8-bit NYC

The generations that grew up with the old school Nintendo gaming experience will particularly enjoy this interactive zoomable map of New York City created by Brett Camper that mimics the look and feel of the 8-bit video games from that era. Camper explains:

8-bit NYC is an attempt to make the city feel foreign yet familiar, smashing together two culturally common models of space: the lo-fi overhead world maps of 1980s role-playing and adventure games, and the geographically accurate data that drives today’s web maps and GPS navigation. I hope to evoke the same urge for exploration, abstract sense of scale, and perhaps most importantly excitement that many of us remember experiening on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Commodore 64, or any other number of 8-bit microcomputers.

He’s absolutely right. Looking and playing with the map makes me want to grab a sword and shield and collect the pieces of the Triforce before Link can get to them.