* 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: Spore was originally designed as a game with more science basing. Somewhere along the line, the "Scientifically Accurate" team and the "Cute and Fun" team got into a stand off, with the Cute and Fun team winning the argument in the end. Considering the fuzzy feel of the game is one of the key issues (and [[WordofGod Will Wright taking the bullet for that side]]), one wonders how the game would have ended up if the other side won.