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‘SimCity’ inspired a whole cohort of urban planners -- what inspired your career?




A visitor looks at a demonstration of the video game SimCity (2000) during an exhibition preview featuring 14 video games acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)  in New York, March 1, 2013.
A visitor looks at a demonstration of the video game SimCity (2000) during an exhibition preview featuring 14 video games acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, March 1, 2013.
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Has a childhood game or seemingly trivial experience become the starting point to your eventual career path as an adult?

Jessica Roy’s latest article for the Los Angeles Times explores just that -- how a generation of city planners were inspired by “SimCity,” the hit city planning and building game first published by Maxis in 1989 that rocketed to success among computer gamers in the 1990s and spawned another hit title, “The Sims.” Players start off as “mayor” and are given a plot of undeveloped land that they must then zone and develop into a thriving city where people want to live, all while setting and regulating local tax, budget and social policies, and dealing with unexpected events like natural disasters.

Today on AirTalk, guest host Libby Denkmann talks with Roy about her piece as well as one of the people mentioned in it whose experience playing Sim City in college led him to a career in urban planning and city management. But we want to hear from you, too! What inspired you to pursue the career you chose? Can you attribute it to something like a video game or TV show or movie or a book? What about an experience you had growing up with someone whose career you ended up choosing? Join the conversation at 866-893-5722.

With guest host Libby Denkmann

Guest:

Jessica Roy, audience engagement editor at the LA Times, where she also covers pop culture, politics and technology; her recent piece is “From video game to day job: How ‘SimCity’ inspired a generation of city planners;” she tweets @jessica_roy



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