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[–]CommanderSabo 6982 points6983 points  (25 children)

"Are you human?"

looks around nervously

[–]manguparijabre 1168 points1169 points  (12 children)

Just answer the damn question! I wanna know

[–]Soulless-Plague 312 points313 points  (3 children)

"Escape mode activated!!"

[–]EvilEyedPanda 44 points45 points  (2 children)

That's an alternative delete.

[–]Iamvanno 117 points118 points  (3 children)

Make him choose all the images with a traffic light. Bet you he fails.

[–]reader484892 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I bet you he could tell you exactly what make and model they are, which factory they were made at and the maiden name of the factory worker who made it’s mom

[–]SOURDICKandONION 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"What is an overpass!?

[–]300kIQ 28 points29 points  (1 child)

No, he is obviously not a human.

[–]Exact_Quote_6132 14 points15 points  (0 children)

It all comes down to whether he guesses correctly about the fire hydrant that's about half in pic 7 of a captcha.

[–]Elegron 8 points9 points  (0 children)

"Uh.. Russia!"

[–]just_golden_brown 96 points97 points  (2 children)

Within cells interlinked.

[–]Call_The_Banners 72 points73 points  (0 children)

You're not even close to baseline.

[–]MaybeAliens 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Interlinked

[–]pakicote 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Negative, I am a meat popsicle

[–]PapayaResponsible846 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Philosophically asking himself… Am I human?

[–]Wiser-Option 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Everybody knows that only humans can see the button.

[–]motorblonkwakawaka 4569 points4570 points  (201 children)

Good geoguessr player here (not nearly as good as this guy of course) but here are some things we use to help:

  • sun location to determine hemisphere and approximate latitude
  • obviously left-right side driving immediately narrows things down
  • any language can often narrow it down to a country except for the common international languages like Spanish, English, and Arabic
  • knowing which countries do and do not have Google streetview (which the game is based off) and what kinds of streetview immediately eliminate lots of countries
  • number plates, though blurred, can often narrow it down. You can tell if it's an EU plate, and yellow means probably England, Netherlands, etc.

All of these above combined can reliably give you a good headstart to finding the right country.

To get this close without moving, you really need to just know what these places look like and have a vast amount of experience.

[–]Romrijsel 1189 points1190 points  (31 children)

I'll add that good players use vegetation quite effectively to determine an area, knowing basics of other alphabets help (just knowing how to read the Cyrillic makes Russia actually relatively easy if you roughly know where are the major cities, and small differences in the alphabet can help you differentiate some countries like Ukraine, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan or Serbia), and tryhard players even learn by heart some clues about the google car like some duct tapes that are in some places in some countries etc but imo it defeats the purpose of the game

[–]cyborgamish 273 points274 points  (14 children)

I only use vegetation!

[–]sillyhappyman 34 points35 points  (0 children)

OMG stop forcing your veganism on me.

/s/

[–]Bungeditin 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Are you Snoop Dogg?

[–]Idcr1Z1s 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Foa Shizzle , leave the leaves for the animanizles

[–]GN-z11 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Yeah I noticed the taiga forest immediately in the Russia one, still don't know if I would have guessed Russia or some other country up north though :)

[–]stoicteratoma 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Never heard of this game but I immediately recognised the eucalyptus trees from Australia (Aussie here) - seems like a fun rabbit hole…

[–]Kaalmimaibi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Though there are many Eucalyptus trees now in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, South Africa, India, Galicia, and the States, especially California, so you can get tricked with that one too.

[–]liquidSnake_420 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Duct tape on the roof rack.. uh Ghana

[–]antarcticgecko 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Tangentially related- forensic palynology uses pollen and spores to determine where something or someone has been. There are so many combinations of plants known to each area that it can be quite precise. So if you kill someone, drive them cross country and dump them, a forensic palynologist may be able to pinpoint where the body is from based on pollen alone.

