Personally I will pick up this game. To me things like this get boring after a week or so of play. I relate Spore to the Sims which is never ending but gets boring very very quickly for me. Since other games don't last longer than 50 hours unless its an RPG i quickly run through them in a week. Spore will ultimately bore me so I don't have to worry about it, but if you get really addicted to things like the Sims which are open ended, then maybe just play the demo. The good thing about demos is they DO end forcing you to quit or play it over and over which gets boring. I can understand why some people get addicted to the Sims but having to watch someone go to the bathroom every 10 minutes or so aggravates me. Hopefully you'll have a chance to check out the game without getting sucked in.