Will Wright

Twenty years ago, a video game that you could neither win nor lose was inconceivable – unless you were Will Wright. With five years of college under his belt and no degree, twenty-something year old Will had the idea of creating a game based on designing and building cities. In achieving that goal, Will created a new genre in gaming and within it, one of the best-loved game franchises in history establishing Will Wright as a visionary within the world of video game design.

The idea for SimCity struck as Will was designing his first game, Raid on Bungeling Bay (1984) a game in which helicopters attacked islands. Realizing he preferred building islands to piloting attack ‘copters, Will partnered with “idea guy” Jeff Braun to create a company known as Maxis and they released SimCity in 1989. With SimCity the mass market got its first real taste of a simulation game, and they were hooked! The word-of-mouth acclaim swirling around SimCity ultimately attracted the attention of Newsweek, and a full page story on the game cemented SimCity’s place in entertainment history. An entirely new kind of video game genre, focused around open-ended, non-violent gameplay was born!

Maxis followed up the surprising success of SimCity with a string of popular simulation games throughout the 1990s. Titles such as SimEarth: The Living Planet (1990), SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony (1991), SimCity 2000 (1993), SimCopter (1996), and SimCity 3000 (1999) introduced simulation games to hundreds of thousands of new fans, demonstrating the genre’s true potential.

Still nobody was prepared for the phenomenal success of The Sims. Will, who studied architecture in college, originally conceived of the game as an architectural design simulator. To “score” the quality of the design, he added tiny people who would inhabit the buildings. These simulated people quickly stole the spotlight, and Will realized that watching the lives of the Sims unfold was the real entertainment. Again, his instincts were right. Released in 2000, The Sims was the best-selling PC game of of 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003, until it was dethroned by its own sequel The Sims 2, which quickly established itself as the best selling PC game of 2004. Popular console, handheld and mobile phone versions of the game have contributed to the huge success of the franchise, which has sold more than 58M games, life-to-date.

The Sims and its expansion packs and sequels have become a cultural phenomenon and solidified Will’s position as a gaming-industry legend. His honors and accolades include making Entertainment Weekly’s “It List” of “the 100 most creative people in entertainment” and Time Digital’s “Digital 50” in 1999, receiving a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Game Developers Choice Awards in 2001, being named #35 on Entertainment Weekly’s Power List in 2002, becoming the fifth person to be inducted into the Academy of Watch Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame that same year, receiving the PC Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2008 was honored with the first-ever Spike TV Video Game Awards’ Gamer God Award.

Spore™, Will’s latest achievement in video games, has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors such as Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New Award,” Popular Mechanics’ “Breakthrough Award,” PC Magazine’s “Technical Excellence Award,” and TIME Magazine’s “50 Best Inventions of 2008.”

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There are always many projects underway at SFC. Here are some completed and released projects.

Bar Karma
“When one door closes, another one opens. And when that door opens into the most mysterious bar in the universe, strange things begin to happen.”
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“Bar Karma is the first online community-developed network television series. Online users pitch their own ideas for scenes and twists online, using a tool replica designed by Will Wright called the Storymaker.”
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Ant Farm Revolution
“The revolution has begun! It’s time for a whole new way to look at ants. First, watch as these tiny architects sculpt their gel habitat into a 360° work of art. Then, sit back and watch your ants “crawling” on the ceiling as the Ant Farm Revolution projects giant shadows of your ants.”
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About Will Wright

Will Wright, widely acknowledged for creating the simulation video game genre, unveiled the highly anticipated SporeTM in September 2008. Spore is a “universe in a box” that allows players to create a species and guide it to sentience, help it build a society, develop its culture, and explore an infinite cosmos of worlds cretaed by other players. Fans eagerly embraced the creation tools in Spore and have created over 100 Million pieces of user-created content, as of Summer 2009.

Spore hase been distinguished with such honors as Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New Award,” Popular Mechanics’s “Breakthough Award,” PC Magazine’s “Technical Excellence Award,” Time Magazine’s “50 Best Inventions of 2008,” and the Jim Henson Technology Honor.

A true gaming industry legend as a result of his pioneering contributions to video games, Wright has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and honors. Rolling Stone named Will Wright “One of the 100 People who are Changing America,” in March 2009, placing him among artists, leaders, scientists, and policymakers who are “fighing every day to show us what is possible.” IN 2008, Will received the first-ever Gamer God Award at the Spike Video Game Awards as a testament to his revolutionary work. In 2007, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts recognized an individual in the Video Game Industry for the first time when it named Wright a fellow. He also received the Producers Guild of America Vanguard Award that same year.

