SimCity Classic GPL’ed - called Micropolis

Slashdot reports that the source code to the original SimCity game, developed by Maxis, has been released under the GPL version 3.

"Source code for SimCity has been released under the GPLv3. For legal reasons the open source version was renamed Micropolis, which was apparently the original working title. The OLPC will also be getting a SimCity branded version that has been QA'ed by Electronic Arts. Some very cool changes have been made by Don Hopkins, who updated and ported what is now Micropolis... Among other things, it has been revamped from the original C to using C++ with Python."

While there are some additional terms applied to the GPL used for Micropolis, these are supposedly to protect EA's trademarks and don't allow you to call derivative works SimCity or use any EA property.

It might be retro, but I'm sure there's still actually quite a bit of interest in this, and the fact that the source is now available under the GPL means developers are free to take the Micropolis code and build upon it.

You can go grab the code for Micropolis from Don Hopkins' site.

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Discussion: SimCity Classic GPL’ed - called Micropolis

  1. Sam (guest)

    # Posted on 13 January 2008 at 05:56 PM

    Thaaaaaaaaankyou!

    Goodbye, productive hours! XD



  2. # Posted on 14 January 2008 at 02:45 PM

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  3. peter jones (guest)

    # Posted on 21 January 2008 at 07:27 AM

    GREAT ARTICLE,



  4. julie myer (guest)

    # Posted on 21 January 2008 at 07:28 AM

    here is how simcity originated, http://www.opentopix.com/topic/tech-news/the-origin-of-simcity



  5. # Posted on 21 January 2008 at 07:57 AM

    [...] This announcement just came off the wire announcing that the venerable simulation classic “SimCity” has now been open-sourced. [...]



  6. # Posted on 21 January 2008 at 08:21 AM

    <strong>SimCity Classic GPLed - called Micropolis | Deliggit.com...</strong>

    fosswire.com

    Source code for SimCity has been released under the GPLv3.

    &acirc;€œSource code...



  7. Leon (guest)

    # Posted on 21 January 2008 at 09:11 AM

    Between this and Open Transport Tycoon I'm going to waste all of my once productive time :)



  8. # Posted on 21 January 2008 at 12:58 PM

    [...] SimCity Classic GPL’ed - called Micropolis. Yes, that means free. [...]



  9. Dave Nofmeister (guest)

    # Posted on 21 January 2008 at 03:06 PM

    Wow, how cool. I spent many hours playing Sim City when it first came out.

    Very cool that it's available as I've lost the original game. Soooo much more cool now that it's now free! :)



  10. # Posted on 21 January 2008 at 11:27 PM

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  11. Jack (guest)

    # Posted on 22 January 2008 at 01:16 AM

    Its about time.



  12. # Posted on 23 January 2008 at 10:36 AM

    [...] SimCity has been released under the GPLv3 - Renamed Micropolis - Source code for SimCity has been released under the GPLv3. For legal reasons the open source version was renamed Micropolis, which was apparently the original working title. [...]



  13. Steeley (guest)

    # Posted on 24 January 2008 at 09:45 AM

    Many hours of my life now will be going back into the Sim world. Looking forward to this project really taking off with more features getting added...



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