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A former logo of the Carmen Sandiego series used in the 1990s.

Carmen Sandiego refers to a media franchise of edutainment computer games, television programs, books and other media featuring a thieving villainess of the same name. The basic premise of the franchise has the user or protagonists being agents of the ACME Detective Agency, which attempts to thwart and capture V.I.L.E. ringleader Carmen Sandiego. The series initially focused on teaching geography and history, though it later branched out into mathematics, English and other subjects. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... A media franchise is an intellectual property involving the characters, setting, and trademarks of an original work of media (usually a work of fiction), such as a film, a work of literature, a television program, or a video game. ... Edutainment (also educational entertainment or entertainment-education) is a form of entertainment designed to educate as well as to amuse. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ... Television series redirects here. ... A chained book in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side, and within protective covers. ... Carmen Sandiego is a fictional character featured in a long-running edutainment series of the same name. ... The ACME Detective Agency (ACME Crimenet) and V.I.L.E. are two fictional organizations central to the premise of the Carmen Sandiego series. ... The title page to The Historians History Of The World. ... Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens. ... English studies is an academic discipline that includes the study of literatures written in the English language (including literatures from the U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, and the Middle East, among other areas), English linguistics (including English phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics...


Originally distributed in the United States and Canada, most of the computer games are now available to international audiences. With the exception of Carmen Sandiego: Junior Detective Edition, all the games in the series are aimed at preteens although the geography and history games are often difficult enough for adults since much of the trivia learned is not widely known. Many entries in the series contain elements of various genres, including mystery, comedy, science fiction, spy-fi and fantasy. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is the title of several edutainment computer games in the Carmen Sandiego series that teach geography. ... A preadolescent girl A Preteen or pre-teen refers to a stage of human development during childhood. ... Look up genre in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Mystery fiction is a distinct subgenre of detective fiction that entails the occurrence of an unknown event which requires the protagonist to make known (or solve). ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke[[ laughter in general). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Spy-fi is a fan name for television series and movies - especially those from the 1960s - that blend the espionage genre with elements of science fiction. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ...

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The computer games

Broaderbund games

Origin and history

Carmen Sandiego was originally conceived in 1983 by ex-Disney artist Gene Portwood, Mark Iscaro, Dane Bigham and Lauren Elliott at Brøderbund Software. The concept for the product evolved from a game the Carlstons (founders of Broaderbund) played as kids, using the world almanac and maps to play quiz games. To inspire kids to learn geography, the creators wanted a "heroine" whose name sounded exotic but was unmistakably easy to pronounce. The character's unusual surname is derived from one of the designers being from San Diego, California.[1] Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... Brøderbund Software was a maker of computer games, educational software and the Print Shop productivity tools. ... Nickname: Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates: , Country United States State California County San Diego Founded July 16, 1769 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Mayor Jerry Sanders  - City Attorney Michael Aguirre  - City Council Scott Peters Kevin Faulconer Toni Atkins Tony Young Brian Maienschein Donna Frye Jim Madaffer...


The original story for the game was written by David Siefkin, listed in the game manual as 'contributing author,' at the request of Broderbund project manager Joanne Koltnow. He based the game on the early mainframe computer game "Adventure," in which participants searched for treasures in the rooms of an imaginary cave. Siefkin substituted real countries for the rooms of the cave, and invented clues based upon real languages, landmarks,currencies, and geographical facts. He wrote the original story in a few days sitting beside the swimming pool at the University of California at Berkeley. He suggested the name Carmen Sandiego for one of the villains, since it resembled the exotic name of film star Carmen Miranda, and since his roommmates in San Francisco had a St. Bernard dog named Carmen. The program was then written by Dane Bigham, and graphics added by Gene Portwood. After writing the game, Siefkin became a Foreign Service Officer, serving in several of the countries featured in the game.


The first Carmen Sandiego software game, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, was released in 1985 for the Apple II computer and was subsequently ported to other systems. The first seven games were each awarded one or more SPA Excellence in Software Awards, particularly for their educational effort. The Brøderbund-produced games were as follows: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is the title of several edutainment computer games in the Carmen Sandiego series that teach geography. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... In computer science, porting is the adaptation of a piece of software so that it will function in a different computing environment to that for which it was originally written. ... The CODiE awards is a yearly award issued by the Software and Information Industry Association for excellence in software development primarily among its members. ...

  • Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (1985)
  • Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego? (1986)
  • Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego? (1988)
  • Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? (1989)
  • Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Deluxe (1990)
  • Where in America's Past is Carmen Sandiego? (1991)
  • Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego? (1993)
  • Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego? (1994)
  • Carmen Sandiego: Junior Detective Edition (1995)
  • Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (1996)
  • Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego? (1996)
  • Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? (later retitled Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time) (1997)
  • Carmen Sandiego Word Detective (1997)
  • Carmen Sandiego Math Detective (1998)

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is the title of several edutainment computer games in the Carmen Sandiego series that teach geography. ... Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? is the title of two edutainment computer games in the Carmen Sandiego series that teach history. ... Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is the title of several edutainment computer games in the Carmen Sandiego series that teach geography. ... Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is the title of several edutainment computer games in the Carmen Sandiego series that teach geography. ... Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is the title of several edutainment computer games in the Carmen Sandiego series that teach geography. ... Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego is a multiplaform video game where players have to travel through time to collect the clue and the warrant necessary to capture Carmen Sandiego or one of her henchmen. ...

The original "formula" for the series

The first game in the series, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, established a formula that was followed very faithfully in all Carmen Sandiego products for over ten years. This formula involves a series of missions in which the user tracks and apprehends each of Carmen's underlings. Each case begins with the user being alerted that a ridiculously spectacular theft has been committed. Immediately transported to the scene of the crime, the user must find clues to infer the suspect's next stop and to create a warrant describing the guilty party's attributes. The culprit travels through a series of different destinations in an attempt to shake off any pursuers so the user will have to continue tracking the thief for some time. The game continues in this manner until the user catches up with culprit, at which point the thief is arrested and, if the warrant is correct, put in jail. As more and more thieves are arrested, the user rises up through ACME's ranks and the cases the user is assigned become more difficult. On the last case, the perpetrator turns out to be Carmen Sandiego herself and once she is arrested the program is completed. An arrest warrant is a warrant issued by a public officer which authorizes the arrest and detention of an individual. ...


With Carmen Sandiego Word Detective, Carmen Sandiego Math Detective and especially the third version of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? (now sold as Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time) Brøderbund began to abandon this formula. Word Detective and Math Detective involve the user infiltrating V.I.L.E. hideouts around the world and therefore maintain the globe-hopping element of previous games. Where in Time/Great Chase Through Time, however, nearly completely abandoned the series' original formula and has the user spending each mission in one time period, where the goal is to first create makeshift solutions to any historical problems that the theft has caused and second to find the thief Carmen has dropped off. The last mission of Time in which the user tracks down Carmen is similar to the traditional formula, although the user does not construct a warrant.


Style of humor

The games created by Brøderbund featured silly humor and especially a distinctive style of word play with extensive use of puns, rhymes and alliteration. This style of word play was also present, in varying degrees, in all three of the Carmen Sandiego TV shows. Word play is a literary technique in which the nature of the words used themselves become part of the subject of the work. ... A pun (also known as paronomasia) is a figure of speech which consists of a deliberate confusion of similar words within a phrase or phrases for rhetorical effect, whether humorous or serious. ... A rhyme is a repetition of identical or similar terminal sounds in two or more different words (i. ... Alliteration is a structuring device characterized by the reiteration of a sound at the beginning of two consecutive or slightly separated words. ...


Gag names ("Hardley Worthit," "Rob M. Blind," "Ruth Less," etc.) were quite frequently used in the series, often to the point where Carmen herself seemed to be the only person without such a name. Clues about the suspect's next destination often used extended puns (example: "I pumped her for information, but her unrefined answer only suggested a crude plan to visit oil wells near Ahvaz.") or rhyming couplets. Even as the games began to abandon their original formula, this word play was still retained. For example, a news report on massive blackouts from Carmen Sandiego Math Detective quotes an official as saying, "we're taking a dim view of the situation." It has been suggested that Mike Hunt be merged into this article or section. ... An oil well is seen in Texas. ... The city of Ahvaz or Ahwaz[1] (Persian: ahvāz, Arabic: ), is the capital of the Iranian province of Khūzestān. ... Power Outage is an episode of The WB drama series, Charmed. ...


Although Carmen's V.I.L.E. agents were often portrayed as cartoonish buffoons, they seemed to be capable of "stealing" landmarks, cities, national parks, notable exports (such as "stealing all the sushi from Japan") and the like. Her thieves have also been known to steal geographic features and even nonexistent map features such as the Mason-Dixon line. Some thefts were even non sequiturs based on word play, such as "robbing the banks of the Nile," or plays on the word "steal" such as "stealing the show." Taj Mahal Big Ben Saint Basils Cathedral For other senses of this word, see landmark (disambiguation). ... Look up city, City in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, UK A national park is a reserve of land, usually declared and owned by a national government, protected from most human development and pollution. ... Front row, left to right: uramaki roll, inarizushi, and nigiri (two kinds). ... For the fictional character, see Mason Dixon (Rocky Balboa character). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... “Banker” redirects here. ... The Nile (Arabic: , transliteration: , Ancient Egyptian iteru, Coptic piaro or phiaro) is a major north-flowing river in Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world. ...


