From the early days of playing Duck Hunton the original NES, all the way to Super Smash Bros. parties with friends today, video games have been part of many of our daily lives for as long as we can remember.
Which is why an entire event dedicated to retro gaming is such a beautiful thing.
The 5th Retro Video Game Festival happening next month on May 21 will have various retro consoles to check out, with a variety of your favourite old-school titles, as well as more obscure games such at Neo Geo and Virtual Boy.
There willalso be a Metroid marathon, and vendors selling old games and gear to add (or return!) to your collection.
Mamma mia! Artist and digital illustrator Miguel Alfaro designed a Super Mario-style map of Quebec and it's absolutely incredible.
From Saint-Joseph's Oratory to the Château Frontenac, some of the most iconic Quebec landmarks take fantastical form on the detailed illustration. The design is now available on Alfaro's website, The Geography Pin, as a print or t-shirt.
MTL Blog had a chat with Alfaro about his process and what inspired him to create this awesome map.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
I think every artist begins the same way. I was that kid that would draw in the back of his notebooks in school. I would draw anything really, and I eventually chose the path of graphic design as a grew older.
I wanted to create my own things without feeling some sort of drawback, just like the old times when I was a child. And something that I loved as a kid was Mario. So I began creating these maps. I know that doing maps in the style of Mario Bros has been around almost as long as the game itself, but I wanted to do it with my own approach.
I draw maps because I love them. You're seeing a representation of something that actually exists and that you can visit.
You can get to know a lot about a place just by searching out maps, you can see their road network, their elevation, their population or cities. You can actually imagine the reasons behind current geopolitical events and it reminds me of games I used to play as a kid.
Do you plan to do maps of other Canadian provinces?
Yes! I plan to do all provinces and territories.
So far I have done New Brunswick, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. I don't know when I'm going to have all of them done but I look forward to it.
When Pokémon GO came out, we started seeing photos of huge gatherings in and around Montreal Parks. But the most impressive pictures always seem to come out of the same spot. It's no wonder this place is so popular, the area has at least 4 Pokéstops and 2 gyms. Which means there are plenty of Pokémon to catch and there are lots of opportunities to battle other Pokémon trainers.
This has become known as the single best place to play Pokémon GO in Montreal.But If you're looking to catch even more, you can always hop on one of these bus lines:
Oh yes, prepare your ears for yet another Pokémon GO article! However, this isn't your typical Pokémon GO article. Based on personal experience I can honestly say that Pokémon GO is bringing us Montrealer's together. Not only have I witnessed this but I have also lived it.
It is fairly known that Montrealer's don't necessarily talk to one another randomly but Pokémon GO is changing that. As more and more people are playing Pokémon Go, more and more Montrealer's are socializing with one another. Half the time the conversation goes even beyond Pokémon GO! It may seem stupid and yeah some of you will comment that this is dumb but I honestly think it's a great side effect that came along with the fun of Pokémon Go.
So, I suggest going out with your phone and playing Pokémon GO in some of Montreal's most popular Pokémon locations where hundreds of people can be found! Not only will your fellow Pokémon GO players aid you but you may also make some amazing new friends.
Oh yes, you are totally seeing that picture right! Pokémon GO brought together 100+ people at Atwater Park. Not only are these people playing Pokémon GO, but they are also socializing with fellow Montrealer's. This is all caused due to the increase in Pokémon GO players.
I mean like it doesn't get crazier than this! I can even say based on personal experience that it's super fun to talk to fellow Pokémon GO players. When I was walking to a park near my house with my boyfriend last night, another couple was also playing and we ended up meeting up at the same lure. It was pretty funny and I shouted Pokémon GO??? They were like YASSSS! and we spoke for about 10 minutes after.
Not only are people getting together at night, but also during the day at just about anywhere! What I see happens the most often is people conversing at bus stops and metro stations! It's fun to talk to different people over Pokémon GO.
Pokémon GO is even bringing people together who are in Old Montreal! So now tourists and Montrealer's are playing Pokémon GO together and are getting to learn more from new people that they would once consider a stranger!
But hey, some of us Montrealer's are a little shy but honestly, Pokémon GO may not bring you close to starngers but it may bring you closer to your friends this summer as you enjoy new adventures thanks to Pokémon GO.