SimCity creator praises Microsoft’s DRM reversal

Will Wright, creator of pretty much all the Sim-Anything franchises (most notable for SimCity and The Sims), has praised Microsoft after the company reversed its controversial DRM policies.

“Gaming has had a long history of piracy, but you can’t use DRM at the expense of the customers,” said Wright.

“To see a company like Microsoft actually sit back, listen, and understand the fans and respond to them is impressive. For a company that size to be that responsive is great. These companies are the ones that obviously keep us in business and allow us to make games.”

Wright also elaborated on the power of community feedback, specifically prior to the launch of a product.

“That part I think is great because that’s something that I’ve always believed in,” said Wright. “Getting the players very involved not just after the game ships, but even before and try to listen to them.”

Wright explained that the role of the customers should be greater than purely consumers, as they have a role to play in the development of a project.

“I tend to think of the fan base, especially the hardcore fan base, as co-developers. These people with a passion for your project are going to go out and sell your game to other people and pull other people in. The more they feel like they have some ownership over the process and they’re not just kind of customers, the better.”

Microsoft clearly had to listen to their “co-developers”, the internet, regarding the Xbox One’s DRM reversal: Internet reacts to Xbox One Eighty.

The sub-text to Wright’s comments are glaringly obvious in light of the SimCity launch and DRM debacle. Wright is no longer at Maxis, and wasn’t involved in the development of the maligned SimCity. Post-launch, he had strong words against the “inexcusably” disastrous launch server issues, and said he easily predicted there would be a backlash over the always-online DRM implementation.

Source: CNN

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  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    I want to live in a world where he also made SimCity 5 🙁

    It is on special on Origin for R320 atm and I still can’t get myself to pay that amount of money for it…

  • That doesn’t sound very special at all. I’d be willing to pay max R100 for this game.

    I do already own it (review copy) so I’m speaking hypothetically on how I’d value it. I’d say it’s got a day or two of general appeal before the wheels come off and the glaring issues become too annoying to ignore.

    If you aren’t a SimCity veteran, it may entertain for a bit longer.

  • Johan du Preez

    He left Maxis quite some time ago

  • FriedPet

    Wow, Will got old!

  • NullObjectReference

    Just maybe, they realized that not everyone has internet or most people still have slow/capped/expensive internet and not everyone can afford new games that costs R300-R600. M$ didn’t listen to what people said… I doubt they even cared though. They got scared that Sony was getting all the popularity.

SimCity creator praises Microsoft’s DRM reversal

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