Wright first rose to prominence when he developed SimCityTM, the acclamed, nonviolent, open-ended sim game. Wright then followed up the success of SimCity with a string of popular simulation games throughout the 1990s. Titles such as SimEarth: The Living Planet (1990), SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony (1991), SimCity 2000 (1993), SimCopter (1996), and SimCity 3000 (1999) introduced simulation games to hundreds of thousands of new fans, demnonstrating the genre’s true potential.

Wright’s next groundbreaking game came in the form of The Sims (2000), which has gone on to become the best selling PC game franchise of all time, being available in 22 languages in 60 countries. Wright, who studied architecture in college, originally conceived of the game as an architectural design simulator. To “score” the quality of the design, he added tiny people who would inhabit the buildings. These simulated people quickly stole the spotlight, and Will realized that watching the lives of the Sims unfold was the real entertainment. The Sims franchise has now sold over 100 Million units around the world.

Details about Diamond Rolex Watches

If the Rolex you’re wearing isn’t very conspicuous, adding diamonds will help make it more eye-catching. In fact, Rolex uses some of the best diamonds and expert setting techniques to make sure your icy watch shines brighter than others. Today, we’ll give you an in-depth look at the process of making a Rolex diamond watch.
It may not be surprising that Rolex only uses the highest quality diamonds on the market. When you shop for a diamond Rolex watch, it will only use diamonds with IF clarity. To provide you with some background, the clarity grades range from 0 to 10. Zero (also known as IF) is the clearest and is considered to be flawless. To receive an IF certification, a diamond must be free of inclusions or flaws that cannot be seen even under a 10x microscope.
Another feature that Rolex takes into consideration when choosing a diamond is color. While you may assume that all diamonds are just white, there is in fact a fairly natural range of color, even within the white diamond category. When it comes to grading the color of a diamond, the grading ranges from D to M, with D being extremely white and considered “colorless,” while M has a fairly distinct yellow tint to it.
When it comes to selecting diamonds for a replica watch, Rolex only utilizes the first four color grades, D, E, F, and G. So why doesn’t Rolex only use all-white, colorless diamonds? Well, the reason is that D, E, and F are actually the same to the naked eye, which means that only a trained gemologist can tell the difference when looking at them up close. In addition, diamonds naturally reflect color. Hence, the use of a G-grade diamond will not really impact your eye’s perception of its color in the case of a gold diamond Rolex watch. Yet, we can only conceive that for their white gold and platinum fake watches, Rolex may only use D-grade diamonds to ensure that they are as bright and cool as possible.
While color and clarity are major factors in determining a diamond’s value and overall appearance, the way a diamond is set greatly influences its ability to capture light and showcase all of its best qualities. To ensure that their diamonds shine the brightest, Rolex uses two important techniques when setting a diamond into a watch. watches
While rolex doesn’t publish a lot of information about how they choose or set their diamonds, experts concur that Rolex uses two advanced settings, the first being the “4 claw” setting. This unobtrusive setting lets you see more of the diamond by minimizing metal coverage. This allows Rolex to get more light on the diamond and make it sparkle.

Men Should Avoid Mistakes When Wearing Skinny Jeans

Whether you are a man or a woman, the right pair of skinny jeans can determine your outfit for the day. Here are some common mistakes that men make when wearing tight blue jeans that you should keep next to your closet to avoid a fashion faux pas.
When buying skinny jeans, try to choose something that fits your body shape better. There is a fine line that look too small that you never want to cross between stylish cheap wholesale jeans and jeans that look too small. Those with a heavier figure may choose slim jeans over skinny jeans to flatter the figure, while a thinner person may choose skinny or super-skinny jeans.
You might think that all blue jeans are basically the same color and can be worn for any event and occasion, but it is not ture. Dark skinny jeans are more versatile for the right occasion, while light colored jeans will look strange and inappropriate for formal occasions.
Your skinny jeans may be your outfit, but your shoes can spoil it. After you slide your skinny jeans on in the morning, make sure you’re picking the right style of shoes. Skinny jeans draw more attention to your shoes than other pants, so make sure you choose shoes that are appropriate for the occasion and completes the look that you’re going for and doesn’t delve into a whole new one.
If you have ever walked down the street and found someone looking up and down with a twisted face, you might feel guilty about the taboo against skinny jeans. As a man, wearing wholesale jeans can make you look and feel stylish and comfortable. However, there are a few things you should do to ensure that you are wearing skinny light blue jeans appropriate for the best look and feel.

