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PC Game Legend Sid Meier Takes on Golf

Boot Camp feature for Friday, March 22, 2002

Design and play on your own virtual golf course. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Computer golf games have been popular for years, but now legendary PC game designer Sid Meier has created a new kind of experience... . Sim Golf... .

"Well the idea behind Sim Golf is that you essentially manage this golf resort which you build up from a blank piece of ground into a fabulous golf resort. You build it, you're also the pro, so you get to play on the course, challenge other professionals and hold tournaments. You also kind of manage the membership and interact with your players and try to keep them happy. You're doing all the fun stuff that's associated with a golf course. You build it, you play on it, and you get to hang around with the cool people that are there."

There's plenty of humor ... so if you're looking for a serious computer golf game... .this isn't for you. In fact, you really don't have to know ... a nine iron from a steam iron...

"Actually it's kind of interesting. A lot of the feedback that we're getting kind of starts off... I've never played golf but I really enjoy Sim Golf, or I hate golf games but I really enjoy Sim Golf. I think the idea is you don't need to be an expert golf player to play Sim Golf. You kind of are managing and running this enterprise... and it's a game about building and creating something."

Much like the game Meier is best known for... Civilization, which has sold over a million copies. Sim Golf lets players exchange courses they've built... and talk things over in a club house... .online. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.