First of all, I am not too current on threads around here these days, so I apologize if a thread RE this exists, but ...
[Genius] Creator of the Sims games, Will Wright has come up with a new game idea called Spore, to release I believe ~next Xmas-ish (is that a double "ish"?)
His insight into game development paradigms (if I may dare use [I]that[/I] word) is quite interesting and it even sheds a little light on sites like THIS one (in a you must connect the dots kind of way) ...
Watch the google video where Will demo's it at GDC.
If you are game-geeky at all, you'll probably enjoy it as much as I did.