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magis 1 HN points 15 Nov 22
Simcity was my favorite video game growing up. I began to appreciate the complexity of the game just as Simcity 4 was released, so I grew up playing that iteration. The naive 11 year-old believed that SimCity was an accurate representation of the job of a government: I literally believed the mayor of Winnipeg could look at the city’s economy, energy, climate, and infrastructure in one glance. If that were the case, even if poor governing decisions were made, it would be easy to see the results and optimize them. Something about this idea guided my future interests in statistics, economics, and operations research.
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