Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Steam Groups on Google Maps


The Steam Community Map Browser is a pretty visualisation of a large network of Steam Community members. The Steam computer game distribution platform allows players to create and join groups which the map has accessed through the Steam Web API.

The circles on the map represent Steam groups and are clustered close together if they share a large number of the same players. The map tiles were created using the Gephi interactive visualisation platform.

Some of the larger and more interesting groups on the map include map markers which when clicked on reveals information about the group in the map sidebar, including a link to their Steam Community page.

3 comments:

Rev. Brian O'keefe said...

I stumbled across your blog from some custom google maps searches... wondering if you've ever seen someone create a custom map for a fictional city? I want to do R'Lyeh from the Cthulhu mythos... wondering at the Aerial imagery settings I would need to do for this? Would it be easier to set up my aerials in ESRI first and then export them?

Keir Clarke said...

There are lots of fictional maps. Admittedly a lot are for computer game worlds. Check out the 'games' tag - http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/games - there are links to a few of them there, including Westeros from Game of Thrones.

Probably the best way to go about it is to use a tile cutter tool. There are links to two tile cutter tools in this post - http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/casas-image-cutter-tool-round-up.html

Anonymous said...

I wish these could be split into Windows SOurce games and Mac ones, oh yea, they haven't gotten round to releasing an OS X version of Source yet!