People deal with tragedy in different ways, using the tools they have at their disposal. Painters paint, writers write, and gamers mod.
Lately, I’ve been interested in seeing how game modders and mappers have recreated the World Trade Center, the events of September 11, and the WTC Memorial in various game engines. Some of these are profane and offensive, quite likely made by teens that have no first-hand memory of the disaster, but most are intended as tributes. Here’s the best of what I was able to find.
Grand Theft Auto IV
By far, the most impressive recreation of the World Trade Center is the ongoing WTC IV project. It adds accurate, photorealistic versions of the World Trade Center subway station and buildings to GTA’s Liberty City — including the plaza, tower lobbies, and car park, with elevators to the rooftop and Windows on the World restaurant. Download the mod, and keep up with ongoing updates, at the project homepage.
Watch the video above at 3:33 (it is very pedestrian).