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New Video Game to Simulate Impacts of Sustainable Societies

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Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 4:03 pm

During a land-use planning class I was taking last year a discussion started one day about the usefulness of the video game Sim City when it comes to learning practical urban planning. For those unfamiliar with the game, the idea is the player has complete control over how a city is laid out. You decide where roads and superhighways go, what parts of the city should be zoned for residential, commercial, or industrial, where there should be high density and low density development, etc. The game then plays out as a simulation, with your town growing into a thriving metropolis or miserable cesspool. All sorts of factors can contribute to the failure or success of your city; everything from providing enough hospitals and parks, to making sure there is electric and sewer service, to not having a school right next to an industrial plant. The game really does work well as a tool to make you think of everything a city needs, and also doing so on a budget.

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