I finally managed to pull myself away from Super Mario Maker, just in time to realize thatCall of Duty: Black Ops III will be getting mod tools and a level editor—the features that allow players to make their own custom content for a game—in March. That’s something that will make me consider getting the game sooner rather than later.
I love creating maps and designing my own levels or intricate mazes for my friends to try their hand at or battle each other in. This is something I’ve been doing since I was little—like so many others—using my graph paper to design Super Mario or Mega Man courses when I should have been learning math. With each new game that boasts these sorts of features, I feel like I have to try them out. Not all of those games have been great of course, but others suck me in for weeks—we don’t talk about the lifetime I’ve lost inMinecraft—which is why I want to discuss some of my favorite games with map editors and a few of the early pioneers before Nintendo made killing Mario in elaborate deathtraps the new popular thing.