Top Five Investment Rolex in 2020

While there is no magic formula to determine how a Rolex will maintain or add value over the years, we have had enough time in this industry to have a good grasp of the market. There are always some second-hand Rolex models that do better than others, but there are also some reference models that have unique qualities that set it apart.
So today, we want to give you some inside insight, looking at antique and second-hand Rolex models, we think you can get a great value today and will hold a great value tomorrow. To your surprise, not all of them are rare vintages. In fact, some products are much newer than you might think, but still a great investment. The curiosity? Take a look. rolex
The Rolex Daytona can be a polarizing watch — people either love it or hate it. But if you’re a serious Rolex collector, having a Daytona in your replica watch case automatically puts you in another category. While the latest stainless steel and ceramic Daytona gets most of the attention these days, the reference 116520 is another example of the great stainless steel Rolex’s iconic chronograph, an apparently more accessible (and affordable) rival to its ceramic bezel.
However, it is a great investment to make the Daytona 116520 for 2020, and although it is now discontinued and only available on the second-hand market, it is still a relatively new Daytona reference. This means you can get all the latest and greatest Rolex technologies, such as the internal Cal.4130 sport, which also means you can still get a really great price — especially with the old-fashioned Rolex Daytona reference. The ref.116520 is one of the few Daytona models that has yet to experienced a significant price spike, which means it still has a lot of potential to see significant value growth over the next few years. Now is the time to grab the watch.
If you don’t already own a Rolex Submariner, 2020 is a good time to collect one. If we had to choose, it would be an often overlooked but extremely important reference 16800. Submariner 16800 is considered a transitional model for various Rolex replica watches on the second-hand market, as it is made between ref.1680 and ref.16610. Like other transitional Rolex references, the Submarine 16800 boasts many retro features, but it is also the first model to introduce some important and decisive features that now define the Rolex contemporary submarine collection.
The reference 16800 was the first submarine to have a 300-meter (1,000-foot) waterproof rating and the first to have a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Internally, it was also upgraded and received the high-tempo Cal.3035, which also has quickest dating capabilities. On many examples of the Rolex submarine 16800, you also get a matte dial with incredible creamy lube that has aged wonderfully, which gives this watch more features. To be honest, it’s the kind of watch you’re buying right now, at a reasonable price, and all your friends are hoping they’ll buy it in ten years.
Introduced in 2008 and quickly discontinued in 2015, the Rolex DayDate II is bold and short, but it is still one of the best Rolex Presidential model collections. Featuring the iconic lines and features of the classic and beloved Day-Date collection, the Day-Date II gives collectors the larger case they crave, with a diameter of 41mm, in stark contrast to the traditional men’s 36mm. Reference 218238 is a special Rolex model, outfitted entirely in 18-karat yellow gold with a unique look that is deeply admired by the rich, famous and influential people who are lucky enough to get one.
The Day-Date – better known as its “Rolex President” nickname – is always a great former owned Rolex model because of its iconic legacy and precious metal structure. However, 2020 is about to seize one of these important and beautiful models before the rest of the collection world realizes how special it is, and seize this underrated pure gold Rolex. The Day-Date II is 1mm larger than the current 40, making it the largest Rolex President ever produced. In addition, the limited number of examples available due to its short production cycle makes it a model with great investment potential.
The explorer 14270 was first released in 1989, replacing the classic ref. 1016, which sits on the border between modern and vintage fake rolex watches. While pre-owned Rolex prices (especially for antique reference) have risen steadily over the past few years, you can still capture this important model with a lot of transactions. Furthermore, given how important the Explorer series is to Rolex’s history, as the brand’s first sports watch, we believe it will remain of great value for many years to come.
You could argue that the Datejust is the ultimate classic Rolex watch. However, the champagne dial, numbered 116238 and made entirely of 18-karat yellow gold, is anything but classic. This contemporary reference has an exquisite, coveted aesthetic that makes it stand out in the collector’s eye, with its solid gold structure dating back to 1945 and the first Rolex Datejust for reference.
So why buy now? Well, in addition to providing an timeless and iconic design, the Rolex Datejust 116238 is also a new reference, which means it is perfect for everyday wear and use. However, ref. 116238 also offers a lot of investment potential, but still underestimates the variety of second-hand Rolex models, just because Rolex has stopped offering solid gold Datejust watches in men’s sizes. Today, the only full – gold Datejust models are Lady – Datejust and Datejust 31 watches, this means that if you want a classic style, pure gold Rolex watches in the size of the traditional male, you will have to consider the Day-Date or Sky – Dweller, the two is more expensive than the ref. 116238 Datejust.

