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Real-world versus in-game

 

One design feature that makes my video game maps unique is that they are often based on a real-world location and made to scale.  Using both satellite photos and on-site photos I can re-create almost anything using Google SketchUp and in-game tools.

The following showcases images comparing reality to virtual reality.


Fan Feast – Based on a real shopping center in Austin Texas:

 


 

 


Alamo Drafthouse – Based on a real movie theater in Austin, TX:

Alamo_01-1

Alamo_01-2

 


 

Alamo_02-1

Alamo_02-2

 


 

Seaholm Power Plant – Based on a steam driven power plant built in the 1950's in Austin, TX.

Seaholm-02-1

Seaholm-02-2

 


 

Seaholm-03-1

Seaholm-03-2

 


 

Seaholm-04-1

Seaholm-04-2


 

 

Seaholm_01-1

Seaholm_01-2


 

Zion – Based on Zion's National Park in Utah

Google Earth:

Zion-1

In-game height-map:

Zion-2

 


Zion_02-1

Zion_02-2