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Google Maps Introduces 8-Bit Quest Maps

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the believe-it-or-not dept.

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AbsoluteXyro writes "Today users of Google Maps will notice a new mapping option — 'Quest' — alongside the usual 'Map' and 'Satellite' views. Quest view renders the planet in a retro 8-bit fantasy video game style, including renders of famous landmarks such as the White House and the Eiffel Tower. Even Pegman gets in on the game, now taking on the appearance of a sword wielding 8-bit adventurer, allowing you to witness Street View through 8-bit eyes. Basically, imagine a fully functioning Google Maps on an NES."

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Google Maps 8-Bit Version Promotional Video (4, Interesting)

Digital Mage (124845) | about 2 years ago | (#39540399)

This is quite funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rznYifPHxDg [youtube.com]

Re:Google Maps 8-Bit Version Promotional Video (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540473)

Hilarious! "Blow cartridge to fix bugs" :-)

So, what was the date again?

Re:Google Maps 8-Bit Version Promotional Video (3, Informative)

datavirtue (1104259) | about 2 years ago | (#39543121)

They used Dragon Warrior!! My favorite RPG of all time (well, besides WOW).

Re:Google Maps 8-Bit Version Promotional Video (1)

tibman (623933) | about 2 years ago | (#39544179)

Agreed! I was a big DW4 fan. I loved the moving cut-scene and sounds.

Cheat Sheet (3, Interesting)

Esteanil (710082) | about 2 years ago | (#39540585)

Looks like http://www.bengarvey.com/2012/03/31/list-of-interesting-places-in-8-bit-google-maps/has [bengarvey.com] a pretty good list of interesting places

Re:Cheat Sheet (1)

Ka D'Argo (857749) | about 2 years ago | (#39540623)

Link for the cheat sheet appears to 404. The video was great though, "Blow on cartridge to fix bugs" indeed.

Re:Cheat Sheet (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540705)

remove the /has at the end and it works fine. derp.

Re:Google Maps 8-Bit Version Promotional Video (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540905)

For those who aren't NES RPG fans, the game they took the graphics and music from is Dragon Warrior.

Re:Google Maps 8-Bit Version Promotional Video (4, Informative)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 2 years ago | (#39540961)

Dragon Quest [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Google Maps 8-Bit Version Promotional Video (3, Informative)

gangien (151940) | about 2 years ago | (#39542031)

not sure if you're trying to correct him or provide a link, but it was released as Dragon Warrior in the US.

Re:Google Maps 8-Bit Version Promotional Video (2)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 2 years ago | (#39543157)

It was originally released as Dragon Warrior in both the USA and Canada.

Re:Google Maps 8-Bit Version Promotional Video (3, Informative)

sirroc (1157745) | about 2 years ago | (#39542687)

Coincidentally, There is an icon of a slime at the location of the Square-Enix HQ in Tokyo.

really beautiful but (4, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 years ago | (#39540407)

I was hoping that Street View would be a top down RPG. Google knows where the signs are so you could walk up to signs and press a button to see them...

Re:really beautiful but (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541095)

Come on! They did a really god job on the colors in street view and all you can do is complain about what it doesn't have?

Re:really beautiful but (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541287)

They revoke your nerd card if you don't complain with every breath you take.

Nice (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 2 years ago | (#39540433)

Little on the sparse size, and street view looks more psychedelic then 8-bit, but how much time would you expect them to spend on a AF's joke.

Re:Nice (1)

fbjon (692006) | about 2 years ago | (#39541263)

The street view is actually using the CGA colour palette, rather than being NES-derived. Colours in PC games were pretty psychedelic in those days, though it was OK for the time.

Ah, Dragon Quest (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540439)

I loved that game. Brings back memories.

When I use these new Google services, will I be interrupted with a message reading, "A COOKIE DRAWS NEAR....."?

Interesting places to look at (4, Interesting)

pinkushun (1467193) | about 2 years ago | (#39540449)

- Area 51 has a cow being abducted
- Google Offices
- Pyramids and Spinx
- Desert and ice tiles
- Many more to discover...

