This is open to anyone, I wanted to know how many other people, as kids, would draw their own level layouts/game maps based on games?
I want to hear about this sorta thing! I did this stuff a lot, I loved mario 3’s maps and how the worlds were different from each other, so I would draw my own with crayons and make a bunch of flag markers, I really like game maps because they represented a lot of possibilities to me about what kind of stages and things would be in them!
A similar thing happened with megaman. I grew up on the snes and megaman x, and didn’t have the nes megaman games for a long time, but when I saw a list in Nintendo power and pictures if all the robot masters I spent a lot of time drawing what I thought the stages would be like. I got as far as megaman 3 i think… Too bad most of them were room filled with enemies haha
Other games I made levels based on were Gex, Sonic, Oddworld, and crash bandicoot (I had a whole notebook for levels for that game). I try to remember that it was really fun then getting to explore the possibilities of a type of world theme and what could be within it, I wish I had the tools back then to really make stuff, but I want to try keeping that attitude now with what I do today! It’s a shame that actually fleshing ideas out take so long though.