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Will Wright Leaves EA

The creator of SimCity, The Sims, and Spore is moving on to something stupid and fun.

Join the Stupid Fun Club today, Will!
MTV Multiplayer is reporting that Will Wright--famed designer behind such popular and influential franchises such as SimCity, The Sims, and Spore--has left EA, the company that has published the lion's share of Wright's games, effective today. He'll now be focusing his energies full time on Stupid Fun Club, a Berkeley-based venture that Wright has been involved with for several years now. Part of what makes this move particularly interesting is that Stupid Fun Club is not a game-development house in a traditional sense, having produced bizarre robot-based short films and hidden-camera experiments in the past. Stupid Fun Club describes itself as “an entertainment development studio” whose ideas may manifest in “video games, online environments, storytelling media and fine home care products.” Considering the interest that Wright has openly expressed in exploring non-traditional entertainment formats, the Stupid Fun Club manifesto seems fairly indistinguishable from his own vision. 

This, however, doesn't mean that Will Wright will be cutting his ties with his former publisher completely. EA and Wright both have equal financial stakes in Stupid Fun Club, and EA will have first-look publishing rights for any games it might produce. Personally I hope Wright's newfound autonomy will allow him to chase some of the smaller, stranger ideas he might have bouncing around inside his curious brain.

UPDATE: If you want to see some of the awesomely incomprehensible stuff that Stupid Fun Club has gotten up to in the past, check out its YouTube channel.
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Posted by Ryan
Join the Stupid Fun Club today, Will!
MTV Multiplayer is reporting that Will Wright--famed designer behind such popular and influential franchises such as SimCity, The Sims, and Spore--has left EA, the company that has published the lion's share of Wright's games, effective today. He'll now be focusing his energies full time on Stupid Fun Club, a Berkeley-based venture that Wright has been involved with for several years now. Part of what makes this move particularly interesting is that Stupid Fun Club is not a game-development house in a traditional sense, having produced bizarre robot-based short films and hidden-camera experiments in the past. Stupid Fun Club describes itself as “an entertainment development studio” whose ideas may manifest in “video games, online environments, storytelling media and fine home care products.” Considering the interest that Wright has openly expressed in exploring non-traditional entertainment formats, the Stupid Fun Club manifesto seems fairly indistinguishable from his own vision. 

This, however, doesn't mean that Will Wright will be cutting his ties with his former publisher completely. EA and Wright both have equal financial stakes in Stupid Fun Club, and EA will have first-look publishing rights for any games it might produce. Personally I hope Wright's newfound autonomy will allow him to chase some of the smaller, stranger ideas he might have bouncing around inside his curious brain.

UPDATE: If you want to see some of the awesomely incomprehensible stuff that Stupid Fun Club has gotten up to in the past, check out its YouTube channel.
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Posted by Death_Burnout

This is good.

Posted by Hamz

If it means we get more of the abstract or unusual stuff Will Wright comes up with, then I'm all for it!

Goodluck to him :)

Posted by ElectricHaggis

Madness.  Good luck to him.

Posted by Bellum

Bittersweet.

Posted by MattyFTM

Yeah, in reality nothing has changed. He still develops with EA, and they still publish his games. All that has changed is that Will Wright can now enter the world of movies, TV and god know what else, which will be interesting to see.

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Edited by LiveOrDie1212

the Man needs to spread his wings, he can't do that working for EA

Posted by TomA

That's quite exicting really,Will Wright is awesome and this just sounds rad.

Posted by LordAndrew

I want to join the Stupid Fun Club.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Although I've loved most of Wright's games under EA, I hope he finds his new venture to be fun and exciting.

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Posted by MattyFTM
LordAndrew said:
"I want to join the Stupid Fun Club."
I know. It sounds like stupid fun. And everyone knows that's the best kind of fun.
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Posted by logson

As I read this, I got the same feeling I get whenever I hear about a great college sports coach leaving a school: Things won't reaaallly change, but this is awful for the recruits. There are lots and lots of people that came to EA with the hopes of being able to work with/for/under/in the same building as Will Wright, and while that's not an impossibility now, that chance has taken a serious hit.
For everyone else, this is great.

Posted by lordofultima

This is good news for sure, he would have inevitably be tied to do sims sequels for all of eternity otherwise.

Posted by Diamond

I guess we'll soon find out if it was EA or Will Wright that made Spore not so good.

Posted by JoelTGM

weird

Posted by Scorched

crazy

Posted by RHCPfan24

Wow, glad to see he is doing his own thing.

Posted by REDRUN

Good Luck Will, glad you made the move. :)

Posted by ToxicFruit

Good for him. he has my support !

Posted by SuperMooseman

Indeed, good luck to Mr. Wright and here's to hoping more awesome games from him.

Posted by Linkyshinks

Good for him, perhaps now he can enjoy his Care Bears in peace and tranquility.

Posted by Darkstorn

Berkeley...

Edited by MrKlorox

Excellent. I loved what his games are deep down. Just hated the excessive commercialism EA coated them with.

If this means more freedom for Wright to try new things, bring it on. Best of luck to him.

Posted by McQuinn

weird, well I hope he has stupid fun.

Posted by plagueseason

I wonder if this has anything to do with the Spore DRM fiasco. Either way, good news and best of luck to Will. He seems like one of the more creative minds in video game development.

Posted by MeatSim

EA will still milk The Sims and Spore till the end of time though.

Posted by Ferginator4k

I'm not surprised yet shocked at the news.

Posted by Media_Master

This is Stupid Fun!