Ever wondered what it’s like to be the richest person on the planet? Here’s your chance to find out (sort of).
GateHouse Media, a publisher of local news publications, created a game that lets players pretend to be Jeff Bezos as he selects a winning city for Amazon HQ2.
The game has data on each of the 20 cities in the running for Amazon’s historic second headquarters project. Without knowing which cities they might be choosing, players rank criteria from Amazon’s request for proposals like “culture and business climate” and “economics and incentives.” Then the game asks a series of questions about what’s important to them in their fictional economic development ambitions.
Think of it like a personality quiz but instead of figuring out if you’re a summer or an autumn, you’re deciding the fate of an entire metropolitan region.
Several GeekWire staffers tried their hand at playing God Bezos. New York City, Denver, and Washington, D.C. emerged as favorites. Without trying, I got Pittsburgh, where GeekWire has established its own temporary HQ2 for the month of February. To our Pittsburgh followers out there, don’t read too much into the city I matched with. I doubt I have the same priorities as the real Bezos.
GateHouse Media created the game with more than 20 data sets, based on Amazon’s criteria. Lucille Sherman, GateHouse’s data enterprise reporter, explained the rationale for creating the game in a story she authored for The Patriot Ledger.
“It’s impossible to examine all the information each site submitted to Amazon, because not all the applications were made public,” she wrote. “So we decided to try something different. Rather predicting the winner ourselves, we wanted to let the reader decide where HQ2 should go.”
Play the game here and let us know which city you get in the comments.