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Today's xkcd: Click and Drag

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Ok guys (and gals): [url="http://xkcd.com/1110/"]this is so awesome I had to make sure each of you see it[/url].

So yeah. What have you found? I'm currently lost in the mine. I did find the fish and water in the cave though... so much to explore...
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[quote name='Cornstalks' timestamp='1348084533' post='4981798']
Ok guys (and gals): this is so awesome I had to make sure each of you see it.

So yeah. What have you found? I'm currently lost in the mine. I did find the fish and water in the cave though... so much to explore...
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I found the two-mile gap and scrolled across it for ten minutes like a moron [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/sad.png[/img]
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I got all the way to the right side where the balloon dude wonders where he will float next. Debating whether to go left.
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Found some kind of squid floating in the sky like the ones in the sea. Some tree with a guy sitting under it in the mine. A flock of birds just high enough off the ground to miss it if you're following the horizon.

As cool as those things were, I couldn't help but thing the flowers in the grass were a really cool little detail most people would gloss over.
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[quote name='kseh' timestamp='1348105914' post='4981884']
As cool as those things were, I couldn't help but thing the flowers in the grass were a really cool little detail most people would gloss over.
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I was actually thinking this. The grass (and terrain and even the waves) are all of great quality. It's one thing to add cool hidden things over a 10km map, but it's another thing to detail the mundane things too.
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Damn..... like... damn.... How often does a web page give you instructions (click and drag) which are for real and cool?
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I found the [b][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oregon_Trail_%28video_game%29"]Oregon Trail[/url][/b] reference [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]
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Slight spoiler ahead:
[spoiler]Huh. It would seem the landscape loops seamlessly - I went left and ended up where I was yesterday. Except that yesterday, I went right.[/spoiler]
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I hit the edge of the right side and couldn't go further. And there was the balloon guy indicating the end. Are you sure it looped?
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Yeah, unless my memory is failing me: yesterday I headed right until I reached the rocket launch site, then today went to the left and found the launch site again. I do not recall any such balloon guy - although I was referred to the comic yesterday at xkcd-map.rent-a-geek.de ([i][u]do not visit if you want to keep the click & drag feel[/u][/i]) instead of [url="http://xkcd.com"]xkcd.com[/url], maybe that one loops and I missed the balloon guy.

EDIT: yeah... it loops and I didn't get the balloon guy's hint - I thought the huge pit was part of the map LOL I am so stupid. Ignore me [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/laugh.png[/img]

[spoiler]Can you find the minecraft reference [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/wink.png[/img] [/spoiler] Edited by Bacterius
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This really needs Google-maps style "Link to this location", I'm lost in the caves. Now hold on, I'm going to throw you a death postponer.

[b][Edit:][/b] Found the [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nautilus_(Verne)"]Nautilus[/url], I think. Edited by Servant of the Lord
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Very cool but the UI sucks ;) Needs keyboard input.

Am I the only one sure there are tons of hidden things up in the sky (like the squid but like 100m up)?

A way to see the whole think on one zoomed out image would rock.

What's the tech used, anything clever?
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I was thinking it'd be cool to create a small game out of this, basically plop a small stickman into the canvas, and use the black pixels for collision, and give him some type of balloon to float, and it'd be pretty awesome to explore.
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[quote name='d000hg' timestamp='1348135347' post='4981976']

A way to see the whole think on one zoomed out image would rock.

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The link provided by Bacterius allows that: [url="http://xkcd-map.rent-a-geek.de"]http://xkcd-map.rent-a-geek.de[/url]
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Awesome, I'd missed that. If anything seeing it that way is more impressive... I totally missed the underground part.


As for games, well it could make a Worms level, or a really MASSIVE StickSoldiers map (one for the old-timers)
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Anyone else find the raptors?
([size=2]Farthest left, between the last stick figures and the radar dish [/size][size=2][[url="http://xkcd-map.rent-a-geek.de/#10/1.5564/-75.2563"]link to location[/url]][/size])

[quote name='d000hg' timestamp='1348135347' post='4981976']
What's the tech used, anything clever?
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Javascript, with the image broken into chunks. It streams the images in as you move, which is why the page loaded so surprisingly quickly.
The comic image (with a hole in it) is layed over the javascript'd area nicely.

It is clever design-wise how he made it seem like a completely ordinary comic (and the page loaded as fast as a normal comic), so you have no clue until you read the tooltip and try dragging, not knowing what to expect. Edited by Servant of the Lord
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[quote name='Alpha_ProgDes' timestamp='1348168168' post='4982127']
LOL @ Marco Polo!
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Ha I found marco... haven't found polo.
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