SimCity Donated to OLPC
November 19, 2007 11:19 PM
comment(s) - last by
New SimCity will gives kids the tools to learn and create their own content
quite a bit lately. And not without reason -- it's quite an ambitious project, carved from the goodness of Quanta's heart. Too bad about all those price jumps the $100 notebook took.
Recently computer game publishing giant Electronic Arts decided to donate the original version of SimCity to the OLPC project. John Gilmore of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advisor for the OLPC project, is credited for the idea of including SimCity with XO. He is not the first, however, to try to get SimCity from the claws of EA for educational purposes.
The man now responsible for porting SimCity to the OLPC's Sugar user interface is Don Hopkins. Hopkins originally ported the game for Unix more than 10 years ago. Unfortunately when the distribution contract between EA and DUX expired, EA wouldn't let Hopkins continue to the develop and distribute the game for educational uses.
"Sugar is based on Python, and uses the GTK toolkit, Cairo renderinglibrary, Pango international text layout library, and Hippo drawingcanvas, and many others useful modules. Once SimCity is integrated withPython, it will be great fun to create a kid-friendly multi-player userinterface that's totally integrated with the OLPC's unique hardwaredesign (like the hires mono/color LCD screen, which flips over intobook mode with a game controller pad) and Sugar's advanced features,like scalable graphics, journaling, mesh networking, messaging,collaboration, and (most importantly) applying Seymour Papert'sphilosophy of '
' to SimCity," Hopkins wrote on his website.
Hopkins talks about what he's doing for the
OLPC version of the game
on his website. He talks about the call for tools to let the kids develop their own tools to learn programming and languages. All very cool and great ideas on the part of everyone involved.
While we're pretty cool with Don's work and ambitions, we have to wonder why it took prodding from a high-publicity project to get EA to donate the game to be used for educational purposes. EA's slipping reputation as a publisher, maybe? Most of the circles I frequent regard EA as a stumbling beast, barely able to stay on its own legs as it pushes out title after title full of buggy PC games.
All in all, it's pretty cool that the OLPC is getting SimCity. Having spent countless hours attempting to master pretty much every version past the original, I imagine all the kids that benefit from having access to an XO will also find the game an entertaining challenge, not to mention the advantage of being able to learn how the game works and develop their own tools and games.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
Civ 1 next
11/20/2007 11:57:57 AM
CIV 1 is a great learning game. But I wonder if it would affend anyone in developmenting countries. I assume the Techs for the different nations are correct and not demeaning but you never know.
RE: Civ 1 next
11/20/2007 1:26:47 PM
Civ 1 was a fantastic learning tool for me, and I was thinking the same. However, it does glorify war and conquest which could be a problem in a lot of these war torn African nations. Sim City is very neutral, and a great game to start with.
RE: Civ 1 next
11/20/2007 9:34:01 PM
I think Transport Tycoon would be an excellent addition to this as well. Someone even recoded an open source version if I'm correct. :)
RE: Civ 1 next
11/21/2007 1:42:45 PM
Railroad Tycoon 2 (which is now relatively old but still has decent graphics) could easily be given out for free to kiddos as well.
Civ 2 would be great, since it has multiplayer.
RE: Civ 1 next
11/24/2007 12:24:52 AM
There's also an opensource version Civilization. Freeciv I think its called.
"A politician stumbles over himself... Then they pick it out. They edit it. He runs the clip, and then he makes a funny face, and the whole audience has a Pavlovian response." -- Joe Scarborough on John Stewart over Jim Cramer
OLPC XO Notebook Finally Enters Production
November 7, 2007, 3:34 PM
Intel and OLPC: Friends that Fight like Brothers
November 1, 2007, 3:27 PM
OLPC XO Laptop Production Delays Effect Availability
October 25, 2007, 5:33 PM
Intel to Develop New CPU Architecture for OLPC Use
October 15, 2007, 4:40 PM
OLPC $100 Laptop Gets Another Price Hike
September 17, 2007, 8:02 PM
Latest By Levi Beckerson
Of Turbines Large And Small
May 24, 2011, 9:07 AM
Various Alcohols Shown To Make Various Improvements on Specific Superconductor
January 11, 2011, 8:32 AM
Genetics and Taste Buds; Can Science Build Better Chocolate?
December 27, 2010, 9:01 AM
New UMass Technique Seeks to Replace Petroleum for Industrial Chemicals
November 26, 2010, 7:26 AM
New MIT Nanotech Fights Cancer Naturally
September 20, 2010, 8:30 AM
Genetic Modification Turns Killers Into Saviors
September 16, 2010, 1:13 PM
New Rensselaer Nanocomposite Kills Staph
August 17, 2010, 8:10 AM
Researchers Create Nanoscale Particles For Ultrasound Applications
August 16, 2010, 3:44 PM
NCSU Study To Help Understand Nanoparticles Inside the Body
August 16, 2010, 8:38 AM
New Lithium Metal Phosphate Batteries Made With Wax and Soap
August 13, 2010, 1:10 PM
Free Windows 10 offer ends July 29th, 2016: 10 Reasons to Upgrade Immediately
July 22, 2016, 9:19 PM
Quick Note: Whoops, Microsoft Pushed Unwanted Windows 10 to Some Users
October 15, 2015, 9:04 PM
Quick Note: Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 Fixes Boot Camp 6.0 Issues
October 13, 2015, 11:39 AM
Microsoft's HD-500 ("Display Dock"), the Magic Sauce Behind Continuum
October 6, 2015, 5:30 PM
Quick Note: Windows 10 Hits 110 Million Devices, VMs
October 6, 2015, 4:30 PM
Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi, IoT Devices Sees Developer Debut
August 12, 2015, 2:41 PM
Most Popular Articles
Say Goodbye to Data Plans - Sprint and T-Mobile offer Unlimited Data
August 22, 2016, 6:12 AM
2 NEW PlayStation 4 Models - Unveiling September 7th
August 23, 2016, 6:23 AM
iPhones May Get Curved Screens Next Year
August 24, 2016, 6:45 AM
5 Easy Ways to Lower Blood Pressure By Monique C. Bethell, Ph.D.
August 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Uber - Everyone's Autonomous Car Driver?
August 20, 2016, 6:01 AM
Latest Blog Posts
First Self-Driving Car debut on the streets of Singapore
Aug 28, 2016, 4:10 PM
Coming Soon - Drones and Airports
Aug 24, 2016, 12:40 PM
SolarCity’s Gigafactory: A Milesone in Emerging Technology by Lily Emamian - 15 August 2016
Aug 15, 2016, 6:30 AM
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information