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Title: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: JonLeung on December 25, 2008, 11:48:41 PM
Since there seem to be a handful of new users, as well as some users from long ago that have come back recently, I'm wondering if something has caused this flux of visitation.



How did you come to VGMaps.com?  Were you searching for something (and what was it you were looking for)?  Did you stumble across a link?  Did someone tell you about this site?



If any of you veterans remember too, you're also welcome to share.



As for me?  Well, I made VGMaps.com back in 2002 after tossing around the idea of having a site dedicated to screenshot maps.  Originally, I wanted GameMaps.com, but as you can see, it was taken.  So I came to claim VGMaps.com instead and the rest is history.
Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: Revned on December 26, 2008, 01:17:58 AM
It's been so long that I cann't remember, but I'm fairly sure I was specifically searching for maps.
Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: Will on December 26, 2008, 01:35:35 AM
I had seen gamemaps before I saw this site, but never thought about making my own maps. One day I saw searching on www.popuw.com for details on prince of persia when I saw the link, checked out the site and saw some of the most fascinating maps made in the last 4 years. I decided to try it out. I leafed through the GBA, SNES, Megadrive, Master System and NES emulators I had and began experimenting on making samples of each console. My first ever game maps to come here was GBA Spyro 2: Season of Fire.
Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: Maxim on December 26, 2008, 07:24:29 AM
I saw some discussion on this forum about my existing game maps thanks to the magic of HTTP referers and a tracking hit counter. The friendly forum with a lack of YouTube-grade comments made me hang around.
Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: TerraEsperZ on December 26, 2008, 09:40:09 AM
Back when I was starting mapping with Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon, I was looking for a place where people would be interested in my work (heck, the Castlevania Dungeon forum couldn't care less) and I found VGMaps. The fact that it wasn't a place full of elitist bastard who made newbies feel like useless morons but rather had people who were having fun and shared their passion made me stay :)



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Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: Peardian on December 26, 2008, 10:33:30 AM
I can't remember either since it was so long ago, but it could have been looking for maps as well. Seeing that many games I liked lacked maps at the time (like Yoshi's Island and Super Mario RPG) inspired me to contribute.



I'm afraid I've never actually been very connected to the community here until this very month, actually. :P

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Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: RT 55J on December 26, 2008, 05:20:07 PM
I found this site through one of my older siblings.



The only reason I stopped lurking was because I felt like mapping ZZT (because I could).

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Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: JonLeung on December 26, 2008, 09:52:03 PM
RT 55J, you and osrevad are brothers?  That's news to me.  o_0  Then again, seeing as how I don't know most of any of you except by your username/avatar and whatever personality I can glean from your posts, I guess it can't be too surprising that there are people here that are related.  (Maybe we'll find out that TerraEsperZ and Revned are conjoined twins...)



Maxim and Terra, as nice as it is to hear that you like the state of people on these forums, I'm afraid it's because it isn't too big.  If this place got too popular, we'd be more likely to have less friendly people in our midst.  That's the unfortunate thing about any place with a lot of people...



And Peardian, I'm really surprised you didn't come to these forums earlier or at least more frequently, especially considering how much you've contributed.
Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: Peardian on December 27, 2008, 12:01:23 AM
I did sign up at the message board when it was hosted on omega-something and had a yellow-black-and-red theme, but I never re-signed up after it changed. I didn't post very much then, though. I'm just not one to join many message boards. You're right, though, maybe I should have came here sooner. :P

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Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: StarFighters76 on December 27, 2008, 09:40:54 AM
It found me actually.

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Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: JonLeung on December 27, 2008, 10:42:35 AM
Did it?  I guess so.  In the first few months or more, I had to seek out and ask for maps, and since you created over 830 maps on GameFAQs...



The past couple years or so, I've had something to put up almost every weekend.  And I'm glad that the forums have spawned a community that further encourages mapping.
Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: StarFighters76 on December 27, 2008, 12:25:56 PM
Normally I don't go looking for other sites. Usually I get an email asking if they could host my work, and I agree to it.

