I began my video game exploration by playing the Urbanology Online game. Going into this game, I thought it might be a design your own city and essentially run the city. There would be decisions and obstacles the user would have to make and face in order to keep the city running. However, on the BMW Guggenheim Lab, the “game” is more a series of questions that the user answers. As they answer, the user can see their score of positive and negatives based on decisions from the questions from about 8 different categories. Then, once all the questions have been answered, it calculates your results and takes you to the page where it tells you what city best matches your answers and what the highest and lowest priorities are in that city. Then it allows you to name your city, and here I thought then you went on to create your own city; however, it never takes me to a new page after that other than going back and answering the questions again.
After playing this game multiple times, getting a range of answers from Berlin to Chicago, I would use this in my classroom after learning about urbanization and cities. The game does allow one to make their own decisions on issues and see the results, but that is the most manipulation it seems to allow. This would be a great way to have students act like they are in charge making these choices for their city, but to me, this is not much of an action game but rather a survey game.
Overall, this would be okay to do once or twice with students if it went with the lesson they were learning, but I’ve decided to try a different game for next time.