Gaming and the City

24 Apr

As a child I loved SimCity. Building a city was a lot of fun, but having Godzilla destroy my city was even better. The city building franchise started in 1989 and 23 years later you can pre-order the newest release. While there are games – like SimCity, that are all about building cities – for many other games, cities have long provided the backdrop for the game play. As game technology has progressed, the freedom you have to explore the city in the game has grown. This has required more realistic rendering of cities. The companies that build these digital cities are being bought up by Architecture, Engineering and Planning firms. ESRI, the makers of geographic information software, recently purchased Procedural, the makers of CityEngine – a software for making 3D city models. While the companies involved in video gaming and building real cities are becoming harder to differentiate, urban hackers are also blurring the lines between video games and real life.

Read the rest at The Urban Times.

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