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Digital Artist Has Made Over 3700 Game Maps Only Using MS Paint

A GameFAQs user has made thousands of maps on Microsoft Paint over the last 20 years to help players beat games.

Hey, remember GameFAQs? It’s highly likely that if you’re of a certain age at the very least you’ll remember them. It’s still going, and there are some who are putting in a huge amount of effort to help people out. As there’s one user who over the last 20 or so years has made 3700 maps using Microsoft Paint. The maps seem deceptively simple, but over the 300 or so games user StarFighters76 has covered, a great deal of them have been very helpful to players.

I actually use the old school MSPaint, like from the early 2000s,” said StarFighters76 in an interview with PC Gamer. When asked if he’s ever considered changing programs, he says “I should, honestly. But MSPaint has been with me since day one and hasn’t let me down yet so I don’t want to turn my back on it.

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Credit: StarFighters76

StarFighters76’s process has apparently remained unchanged over the years too. First, he draws out the map on paper while playing, and takes important notes too. Then he will translate those drawings into Paint, which can be a bit more difficult for 3D platformers.

The GameFAQs user has covered a huge range of games. He’s covered a number of Final Fantasy games, Pokemon Games, and some Silent Hill games too.

According to StarFighters76, he’s been into mapping since he was a teenager. “It started out with me being curious and adventurous, so I would go around neighborhoods I was in and then venture out further when I was ready. Because I have taught myself how to navigate throughout my city, friends have literally called me their ‘human GPS’—not joking either.

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StarFighters76 is certainly doing important work, as many older games are unlikely to have proper guides made by current outlets. So next time you’re playing an old game and use GameFAQs, take a second to appreciate the work that people like StarFighters76 are putting in.

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Featured Image Credit: StarFighters76

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