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Title: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Parkaboy on April 08, 2009, 11:28:32 am
Will Wright just posted this in the Sporum: http://forum.spore.com/jforum/posts/list/25461.page (http://forum.spore.com/jforum/posts/list/25461.page)

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Hey everyone.

There's a little press release going out today as we speak (well actually I'm not speaking, I'm typing... (and I guess you're not even listening, you're reading (unless you're having your new Kindle read this to you in which case you are listening) but you're definitely not reading this "as" the press release is going out, and I'm certainly typing this hours before the fact....) anyway. (I suck at writing)

The gist of the story is that I'm leaving EA (well, not really, I'll explain) to start (well, not quite start, it's actually been around for quite a while in a rather different form) ... let's say dive into a new venture, The Stupid Fun Club. The Stupid Fun was actually started many years ago by myself and my friend Mike Winter, we met while competing in Robot Wars and Battlebots. It was apparent to us that one day the robots would take over the world and we decided we wanted to be on the winning side, so our initial charter was to do whatever we could to usher in our new mechanical overlords.

Along the way we ending up building and prototyping a lot of... odd stuff. People would come by our shop and get interested in this stuff for various reasons. Some of this stuff sparked new creative ideas, even (*gasp*) ideas that may have "commercial, entertainment value" (this is how you talk when you've been around lawyers and MBA's too long).

At some point we started showing some of this stuff to the people at EA. They got excited by the prospect of us pursuing these projects commercially (or that's what they said anyway, I think they just want to be on the winning side of the coming robotic revolution as well). So we started talking to them (EA, not the robots, though we do talk to them as well, but the robot responses are cryptic at best) about getting involved and investing in The Stupid Fun Club (we asked the robots first but they're all broke).

So as things worked out I decided to jump into my work at the club more or less full time. But at The Stupid Club we'll be working on new games (along with EA) as well as other kinds of projects with different partners.

I can't talk about specific projects coming out of SFC just yet (alas, the robots won't let me), but as things develop I'll find a way to keep those of you who are interested informed about what we're doing (but not with a blog...I'll never have a blog). A major aspect of the projects I've worked on has always been the player community, that won't change.

-Will Wright

Update: here's the site of the new studio: http://www.thestupidfunclub.com (http://www.thestupidfunclub.com)
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: gec05 on April 08, 2009, 11:34:04 am
This is great. As long as WW is able to make something new and great this should be fascinating. I think Maxis will get along fine without WW, he may even stop by every now and then.

http://www.thestupidfunclub.com/home.html (http://www.thestupidfunclub.com/home.html)
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: smjjames on April 08, 2009, 11:35:05 am
At least he is going to be out of EA's grasp.
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Snork on April 08, 2009, 11:38:08 am
Maybe now we'll get a game that's actually worth the hype.
Go SFC!
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: gec05 on April 08, 2009, 12:07:53 pm
Stupid Fun Club will be a menagerie of entertainment, not just games. At this point, SFC will be pitching a TV show and a few experiments with social robotics.
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Inkling on April 08, 2009, 12:23:03 pm
Here's hoping they can come up with another show like Battlebots.
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Techleo on April 08, 2009, 12:37:21 pm
   Hopefully he has fun at his new job! ;D The sad part is this means since Maxis retains the rights to Simcity , we wont see a WW Simcity any time soon. :'( Which is fine and good I suppose. I mean we have companies like Monte Cristo trying there best at CitiesXL. Things change. :)
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: helio-G on April 08, 2009, 12:40:17 pm
So "quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club" is Code for SPORE was a complete failure and he got fired. Makes senses.
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: gec05 on April 08, 2009, 12:41:02 pm
I really like how Cities XL looks though. Definitely gonna buy that one for sure.

...

Oh, Will...
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: PatMan33 on April 08, 2009, 01:20:18 pm
Doesn't quite have the same ring to it. I don't know though, Mr. Wright hasn't exactly made any games that wow me in quite a long time so I'm not really sure if this is even relevant.
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: DarkDragon on April 08, 2009, 01:31:09 pm
And the good old Maxis is reborn! (with a different name but whatever, I want a robot building/fighting game NAW)
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Petike on April 08, 2009, 01:59:49 pm
So "quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club" is Code for SPORE was a complete failure and he got fired. Makes senses.
They are giving him even more money, to officially do his hobby, and build ROBOTS!
If that is to be fired, I want to be fired like that too.  :P


Edit: Also, Spore was still the 6th on the USA PC games best-selling list, even last week. OMG!!!!!! What a failure!!!!444!44!four!four4!!4
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Yannick on April 08, 2009, 02:02:42 pm
Smells like late aprils fools.
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: LadyM on April 08, 2009, 03:38:34 pm
At least he is going to be out of EA's grasp.
Not quite, EA still owns half of it.
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Beatnuki on April 08, 2009, 03:53:17 pm
Well, I'll be the father's brother of a primate-like lifeform. I didn't see this coming.

