Electronic Arts plans to donate the original version of the popular SimCity computer game to the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project for inclusion on the XO laptop.
The idea is that the game will be distributed to schoolchildren in developing countries not only to entertain but also to educate.
According to Ars Technica, the idea of including SimCity on the XO laptop was originally conceived by Electronic Frontier Foundation cofounder and OLPC advisor John Gilmore. It is currently being ported by Don Hopkins, the man responsible for the Unix port of the game.
Hopkins has already managed to port the game and make it run on the XO laptop and is now working on making it integrate well with the OLPC's Python-based Sugar environment. Hopkins says that the final version of SimCity for the XO will be fully scriptable in Python and he hopes to make much of the underlying components reusable in order to provide generic building blocks for building XO games.
It can't be a bad thing, I suppose, especially if users are able to study the underlying components to advance their understanding of programming.
Perhaps TechRepublic members could chip in about how a game on city building will benefit schoolchildren from a rural area. What other games would you recommend be bundled with the XO laptop?
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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.