SimCity and Urban Planning/Introduction

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Given the potential use of SimCity games in urban planning courses, this book will explain how various real-life planning concepts have been incorporated into the game. For game-players, this will add depth to the explanations of elements of the game. For educators and students, this will allow this book to function as a 'study-guide' for courses which use SimCity to introduce basic concepts of urban planning, design, as well as government, and fiscal management. So, for example, the section on Building Transportation will include a description of the importance of transport planning in real-life urban planning, as well as its incorporation into SimCity.

Note for SimCity4 users

Many tactics used in older SimCity games (SC2K, SC3K) do not apply to SC4. Although most of the basic concepts are still there, many parts of the game are completely different. See "SimCity 4 Concepts" for more info.