Wright admits to going overboard on research: He values the learning.

His latest game, “Spore,” released Sept. 7 by Electronic Arts, was no exception. The game involves controlling a creature’s evolution from a microbe to a space-faring explorer.

The inspirations for “Spore” are too numerous to count, he says. They include the SETI Institute, an organization devoted to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

He read over 100 books in the run-up to the game. Two were “Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe” and “Powers of Ten: A Book About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe and the Effect of Adding Another Zero.”

He also interviewed biologists and evolutionary scientists.

“Of all the stuff we researched, probably 20% is represented in the game. But we have to research 100% to figure out what the cool 20% is,” Wright said in a recent interview with IBD.

I cannot imagine reading over that many books.  In fact, I’d be good if I could get through 5 books in a year.  I used to read a ton of books as a kid, but now…not so many.  Check out the following article in which Will discusses his research into the game, along with a few other interesting facts – one being that he had to modify his Kindle electronic book reader as the corners of the device were hurting his hands when he held it.

Yahoo News – Will Wright’s video game rise