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Sita
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:17 pm
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It's an Atari game for PC, been out about a year? I noticed it a while back and bought it this week. It's lots of fun. You are zoomed in more than with SimCity, you don't control the zoning of the streets but you build businesses and control them - compared to Open For Business this is rudimentary but still fun. Well paced, with ingame objectives. The animation, graphics, etc are very good. You can click on an individual city-dweller and follow them about, find out what they want.
What seems odd to me as a Sims player is that you cannot see inside the buildings, only what is on the pavement (cafe tables etc.)
Haven't played all the way through yet but there seems to be a very large map that you can eventually fill with your businesses.

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:00 am
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So the strategy of the game is to develop business that will provide capital to start other businesses?

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:08 am
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Well, it's a city builder, but it does sound like your first businesses need to be more profit oriented.

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Sita
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:18 am
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yes, if you play the main game, you are driven by targets like - make the student population happy (build cafes, clubs etc).

I am tending to prefer the sandbox play. I would like more upgrades for the buildings, is my only grouch really.

In sandbox, I start with rental properties, because they bring in a guaranteed, stable income per day.
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:01 am
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Oh... now I'm confused. So, are you in business or are you the mayor like in Sim City?

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:15 am
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Sounds like both to me! Sort of like Donald Trump as mayor?

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 4:33 pm
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Yes, though so far I am not mayor, just an entrepreneur. It remains to be seen what happens when I own the whole city.
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:12 pm
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Then the AFL/CIO will organize all your workers and hit you where it hurts! Grin

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:46 pm
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I wish it did have unions in, that would be cool. But it seems a pretty simple model.

Off to build some more student housing. Just call me Rachmann.
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Post Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 1:47 am
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Now that you mention it, I don't know of any games that have a really serious model of the economics and social implications of running a business.

Anyone who writes one would probably have a ready audience, not among game-players so much, but among business schools!

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Post Posted: Sun Jan 14, 2007 11:17 am
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yes, that's the problem - the real model would be far too complex.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:59 am
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Having played a while, and read some reviews, I think the thing that is weakest about the game is its actual gameplay. You can build and build, assuming your computer can handle the graphics of a whole city in 3D - some can't - there seem to be no problems at all - there are competitors but you can always buy them out if you want.
There are never any fires, emergencies, etc, which I'm used to from SimCity 4\Rush Hour. Nothing unexpected happens.
That said, it's a fun way to get to know a beautiful city smile
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