I happen to think that that both you and Will Wright are correct. I do think that there is a place in the gaming world for a new SimCity. But, having said that, those are some really complicated games. Admittedly, I haven't played a SimCity game since 3000 (and that was only for a little bit), but I've always felt very over whelmed by the franchise.
I do believe that something could be done to find a happy medium and allow this venerable series to continue forward. In the hands of a talented development crew, I totally believe it could be done.
But I have a question...you said that your PC gamer mind can occasionally get stuck in 1998..what exactly did you mean by this?