KC Lemson

By KC Lemson [MS]


Trial version of Zoo Tycoon available

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I've been a fan of SIM games for years, SimCity being one of the first computer games I ever purchased with my own money. So a couple of years ago, I filled out an internal survey about my gaming preferences, checking the box to indicate that I enjoyed simulation games. A while later, I was invited to participate in an internal alpha of a new game being developed, a zoo simulation game. Score!

Myself and the other alpha testers eagerly arrived on the first day to take a peek at this new product. At the end of the gaming session, they quizzed us about the game. Several of us said that we'd done things like put lions in the same pen with docile animals, and *gasp* nothing happened! Our feedback to the development team was that if there's no way to cause chaos, then this won't be any fun for teenagers and adults.

And fortunately, they listened. I remember filling out a survey a few weeks later that asked what I thought should happen in this case. It had a multiple choice list:

(A) "The lion should eat the gazelle"
(B) "The lion should ignore the gazelle"

Of course, I chose "eat".

To this day, even though I've had much more meaningful impact in other products such as Outlook and Exchange, I am still proud of my role in this change.

You can download a trial version of Zoo Tycoon.

  • I want to download a trial version please !