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IT'S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS.
March 8, 2010 10:47 AM   Subscribe

IT'S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS. An interactive map of NYC made to look like an 8 bit Nintendo game.
posted by shmegegge (39 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is making my day.
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 10:48 AM on March 8, 2010


Shoulda upgraded to a 16 bit webserver.
posted by DU at 10:55 AM on March 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


yeah, I'm hoping it holds out. it was too good not to post, though.
posted by shmegegge at 10:56 AM on March 8, 2010


It's a secret to everyone (because it's down).
posted by Mikey-San at 10:58 AM on March 8, 2010 [7 favorites]


Maybe unlike Google Maps, this one will actually have my block on it.
posted by griphus at 11:02 AM on March 8, 2010


Reminds me of the original SimCity when you had to clear all the brush away before you could build.
posted by amethysts at 11:08 AM on March 8, 2010


It's not a map of New York City if it doesn't include even part of the Bronx or Staten Island. I guess the arcade version would have had all 5 boroughs.
posted by deadmessenger at 11:22 AM on March 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Didn't load for me either, so here's the Gothamist's story on it.
posted by jabberjaw at 11:23 AM on March 8, 2010


Didn't load for me either, so here's the Gothamist's story on it.

Wow, that kind of resembles Dwarf Fortress. And much like Dwarf Fortress, living here is something most people would rather read about than experience.

...and Staten Island doesn't even want to be on the map.
posted by griphus at 11:29 AM on March 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well, since that server imploded I recommend Isometric Shanghai. Not sure whether it's been FPPd or not.
posted by crapmatic at 11:39 AM on March 8, 2010


This morning, I walked from 79th street down to 14th street down the riverside walkway and second avenue. It was more like Earthbound than Legend of Zelda.

The leveling system is completely broken though, when is Bloomberg going to patch that I wonder?
posted by fuq at 11:40 AM on March 8, 2010 [6 favorites]


Maybe unlike Google Maps, this one will actually have my block on it.

It's 8-bit. You can count on there being several blocks.
posted by emelenjr at 11:43 AM on March 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


Do you think one day there will be a vintage map created out of the old school Wii aesthetic?

Seems doubtful, because Wii maps don't have an identifiable "aesthetic" that I've seen. Miis OTOH, definitely do. I fully expect to see the "old school Mii" look come back in 10-20 years.
posted by DU at 11:44 AM on March 8, 2010


Server still down nearly an hour later.
posted by hippybear at 11:47 AM on March 8, 2010


In the meantime, the author is trying to raise $3000 on KickStarter. So go help him out, or at least follow the link to see some video of what the map looks like.
posted by Nelson at 11:58 AM on March 8, 2010


Where's Lord British?
posted by cazoo at 11:59 AM on March 8, 2010


I got in to three random battles on my walk to work this morning.
posted by yeti at 12:00 PM on March 8, 2010 [4 favorites]


It's not a map of New York City if it doesn't include even part of the Bronx or Staten Island. I guess the arcade version would have had all 5 boroughs.

Just wait for the DLC.
posted by Spatch at 12:01 PM on March 8, 2010


Coral cache kind of works!
posted by lumensimus at 12:02 PM on March 8, 2010


The coral cache works, its just very slow. It looks like it integrates with google maps. You can drag across the screen, etc.

I took a screenshot here for the impatient.
posted by damn dirty ape at 12:02 PM on March 8, 2010


I like maps. I like Nintendo. I like New York. I'm pretty indifferent to this, sorry.
posted by Mister_A at 12:12 PM on March 8, 2010


The site is down -- kinda reminds me of NYC traffic...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 12:48 PM on March 8, 2010


this is the mashup that i have been waiting for all of my life.
posted by the aloha at 12:50 PM on March 8, 2010


This is a save point until the server comes back online.


SAVE AND QUIT?


YES.
posted by The Whelk at 12:50 PM on March 8, 2010


Huh, so there really is a troll in the Bronx who'll give you money if you knock down his door. I always thought that was an urban legend.
posted by albrecht at 1:13 PM on March 8, 2010


Beresford but no San Remo? Pshaw. (but this is good)
posted by exlotuseater at 1:18 PM on March 8, 2010


Staten Island's there. Just scroll to the bottom and to the left.

Scroll south-west to all you "map-readers".
posted by I-baLL at 1:22 PM on March 8, 2010


It's pretty good but could have been so much better.
posted by iconomy at 1:22 PM on March 8, 2010


The Adventures of Lolo! I remember those games!

*twitches involuntarily*
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:29 PM on March 8, 2010


site's back up, btw.
posted by shmegegge at 1:39 PM on March 8, 2010


Staten Island's there. Just scroll to the bottom and to the left.

I think you have to go up, left, down, left to get to Staten Island
posted by ekroh at 2:02 PM on March 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


I was wrong in my earlier assessment. I wasn't able to scroll north past Central Park and assumed that the Bronx was ignored, but now that the server is slightly less crappy, I'm able to see that it is, in fact there.
posted by deadmessenger at 3:03 PM on March 8, 2010


I think you have to go up, left, down, left to get to Staten Island

You have to do far worse than that to get to Staten Island.
posted by nevercalm at 3:24 PM on March 8, 2010


New York, just like I pixeled it

Well played, sir.
posted by shadow vector at 3:55 PM on March 8, 2010


nevercalm--

Yes. You have to go up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, take the B, take the A, take the B, take the A, to select Starten Island.
posted by effugas at 6:00 PM on March 8, 2010 [2 favorites]


It reached it's fundraising goal on Kickstarter in less than a day. I'm waiting to see how high the fundraising goes.
posted by mattdoucette at 12:50 PM on March 9, 2010


This is really cool. But it would also be (marginally) useful if you could create links to specific locations. I want that!
posted by grobstein at 2:12 PM on March 9, 2010


Finally got to check this out, have to say it's disappointing. Good idea but like someone said above, it could have been much better executed.
posted by jcruelty at 11:40 PM on March 12, 2010


It needs to be mashed up with a GPS system in my glasses go I can pretend I have an overworld map in the upper right corner.
posted by The Whelk at 3:41 AM on March 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


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