For the last decade, I’ve been focusing on the “functions” side of the smart modeling tool that will help neighbors in retrofitting their community sustainable, all the while hoping the world will have developed a video game or software that can be adapted to suite my needs. As Edwin Land, inventor of the Polaroid camera put it, “Envision how you want it to work, and then remove the barriers”.
Last night, as I was brainstorming with one of my partners who knows the video game world, I had a slow dawning awareness. Creating the Killer Modeling Tool may not be so easy. Evony’s “platform” isn’t set up to import a real world neighborhood. So I’m cruizing the internet, looking for a tool that is ready to go off the shelf.
I looked the Sims, and SimCity. As “games with no objective” I’m fascinated these are the most popular video games of all times, but how easy can they import Google Earth??
On a tip from friends, I heard about Intracycle. Now Infracycle crunches numbers to establish the “financial sustainability” of a project; life cycle costs, community services cost, etc., certainly an essential component to the Killer Modeling Tool! Maybe Ray E will have some ideas…
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