Anyone know of a simulation game like this?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Airforcekid, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    I know its kind of a weird idea but like the old tycoon games is there one where you own a cell phone company such as att or verizon. I think it would be interesting to start playing in the early 1980's having to build infrastructure then adapt to new standerds such as increased data consumption deciding if you want to be like sprint and have unlimited data with slower speeds or be fast and limited. Or even operate as an MNVO and work under other companies to expand your coverage around the world and work out deals with cell phone makers to get a specific phone first etc. Ive been looking but can't find a game close to this if anyone know of anything like this?
  2. PatrickCocoa macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2008
    Reality Bites

    One problem with a game like that is that if it were realistic it wouldn't be fun. At least not fun to most people.

    The most important elements of success in the cell phone business in the 70's and 80's:

    1. Interest rates, which you don't control. You need to borrow huge amounts of money to buy the labor and equipment needed to run a cell phone company;

    2. Stock price. You have to keep your stock high enough so that you don't get bought out by some other guy. This forces a short term earnings focus since stock prices (rightly or wrongly) are heavily influenced by this quarter's earnings;

    3. Advertising campaigns;

    4. Labor costs, including union contracts. Do you take the strike to keep your costs low but lose a few quarters' revenue, or do you pay the wage that labor wants?

    5. Local government control over placement of cell phone towers;

    6. Not in my backyard local citizen opposition to the placement of cell phone towers;

    7. Various new taxes as the cell phone market takes off. Separate from whether these are a good idea or not, they're not under your control.

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