Grow your own Sims?

On a somewhat interesting game development front, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has released a program called Virtual U, a virtual university simulator. Virtual U is designed to foster better understanding of management practices in American colleges and universities. If you check out the screenshots, it looks like The Sims (or maybe closer to SimCity) and offers various levels of micro and macro management. The program is used by more than 35 schools to train next generation of university leaders. The kicker is that it comes with complete source code and can be easily compiled with a copy of Visual C++ 6.0 and DirectX. I haven’t looked at the source and I’m sure it might be a little overwhelming to some but if you’re looking for a complete simulation engine, you might want to check it out. Who knows, maybe you can tweak it to make the next great Sim game? You can find the game here.