A Cost-effective Workflow for Depicting Landscapes in Immersive Virtual Environments

Part of the Advances in Geographic Information Science book series (AGIS)


Geogames draw inspiration from two technologies: geographic information science (GIS) and video games. These technologies share a common history that stretches back to the invention of ancient “map games” such as chess and Go. Both fields have advanced rapidly in the past two decades, spurred by the rapid expansion of computer graphical and processing capabilities (Ahlqvist 2011). GIS analysts and video game designers might be surprised by the similarity of their data management techniques: both rely on hierarchical data management structures, employ techniques for minimizing processor loads when representing complex scenes, and use layers to organize their data sources (Shepherd and Bleasdale-Shepherd 2009). Overlapping engagements with simulation, multi-party collaboration, and the web indicate that GIS and video game technologies may be headed down converging paths (Ahlqvist 2011).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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