Speaking to Eurogamer, SimCity creator Will Wright revealed that his current game project is based on concepts introduced in "Maneki Neko," a short story from science fiction author Bruce Sterling.

"[Sterling] describes a karmic computer that's keeping a balance of payments between different people, and causing them to interact with each other in interesting ways to improve their lives even though they're strangers," Wright explains. "They earn karmic points that are redeemed by having somebody else help them."

Eurogamer notes that the game -- Wright's newest since 2008's Spore -- will be released for gaming tablets, smartphones, and Facebook this year. Until then, you might want to watch what you say on social networking sites while you try to get in Wright's good graces. Clicking the "like" button on Raid on Bungeling Bay's Facebook page may or may not help to erase any negative karma you've accrued recently.