I just watched Keita Takahashi’s presentation on Katamari Damacy. It included humourous anecdotes from his time in Art College including what are possibly the greatest coffee table, tissue box, and plant pot ever made. Highly recommended.
I’m going to check out Will Wright’s Spore presentation and see if it lives up (down?) to Penny Arcade’s commentry. It looks like it will be in stark contrast to Takahashi’s. Seriously, one game is based on something as simple as “you roll a ball” and the other is based on “you start and evolve life on your own planet and then others”.
Update: Will Wright’s “Spore” looks excellent. Takahashi said something about different styles of games, and that he wants to be the rock/punk game designer. Wright is definately a science-geek game designer. I think there’s room in the world for both.