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Google Shriek View: Class 3 Outbreak

The tabloid papers would offer far more interesting headlines.

I have a lot of respect for those who see a new piece of tech, or a new online tool, and their instinctive response is: I wonder how that can be a game. That’s very much the approach taken to Google Maps by Australian indie team Binary Space. 2010’s Class 3 Outbreak will take place within the top-down view of Google’s mapping technology, where a zombie attack is taking place. A squad of humans as they try to stay alive in the real-world streets for as long as possible. It’s a splendid idea, no matter how omnipresent zombies may be at the moment. Take a look at the video below.

There’s also a simulator working on a similar idea on the game’s own site, but I cannot get it to do anything under Firefox nor IE. If anyone can fathom how to get it working, let us know below.

The potential for games using tech like Google Maps seems extraordinary – once it’s a faster, neater piece of kit, and the internets run fast enough to use it smoothly, imagine the real-world backdrops that could be used with games overlaid. In the meantime, this seems a splendid first generation idea.

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