Sunday, April 1, 2012
Yesterday, Google launched a new "8-bit Quest Maps" feature to Google Maps.
Google underlines that many of the systems out there may not meet the requirements for 8-bit computations.
How to Access 8-bit Quest Maps:
Just start up your normal Google Maps web app and click on the "Try it now" button on the left-hand menu. Once you do, your default map will transform from the pretty, MapsGL-enhanced view of the world you're used to seeing into a map more like the display of the game Dwarf Fortress, or SimEarth.
Irrespective of the difficulty, the user will be able to perform the same functions as your normal Google Map does. It’s other thing that pixilated view will increase your difficulty.
In the Google's Lat Long blog, Google software engineer Tatsuo Nomura, has this to say.
"In our pursuit of new digital frontiers, we realized that we may have left behind a large number of users who couldn't access Google Maps on their classic hardware. Surprisingly, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was unsupported, despite its tremendous popularity with over 60 million units sold worldwide. As the first NES cartridge to be released in nearly 18 years, we're working hard to make Google Maps 8-bit for NES available in the Google Store as soon as possible. A mobile version for Game Boy is also under development”.
Check out the 8-bit Quest Maps feature to Google Maps below:
This was Google's functional way of wishing the world: April Fools Day!
This is how Google wished April Fools Day in 2011.