Go West, young man. Build Stockton.

Here’s another look at the video game “1849,” which is set in Stockton.

The column here.

Here, from SomaSim’s website, is a description of the game.

“1849 is a city management game for tablets and PCs, set in the California Gold Rush. With all of the peril and possibility of the new frontier, 1849 challenges players to build a thriving mining empire in 19th century California. Inspired by games such as Caesar III, SimCity 4, and the Civilization series, 1849 strives to bring an immersive simulation game experience into the mobile age.

 ”The game contains 20 campaign scenarios that trace the development of the Gold Rush throughout northern California, from mining camps in the High Sierra to the bustling city of San Francisco. Each scenario map will challenge players with a unique set of starting conditions, victory goals, and obstacle events.

“A player’s task in 1849 will be to build towns, populate them with workers, and then make sure that those workers are housed, fed, and entertained. Players will have to manage and coordinate extensive production networks to supply workers with their daily requirements, and engage in trade with nearby towns. 1849 will have over 50 resources that players can dig up, farm, refine or manufacture as they build more and more complex towns and cities.”

 Another look at the game here.

Instead of dwelling on the creators’ almost complete lack of knowledge about Stockton and its history, I prefer to look on the bright side: at least this city was not a). ignored or b). used as the setting for a Grand-Theft-Auto-type game in which the city’s violent reputation is exploited or c). cast as the star in a game called “Municipal Bankruptcy” in which players, faced with staggering deficits and defiant unions, vie to keep the city out of Chapter 9.

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