I Thought A Zoo: Simulated Games For Isolated Times
I’m overwhelmed by so many things right now, not the least of which is that I keep having to build wind turbines.
Not in my yard, you understand: in my imaginary city. The city I created playing the game Cities: Skylines. I play it on my Nintendo Switch, but you can play it on your Xbox, or your PlayStation, or your computer. It’s very much like the game Sim City that I played years ago, and it proceeds in much the same way: You have some land. You build some roads, you create zoning (and really, who doesn’t get into gaming in order to explore land-use planning?), you supply these areas with water and power, and then people begin to move in.
Maybe it’s not a surprise that I, as someone who lives alone and finds myself with time to kill in these Pandemic Days, have made a lot more use of my Switch in the last few months than in the last couple of years. Yes, I played Animal Crossing: New Horizons when it first came out — in fact, I bought a copy for a stranger on Twitter, because she was in a pinch and it had been such a balm to me.