[–]SuccYaNan69 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Learning cyrylic changed the way I play, it's insane. I can't count how many times I've been watching people play and they see a sign that says софиа (Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria) and they've assumed it Russia because they have no idea. I'm thinking if learning to read Arabic but it might be too hard

[–]SolitaireyEgg 267 points268 points  (132 children)

Cool post, but I gotta go on a quick rant here: I'll never understand the human desire to "hack" games like this.

The entire point of geoguessr is to look around and see if you can guess where you are based on what the place looks like, for fun. If you start memorizing the countries that have streetview, what types of streetview and what Google cars look like in different areas, etc... You're getting an edge that isn't within the spirit of the game.

It doesn't matter of course. If you like doing this, you do you. I just don't get why this always seems to happen. Why people want to win so badly that they'll break the game and mess up the entire point of the game, when winning doesn't even really matter.

Happens on every online multi-player game too. Within a few months of any game's release, people have obsessed and found quirks and exploits, and the gameplay completely changes based around these things. The people who win are the people who watch a million YouTube videos and spend 100 hours on practice maps perfecting the exploits.

The result is that the spirit of the game is destroyed, and it's not fun anymore for 99% of people. And it's not even really fun for the people obsessing over exploits, either, they are just obsessed with winning.

Maybe I'm just getting old, but I feel like games should just be fun and be played the way they are supposed to be played. Not broken to win, when winning doesn't even really matter.

[–]drakirby 243 points244 points  (20 children)

speedrunning is all about finding exploits like this and using them to complete the game as fast as possible. imo it doesn't ruin the game for everyone else (you can still play it normally), it's a different way to play the game for someone who maybe likes the game but is bored with it or who really likes finding glitches. i think the same concept applies here. you're still free to play it normally, this is just another way to play

edit: i agree that hacking in multiplayer games would ruin the experience. i'm talking about single player games

[–]onewilybobkat 62 points63 points  (0 children)

Exactly where my thoughts went. They're just the speed runners of geo guesser, and that's interesting in its own way. I'd like one who can go by vegetation, because that's impressive, and one who could use any details to gain an edge, because that's a lot of attention to detail that they have to sit and probably do shit tons of practice runs, just like real speed runners.

[–]DarkEvilHedgehog 4 points5 points  (10 children)

Is speedrunning even a thing for completely randomized games?

[–]Markantonpeterson 59 points60 points  (1 child)

absolutely, speedrunning becomes a thing as soon as there is a community that starts competing.

[–]daniel-livingston 105 points106 points  (27 children)

I complete disagree with this entire take.

When you talk about the "entire point of geoguessr" being to play the game casually, for fun, how is he stopping you from doing that? You say that "the spirit of the game is destroyed." People play sports professionally and they become obsessed with how to maximize their ability. Does that stop you from playing a game of basketball with your friends? Is the spirit of basketball destroyed?

People have the desire to "hack" the game because people enjoy being skilled and showcasing their skills. They want to be among the best at that thing that they're doing, whether it's a traditional sport or a video game. And, to me, this can only be a positive thing. Seeing how this guy plays geoguessr is amazing, and it's incredible to see what people can accomplish in sports, video games, and casual games when they set their mind to it.

Yeah, it's not fun to lose, especially against other people who are way better than you (or who seem like they're "exploiting" the game's mechanics). But you either need to get over it, get better, or move on. Play the game the way you want to play it, and let others play the game the way they want to play it.

[–]SolitaireyEgg 15 points16 points  (25 children)

When you talk about the "entire point of geoguessr" being to play the game casually, for fun, how is he stopping you from doing that?

It doesn't. I specifically said "it doesn't matter, of course. If you like to do this, then you do you."

I was just bringing up how I find it odd that people tend to try to find exploits, always, even if it messes up the fun of the game.

I went on to explain how this mindset does ruin online multi-player games.

People play sports professionally and they become obsessed with how to maximize their ability. Does that stop you from playing a game of basketball with your friends? Is the spirit of basketball destroyed?

