Will Wright interested in games that intersect with players' lives

SimCity creator teases development ambitions, says building experiences around a person's life can make gaming more mass market.

SimCity creator and industry veteran Will Wright has given a tease about what kinds of games he would like to make in the future.

Speaking during the Game Horizon conference this week (via Games Industry International), the designer said he is particularly interested in "basing games in reality" as a means to "capture a wider audience."

"I'm very interested in how we build a game around a player's life….I want to figure out how to bring games back into everyday reality, games that intersect with players' lives," he said.

Not only did Wright speak about his personal ambitions, but he also said the time is right for the industry to blossom, thanks to a proliferation of talented designers.

"We have a much bigger crop of skilled designers than we ever have," he said. "Some of the greatest designers out there are just getting their start right now."

Wright recently made headlines for his comments about the recent SimCity launch, calling it "inexcusable." The game was marred by server woes at launch in March, but has sold over 1.6 million copies life-to-date.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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sammoth
sammoth

He did a good job at intersecting with gamers life's by allowing EA to add online always with Sim City.

You lost a lo of consumers with that last debacle.

onixevil
onixevil

That doesn't prevents my funny old days with The Sims 2 .

thetarget
thetarget

I dont mind games that interact or intersect with my life. But I absolutely dont want to interact or intersect with other people's life. Get this Will Wright.

DarthLod
DarthLod

This entire article turns me off.

BrazNomar
BrazNomar

There are games for everyone nowadays. There are games targeting story, others gameplay, two of which bring pretty immersive games. However, there are games for education, games for advertising, and nowadays even games for helping you in your own life - check for example Fitocracy and Denare$.  

There are indeed big possibilities for a game that could improve your life in some way - like instead of using it asa escape path from reality, use it to add or even help SOLVE something, like the above apps (try to) do. Will's ideas are rather own wishes to follow a design trend these days.

In any way, I think it's just one more kind of game modelling idea. We'll probably still have new Pongs, CoDs, WoWs and whatnot. More and more people have been able to make games, some even alone, so there should be enough games for quite a lot of tastes.

realscarygary
realscarygary

The question is..do the player want the game intersecting with his/her life?

Chronologo
Chronologo

If this isn't done correctly it can lead to an awful series of events. I prefer games to offer you things you can't do in real life, that's the point of gaming isn't it?

NorthernDruid
NorthernDruid

But i play games to experience different things from my life...

Though i suppose it could be done correctly and be awesome.. I'm still gonna be sceptical until i hear some actual good ideas.

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

Bringing games and life together? Isn't that what we psychos do all the time according to some politicians?

*steals a car, runs over a cop, takes his money and jumps on a turtle*

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

To be honest I prefer to keep life and games separate, I'm fine with more games that are grounded in reality but if he means more social networking links and invasion into real life then frankly he needs to go back to the drawing board.

WereCatf
WereCatf

What if you're like me and your life consists of sleeping, eating and sitting at the computer 24/7? What is there to intersect with?

slayerSS-3
slayerSS-3

He looks like a lot to eric clapton on that photo lol

91210user
91210user

Sounds evil! I for one, don't want minigames coming into my life, when I'm going to work or whatever! 

Simon! Sidestep to your left!

TrueGB
TrueGB

No, thanks. I like my real-life separate from my games. I play games to get away from real life.

pwc2
pwc2

Be Careful Will. Don't do anything Stupid.

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tightwad34
tightwad34

This guy is going to think himself to death.

Radnen
Radnen

WILL WRIGHT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FAILURES OF THE LATEST ITERATION OF SIM CITY. I'm getting real tired of peoples s*** about this. His original design of SimCity was paramount, spectacular. This made him such an industry luminary today. Listen to him, damn it.

borgking1234
borgking1234

Will Wright interested in games that intersect with players' lives more like games that are interfere with they gameplay Sim City. Jihad to EA and Will Wright

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

hmmm....he wants to make addictive games that take up too much time...go for it

cireking213
cireking213

I play games to explore lives I can't, or actually wouldn't want to, experience in reality.

I'm already leery of giving Big Brother more view screens into my life.

