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« on: 23 May 2013, 05:56 »

Slightly inspired by an xkcd strip (namely, this one):

GeoGuessr is a web-based "game" where you try to figure out from Google Street View where in the world you are, and you get a score based on how "close" you are.

Example: 22,958 points (results here).
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Re: GeoGuessr
« Reply #1 on: 23 May 2013, 06:10 »

After reading that xkcd strip a few days ago I took a look at geoguessr myself.

It's pretty cool, but so far I haven't been able to score more than 12k points. I'm terrible at this. :)
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Re: GeoGuessr
« Reply #2 on: 23 May 2013, 06:40 »

this thing's actually quite a bit of fun for someone like me who's into travel.

first try got me 7389. i saw a sign for the 'new england highway' & assumed i must be in the north eastern US. turns out that austrailia also has a new england.

it's interesting how you end up looking at little things like the color of the license plates on some turns. i expect you'd get a lot better at this with practice.
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Re: GeoGuessr
« Reply #3 on: 23 May 2013, 06:50 »

13043 points.

But only because the thing dropped me next to the Harlinger vis handel.

Other than that ... I swapped Africa for Australia. Oops.

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Re: GeoGuessr
« Reply #4 on: 23 May 2013, 06:56 »

In every round I had two thoughts as to where it was, and one was fairly close but I chose the other.

(Later) It dropped me in a town I know, not so far from here, and I put the marker less than a mile out, for 6,500 points.  Still got only 8,000-odd points for the round...
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Re: GeoGuessr
« Reply #5 on: 23 May 2013, 07:51 »

31,813.

After a while, you start realizing where you are based on road markings. South Africa is very obvious.

Southern Cross Credit Union of New South Wales... wonder if they accept foreign deposits...
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Re: GeoGuessr
« Reply #6 on: 23 May 2013, 08:31 »

I've only played this back when it only consisted of a function that drops you in a random street view spot in the world, but back then I noticed that the vast majority of the world isn't on street view. You can tell which countries and areas are mapped by zooming out completely and dragging the orange guy over the map. Germany seems to have forbidden Google from mapping everything but the largest cities. I'd wager that 90% of the time you'll find yourself in the US, western Europe or Australia.
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Re: GeoGuessr
« Reply #7 on: 23 May 2013, 08:43 »

Huge amounts of North America, Australia and South America.
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« Reply #8 on: 23 May 2013, 08:46 »

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« Reply #9 on: 23 May 2013, 09:20 »

I've had a couple in Brazil. One each in England, Sweden, South Africa.  Several in Alaska...
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Re: GeoGuessr
« Reply #10 on: 23 May 2013, 09:49 »

I've gotten a lot of places in Brazil and a lot in Australia. My best score so far was about 21000, from some lucky guesses and one place I've been before.
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« Reply #11 on: 23 May 2013, 13:28 »

I've been on islands in the caribbean, deep in the deserts of Africa, and in Finnish forests (I guessed Sweden!).
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« Reply #12 on: 23 May 2013, 14:47 »

Well, I got 2379 in the first game... It didn't help I was picking Australia and it ended up Canada, or picking Florida and ending up with Oklahoma.

The second game decided to be a little sadistic gimp. Third place and I know exactly where it was, my ex's hometown. Got 13853 in that game.   :-\
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Re: GeoGuessr
« Reply #13 on: 23 May 2013, 14:56 »

Once it gave me a church that I recognized as being in the town I'm in... and instead it ended up being a nearly-identical church in a suburb of Tulsa.
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Re: GeoGuessr
« Reply #14 on: 23 May 2013, 16:07 »

The best one-guess value I've gotten is a 6k-something.

I'd narrowed it down to east Asia, trying to decide whether to guess China, Japan, or Korea, when I saw a sign in the picture marking it as Hong Kong. >_<

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« Reply #15 on: 23 May 2013, 16:08 »

Sonuvabitch thing just put me in a coral reef.

