Will Wright Talks, I Listen

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Posted by Ryan (1263 posts) -

While Paul Barnett is a very strong second, I know of no more fascinating a public speaker in the world of video games than Will Wright. I've repeatedly fawned over the man's capacity to insightfully articulate profound scientific and sociological ideas in ways that everyday idiots like me can grasp, and it's been my belief that I could listen to Will Wright talk about anything. He proves my point with this video from the Chronicle of Higher Education, where he spends a solid five minutes pontificating on the intersection of education and games. Edutainment is right up there with Florida Tax Law and Regional Theatre Renditions of Rent on the list of Discussion Topics That Make Ryan Die Inside, but as always, Will Wright manages to make it fascinating. He also shows off his new business cards, which are printed on random foreign currency, which is totally awesome and eccentric in the way I expect Will Wright to be.
 

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#1 Posted by Ryan (1263 posts) -

While Paul Barnett is a very strong second, I know of no more fascinating a public speaker in the world of video games than Will Wright. I've repeatedly fawned over the man's capacity to insightfully articulate profound scientific and sociological ideas in ways that everyday idiots like me can grasp, and it's been my belief that I could listen to Will Wright talk about anything. He proves my point with this video from the Chronicle of Higher Education, where he spends a solid five minutes pontificating on the intersection of education and games. Edutainment is right up there with Florida Tax Law and Regional Theatre Renditions of Rent on the list of Discussion Topics That Make Ryan Die Inside, but as always, Will Wright manages to make it fascinating. He also shows off his new business cards, which are printed on random foreign currency, which is totally awesome and eccentric in the way I expect Will Wright to be.
 

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#2 Edited by Blair (2507 posts) -

Who that man in a black sedan, with two cheap hookers and a Mexican.

Bumpin' white lines, sippin' one Coors light,

Mickey Avalon, call me Mr. Wright!

#3 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6655 posts) -

Paul Barnett is more interesting than Will Wright on my charts.

#4 Posted by End_Boss (3220 posts) -

Next up: Will Wright talks about the delicate art of observing the gradual drying of paint. The world listens.

#5 Edited by FuzzYLemoN (1600 posts) -

Will Wright remains as hypnotic as ever. I should really go to the bathroom... but... I can't... look away... *Continues watching in awe*

#6 Posted by sdauz (430 posts) -

ahhhhh WHERE IS THE NEW SIM CITY!!!!

#7 Posted by Crono (2670 posts) -

Hmmm... that freeze frame of Will Wright reminds me of Anton Chigurh; that villain from No Country For Old Men.

#8 Edited by Turambar (6785 posts) -

I find his points on Dr. Seuss rather interesting, particularly because some of his earliest works done during WWII were, behind their playfulness, rather racist (especially regarding the Japanese)

#9 Posted by EVO (3913 posts) -

Will Wright for President.

#10 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5425 posts) -

Will Wright is the man.

#11 Posted by Keyser_Soze (1186 posts) -

Will Wright's a casual.

#12 Edited by MatthewMeadows (588 posts) -

The interviewer seems like a dick. He's always all like "Really?", "You're kidding right?"

#13 Posted by Ouroboros (344 posts) -

What a weird ending with Will just walking away..

#14 Posted by deerhaunter (75 posts) -

lol, Will Wright talking about how games can have deep meanings and motivations.

What games has he made that do that?

#15 Posted by Hitchenson (4682 posts) -

Damn, that was awesome.

#16 Posted by TheClap (538 posts) -

It seems like no matter what he is talking about, he is answering the most important question YOU personally could ask anyone.

#17 Posted by TripMasterMunky (2403 posts) -

Cool interview.

#18 Posted by _Horde (839 posts) -

I think he motivated me. I don't know to do what, but I somehow feel motivated.

#19 Posted by addictedtopinescent (3645 posts) -
@EVO said:
" Will Wright for President. "
YES
Now I see what you were talking about Ryan, Will Wright made this interesting
#20 Posted by dsplayer1010 (2227 posts) -

He's a smart man.

#21 Posted by CowMuffins (1760 posts) -

This is honestly the first interview I've seen with Will Wright. I like the way he thinks, the man is good.

#22 Posted by artofwar420 (6290 posts) -

The interviewer sounds like he's from NPR. I liked this interview.

#23 Posted by Kajaah117 (1070 posts) -

Will Wright is what Steven Hawking would sound like without the voice synthesizer. Those 2 were seperated at birth.

#24 Posted by GreggD (4505 posts) -
@Crono said:
" Hmmm... that freeze frame of Will Wright reminds me of Anton Chigurh; that villain from No Country For Old Men. "
You know, now that I have the image in my mind, I can't get rid of it.
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#25 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -
Man, that was just too damn short. I demand 25 minutes!

@Crono
said:
" Hmmm... that freeze frame of Will Wright reminds me of Anton Chigurh; that villain from No Country For Old Men. "
A will Wright lead murder simulator? Count me in!

But seriously, I'm waiting for an open world action game set in 1970's Texas involving unique and interesting yet semi-realistic weapons. And don't forget multiple perspectives: from the eyes of a chiseled sheriff, an adventurous outlaw, and a psychotic serial killer.
#26 Posted by GiantGUS (399 posts) -
@Blair said:
" Who that man in a black sedan, with two cheap hookers and a Mexican.Bumpin' white lines, sippin' one Coors light,Mickey Avalon, call me Mr. Wright! "
Wow, a Mickey Avalon quote on a post about Will Wright at Giant Bomb. I have seen everything.
#27 Posted by egads (115 posts) -

Did he mean to say that The Sims is supposed to motivate kids to be interested in sociology?  That seems like quite a stretch to me.

