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GeoGuessr: dropping you right in it

June 21, 2013 in Culture, Games

xkcd-geoguessrHave you tried out GeoGuessr yet?

It’s a brilliant web game built on Google’s Street View technology. Wikipedia tells me it was launched on May 9th this year by Swedish IT consultant Anton Wallén.

Here’s how Anton’s game works: you get dropped onto a random spot on Earth and you simply have to guess where you are (by clicking on the map on the right of the screen). You can’t leave Street View, so you can’t simply cheat and get the map view up! You must travel up and/or down the road, looking for clues which will lead you to an educated guess.

Rarely (very rarely) you will be able to say exactly where you are. For instance, I virtually arrived at Lenin’s Mausoleum at one point! For the rest of the time though, I trawled around, generally going through this thought process.

  • English language roadsigns!
  • They drive on the right…
  • Distances are in kilometers…
  • So it’s… Canada?

Thing is, even then you’re not done as Canada is a pretty big country and you score points in GeoGuessr based on how near or far away your guess is. Picking Vancouver, when the actual location is on Prince Edward Island, is almost as bad as picking Ireland!

Each game on GeoGuessr involves five locations and after you’ve given them your best shot you can send off that set via email to your friends to see how they compare.
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