IBM launches smarter-planet game CityOne | VentureBeat
Games are serious business at IBM. The company is announcing the launch of CityOne today, a game that simulates a big city’s operations and shows business and civic leaders how to make their cities and industries run smarter by solving real-world business, environmental and logistics problems. The game is related to IBM’s Smarter Planet theme, an initiative to get the world running on smarter and greener technologies. CityOne helps city planners, developers, and government agencies figure out how to address the challenges of running a big city, said IBM’s Phaedra Boinodiris, designer of the game. It’s not like SimCity, where you build a city from scratch; rather, you start with a big city and figure out what to do when things go wrong. The point is to use simulation to educate people quickly and succinctly. The military frequently uses “war game” simulations to practice, and businesses should do more of it. Other big companies such as Cisco have been creating “serious games” to expand strategic thinking in education, business, and government matters.