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Railroad Tycoon: Learning Economics Through Games

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While I was working at the Pixelkin booth at the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo, I chatted a bit about the earliest games I played growing up. One game I played with my brother was the 1990 classic Railroad Tycoon, an economics simulator where players got to manage a railroad from the early 19th century through the Gilded Age. The computer-controlled opponents attempted to beat players by connecting cities with resources and buying out their rivals’ shareholders.

This game, with its balance sheets and stock options, was actually loads of fun and a big success in its time. Read More

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Thanks to Game Bundles, Everybody Wins

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If you want to check out the indie game scene, there is perhaps no better way to do so than by seeing what the latest game bundles have to offer.

A game bundle is when multiple games are sold together at a discounted price. It’s a familiar concept: two-for-one sales are all over grocery stores, after all. But game bundles, specifically indie game bundles, tend to operate a little differently. Read More