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Map Requests / Solar Winds Sector size [Map Request or Mapping Tips?]
« Last post by Mikemc on April 11, 2021, 02:30:48 AM »
I periodically go back to trying to map out Solar Winds, but it's hard to determine how big a sector is when the background is mostly black :/.
Does anyone know how many pixels a sector is in Solar Winds (Epic Megagames)? I have been using tSearch to try replicating the random stars, planets, or anything where pixels can be seen.

I suppose I could go Mythbusters and measure the time it takes to fly over a planet, then compare with flying between 2 sectors..
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You can try a program for taking screenshots, that auto-names and saves them, then stitch together afterwards
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Mapping Tips/Guides / Re: Is it possible to make a map of 3D game on Nintendo 64?
« Last post by Mikemc on April 11, 2021, 02:14:08 AM »
Back in 2010, I used an N64 emulator called Nemu to move the camera around & take pictures. Here's the post in the ancient Nintendo 64 thread:
https://www.vgmaps.com/forums/index.php?topic=1121.msg12188#msg12188

Looks like 2016 was the latest post, but lots of good information in there.
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Map Requests / Re: JonLeung's Requests
« Last post by JonLeung on April 08, 2021, 08:37:30 AM »
George s, who loves arcade games, mapped my recent request of the Namco arcade classic The Tower Of Druaga.  Thanks so much!

Coincidentally, Pac-Man 99 was just announced the other day and released yesterday for the Switch.  At 2:01 in the trailer, you can see there is even a The Tower Of Druaga theme for it!

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VGMaps Social Board / Fave Favourite Films per year - April 1980 to March 2021
« Last post by JonLeung on April 07, 2021, 01:36:48 PM »
1980-2000:


2001-2021 (so far):


So with a lot more spare time on my hands lately, I decided to get caught up on some movies and compile a list that I meant to do last year.    I present: my fave five films for each year that I've been alive.

Within each year, the leftmost one is my favourite.

Obviously this differs from if I were to compile my favourite films ever, since many years had six or more good films, and some years I just barely met the quota of five.  I mean, Superman III?  Come on.  But I haven't seen much else from 1983.

I've only seen five films in 2021 so far, so... those are it by default.

I made the mistake of posting this on reddit's r/movies subreddit, where I was immediately bombarded with disappointment at the "mainstreamness" of my picks.  While I expected disagreement, I should have known better than to expect civility from the Internet, and reddit of all places, come on!  There were very few actual suggestions or legitimate "what about this movie?" comments as they'd rather just slam the picks that are suited for a "twleve-year-old".  I should have clarified these are generally "fun" movies; I can appreciate The Passion Of The Christ (2004) for what it is, but the brutality in it kind of makes it hard to just have on in the background, you know?  Like I said, if they wanted a list of five Academy Award Best Picture nominees, I'm sure that's already online.  These are my picks.  Anyone else can make their own, and we can scrutinize their picks, how about that?  I plan to update this now if any movie I watch makes it in my top five for the year - I certainly expect 2021 to change.

I actually welcome discussion, as that's the whole point of me sharing it, but come on, some people should try acting like they would in real life.  To be fair, at least some people respected the effort and presentation.

I guess the presentation, though simple, is kind of neat that by making the space between the columns exactly one-third of the width of the posters, they came out to be perfectly 16:9 images, which made me okay with splitting it into two instead of as one huge image as I originally planned.  The individual posters would have been too small to view anyway.  These images are reduced to 4K resolution, as the originals are too big.

Hope someone here likes it (even if my choices are a little "basic" or pedestrian).  And we can talk about these, just don't be a jerk about it.
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Gaming / Re: Super info on Old School Action RPG
« Last post by Cleeem on April 03, 2021, 05:46:58 AM »
Hello Jon!
Thank you for the video.  :)

Pocky & Rocky 2 on Snes has an even closer scene to the movie, for the resemblance of the dragon's body.


Our Japanese and Chinese friends use them a lot, it's in their culture.
Some dragons are evil while others are extremely benevolent or wise...

I like this movie clip close to the Mana atmosphere.
It's a nice find and I thank you very much for sharing it.  :)
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Gaming / Re: Super info on Old School Action RPG
« Last post by JonLeung on April 02, 2021, 11:25:59 AM »
Coincidentally, I just watched the movie The NeverEnding Story (1984) for the first time yesterday, and was wondering if Falkor the Luck Dragon might have been referenced in the Mana series through the Mana Beast / Flammie.  There's even a scene in the movie where Atreyu is flying on Falkor and they are soaring over the land with some music that really sounds like JRPG flight music, like beginning here at 0:45...
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Gaming / Re: Super info on Old School Action RPG
« Last post by Cleeem on April 02, 2021, 08:05:21 AM »
Hello everyone!
Here is a great video that will please all Secret of Mana fans!
You will discover the origins of the series and the magical spirits, with the presentation of all the games and much more!

Seiken Densetsu Series  :)
in a video made with my friend Satanos and english subtitles (just activate them):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YtlOjAwjuw
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Map Requests / Re: JonLeung's Requests
« Last post by JonLeung on April 01, 2021, 03:24:57 PM »
Despite today's date, no joke, all of Britannia and the Gargoyle World of Ultima VI: The False Prophet is now completely mapped!  The PC version is a personal favourite of mine, it's nice to now have every pixel here.  Confession: I don't think I've ever finished this legitimately, I'm always tempted to say "spam" x3 and "humbug" to Iolo...  We have FlyingArmor to thank for all these area maps, which must have been a lot of work, especially listing all those items!  Zerker contributed the world map of Britannia way back in 2012 which is awesome too.  Thanks again!
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Maps Of The Month / 2021/04: Robotrek (Super NES) - Vorpal86
« Last post by JonLeung on March 31, 2021, 08:34:43 PM »

For this month's "Maps Of The Month" featurette, I wish to draw your attention to Vorpal86's Robotrek (Super NES) maps.

The world of Quintenix is threatened by a group called "The Hackers", who want a renowned inventor, Dr. Akihabara, to aid them in their sinister plot, which involves a stone that can allow the observation and travel through time. Dr. Akihabara refuses, and it's up to his son to use his robot-building skills to send those Hackers packing!

Robotrek is known as "Slapstick" in Japan, and "slapstick" is a term used to describe "a simple type of comedy in which the actors behave in a rough and foolish way" (according to the Collins Dictionary). No fooling around with the choice for this April's Maps Of The Month, which is this map set from Vorpal86 of this quirky sci-fi RPG from Quintet and Enix.

Quintet is best known for their works published by Enix for the Super NES, which include Soul Blazer, Illusion Of Gaia, Terranigma, and the two ActRaiser games - all absolutely wonderful games. Those were all fantasy action games (most with some RPG elements), but Robotrek is a sci-fi, turn-based RPG. Not only that, but you don't control the player directly when you go into battle; rather, you issue commands to robots stored in round, red-and-white capsules. Sounds like Pokémon (which Robotrek predates by a couple years), but with mechanical beings that you build and equip, instead of "pocket monsters" that you catch and train.

Though preparing a small troop of war machines is unique for a Super NES RPG, like most RPGs, there is a decent-sized story and a large world, involving many locales including buildings and caves. And, as with any RPG, maps such as these ones from Vorpal86 are very helpful, especially as these are labelled with treasures, enemy details, and even reminders to read every in-game book. Thanks for this deep dive into Robotrek!

So to recognize the effort put into capturing this quirky quest in the world of Quintenix, Vorpal86's Robotrek (Super NES) maps will be known as VGMaps.com's Maps Of The Month for April 2021.
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