Also, after people play these Sim games, it tends to change their perception of the world around them, so they see their city, house or family in a slightly different way after playing.
It's gotten to the point now where I surf the fan sites everyday and download cool things the fans have created, which is really ironic in a way!
I'm not saying we purposely introduced bugs or anything, but this is kind of a natural result of any complexities of software... that you can't fully test it.
On vacation, I totally unplug. I don't bring a laptop with me.
In some sense that fear of not dropping the ball can really hurt you, in terms of not stretching and kind of going off in interesting new directions.
Actually, many years ago, we had a company-wide vote for our informal company-wide mascot, and the choices came down to the Boston tree fern, beef tape worm and a llama. And somehow the llama won the vote!
Because now it's the fans out there that are entertaining us, the developers, with their creations!
And every now and then people find the bugs, and they interpret those as cool failures in the Sims terms. For them it's like a treasure hunt, you know.
We're experimenting with new ideas we can put into it, which makes it hard for me to say exactly when we will be done with them.
There are a lot of issues that I hope we deal with at some point that we haven't up to now, for various reasons. Some technical, and some more political.
In an online community, there's this kind of social economy between the community members. Some people have status because they make cool skins or that's a good website that's visited a lot, but there's no real gameplay there.
It used to be that you knew your neighbors and maybe your coworkers - the people in your physical vicinity.
The new generation of consoles has as much power to do the kind of games that we do as the PC does.
We have spent quite a bit of time considering a good space game, and I can't really say anything at this point, but we are definitely still interested in that area.
Well, I think the camera freedom is something that we've resisted for a long time and feels like probably the biggest stretch. But it has some huge benefits.