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Will Wright has finally left EA to focus on his own company, after thinking about the move for more than a year

Electronic Arts confirmed Will Wright, the man behind The Sims and Spore, is leaving EA to work at an entertainment studio he originally created in 2001.

Wright will be working full-time at Stupid Fun Club, a company designed to focus on new projects that could later be turned into video games, movies, toys, and other entertainment ventures -- EA also is serving as a sponsor of the company.

In 2001, the company was focused on robots, and drew a large amount of media attention because of Wright's involvement.

"The entertainment industry is moving rapidly into an era of revolutionary change.  Stupid Fan Club will explore new possibilities that are emerging from this sublime chaos and create new forms of entertainment on a variety of platforms," Wright said in a statement.  "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.”

Wright began talking about leaving EA for Stupid Fun Club -- located in Berkeley, California -- last year, and will lead a team of nine employees.  Sim City -- and all of its expansion games -- has sold more than 100 million copies since the game's original launch in 1989.

Considering Wright's involvement has led to some of EA's biggest game titles, it should be interesting to see if this hurts the company's future projects.  The company is currently reorganizing after announcing it will lay off around 1,100 employees and will publish a smaller number of video games.



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RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By wuZheng on 4/9/2009 10:39:37 AM , Rating: 2
Did you really just put Left 4 Dead under a game that EA made? Whoa, thats a revelation to me, because I thought... oh wait... yea, thats right, Valve Corp. makes that game and distributes it partly through retail channels and merely ALLOWS EA to do so for them. The vast majority of L4D sales are on STEAM. That aside though...

Skate - Generic skateboarding game done well, adds nothing innovative to the genre
Fight Night - alright ill give you this one
Burnout - this and NFS are almost the same game now
NFS - every new release after most wanted felt exactly the same. And Undercover was a complete disaster
Battlefield - BF1942 and BF2 weren't bad, BF2142 felt like i was paying quite a large amount for a marginal increase in features and graphics
Tiger Woods - no
Mirror's Edge - one of the only original games from EA on this list in the past decade =)
Left 4 Dead - Great game! Just that EA almost has nothing to do with this one... kudos to Valve though.
FIFA - never really played FIFA since Winning Eleven is awesome, somehow FIFA never really caught on for me...
NHL - this is truly one of those "paying $60 for a roster update" games
Dead Space - one of the only original games from EA on this list in the past decade =)
Rock Band - Guitar Hero done right, and again I think EA played no role in its development, only its distribution, can't really count this as an EA game now can we?

Now, thats my opinion on those franchises. Just trying to point out why exactly EA games (as compared to other developers) don't deserve my cash.


RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By Finnkc on 4/9/09, Rating: -1
RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By IlllI on 4/9/2009 11:39:36 AM , Rating: 4
spoken like a true fanboi


By omnicronx on 4/9/2009 11:59:46 AM , Rating: 2
Spoken like your opinion is fact. Personally I love all the EA sports games, I play them for hours upon hours. I don't like games like Spore and the Sims, does that make them bad games and all EA sports good games? I don't think so, its just my opinion.

At least a fanboi knows what he wants, you are just making to be a fool with a grudge.


RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By Pirks on 4/9/09, Rating: 0
RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By lexluthermiester on 4/9/2009 12:44:14 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Pathetic whiny morons


While that statement comes off with great irony. You do have a point.

Still, Will Wright, like SquareSoft and many of the other truly remarkable creative minds, has chosen to separate himself from EA. The reason for this is simple, EA cares more about money than they do creating great games. Great games sell themselves. And EA hasn't produced all that many. EA could stand to learn a few lessons from some other big names that focus on quality rather than quantity[and I'm NOT talking about Microsoft].


RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By Pirks on 4/9/09, Rating: -1
By jjmcubed on 4/9/2009 2:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
Personally I'd give Crysis, your "best FPS" a 7 out of 10.

Graphics 10 out of 10
Game Play 8 out of 10
Story 5 out of 10

Not in the same league as Far Cry 1, HL2, or COD. But just my opinion of course.


RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By lexluthermiester on 4/9/2009 6:31:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Crysis, the best FPS


I don't enter into a battle of wits with an un-armed person. And anyone who claims "Crysis" as the "best" FPS completely dis-qualifies themselves as an informed and lucid opinion. Maturity also seems to have missed you when dealing out shares.

quote:
You have absolutely NO idea how gaming industry works, my naive friend.


Love the irony... It just never ends here at DT!


RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By Pirks on 4/10/2009 1:20:53 AM , Rating: 1
And you ignored my argument about Call of Cthulhu because you know it's true. End of discussion then :)


RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By lexluthermiester on 4/10/2009 3:14:26 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
And you ignored my argument about Call of Cthulhu because you know it's true.


I have never played that game, and thus can not render an opinion about it.

However, after having read more than a few reviews, I can safely conclude that it is not a game for everyone. You may think it is a great game, and for you it may be just that. But you are in a minority. Kinda like with me and "Children of Mana" for the NDS. I love the game and think it a wonderful addition to the Mana series. But I am in the minority. Most people don't agree. Do I care about anyone else's opinion? No and neither should you.

quote:
End of discussion then :)


Grow up.


RE: EA games even LESS desirable now
By Pirks on 4/10/09, Rating: 0
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton











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