• Register
  • TOS
  • Privacy
  • @NeoGAF
  • Like

Jme
Member
(03-20-2011, 10:59 PM)
Jme's Avatar
So apparently, the Chinese search giant Baidu has managed to recreate some of China's largest cities in stunning pixel art, as part of it's map tool.

I'll show you how to get there for yourself first of all:

Point your browser to:
http://map.baidu.com

On the right hand side-bar you will see this at the top:
[IMG]http://i51.************/2u9pe7o.png[/IMG]

Translated it says "Hot Cities" as the heading, followed by the links for:
Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Chengdu

Click on any of those cities. Once on the map, you will have some view options in the upper right hand corner. I have highlighted the one you'll want (2nd from left)
[IMG]http://i52.************/1oaioh.jpg[/IMG]

And you can now scroll around a pixelated version of the city. Zoom also works. The level of detail is mind blowing. Here are some shots that I'll share.

Construction:
[IMG]http://i56.************/efs3dy.png[/IMG]

Shanghai zoomed out (and showing pixel-city limits on the right:
[IMG]http://i52.************/vd1geb.png[/IMG]

Have fun!
Shao Kahn Brewing a Stew
lapdance transform pants
(03-20-2011, 11:00 PM)
Shao Kahn Brewing a Stew's Avatar
OH MY GOD! *drools*
WedgeX
Livin' Like A King
(03-20-2011, 11:01 PM)
WedgeX's Avatar
I guess that solves the problem of taking and using pictures that include people.

Unless...pixel people!
Celsior
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:01 PM)
Celsior's Avatar
Looks like Sim City, cool but pretty pointless.
sn00zer
(03-20-2011, 11:01 PM)
sn00zer's Avatar
holy shit
The Technomancer
card-carrying scientician
(03-20-2011, 11:02 PM)
The Technomancer's Avatar
....holy crap. Thats....insane.
mj1108
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:03 PM)
Goddamn. That's...impressive.
vehn
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:03 PM)
vehn's Avatar
Can't get it to work on iPad!
K701
Banned
(03-20-2011, 11:03 PM)
K701's Avatar
...That's pretty fucking impressive.

Now someone compare it coordinate for coordinate with google maps/earth to see how accurate it is.
Korey
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:04 PM)
Korey's Avatar
How did they do that?
AndyD
aka andydumi
(03-20-2011, 11:05 PM)
AndyD's Avatar

Originally Posted by Celsior

Looks like Sim City, cool but pretty pointless.

If the buildings are accurately represented (color, size, signage) and fully 3D, then it can be very useful for a navigation type application. You could see on the screen what you should see outside your car but no need to take pictures google style.
Doc Evils
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:05 PM)
Doc Evils's Avatar
I wonder how many little underpaid kids they used.
bengraven
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:05 PM)
bengraven's Avatar
I want to play this game.
SUPREME1
Banned
(03-20-2011, 11:06 PM)
SUPREME1's Avatar
Wow, all that detail. It must've taken like a billion people working around the clock to get that done.
Why would you do that?
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:07 PM)
Why would you do that?'s Avatar
Wow. That's one of the greatest things ever.
Adamm
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:07 PM)
Adamm's Avatar
Thats amazing. I hope they do this for the whole world!
crazy monkey
holds a masters in liberal arts
(03-20-2011, 11:08 PM)
crazy monkey's Avatar
That is one of the most amazing thing on Internets.
Meus Renaissance
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:10 PM)
Meus Renaissance's Avatar

Originally Posted by ImperialConquest

Wow, all that detail. It must've taken like a billion people working around the clock to get that done.

