Thursday, October 11, 2007

Global Warming Hits SimCity

The latest entry in the SimCity series of games will incorporate global warming theory into its playing strategy. According to reviews, SimCity Societies focuses more on individual residents of the simulated cities and less on strategic planning to make the game more mainstream and accessible to more players. However, there is some planning you should consider in city building.

The game offers you a choice of power and energy sources for your city, but beware if you choose traditional cheap energy sources that emit high levels of carbon dioxide. You'll save money but your city will come under the cloud of climate change.

A city that spews carbon dioxide will be in ultimate danger of droughts, heatwaves and other natural disasters. Adding to the fun will be little warning facts about global warming to help guide you in making long-term decisions about your society.

What appears on the surface to be a more widely appealing, easier version of the SimCity series is, in fact, a piece of propaganda software, spreading the gospel of global warming to gamers (perhaps they fear they don't watch enough TV to be truly indoctrinated yet).

"With SimCity Societies, we have the opportunity not only to demonstrate some of the causes and effects of global warming, but also to educate players how seemingly small choices can have a big global impact," said Steve Seabolt, VP of Global Brand Development for The Sims Label at EA. "BP was one of the first major energy companies to publicly acknowledge the need to reduce carbon emissions and begin taking precautionary measures. As such, they are the perfect partner to help educate people on this important social issue in SimCity Societies."

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