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A Gorgeous and Extensive Video Game Map

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iam8bit is now selling a delightfully gorgeous video game poster that puts all of your favorites in one world. “When we compare the spaces, places, and landmarks of videogames to the regions found on Earth, we find mountain ranges, deserts, oceans and ruins—just like our Swiss Alps, Sahara, Pacific and Stonehenge,” the website says. 

The map includes over 100 different video games, spanning from old classics (such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Dragon Quest) to modern favorites (Monument ValleyAnimal Crossing: New Leaf). Each game gets its own region that is characterized by key architecture or geography. Painted by Edison Yan (the art director on Scribblenauts) fans will have fun finding more and more of their favorite games scattered around the map.

As fans have pointed out, there are some typos in the pictures: Maelstorm should be Maelstrom and the Caucausus Mountains should be Caucasus Mountains. Luckily, iam8bit has confirmed that the posters being sent out have the correct spelling. 

If you need more motivation to go out and get this awesome map, 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Foundation Scholarships. You can order it here

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly. 

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Mapping the Most Popular Holiday Movie in Each State
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The holiday season is all about unity, but few topics are more divisive than which Christmas movie is the ultimate seasonal film. For every Home Alone fan, there’s an Elf enthusiast. To settle the score, the folks at online TV service provider CableTV.com have collected the top-rated yuletide films as rated over at AMC, and cross-referenced them with Google Trends state data from the past 10 years. They crunched the data, and compiled it into a map of each state’s favorite holiday flick.

Residents of Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and Vermont liked films set in their home states: Christmas in Connecticut, Home Alone (filmed in Winnetka, Illinois), It’s a Wonderful Life (set in the fictional city of Bedford Falls, New York), and White Christmas (set in the fictional town of Pine Tree, Vermont) all came out on top in those states, respectively.

As for Southern residents, they preferred Christmas cartoons and comedies, like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In New England, movie fans kept it cozy with the classics, including White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. Pockets of the Midwest appreciated National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and residents of the Atlantic Seaboard and the Great Lakes region liked Home Alone and Elf. And out West, the Nightmare Before Christmas reigned supreme.

Check out the full results in the map above.

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly.

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Each Country's Tourism Slogan, Mapped
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Countries are not products, so it's weird to think of having to "sell" them, but that's exactly what tourist bureaus exist to do. In order to entice potential travelers, many countries have taken a cue from the corporate world and adopted their very own slogans.

FamilyBreakFinder decided to compile a list of all the known tourist slogans and throw them onto one big map. Each of the grey countries shown have an official slogan, while the purple countries do not. Some are vague (like the United States's "All within your reach"), some are enthusiastic (like Brazil's "Brasil—sensational!"), and some are confident (like Uganda's "You're welcome").

If you know of a slogan that's not on the map, let us know in the comments. 

[h/t Digg]

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly.

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