Cities in Games

Cities in Games – Tokyo Bus Simulation

By March 16, 2007 4 Comments

While running a search for ‘city simulation’ for an up coming conference presentation I came across a movie of the Playstation 2 game ‘Tokyo Bus Guide 2’. Not available outside of the Japan, for obvious reasons, the game nevertheless displays an interesting way to view a virtual model of the city.

The majority of real cities in games are based around street car racing and as such it is difficult to appreciate the modelling behind the simulation. In a bus based game the pace is slower so it is easier to view how the city was constructed.

If they were to make a London version they would have to include a ‘hoodie’ with his/her mobile phone on ‘speaker’ mode playing ‘Urbanz Diss’ on the 168 to Camden Town.


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.