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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

OLPC plays games!?

The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program aims to provide a functional $100 laptop for the children in the third world. My contention has been that this will prove to be one of the greatest anti-poverty programs ever. Children will receive a laptop, obtain wireless access to the Interent, put their OLPC on e-bay and wait 7 to 10 days. They will then access the Internet for a second time to determine where to send their OLPC - likely in the United States or another developed country.

Now, I begin to wonder if the price of the OLPC will be high enough on e-bay to pry the OLPC out of the kids' hands. Why? Because evidently the machine will play DOOM and Mario Brothers



This might make the OLPC more valuable in the West but it might actually make it more valuable to the recipient of the machine.

We can also expect to have a few million more gamers in the near future.

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