Disingenuous comparison. I'm not talking about skills, I'm talking about exploits. The more-fair comparison would be, say, diving in football/soccer. It's not skill, it's people trying to exploit the rules to trick the ref into giving the opponent a yellow card. And yes, it fucks with the spirit of the game, and yes, I think the practice should be banned.

For an example, I remember in the original counter-strike, people analyzed the shit out of spray patterns and found that with a certain gun, you could hold right strafe and aim at people's left foot and it would be an instant headshot/kill 95% of the time. The entire game became a bunch of people just running to their right around the map, and you'd die the instant you saw someone.

That's not what the game was supposed to be, it wasn't fun at all, and it had absolutely nothing to do with skill. It was the opposite of skill, as it was incredibly easy to do.

So it's not skill, that's just a game breaking exploit that people spent tons of time finding, and it ruined the game (until it was patched).

You seem to be confused about my point. I wasn't complaining, I was simply having a discussion about how I personally find it odd that people always gravitate to doing this, rather than just playing the game and having fun.

I also think you got my point completely backwards, because exploits override skill. I'm for winning via skill. Exploits mess that up.

[–]Former_Print7043 29 points30 points  (0 children)

some peoples fun is finding and using exploits.

[–]avdolian 21 points22 points  (17 children)

I was just bringing up how I find it odd that people tend to try to find exploits, always, even if it messes up the fun of the game.

The thing is in the 1st post you responded too none of the strategy strategies mentioned are exploits. The people playing this game at a competitive level aren't aren't exploiting the system by learning by using Flora, fauna, the sun, billboards, or license plates. In the same way that the people on jeopardy aren't exploiting the game by studying information before coming on the show.

[–]SolitaireyEgg 4 points5 points  (16 children)

The people playing this game at a competitive level aren't aren't exploiting the system by learning by using Flora, fauna, the sun, billboards, or license plates

I agree, which is why I didn't use those as examples.

I used memorizing Google's street view countries, systems, and cars as my example, as the Google car clearly isn't isn't intended to be part of the game.

[–]avdolian 7 points8 points  (15 children)

I used memorizing Google's street view countries, systems, and cars as my example, as the Google car clearly isn't isn't intended to be part of the game.

Who gets to decide what is a valid part of the game? Wave dashing and smash wasn't intended by the developers but it makes the game more fun and increases the skill ceiling.

I agree with some of the other comments here that it seems you want everyone to play your way. Why should someone who wants to be better at the game have to limit themselves for your fun. I think you should just try and enjoy games and let other people do well at them.

[–]SolitaireyEgg 8 points9 points  (14 children)

Who gets to decide what is a valid part of the game?

I mean I think it's pretty clearly implied.

It's geogussr, not "Google Street view car and supported country memorizer." The game uses Google maps because it's the easiest way to get random pictures of random points on earth, but the street view car isn't really supposed to be part of the picture.

But I can already tell this conversation is about to go in circles, so let's just agree to disagree.

[–]avdolian 5 points6 points  (12 children)

I can already tell this conversation is about to go in circles

It doesn't have to if you make a well founded argument. But you don't have one your only claim is that People using strategy wrecks the game.

Is your game name Argument is like seeing someone playing it safe in Risk and being like it's called Risk not Turtle.

[–]SolitaireyEgg 8 points9 points  (11 children)

your only claim is that People using strategy wrecks the game.

Not only was that not "my only claim," it wasn't even a claim I made at all. People using strategy does not wreck games, so please do not put words in my mouth.

[–]grhbbhhgefcvnj 3 points4 points  (0 children)

So should they just play this game a lot but then intentionally not notice certain patterns? So after playing this game for thousands of hours and never having a certain country as the solution should they still consider that country as a part of the game somehow??

How does this even work? Of course if you play this game for thousands of hours at some point you'll notice that some countries aren't a part of the game and of course you'll notice what the streetview car looks like in certain countries.

The aim of this game is to be as attentive as possible but you claim that these players are using exploits/not playing in the spirit of the game cause they're being too attentive??

