Creator of one of the best-selling video game franchises in history, Will Wright, rebuts criticisms of violent video games and gives optimism for educational entertainment. One of the best-selling video game franchises in history isn't about killing hookers, decapitating ninjas, or nuking aliens--it's about raising families and leading prosperous cities.
Will Wright, creator of SimCity, the seminal city planning simulator, and the life-journey spinoff, The Sims, tells Fast Company that video game critics, especially critics of violent video games, have overlooked that there's little difference between the success of Grand Theft Auto and The Sims--and, why this fact should make educators optimistic for the future of deeply educational video games.
"I think that's one of the problems a lot of parents have when they see games," explains Wright. "There's someone running around with a gun and shooting things and explosions happening. What the kid is seeing is power-ups, teammates, and dead-end paths." For the full article, visit the link.