I was watching Mrs. Skuds playing one of those Facebook games the other day. It may be called ‘Tribez’. It looked like a generic Swords & Sorcery meets Sim City sort of game.
It made me think that the way technology is going we can’t be too far away from being able to play Sim City-type games that are based on real locations plucked from Google Maps’ satellite imagery. Or maybe we are already there.
You could zoom in on an area, import it into the game and then start demolishing the buildings you don’t like and putting new ones in their place. Price Charles could be endlessly distracted by loading up Basingstoke and replacing all the office blocks and apartment blocks with mock Victorian monstrosities. We could put an extra runway on Gatwick and see what it looks like.
It could be endlessly diverting, with the potential of also being genuinely educational or a serious planning tool for visualising proposed developments.
On the other hand, you could also just do what people always end up doing on the Sim games and load up a realistic replica of, say, Hastings, bung an active volcano on top of the east cliff and let a couple of Godzillas loose on the old town.