For many years, I've had a dream of recreating the area where I grew up in 3D, just as it looked back then, presented with as realistic as possible graphics.
I've installed (and then uninstalled) Blender, Unity and whatnot countless times. I just can't seem to wrap my head around them. I understand all the concepts of 3D graphics, but working with it seems to be impossible in practice.
Is there some software, even payware, that would let me realistically accomplish this by essentially letting me "be God" and place out trees and rocks and houses and objects, and have it look realistic?
The neighbourhood has changed a lot since, so I cannot use "street views", plus many of the paths and whatnot have not been recorded by those services. Also, they don't allow you to really walk around in a 3D world.
I actually have a satellite photo of how it looked back in the day (was hard and expensive to come by), so maybe (not likely) there is some sort of software that could take that hi-res image and figure out everything, or at least the "rough models" which I can later "tune up"?
Again, I would be willing to pay a pretty high price for such a software, but I have my strong doubts that this exists.
I would so love walking around in first-person in those old neighbourhoods. With weather effects and day/night cycles and a realistic star sky and smoke from the chimneys and birds and wind and other authentic background noises, I could spend endless hours in that world. It may sound sad, but I no longer find any joy in visiting the actual place as they have ruined it.