Exceptional games like SimCity, The Sims and Spore have set the standard for blending real life with games. They've managed to simplify super complicated concepts (like urban planning) while maintaining the dynamism and interrelations that help educate and entertain hundreds of millions of people worldwide. What lessons can we take from these games -- and decades of experience designing for fun -- to create engagement for large audiences with complex models and issues? How can we make simple everyday interactions more compelling and use them as teachable moments to energize society? Can everything really be fun -- and what are the secrets for balancing detail and simplicity? Join game design legend Will Wright as he re-imagines how the world becomes a more fun and engaging place, sharing his vision for the future and powerful design insight.
Will Wright is an American video game designer and co-founder of the game development company Maxis, now part of Electronic Arts (EA). In April 2009, he left EA to run "Stupid Fun Club", an entertainment think tank in which Wright and EA are principal shareholders.
The first computer game Wright designed was Raid on Bungeling Bay in 1984, but it was SimCity that brought him to prominence. The game was released by Maxis, a company Wright formed with Jeff Braun, and he built upon the game's theme of computer simulation with numerous other titles including SimEarth and SimAnt.
Wright's greatest success to date comes from being the original designer for The Sims. The game spawned multiple sequels and expansions, and Wright has earned many awards for his work. His latest work, Spore, was released in September 2008 and features gameplay based upon the model of evolution and scientific advancement. The game sold 406,000 copies within three weeks of its release.