Tue, 26 Mar 2013, 4:15am PDT
any random acre between Barstow and Phoenix resembles the Moon, or Mars.
The value of any plot of land is based nearly entirely on what is immediately outside the lot lines, along with the legal zoning of how much improvement is allowed (this is largely why Tokyo real estate is so expensive, you can plop down a 6-unit MFH bldg just about anywhere).
I am greatly attracted to creating an economy simulation educational game framed in this colonization theme, though.
It was SnowCrash that had the idea of virtual real estate having value IIRC, but SimCity people have lost the plot and all the freemium online crap isn't any better.