Google Maps meets 'Grand Theft Auto'
New horizons in interactive use of Google geographic tools: Drive a little car around Google Maps, or fly an airplane with the Google Earth browser plug-in.
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.
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 are interested to watch Google Earth abilities gradually pop up in Google Maps and in the browser. 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.