Posts Tagged ‘los angeles’

Libraries Help Create Video Game Geography

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Just for fun – I stumbled on a blog post from a TV Station in California that discusses how the developers for the new L.A. Noire video game made extensive use of libraries and archives to recreate Los Angeles of 1947. They used property, city planning, and USGS maps to recreate the street grid and landscape and aerial and street-level photos to faithfully replicate everything from specific buildings to street lights and garbage cans. They also dove into newspaper archives and Raymond Chandler’s works and personal papers for dialogue and story lines. It’s a good thing that we keep libraries and archives around to organize and collect all this stuff…

How Archivists Helped Video Game Designers Recreate the City’s Dark Side for ‘L.A. Noire’

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out this trailer.

Copyright RockStar Games 2011

Hypercities – Hypermedia Berlin

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Last week, I met Prof John Maciuika , a Baruch CUNY professor who is one of the Academic Directors of the Hypercities project. Created by the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities, this site is essentially like a geographic content management system for cities. Built on the Google Map interface, users can explore city streets and features for a variety of time periods. Historical maps have been scanned in, and current features from Google can be layered on top. For each historical period, you can see photos, video, commentary, and Google KML files for several landmarks – buildings, parks, and districts.

If you register with the site, you can create your own account where you can upload your own content. For profs who want to use this as part of their teaching, you can grant access to portions of your account to groups (a class for instance), where they will be able to view and interact with your content. For example, students may need to explore various architectural projects by visiting them on the map, and then they could upload their assignments (and even photos of their own) to the map where the rest of the group can see them.

Hypermedia Berlin Screen ShotCurrently, Berlin is the featured city and the one that has the most complete content. There is some content for Los Angeles, and there are plans to add New York, Chicago, Paris, and Beijing. Check it out at It’s still a work in progress, so some of the features may not be active yet.

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