Quote of the Moment: "I don't think it's going to take over the world."


"I think it's going to be an established area of games; I don't think it's going to take over the world. People were saying that about online games before that and they were saying that about portable games before that.

There's always, when a new platform or a new niche emerges, there's explosive growth in that niche; it's like this void that's being filled very rapidly, where there was a vacuum. So right now we're at the steep of that curve. If you extrapolate that out, it looks like 'Oh, that's gonna be the whole market in 5 years,' but of course the curve never stays that steep.

It's kind of like the ecosystems are in this gigantic disruptive phase. Whole new niches are opening and other ones are shrinking and so we're seeing some very steep deltas in different directions right now. I get the sense that in a year from now we'll start seeing these things plateau towards what their natural equilibrium is."

-Legendary developer of SimCity and The Sims Will Wright throws some cold water on the most optimistic predictions for the social games market

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