The fact that Citybound creator Anselm Eickhoff found the latest SimCity underwhelming isn't terribly surprising; what's surprising is how he dealt with the disappointment.
"I began to research traffic simulation, read dozens of papers, familiarized myself with procedural city generation techniques, building on my existing knowledge and interest for procedural generation," Eickhoff tells Gamasutra via email. "I discovered that cities don't fascinate me just in games, but in general."
Anselm Eickhoff, a 21-year-old self-taught programmer, studies computer science at TU Munich and works as a front- and back-end web developer for a Bavarian public broadcast organization. He also makes games.
"I was fascinated by games since I was a small child, especially by simulation games," says Eickhoff. "My parents sat me in front of things like Flight Simulator, SimAnt, SimEarth, SimCity 2000, The Incredible Machine, and A-Train at a very young age -- 4 and up."