Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Zelda's Hyrule Street View

The Legend of Zelda takes places predominantly in the land of Hyrule. There are many well-known landmarks in the Kingdom Hyrule, including, Hyrule Castle, the Lost Woods, Kakariko Village, Death Mountain and Lake Hylia.

For over 35 years video game players have been exploring the world of Link and Princess Zelda in Nintendo's Legend of Zelda franchise. They can now also explore Hyrule using Zelda Breath of The Wild Street View. Zelda Breath of the Wild Street View consists of a very basic image map of Hyrule, on which a number of map markers have been place. Click on one of these markers and you can view a 360 degree panoramic Street View image of the Hyrule game-world at that location. 

These panoramic Street Views allow you to explore various locations across the kingdom, including the Gerudo Ruins, the Satori Mountains, Lurelin Village and Zora's Domain. Many of these Street View images include navigational arrows which allow you to quickly walk between the connected Street View scenes.

Street View type panoramic images are a great way to bring fictional fantasy world to life. For example the panoramic Street Views in the Big City Map can transport you into the comic book world of the 'Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline' series. Big City Map is a project by Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship to digitally recreate the city depicted in the Brotherman comics. This digital creation includes a map of the city and three interactive Street View scenes of locations in Big City.


You can also explore a Street View scene from Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl. Julien Gauthier has created a wonderful interactive panoramic biopunk painting called BANGKOKXXIII - 360 Street. This 360 degree panoramic painting depicts a scene inspired by Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl. As you rotate around this panoramic image an imagined Asian street scene looms over your point of view, with towering skyscrapers, an overgrown overpass and even a gigantic elephant.

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