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Will Wright's Syntertainment raises $5 million

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Will Wright's Syntertainment raises $5 million

SimCity creator Will Wright has formally moved on to his next venture, co-founding a new startup called Syntertainment. The company is said to be focusing on bringing together entertainment and reality and has already raised $5 million from investors, including ex-EA CEO John Riccitiello, who will serve as a board member.

Read more: An 'evolution' of interests »

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Will Wright's next game to be 'based in reality'

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Will Wright's next game to be 'based in reality'

Game designer Will Wright is full of ideas, but when he boils it all down, he wants his next game to focus on three key elements: creativity, reality and community. You can expect those to be a big part of the first game from Syntertainment, a new company he should be unveiling in more detail later this year.

Read more: Bringing games into every day life »

"Yea, the general consensus is that these same aspects suuucked in GTA IV. Also, i didn't ..."
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Consoles' market impact shrinking, says Will Wright

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Consoles' market impact shrinking, says Will Wright

Dedicated game consoles aren't dead, but in the future they won't be the market force they have been in the past, according to game designer Will Wright. While Wright acknowledges that consoles will probably never go away completely, he predicts they'll lose their "mainstay" status.

Read more: More people playing games, but not on consoles »

"Your phones will wirelessly transfer (with minimal lag) to the nearest larger screen of your ..."
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Will Wright details next venture: HiveMind

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Will Wright details next venture: HiveMind

Will Wright has unveiled his next game, along with a new start-up based out of Berkely, California. Both ventures are called HiveMind, though the "game" application doesn't sound much like a game at all. Much of the idea is still under wraps, but from Wright's statements so far, HiveMind seems more like an advanced social networking tool.

Read more: Data collection and tailored info »

"spot on dude.. that is rightly put.. Will W had nothing to do with the final product that EA ..."
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The Sims Creator Will Wright Working on TV Show

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IGN has details on Will Wright's next project. The creator of SimCity, The Sims, and Spore will be working on a television show, currently titled "The Creation Project".

The project is described as a "TV series about the creation of a TV series," according to IGN. Citing early show planning documents, IGN reveals that the show will allow viewers to submit story ideas, which will then be voted on. The winning idea would get produced into two half-hour episodes. Read more »

"Get the money and meet me at the bus station. I'm hanging up now."
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Mr. T and Will Wright Join Forces to Bust Nazis

In an announcement we can scarcely comprehend, ZootFly has obtained the license to the Mr. T graphic novel series for a series of video games based upon the terrific T.

The graphic novels set Mr. T----best known for his role as "B.A." Baracus in cult 1980s television series The A Team--against such incredible adversaries as Dracula and Dinosaur-Man, but the first game stars a more familiar enemy and an unbelievable ally: Read more »

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Sims Creator Will Wright Leaves Electronic Arts, Pursues 'Stupid Fun'

Beloved game creator and Maxis co-founder Will Wright (The Sims, SimCity, Spore) today revealed that he is leaving Electronic Arts and Maxis to pursue one of his old side projects.

Dubbed Stupid Fun Club, the company is described as "an entertainment think tank developing new Intellectual Properties to be deployed across multiple fronts including video games, movies, television, the internet, and toys." Read more »

"Games are more difficult to develop now so there's 10x as much crap detracting you from focusing ..."
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Will Wright: E3 is a Zombie

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Will Wright, the Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame designer responsible for Spore and The Sims, dubbed the E3 trade show "the walking dead."

Talking to GamesIndustry, Wright added to a rising chorus in the games industry claiming the E3 Media & Business Summit has outlived its usefulness since evolving from the over-the-top Electronic Entertainment Expo to a low-key industry meet. This year's E3 came under heavy fire for having a weak collection of products on show. Read more »

"Fuck yeah Games Convention. The Show floor is bigger, more people than TGS .. I certainly ..."
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Spore DS Titled; Features Online Creature Trading

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Maxis has dropped some new information on the ancillary versions of its upcoming PC title Spore, with details of the Nintendo DS, Wii, and mobile versions leaking in a series of interviews with Newsweek's N'Gai Croal.

Spore Creatures for the Nintendo DS will predictably focus on the creature phase established in the PC edition, with users evolving their customized characters, defeating enemies, and "exploring the galaxy on a quest to find new evolutionary paths and save their home world." Read more »

"That's totally not true. Both the Wii and DS are leaders in innovation and are anything but ..."
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Spore Arrives on PC, Nintendo DS September 7

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Ending years of speculation, EA Maxis has announced that its long, long, long-awaited evolution simulator Spore will hit PC, Nintendo DS, and Mac on September 7, 2008. No mention was made of the upcoming Wii edition.

Lead designer Will Wright, the renowned visionary behind the long-running Sims franchise, had previously stated the game was on track for a spring 2008 release, though EA would only confirm that the game would hit "before holidays" in a recent conference call. Read more »

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ShackCast 29: Maarten Goldstein

In this week's ShackCast, we talk Electronic Arts news, including Rock Band for the Wii, Will Wright's Spore, and the oft-discussed quandary of parallel Xbox 360/PS3 development.

No More Heroes is reviewed and endorsed ad infinitum, with Remo, Faylor, and Aaron gushing over the Grasshopper Manufacture Wii title. Also: Reader mail, Velociraptor Safari, Maarten Goldstein, and more!

Don't forget to send in your questions and comments about video games, the Shack, or the ShackCast to shackcast@shacknews.com! Read more »

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A Note on Electronic Arts

Over the past year or so, I have been fairly impressed with Electronic Arts. That's not to say I reserve full-on gamer excitement for EA in the same sense I get excited about the developers behind, say, No More Heroes (go buy it) or Rez (it's on Xbox Live now, go buy it!), or what have you, but as far as megalithic publishers go I haven't been too frustrated.

I still have just about zero interest in the majority of what EA publishes, but that's to be expected and is probably not uncommon among hardcore gamers. On the profits of the evergreen success of the company's ever-rehashed sports titles and other yearly franchises, it has put a lot of emphasis on independent developers like Valve, Harmonix, Crytek, Flagship Studios, and so on. Read more »

"Since Riccitiello came on board, things have been looking up. He is well aware of EA's past ..."
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Spore Coming "Before Holidays"; EA Still Confident

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Despite its ongoing delays, Electronic Arts brass is still confident in Will Wright's ambitious evolution simulator Spore.

Despite a recent analyst projection that Spore will not be released until the coming fall or winter months, EA declined to give a specific release time frame for the title during today's analyst and press financial conference call. Read more »

"I've inspected the product and it exceeds our projected expectation index."
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Spore Delay to Fall/Winter 2008 Likely, Says Analyst

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Janco analyst Mike Hickey has some bad news for those anticipating Will Wright's next ambitious title.

"We now expect [Spore in the second half of 2008], versus management guidance for March/April," said Hickey to Gamasutra. The prediction comes as an explanation of recent disappointing Electronic Arts share performance. Read more »

"Conference call will include forward-looking expectations and any information relevant to that. ..."
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Blizzard's Mike Morhaime Joins AIAS Hall of Fame

Blizzard Entertainment co-founder, president and CEO Mike Morhaime (pictured left) is the latest addition to the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame, the academy announced today.

Morhaime marks the eleventh inductee into the Hall of Fame, joining renowned industry figures such as Sid Meier, Will Wright, Shigeru Miyamoto, Richard Garriott, Peter Molyneux, Trip Hawkins, and Yu Suzuki. Read more »

"Ask him if they're working on Diablo 3. If he says they have no real plans at this time, he's ..."
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