* ContestWinnerCameo: Winners of official contests held on the Spore forums will have their creations featured on the website. Also, contests have been held that will also decide the designs of built-in creatures for ''VideoGame/{{Darkspore}}''.
* DevelopmentHell: The game was awarded Vaporware Awards from Wired, with three year long delays.
** The movie, supposed to be made by Creator/BlueSkyStudios is entering this as well.
* {{Vaporware}}: The "Creature Keeper" expansion.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: A buttload of awesome stuff [[NeverTrustATrailer that the previews and trailers]] showed, and was cut from the final game, including continuing to live underwater after the cell stage, and underwater civilization. It was promised in an expansion pack that never happened.