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8192. Totally blew the first question mistaking SE Asia with Central America, but  went on a good run after the blunder.

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6 hours ago, Golfingdad said:

These are crazy - I just keep seeing open fields of nearly nothing and play the odds and guess Russia.  I managed to get close-ish on 3/5 the second time I played and tallied 9k points.  That was including mistaking northern Australia for central Africa and getting ZERO for it. :P

Oh wow, didn't even realize you could zoom in on the map.

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7 minutes ago, SavvySwede said:

8192. Totally blew the first question mistaking SE Asia with Central America, but  went on a good run after the blunder.

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Oh wow, didn't even realize you could zoom in on the map.

It's just like Google Maps, you can turn, move and zoom in. I worked on this piecemeal throughout the day. It's really just a guessing game if you do it by country or world. Identifying 200 year old churches, unique looking university buildings, a highly trafficked metro area, bridges - that's much more fair. For SF, it helped I recognized the GGB, USF and the San Francisco Chronicle building and downtown SF.

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I got 8853 in the world challenge. Three really close (one was 122 miles, another like 166). They were just cornfields and stuff - not buildings, so that was pretty good. Two were way off.

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On 2/25/2016 at 10:05 AM, nevets88 said:

Do what you know.

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Got over 24,900 once over the weekend on the NYC map, and also just got this on the famous places map:

 

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Got the Space Needle, Empire State Building, Macchu Pichu, Eiffel Tower and then a cathedral with a bus parked in front with "Istanbul" painted on the side in giant letters.

Usually I'm getting <10k on the famous places map because it's 2 places I know (like WTC and Venice or something) and then 3 variations of some random chateau in France or cathedral or castle somewhere in Europe. :P

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7244 on mine. My sister and I played this probably a couple of years ago together. It's basically the luck of being dropped near a sign that gives you a clue, more than anything. Heck, in many respects, I would say geography isn't a big deal for being good at this. Luck is obviously the biggest factor. Beyond that, a rudimentary knowledge of foreign languages can help a lot, as can minor cultural knowledge, such as building structures or road laws (left/right side of the road for driving).

That said, if you're REALLY good at geography, it's the skill I'd expect to help most in a large sample where you don't surf the roadways for an hour with each picture. Knowing things like how hilly a terrain or what kind of makeshift roadways you'll find in an area (such as the red clay-looking ones I saw in my second image) would be quite helpful.

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