The lights are on
Sims creator Will Wright might have pulled back from big triple-A projects like Spore, but that doesn't mean that the gaming genius isn't still churning out the ideas.
Saying that he's not working on big-boxed titles at the moment, Wright offered up other avenues for his new projects. "For the most part, the stuff we're working on is not shrink-wrapped,
AAA, Xbox-only. It's stuff that's a little more diffuse, mobile, web. I'm really interested right now in games that get people more engaged
in the world around them rather than distract them from it. Using the
world as a human platform rather than an Xbox. Kind of AR stuff."
Wright has been involved in his Stupid Fun Club for a few years now, and it's been pushing out Wright-ian ideas in all sorts of directions including robotics. Thus it's not surprising that something like AR should pique his interest. We wonder what he things of devices like the Nintendo 3DS and Sony NGP?
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I don't think he thinks much about them, as the 3DS and NGP are still game platforms that act to disengage the gamer from the world and work as a sort of meditation.
AR seems to be counterproductive if you're trying to make gaming a way for humans to interact with their environment instead of distracting them from it. That's what gaming is all about to begin with.
I'm interested to see what comes of this.
Mr. Wright, your future and current ventures are ambitious and... that's about all I can say. Good luck.
Maybe Will should just shut up lol jk
*sigh* I bet he and Peter Molyneux would get on perfectly.
Will Wright has always been a forward thinker and a ground shaker. He may be a little niche, but his stuff is always interesting. There is no doubt that the 3DS has caught his eye, and I wouldn't be surprised to find out that he's already got plenty of ideas on paper.
I'd really love to see what Will puts out for the 3DS. I mean, it's inevitable, right?