Abodos on Oct 13th 2017 at 7:40:46 PM
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Abodos on Oct 16th 2017 at 9:26:40 AM
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In large-scale games that feature a wide variety of locations themed along the lines of Green Hill Zone or The Lost Woods, the developers may choose to mix things up with one wooded area that is in autumn even though other such areas are in spring or summer. Whereas other areas will have green and fully-leaved trees, this area will have brown and orange leaves on its trees. Unless the setting is a fantasy world where A Wizard Did It, there will almost never be an explanation for why this area is experiencing a different season from the rest.
Contrast with Four-Seasons Level, when one area experiences multiple seasons in course of the game. A localized aversion of It's Always Spring. If the game world transitions from a normal forest to this one very abruptly, it can produce a Patchwork Map.
Video Game Examples:
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim features the Rift, a hold located in the southeastern portion of Skyrim. While Skyrim is a cold, wintery land overall, the non-snow covered deciduous trees we see elsewhere have full sets of green leaves.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons: One of the core game mechanics is that the seasons are out of whack in Holodrum, resulting in a Patchwork Map where spring, summer, autumn and winter are shoved together and can be cycled through manually with the Rod of Seasons. The gloomy Tarm Ruins are in autumn by default and reset to it as soon as you leave.
- The Akkala region in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has lots of orange and brown trees, bushes, and grasses.
- In Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005) the setting is always Autumn. Which might explain its' obsession with tinting everything brownish.
- Autumn Plains from Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!. The other homeworlds have summer and winter themes for comparison; Autumn Plains has yellow and brown trees, leaves falling and pale skies.
Non-Video Game ExamplesTabletop Games
- Dungeons & Dragons supplement WG7 Castle Greyhawk. Level 4 of the Castle, "There's No Place Like Up", takes place almost entirely in an extradimensional area called "Eternal Autumn Woods". Most of the area consists of a forest with gold, orange and red colored leaves. The ground is covered with things like piles of raked leaves and bushels of apples.
- RWBY has the forest known as Forever Fall. As its name implies, all of the trees there have red leaves that make it seem like it's always autumn.
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