Will Wright just did a demo of Spore, which I’d seen before online, but seeing it again reminded me how much I want to play that game. He also talked a little about the philosophy behind it, generative systems, the idea of finding the right balance between power and simplicity when you’re allowing players to create game content. All of which dovetails very nicely with Brian Eno’s work – he showed some of 77 Million Paintings behind him as he spoke. Kickass!
I should mention, if you’d like to check any of this stuff out, they’re streaming the whole thing live. There’s a schedule on that page. I’m playing sometime on Saturday, but there are a lot of big names between now and then.
Did I mention that I really want to play Spore?