Re:Interesting places to look at (4, Informative)

Tacvek (948259) | about 2 years ago | (#39540631)

So here is what I have found so far:

Space needle,
empire state building,
statue of liberty,
St Luis's Gateway Arch
The white House,
The Washington monument
MLK Jr monument.

The smithsonian has a Panda Icon.

All Google offices have 2 little people.
The Google headquarters has the Giant android statue, as well as the T-Rex skeleton.

UK:
Nelson's Monument
Tower Bridge
Tate Modern

Other:
The Louvre
Eiffel tower
Arc de Triomphe

Pyramids of Giza.
The sphynx.
Taj Mahal

Re:Interesting places to look at (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540829)

loch ness monster just north of loch ness, uk

Re:Interesting places to look at (1)

Marcika (1003625) | about 2 years ago | (#39540919)

If you zoom in, there's more monuments in London: Big Ben Clocktower, Buckingham Palace, and the One Canada Square tower in Canary Wharf...

Re:Interesting places to look at (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540943)

A few I found:

Ayers Rock (Australia)
Sidney Opera House (Sidney, Australia)
Cristo Redentor Statue (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
La Sagrada Familia (Spain)
Colliseum (Rome, Italy)
Parthenon (Athens, Greece)
Saint Basil's Cathedral (Moscow, Russia)
Temple of Heaven (Beijing, China)

And... near Mt Everest there is a small guy walking - maybe the yeti?

Re:Interesting places to look at (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541103)

a few other ones:

chichen itza
petronas towers
dragon (?) on mauna kea
burj khalifa

Re:Interesting places to look at (1)

sco08y (615665) | about 2 years ago | (#39541035)

There are little soldiers in front of 10 Downing St.

Found a monsters near La Plata, MD and Scottsburg, VA. You can't see them if you're zoomed in more than 7 times.

Found Nessie [g.co] !

Re:Interesting places to look at, Downing Street (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39542239)

The little soldiers are policemen, straight 8-bitification of the main Streetview, including the fact that you can't navigate into Downing Street itself - obviously the Streetviewmobile wasn't allowed in for security reasons.

One of the photos of the Palace of Westminster aka Houses of Parliament shows flames(? explosive blast?) coming out from one of the large windows. From V for Vendetta, perhaps?

Re:Interesting places to look at (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541083)

There's a yeti near Mount Everest. I wonder if Bigfoot's in there too.

Re:Interesting places to look at (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541165)

Easter Island

Re:Interesting places to look at (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541193)

check out easter island too. but why isn't there anything at stonehenge?

Re:Interesting places to look at (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39543457)

There's a dragon at the top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, HI.

Re:Interesting places to look at (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39543685)

Funny since it isn't an active volcano. Wonder what their reasoning was there.....

Someone is trying to defictionalize this (4, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#39540483)

Someone on the NESdev.com forum is making a real NES cartridge [parodius.com] with 2 MB of RAM and an ARM Cortex microcontroller that appears to be comparable to the MMC900913 that this (fictional) product uses. Once that's ready, all we'd need to defictionalize [tvtropes.org] this AFD story would be a port of an OpenStreetMap viewer, along with a USB cable to tether it to a PC or phone.

Re:Someone is trying to defictionalize this (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 2 years ago | (#39540489)

Doesn't the NES have a big fat expansion bus on the bottom? Can't we just bring the data in and out there?

Re:Someone is trying to defictionalize this (3, Informative)

tepples (727027) | about 2 years ago | (#39540591)

Doesn't the NES have a big fat expansion bus on the bottom?

There's a 48-pin connector (pinout [nesdev.com] ) on the bottom of the NES-101. It was intended to combine the functions of the controller port on the front of the Famicom and the cable that comes out of the Famicom Disk System's system card. The connector was originally intended for the NES version of the FDS, but it never found use because Nintendo discovered that just as the FDS made it easier for Nintendo to make authentic copies of games to sell, it also made it easier for others to make infringing copies of games to sell. So there is no such port on the top-loading NES-101, nor on the Famicom. The configuration where a cable comes out of the side of the cartridge would probably be easier to manufacture in small quantities than a dongle that the NES sits on.

Re:Someone is trying to defictionalize this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541793)

Thank you. Just what I needed. A bloody link to TV tropes. Thanks to you, I just blew 2 hours at that place!

