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Thursday, March 11, 2010

8-Bit Cities

Since I'm a fan of cities, and a fan of old-school video games, I was naturally drawn to M.I.T.-alum Brett Camper's new project. His vision is to make real-world maps of major metropolises that look like video games from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), that is, to make them essentially 8-Bit.

In order to accomplish that goal, Camper put his idea up on KickStarter, a website where projects are funded by everyday people in exchange for trinkets and portions of the completed package. In a mere 2 days, Camper not only reached his goal of $3000 to buy server costs, but exceeded it by several hundred dollars.

He has already done a fully draggable, zoomable, and explorable map of NYC, but is planning to do maps of
  • San Fransisco
  • Boston
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Washington D.C.
  • Seattle
  • London
  • Paris
  • An additional 7 cities selected by voters
Camper uses the program OpenStreetMap for his project. The site is a wiki-like map of the world. He plans on doing a total of 15 pixelated maps, so contribute to your city, and vote for it to be transformed into 8-Bit.


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