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Will Wright leaves EA
« on: April 10, 2009, 07:44:53 AM »
If this was anyone else, I wouldn't be paying attention at all.  However, Will Wright is different for me.  I loved Sim City 2000 more than anything in the world.  I would play that stupid game for hours and hours.

I had the "deluxe" version which, among other things, included a bunch of interviews with Will Wright.  The way he talked about games screamed genius to me.  He talked about future games he wanted to make and they would all incorporate each other.  Like a zoo you made in Sim Zoo could go in your Sim City.  Or you could lay down roads that you had made in Sim Streets.  I don't know how much of that ever came to fruition, but I have to imagine EA buying out Maxis put a big damper on him and his creative team.  Sure they made Sims which i understand was pretty good, but after that they churned out 40 expansion packs a year and called it a day.

I for one am really excited to see my favorite video game designer, er, only video game designer I know the name of go off to do his own thing again.  Yes, EA still has their dirty little hands in it, but I'm really hoping he gets the chance to do some innovative work again.

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Will Wright, the legendary PC game designer of the popular "SimCity" and "The Sims" franchises, has left Electronic Arts (NSDQ: ERTS) to launch an entertainment think tank.
In losing Wright, EA made sure to maintain strong ties with the game developer. The company said it and Wright will own equal percentages of Wright's new venture, the Stupid Fun Club.

As a result of its equity investment, EA has the right to develop game concepts from the Stupid Fun Club. "We believe in Will's vision for Stupid Fun Club and we're looking forward to partnering with Will and his team long into the future," John Riccitiello, chief executive of EA, said in a statement released Wednesday.
As described by EA, Wright's firm will develop "new intellectual properties to be deployed across multiple fronts, including video games, movies, television, the Internet, and toys."

Wright said he plans to tap the "revolutionary change" taking place in the entertainment industry. "Stupid Fun Club will explore new possibilities that are emerging from this sublime chaos and create new forms of entertainment on a variety of platforms," he said in the joint statement with EA.

Besides "The Sims" and "SimCity," Wright developed the "Spore" franchise, which EA released in September of last year. While not as popular as the other two franchises, the PC game has certainly been successful within the industry, and EA hopes to leverage its popularity in the future to create an entertainment franchise that includes television and movie rights.



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Re: Will Wright leaves EA
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2009, 12:58:57 PM »
I have SimCity on my phone.  It's a lot like Sim City 2000.   It's awesome.
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Re: Will Wright leaves EA
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2009, 09:28:33 AM »
Hm. He sounds like a guy I'd like. I, too, think the educational system sucks. It's teaching kids (and tried to teach me) to become a mindless worker bee. It's taken me years to get out of that funk.

Wright was educated at a local Montessori school, where he enjoyed its emphasis on creativity, problem solving, and self-motivation. Wright admitted to having been inspired to create certain elements of SimCity from his experiences in the school.
Quote from: Will Wright
Montessori taught me the joy of discovery...It showed you can become interested in pretty complex theories, like Pythagorean theory, say, by playing with blocks. It’s all about learning on your terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you. SimCity comes right out of Montessori—if you give people this model for building cities, they will abstract from it principles of urban design.

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When Will Jr. was nine, his father died of leukemia. His mother moved the family to her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Wright was enrolled in the local Episcopal High School. He enjoyed it for the chance to debate the faculty. During his time at the school, he became an atheist. Overall, he found the methods of the school inferior to the Montessori, and came off with a bad impression of conventional schooling in general. In 1994, he declared in a Wired interview:

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I've always been somewhat disillusioned with the educational system. Some people have said it was originally based on the idea that we're training factory workers, so it was very important to teach them to do some repetitive task for eight hours a day. What's going to be really exciting is when this Nintendo generation gets a little bit older and starts becoming teachers in schools. I think that's going to make a bigger difference than any kind of educational reform ever will. In the future a lot more learning will happen in the home.
LOL @ Pam... if I had $20 for every time someone used that word with me... well....

I'd probably have like $60

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Re: Will Wright leaves EA
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2009, 11:36:44 AM »
Yeah, shame that Montessori schools are so expensive and you're meant to start it when you're like 2 or an embryo or something.  Sorry, Palex. 
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Re: Will Wright leaves EA
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2009, 18:04:51 PM »
I knew a kid from a Montessori school when I was young. He was a wank. Hence, I assumed that all Montessori students were wanks.

The educational system does suck mega-huge-ginormously. Then again, I have problems watching everyday society when I buy my groceries, so now we all know how much I hate the rat race.
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Re: Will Wright leaves EA
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2009, 15:39:01 PM »
Great!  Montessori kids are wankers, home-schooled kids are weird, public school kids are unthinking worker drones, private school kids are needy prats and uneducated people are the reason a show like Deal or No Deal gets any ratings.   Children are our future.... we're all doomed.
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Re: Will Wright leaves EA
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2009, 20:51:01 PM »
Great!  Montessori kids are wankers, home-schooled kids are weird, public school kids are unthinking worker drones, private school kids are needy prats and uneducated people are the reason a show like Deal or No Deal gets any ratings.   Children are our future.... we're all doomed.
Like Will Wright said, I'm waiting for the Nintendo generation to save us all. Imagine the Human Federation from Star Trek... only Nintendo-ised!
LOL @ Pam... if I had $20 for every time someone used that word with me... well....

I'd probably have like $60