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2013-05-16 01:12:23 AM
 
2013-05-16 01:45:33 AM
Just played 12035 most of mine in 2 in mexico one in canada one in saint augustine florida and last one in alaska, interesting mix
 
2013-05-16 01:45:33 AM
Cute little game. I could usually be in the right country.
 
2013-05-16 01:51:18 AM
This is freaking awesome. My best overall is 13,019 in four games. I actually got to within 12KM on one coastal S. Korea location, and another within 41KM in Thailand (that one was really obvious though, and I just sorta picked "middle"). I haven't travelled anywhere near as much as I'd like, but geography rules and this is really great. Thanks subs!
 
2013-05-16 01:53:12 AM
Because it uses streetview you can "drive" down the street. Do so till you find a sign that gives you language/location hints, auto dealerships are great finds. . .and then input them into google/googlemaps.
 
2013-05-16 01:55:02 AM
4.437KM! (thought it was in Mexico City and really obvious). This game freaking rules. I have so much dopamine right now.
 
2013-05-16 02:03:33 AM

Cozret: Because it uses streetview you can "drive" down the street. Do so till you find a sign that gives you language/location hints, auto dealerships are great finds. . .and then input them into google/googlemaps.


But that defeats the whole purpose of guessing. I just guessed Greece/Turkey (I swear there was a cypress tree) and it was way northern Canada. It's funny even when I suck.
 
2013-05-16 02:17:41 AM
I got 18k and change one round, mainly because I got taken to a spot I have been several times, and got it within .06km.
 
2013-05-16 02:18:42 AM
Also, if the ground has a reddish tint to it, automatically Australia.
 
2013-05-16 02:18:58 AM
On thing that saved me a bunch of points in places with English signs was looking at which side was the driver's side on the cars around me.

Also quite a few Semi-trucks now have the website of their company painted on the back or side of the vehicle. That gave me the country code for one of them because it ended in .br

Closest I got was 1.12km. The thing literally landed me right in front of the Key West Westin Resort and Hotel, it was even facing the sign so I didn't have to look around.

18102 total just from educated guesses on the rest.
 
2013-05-16 02:19:11 AM
11,385, with a completely "shot in the dark" educated first guess. After that, I moved around (rather than just panning) until I saw something I could Google, like a business name or an advertisement for an event or even just a foreign word.

Cozret: Because it uses streetview you can "drive" down the street. Do so till you find a sign that gives you language/location hints, auto dealerships are great finds. . .and then input them into google/googlemaps.


So, ^this.
 
2013-05-16 02:25:37 AM
Apparently, I cannot tell the difference between Australian and American street views. :-/
 
2013-05-16 02:38:18 AM
15,419

Mistook Spain for Portugal and got the wrong side of Australia.

Cars and what side of the road they were on helped. I didn't google any businesses or phone numbers but did zoom in on the inset map to look for highways and such.  Stuff like sign for the Sonoran desert helps narrow down at least the country...

\neato subs
 
2013-05-16 02:59:11 AM

Teknowaffle: I got 18k and change one round, mainly because I got taken to a spot I have been several times, and got it within .06km.


Me, too.  I got to within 630m of a spot in Boston.
 
2013-05-16 03:03:33 AM
Just scored 15K on the first go... though I was helped by my first picture having a banner reading "HONG KONG" on it.
 
2013-05-16 03:05:12 AM
LOL

6432 point for only being 538m off the location of a shop in Kirkwall, Scotland.
 
2013-05-16 03:06:51 AM
And landing in a parking lot next to the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin County side is... not hard. Still, this is damn fun.
 
2013-05-16 03:19:42 AM
I'm currently at 15,882 with one round to go. My closest was .08km. Round 4/5 put me in bumfark USA. No cross streets or road signs for miles, just barns and pick up trucks.
 
2013-05-16 03:23:39 AM
Finished with 22k pts. My last guess was 0.012km.
 
