Most Maxis titles are simulation-based, though none are considered traditional simulations. Maxis founder Will Wright, likens them to "digital playgrounds". Maxis has also released games developed by other production houses, such as A-Train, sometimes with less than stellar results.
Contrary to popular myth, the company's name was not based on the words "six AM" spelled backwards. Rather, it was derived from a formula suggested by Jeff Braun's father: computer game companies should have two-syllable names and should include an 'x'.