Will Wright is a well known and highly respected figure in the video game industry, credited as the creator of The Sims, while many will also be familiar with his work on the early SimCity games; he also co-founded that series' development studio, Maxis.
Appearing at the Game Horizon conference in Newcastle, Wright took questions from the audience and got asked to name some of his development heroes. Peter Molyneux and Sid Meier were mentioned, and also Shigeru Miyamoto; he said the following about the iconic Nintendo game creator.
What I admire most about him is he always puts the player first.
Wright has now formed a new company, Syntertainment, and when speaking about his next project he detailed the philosophy behind its development, which perhaps explains his admiration for Miyamoto's focus on the player. A focus is "basing games in reality". to produce "games that intersect your reality, but give you a very different perspective on it... [It's about] understanding the player very deeply and having a game that envelops and involves particular people."
Considering the developer's previous projects such as The Sims, SimCity and Spore series, it'll be interesting to see what his new team delivers.