Aside from Cliffski's rant (which kinda does come across as whining... again), I think the major takeaway from this scenario is that there is no reason why established industry luminaries need to saddle themselves with making kiddie junk like Spore or Epic Mickey. If Will Wright was to do something like this for a real Simcity sequel, I know thousands of gamers like me would pony up. Maybe devs like Garriot, Molyneux, Meier, et. al. could reclaim their past magic.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” - Mahatma Gandhi