I have a good feeling about it though! It seems like there's more room for maneuvre within this sphere of influence. Best of luck to Will and the rest of the Stupid Fun Clubbers out there, I'm looking forward to what kinds of things come from this endeavour.  :)
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Cow on April 08, 2009, 04:00:57 pm
Wow.... I most certainly didn't see that coming... Wait, hasn't the Stupid Fun Club been around for a while?
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: gec05 on April 08, 2009, 04:07:17 pm
Yes, but Wright never was fully devoted to it, even though he helped found it.
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Yuu on April 08, 2009, 05:27:02 pm
It's like teh awesome! 8)


Heh, I hope they manage to get in contact with Grant, if they haven't yet. :)
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Vetro on April 08, 2009, 06:01:51 pm
When I first saw the title of this thread I thought it was a joke, the name of the organization does seem a little odd. Anyways, I hope that this venture turns out well for Mr. Wright and something good comes out of it, Video Games (and entertainment in general) could benefit greatly from a little creativity.
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Yuu on April 08, 2009, 06:08:38 pm
And a little less corporate greed. :P
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Hydromancerx on April 08, 2009, 10:37:19 pm
Did i call this or what?

We'll he's covered humans and aliens, what's left -- robots?

Yep. I have a feeling he is going back to his roots and doing some robots stuff. Or at least Artificial Intelligence stuff.
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: martyk on April 08, 2009, 10:59:06 pm
I was always under the impression that his roots were cross-country street races...
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Yuu on April 08, 2009, 11:53:56 pm
Good one, Marty! :D


 :)
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Hydromancerx on April 09, 2009, 12:50:48 am
I was always under the impression that his roots were cross-country street races...

Indeed. But those are a bit illegal. :P
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Petike on April 09, 2009, 01:33:38 am
When I first saw the title of this thread I thought it was a joke, the name of the organization does seem a little odd.
Well, in case you didn't notice, WILL WRIGHT IS ODD!
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Beatnuki on April 09, 2009, 03:41:49 am
When I first saw the title of this thread I thought it was a joke, the name of the organization does seem a little odd.
Well, in case you didn't notice, WILL WRIGHT IS ODD!

But in the best possible way, if you ask me.  ;D

I can't help but think what could've spurred this move though. It could be completely innocent and Will could genuinely want to do something new or focus on his other projects started within that sphere, or it could be a sssssecret EA-Spore thing.

Considering Will's left SimCity, then invented and left The Sims, and now the same with Spore, it could just be his way, training up disciples to carry the torch when he's gone. But I think a little part of me would be happier if this was just Will's triumphant escape from corporate megalomaniacal overlords.  :P
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Lippy on April 09, 2009, 06:01:55 am
But I think a little part of me would be happier if this was just Will's triumphant escape from corporate megalomaniacal overlords.  :P

It's been said before, EA is still a major investor in Stupid Fun Club.  We'll still be able to put all the blame on EA when his next project fails to meet the hype it gets. 

But Will doesn't hate the "corporate megalomaniac overlords."  Or at the very least he doesn't want to escape them.  They're the ones who pay him to do R&D for 5 years to develop a single new game. 

Maybe with Stupid Fun Club, he'll be able to work on and release more smaller projects.  Those prototypes they released on the run up to Spore were pretty fun.  If they polished a bunch of them off and packaged them together, I wouldn't mind paying for a set.  They were more of the real "toy" that he was talking about with Spore.  Spore tried to be both and met in the middle, which made both aspects seem lackluster. 

I wonder if he brought anyone from Maxis with him. 
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Yuu on April 09, 2009, 07:41:32 am
Maybe.

Maxis staff seem to be generally quite on the creative side too, considering how they do things and how their studio looks like. :) Though, don't take my word for it.
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: DarkDragon on April 10, 2009, 08:58:34 am
I was always under the impression that his roots were cross-country street races...

Indeed. But those are a bit illegal. :P

You'll wish he went back to street racing when Skynet is born in a few years  ;D
Title: Re: Will Wright quits Maxis to start the Stupid Fun Club
Post by: Uroboros on April 10, 2009, 09:22:13 am
When I first saw the title of this thread I thought it was a joke, the name of the organization does seem a little odd.
Well, in case you didn't notice, WILL WRIGHT IS ODD!
Will Wright, the godfather of all nerds. Who can't love him? :3