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Geography Game Time Waster!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ArtVandelay, May 13, 2013.

  1. ArtVandelay

    ArtVandelay Power Member

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    Here's another time waster for you guys. It puts you in a randomly generated Google Maps location and you have to use the clues around you to guess where you are.
    http://geoguessr.com/

    Here's a few tips:
    The side of the road that people drive on will help you narrow your options down a little bit.
    The language used on the business and driving signs helps a lot.
    Remember to use your compass wisely! Coastline + compass is very helpful!
    Take note of the locals - the kinds of cars they drive, how they dress, their race, and their apparent socioeconomic status. Some things are easier found than others :D
    You get 5 different places each round, and you score points for accuracy in your guess.

    That's it! Good luck!

    Post your scores here.

    I played two rounds in which I spent several minutes in each location and my higher score of the two was about 6,000, and a third round in which I took guesses based on my first 30 seconds of looking around and I scored a little above 9,000. I'm not exactly sure what to deduce from that fact... Though to be fair they were all in or near North America (my homeland!).

    For those of you who think you're well traveled or good with geography... put yourself to the test!

    PS - I'm not affiliated with this at all.

    Relevant PPS - I put some artificial rules together to make this harder for myself:
    I didn't allow myself to use any external resources - no Google Translate, no flag look-ups, no nothin'! Whether or not you do that is up to you!
     
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  2. dkdanielkli

    dkdanielkli Regular Member

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    You got 7917 points in total.
     
  3. ArtVandelay

    ArtVandelay Power Member

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    FYI your text shows up in black, which is invisible to people using the black and gold theme! But thanks for playing!
     
  4. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    You mean 9K points altogether or 9K points in one round? You either know the place or the place is well known. To get anywhere near 9K points you literally have to be spot on when it comes to the location. I had something like 40KM away and got 4K points. This was using domain whois on a domain that was found in the street view. I didn't bother to click exact location, if I did I'd probably get more. You're either lucky or the above to get 9K points. On one of the rounds I was put in a shop and was unable to go any further than the road outside.

    But all in all, it's pretty cool.
     
  5. stevepmale

    stevepmale Registered Member

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    You got 11369 points in total.
     
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    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    I just missed the San Francisco bridge by 9km. If I gave it a few seconds I guess I could of been spot on but then again I've never seen it on the map. I'm not in the US so can't really blame me for not knowing. :)

     
  7. azy141

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    i got 8717 in my second go. it was higher in my first. The trick is to look for car number plates and road signs. if the car number plate is the small square type your most likely in usa and then road signs will be green if your in eu then look for number plates as they have the country code on them plus look for language signs. i havent ended up in asia yet but i imagine it'll just be the complete opposite of those
     
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    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    Is that 8K points all together as in 5 rounds or 1 round? Just because you know its the US or Europe don't mean shit, you still need to make it under 50km to get anywhere near 4K points in one round.
     
  9. tsustyle

    tsustyle Newbie

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    Got 23k points total. Pretty neat!
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    This is actually kind of addicting.
     
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    prab1996 Elite Member

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    matt cutts got *k points .

    found this on his tweet.
     
  11. ArtVandelay

    ArtVandelay Power Member

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    9k points in total, after all 5 tries. I'm not that good!
    That happens from time to time. It kind of sucks, but it's an added challenge.
    It's fun but I didn't say it's without glitches!
     
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  12. ArtVandelay

    ArtVandelay Power Member

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    That's impressive! You must really know your stuff!