Learning Company games

After Brøderbund was purchased by The Learning Company in 1998, the Learning Company apparently sought to redesign the series. Under The Learning Company, the series seems to be play its premise more seriously and uses character-based humor. Since The Learning Company has only created two Carmen Sandiego games, one of which is no longer sold, this change is evident mainly through marketing and which Brøderbund products The Learning Company has chosen to continue to sell. The Learning Company (TLC) is an American educational software company, founded in 1980. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Look up marketing in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The first title released by The Learning Company was Carmen Sandiego's ThinkQuick Challenge, a quiz game with a similar tonality to Carmen Sandiego: Word Detective and Carmen Sandiego: Math Detective, including the reappearance of Chase Devineaux. The new structure of Time was apparently to The Learning Company's liking since their new version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, fully titled Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Treasures of Knowledge, was similar. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is the title of several edutainment computer games in the Carmen Sandiego series that teach geography. ...


The Learning Company has apparently decided to return the series to its original focus on geography and history, discontinuing Word Detective, Math Detective and their own ThinkQuick Challenge.


The Secret of the Stolen Drums

In 2004, Bam! Entertainment released Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums to the GameCube, Xbox and PlayStation 2. It is so far the only game of the franchise to use real-time 3D computer graphics, although many previous games had used pre-rendered 3D graphics. It was also an action game and while geographical facts were included, learning them was not necessary to complete the game. Although The Learning Company evidently licensed the use of the series as well as some of their own characters from Treasures of Knowledge, this game is not distributed by or sold under The Learning Company name. The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the 128-bit era; the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... Real-time computer graphics is the subfield of computer graphics focused on producing and analyzing images in real time. ... 3D computer graphics are different from 2D computer graphics in that a three-dimensional representation of geometric data is stored in the computer for the purposes of performing calculations and rendering 2D images. ... Pre-rendered graphics, in computer graphics, is a video footage which is not being rendered in real-time by the hardware that is outputing or playing back the video. ...


Television programs

Carmen's character has also appeared in three television shows, two of them game shows that aired on PBS. The first was Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, which aired from September 1991 to September 1996. This series won a Peabody Award and many other awards for children's television. It was followed by Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?, which was on until September 1998. The third show was an animated series titled Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, which debuted in February 1994 on Fox and ran for four seasons. “Quiz show” redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? was a popular childrens television game show loosely based off the computer games of the same name created by now defunct Brøderbund Software. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego was a U.S. game show, loosely based off the computer game of the same name. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? was a Saturday morning cartoon show based on the Carmen Sandiego series of edutainment computer games. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ...


Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

The World series was staged in a slightly off-skew detective office, part of the ACME agency with Lynne Thigpen portraying the Chief and Greg Lee portraying himself as a special agent in charge of training new recruits. Greg was helped in this training by various live and animated characters. Among the most popular were the members of the a capella house band and comedy troupe, Rockapella, who also sang the show's theme song. Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? was a popular childrens television game show loosely based off the computer games of the same name created by now defunct Brøderbund Software. ... Lynne Thigpen (December 22, 1948 – March 12, 2003) was an Image Award-nominated American film and television actress. ... The Chief refers to a series of fictional characters in the Carmen Sandiego franchise of computer games and TV shows. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Rockapella on the set of the show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (Top row, L-R: Carl, Altman; Center: Leonard; Bottom row, L-R: Kerman, Thacher) Rockapella is a five-man a cappella musical group, known best for the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? theme song...


The game was played in three rounds: the first round was Q&A, and the two contestants ("gumshoes") with the highest scores proceeded to a second round. In this round, they had to find, in order, the loot, the warrant and the cartoon crook. The winner of the second round went to the third round. As host Greg Lee shouted the names or places in a region of the world the player had to place a marker on the corresponding place on a giant map of that area. A successful contestant would win a trip anywhere in the lower 48 states, later anywhere in North America. World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...


Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?

The Time series, hosted by Kevin Shinick, refocused the show on history, but was otherwise similar to the previous show's format, even featuring Lynne Thigpen returning as the Chief. Rockapella, however, was replaced by a dance group, The Engine Crew. The final round of this show involved answering various history related questions to open six "time doors"; if a question was answered correctly, the player walked through the door. If it was answered incorrectly, however, the player had to turn a crank, pull a lever, or do some other task that ate into the 90-second time limit. If they got through all the doors, they received a personal computer as their prize. Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego was a U.S. game show, loosely based off the computer game of the same name. ... Kevin Shinick is an American actor, writer and director. ...


Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?

Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? is a Saturday morning cartoon series made by DiC that originally aired on FOX. It featured the adventures of Zack and Ivy, two teenage siblings who worked as ACME agents and, aided by the Max Headroom-like Chief, had to stop Carmen (voiced by Rita Moreno) and her gang from stealing artifacts. The series won an Emmy in 1995. Its episodes have subsequently been repeated on both the Fox Family Channel and the Pax network. The series has now been released on DVD. Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? was a Saturday morning cartoon show based on the Carmen Sandiego series of edutainment computer games. ... Saturday morning cartoon is the colloquial term for the animated television programming which was typically scheduled on Saturday mornings on the major American television networks from the 1960s to the 1990s. ... The DiC Incredible World logo used from late 2001 to present. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... Max Headroom Max Headroom is the name of a fictional artificial intelligence, known for his surreal wit and a stuttering, distorted, electronically sampled delivery. ... Rita Moreno on the 1962 album cover for Academy Award Winner Rita Moreno Sings Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award-winning actress and the first and only Puerto Rican actress in history (as well as one of only nine people) to have... An Emmy Award. ... ABC Family is an American cable television network currently owned by Disney/ABC. ABC Family offers contemporary and inclusive programming, including series, movies, events, and enhanced ABC encore presentations. ... . The initial letter is shown capitalized due to technical restrictions. ... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


Other media

In the late 1990s, the Metro Washington Park Zoo in Portland, Oregon, (now the Oregon Zoo), in conjunction with Broderbund, ran a summer-long event entitled Where in the Zoo is Carmen Sandiego?[2], which functioned as a full-immersion live-action Carmen game in which zoo patrons were the investigating detectives. Actors were hired to play Carmen's henchmen, who could be found around the zoo, and on occasions a costumed Carmen appeared, as well, but never in a location where patrons could interact with her. Clues were given out at various stations by members of the ZooTeens volunteer group. Nickname: Location in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country United States State Oregon County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter Area  - City  145. ... Official language(s) (none)[1] Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... The Oregon Zoo, formerly the Washington Park Zoo, is a zoo 2 miles WSW of downtown Portland, Oregon in Portlands Washington Park. ... Brøderbund (Danish for band of brothers) is a maker of computer games and educational software that was founded by Doug and Gary Carlston in 1980. ...


Where in the Universe is Carmen Sandiego? is a movie that was made to be played in a planetarium. It is less like a traditional movie, and more like one of the Carmen Sandiego game shows featured on PBS with the live audience as the detectives. This movie also featured Lynne Thigpen as the Chief and was based on Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego?. Where in the Universe is Carmen Sandiego? II is a sequel to Where in the Universe is Carmen Sandiego?. It marked Thigpen's last appearance as the Chief before her death. // A planetarium is a theatre built primarily for presenting educational and entertaining shows about astronomy and the night sky, or for training in celestial navigation. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ...


References in popular culture

  • The World game show was parodied on Saturday Night Live, in the May 6, 1995 episode hosted by Bob Saget.[3] Saget played the host of a kids' geography game show called Where in the World is San Diego, California? and became panicked when one of the contestants (Molly Shannon) knew the answer before the show even began.
  • Carmen was the "spokesperson" for Amtrak in spring 1998.
  • She had a cameo role on the show Animaniacs during the "Acquaintances" episode.
  • Rockapella's "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" has been performed by the punk rock band, Tilt.
  • In the Homestar Runner Halloween cartoon, "The House that Gave Sucky Treats", Strong Bad comes as Carmen Sandiego (Homestar thinks he's the Spanish Inquisition). He asks, "Where in the world is my candy?" A bonus feature on a Homestar DVD reveals that Strong Bad received the most votes when viewers were asked to vote for their favorite costume.
  • For a while, a search on the Google search engine for "Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego" resulted in the engine citing her location as Cairo, Egypt.
  • CollegeHumor has created a short video entitled Where the F*** is Carmen Sandiego?, which parodies the World game show, playing it as a hardboiled detective drama.

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Other notes

  • The title character's last name is often misspelled as two words ("Carmen San Diego") in the media. Although it is derived from the city of San Diego, the character's family name is nonetheless officially written as one word ("Carmen Sandiego").[4]
  • A portion of the title song's lyrics were modified in 1993 from "Czechoslovakia" to "Czech and Slovakia" to reflect the split of the eastern European nation.
  • The compilation album Toon Tunes: Action-Packed Anthems lists Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (the DiC cartoon series) on their playlist, but the CD actually contains the theme song for Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (the PBS game show).

See also

Carmen Sandiego is a fictional character featured in a long-running series of American educational software and WQED-Pittsburgh and WGBH-Boston produced television shows originally focusing on teaching geography and history (the series later branched out into other subjects). ... This is a list of fictional characters in the Carmen Sandiego games. ...

References

  1. ^ Question and Answer Session with Matt Fishbach
  2. ^ Young People's Theatre Project
  3. ^ "Where In The World Is San Diego California?", The SNL Archives
  4. ^ Official website

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