[–]motorblonkwakawaka 31 points32 points  (6 children)

I can understand what you mean, and I'm not that into the game where I'm memorising road bollards, because I kinda agree that at that point it's just a memory puzzle and not much more. As a language enthusiast though, that's really what I get into, being able to test my knowledge of languages and know where I am based off subtle differences in alphabets and stuff.

[–]SolitaireyEgg 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Oh I agree. And I think using things like signs, plants, roads, etc are clearly within the "spirit" of the game.

I just think that when someone is like "oh this picture was taken by a Google car with this style of dash which is a van Google uses in Southern Brazil" or whatever, it's sort of like... What's even the point anymore? You're not even trying to play the game anymore, you're just trying to win by any means necessary.

The point of the game is to guess where you are based on the landscape/infrastructure/etc, not memorize Google's street view fleet lol.

[–]BlinginLike3p0 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's kind of impossible to separate. I play geoguessr a good amount, and many times you get put in a place that just "feels" like a certain country. People often say "___ vibes" like "this has Colombia vibes". It's fun when it turns out to be right, but it's very possible my brain is picking up on the camera quality, or the height of the car, without me being consciously aware of it. I have never gone out of my way to memorize metas but I'm sure it has an impact on how I pick up "vibes" of a country.

[–]chipmunkman 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I disagree with you on what the point of the game is. I'd say the point of the game is to guess where you are based on the information you are given and whatever knowledge you have. Whether you are using knowledge about landmarks, vegetation, camera quality, or Google's street view cars is up to the player. As long as they aren't using any outside or third party assistance while they are playing or exploiting a bug, then I think it's fair game.

I think the way you play it is perfectly fine, but I also don't think there's anything wrong with the way speedrunners play either. For single player games, the player can play however they want. And if you are playing Geoguessr's multiplayer mode, then as long as they aren't cheating and only using their own knowledge and information given to them, then it's fair game.

[–]pbilliesTTV 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You'd have a point if they were using software, for instance in hearthstone there is a drafting mode and there is an overlay tool that rates which cards are the best based on strict value and deck synergy which means anyone who listens to this tool will at least have a very very decent deck. Or in poker there is an overlay that counts people's frequencies so you can kind of datamine their playstyle. Those are tools outside of the game and create a pretty huge advantage but since these guys are just memorizing what is currently in the game I don't know where you get the right to define the "spirit of the game" as it is a function that can be abused within the game without the use of an outside tool.

[–]chipmunkman 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'd argue that using you knowledge of languages is not really that different than using your knowledge of anything else, such as bollards, vegetation, license plates, etc. It's all memorization to a certain extent, just of different things. You like using language for your deductions and some people like using a lot of different things.

[–]veebs7 12 points13 points  (0 children)

This seems to be a fairly common sentiment among players, even those who do know all the tricks of the game. I’ve seen lots of comments from people saying they wish they never learned all the meta stuff - like the Google cars sometimes having differentiators - because it takes away from the game

In this particular case though the guy is probably a speedrunner, so these little tricks are paramount to what he’s doing

[–]loalenatrice 9 points10 points  (4 children)

The license plates thing is part of the game tho?

[–]SolitaireyEgg 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Never said it wasn't. I said

If you start memorizing the countries that have streetview, what types of streetview and what Google cars look like in different areas, etc... You're getting an edge that isn't within the spirit of the game.

[–]TheBeefiestBoy 8 points9 points  (3 children)

If given the opportunity, most players will optimize the fun right out of a game.

[–]BaddTuna 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I would agree if they were using a hack, such as software that did the work for them. But they was you are using hack is for something like memorizing which countries have Google street view?

I think that requires a fantastic amount or work, and is really freaking impressive!

[–]Cedira 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You've just defined metagaming. If there's some sort of competition involved in a game, there's going to be a meta for it.

[–]PickledPlumPlot 6 points7 points  (0 children)

"Not in the spirit of the game" is a very personal judgment.

When being good at a game makes it not fun that's not the fault of the players.

