Now that my ESRI presentation is over, and the demo went really well, with lots of great feedback, my next job is to work on bumping up the design quality. While looking at a few game trailers for inspiration, I ran across this video of a game from Sony called The Last Guy. It’s basically a 2D shooter as far as gameplay, but the cool thing is that it uses aerial imagery as the game screens, so you are moving through city streets just like you are panning views in Google Maps, all the while killing monsters and saving the world. There are a bunch of mashup-type games out there that use web mapping platforms, but this is the first one I’ve seen from one of the mainstream game industry players.
If you are outside of the US, try the YouTube version