Darn you KML restrictions!

September 29, 2008

Hello all this is the map guy again with a quick update.  Just to let you all know you now can not view the .kml file in google earth anymore.  Why is that?  Well the kml is too big.  For some reason a genius over at google has set a limit of 1000 items on a google map, now I am at a mere 765 items, so it should work.  However since it is the free version that I am using, google places items on the map by default and you can not remove them unless you buy a license for google earth pro and then find out how to remove the “optional” local ads.

So if you are wondering why it is not working, that’s why.  Now the two ways to go about this is just to use the online map and suffer in the four pages, or get the pro edition and remove those local ads to get it to work again (Edit: “Someone” told me it will not work in Pro Edition, thanks for the tip).  I am working on a few things on my end that might help the cause, but at the moment I do not want to get into them until I get some positive results.  So stay tuned because the map is going to get cooler.

Also as an asside stay tuned for an article from Coldguy on Thatguywiththeglasses.com, I recently did a psuedo interview with him and the results should be up shortly.

Hello everyone this is map guy again with a quick update and call for help. First the update. Recently I was told of a website called Cheap Ass Gamer where gamers of the current generation go to find which store has the best discount on the latest gaming goodies. I went there to check it out and I noticed that many people on that site have the same traits are a frugal shopper of the retro gamer, so I took a shot in the dark and ask the forum on the site for their help in finding stores.

Did they ever come through in the clutch. Not only did the amount of hits on the site skyrocked to record highs, but over 100 stores were added per their suggestions. That’s right we have crossed over into the 700s (at last check the number is 717 stores) so I would like to give the community over at CAG a big awesome thanks for their help into this project. Remember, retro stores often sell modern stuff too, so don’t forget to check them out.

Now for the cry for help claim. I am looking for a few people to help me work on the map, in the past I was vauge as to what I was looking for and no one came to the call, so this time I am going to be specific, and if you are interested let me know and I will give you further details. So here is exactly what I am looking for (at the moment):

  • Integrity checkers: This person(s) will make sure there are no duplicate entrys in the map as well as ensure that everything is formatted properly.  I do this solo at the moment and need a hand to ensure I do not make a mistake.
  • Icon maker: the biggest complaint I have received “why do you use the same icon?”  simple, that is what google has.  So I am asking someone who is good at making icon to make icons for chains of stores (i.e. Play N Trade) so they get a special icon to show that they are part of a bigger chain.  Also need to have a place to upload them since wordpress and files never go together that well.
  • Researcher: By far a big one, I have researched for HOURS on end and could use a hand on someone else to look up stores in their area or in other places.  Let me know if you are interested in this and I will help you get started
  • Web Designer: Second biggest complaint,”why does the site look retarded?” Well it is the best looking template on WordPress that’s why!  So if anyone wants a pet project, I want to see your work and if I select you, who knows what might happen.

That is all for now, stay tuned for more.

Oh Canada!

September 19, 2008

Hello all, map guy again with a quick few updates.  With my intenet ninja skills I have sprinked Central canada with a nice slection of retro store goodness.  So for those canucks who have been telling me that I have neglecting them for a while, you can take your maple syrup and shove it up your goalie mask now as I answered your calls.  Your welcome.

Also while searching for stores in America’s attic I came across a site with some listings of retro stores that were not on the map (yay!) however there is a dilemma.  I came across 4 stores in the land that I would love to (eventually) get covered, Brazil.  However this guy forgot to include addresses to them making them hard to put on the map.  However he was nice to include the GPS coordinates for each location.  I am asking someone out there if you can find a way to translate the Latitiude and Longitiude to an actual street address so I can get them on the map.  Here are the stores:

Any help is greatly appreciated. Keep those stores coming in, until next time take care!

603 Stores (and updates)!

September 11, 2008

I am the master of the intertubes! This is Map guy with an update for you all, at this point there is now at 603 STORES! That means it is 4 pages on Google maps! I can not believe it myself, however Scotland entered the map as well as some other hidden gems in the US and Canada that allowed it to go over the top. So I want to thank all of you who have made their additions and suggestions for the map this would not be as successful if it were not for all of you. Thank you all.