Dragon Warrior (2)

CheshireDragon (1183095) | about 2 years ago | (#39540507)

And they used the best game they could have ever used to make this mapping system. DRAGON WARRIOR, ahhh nostalgia. Of course, I am wondering why they used the name 'Quest' for the mapping name. Is it because the name of Dragon Warrior was Dragon Quest before it came to the states....or some other reason?

I still play ver. 1-4 on an NES Emulator on my phone. Currently I am at the last tower on DW2. This cracks me up or it is just too early on a Sunday morning?

Re:Dragon Warrior (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541439)

The Japanese name for the game translated to Dragon Quest, but due to someone already having a trademark under that name in the United States, the name had to be changed to Dragon Warrior. I believe that since that time, either the existing owner of the mark either stopped using it, went out of business, or had it purchased by the company that makes the games, so the newer titles in the series have been called Dragon Quest. So Dragon Quest was always the appropriate name, but for legal reasons it couldn't be used in the U.S.

Quest is cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540523)

Yes I know this is a April Fool's thing but I really hope they keep the Quest thing. It is really cool. I don't care that Google Maps for NES is an April Fool's joke.

Kids with beanies? (1)

beaverdownunder (1822050) | about 2 years ago | (#39540543)

There's a representation of the Sydney Harbour Bridge but stranger, off to the south-west you'll find a couple of kids wearing propeller beanies. Are there other beanie-wearers in the 8-bit Google Maps?

Re:Kids with beanies? (1)

CheshireDragon (1183095) | about 2 years ago | (#39540647)

OK, I thought they were OWS! hahah I thought that at first then realized that Google, as a corporation, wouldn't support them let alone give them airtime in their web app.

Re:Kids with beanies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540659)

This seems to be the Google office in Sydney. They're also present at the headquarters in Mountain View, California, along with a dinosaur and a biiig Android bot.

Re:Kids with beanies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541115)

They are also near Harvard. Presumably Universities or some such that members of the team went to?

Leaked early (1)

HelioWalton (1821492) | about 2 years ago | (#39540575)

Hmm, I guess this was leaked. I saw it yesterday, following a link from Reddit...

Re:Leaked early (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540625)

Nah, different timezones in different parts of the world.

A Dragon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540581)

Is this a dragon near Lake Waiau, Hawaii, HI?

Most Importantly! (5, Funny)

Cramit (609487) | about 2 years ago | (#39540617)

Do the directions travel times for different routes include estimates for delays due to random encounters?

Pefect for a true slashdotter (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540637)

Finally a map I can understand!

Google Maps 8-bit world tour (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540683)

It's like exploring the world map in Dragon Quest...lots of landmarks and buildings have been 8-bittified and there are plenty more to discover. They've also cleverly hidden Dragon Quest enemies around the world

People are trying to look for the places. Found some sites with screenshots:

Some of the major world sites in 8-bit sprite format: http://www.bulsuk.com/2012/04/google-maps-8-bit-tour-of-world.html
The enemy characters, including the dragon King in the middle of the world, literally: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/keir.clarke/web/dragon.htm
And the guys at Reedit busy exploring. Unfortunately not all the links point to the right place: http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/rmfr1/browse_google_maps_in_8bit/c470937

Does anyone know how many monuments are actually included in the map?

8-bit World Topology (2)

Guppy (12314) | about 2 years ago | (#39540723)

You know what would be awesome? If you could view this on Google Earth, and when you zoom-out all the way (complete with Beep-boop sound effects) the planet would be a Torus.

8-bit maps (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540727)

The maps google is using are technically 8-bit all the time...

8-bit PNGs that is :)

Google Maps 8-bit World Tour (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540735)

It's like exploring the world map in Dragon Quest...lots of landmarks and buildings have been 8-bittified and there are plenty more to discover. They've also cleverly hidden Dragon Quest enemies around the world
People are trying to look for the places. Found some sites with screenshots:

Some of the major world sites in 8-bit sprite format: http://www.bulsuk.com/2012/04/google-maps-8-bit-tour-of-world.html [bulsuk.com]
The enemy characters, including the dragon King in the middle of the world, literally: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/keir.clarke/web/dragon.htm [ntlworld.com]
And the guys at Reedit busy exploring. Unfortunately not all the links point to the right place: http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/rmfr1/browse_google_maps_in_8bit/c470937 [reddit.com]

Does anyone know how many monuments are actually included in the map?