2013-05-16 03:26:53 AM
Fun, but once you see where streetview has been it makes the game a ton easier.  It's either Mexico, Spain or on the east Coast of Brazil if the language looks "spanish", if it's cyrillic you pick SW Russia or chance it with one of the places that used to be it, etc.

http://www.google.com/help/maps/streetview/learn/where-is-street-vie w. html
 
2013-05-16 03:29:41 AM
My new best guess was 0.007km.
 
2013-05-16 03:30:35 AM
Anyone else get the spot where google had edited out something with what looked like paint, and you couldn't actually move anywhere.

You weren't on a road, just in the middle of nowhere.

I'm...

I'm going to die, aren't I?
 
2013-05-16 03:31:12 AM
And I mean MSPaint
 
2013-05-16 03:43:50 AM
Did a round with full Hitchhiker's Guide Support (ie, if I suddenly wake up somewhere, but I have my phone, can I figure out where I am) and scored 22959. Got three "right city" scores (including a museum in Romania that actually appears on the "mark your place" map if you zoom in far enough), one right country (middle of rural Finland on a bridge, good luck getting THAT narrowed down) and... well, I picked Iceland, but it was in Northwestern Canada. Not many points for that one.

At least I'll be entertained at work tomorrow.

/Proposing three levels of rules...
// 1: Rotate only, no moving or looking things up
/// 2: "Hitchhiker's Guide": no moving but you can use Google
//// 3: Easy Mode: full movement and Googling
 
2013-05-16 03:47:23 AM

meat0918: Anyone else get the spot where google had edited out something with what looked like paint, and you couldn't actually move anywhere.

You weren't on a road, just in the middle of nowhere.

I'm...

I'm going to die, aren't I?


I got the interior of a restaurant in Greece on one. It was completely void of signage or windows. Not sure how they got the van in there.
 
2013-05-16 04:00:58 AM
Got 11,000 and change my first time playing, but a lot of that was from the last image that had a giant street scene that said Malaga.  America is hard because we import so many plants from other continents, or other places on our own continent.  I pegged one spot as in Australia based on some trees and scrub, and it was in Northern California.
 
2013-05-16 04:12:11 AM
Yeah it's only fun if you go Jumper mode - rotate only - looking around trying to work out where you are...guess ..then jump...just jumped from Canada to Taiwan to the Arizona to Nevada to Majorca. What a trip
 
2013-05-16 04:26:25 AM
Noticed an opposite side steering wheel in the country side, clicked england, it was thialand
 
2013-05-16 04:34:52 AM

Teknowaffle: Also, if the ground has a reddish tint to it, automatically Australia.


Never been to Tennessee have you?
 
2013-05-16 04:37:52 AM

Shadow Blasko: Teknowaffle: Also, if the ground has a reddish tint to it, automatically Australia.

Never been to Tennessee have you?


North Carolina, that Red Clay is annoying stuff
 
2013-05-16 04:39:57 AM
Your guess was 0.013 km from the correct location and gave 6478 points.

It was slap bang outside Strasbourg Cathedral, which I've been to, so that was easy :P
 
2013-05-16 04:44:39 AM

JayCab: Did a round with full Hitchhiker's Guide Support (ie, if I suddenly wake up somewhere, but I have my phone, can I figure out where I am) and scored 22959. Got three "right city" scores (including a museum in Romania that actually appears on the "mark your place" map if you zoom in far enough), one right country (middle of rural Finland on a bridge, good luck getting THAT narrowed down) and... well, I picked Iceland, but it was in Northwestern Canada. Not many points for that one.

At least I'll be entertained at work tomorrow.

/Proposing three levels of rules...
// 1: Rotate only, no moving or looking things up
/// 2: "Hitchhiker's Guide": no moving but you can use Google
//// 3: Easy Mode: full movement and Googling


I was doing it a 4th way before I dropped into this thread.  I would move around and rotate in street view, but I don't look anything up on google.  Maybe a time limit would be effective for that.  Give yourself, say, 2 minutes to move around as much as you want to find clues.
 
2013-05-16 05:02:23 AM

WillofJ2: Shadow Blasko: Teknowaffle: Also, if the ground has a reddish tint to it, automatically Australia.

