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GeoGuessr - Geography at Ground Level [May. 24th, 2013|12:24 am]
In case you've not already tried it, check out GeoGuessr. Annoyingly spelled yet brilliant game! Very simple and barely a "game" per se, yet such a captivating concept.

My house rules
* No googling any names or numbers sighted in street views.
* Looking up countries in Wikipedia is okay (and useful for checking guesses on flags).
* Knowing Google's coverage map is okay and tremendously helpful!

My high score
243824 points
On this round of locations.

Obligatory XKCD

[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2013-05-24 07:50 am (UTC)
You beat me. I never heard of this until XKCD. I got pretty close to yours in the Czech Republic, but that was mostly luck. There was a repeat in there from when I first found out about it. I wonder how far people wander up and down the roads to find out where they are.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2013-05-24 02:32 pm (UTC)
If its consolation, my typical scores are around 11K.

How far I wander depends on the road. Straight in the middle of nothing in particular? A few steps. Urban or suburban? 5-20 blocks. </p>

Yeah, I'm also getting good at recognizing Australian outback. Also regions of Brazil. Surprising new skills! :)

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2013-05-24 02:35 pm (UTC)
It's surprisingly fun and addictive isn't it? :)

I seem to get Brazil and Australia a lot. Getting better at identifying road edge markers and shrubs, yeah.
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From: avon_deer
2013-05-24 11:45 am (UTC)
Where has my lunchbreak gone?

This is taking over my life now!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2013-05-24 02:35 pm (UTC)
Sorry... But believe me, I know the feeling!
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[User Picture]From: sabotlours
2013-05-24 07:49 pm (UTC)
This is right up my alley! Every time I see a movie I always try to determine the filming locations. I always love it when they say they're in Illinois or Kansas and yet there's a big snow-capped peak in the background. I also love using my knowledge of geology when I see a rock outcrop. In fact after 9/11 when Osama released a video of himself with a cliff in the background I said, " I bet if they got a geologist who knew the rocks of Afghanistan, they could have him pinpointed within a few hundred square kilometers." Several months later I read that an Afghan geologist DID come forward and complain that he offered his services to the CIA but they had turned him down,
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[User Picture]From: pippinbear
2013-05-24 10:40 pm (UTC)
Heh, I have yet to see anything remotely Googleable on there. Octagonal STOP signs exist everywhere, as far as I know!

(Admittedly I've only played about 3 or 4 rounds. But each time I've spent at least 10 minutes clicking along featureless roads that could be just about anywhere, eventually clicking a random location, and then being told I'm on the wrong continent. :p

Edit: heh, so saying, the next try puts me in a little lay-by, handily signposted "Oregon state parks" and "California Trail", "Applegate Trail Interp Ctr" whatever that means. But I suspect I'm on the border of those two US states. I'm going to refrain from Googling and see what I can find further down the road. :)

Edit: well, ended up opening Google Maps full-screen to get a proper look as the little guessing map is too cramped. Eventually I found it. May have lost an hour just on this one round. "Your guess was 0.004 km from the correct location and gave 6479 points." I started here - nice scenery.

Edited at 2013-05-24 11:33 pm (UTC)
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From: endmouse
2013-05-28 10:19 pm (UTC)
Just what I needed -- another way to waste hours on my laptop! Agreed, it's addictive. And I'm not even good at it! My general policy has become, when in doubt, guess Australia. Did this game originate there?

There was one even I got right, though: the first photo included a sign saying "SwedBank." But the fuzzy photos in some locations are really tough. So far, my record score is not much above your average score!
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