Gaming vs Living: Blurring the rEAlity


Simcity 5 – right at Melbourne’s doorstep. Left: The game & Right: Houses in Truganina

Can’t help but notice the uncanny similarity between Melbourne’s growing middle-class-dual-income-families’ realising their dream homes and EA Games’s cult classic. Surely this land-grabbing phenom has to stop? Perhaps the idea of Geelong, Sunbury and Melton as Melbourne’s suburbs won’t be considered too far fetched in the years to come.

4 Comments so far

  1. squirt (mel_corinna) on December 8th, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

    Is Simcity 5 out?

  2. adrock2xander (mel_john) on December 8th, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

    Nah. Simcity 4 and her sequel Rush Hour are the only ones I know of in a few years. Don’t think Simcity 5’s coming out anytime soon? 4 was pretty damn good.

  3. froosh on December 9th, 2008 @ 11:58 am

    And sadly, there is little evidence that anything is being done to combat that bane of classic SimCity play – traffic. Any good Sim player knows that more roads = more traffic. The only way to reduce congestion was a good mass transit network.

    What’s missing here? :/

  4. adrock2xander (mel_john) on December 9th, 2008 @ 2:16 pm

    I’ll tell Brumby to ship out, reinstall myself as Premier and half the entire VIC govt’s wages. We’re still in the top 20% of the earning bracket, but that has sent a message. *chuckles*

    That image on the left is classic ‘looks good from far, but far from good’ housing planning. Yes, I like my house to be surrounded by a moat of roads. Oh look! There’s a boulevard just across my massive front yard. Hey, a bottleneck of traffic! Nice.

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