Places that look like levels from first-person shooters:
Newtown Creek waste treatment facility in NYC: http://gothamist.com/2009/10/11/ohny_spotlight_newtown_creek_water.php
While not an first-person shooter, the Giant’s Causeway could host a mean round of Qbert.
How about this photo I took of the Eiffel Tower? http://www.flickr.com/photos/chinasaur/4131361100/
@David: also Fingal’s Cave 🙂
Oh, actually Patty took that one :).
Yeah! I’ve been to Staffa. One of the coolest/weirdest places I’ve ever set foot.
That shot is wonderful. I love strange corners of familiar landmarks.
Actually, David, that Causeway looks exactly like an actual FPS level:
Here’s a good one that just happened through my RSS today: The deserted “Zenith” Business Center in Russia
So there’s maybe five guys standing in a group down in the lobby underneath that pyramid, you gotta run out on those boards and lob a grenade through a broken pane and jump back before the boards sink into the toxic waste…
This effect is so striking when you find it!
A bunch of things jumped to mind, though they’re all a bit old:
A lot of military/industrial installations seem to fit the bill: low on detail, big on effects of space & scale, with features that evoke the uncanny.
Also, Fallingwater as a Half-Life 2 map.
I can’t believe this Prague metro photo is real:
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