I liked Sim Golf, fwiw.
It would never happen like that RH. Will Wright is actually an alien, and no longer interacts with the likes of Sid Meier. I believe actually that Will Wright has "grown tired" of his old design types, like the Sims, SimCity , etc., because he has passed them on to others to "upkeep." Spore has been consuming his time, and I hope it will be well worth it. I remember how revolutionary The Sims was when it first came out, it was an unbelievable change to my perspective regarding gaming. Sure, the novelty wore off after a while, and then they started to come out with expansion after expansion that started to get just silly. I'm hoping Spore will have that same near endless appeal.
Even good ole' Sid doesn't much work in his traditional developer role. That Soren guy headed up Civ IV, and I haven't seen much of Sid in the gaming news. A pity, because Civ was the beginning of my foray into simulation gaming, with a more complex goal set than the other games I was playing at the time (like nintendo games, Commander Keen, and Duke Nukem).
I miss the old Richard Garriott. EA really screwed up his stuff. Sometimes I think about Ultima X and just sigh... there was such potential there, completely missed and turned to vapor. Tabula Rasa is fine, but it isn't classic Garriott.
"Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoscet!"
(Kill them all. God will know his own.)
-- Arnaud-Armaury, the Albigensian Crusade