Will Wright Says Games Are "Not The Right Medium to Tell Stories"

by Matt Helgeson on Feb 18, 2011 at 04:42 AM

CNN published an interesting article regarding Sims creator Will Wright's new "crowd source" television series Bar Karma. The show, which allows viewers to submit and vote on ideas for each episode's plot and outcome, is currently airing on the Current cable network.

Wright tells CNN that he never pitched the idea to video game companies, despite his ongoing partnership with Electronic Arts. The reason? Wright feels that "games are not the right medium to tell stories. Video games are more about story possibilities." He goes on to say, "This is storytelling. Television is a very different thing from video games. It's kind of hard for me to compare."

He also seems to take a dim view of some popular games' attempts at storytelling. When asked about Rockstar's acclaimed Grand Theft Auto series, Wright says he usually bypasses the story segments of the game, commenting, "What I enjoy about Grand Theft Auto is kind of going out and creating my own story."

When asked about Hideo Kojima's famously long-winded Metal Gear Solid series, he offers only a terse, "That's not the kind of game I like playing."

For more, read the full story at CNN.