On vacation, I totally unplug. I don't bring a laptop with me.
I find it refreshing to unplug from it for a while. You kind of forget how deeply you get embedded in it.
A lot of the interesting issues and dynamics within a city occur over things such as socio-economic issues or ethnic issues. But they require a much more elaborate model of human behavior.
Because now it's the fans out there that are entertaining us, the developers, with their creations!
The Sims is kind of an interesting case because we had all these expansion packs. We were able to incrementally add on and explore without invading the core dynamic or the core game play.
Well, I think the camera freedom is something that we've resisted for a long time and feels like probably the biggest stretch. But it has some huge benefits.
We have spent quite a bit of time considering a good space game, and I can't really say anything at this point, but we are definitely still interested in that area.
Players like to know that they've discovered things that even the designers didn't know were in the game.
There are a lot of issues that I hope we deal with at some point that we haven't up to now, for various reasons. Some technical, and some more political.
Also, after people play these Sim games, it tends to change their perception of the world around them, so they see their city, house or family in a slightly different way after playing.
And every now and then people find the bugs, and they interpret those as cool failures in the Sims terms. For them it's like a treasure hunt, you know.
In an online community, there's this kind of social economy between the community members. Some people have status because they make cool skins or that's a good website that's visited a lot, but there's no real gameplay there.
And so from that, I've always been fascinated with the idea that complexity can come out of such simplicity.
Everybody has a different definition of the good side.
For me, what's a more important question is how we get at least the option of more diverse experiences in this media.
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