Will Wright (the creator of Spore and The Sims) and Electronic Arts
have thought of a great idea to make a contribution in helping out developing countries. What they’re hoping to do is to distribute a free version of an open source version of the original SimCity for the $100 One Laptop Per Child’s XO computer. Whiu, saying all that got all the air out of my lungs. Now, where were we? Ah yes, the 100 dollar laptop.
Also known as XO-1 and previously as the $100 Laptop, it is a proposed
inexpensive laptop computer intended to be distributed to children
around the world, especially to those in developing countries. The
reason for this is providing children with access to knowledge and
education in the modern way. The laptop is being developed by the One
Laptop per Child (OLPC) trade association, which is an U.S. based,
non-profit organization created by faculty members of the MIT Media Lab.
Sim City on the other hand is a different matter all together. Why do
you suppose they chose this title? In this game, as the name suggests,
players simulate real-life actions. They can mark land as being zoned
as commercial, industrial, or residential, add buildings, change the
tax rate, build a power grid, build transportation systems and many
other actions, in order to enhance the city. Also, a player can be
faced with preventing disasters (whether they are natural ones or
man-made, or even extraterrestrial made), or if they occur, a player
must solve the aftermath.
Good to know that every once in a while games aren’t labeled as killers
or gateways to porn. This time, a game will help under-developed
countries. Take that authorities-banning- videogames!