Serious Games

So much more goes on in kids’ heads than meets the eye. Steven Berlin Johnson (Everything Bad Is Good For You) on Serious Games for IT Conversations — relates an anecdote about demonstrating Sim City to his 7-yr-old nephew, giving a fairly superficial tour. “This is the house where the mayor lives, and these are the ports where the boats tie up. These are my factories, but I’m having trouble with them. The workers aren’t happy, and I just can’t seem to make the factories profitable. See how the workers are all covered in soot?”

The nephew, who had until now been listening in silence: “I think you should try lowering your industrial taxes.”

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