Will Wright recently named those that he believes to be his developer heroes, speaking at Newcastle’s Game Horizon event.
Maxis co-founder and creator of The Sims, Wright signalled Shigeru Miyamoto as being a significant influence, explaining: “What I admire most about him is he always puts the player first. Right off the bat he works with the controller, what does it feel like, how tactile and kinesthetic is what he’s working on.
“He works from the inside out: ‘what is the first five second player experience?’ So his games have this craftsmanship behind them that’s amazing and unique.”
Wright also threw praise toward Peter Molyneux for taking a lot of risks, and Civilization creator Sid Meier for making such enjoyable games.
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