Who would have believed Google’s geographic Web services could actually get your adrenaline going?
Granted, these aren’t real video games, but two Web sites are pushing what can be done with interactive interfaces to Google Maps and Google Earth.
Another novelty is a flight simulator for the browser plug-in version of Google Earth announced at Google I/O a week and a half ago. (This is different from the flight sim that works with the Google Earth standalone software.) It works with recent versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Flock, but on Windows only.
Again, the software is crude by gaming standards, but it does illustrate what can be done these days inside a browser. I’m among those who’s interested to watch Google Earth abilities gradually pop up in Google Maps and in the browser, and it’s easily conceivable to me that we’ll soon be seeing all manner of games that run on the 3D models of the real world that Google and Microsoft are building. Lower network latencies, faster server responses, and higher network data capacity all point in that direction.