EDGE - - KNOWLEDGE THIS MONTH - Ur­ban Plan­ner Plays SimCity­sim­c­ity Watch­ing Dave Amos play

SimCity2000 is fas­ci­nat­ing. Here, the for­mer ur­ban plan­ner and se­ries fan casts a crit­i­cal and hu­mor­ous eye over 2000’ s me­chan­ics. The op­tion to use larger grids suits the ul­ti­mate MO of a real city plan­ner, which is to re­duce the amount of land given over to roads to re­duce main­te­nance and in­crease prop­erty taxes. Mean­while, shov­ing a coal plant in the cor­ner of the map away from cit­i­zens might work in the game, but pulling this move in real life would cer­tainly ir­ri­tate the neigh­bour­ing mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

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