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EA Announces The Sims 4
2013-05-06 18:51:17

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While Electronic Arts and Maxis returned to SimCity this year with the fifth release in that series, fans of The Sims can now expect a new game next year. On Monday, EA announced a new version of The Sims was in the works for release on the PC and Mac. “Today we are revealing to our top fans the fact that The Sims 4 is coming to PC and Mac in 2014. The Sims franchise is fueled by the passion and creativity of its millions...

SimCity Goes Social On Facebook, Eyes Zynga's Empire
2012-07-07 07:27:03

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Rome wasn't built in a day. But that's because there was no social network in the eternal city. Electronic Arts hopes that Facebook users will make the move from Zynga's CityVille to EA's SimCity Social to build and nurture their houses and socialize. SimCity Social went live on Facebook this week. The online game was created as a collaboration between two of EA's properties. Maxis is the studio behind all things SimCity,...

2011-09-23 07:40:00

LA JOLLA, Calif., Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Science fiction has long painted heavy reliance on technology as the first step on the path to unmitigated disaster - think The Terminator, Blade Runner, and Battlestar Galactica, all tales in which machines engage in cataclysmic revolt against their inventors. But Will Wright, the godfather of immersive gaming, sees technology as key to the evolution of education and human intelligence. Wright's Sim games broke through barriers in both...

2011-09-07 18:01:00

NOVATO, Calif., Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Veteran astronauts Dan Bursch, Rick Searfoss, John Herrington and Dick Gordon will be VIP guests at San Francisco Fleet Week's "Navy in Space" exhibit. During their 10 missions, they have collectively traveled in space 262 days, performed 44 hours of space walks and journeyed to the moon. The "Navy in Space" exhibit is presented by The W Foundation (thewfoundation.org) and is sponsored by The Wreyford Family Foundation, Winans International...

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2009-04-09 07:05:00

Will Wright, creator of the world's best-selling PC game "The Sims" will be leaving publisher Electronic Arts, the company announced on Wednesday. After 12 years at EA, Wright has decided to devote more of his creative energies to his own multi-faceted media firm Stupid Fun Club, which he founded in 2001.  Described as an entertainment "think tank", Stupid Fun Club dabbles in the development of a wide variety of media, including video games, film, television, Internet and even toys....

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2008-12-10 13:40:00

The TorrentFreak weblog has named Will Wright's evolutionary epic video game "Spore" the most pirated PC game of 2008. The site used BitTorrent data, the peer-to-peer sharing protocol, to compile a list of the 10 most downloaded PC games in 2008. Since Spore's release in September 2008, there have been at least 1.7 million illegal downloads, according to the site. The game's maker, Electronic Arts (EA), said it sold nearly 2m copies of the game. The Sims 2, Will Wright's other big-selling...

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2008-09-05 08:30:00

Video gamemaker Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) is letting players of its new creature-building game "Spore" create potential new areas of business for the company.  "Spore" is the brainchild of Will Wright, the man who designed the Sims games that lets players create and guide virtual worlds.  Since its inception, the Sims has spawned sequels, spin-offs and expansion packs that have sold over 100 millions worldwide.  But some believe "Spore", which EA spent $50 million to develop,...

2008-09-03 06:00:07

By Carl Zimmer By day, Thomas Near studies the evolution of fish, wading through streams in Kentucky and Mississippi in search of new species. By night, Near, an assistant professor at Yale University, is a heavy- duty gamer, steering tanks or playing football on his computer. On a recent afternoon, his two lives came together. On his laptop swims a strange fishlike creature, with a jaw that snaps sideways and skin the color of green sea glass. As Near taps the keyboard, it wiggles and...

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2008-08-15 09:15:00

A new video game called "Spore," the result of a four year collaboration between video game designer Will Wright and a group of scientists, is teaching players evolutionary biology.  Wright is the designer of the most successful video game ever, The Sims, a franchise that lets players build the homes and lives of virtual characters.  The game became a best seller for Electronic Arts and has a unique appeal to women. However, with Spore, Wright has made a life creation simulator...