A skeleton? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540741)

Is this a skeleton near Fairfax Bridge, Pierce, WA?

Danger! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540827)

0, 0 coordinates.

Zoom in all the way.

Google is OK (5, Interesting)

kurt555gs (309278) | about 2 years ago | (#39540849)

There is a difference between Google, M$, and Apple. Google still condones having fun.

Re:Google is OK (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541375)

WTF????? This may seem like a bit of harmless amusement but all the time you're viewing these so-called 8 bit maps they're sucking out your soul and exposing it to ads that are both so unobtrusive that you won't have felt bothered by them until I told you to be but are also the absolute scourge of the modern age, causing more suffering than war, famine, pestlience and premature baldness. Google are EVIL.

Re:Google is OK (0)

sco08y (615665) | about 2 years ago | (#39543765)

There is a difference between Google, M$, and Apple. Google still condones having fun.

You're still doing the $ thing with MS? Really? The 90s called, etc etc, no I didn't bother to warn them, etc etc.

I thought all three of those companies were known for being pretty fun places to work. (Maybe not at the Apple Stores, but that's retail...) If you were to compare them to Oracle or IBM, at least that would make sense: fair or not, they're known for a suit and tie culture.

Battle monsters? (3, Interesting)

Lord Satri (609291) | about 2 years ago | (#39540851)

Anyone found out how to battle monsters? Is this just part of the joke or is there a way to actually do it? :-)

The official Google Lat Long blog [blogspot.ca] : "Get detailed directions to avoid dangerous paths, and battle your way through a world of powerful monsters and mystic treasures."

Re:Battle monsters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39544075)

yah how? please let it be real!!

Other Google Pranks (3, Interesting)

Yvan256 (722131) | about 2 years ago | (#39540879)

www.gmail.com/tap
www.google.com/fiber

Re:Other Google Pranks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39540993)

But wait, [google.com] there's more! [google.com]

P.S: Your links, fixed - http://www.gmail.com/tap [gmail.com] http://www.google.com/fiber [google.com]

P.P.S: Seems like people at Google got way too much free time on their hands. If they'd stop fooling around they'd probably take over the world about now.

re... (-1)

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You should... (5, Funny)

Ihmhi (1206036) | about 2 years ago | (#39540991)

...be able to go to Redmond or Cupertino and have to fight enemies in an RPG-style battle.

"TURTLENECK SLIME attacks with HIPSTER BEAM!"

What about slashdot (1)

peppepz (1311345) | about 2 years ago | (#39541047)

By the way, how come slashdot didn't post any April 1 stories of his own this year? This place is getting sad.

Nice and fast on low bandwidth! (4, Interesting)

Ken_g6 (775014) | about 2 years ago | (#39541301)

I realize this is mainly intended as an april fool's joke, but I notice the quest maps load much faster than normal maps. It would be nice if Google kept around some kind of low-bandwidth version of their maps like this, for people on slow connections and throttled cell phones.

8-bit Seattle (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541397)

Yep. Seattle in all its 8-bit glory: www.8bitSeattle.com

YTMND was ahead of the curve by seven years! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541415)

http://google8bitmaps.ytmnd.com/

It was SimCity, but still...

OMGBBQ!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541443)

Google is just such a cute company!!!!!!!!!

I sorely miss 8 bits/pixel! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541741)

Two comments:

I sorely miss 8 bits/pixels! (That is to say my eyes are SORE from looking at them!)

"In my day, we didn't have all these fancy-schmansy video games. We had only one game. It was called "STARE AT THE SUN!" And we would stare until our eyes got all blood-shot and bugged out. And we liked it! We loved it!"

Ha Ha (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39541959)

Why is Michigan labeled Wisconsin?

OK, hands up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39542125)

how many of you typed in your home address to see what it looks like in 8-bit Streetview?

Nice. Hope they keep it around for a while.

April Fool... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39542575)

Come on folks...it's April 1. Google is well know for April Fool's skits. I would expect more of the /. crowd. 86 posts and not one April Fool comment.

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