Remembering 7th Street: The Virtual Oakland Blues & Jazz game was developed by UC Berkeley journalism professor Paul Grabowicz and architecture professor Yehuda Kalay. Grabowicz, who had been a reporter for the Oakland Tribune, was interested in finding a new way to tell the story of the Oakland jazz scene, which flourished after World War II but was forced into decline only two decades later. In the Fall of 2006 and Spring of 2007, the architecture and journalism departments formed project groups to recreate Oakland, CA not only as a 3D model, but as a game.
You play as a musician looking to make it big in Oakland. The game, built using Torque, recreates the block of 7th Street using models created by the architecture students in 3D Studio Max. The neighborhood is populated with non-player characters who tell bits of the history of the area and send the player on basic quests. The game's script was written by the journalism students and arranged in the familiar fashion of a branching dialogue tree. After talking to "the right people" and buying a special guitar, the player is ready to break onto the scene.