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Check out this brilliant virtual version of 17th Century London

Makes us want a video game set there.

University students have created an impressive 3D representation of 17th Century London set before The Great Fire in 1666.

The video, below, is the work of De Montfort University's Pudding Lane Productions and the winning entry in Crysis maker Crytek's Off the Map project.

Pudding Lane is second-year students Joe Dempsey, Dominic Bell, Luc Fontenoy, Daniel Hargreaves, Daniel Peacock and Chelsea Lindsey, who used Crytek's CryEngine and historic maps and engravings from the British Library to recreate 17th Century London in stunning virtual detail.

Tom Harper, panel judge and curator of cartographic materials at the British Library, said: "Some of these vistas would not look at all out of place as special effects in a Hollywood studio production.

"The haze effect lying over the city is brilliant, and great attention has been given to key features of London Bridge, the wooden structure of Queenshithe on the river, even the glittering window casements.

"I'm really pleased that the Pudding Lane team was able to repurpose some of the maps from the British Library's amazing map collection - a storehouse of virtual worlds - in such a considered way."

Speaking at the GameCity festival, team member Chelsea Lindsey said: "It's great that our hard work has paid off and we were successful in getting our concepts across."

Now virtual 17th Century London has been built, all we need is someone to create a video game set there. Go on, someone. The hard work's been done for you.

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