Tuesday, May 27, 2008

3D Cars Bring Life to Streets of SimNYC

The 2D cars on the sim streets are being replaced with 3d cars. I've been collecting 3d cars for the past couple of years from various 3d websites such as the 3D Mesh Research Database. Here's a recent example the 3D transition:
Before 3D cars
I'm also working on 3D car props which can be placed on lots as static props.

These should roll out into the download section soon.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

New York in the Making: BAT's in Progress

Here's a sneak peak of some New York BAT's in the making.

The Citigroup Center in Manhattan. Some of you may remember I made announcement about my BATing the Citigroup Center last spring. Work stopped for a while but I have resumed work on it now. I have finished the main section of the building and am moving on to nitelighting.

Sony Tower located a couple of blocks from the Citigroup Center in real life.

This BAT is nearer completion than the Citigroup Center, all that is left to do is tweak the night lighting and render it.

Be on the look out for these in the downloads section sometime this summer.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Google Earth New York Update

Work on my other project Google Earth New York has slowed down in recent months but it hasn't stopped. There's still a way to go but it will be interesting to see which one (if any) I finish first. Here's a look at the latest developments of the project.

19 Rector Street in the Financial District

Battery Park City progress

The Triborough Bridge

Newly constructed Seven World Trade Center

520 Madison Avenue in Midtown

More next time.

NYCJ Frequently Asked Questions

Can I download your city/region?

Unfortunately it can‘t be downloaded for technical and logistical reasons. It would be a nightmare to download my region for a number of reasons:

1. There are supporting files, BAT, mods, textures and other creations made by other users that would have to be downloaded from various websites. These supporting files are called dependencies and if a dependency is missing when the game is running a large brown box will appear.

2. There are currently hundreds of these supporting files. It would be hard to compile a list of all the supporting files that I’ve collected throughout the years as some websites I’ve downloaded the file have be taken down or the file is no longer available for download.

3. These supporting files are located in my plugins folder which is currently over 1GB in size. The region is also a large file size and downloading a file that is 2GB would be difficult for most.

As much as I would like to put my region up for download it would be more efficient to make your own New York region. You can download creations I have made for the game and a very accurate map of the New York region in the download section. Here’s how to install regions in SC4. Maybe you can make a better recreation.

Where can I get those buildings?

You can get all the buildings I made in the downloads section.

Where did you get those cars?

Most of the cars in the screenshots are 3ds max renders which have been photoshopped into the screenshots to add more realism than the original automata provides. I’m trying to figure a way to mod these 3d models into the game as automata. In the meantime, I will make them available as static props that can be placed on lots.

Where can I get those subway trains?

Those are also photoshopped models of subway cars. I’ll make them available as props in the future.

What program did you use to create this?

I used SimCity 4. You can buy it through Amazon or at your local game retailer.

Can you make _____ building?

I normally don’t take requests and I’m very busy at the moment. Although, my 3d skills are available for clients J

I’m traveling to New York and found your site helpful about “lesser known” attraction. Do you plan on making it more practical for tourists?

Yes, in the future I plan on making reviews of restaurants, neighborhood profiles and other guides that can assist individuals looking for practical information about New York.

Are you recreating any other cities?

Yes, I’m currently making Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., and San Francisco.

Are you planning on doing any international cities in the future?

Maybe; if I have time.

Can you make my house?
... No.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Around Town

After a bit of a break I'm back. Today we'll take a look at some sights around town. First stop Washington Square Park.

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Next up the Guggenheim Museum.

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Finally, we take a trip to see a taping at the Late Show with David Letterman.

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More next time.