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Will Wright's Stupid Fun Club working three projects "aggressively"
Posted: 09.10.2009 12:37 by Simon Priest Comments: 1
All things Sim creator Will Wright no longer helms at Maxis, where Sim things are cooked up. Now he heads the Stupid Fun Club which explores things that could be fun, we guess.

They're "not restricted" to one entertainment type. One of their projects is "toy related," others aren't but all have a "web component." First commercially ready in "six months to a year."

"Itís fun. Iím able to work on projects that are much broader than I could at Electronic Arts," Wright tells VentureBeat, discussing his new found freedom.

What things are going on over at Stupid Fun Club?

"One of them is toy related. The others arenít. We are looking at a lot of different industries. Thereís the web. Toys. Weíre not restricted to one type of entertainment. Weíre kind of looking for ideas that cross a lot of different boundaries."

He adds, "Every product that we are working on has a web component. The web is like the connective tissue in entertainment today."

"The opportunities are there when you get outside of one industry and see the creative possibilities between industries. The world is evolving and everyone is connecting in interesting ways now." The team at Stupid Fun Club is small, the way Wright likes it.

"We are very small and will stay small. We are 12 people right now. I donít ever want it to go above 30. Weíre looking to partners to help develop games." The veteran developer wants to stick with early designs and R&D, not a fully fledged studio for development.

"Right now we are pursuing three pretty aggressively. We might get up to four or five. I want to stay pretty focused. We have a lot of ideas that we want to do. But itís just three now."

"Our first product could be commercialized in six months to a year," reveals Wright, of which he has his "fingers crossed." Publisher EA owns a small stake in this new 'think tank' company.

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By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 09, 2009
herodotus
Well he's being curiously evasive on exactly what iti it he's doing. Toys...wth?