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Type of site
|Video game guides|
|Registration||April 30, 2002|
|Launched||May 6, 2002 |
VGMaps (Video Game Maps) is a website with a collection of maps for various video games. Most of these maps are screenshot maps; maps created by taking several screenshots of a game and then assembling them into a single image with an image editing program. Because screenshot maps are typically created with the aid of emulators, the maps at VGMaps are primarily from older gaming systems, such as the NES, SNES, and the Game Boy line of handhelds. The site accepts maps for games for any platform.
Though screenshot maps make up the vast majority of the site's content, VGMaps also includes maps that are drawn by hand (which may or may not include actual in-game graphics) or other visual diagrams that may be useful references during gameplay.
The maps are assembled by average gamers, and then submitted to the site's owner Jonathan Leung. He in turn puts the maps on the website for all to see, with new submissions put up nearly every week, typically on weekends. Those who submit the maps receive nothing in return, but they do have the chance to receive the occasional honour of having their maps recognized in the "Maps of the Month" feature. A forum is used to discuss mapmaking techniques and to make requests for maps of particular games.
The domain name vgmaps.com was created on April 30, 2002. The site eventually launched on May 6, 2002 as VGMaps.com: The Online Video Game Atlas by Jonathan Leung (known as "JonLeung" on the site), with a handful of screenshot maps that he assembled himself. The site grew as other people contributed maps of their own.
Maps Of The Month
For every month since May 2004, maps from a single game are chosen to be the Maps Of The Month and are featured on the main page of the site. They are not necessarily recently submitted maps, as some map sets are honoured years after their initial creation. Often, the maps are apparently chosen to be thematic to current events, holidays, or the season of that month, such as The 7th Saga being honoured on July (the seventh month) of 2007, or games featuring monsters such as those in the Castlevania series are likely to appear in October because of Halloween.
To coincide with April Fools' Day, April's Maps of the Month between 2005 and 2009 are jokes, either being a non-existent game from a real series (such as The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Hours, based on a cancelled Game Boy Color game), or an apparent remake of an existing game (such as Super Kid Icarus). April 2006's Mega Man Solid X: Guns Of The Mavericks reimagines FOXHOUND from Metal Gear Solid as if they were Mavericks in the Mega Man X series, with its title parodying Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. There have been no April Fools' Day maps since 2009.
As of March 2015, there have been a total of 131 Maps of the Month.
VGMaps drew the attention of major video game websites, such as Joystiq, commenting that "it's great to be able to see just what those levels looked like in all their glory." Boing Boing began linking to it. Technology news site Slashdot had an article about the site, calling it "a very worthy site that's sure to stoke the fires of nostalgia."
On July 15, 2005, G4TV's Attack of the Show!'s 69th episode had a segment that showcased the site. Kevin Pereira showed the screenshot map of the NES game A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia as a sampling of the maps on the site.
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- Joystiq's overview of the site
- Boing Boing links to the site
- Slashdot article on VGMaps.com
- Transcript and pictures of Attack of the Show's coverage of the website