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Did I mention I hate the console wars?

October 26th, 2007 by Troy Goodfellow · 3 Comments · Maxis

Will Wright has to be one of the best interviews on the planet. He’s open about what he thinks, is always thought-provoking and has the appearance of a man who effortlessly walks the line between genius and madness. The Guardian has recently published a brief interview with the Man from Maxis and it doesn’t disappoint.

You know what does disappoint? The first news blurbs about this interview frame it entirely in the context of the console war. From Shack News, “Spore Confirmed for Wii” and the post continues to talk about platform viability. From Voodoo Extreme: “Will Wright Worships Wii.

Me? I find these sentences more interesting.

“From a kid’s point of view gaming feels somewhat subversive.”

“I think we culturally disconnect the concepts of play and education, when play really is education and that’s how we developed it evolutionarily.”

“There are a lot of little things that we’ve achieved that I didn’t think we would – things like procedural music, with computers composing music on the fly.”

“…as a game designer I’d rather work in an area that is under-represented.”

Of course, “Will Wright thinks like an adult” is a much less sexy headline.


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