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Betaville Lets City Planners See Their Work In Action

Matt Ball on October 11, 2012 - in Smart Cities

We recently had the opportunity to play the new version of SimCity, a city-building game series that has been popular for over 20 years. It’s a fun approximation of urban planning, but despite its intricate detail, SimCity can’t be used to make virtual approximations of real cities that have value to designers and planners. Betaville–a multiplayer simulation for real cities–can.

Designed by Carl Skelton, the founder of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center,Betaville is actually inspired by SimCity. He tells the BBC in an interview: “One of the ways that SimCity was an inspiration was to see the number of human lifetimes that people paid for the privilege to be able to do this. … That told me something about the potential and the pent-up competence in these matters.”

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