Google in an attemp to end "Google Shoot View," a controversial shoot 'em up game has now blocked the access to its Google Street View API.
"Developed by a Dutch marketing agency, Pool Worldwide, Google Shoot View is a online computer game, which is a combination of first-person shooter and Google Street View, raised a storm of controversy over the last few days. People felt - quite literally - under attack."
The game is pretty simple; the player is dropped into a random Google Street View location and given a M4A1 assault rifle to shoot people with. The player explores the location from behind the gunsight. In contrast to many other first-person shooters (FPS), this game doesn't feature any blood, guts and gore. The player can't move and can only aim and fire.
However, other online violent video games using Google Maps API are live for years including: the fictional Liberty City of "Grand Theft Auto 4", for example, while a Street View of Liberty City was fully implemented this summer.
Pool Worldwide, the Dutch agency behind Google Shoot View, doesn't mind. As they told Radio Netherlands Worldwide, "We're always making things for ourselves and for our clients. They vary widely; we can go from controversial to extremely cute and back again. Internet is multi-faceted. And Shoot View has added to the debate."
Pool Worldwide can't do anything about Google's decision to block access to Street View and has no intention of challenging the move, said the company.
"It's their platform and I believe they can do exactly what they want with it," says Kleinjan. There won't be a follow-up: "We've gotten everything out of Street View that we can."