Today I realized they released Will Wright’s TED talk from earlier this year, and as a huge Will Wright fan I had to watch it. Like most of his presentations recently, it’s centered around a demo of his new game Spore, which I’ve seen plenty of already. But here it’s presented in a way that shows his educational intentions with it more clearly than before.
He really points out the true significance of the game and how he wishes it to make a difference in the world, which is strongly influenced and almost in homage to the Montessori school he attended for 6 years as a child.
As a sidenote, Will Wright is also a student of systems theory and applies those principles directly in his work. He’s the one who first exposed me to the ideas of general systems theory in his talks at the Game Developers Conference.