Google earth (and maps on the desktop) contains a lot of 3D landscape and building data. While not exactly looking like professionally sculpted recreations of the cities, using the desktop client of google earth to take a stroll through the streets of Valetta was a nice experience.

Looks nice enough if you don't look closely.

This got me thinking: Are there any games already utilizing this data? I was thinking along the lines of jump&runs and flight simulators.

I could find several games making use of Google Maps satellite images or Streetview data, but I couldn't find anything making use of the 3D features.

A related stackoverflow thread mentioned it wasn't supported by the JavaScript API about 2 years ago, but I failed to clarify if this is still true and whether the data is available through other endpoints.


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