Wow, I'm really surprised reading this! Hubby is a computer guy, so normally knows all this stuff, but he's been dying for Spore for 2 years now! He got it on Sunday and has been playing it quite a bit. Didn't mention to me any of that stuff, and normally it bothers him a lot, too. So either he didn't know, which would be a first, or he wanted the game so much he didn't let it bother him. Which would also be a bit of a first!
But, to answer the main question, yes, he likes it. Though I think he was so hyped up about it over the last two years that it's actually not living up to his expectations. It's fun, but I think he's a little disappointed in it. He certainly doesn't regret buying it, though, and has still played it every day!
As for me? I think I'll stick with Sims.
But that's just me!