Category Archives: Maps

Springfield, Springfield, It’s a Hell of a Town

YouTube recently recommended this series of Simpsons Mysteries videos, which are interesting to people like me who tend to over-analyze just about everything we enjoy. Obviously the show negates any real notion of continuity in time or place. Springfield can … Continue reading

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Wacky Worlds

The original Super Mario Bros. provided several different environments through which Mario (and sometimes Luigi) had to travel: largely flat worlds with trees and bushes in the background, underground caverns, water, cliffs with tops bigger than their bases, and castles … Continue reading

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Mountains of Mystery

Even though John Dough and the Cherub clearly indicates that Hiland and Loland are on an island, called Hi-Lo by some and Lo-Hi by others, the map in the Tik-Tok of Oz endpapers shows them as part of the mainland, … Continue reading

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Is Your World-Building Up to Code?

While I generally find the results to be the really interesting part, I also find how fictional worlds are created to be quite intriguing. J.R.R. Tolkien is often held up as an author whose fantasy works take place in a … Continue reading

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Video World Tour

I recently came across this old Metroid discussion forum topic about the location in Captain N actually CALLED “Metroid.” Within the game, a Metroid is an organism, not a place. Their home world is the planet SR-388. Captain N tended … Continue reading

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Why Toads Don’t Travel

A GamesRadar article from two years ago proposes simple solutions to video games. For the two-dimensional Mario games, its advice is to just go around the bad stuff. Of course, that could apply to pretty much any 2-D game, and … Continue reading

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Gillikin Geography

I’ve already written about the other three (four, if you count the Emerald City territory) segments of Oz, and even though I haven’t gotten much if any response to them, I’ve had fun writing them. So here’s the last of … Continue reading

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