Nobody talks about maps of the world. Nobody cares about maps of the world.
What an utterly false and inexplicable statement. If no one talks about and cares about world maps, why do so many people make them, buy them, and use them on a regular basis?
Nobody expects us to have a page about maps of the world. They're not relevant to fiction.
They are quite revelevent to fiction. Many works use maps of the world, ranging from works showing fictional maps of fictional worlds, to works showing maps of the world showing fictional alternative histories or fictional futures of real worlds, to maps showing where in the real world fictional events take place. Many games other then video games also use world maps. Risk
comes to mind.
There's zero risk of confusion. No reason not to use the pre-existing term for the trope.
It is the same reason why we've decided not to have a trope called will
, but instead split it up into types and ways that wills
were used in fiction, and name them with a greater degree of specificity. It is the same reason that Fantasy World Map
was named with the modifier "Fantasy" to refer to a specific type of world map used in a specific context, even though if you look at an atlas or in-book map for a fantasy novel, it isn't going to say "Fantasy World Map" but "Map of the World", "World Map", "Map of [name of world]" etc. It is the same reason people kept point out that The Chamberlain
sounds like it refers to the office of chamberlain.
Now, I suppose if we were a videogame only wiki we could get away with that sort of usage.
If we were a Runescape wiki
we could get away with defining a world map as refering to only the scrolling map of the entire surface of Gielinor. However, we aren't a videogame only wiki. We are a wiki that covers all mediums, not just videogames but even, say, Non-Fiction Literature
You yourself demonstrated that the only way on a Google search to narrow down the search to get the specific type world map you are talking about is to add modifiers to the search beyond "World Map"? Why the strong resistance to adding a simple modifier like "Videogame" to the name?
We don't have a Rabbit page, but we do have a Mole page and a Duck! page and a Bear page and you'll notice none of them are about cute woodland creatures.
We have Rascally Rabbit
. No where do we define it as a trickster rabbit in western animation, because that would be just plain silly because trickster rabbits are not confined to western animation.
We do not have Mole
. We have The Mole
. Also, we are using one of the standard dictionary definitions of the term "mole". No where in any dictionary or encyclopedia will you see "World Map" defined as something that is only found in videogames.
We do not have Bear
. We have The Bear
. Also, "bear" has as one of its slang definitions something that means solely what the trope describes.
The same type of thing can not be said of "World Map". There is no slang, dictionary or encyclopedia definition anywhere outside of this site, not even in the searches you give, that defines "World Map" as being something exclusive to video games. World Maps are something that are found in videogames, not something that originated in videogames, are exclusive to videogames, or are most commonly associated with videogames.
edited 27th Apr '12 7:59:34 PM by Catbert