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article imageGoogle pulls the plug on Street View-based shooter

By Abigail Prendergast     Dec 13, 2011 in Technology
For a short time, Google's Street View technology was overhauled into a first person shooter called Google Shoot View. Despite its lack of blood, gore and property damage, Google decided to put an end to the game.
Google Street View - a street level take on Google Maps - temporaily got a first person shooter makeover thanks to the Dutch company, Pool Worldwide.
According to Venture Beat, "Google Shoot View," as the game was entitled, allowed users to take up arms with an M4A1 assault rifle and shoot up several existing cities. Pool Worldwide made this happen by implimenting the rifle and appropriate sound effects into Google Maps API. However, unlike big titles in that vein such as the Grand Theft Auto series, the scenery is in no way affected. There are no people dying and no damage done to buildings or other forms of property.
Even so, Google went ahead and killed the game along with supposedly taking down the link to their application programming interface (API), Sky News said, quoting Pool's website.
"Sorry for the inconvenience. We will be back!"
Despite Pool Worldwide's creation lasting merely from Friday night until Monday evening, there was a very heavy traffic flow to the game during its short lifespan.
"At peak moments there were like 3,000 visitors per minute." Pool's Creative Director, Erwin Kleinjan told Business Insider. "It also crashed our web server."
All that is currently left of the game's footage is a teaser video which is oddly enough posted on YouTube, which is owned by Google.
The page that use to feature the game now solely says the words "Ctrl + Alt + Delete" or Control, Alt, Delete: a manuever done on PCs to initialize a forceful quit.
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