You Learn Something New Every Play: SimCity

While playing games, we can learn things, like budgeting.  Today, a kid sits in his basement playing SimCity, where he runs a city that he built up from the ground.  30 years later, maybe he will be

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While playing games, we can learn things, like budgeting.  Today, a kid sits in his basement playing SimCity, where he runs a city that he built up from the ground.  30 years later, maybe he will be interested in running for Mayor or Governor.  Who knows what kids will do when they grow up?  I wouldn’t be surprised if they things they do as a kid will influence them later in life.

SimCity taught me many things about cities.  I learned what residential, commercial, and industrial mean.  I’ve made sure my budget was balanced for my city.  I’ve made roads, power lines, and parks.  I’ve placed police departments where crime was high.  I’ve even set the taxes and funding for each year.  The best part about SimCity is that a kid gets to use his imagination to create a village of his/her own.  If they do well, it will become a town, city, capital, etc.  It requires responsibility, kind of like those virtual pets.  You will learn something new every time you play SimCity.

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From 2004 to 2004

Brian Vanek is a former staff member from GameCola's early days as a monthly email newsletter.

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