Correspondent Mika Brzezinski and Up To The Minute Computer Consultant John Quain looked at CD-ROMs in the Rockefeller spirit.
Profitania is the latest business simulation from mom-and-pop game company Lavamind. Set in an underground world, would-be tycoons run soup-to-nuts manufacturing outfits. Characters with names including Zazzel and Yogul buy raw materials on the open market, manage factories making Dopple Mops and Halatocs, then sell when the price is right. Unexpected twists and turns keep players on their toes.
For example, does your insurance cover the volcanic eruption that just wiped out the factory? Or, how best to deal with the loan shark who wants to be repaid today? The game is pure fantasy, but its creators say it's based on real business principles and teaches real-world skills. Quain recommends Profitania for business-minded people who have plenty of free time.
For people who want to be real business owners, not just play them on the computer, there's Guerrilla Business from Houghton Mifflin Interactive. The software offers bone-dry tutorials on writing a business plan, projecting income, profit-and-loss statements and more. Quain says this CD-ROM is a worthy investment For people looking to start a business.
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