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Welcome to the Stupid Fun Club

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Across a land hardened of past, Before the hazy cloud of future, We state to you, the artists, creators, consumers, deciders, technologists, and sentient ones, our words of stupidity, our ideas of fun, and our intentions of club.
The world is an ever expanding sphere of knowledge with paths going in every direction like lightning splitting infinitely into the black universe. As animals we choose our path, consciously or not, causing reactions that effect ourselves, other beings, the economy, the environment and ultimately the universe. Every choice that is made has mammoth consequences, given time, and as humans one can only assume responsibility for certain somatic outcomes. Checking email, going to work, eating dinner, spending time with family, and participating in hobbies are basic goals that many humans share. These goals, though they may seem minute in relation to the universe, are humanly possible, for humans can only be humans and nothing more while operating unassisted.
Technology (computers, robots, and science) has advanced quite rapidly in the past 50 years and will continue to grow exponentially. It is difficult for most to keep up; this will only get harder as time passes. Therefore, as a company, and more importantly as a club, the Stupid Fun Club (SFC) strives to work for the human and for the robot in creating complete symbiotic unity between the two. It is paramount that the SFC and it’s members (cadets) complete this goal as it is necessary for the survival of the Earth-centric universe; including human, animal, plant, rock, soil, water, gas and atmosphere. We therefore attest the following:
FIRST: Robots are our friends.
SECOND: Cadets and robots make an alert decision to work in unity.
THIRD: Cadets attain the following characteristics; stupidity, funness, and club solidarity.
FOURTH: Stay above and beyond the evolution of technology.
FIFTH: All forms of technology, no matter how old, are treated with respect.
SIXTH: Use technology consciously to spare the environment any unnecessary stress.
SEVENTH: Form an anonymous army; perpetuating SFC ideals, not promoting them.
EIGHTH: Provides products not opinions, and shall be kept from public controversy.

To the unity of man and machine.

  • Stupid Fun Club

Custom Logo Pencils – Styles for any Seasons

The business world seems to be moving away from the humble pencil. After all, the rise of the promotional pen is one of the 20th century’s stories, just as the rise of the Internet and electronic information is the 21st. So why should promoters take old-fashioned pencils seriously and spend a portion of their marketing budget buying custom branded versions of these ancient writing tools?
There are many different types of pencils, most of which have a promotional application. For example, a standard HB-style pencil is a great gift for children. One of the real advantages of pencils over other writing tools is that they have an almost unlimited shelf life. We all know that ink in pens sometimes dries out, or that if stored long enough in the wrong environment, a refill won’t render the pen useless. One of the great advantages of pencils is that they always write.
Just sitting in the closet for a few years doesn’t affect their ability to put your ideas on paper. That’s why governments around the world tend to use pencils as part of their ballot papers to mark the electoral process. Even in Australia, when one comes to the local polling station on an election day, one can choose to mark the ballot paper with a pencil. The Australian election commission prefers to use pencils and they can continue to do well in storing and dragging their big day form votes and all they need to do is improve a bit.
We all know that golf is a popular pastime in business class, so hosting a golf day or handing out wholesale promotional gifts related to golf is an effective way to get executives’ attention. An essential accessory for any successful golf tournament is a custom branded golf pencil. Each player has to mark his CARDS with his own score and his opponent’s score.
In a world where entertaining kids takes up a lot of adult time, of course, in the business world, making sure kids are occupied so adults can talk business is one of the areas of activity that marketers have long considered important. Of course, if you give someone’s child a thoughtful gift, they’re more likely to appreciate it. That’s why custom promotional products colored pencils are a great complement to any collection of marketing materials.
A carpenter’s pencil is something very different. As a writing tool, it has a unique shape and style. Carpenter’s pencil is an ideal branding opportunity for the construction and real estate industries. Of course, if the pencil’s flat, wide-edged design helps a lot, it will ensure the brand’s superior branding, which is hard to ignore even from a distance.