Will Wright, the renowned designer of such games as SimCity and Spore, will give a keynote address at the 2009 SIGGRAPH conference.
Wright’s SimCity franchise, which includes SimEarth and SimAnt, has sold more than 58 million copies worldwide. The release last year of Spore, in which players create new species and share their evolutions with others, was praised as another innovation in game play.
Wright has earned many awards and honors, including PC Magazine’s lifetime achievement award and being named to Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the 100 most creative people in entertainment.
SIGGRAPH, now in its 36th year, will be held Aug. 3-7 in New Orleans.