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« Reply #16 on: 23 May 2013, 16:12 »

Sonuvabitch thing just put me in a coral reef.
Can't go wrong with Australia.
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« Reply #17 on: 23 May 2013, 16:39 »

Yeah, I just got the wrong side of Australia. I'm bad at this game.

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« Reply #18 on: 23 May 2013, 17:01 »

Just got 26948pts.
Its actually a lot easier if you find a landmark or a signpost. I lucked out in one instance because I was put right next to the statue of Valery Chkalov in Nizhny Novgorod. From the look of the game, you are never put that far away from a town or something similar, so it becomes a case of looking for a shop (you can usually guess the language) or a school, which should hopefully have a flag. Even better if you can look for a signpost or a "Welcome to X" sign.
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« Reply #19 on: 23 May 2013, 17:17 »

All the time I get lonely stretches of nothing amid a forest, or a field. No cars, no buildings, not always even a sign.

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« Reply #20 on: 23 May 2013, 18:24 »

I'll be honest - multiple tabs, with one on the game, one on Google and one on Google Maps. Even then, I screw up (especially when I get ones that have me in a country using Cyrillic on their signs).
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« Reply #21 on: 23 May 2013, 19:32 »

All the time I get lonely stretches of nothing amid a forest, or a field. No cars, no buildings, not always even a sign.

I just got 16354 and pretty much all of them were like that, yeah. :psyduck:

I think I did really well in scouting out the Muroto area in eastern Shikoku, Japan, based on coastal shape. The one over in Sweden I just got from "Oh, there's those two kinds of trees and there's water over there", but turned out it was over in Gotland (so across the water on the island). The American stuff were random guesses based on pretty much "..I guess it's kinda both light brown and green in this area.. or something?".
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« Reply #22 on: 23 May 2013, 20:02 »

This reminds me of the game Finding the Airport.
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« Reply #23 on: 23 May 2013, 21:29 »

31358. The last one was the hardest.
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« Reply #24 on: 24 May 2013, 00:35 »

Oh shit, I am stupid. I just realized you can roam in this thing.

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« Reply #25 on: 24 May 2013, 01:38 »

First try got me 11683. I never got closer than 400km. I'm pretty amazed I got that close on some of them. But I like the way this game makes you think. I've guessed quite close from some pretty thin threads of thought.

Edit: Aha, finally ended up in a town, got within 2km. 6301 points, wooooo.
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« Reply #26 on: 24 May 2013, 07:21 »

Hypothetically speaking, would it be cheating if I "walk" a few meters to a sign which says Lake Secession/Abeville, then Google it to find out it's in South Carolina and still end up off by some 200 km because I am too lazy to Google further and guesstimate the wrong part of SC?  :-D
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« Reply #27 on: 24 May 2013, 07:26 »

Yes Loki, it would be. Hypothetically speaking.  :-D
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« Reply #28 on: 24 May 2013, 07:40 »

I think I'm going to give up and start using the search engine a bit. We'll see.

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Re: GeoGuessr
« Reply #29 on: 24 May 2013, 07:49 »

Cheating helps nothing if you're dropped in the middle of an arid desert on a straight road without anything around for miles, as it turns out. You've got four continents to be wrong in, then.
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« Reply #30 on: 24 May 2013, 08:36 »

Generally the arid desert / straight road / nothing for miles places tend to be Australia. Plus you can use the lines on the road to narrow it down in cases where there aren't other clues: white dashed lines in the center usually mean you're in Australia or Europe. Double yellow lines in the center mean you're in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, or maybe Mexico. Single yellow line in the center usually means you're in Mexico.

edit -- another way you can narrow down locations is just by knowing things about where Google Maps has Street View, and when the pictures were taken. If you see a picture with really bad image quality, chances are you're in the U.S., because Google was using lower-resolution cameras when they started out. The challenge there, though, is that with the lower resolution, signs are unreadable.
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« Reply #31 on: 24 May 2013, 11:07 »