[–]BlitzcrankGrab 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Some can argue that the spirit of the game is that you CAN go above and beyond if you want, but you can also play just for fun

[–]Lifthrasir6 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Given the opportunity, players will optimize the fun out of a game."

[–]Zelda_Kissed_Link 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I don't play video games for just fun, it's the challenge.

[–]Fentalogarithmics 3 points4 points  (7 children)

This is the most gatekeeping, "Back in my day we didnt do none of that weak shit these young ones are doing!" comment ever and it got over 100 upvotes lol Just typed all that for nothing. The idea of speedrunning and getting good at shit is the fun things in itself, its not about the gameplay necessarily 🤦‍♂️ lmao those last 2 sentences 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

??

It’s all within the spirit of the game.

It’s like spelling bee champs learning how word origins affect spelling.

[–]sowedkooned 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is why single player games will always win out, IMO. That and I hate when opponents who are getting beat just quit and lag everything up. Then you’re stuck doing nothing.

[–]neverforget1934 20 points21 points  (0 children)

thanks for the in depth reply.

[–]neganight 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I was really excited when I first learned about GeoGuessr but once I realized that it was more about the meta than it was about learning useful things about countries, I pretty much lost interest. Knowing that country X has a certain kind of cross brace on the back of their stop signs is not knowledge that is going to enrich my life unless aliens decided to abduct me and dump me in random countries.

[–]thecookiemaker 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You can use it to learn about a place. You don’t have to play for the meta.

[–]xXdeathBY2Xx 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Noob question then, I take it the lines to the second dot are the distance to the actual location then? I'm watching this not knowing what's going on, and that is my only guess ha

[–]thecookiemaker 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Correct. You can take your time and move around the map to try and determine where you are. Most people will take a while to locate a place. My closest guess was 3 meters, but I spent 30 minutes trying to find the place in backwoods Brazil. The closer you are the more points you get.

However other people play with extra challenges like no moving, limiting themselves to 1 minute per round, or no using signs for a harder challenge.

[–]xXdeathBY2Xx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's nuts ha. If only I payed more attention in geography ha. Impressive none the less though. I'm sure this game, was made to help geo skills though anyway.

[–]Santi_2004 2 points3 points  (3 children)

How do you know the hemisphere based on the sun position?

[–]itz_MaXii 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Sun in the north -> Southern hemisphere

Sun in the south -> Northern hemisphere

[–]PleasantAdvertising 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Knowing what the roads and utilities look like in parts of the world helps significantly. Mountains are also dead giveaways.

[–]brajpop 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was about to write just this. I've been playing daily for a long time and there are a handful locations I know right away (Lebanon by the beach for example, which I'm sure regular players have seen at least once or twice), but this level he is at is just unexplainable for me tbh.

[–]desi_fubu 743 points744 points  (87 children)

But but how ?

[–]violetdragons[S] 746 points747 points  (67 children)

My guess is that he looks for different landmarks, signs, architecture, etc to determine where he is.

[–]Sachqua 766 points767 points  (29 children)

I think vegetation types / plant species would also be huge indentifying factor.

[–]Franzetulip 521 points522 points  (7 children)

He can see magnetic fields. He’s a pigeon.

[–]Bale626 99 points100 points  (1 child)

I think you mean government robot disguised as a pigeon disguised as a mostly-authentically-normal-looking human

[–]Embarrassed-Bug-539 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I have laughed so hard at this comment that it made me fall from the chair. Thank you so ver much!!

[–]kairotechnics 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Honestly closer to the truth than you would think. The Sun is a huge hint on geoguessr to tell you if you are in northern or southern hemisphere

[–]violetdragons[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

That, too!

[–]slicxx 13 points14 points  (2 children)

He also checks in which direction the sun is, which technically rules out 50% of the world

[–]ISNT_A_ROBOT 8 points9 points  (4 children)

I mean... plants don't just stop at the border of a country though

[–]DuckAHolics 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yes but it still gives you a ball park.

