Here is an interesting story for all the fans of SimCity and similar games, as well as for anyone who still thinks that computer games are a useless time waste. I’d like to see you try doing something even remotely close to this:
This story reminds me of all the time I spent playing Transport Tycoon Deluxe and OpenTTD. The game is fun and I learned a lot about transportation. But no matter how hard I tried, I never came close to the real pros (there are many actual professionals from the transportation industry playing the game and trying things out). Have a look at this monster train station, for example (found in this forum thread):
Just stop and think for a moment. How much do you really know about transportation? Trucks, buses, trains, ships, airplanes and helicopters? Roads, maintenance, history and technology change? Road planning, bridges, tunnels, semaphores, roundabouts, ports, loading stations, warehouse? I can go on …
These games teach you a great deal about the complex world around you.