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GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
« on: October 11, 2014, 03:20:09 PM »
Embark on a journey that takes you all over the world.
From the most desolate roads in Australia to the busy, bustling streets of New York City.
https://geoguessr.com/

My best thus far:

https://geoguessr.com/results/0oSKiMeB5FiZRd05

Also:

Go to mapcrunch.com.  Select options, select "Stealth" at the bottom, perhaps select "Urban" as well, and then narrow down the countries, if you want.


Then hit go.   (Then click options again to get that pop-up out of the way.)


Now, figure out where you are.  Or, usually more difficult:  find an airport.

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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2014, 03:38:19 PM »
This is my favorite game online, as I have been a map nerd from early childhood, and Google Street View is as close to heaven as it gets.

Have you developed any strategies? Here are some of mine:

1. Know what countries are well-covered by Street View. You can find out by displaying Google Maps at a world level and dragging the little yellow man-icon to see what shows up in blue. There is an amazing amount of coverage in rural Brazil, for instance, with less elsewhere in South America.

2. If there are cars, which side of the road are the driving down? Left = primarily UK, Ireland, Japan, South Africa and Australia.

3. Low-res photos are the early Google coverage. There is a lot of this still in the rural US and parts of Australia.

4. I am still trying hard to distinguish Japanese from Chinese (though Taiwan is more heavily covered over the mainland) and Korean.

5. Obviously, the signs, if there are any.

If I play with someone, we usually first agree to the rules regarding wandering around looking for clues. Sometimes a lightning round is fun - 15 seconds to mark your guess. The worst spots are the Australian outback (or is that Botswana or Nevada?).
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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2014, 09:59:17 AM »
Scored 23587 over a bowl of granola this morning. number three took me for a loop. and then when I went the other way down the street it took me all of 30 seconds with google to find it.

https://geoguessr.com/challenge/71jSJ8qPXUsF3tUt

number five I thought, that is one shiny VW bug.

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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2014, 10:58:14 AM »
Once I got an almost a perfect score, sadly it seems that old version's results cannot be reached any more.

A good trip: if you are in the middle of nowhere, look at the road/highway markings. Most ones are numbered, if you can more or less guess the country, finding the road you are on works like magic.
There's, another example. See, here I'm now sitting by myself, uh, er, talking to myself. That's, that's chaos.

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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2014, 12:52:57 PM »
I got 24960 with no limit in what to google, which includes using google street view. But I only used it with 3 locations. With that this score is not that impresive.

I say we impose some categories for your game so when you post your scores you have to post the categories.

Time limit: set your time limit or no limit.
Googling: are you allowed to google and what are you allowed (no maps, no Wikipedia, no phone number searches)
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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2014, 02:11:13 PM »
They have added the "Famous Places" option which are usually pretty easy, so the challenge here we like is to see if you can get to the location of the picture to within a few yards.

Andrew Sullivan releases a great "View From a Window" contest every Saturday at noon, Eastern time. All of his pictures are supposed to be framed through some window, and contain no people or animals. These are usually very tough, but on Tuesday he announces the winners, and it is amazing how people almost always locate the exact window from which the picture was taken (usually from a hotel somewhere).

http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/10/11/the-view-from-your-window-contest-226/

Unfortunately, to get beyond his "Read More" you need a subscription, but this is the only blog I have found consistently worth a subscription.
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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2014, 08:35:10 PM »
No moving, no googling, and it took me 5 min. score 6373. the only one I got even close to was the first one.

https://geoguessr.com/challenge/6qF8ctOw9glQUSlG

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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2014, 09:30:47 PM »
No moving, no googling, and it took me 5 min. score 6373. the only one I got even close to was the first one.

https://geoguessr.com/challenge/6qF8ctOw9glQUSlG
https://geoguessr.com/results/dwo6opgJR42h4ofG
We were so close on every round. I beat you on every round for about 20 points except the last one, which I was very very wrong. So you won.
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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2014, 10:04:19 AM »
No moving, no googling, and it took me 5 min. score 6373. the only one I got even close to was the first one.

https://geoguessr.com/challenge/6qF8ctOw9glQUSlG

10511. Luck on a couple of them.
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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2014, 11:31:59 AM »
https://geoguessr.com/challenge/PDR0qWlEYOh2BKbh

No googling
19,630
No Googling Unlimited Time (a bit over an hour).

Here is how I did it.
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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2014, 11:41:59 AM »
https://geoguessr.com/challenge/XUTyCFlTneSZS69C

5061

No Googling, no moving, 10 minute limit.

This one was really hard. An I think I was very lucky in a couple.
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Re: GeoGuessr | MapCrunch
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2014, 02:19:19 PM »
https://geoguessr.com/challenge/XUTyCFlTneSZS69C

5061

No Googling, no moving, 10 minute limit.

This one was really hard. An I think I was very lucky in a couple.

Finished in about 8 min, on three of them your guess and mine were only about 100 miles apart, but I guessed just a little closer than you and then cleaned your clock on the fifth one.
9986

 

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