Sunday, September 02, 2007

Tiberium Earth

I stumbled on this neat project a couple of days ago, which I thought I should share. EA has made models available in google's 3dwarehouse of Command & Conquer 3(c&c3), a rts game set 40 years in the future. What they ask of the fans now is to populate a new layer over Google Earth with your vision of what the C&C3 world will look like. You can use their models with is simplest, but you can also add your own.

In the year 2047, Tiberium-a self-replicating alien substance-has invested the planet, which is now divided into zones based on the level of Tiberium infestation...

How do you envision a Tiberium-infested world of 2047? How have popular world-wide landmarks changed? Showcase your talents and imagination by creating your own 3D models using Google SketchUpTM and then upload them for inclusion in the official Tiberium Earth project.
Tiberium earth

You can see this as a community mod project, but it has some interesting side effects. By doing it over google earth they are basically creating their own virtual place based on their story and world but with minimum investment. In the same time engaging and empowering their fans to contribute to the world. very web 2.0 ;)

What makes it even more interesting if you add other addons to google earth at the same time. Recently Unype was released which makes google earth a multi-user experience. Combined with Tiberium Earth you suddenly have a new virtual world, based on a post Apocalypse story, where you can meet and socialize with your friends.

It is all still very basic, but it shows that Google Earth is slowly moving in the space as a platform for virtual worlds. As long as google keeps it open, all they have to do is keep moving the software forward and focusing on delivering the meatspace, others will just build on top of it and create the fantastic.
It might be one of the most accessible platforms, what is more accessible then the earth it self?

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