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21 January 2013

New British Library Off the Map game competition with GameCity

On Friday, Eidos lifetime president Ian Livingstone launched a new competition at the British Library, in partnership with GameCity and software company Crytek.

We’ve set games students the challenge of create games based on historic maps from our British Library collection. Two of the maps they can choose from include a proposed plan to rebuild Stonehenge and an important engraving of London made months after the Great Fire of 1666. The students have been granted complete creative freedom to adapt the maps, using CryENGINE 3D technology to stretch, build or totally re-design the materials as they wish.

Stonehenge location
Image: Stonehenge location

This is part of a range of creative projects we’ve set for designers and makers based on our collections. Before Christmas we ran a competition for short filmmakers and animators inspired by our wildlife sounds, and Central Saint Martins students are curating our fashion LATE event in Spring Festival.

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