Creator of The Sims to be honored by Producer’s Guild

Will WrightWill Wright will be the recipient of the 2007 Vanguard Award from the 2007 Producers Guild Awards. The Vanguard Award is a recognition of outstanding achievement in new media and technology. Previous recipients of this award include George Lucas, James Cameron, and Jon Miller. The awarding would be on January 20 at the Century Plaza.

Just in case you have no idea who the heck Will Wright is, he just happens to be the brains behind simulation games SimCity, The Sims (PC, Wii), and the upcoming PC game Spore. Mr. Wright dabbled on a lot of things when he was in college, he took up architecture, then mechanical engineering, and then finally landed on computers and robotics. In the end, he became a statistic in the classic story of high tech business – after five years of college, he did not attain a degree.

But back to the Vanguard Award. PGA Awards co-chairs Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch said that “Will Wright is the icon of the gaming industry and one of the great producers of entertainment content. His creations have transcended into feature films and continue to entertain a global audience. We are proud to have him be the first Vanguard recipient from the gaming universe.”

In return Mr. Wright said that “The PGAÂ’s decision to honor a game designer is a big moment for game designers such as myself, and those who would like to follow in our footsteps. The PGA is signaling that games are an integral part of the entertainment industry, and an art form worthy of recognition. For that reason, I am incredibly honored to be the first game designer to receive the Vanguard award.”

Congratulations to Will Wright! He deserves it.

Via Shacknews

Will WrightWill Wright will be the recipient of the 2007 Vanguard Award from the 2007 Producers Guild Awards. The Vanguard Award is a recognition of outstanding achievement in new media and technology. Previous recipients of this award include George Lucas, James Cameron, and Jon Miller. The awarding would be on January 20 at the Century Plaza.

Just in case you have no idea who the heck Will Wright is, he just happens to be the brains behind simulation games SimCity, The Sims (PC, Wii), and the upcoming PC game Spore. Mr. Wright dabbled on a lot of things when he was in college, he took up architecture, then mechanical engineering, and then finally landed on computers and robotics. In the end, he became a statistic in the classic story of high tech business – after five years of college, he did not attain a degree.

But back to the Vanguard Award. PGA Awards co-chairs Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch said that “Will Wright is the icon of the gaming industry and one of the great producers of entertainment content. His creations have transcended into feature films and continue to entertain a global audience. We are proud to have him be the first Vanguard recipient from the gaming universe.”

In return Mr. Wright said that “The PGAÂ’s decision to honor a game designer is a big moment for game designers such as myself, and those who would like to follow in our footsteps. The PGA is signaling that games are an integral part of the entertainment industry, and an art form worthy of recognition. For that reason, I am incredibly honored to be the first game designer to receive the Vanguard award.”

Congratulations to Will Wright! He deserves it.

Via Shacknews

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