Urban Planet: The New SimCity

Urban Planet is a daily roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

SimCity, longtime nursery for burgeoning city planners, is set to release a new version in February 2013. This version of the game, first released in 1989, adds the a multiplayer dimension – allowing users to share resources between their cities or to specialize and trade. The game emphasizes the perils of energy choices – highlighting the negative health impacts and public opinion that can come as a result of a local coal or nuclear plant. (FastCompany)

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  1. No bikes? Who’d want to live there?

    Also isn’t the premise that you have to build the whole city with tax revenue? How unrealistic is that? It should really be about making trade missions to Chicago so that the local economy will grow, and people will want to build in your city. Then the meat of the game can be passing bylaw variances and installing parks.

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