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Charlie Brooker

You should watch Videogames Changed the World

Helps if you're in the UK though...
Dec 01
// Alasdair Duncan
Following on from 2009's Gameswipe special, acerbic critic and former PC Zone writer Charlie Brooker has delivered another excellent videogames program this time on Channel 4. How Videogames Changed the World is a two-hour sp...
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You suck!

Ultima creator thinks other designers 'really just suck'

Can't tell if hubris or fair criticism
Mar 20
// Steven Hansen
Richard Garriott, known for creating the venerable Ultima series and sometimes known as Lord British, had some harsh truth bombs to rain down on his contemporaries. Speaking with PC Gamer, Garriott said, "I’ve met virtu...
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Will Wright checks out the new SimCity

See what the father of the series thinks of the new take
Feb 27
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Will Wright is a name you should all be familiar with, you know, seeing as he's the father of everything Sims. That of course includes the city building simulation titles, like Sim City. Will moved on from Maxis to run Stupi...

Will Wright: Console guys are running scared

Jul 10
// Jim Sterling
Champion game designer Will Wright has claimed that those in the console business are "running scared" of emerging business models, especially free-to-play games. Set your knees to jerk-mode! "I think all the console guys are...


Watch Will Wright's favorite YouTube videos

Feb 21
// Dale North
Will Wright, videogame mastermind and creator of hits like The Sims, Spore and Sim City, was asked to curate YouTube. You'll see on his video post on YouTube that he did a pretty good job. The end result was a good playlist o...

Will Wright says the Wii is a toy

Mar 10
// Jim Sterling
Iconic game designer Will Wright has described the Wii as more of a toy than a gaming console, and believes the system should be considered as such. Before you get your torches and pitchforks though, bear in mind that he does...

Will Wright says games need to appeal to more people

Jul 19
// Matthew Razak
Here is a bit of a no-brainer from game designing god Will Wright during an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education: "We've had this cultural bias against games for the last 20 years, and a lot of it I think is ...

Read it and weep: Burkshaw's homeless Sims are depressing

Jun 19
// Joseph Leray
I've never been a big fan of Will Wright's games -- when I was a kid, I found SimCity and SimEarth too deep and confusing and, as a teenager, was quickly bored by The Sims. A games desgin student at Anglia Ruskin University n...

So what is Will Wright's 'Stupid Fun Club'?

Apr 08
// Nick Chester
Earlier today, we reported that game designer (and freakin' genius) Will Wright had stepped down from his position with Electronic Arts to pursue something called the "Stupid Fun Club." OK, so what is that exactly? ...

Will Wright leaves EA to run 'Stupid Fun Club'

Apr 08 // Nick Chester
Will Wright and EA Partner on Stupid Fun ClubLegendary Game Designer to Explore New ProjectsREDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that EA is making an equity investment in Stupid Fun Club, Will Wright's new adventure. Stupid Fun Club is an entertainment think tank developing new Intellectual Properties to be deployed across multiple fronts including video games, movies, television, the internet, and toys. Will Wright is leaving EA to run Stupid Fun Club.EA and Will each own equal percentages of Stupid Fun Club and are the principal shareholders. In addition, EA has the right to develop game concepts that spring from Stupid Fun Club projects. Will Wright is represented by Creative Artists Agency.“The entertainment industry is moving rapidly into an era of revolutionary change,” said Will Wright. “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. In my twelve years at EA, I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside some of the brightest and most talented game developers in the industry and I look forward to working with them again in the near future.”“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,” said John Riccitiello, EA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Will is a great designer and he’s been part of a great legacy of globally recognized game franchises like The Sims, SimCity and Spore. The teams that have been leading those franchises in recent years have a lot of exciting content coming.”“Will has been an inspiration to our teams, and it’s been rewarding for us to bring his ideas to life,” said Lucy Bradshaw, VP and General Manager at Maxis. “In addition to legendary games, Will’s legacy at EA will be the many talented people who worked with him and will now continue to contribute their own vision to the art of game development.”Will Wright created Maxis with Jeff Braun in 1989, which was acquired by EA in 1997. Will is the visionary designer of blockbuster game concepts like Spore™, The Sims™ and SimCity™. Lucy Bradshaw, VP and General Manager at Maxis™, will continue to run Maxis and the Spore franchise. Lucy’s team is working on the upcoming expansion pack, Spore Galactic Adventures, as well as other game concepts including Spore Hero, Spore Hero Arena and Spore Creature Keeper. Rod Humble is head of the EA™ Play Label and his team will launch The Sims 3 in June of this year.

