Video Games

David Friedman

A Pixelated Look at Early 2000s New York, Through a Game Boy Lens

Unusually retro shots of life in New York City.

Mayor Rob Ford: The Video Game

It's like Mario if the power-ups were crack pipes and the Goombas were cops and reporters.

EA Games

SimCity's Turn Toward a Dark, Dystopic Vision of Our Urban Future

It's impossible to miss the socioeconomic and political commentary embedded within Cities of Tomorrow.

A Hair-Raising Parkour Tribute to the Video Game 'Mirror's Edge'

This British homage to the popular dystopian game has everything (except the shooting-at-the-cops stuff, of course).

Will Somebody Please Make This Old-School Graffiti Video Game?

Real-life graffiti artists star in this fake 32-bit arcade game taking place in cities across North America.

Cart Life

Crazy Urban Video Game of the Day: Play a Street Vendor in 'Cart Life'

A "retail simulation" that tells stories of "social stratification, food, romance, money and death."

Maxis

SimCity 5's Multiplayer Blues

Why the newest edition of the city-building game has fans in revolt.

Amazingly Dull Municipal Video Games Are All the Rage on YouTube, for Some Reason

Should the title of Most Boring City Simulator go to garbage collection, toilet cleaning or European bus driving?

Introducing 'Riot,' the Video Game Based on Actual Violent Uprisings Around the World

Take on the role of violent agitators or the police in this atmospheric smartphone simulator.

Christian Åslund

Wild Photos Recreate the City as Vintage Video Game

Introducing the Chinese metropolis of Honkey Kong.

Urban Super Mario Goes On Super Violent Graffiti Crime Spree

This is not the Super Mario Bros. game you want the kids playing.

YouTube/Xenokillaoftaw

Street Cleaning: The Video Game

Get behind the driver's seat to experience the exciting world of street sweeping firsthand.

Mina Kvarter

How to Get Kids Excited About Building Better Neighborhoods? Try Minecraft

The Swedish video game company and UN-HABITAT are teaming up to help people around the world re-envision their cities.

Vimeo/HAWK Hildesheim

Fun at the Crosswalk

Waiting for the walk sign doesn't have to be boring.

Toto

Finally, a Motorcycle Powered by Farts

Toilet Tuesday checks in on the always-exciting Japanese bathroom scene.

Playstation/YouTube

A Video Game That Side-Scrolls the City Skyline

Skyscrapers and burning streets are the setting of a new game for Playstation, with music by Beck.

Ubisoft

The Dark Side of the Smart City, in Video Game Form

"Watch Dogs" puts the controls of a networked city in players' hands.

The Regionalization of SimCity

The interconnectedness of cities will be a major component of the forthcoming new version of the classic video game.

Electronic Gaming for the Physical World

New games for mobile devices make the city their playing field