Never been to Tennessee have you?

North Carolina, that Red Clay is annoying stuff


Also, Red Bluff, CA
 
2013-05-16 05:32:33 AM
Almost as captivating as   http://www.lufthansa-vp.com/
 
2013-05-16 05:41:08 AM

JayCab: Did a round with full Hitchhiker's Guide Support (ie, if I suddenly wake up somewhere, but I have my phone, can I figure out where I am) and scored 22959. Got three "right city" scores (including a museum in Romania that actually appears on the "mark your place" map if you zoom in far enough), one right country (middle of rural Finland on a bridge, good luck getting THAT narrowed down) and... well, I picked Iceland, but it was in Northwestern Canada. Not many points for that one.

At least I'll be entertained at work tomorrow.

/Proposing three levels of rules...
// 1: Rotate only, no moving or looking things up
/// 2: "Hitchhiker's Guide": no moving but you can use Google
//// 3: Easy Mode: full movement and Googling


I find the game much more interesting without artificial limits. Why not do the best you can and use every tool at your disposal?
 
2013-05-16 05:49:57 AM

INeedAName: I find the game much more interesting without artificial limits. Why not do the best you can and use every tool at your disposal?


Exactly. I through the game said, "Let's explore the world" . . .what is exploring without movement and investigation? (Answer: Short and boring)
 
2013-05-16 05:50:12 AM
I got screwed by a sign "tsunagi spa"!
Sweet, it is in tsunagi .... got a map, found it, zoomed in ...
CLICK
FARKERS .... it is all the way over in a different place in Japan ... dammit ...

But my 150km guess in the MIDDLE of the Yukon? WTF looked like alaska/yukon road. but STILL how the hell do you get that close ?? LOL

stupid game
must stop NOW
 
2013-05-16 06:09:21 AM
Freaking South Africa, New Zealand, Australia get me every time.
 
2013-05-16 06:16:16 AM
I was playing this at work when my coworker told me he just looks for a business and Googles it. I was like, where's the fun in that? That's like playing Scrabble while using a dictionary.

My favorite was when I nailed one in Kiev because of the flags and a subway station.
 
2013-05-16 06:17:33 AM
Thanks, Obama Subby! Now I just lost two hours!

Did get within .003 KM of Orenburg, Russia. Heh. Helps being able to read Russian.
 
2013-05-16 06:18:46 AM

JerseyTim: I was playing this at work when my coworker told me he just looks for a business and Googles it. I was like, where's the fun in that? That's like playing Scrabble while using a dictionary.

My favorite was when I nailed one in Kiev because of the flags and a subway station.


I'll look for just about anything I can find. Businesses, street signs, advertisements. I got one down to about 100km because of the advertisement on the back of a truck I was stuck behind.
 
2013-05-16 06:19:21 AM
I will say though, I'm already starting to get repeats.
 
2013-05-16 06:30:32 AM
I've gotten over 20,000 points.

/geographer
 
2013-05-16 06:31:56 AM

geom_00: I've gotten over 20,000 points.

/geographer


As have I.

/googler
 
2013-05-16 06:46:29 AM
28331 is my new best. It would've been higher but my last one was in Australia and I couldn't accurately judge how far from the city I was.
 
2013-05-16 06:54:57 AM
13,200

 I was doing good until they stuck me on a carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico
 
2013-05-16 07:02:46 AM
Haven't tried this version...hopefully it's better than the previous iteration, which was just a picture from Picasa.  In theory it was neat, but when all you'd get is a blurry picture of someone's dog, there wasn't much to go on.  And then there were the occasional penis pics....
 
2013-05-16 07:20:09 AM
0.001km!
 
2013-05-16 07:25:54 AM
I got one pic of the google car on a ferry. Nothing but water all around, couldn't see the coast and since the car wasn't moving the boat was, I couldn't move anywhere either. I was happy to have guessed the right ocean.
 
2013-05-16 07:32:44 AM
Hah, got one wondering where the hell it was turned around and saw a giant "Universal" Globe....

Jeez....I wonder where I am...
 
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