Will Wright, best known for being a freakin' genius (Sim City, The Sims, Spore), will be leaving Electronic Arts. Wright will be turning his attention to something called the "Stupid Fun Club," a think tank of sorts...


Will Wright needs a DS to wake up with

Sep 04
// Jim Sterling
Iconic game designer Will Wright loves his Nintendo DS. In fact, it's one of his favorite systems and if he doesn't have it with him, he confesses to waking up groggy in the morning. That's actually a little weird and creepy,...

Will Wright calls E3 a zombie, declares this year's event 'the walking dead'

Aug 28
// Jim Sterling
Spore creator and well loved design icon Will Wright has become the latest industry figure to criticize E3, naming it "the walking dead" and suggesting that the "real" E3 died years ago. "It almost fe...

Will Wright loves the Spore porn, discusses possible console release

Aug 27
// Jim Sterling
It's one of the laws of human nature, that the moment a man is given the ability to customize something, a big dong is what he'll customize it with. Thus it was with Spore's creature creator, as semi sentient genitals began p...

Comic-Con 08: Play Spore forever and never see everything

Jul 27
// Brad Nicholson
At Comic-Con this week, co-founder of Maxis and The Sims creator Will Wright revealed a bit about Spore's depth during a large demo of the game. According to Eurogamer, Wright claimed that players would never see the entirety...

Expect Spore before the holidays, whatever that means

Feb 01
Those pesky analysts are at it again, and this time, the slippery release date of Spore is taking it on the chin. Ever since Will Wright announced the God game back in 2005 that promised to take us from origin to space, peopl...

Wii Willy Wrighty gives Nintendo more Spore

Oct 27
// Jim Sterling
It was just recently that legendary BAFTA winner Will Wright was declaring the Wii a superior platform for development, and it looks like he's a man of his word as it's been announced that Spore is coming to that very platfor...

Will Wright: Spore is about six months out

Oct 24
// Dale North
Famed game creator Will Wright said himself that his greatly anticipated life sim Spore is in its final stages, and that we should be seeing it in the spring of 2008."We have the game fully playable at this point and it'...

Videogame BAFTA awards: Will Wright gets love + full nominations

Oct 15
// Jim Sterling
The BAFTAs are the most prestigious awards that the UK has to offer after the British Comedy Awards, and for the first time they will honor videogames. Spore creator Will Wright shall be receiving a Fellowship BAFTA for his y...

Leipzig GC 2007: Hands-on with Spore

Aug 29
// David Houghton
Sometimes things just turn out of the best. Earlier this week I had a ninety-minute appointment over in Electronic Arts' press area, where they had a whole load of their upcoming games available for play-test or presentation....

Maxis confirms Spore coming to consoles, no one surprised

Aug 24
// Nick Chester
During a behind-closed-doors demo of Spore at this year's Leipzig Game Convention, Maxis' Patrick Buechener has confirmed that console versions of Will Wright's ambitious title are likely.This should surprise no one -- seeing...

Will Wright talks toys, looks like a homeless Leonard Nimoy

Jul 22
// Earnest Cavalli
No one would claim that Will Wright is anything short of a genius, but his current look is a cross between prosthetic-fetishism and turn-of-the-century hobo chic. He seems to be waiting for the invention of hover trains so he...

The Sims are totally fierce in The Sims 2 H&M Fashion Stuff; Will Wright cries

Jun 05
// Nick Chester
I remember this one time (last week) that I went into an H&M in my local mall. A piercingly intolerable drum and bass remix of Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" blared out of the store's hidden speaker...

SimCity DS trailer; now you can "erect a monolith" on the go

May 12
// Earnest Cavalli
Crude masturbation joke? Check!Compelling footage of a title that has seen more ports than Ernest and Julio Gallo? Check!Complete lack of a clever way to end this post? Double check! 

Open your eyes, new Spore footage

Apr 09
// Robert Summa
Thirsty for a little more Spore action? I know I am. Quite possibly the greatest game that has yet to ever be released, Spore gives me a nerdgasm like no other. It's got the perfect blend of RTS and online and such that fills every little void in my gaming heart. Don't you just love it?

SXSW 07: Spore keynote on shakycam

Mar 14
// Niero Desu
Summa may have live blogged the Will Wright keynote, but it was extremely difficult for him to balance an HD camera on his foot while simultaneously fending off an ocean of milfs. Luckily, Matthew spotted a shaky cam of the e...

Will Wright's Wii-controlled robotic arm

Mar 13
// Robert Summa
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