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Google Earth Artillery

Fun with artillery - but with real maps!
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Artillery was one of the oldest computer games. One would calculate the trajectory of a projectile, then lob a low res blob up and over, hopefully onto your opponent. Simple and fun! A google shows lots of places where this can be downloaded, incuding multiplayer online artillery.

I propose that the game be done using Google Earth maps. Players would choose geographic coordinates to defend. They would, of course, use railguns to attack one another. Side view of appropriate scale could be overlaid to show the path of the projectile. The areas of the map hit would of course be replaced by a crater. The craters would simply be drawn on top of the Google Earth map by the game program. Varying levels of difficulty could be incorportated: altitude of target, wind speed, and rotation of the earth.

bungston, Feb 10 2006

The Olympic Games on Google Earth http://bbs.keyhole....Cat=0&Number=294887
Funny how they've shunned Curling off to the corner. [RayfordSteele, Feb 10 2006]

Something like this, I presume? http://www.scorched3d.co.uk/
[Cuit_au_Four, Feb 11 2006]

Invent a game using google http://www.google.com/apis/
That scorched 3d linked up there is a little more involved than what I was thinking of. I was thinking of Artillery circa 1979, maybe on a Commodore64 . [bungston, Feb 13 2006, last modified Feb 14 2006]

Stop zombies using Nukes http://www.hardcorepawn.com/zombie3/
This is a nice concept. It could be grafted on the Google Earth Artillery. [bungston, Jan 26 2009]

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       Interestingly enough, there are no people on google earth.
sophocles, Feb 10 2006
  

       Sure there are. They are just little. You can see people playing softball in central park.
bungston, Feb 10 2006
  

       I could see this as a new Civ 3 upgrade.
RayfordSteele, Feb 10 2006
  

       Incoming bun! <cue lame digital whistling sound>
Shz, Feb 11 2006
  

       Google Risk.
neilp, Feb 12 2006
  

       There really needs to be an entire category for Google * ideas. Somewhere.
Ian Tindale, Feb 12 2006
  

       I'd love to give you a bun, but unfortunately [Shz] just hit my bakery.
wagster, Feb 12 2006
  

       shz, sp: cue
po, Feb 12 2006
  

       Why thank you, me lady.
Shz, Feb 13 2006
  

       Umm, you don't think this might assist terrorists in plotting their nefarious deeds more easily?
ye_river_xiv, Dec 17 2006
  

       I'm sure they haven't thought of that already.
Custardguts, Dec 17 2006
  

       /this might assist terrorists /   

       [ye], thank you for pointing this out. In this simulation, gravity will be secretly set to 9.7 m/s2. If the terrorists try to launch missiles using data garnered from playing this game, the joke will be on them!
bungston, Dec 18 2006
  

       One could adapt this idea to fight zombies. Consider the linked game in which one tries to stop zombies by strategic nuke placement. One could use a google map of any given size - from city to country. Zombies and citizens could be placed randomly on the map or one could play premade scenarios (eg: zombie outbreak in NYC). One could interpret various map colors as barriers. Use artillery to cordon off zombies and prevent them from reaching population centers. I think one could have a helicopter gunship option for picking off zombies 1 by 1 for purposes of cleanup.
bungston, Jan 26 2009
  

       //gravity will be secretly set to 9.7 m/s2//
sp. "s^2".
Bloody genius!
coprocephalous, Jan 26 2009
  
      
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