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Damn we killin' it

Look at all those markers!

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Hey guys, the map looks awesome!

I just want to add the option that it can also be done embedding a map from a map service such as google maps. Here is a sample I've done quickly this morning:

<iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=17-SjER5Zhh6-EelkdLVM7oM88-I" width="640" height="480"></iframe>

Changing the markers was the most I could do to personalize the map, so I guess there is not much to play with, but I didn't spend enough time on it!

edit: oh, we can't edit the html of the post...

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For anyone who doesn't want to download the html file but still interested in what my map looks like:

gamequittermapwithmarkers.thumb.png.69fa

@Reno F has a good idea with using google maps to put the markers on.  I may be a little bit biased against that because I spent a lot of time getting the markers lined up for this map, and don't really look forward to doing that tedious work all over again.  The markers don't necessarily line up but here is what it looks like when I swap in Reno's code:

gamequittersgooglemap.thumb.png.11aa9b10

There are some disadvantages and advantages with doing it either way.  Like I said, I may be slightly biased because of the work I've already put in, but a couple of objective reasons to use the first map is quicker loading times and later we also have the ability to colour in the countries.

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A bit stacked in my opinion. Could you do them smaller or without the arrow?

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We can add Uruguay to the list! Country 72 baby. :D

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A bit stacked in my opinion. Could you do them smaller or without the arrow?

How about you guys make Europe one big country? :)

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A bit stacked in my opinion. Could you do them smaller or without the arrow?

How about you guys make Europe one big country? :)

But it isn't !!! ;):D

 

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A bit stacked in my opinion. Could you do them smaller or without the arrow?

How about you guys make Europe one big country? :)

Agreed. Lol.

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#74: Bulgaria! 

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I'd like to maybe add my two cents to this topic.

First, looks great. I think it would be cool to see where everyone is coming from. I agree it looks a little cluttered in Europe, that may help by reducing the size of the pointer a bit and adding a marker outline around the arrow part so it's not so much a red blob. Of course, the alternative to the clutter is the ability to zoom in on the map, which is why Google Maps API is often used :) But given the work that's been put into this so far, it'd be a shame not to use it. I've attached a quick example of how I think the pins could look a little different to maybe reduce some clutter/size without losing the gamequitters logo to the pixel war.

Another thing is that although Europe looks very busy of course with all the countries, US, Canada, and other larger countries seem a bit bare. It may be cool to separate the pins into the states and provinces of those larger countries, of course that is more work as well.

Finally, I'll throw a big stick in the spokes - what's been done set aside, what would be cool to see is an option for people to list their location on their forum profile, there could then be a server side script that accesses the database and generates the Google Maps API JavaScript cooridinates based on the locations. It would remove having to place the pins when a new person comes on board from a new location. That's a pretty big stick though, and as the late and great Bruce Lee has once said, "If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done."

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Great ideas @phpsmith. My vision for the next iteration of Game Quitters (GQ) is for it to be a fully integrated website, so instead of the websites (gamequitters.com) being separate from the forum, they would both be one and the same. That way your profile also can include anything else like location being tied to a map on the homepage, and/or so forth. The vision is for GQ to be a mobile app as well, and have the app and website (webapp) be seamless.

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Sounds pretty cool @Cam Adair :) I'm not sure what sort of stages you are looking at, if you would be looking to integrate the two systems before creating the app and what ideas you had the app would have, but for a forum I run (mind you, not nearly as active as this one) I've tried this solution called "Tapatalk". There are varying degrees of service they offer, I tried the free version and basically what it does is it makes your forum acessible through an app. There are higher level features such as a "Branded iOS & Android App" that they offer for a monthly charge, that might be something to check out.

When I integrated it onto my phpbb forum it was incredibly easy, just a few scripts and you're off running. I eventually took it off the site though because of a few things: 1) I like being a little more in control of my software, that's a personal preference and 2) I felt it could annoy people because when you visited the site, it would always broadcast "Download the App!". Some people don't like downloading apps for privacy issues. Also the free "App" you download is Tapatalk, which is just a big list of all the forums using Tapatalk instead of your own, so it could be a little confusing to users as it wasn't specific to my forum.

I haven't touched it in at least a year, so I'm sure they have had great improvements. Here is the website.

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Country #75: Kosovo!

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The further south a node, the more toward the front it ought to be. This will improve appearance substantially.

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Just hit #75 - Montenegro! 

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