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

Everything was fine untill you transformed your games into some moronic cartoonish 2 years old IQ games, seriously everything is so damn happy derp it's repulsive, I think Wright is into My Little Ponies or something, must be. It doesn't have to be holly-wood dramatic, but I think life is a "bit" different than Discovery Kids shit.

raven449
raven449

If i wanted to play a game like real life i would go outside.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Well, Mr. Wright, you were doing good until you let SimCity go to hell.  Since you burned that franchise by letting EA destroy it, I very seriously doubt I'll be giving you any of my money.  After all, you killed one of my all-time favorite series - why would I let you hurt me again?  Let's face it, you suck.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Games already intersect with my life. My bank account hates them.

Stedmister
Stedmister

Think he is referring to augmented reality, going to work 20 points, drinking coffee 5, etc sounds silly but who doesn't love rubbing an achievement in someone face.

Arcturuss
Arcturuss

"Capturing a wider audience" <--- This line of thought is a fucking cancer on the gaming industry.

ABakedAlien
ABakedAlien

People play games to escape reality. Sorry Will but you have a dumb fucking idea.

sirchick
sirchick

@sammoth He stopped working on SimCity since SC4, nearly a decade ago. He had zero input on the new SimCity since then as he went to work on Spore and i think he also was involved in Sims 3? (don't quote me on that one though).

Please research these things before commenting. Will Wright would not make such stupid decisions... PLUS he even agreed EA's server situation was a disaster. He has made good games with good decisions, the only bad decision was to leave his franchises to the mercy of EA and Maxis (he went to make his own company you see).

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

*PETA runs over* "Hey you! Leave that turtle alone!"

Mamamf
Mamamf

@WereCatf Thats Sims Unambitions, i guess... I'm still deciding if i'm like that or not...

sammoth
sammoth

@Radnen No but, he sure did allow  EA to do it. So yeah he is somewhat responsible.

pwc2
pwc2

@borgking1234 Although EA is bad, nobody should be jihad'ed.

BearzUnlimited
BearzUnlimited

@Reuwsaat It wasn't Will's choice to make Spore "kid-friendly". He actually left Maxis and EA before it was released.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@Reuwsaat The god damn fuck is wrong with My Little Ponies, you have  aproblem with bronies bro?

craigprime
craigprime

@raven449 And I suppose if you wanted to shoot people you would go to the park with a magnum.

Admitedly, playing a game to affect your life does seem a bit limited in terms of...productivness.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@VarietyMage This right here folks ^---  this is the ultimate wisdom for Mr Wright, or as I like to call him now, Mr Wrong.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@Arcturuss You know, it's like the fat chick with the humongzoid ass taking up 3 seats at your favorite restaurant.. You can't help but stare in awe at how fucked it it is... Kinda like the gaming industry *face palm*

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

@ABakedAlien And that would be why The Sims is the biggest selling franchise of all time, right?

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

@xeoneex66 @VarietyMage You're seriously going to blame the guy who invented SimCity for something a mega corporation did with it 25 years later?  I mean if you don't like the Sims or whatever, fine.  I thought Spore was pretty shallow and disappointing.  But I hold no ill will toward ... uh... Will due to the current SimCity sucking.  That's like blaming Babe Ruth for the modern day Yankees or something.

Klikandclick
Klikandclick

@xeoneex66 @Reuwsaat I'm just gonna be straight up with you: it's weird. You can watch/play/enjoy whatever you want but that doesn't change the fact that 20-something year old men watching(and sometimes obsessing over) a little girl's show is weird.

Fulminatory
Fulminatory

@xeoneex66 @Reuwsaat We have something againsts most of you guys (not the series) because whenever we say our opinions on your MLP. You ("bronies") tend to get your tits on fire and start attacking us. I have nothing against MLP (series) but I find it annoying when your fanbase goes apeshit whenever a person on the comments says "This show is for kids".

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

@xeoneex66 @Reuwsaat People are entitled to choose their lunacies, I have my own too, but he messed up an AAA title (with a huge, and I mean, HUGE fan base) with his rather, "colorful", taste, so yes, I do have a problem with it when it affects something that I really used to enjoy back when I was a kid, it's like that dancing crap on that Star Wars game.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

@jimrhurst @xeoneex66 @VarietyMage Damn tootin I am.  He willfully, oh oh see what I did there, joined the evil corporation known as Evil Assholes.  I mean his idea's are ok, but the executions are just horrible.  I haven't played many of his sims games in awhile save for spore, which was ok not great but just ok.  I was actually very disappointed in The Sims games.