Taking memory palaces from video games and virtual loci?

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#1 24 August, 2016 - 11:16
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Taking memory palaces from video games and virtual loci?


Hi all.

I am new to the art of memory and I'm quickly running out of memory palaces. It doesn't help that I suck at the whole geo-location thing. I live in a pretty small European city but I still get lost VERY easily. So, I heard that a good alternatives are maps from video games. Since I don't play a lot of video games I don't know ones with good and memorable maps. So I need help. Please suggest me games and perhaps other mediums where I can pile up journeys. Also, how viable is the idea of creating a whole memory palace from scratch in your imagination? Thanks!

25 August, 2016 - 23:12
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Creating your own memory palace in imagination is very good idea.
1) it's easy to remember
2) you can match it to specific subject (book, web page, table) by building proper amount of buildings and rooms
3) it is unlimited

However there is a list of games for memory palaces:
GTA (only 3D)
Gothic
Elder scrolls
Watchdogs
Minecraft (if you play on the same world a lot, but this game is not good for palaces)
Battlefield
Medal of Honor
Counter Strike
Call of Duty
...etc.

Maps from games are very useful and intuitive, but only when you play in them a lot. The world of GTA San Andreas was my first memory palace, I started using it before I had known this technique. It was natural method of memorizing, the method that works best with well known places.

TIP: Don't force yourself to remember a map. Just play a lot and then try to use it.

26 August, 2016 - 00:17
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Check out these virtual memory palace ideas.

29 August, 2016 - 09:39
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Thanks all! This was very helpful!

30 August, 2016 - 14:23
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I was actually considering preparing journeys from videogames but completely forgot, thanks for the reminder.
You should try out the Dark Souls series, definitely has very memorable routes, especially since you'll have to run through some of the areas over and over after dying repeatedly.

31 August, 2016 - 13:21
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Thanks! I really needed a recommendation because I'm not very familiar with video games, will definitely check it out!

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