Talking to VentureBeat about, fittingly, his new venture, Will Wright made it clear how he relates to the gaming industry these days — and provided clues as to what he will do next to entertain us.
Wright tells reporter Dean Takahashi that his post-EA venture, the expanded Stupid Fun Club, is staffing up but staying small, adding some ex-Maxis employees but keeping headcount under 30. At least three projects are underway, all of which will have a web component and all of which seem that they will be playable in some way.
Two choice excerpts:
VB: Do you feel you are looking back on the game industry, as something in your past, and do you have a take on it now?
WW: I feel we are still in it because a couple of projects are games. We are taking the games industry into other areas. We are expanding what we call the "play industry." Games are limited in some ways. Play can be applied to so many different kinds of experiences.
VB: Do you think the future is more about Facebook games, or is more about console games?
WW: I think it is going to be a lot broader than either one of those two. Those are both experiences where you sit in front of the screen. They're very structured activities. I'm thinking much broader than that.
Plenty more in the full post, though you'll have to guess as to what Wright is actually making. I see clues. No specifics yet.