SimCity Goes Way Wonkier

A new video game has been released that has players trying to solve urban issues and make cities work better. <em>Next American City</em> columnist Christian Madera reviews.
October 12, 2010, 10am PDT | Nate Berg
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The new game is CityOne, and it has been released by IBM as part of a broad program aimed at making improvements to the urban realm.

"While comparisons have been made to SimCity, unlike the popular Maxis title, the object isn't to build a city. Rather, players are faced with a series of problem scenarios related to four sectors – energy, water, banking and retail – and ask to choose a solution that can help make things work better (or should I say, smarter). Once players complete 10 rounds, the game provides an assessment of your performance, and classifies you as one of five types of leaders – pragmatic, conservative, short-term oriented, futurist or evasive (if you happen to "ignore the problem" too many times). There's also high score board and map showing players from all over the world."

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Published on Monday, October 11, 2010 in Next American City
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