Advance_Alarm
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:10 PM)
Advance_Alarm's Avatar

Originally Posted by handofg0d

So apparently


seriously what the fuck is up with this shit
SolKane
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:10 PM)
SolKane's Avatar
Google's got some competition!
El Sloth
watch me play my flute
(03-20-2011, 11:11 PM)
El Sloth's Avatar
That is really impressive. Now I'm in the mood for some Sim City.
Treefingers
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:11 PM)
Treefingers's Avatar
Holy fuck. :o

Incredible.
Al-ibn Kermit
Junior Member
(03-20-2011, 11:11 PM)
How do they do this and why did they do this?
Zombie James
(03-20-2011, 11:12 PM)
Zombie James's Avatar
It's like real-life SimCity.
Bufbaf
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:12 PM)
Bufbaf's Avatar
this is insane
El Sloth
watch me play my flute
(03-20-2011, 11:13 PM)
El Sloth's Avatar

Originally Posted by Al-ibn Kermit

why did they do this?

Because it's bad ass?
jts
...hate me...
(03-20-2011, 11:13 PM)
jts's Avatar
I, for one, welcome our new chinese overlords.
giga
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:13 PM)
giga's Avatar
Street view or bust.
TheKaeptain
Banned
(03-20-2011, 11:14 PM)
TheKaeptain's Avatar
Looks great. I'm down to play a game set there.
See You Next Wednesday
Banned
(03-20-2011, 11:14 PM)
See You Next Wednesday's Avatar
Google am doomed.
MarkMclovin
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:14 PM)
MarkMclovin's Avatar
This is what Sim City 5 needs to look like.
Max Armstrong
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:15 PM)
Max Armstrong's Avatar
Holy shit, that's very impressive.
Treefingers
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:15 PM)
Treefingers's Avatar


Derp
Mgoblue201
Won't stop picking the right nation
(03-20-2011, 11:15 PM)
Mgoblue201's Avatar
I found the Forbidden City and the Shanghai World Financial Center. Unfortunately, it's hard to navigate since it's all in Chinese.
Brinbe
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:15 PM)
Brinbe's Avatar
Fuck, that's awesome.
nemesun
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:16 PM)
nemesun's Avatar
Lets hope Insomniac decide to use baidu map instead of google map in Resistance 3.
Qwomo
Junior Member
(03-20-2011, 11:16 PM)
Qwomo's Avatar

Originally Posted by Advance_Alarm

seriously what the fuck is up with this shit

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/apparently
Hot Coldman
Sonic's brother and sister are NOT canon
(03-20-2011, 11:18 PM)
Hot Coldman's Avatar
Emphasis on art, clearly. o.O
Haly
One day I realized that sadness is just another word for not enough coffee.
(03-20-2011, 11:19 PM)
Haly's Avatar
Better than Google Maps.
Forkball
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:19 PM)
Forkball's Avatar
...

You win this time, China.
Rengoku
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:23 PM)
Rengoku's Avatar
Hmmm... its not working for me... tried on both chrome & firefox...
Escape Goat
(03-20-2011, 11:24 PM)
Escape Goat's Avatar
Looks like SimCity.
Adamm
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:24 PM)
Adamm's Avatar



China wins!
Chuck (Old)
Banned
(03-20-2011, 11:26 PM)
Chuck (Old)'s Avatar
That's mighty impressive.
Nemo
Will Eat Your Children
(03-20-2011, 11:30 PM)
Nemo's Avatar
Goddamn

China ahead of the pack again
Souldriver
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:33 PM)
Souldriver's Avatar
Looking sweeet.



Time to start up Sim City.
SouthernDragon
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:35 PM)
SouthernDragon's Avatar
Let's see them pixelate the Earth! Ha!

In all seriousness, this is pretty awesome. Can't wait to swoop around Beijing!
blame space
King of Members with nice chair, nice beard, nice wall hooks, broken TV, clean phone, and a red username.
(03-20-2011, 11:36 PM)
blame space's Avatar
china is turning the world into a video game
hateradio
The Most Dangerous Yes Man
(03-20-2011, 11:36 PM)
hateradio's Avatar
That does look really awesome. I don't know why Google didn't think of it before, although they do have the 3D modeling thing.
edgefusion
Member
(03-20-2011, 11:38 PM)
edgefusion's Avatar
That's rad. What happened to the NeoGAF pixel city?

Thread Tools