EA Donates SimCity to 'One Laptop Per Child' Project

By Nick Breckon, Nov 08, 2007 1:15pm PST What kid would want a free laptop if it doesn't come with any games? The One Laptop per Child foundation now has a solution to this basic problem.

Electronic Arts today announced it is gifting Maxis' original SimCity to the project. The One Laptop per Child initiative is a non-profit organization with the goal of providing cheap, functional laptops to poor children in developing countries.

The hardware itself, the famous "$100 laptop," actually increased to a price of $200 recently. The foundation has received funding for laptop distribution in countries such as Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Haiti, Cambodia, and Libya.

"SimCity is entertainment that's unintentionally educational," said EA global branding VP Steve Seabolt. "Players learn to use limited resources to build and customize their cities. There are choices and consequences, but in the end, it's a creativity tool thatÂ’s only limited by the player's imagination."

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