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SIM Canberra Challenge – need your help

By Jazz 8 July 2008 22

Readers who have been around for a while will know that RiotACT like to do a fairly extensive election coverage and this time round will be no exception. This year however we’ve got a few more ideas up our sleeve to make things a little more interesting, and interactive.

The SIM Canberra Challenge is an idea we dreamed up over a few ales several weeks ago. In essence we’re extending an invitation to all running candidates in the upcoming ACT elections (18 October) to test their city management and planning skills by playing a couple of hours of a customised ‘SIM City’ scenario. The scenario itself based loosely on Canberra. Resulting scores with some commentary will then be published on RiotACT for all to enjoy and draw conclusions from. The exciting part is that we already have several candidates itching to see how they’d tackle traffic jams on the GDE, fires sweeping through the city or an industral accident and a gas plant.

The stumbling block in our grand vision is that we need copies of the game and two laptops of the same specification so the candidates can go head to head in a Canberra Plan-Off. Thats where you come in. If there are any businesses out there, yourself, or people you know who would be prepared to donate the two laptops we need I’d love to hear from you. Its our intention to auction the Laptops through the site and give the proceeds to The Cancer Council ACT after the election.

If you or someone you know can help please get in touch and we can sort out some details.

Thanks
Jazz

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POK 1:23 pm 13 Jul 08

Wouldn’t it only test their ability to micro-manage or effort in exerting control? A high score might be the opposite of what we want.

peter@home 9:37 pm 11 Jul 08

TroyWilliams said :

Anyone actually thought that we are nothing more than a real-life SimCity game?

That would explain a few things, like a mayor who let the city burn (he wasn’t in front of the computer but at dinner) or couldn’t use a mouse properly to position a power station.

hear hear.

how was he at dinner, why didn’t he caution us? the fires were on the ridge line at midnight, he had to know where they were going….

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