Using sports games as sports simulations
According to the LA Times, over half of the teams in the NBA are using NBA Live 2008, the popular basketball game, to simulate potential trades and evaluate personnel. The general manager of the Houston Rockets said, “I don’t play EA Sports as a game. I use it as a tool. Say if you’re thinking about acquiring Ron Artest. On the game, you can see how adding Artest can change the dynamic of your team. You can program it to run offensive sets with Artest and any combination of your players.” As the complexity of games increases, they become less toy and more tool. We expect to see much more of this, in areas beyond sports, in the near future.