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Shrouded in an almost mythical aura, the city of New Orleans often doesn’t seem real to visitors. It’s a unique place where the New and Old World collide, bringing together an authentic blend of wonder found in so few places around the globe.
Now, one of the things people could count on, a map of the city, is under fire.
Game developer and author James L. Sutter doesn’t think New Orleans looks real enough — even for gaming — and expressed his disbelief on Twitter about the way the Crescent City looks on Google Maps.
Sutter, who co-created the Pathfinder and Starfinder role-playing games, has spent his career developing detailed maps of make-believe places.
But the real map of New Orleans, Sutter says, looks so fake it would never pass for any games he creates, noting oddities in the local landscape are too far-fetched even for the gaming world.