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Friday, September 15, 2000

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The Sims To Go Online Next Year
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In an interview at Feed, Will Wright talks about his creation, The Sims, giving us all some insight into the mind that created our loveable little Sim-people as well as what's in store for The Sims come next year.

FEED: Playing the game, you don't mind the repetition as much, because it's not a script, you know? I mean, most games come to the point where you're like, "Oh, man, if I hear that character say that one line again, I'm going to just jump out the window."

WRIGHT: [laughs] Right. In fact we did a lot of experimentation to find a language that would be the hardest to discern repetition in. And, in fact, we were originally going to do real languages, and we experimented with like three or four of them and they were all too repeatable. So eventually the voice actors ended up inventing this language. Actually, this one guy invented it and had to train another voice actor, and then train another one. And they'd have these long conversations back and forth, kind of teaching each other the language. It was fascinating.
Wright also talks about his upcoming project, an Online Community of Sims that would be a seamless network of homes and houses allowing greater interaction amongst your Sims.
FEED: Tell me about what you're working on now?

WRIGHT: Well, the main project right now is a version of The Sims that's online. It's going to come out some time next year. It's going to be kind of a massive persistent world, you know, fifty to one hundred thousand people in a city -- kind of like Sim City from the top down except there'll be houses, real houses made by real people who are logged into the game.
To catch the rest of this interview, head over to The Feed.

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