8-Bit NYC is the coolest map--ever

Map of New York City depicted in 8-bit gaming glory is a viable mapping tool too.

8-Bit NYC
8-Bit NYC in all its 8-bit glory. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

I'm not one to fawn over online maps, but 8-Bit NYC appeals to my two loves: usefulness and 1980s adventure video games.

The 8-Bit NYC map is simply fantastic. The service displays New York City in a depiction that's modeled after maps in adventure video games from the 1980s. Even better, all the content in 8-Bit NYC is accurate, making it a viable mapping tool, as well.

"I hope to evoke the same urge for exploration, abstract sense of scale, and perhaps most importantly unbounded excitement that many of us remember experiencing on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Commodore 64, or any other number of 8-bit microcomputers," the map's developer Brett Camper writes on the site.

Camper built 8-Bit NYC on top of OpenStreetMap, an editable map of the entire world. You can zoom in on individual streets, look all around the city, and much more. You can even search for a specific address or location.

I've seen several interesting maps in my day, but 8-Bit NYC easily takes the cake. If you're an old-time gamer who enjoyed eight-bit adventure titles, you'll want to see this map.

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(Via Gizmodo)

About the author

Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.


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