Having played different computer games from a rather young age I was fascinated when I first heard about Fintopia and the possibility to learn by playing games… and when I found out that Olavi had taken to coding and programmed the current version I was blown away. We discussed about the limits and possibilities of the simulation and on 2010 I got the first glimpse of what was happening behind the graphic interface. I was surprised how flexible and comprehensive the simulation engine was and how closely the financial statements resembled the real ones.
In 2011 I joined Olavi and started to update the different parameters and variables of the base world where the different scenarios take place. Many things affecting international business had changed during the last 20 years so everything needed to be checked and brought to the 21st century. This was excellent exercise and a great way to become fluent with the simulation.
I find it rewarding to try to simulate real-world phenomena and practices as closely as possible to better equip the participating students for things to come. Thus, my biggest murmur with Fintopia is that I’ll probably never be able to participate myself.