Thanks to some good friends over at GAF, I was sent back down memory lane late this evening when I stumbled upon a thread which made my nostalgia meter go through the roof. For, you see, it appears that full episodes of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” have made their way onto YouTube. Considering that I just posted about The Weekenders being found on the service, my respect for YouTube is at an all time high right now. Also, as if the universe is out to prove me wrong, this show is actually quite good at balancing pure cheese and educational value. I think my life would have been more valuable if I had known Kiev was the capital of the Ukraine before the age of 10.
There was just something about the character of Carmen Sandiego that I found intriguing. I played the computer games, I rocked out to the theme song, and I watched intently as young children fought crime and saved the day before heading out onto a giant map of the United States (or another continent) with giant siren poles and usually failed miserably. I always thought I would do much better, but it’s not like I knew all of the US States well enough to be able to do it; I don’t know how I thought I’d know where Kansas was better than an American grade schooler. I didn’t even LIKE geography. But, alas, I was sucked in anyways.
So, without further ado, here is a low quality but nonetheless entertaining episode of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? I never quite got hooked on geography because of it, but that theme song sure is catchy.
Part One: The girl in the middle isn’t too bright in the beginning, but she picks it up later.
Part Two: They CLEARLY said it was a Sea, guy on the right side. Come on! Also, it’s amazing that I remember the “How much you gonna risk” song better than most of the rest of the show.
Part Three: This part of the game is really my favourite, although it takes absolutely no skill and is all entirely luck based until they hit the map. I won’t ruin it for you, but how well did YOU know Africa when you were 10-12?