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Populous is a computer game developed by Bullfrog[?] in 1999 and is regarded by many as being the seminal "God Game".

In the game the player takes on the role a 'deity' and assumes the responsibility to shepherd people by direction, manipulation, and divine intervention. The player has the ability to shape the landscape and grow his or her cilivization with the overall aim of having them conquer an enemy force, led by an opposing deity.

Populous was extremely successful, and spawned a number of sequels of increasing complexity.

The more recent PC game Black and White by Lionhead is effectively the most modern version of this game genre created by Peter Molyneux[?], who was also the primary creative force behind the original Populous before he left Bullfrog[?] to set up his own company, Lionhead Development Studios (http://www.lionhead.com/).

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