And Google doesn't update the street view much.
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« Reply #32 on: 25 May 2013, 10:55 »

Hell, a year or so ago, I saw a Street View car on the freeway near my apartment, and inadvertently sooted it (had bad boost control on my diesel car). Still hasn't updated (the current image is from 2007), although maybe me sooting it ruined the image. :P
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« Reply #33 on: 25 May 2013, 19:16 »

I just managed to get within 27 m of a location... it gave me an offramp from I-5 in Rogue River, Oregon that was easy to identify.
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« Reply #34 on: 25 May 2013, 19:19 »

I manage at times to get within 10 meters of the exact spot. I do occasionally wonder what a "perfect score" would be in the game.
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« Reply #35 on: 27 May 2013, 10:51 »

32,339 was latest. Got within 2 meters of one place.

By the way: you can post a "challenge" link to have someone try and beat your score. After you've tried to solve five locations, it gives you two links - one that gives you the answers and your guesses, and another that allows the challenges. The URL's are ridiculously long in both cases, but it's neat either way.
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« Reply #36 on: 27 May 2013, 12:10 »

I got 13079. I probably could have done better, but I got fooled on the Australian ski resort. I assume you used Google and other outside information in this game?
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« Reply #37 on: 27 May 2013, 14:35 »

Google definitely helps, but it can be a pain at times - especially when you're talking about Cyrillic-alphabet language areas. I've flat-out given up a few times in Asian countries.

There is a caveat with doing that, though - sometimes you can overwork Flash to the point where it crashes your browser if you're not careful.
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« Reply #38 on: 27 May 2013, 15:01 »

10665 on first go. Twice I just guessed Kansas and got a couple thousand both time. Another I got placed near a sign.

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« Reply #39 on: 27 May 2013, 16:18 »

Man, I thought I was doing well when I got over 9,000 points that one time. v.v

I've got a pretty good handle on what different languages look like, so I can almost always end up in the right country. The "almost" comes in there's just a dirt road. I seem to get Alaska and Scandinavian countries a lot, and the forest roads look very similar.

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« Reply #40 on: 27 May 2013, 17:31 »

I did one without Google or any other webpage assistance. Still got a score of 21,850, and that was even after throwing my hands up on the first one... because of the placement of the street view. It was pure EVIL. (Google "-18.904797, 142.327567" and take a look around.)

There were a couple of easy ones in the group, and a third one that I only knew because I'm too much of a Canadiaphile.
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« Reply #41 on: 27 May 2013, 18:31 »

Did fairly well on this one (got 23218 without any Googling). Nailed three locations, got fooled on one, and gave up on the last one.
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« Reply #42 on: 27 May 2013, 23:18 »

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« Reply #43 on: 28 May 2013, 02:13 »

Or, Google Translate has a Cyrillic on-screen keyboard, too, which is what I usually use when I have to deal with Cyrillic.
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« Reply #44 on: 28 May 2013, 05:39 »

Have Utah and Australia always looked so similar?
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« Reply #45 on: 28 May 2013, 06:26 »

It took me a while to figure out the Cyrillic thing on Google Translate, but as for Asian countries? For-get-it.
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« Reply #46 on: 28 May 2013, 17:21 »

32,323 points. Nailed the first one; got within a meter of the spot.
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« Reply #47 on: 28 May 2013, 19:20 »

32,388 points - and I am SO stoked. I actually got within 6 meters of a spot within Russia!
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« Reply #48 on: 29 May 2013, 00:15 »

11115 points - was doing pretty good until i mistook romania for south america
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« Reply #49 on: 29 May 2013, 14:20 »

In the game I just played, I noticed the Google Street View wagon in Brazil was violating multiple traffic laws (including passing cars on a double-yellow line on a blind turn) and apparently going significantly faster than all the traffic around it...

edit -- managed to hit a spot exactly (0 meters away). Got 6479 points.

edit2 -- the challenge link for that game. I used Google on that game, and got 23,505 points. Got fooled on the ski resort...
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