumptions are not realistic.
Now again...I'm not saying kill your favorite roach race. But I am saying this needs works guys. Let's open things up a bit. Some Aliens may function 100 percent idealogically-- there may not be such a thing as church and state...there might just be church period. It's not here in DW. Yet a world of races fighting over idealogical beliefs must be conceivable if space fairing crickets are possible.
But no, we can't have that.
Except you never worded your argument like that. Your opening salvo in this argument was complaining about roaches and rats and how unrealistic they are. You never mentioned anything about adding gameplay differences between races or races fighting over ideological beleifs.
So the way i see it...it's not me saying dump what you want--it's you saying dump what I want...and the excuses range from "requires an EA with Millions, 100 man dev teams to...BORING. I don't want reskinned humunoids. I should accept the cricket race and stop complaining.
I said it was unfair to compare Distant Worlds to decade-old multimillion dollar franchises.
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