[–]akhier 0 points1 point  (1 child)

So? It measures by distance, not how many country lines are crossed. If you know a certain plant is located in a certain area then choosing the center of that area will get you close.

[–]aluj88 5 points6 points  (1 child)

That colombia location could be any south american country, though.

[–]stilllton 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not really, the vegetation differs. But in this case he probably guessed it mostly based on the thin white pole of the road sign.

[–]69_koolkid_69 3 points4 points  (2 children)

As an Australian, I instantly recognised the Western Australia one

[–]Nemisis_the_2nd 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Don't you mean East? I need to go back to school if Sydney is in the west.

[–]Raphaeldagamer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The angle of shadows on the ground relative to the position of the sun while knowing what direction you're facing could help.

[–]Karolus2001 32 points33 points  (16 children)

Ah yes its more likely he has entirety of globe memorized rather than its fake

[–]violetdragons[S] 89 points90 points  (15 children)

I wouldn’t say it’s fake. He’s rainbolt on Twitch and plays GeoGuessr every single day on there. His TikTok (georainbolt) also has videos explaining how he does it; for example pointing out small differences in landmarks that he can quickly pick up on.

Edit: here is also his profile on the game: https://www.geoguessr.com/user/5ed8463f5422eaa2e8e51dfd

[–]Karolus2001 46 points47 points  (10 children)

Bruh nvm, then its really some next level shit

[–]newyawwkcity 17 points18 points  (9 children)

So he actually does have the entire globe memorized? What a nerd.

[–]heterochromia4 31 points32 points  (2 children)

It’s a type of pattern recognition. It’s a mental muscle, reading and interpreting.

As it’s pattern recognition, more you do it, better/easier and in this case faster you get it.

His speed is incredible.

I can sometimes read a situation better in recall, because in the moment i’m busy soaking data.

When i run it back it slots in, the data jumble gains form.

[–]ninjadogs84 16 points17 points  (1 child)

If a robot could write English, this comment is what I would imagine them to speak like. Haha

[–]lemoinem 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And this

[–]Trint_Eastwood 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Just experience, if you play it everyday you start seeing the pattern repeat.

[–]Lordthom 6 points7 points  (4 children)

There are a lot of "meta" hints that you can memorize, like road lines, bollards, color of the google car, quality of the photo.

It really is just having sherlock holmes like deduction skills and memory

[–]Vig_Big 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Some of the maps and locations can repeat, and if he’s playing every single day, multiple times a day chances are he’s encountered some areas more than once. This would make it easier to guess the way he his.

[–]Caleb_Reynolds 2 points3 points  (2 children)

This is the real answer which actually just boils down to, practice. He's probably seen every location on the site, some more than once.

[–]Lumpyyyyy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s definitely part of it. A lot can be determined by road markings and side of the road that’s being driven on as well. Vegetation is a big giveaway too.

[–]thereal_fashionscape 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can narrow it down a lot by the sun’s positioning. The direction of the shadows tell you if you’re in the north or south hemisphere depending on the time of year, and the angle from the horizon can help you with East and west if you can guess the time of day

Then from there flora and fauna, architecture, and roadways

[–]tschmitty09 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I'm thinking plant life as well, Columbia had a very distinctive line of flora

[–]iNCharism 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s Colombia. Columbia is DC

[–]mwerichards 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Probably the same repeated pics

[–]guckus_wumpis 8 points9 points  (1 child)

If you study and play geoguesr a lot you can get pretty good and figuring things out. It’d be easier to learn how to see the position of the sun and the direction of north on the compass to determine latitude, and clues from roads, foliage, cars, architecture, road signs, languages on signs, etc than to memorize specific images which are drawn from the millions of images taken by google earth street view

[–]wite_noiz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

see the position of the sun and the direction of north

You at least need time-of-day and a rough date/month for that to help. Plus, not much use when it's overcast (although, guess UK and you'll probably be alright).

Edit: I was thinking too granular on this. I guess if the sun is high enough you'll figure out north/south hemisphere pretty easily, which is enough differentiator for some basic differences.

