So... I recently reinstalled my Spore GA on Origin and started playing again, all was well - indeed I can now play on higher settings than I used to.
But now, when I'm in the creature stage or Adventure Creator (or playing as a Captain), I have a bizarre glitch where the camera 'twitches' whenever I rotate it around the creature. It's perpetual and just BARELY playable, but it's as if I was dragging my mouse over a super rough surface all the time, and it's slower moving than usual.
I play on a laptop (which has played Spore just fine for years), and the trackpad has the same problem.
It's infuriating, and basically negates any fun I have playing anything except cell stage.
I've fiddled with every graphics settings (including changing resolution, lowering graphics cache, etc), and nothing I've tried fixes it.