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Old 09-24-2013, 06:16 AM
 
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Go to this website: Geoguessr.com

Basically, you get plunked down on a random street view on Google maps and have to figure out where you are. You can navigate around on streets looking for clues.

It's really engrossing. A guaranteed time waster.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:16 AM
 
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Go to this website: Geoguessr.com

Basically, you get plunked down on a random street view on Google maps and have to figure out where you are. You can navigate around on streets looking for clues.

It's really engrossing. A guaranteed time waster.
Thanks for sharing as I love these sort of games. I got one exact place and was within 1000 miles of the other places (much to my surprise) so I got 14,961 points (not sure if that is better or worse than average). I'll definitely be earmarking it .

Btw have you ever played the "What Skyline is this" on the Urban Planning Forum? It is quite fun and also often involves working out the places from landmarks.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:34 PM
 
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Thanks for sharing as I love these sort of games. I got one exact place and was within 1000 miles of the other places (much to my surprise) so I got 14,961 points (not sure if that is better or worse than average). I'll definitely be earmarking it .

Btw have you ever played the "What Skyline is this" on the Urban Planning Forum? It is quite fun and also often involves working out the places from landmarks.
No I haven't.

My max score was over 31,000 once. But I hate it when they plunk you down in the middle of the Australian outback with no road signs for miles.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:43 PM
 
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No I haven't.

My max score was over 31,000 once. But I hate it when they plunk you down in the middle of the Australian outback with no road signs for miles.
I've only played one game so far (I'm at work so can't play here).

I'm Australian so perhaps I might do well on those ones Hopefully, I'll be able to tell the difference between NSW, NT, WA and SA outbacks (there is a difference). I have a fair idea of what towns in each state look like (there is a difference).

Btw I didn't realise that serious players frowned on Google - however, I did only use Google for one (where I guessed the right Canadian province but used Google to find the exact place - probably made a difference of 2,000 point overall) - however, with the other 4 places, I had a fair idea of what part of the US (2), Central America (1) and Russia (1) they were but still took a bit of a guess and got within 1000 miles each time.

When I get home tonight, I think I'll be playing during ads on TV.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:42 PM
 
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No I haven't.

My max score was over 31,000 once. But I hate it when they plunk you down in the middle of the Australian outback with no road signs for miles.

Whining isn't productive.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:35 AM
 
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I've only played one game so far (I'm at work so can't play here).

I'm Australian so perhaps I might do well on those ones Hopefully, I'll be able to tell the difference between NSW, NT, WA and SA outbacks (there is a difference). I have a fair idea of what towns in each state look like (there is a difference).

Btw I didn't realise that serious players frowned on Google - however, I did only use Google for one (where I guessed the right Canadian province but used Google to find the exact place - probably made a difference of 2,000 point overall) - however, with the other 4 places, I had a fair idea of what part of the US (2), Central America (1) and Russia (1) they were but still took a bit of a guess and got within 1000 miles each time.

When I get home tonight, I think I'll be playing during ads on TV.
Well, I think the people who complain about Google usage are just nitwits. It's more a detective mystery than a guessing game. And, hey, I speak a little Russian, so I can work through the Cyrillic in case I land in Russian or the Ukraine.

The other thing I hate is when you get a place where the camera's resolution is really bad. Can't tell what you're seeing.
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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I think it's fair to recognize that people play under two sets of rules and scores should be looked at accordingly. I don't use Google, but if I did, my scores would surely have been higher.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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Go to this website: Geoguessr.com

Basically, you get plunked down on a random street view on Google maps and have to figure out where you are. You can navigate around on streets looking for clues.

It's really engrossing. A guaranteed time waster.
As a geologist/GIS specialist, this game ROCKS! (couldn't resist the geo pun )

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:22 AM
 
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Well, I think the people who complain about Google usage are just nitwits. It's more a detective mystery than a guessing game. And, hey, I speak a little Russian, so I can work through the Cyrillic in case I land in Russian or the Ukraine.

The other thing I hate is when you get a place where the camera's resolution is really bad. Can't tell what you're seeing.
Exactly how I think of it Sometimes it can be a really tiny clue that gives an indication to where one is and they are the more fulfilling ones to get.

In regards to desert areas, I've found so far they are in 3 places - NM and Arizona, Australia and Namibia/Swaziland - I've yet to come across a North African desert area.
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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Well, I think the people who complain about Google usage are just nitwits. It's more a detective mystery than a guessing game. And, hey, I speak a little Russian, so I can work through the Cyrillic in case I land in Russian or the Ukraine.

The other thing I hate is when you get a place where the camera's resolution is really bad. Can't tell what you're seeing.
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I think it's fair to recognize that people play under two sets of rules and scores should be looked at accordingly. I don't use Google, but if I did, my scores would surely have been higher.
I do use Google because the map that's supplied in geoguessr is pretty poor for finding small towns and cities in a country that you're not familiar with. There's no find function, and the map is very small. So I pull up another map so I can find a placename. For me, this makes the game more fun. Without it, it's tough sometimes to get more than just the country.

Of course none of this helps with the wide open spaces that abound in Russia, Canada, Brazil, the US, as well as that notorious outback. One could speculate a variant with a new scoring system for just guessing countries.
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