I wanted to explore a Facebook game that dealt with building cities. To my surprise there were quite a few to choose from: Cityville, Social City, Top City, Hello City, Millionaire City, etc. Now I know they are just simple games that attempt to tap into the human addictive nature but I was hoping for some urban planning fundamentals. What I discovered is that all the games start with building single family housing. In the directions for starting these games there is a statement like, "you need to increase your population, start building homes..." This premise has just reinforced to me the suburbs are the city to many people.
Any thoughts on how games and other media impact the general public's view of cities?