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EA Donates Original City-Building Game, SimCity, to “One Laptop per Child” Initiative

“Today Electronic Arts Inc. announced the company will donate
the original SimCity–the blockbuster 1989 game credited with
giving rise to the city-building game genre–to each computer in
the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative. OLPC is a
not-for-profit humanitarian effort to design, manufacture and
distribute inexpensive laptops with the goal of giving every child
in the world access to modern education. By gifting SimCity onto
each OLPC laptop, EA is providing users with an entertaining way to
engage with computers as well as help develop decision-making
skills while honing creativity. This is the first time a major
video game publisher has gifted a game to the world.

“In SimCity, the player takes on the role of mayor of a new
municipality–responsible for building and maintaining a place
where citizens can work and live happily…”

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