Everyone can build a business in SimCity, but only one contest winner had a special chance to name one. Last year, we held a contest where we asked our fans to name a burger joint in the game, and lucky 13 year-old winner Kade Byrand from Wisconsin was fortunate enough to have his submission not only win, but also make it into the final game for everyone to see. His contest-winning contribution? Longtime Maxis fans and llama-lovers will surely appreciate it: Lazy Llama Lunch-In. Good one, Kade! We took some time to speak with him about the inspiration of his name and why he’s excited about SimCity’s release this March.
How did you come up with the name?
Creating the name was a multi-step process, but it was an easy one. I wanted to make a name that was different from the ones I saw in the contest already and I wanted one that paid homage to Maxis and previous SimCity titles. I also wanted it to be humorous. I decided it had to have the word “Llama” in it because all of Maxis’s games have references and jokes about llamas (plus llamas are awesome animals). So from then, I decided it should have the word “luncheon” in it because I thought the two words sounded cool together, and then I realized that I could have a pun if I changed the spelling. Then I felt it needed something more, so I decided I needed another word with an L in it. The very first word that came to mind was “Lazy” (wonder why?), and from that, the title was born.
What are you most excited for in the new SimCity?
I have been waiting for the new SimCity since I was six years old, so I’m extremely excited it’s finally in the works! I am very interested in the whole GlassBox Engine idea because it seems like it will be a lot of fun to mess around with. I've always liked to micromanage parts of my city and get down to the details. I am glad the game is adding the multi-city aspect because it will be nice to play the game with my friends. I also like the idea of the Global Market; I want to try to make sure my city is a lead technology producer. One of the things I’m most thrilled about is the Great Works idea. I’m hoping one of the Great Works will be a space elevator. That would be so cool. And finally I’m extremely interested in the city specialization because I've always liked to make technological havens in SimCity.
Thank you for creating another great game (I know it’s going to be great – come on, it’s Maxis!).