Let's get the record straight on me and gaming: I started out playing Pong and Atari 2600, worked my way up through Coleco, standup Space Invaders, Asteroids, and Galaga, topping off in high school with the original Donkey Kong.
Since those earlier years, I've dabbled with my PS2 and X-Box, and I'm more twitch than strategy.
But for my money, watching Will Wright's "Spore" demo today was like watching yet another paradigm shift in the possibilities of gaming and technology. Possibilities light years away from Space Invaders.
If you're familiar with "The Sims" and the other games Wright has produced, you know his games are unique.
Based on what I saw today, "Spore" moves gaming into another dimension. Literally.
It defies description, so I can just simply suggest you get a copy when it comes out.
It appears as though it will have been worth the long wait.
I'll spare you the part about his wanting us humans to use his game to start thinking about saving the planet.
I obviously hope and pray it turns out to have a happy ending -- us saving the planet, that is -- but in "Spore," spewing greenhouse gases has never been so much fun.