Now for some other updates, apparently people are telling me that they are using google earth for searching the map. That is cool, the kml is out there and google earth is a nice program so I don’t mind. Here is the issue, all the major suggestion on this site can be solved in google earth, to the point people are giving me “other” suggestions. These include the map outside of the google earth default view, a forum, and some images to link and spread the word. I would not mind taking the site to the next level, but if I were to do that the map would be slowing down. I would like to ask if you want more site updates and less map updates, please leave a comment and let me know which way you want the updates to go.

Next a rumbling is occurring by some arcade fans who want me to combine powers with them to include arcades on the map. Now at the moment there are no arcades on the map, for the reason is that they do not sell retro games in the most common aspect. Some people are arguing that pinball and arcade sellers should be including on the map since they are in the retro area Personally I think that deserves a map all onto itself since (to me) you are dealing with another crowd of people who want to own a pinball or arcade machine. Usually when I say retro video game, the NES comes to mind and not the Bride of Pinbot.

Also, by the powers of youtube there is a guy who exposes gamestop. He parodied the popular styling of Yahzee’s Zero Punctuation in order to get the message to the masses that gamestop is nothing more then a pawn shop. Here is his channel, and yet another reason you can tell modern gamers to check out this map, since most classic gaming stores also sell modern games. So spread the word and promote this map some more (and also not shop at gamestop, they took away my funcoland and I am still pissed).

Finally I would like to thank someone I do not know. Someone out there checked out the site and decided to check one of the stores out. The store is We Got Freaken Video Games! and after checking the place out they told the people who worked there that she came to their store from my map. Now they were so taken aback by this that they email me to thank me for doing this project. It was one of those email that took me aback and made my day. Thank you mystery shopper, and I encourage all of you to let the stores know about this map, since it is the only one of its kind I would like them to know that we take care of each other and ensure that customer quality is known from store to store and that we support the retro gaming network scene.

I’m back!

September 3, 2008

Hello everyone this is the Map guy again and I want to welcome you all back to the site. I know the last posting was a bit of a downer, however this one is going to be up beat with some updates. Well all I can say is two things: one I FINALLY have a full time paying, benefit giving job that I absolutely love. The reason for me to drop this in the first place was exactly that, I didn’t have an income to support myself and needed to focus my attention on the job hunting market. Now that I found a place I can shift my off time to other things that I want to focus on.

Second is a giant thank you to google. Yes google, for they made my life SO much easier! Now as you all know I was working on making the map something more…usable. So I was working on various coding sample to see if I can place custom functions onto the map so that you the user would be able to find things easier on the map. The number one complaint was the 3 pages that were needed to view the stores.

So my first assignment was to take 3 kml files and make them into one, and do so in a logical way to reduce loading time. Well that was a pain in the arse for several reason, one of which being that google (by default) does not use variables on the pins. So on the map you will see only 5 pins being used (yes count them it is only 5), however in the KML it has one pin per location which causes it to crash when it is loads. So after bashing my head again and again on working on this I downloaded the kml file again only to realized that some genius made it show EVERY pin by default. No more work to get it all on one page, and all my work that I was working on was done by some awesome guy at google. Thank you whoever you are, you saved my sanity and allowed me to get to the next steps of features that you all have been waiting for.

What are they? Well since I have been away for a while I am going to assume some of them have actually changed around, so I am going to open it up. Leave a comment to this post on what YOU would like to see on the map, if it is something that is mentioned a lot I might shift priorities to get that feature on the map sooner then others.

So when exactly will map 2.0 come to be? I learned my mistake from last time and going to borrow a line from Blizzard “It is ready when it is ready.” I will keep you informed as to what is added when (maybe have a beta for some of you better programmers to test on) but all in all it is going to be a lot smoother now. I will still leave the map open for now so if you do want to add a store you can do so via the map link.

So I am back and better then ever, see you all on the next update.