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Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: piken on December 28, 2008, 12:51:16 AM
(1) Was linked to from Ian Albert's video game maps page (who covered Zelda LTTP maps quite thoroughly). (2) Via google searching for bgmapper and seeing TerraEsperZ's comment about it being antiquated but still occasionally useful ;)
Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: DarkWolf on December 29, 2008, 04:21:30 PM
I can't remember.  But I had some maps I had made already and I remember submitting them, then getting hooked into submitting more.
Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: Grizzly on January 01, 2009, 03:16:14 AM
I was looking for Zelda : Oracle of Seasons maps, I think. I don't remember exactly why I was searching for them, but I got this website as a result in Google.
Title: RE: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: KingKuros on January 01, 2009, 05:36:38 PM
I couldn't remember either.  I already had a few maps made by the time I joined in.
Title: Re: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: JonLeung on July 17, 2010, 01:24:00 PM
Since the site's daily traffic seems to have doubled this week, I'm wondering who else is new on the forums and how they found VGMaps.com.  :)
Title: Re: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: Revned on July 17, 2010, 07:31:22 PM
They probably found their way here as a result of osrevad's Link's Awakening DX map hitting the Top 10 on Digg.
Title: Re: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: Wario Bros on July 17, 2010, 09:02:43 PM
Ya know, that's a great question but I don't know exactly.  I guess I was looking for maps of Mario games many years ago and here I stand.
Title: Re: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: Will on July 18, 2010, 01:54:28 AM
Finding this website was you might say like following a trail on the internet. It started two years and six months ago, when I used my first emulator MAME and only just learned fully the general use of it and how to obtain more roms. I had a good balance between favourites for Arcade games and computer games but, whilst going through Abandonia, came across one its affliates, a solo administered website called "The House Of Games". There my emulation experience rose greatly through the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System consoles. Whilst looking through the different versions of Prince of Persia, I found the "Prince Of Persia Unofficial Website" which fascinated me. Looking at full maps of the different versions led me directly to this site. Upon browsing, I was eager and keen to make own maps. By this time I began experimenting with Game Boy Advance and made and submitted my first ever maps of the game "Spyro 2: Season of Fire". Ever since I have been learning something new about game cartography every week.
Title: Re: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: JonLeung on January 16, 2011, 09:10:49 PM
With 400 to 500 people visiting the forums almost every day in the past week, I wonder what's going on.  There's not a spike on hits on other pages, it seems specific to the forums.
Title: Re: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: TerraEsperZ on January 16, 2011, 09:43:12 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if this had to do with maps for a popular game being posted on a forum dedicated to said game. Maybe PiranhaPlant's The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure maps? I don't know, maybe if you could see which threads got the most views recently we'd get a better understanding of the situation.
Title: Re: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: Maxim on January 17, 2011, 03:18:32 AM
Just install Google Analytics and be done with it :)

It could also be spambots. I've seen a lot more of them recently on my forums.
Title: Re: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: Rew on February 17, 2011, 10:59:03 AM
You know, I honestly don't remember when I discovered this site. I want to say it was during the summer of 2006 when I'd discovered Rick Bruns' NES maps site--but it may have been later.

It was all so long ago. =X
Title: Re: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: xcalibur201 on July 08, 2011, 11:43:58 AM
I'm a retro gamer, so I was looking for Gauntlet maps. snesmaster's 30 maps were on gameFAQs, so I searched google to see if there were more. Eventually I ran across this site and became a fan.
Title: Re: How did you find VGMaps.com?
Post by: JonLeung on August 05, 2011, 06:56:17 AM
Looks like we're making the reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/j4cbi/ill_take_a_super_metroid_please/) rounds again...though this thread actually started with Rick Bruns' web site, nesmaps.com (http://www.nesmaps.com).   :P  I expect there might be another influx of users...   :)