ClairCity Skylines has arrived, and it’s all about Bristol. Play your way around the city, deciding what you think Bristol should look and feel like for the next 50 years.
It’s up to you to decide how to run the city, keep the air clean and make residents happy. Test yourself by downloading ClairCity Skylines for Android or iOS. Let us know on Twitter or Facebook what you think.
What’s a game going to fix?
While ClairCity Skylines looks and feels like a game, there is some serious play at work. The data used to build the game – from the impact of building more roads, through to the consequences of new parks or renovating homes – is real. Players are testing out different solutions in their imaginary world, and all of their experiments will help to identify the impacts, preferred choices and potential pitfalls that Bristol really is facing. The winning strategies that players adopt will find future scenarios for the city.
Computer games by themselves probably won’t save the world, but they offer an exciting, engaging way to get lots of people involved in finding solutions. Our data team are building “crowdsourced” solutions from the game into the quantitative models behind the scenes, to run as policies for the real city. Through this experimentation, we think residents can help to find the best solutions for Bristol, while having fun at the same time.
We are also interested to find out if there’s differences between players in different cities, as the game gets played in six different areas across Europe. Some countries, regions or cities might show a preference for some types of solutions, while others converge on something different. We are watching for these differences as the data is collected.