The Berlin interactive 8-Bit City Map

City maps in the style of 1980s video games. The 8-Bit Cities project, which started with 8-Bit NYC, is an attempt to make the city feel foreign yet familiar, smashing together two culturally common models of space.

The lo-fi overhead world maps of 1980s role-playing and adventure games, and the geographically accurate data that drives today’s web maps and GPS navigation.

This web map was created using a custom rendering engine, with help from several excellent open source software and data packages. The underlying geometry for map features such as roads & parks comes from OpenStreetMap, © by contributors, CC-BY-SA.

The snazzy pixel fonts are by the artist Miffies (some have been modified). The map graphics are assembled in Python: for each 16×16 pixel tile, a series of spatial tests are performed via SQL/PostGIS.
Based on the results (what’s here: a road, a park, a lake?), the appropriate bitmap tile is selected. The bitmaps are then tesselated into larger 256×256 pixel tiles, and served to your browser.

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