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Virtual Cities takes you to Rubacava, Woodtick, and more 07 Oct, 2020 / 3 comments

A release date has been announced for a new book featuring some classic LucasArts locations. Virtual Cities: An Atlas & Exploration of Video Game Cities by Konstantinos Dimopoulos (illustrated by Maria Kallikaki) is a fascinating-looking hardback that takes a detailed look at some of the digital environments that video games have thrown at us over the years, and of course no such book would be complete without a few adventure games. Here's the official word:

Virtual cities are places of often-fractured geographies, impossible physics, outrageous assumptions and almost untamed imaginations given digital structure. This book, the first atlas of its kind, aims to explore, map, study and celebrate them. To imagine what they would be like in reality. To paint a lasting picture of their domes, arches and walls. From metropolitan sci-fi open worlds and medieval fantasy towns to contemporary cities and glimpses of gothic horror, author and urban planner Konstantinos Dimopoulos and visual artist Maria Kallikaki have brought to life over forty game cities.

If this is your kind of thing, check out the full list of featured cities here, or if you want me to do your cherry-picking for you, the adventure games featured are Grim Fandango, Monkey Island 2, Gabriel Knight 1, Beneath a Steel Sky, and Dreamfall Chapters.

The book is released on November 12 2020 and I've pre-ordered my copy, because this is about as close as I'll get to visiting Rubacava. Well, until I'm dead, anyway.

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    JonesJr on 09 Oct, 2020, 23:50…

    elTee

    AlfredJ

    Jesus Christ, I can't keep buying all these books! We're going through an economic crisis people!



    I know, the books at the moment is ridiculous. Doublefine, Ken Williams, the other Sierra book, Virtual Cities, and I'm sure I'm missing another one...



    You all keep using old mate's name and I'm sure we'll soon get another sermon to remind you which book you're missing!
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    elTee on 09 Oct, 2020, 18:15…

    AlfredJ

    Jesus Christ, I can't keep buying all these books! We're going through an economic crisis people!



    I know, the books at the moment is ridiculous. Doublefine, Ken Williams, the other Sierra book, Virtual Cities, and I'm sure I'm missing another one...
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    AlfredJ on 08 Oct, 2020, 19:32…
    Jesus Christ, I can't keep buying all these books! We're going through an economic crisis people!

    Sounds really cool though, although if I have to buy anything it'll have to be the Double Fine book first.

    Maybe it's time for Mojo to get into this literature racket. The Secret Histories alone would fill a decent number of pages, and I'm sure you guys have enough material to blackmail Jake into arranging some interviews with his famous friends.

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