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Games People Play

More and more video games are being developed to mirror the realities — and competition — of business development. Games such as Lemonade Tycoon, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Railroad Tycoon, John Deere American Farmer, Vegas Tycoon, and Zoo Tycoon all offer players the chance to make it big — or fail big — at their choice of business.

While I give props to John Deere for the rare video game licensing opportunity, I question the proliferation of “tycoon” games. Do we really need to get trump’d again? What might be more interesting than these Sim City-like efforts might the management aspects of sports games such as Madden 2005 and Out of the Park Baseball, which allow players to manage new drafts, players’ salaries, stadiums, and concession stands.

Maybe you should play Lemonade Tycoon before you take on the ballpark franks.

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