A new gaming platform for Google Earth

We’ve covered quite a few different games for Google Earth before, but we’re always on the lookout for more. A new project by Dustin at AlterEarth.net has a lot of potential, and we thought we’d share it with you.
Here’s what Dustin has to say about the site:

The concept is this: a free gaming site using Google Earth as the platform where users can play games, create and submit their own games, and edit current games to improve their functionality / features. I’ve created only a couple games for the site thus far, but over time that number will grow as users begin to submit their own games and I can focus more on the site development side of things. One of the games I’ve created is a grand theft auto style game, which I chose because I think it would get people interested and excited about the concept.

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The games still seem to be quite buggy, but the idea of building a platform like this is a great idea. It seems to use a lot of the code from Monster Milktruck, which is probably a good place to start.
Here’s a video that shows off what their “Grand Theft Auto” game looks like:

You can try the GTA game here, or try “Ski Earth” here. He also appears to have a “Zombie Earth” and a “Godzilla” game in progress, but there aren’t any details on those yet.
If you try any of them for yourself, leave a comment below and let us know what you think. Also, if you find (or create) and other Google Earth based games, please contact us and we’ll check them out!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. Do you know of any tutorials realted to animate models in GE?

  2. Frank Steidl says:

    Hi,
    I am GEB reader for several years now, a little bit “disappointed” that Frank does other things at the moment, but watching his Tahina Blog to be up to date.
    Formerly this blog was a blog about Google Earth, the software called Google Earth, which can be navigated with SpaceNavigator, where several layers can be activated, the “full” Google Earth, if you want.
    Unfortunately the phrase “Google Earth” is more and more used for the Google Earth browser plugin. There’s nothing wrong with this plugin, it allows people to view the 3D earth within their browsers, without any need to install and “learn” another new software but only a plugin, but the browser plugin is far not the same as the “full” Google Earth client. Lacking most of the layers, the possibility of a smooth navigation like SpaceNavigator and so on.
    So my request to you: Could you use this little icon (http://www.gearthblog.com/images/gelogoicon.gif) only for marking links to KML/KMZ files, as Frank did all the time? I am not interested in links navigating me to a GE browser plugin (perhaps you could create another icon?), but I am very interested in the KML things people have to offer for the “full” client. I don’t like to see this blog degrading into a “Google Earth Browser Plugin Blog”…
    Thanks in advance and keep on collecting those interesting stuff.
    Frank.

  3. Wow?! Google Earth gaming? I had no idea such a thing even existed. Wow a extremely neat concept. Imagine exploring the world as an avatar – in a computer generated version of the real word! Running down streets that I ran down as a kid! Neat!

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