Timeframe: 2009 - 2011
This was just a fun project I did along side playing SimCity 4: Rush Hour. Using the SimCity Terrain Generator, which in turn uses data collected from the U.S. Geological Survey, I started a new game using a region based on the Chicagoland area. Many of the "cites" in that region based on actual locations and street locations in the city of Chicago. One of the challenges of this project was modeling the street layout within SimCity 4 while creating a functional city in the game. Portions of the Chicago 'L' is also present in the city.
This work has been used in:
Media Futures (2014-15) - Yuan Zheng, Film Video and New Media, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
While some Chicago landmarks like the Adler Planetarium and the John Hancock Center are included in SimCity 4, the remainder are user created content, much of which was downloaded from http://www.simtropolis.com/.
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