#28 Posted by CleverLoginName (678 posts) -

I guess an Animal Farm esque game could be interesting.

#29 Posted by buzz_clik (6975 posts) -

That dude is hardcore across it. Those business cards are ace.

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#30 Posted by Meltbrain (2971 posts) -
@MatthewMeadows said:
" The interviewer seems like a dick. He's always all like "Really?", "You're kidding right?" "
Yeah. I thought that, too. Especially that "Huh..." he utters when Will says motivating kids is more important to him. The interviewer definitely comes across as a bit of a douche in the few lines and words he has, which takes talent.

Will Wright is pretty awesome though. He explains smart people stuff in dumb people understanding good ways for mah brains. I'm learnding.
#31 Edited by Seijur0 (104 posts) -

I can't fucking stand Paul Barnett... he talks wayyy too much and I never seem to care about what he's saying. I guess I could see why other people like him but I hate when he's on the podcast.

on the other side though, I love Will Wright.

#32 Posted by ghostNPC (778 posts) -

Will reminds me of alot of instructors at my university.

#33 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -
@Meltbrain said:
" @MatthewMeadows said:
" The interviewer seems like a dick. He's always all like "Really?", "You're kidding right?" "
Yeah. I thought that, too. Especially that "Huh..." he utters when Will says motivating kids is more important to him. The interviewer definitely comes across as a bit of a douche in the few lines and words he has, which takes talent. "
What are you two on about? That "huh" was more of a "wow I never thought of it that way before". Not a "that's stupid".  Also I don't recall the interviewer saying "really" or "you're kidding right" once at all. Just watched it again and heard nothing like that.

I'm supposed to be the one incapable of comprehending tone or facial expressions here, not you guys!
#34 Posted by RockinKemosabe (619 posts) -

If that video was an hour long, I'd still probably watch the entire thing. Will Wright catches your attention.

#35 Posted by BreakfastKing (117 posts) -
@Crono: I thought the same thing!

On topic, though, I really feel like he may be on to something. Not to suggest he possibly couldn't be on to something, just saying is all. I didn't realize how much Will Wright valued himself as a teacher essentially as much as a game designer.
#36 Posted by Aska (424 posts) -

I kinda just shut my eyes off and stared blankly into the screen as he was talking, intently listening.  He has an amazing way of grasping your attention and not letting go.


Great game designer and person.
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#37 Posted by Bald3rdash (253 posts) -
@Blair: Effin' awesome song!
#38 Posted by Khrome83 (20 posts) -

Dude, I am going to print my business cards on Toliet Paper from other places.... (hopefully not used)

#39 Posted by Jambones (1696 posts) -

Thanks Ryan. This is the kind of thing that makes me wish I had access to these people, and just listen.

Incidentally, I have not listened to the bombcast yet! Next stop.

#40 Posted by okuzy (137 posts) -

I think I just fell in love with this dude haha (no homo). this was one of those things that I couldnt pause and take a break I had to and wanted to listen to everything this guy had to say. thanks will!

#41 Posted by Reverseface (1221 posts) -

Will wright has been known to CHOKE A BITCH

#42 Edited by ahoodedfigure (4240 posts) -

I think that computing was a lot more experimental before, and has since narrowed because of market speculation...  But I guess there's always a bit of tightening in the beginning.  He's a good salesman, although I sometimes get a Molyneux feeling with him now, especially after Spore.

I agree with his implying that play isn't just for kids, though, and he's also right that themes don't have to be so specific or contemporary in games to be significant (they might even lose their pertinence because they're so tightly bound to a specific problem).

#43 Posted by Linkyshinks (9880 posts) -
Will Wright Talks, I Listen

You clearly haven't seen him talk about Care Bears before Ryan.

Scary shit... his eyes change.


#44 Posted by Arjuna (888 posts) -

When Will Wright talks, you shut your filthy little fucking mouth and listen up, god dammit!

#45 Posted by Winternet (8019 posts) -

Will Wright for President of the World.

#46 Posted by asian_pride (1654 posts) -

Unlike most interviews I've seen, this one was very interesting. If it was longer, I would have been there still, listening intently. Will Wright, he's an alright guy in my book. :P

#47 Posted by BenderUnit22 (1497 posts) -

Will Wright is a smooth talker, but the only game of his that I liked was the SNES version of SimCity.

#48 Posted by Jedted (2368 posts) -
"I know of no more fascinating a public speaker in the world of video games than Will Wright."

What about Peter Molenux?
#49 Posted by Lazyaza (2184 posts) -

Will Wright speaks the truth, interactive software is a powerful tool for learning and the fact its so underused for such things is down right crazy.

Imagine if you could go to school and instead of having a teacher yell at you and demand you write a 3000 word essay you instead spend your time playing in a virtual world where you are constantly being taught new things.
I want to see a company make a game that can be classed as a documentary or a history lesson, their is no reason these kinds of games couldn't be made without still being fun.  And that's the key to education, making it enjoyable.

#50 Posted by phlegms (1607 posts) -

Has he apologized for Spore yet?

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