SimCity players get eco-friendly 'ad'-on free

SimCity players have had to endure a lot in the game's short lifespan, but things have stabilized a bit, and they got a free game for their trouble. Now, Maxis wants to make you and your sims happier with a free add-on, brought to you by the Nissan Leaf.

If you are trying to have your city go green, a new charging station--emblazoned with a Nissan logo and a billboard advertising the auto manufacturer's electric car--is available for download from Origin free of charge (see what I did there?). And while you can have the satisfaction of knowing you have saved your sims from inhaling extra toxic pixels, there is an even bigger benefit, according to a forum update: "Plopping down the Nissan Leaf Charging Station will add happiness to nearby buildings. Adding the Charging Station will not take power, water or workers away from your city. Zoom in to the streets of cities and players will start seeing a percentage of their Sims from all wealth classes driving the electric vehicles. The Charging Station produces no garbage or sewage as well making it pollution free."

Of course, you have six months to decide if you want this free DLC. That's probably the length of the in-game branding deal between Nissan and Electronic Arts.