It's been a year, apparently, but being ignorant of it to this point is ok since I'm not one who plays games, much.

But, there's an amazing video demonstration by Will Wright at the 2005 Game Developers Conference of a game called Spore. This game is kind of mind-blowing, I mean, really, fresh. It takes role-playing games to a whole new level.

As the creator of Sims, Wright has some experience with making games that capture people's imagination. Wright will be giving a keynote address at the '06 GDC taking place March 20-24.