Think you can top Pat Mulroy? Want to get a taste of how difficult it might be to address real-world urban water, energy, and other (banking, retail) problems? Then you might want to take a crack at playing IBM's new CityOne game. And it's free, too. Ariel Schwartz writes about the new game at Fast Company and points out that with CityOne you don't build a city from scratch but start out with one. Here is Schwartz's description of a water crisis in CityOne:
Water Crisis Management: A city is struggling as water usage increases twice as fast as the population, supplies are becoming strained and possibly polluted, and the municipality is losing almost half of its water through leaky pipes. On top of all that, energy costs continue to rise. To complete the mission, players must come up with a way to deliver the highest water quality at the lowest cost in real-time.