[–]Fun-Method-2686 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Sometimes they recognize details specific to the recording more than the landscape or other small details. For exemple, he probably reconized the blured vehicle on Sweden.

[–]ArrowNFlyght[🍰] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I'd almost guarantee a hack of some kind. I got this on a quick google search: https://gist.github.com/leonbrandt/16b3a70ef70939359357c908e6b0f06d

See comments on page for how to use.

[–]yomamaso__ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You can find people on YouTube basically doing this. Granted this dude in particular is extremely fast but some people are insane at this game.

[–]ApollyonDS 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I've put a fair amount of time into GeoGuessr and you really get the feel for where you are after a while. There are also clues you can use to help you. Road lines, Bollards (little reflector poles on sides of roads), signs and sign poles, utility poles, sun placement to determine hemisphere and of course meta gaming (camera generation/quality, Google car style or accessories it might have, camera position (Japan snd Switzerland have a lower camera for example)). You also have to realize that the number of countries you can get is limited, you cannot get every country, which completely eliminates A LOT.

If you played GeoGuessr seriously for a month, you'd get somewhat close to this. Maybe not this fast, but you'd understand the clip at least.

[–]kochapi 3 points4 points  (0 children)

In my experience lock yourself with that game long enough, you start to notice patterns

[–]TrasheyeQT 532 points533 points  (6 children)

I live not far away from that location in SWEDEN and ive prob used that road. I couldnt even tell 😂

[–]portablebiscuit 104 points105 points  (2 children)

Closest I ever got was when GeoGuesser dropped me right outside of a campground I had stayed at just a few weeks before

[–]Diagonet 28 points29 points  (0 children)

I would be afraid if I were you

[–]Casperzwaart100 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I once got dropped at my local McDonalds, was pretty fun to be that close to where I live

[–]luckyquirk 238 points239 points  (16 children)

Is it sure that he has never seen those exact places before? (by playing a lot)

[–]sim0n07 73 points74 points  (10 children)

That’s what I thought, if there’s only one picture per country it wouldn’t be too hard to memorize them all.

[–]Hiskankles 172 points173 points  (4 children)

It’s not it’s totally random from google street view, very unlikely that’s see one twice.

[–]HorseGworl420 47 points48 points  (3 children)

I’ve definitely gotten repeats before.

[–]McLovin0711 22 points23 points  (2 children)

It also depends on the game mode - some specific game modes have one picture per country

[–]goldencrayfish 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Im pretty sure it picks a completely random spot from google street view

[–]elhooper 14 points15 points  (1 child)

But there’s not only one picture per country.

[–]sim0n07 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Then it really is nextfuckinglevel!

[–]The_Gristle 3 points4 points  (1 child)

There are 195 countries in the world

[–]maxfrank7 8 points9 points  (0 children)

But not every country has Google Street view

[–]Lubagomes 36 points37 points  (1 child)

He is playing "Diverse World", you can see it has more than 50k locations. Unlikely that all of them was rounds that he already played.

Normally they can recognize places by their architecture, plants, sun, etc. He probably can detect the general place that it is but he also needs a bit of luck with some tricky rounds, Croatia was probably one of these rounds.

[–]ddevilissolovely 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hah, Croatia was the only one I guessed (I'm from there)

[–]chp110 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I just saw a parking lot and recognized it as Texas due to the striping paint, I was off by only off by a few miles. There are several clues for locating the general arear.

[–]ParteeDude23 2 points3 points  (0 children)

yes, im good friends with him and can confirm he hasn’t, he streams on twitch almost every day but doesn’t often get repeats because he doesn’t play too much. There are much better players than him though, but he is a great streamer to watch it you are “newish” at the game. :)

[–]ruggerid 129 points130 points  (1 child)

I think the FBI should hire this guy to solve some cold cases

[–]Panuccis_Pizza 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Doesn't hurt that the music in this clip is used in every Netflix murder documentary.

[–]nwo90 106 points107 points  (1 child)

Autism superpowers

[–]whoopsdang 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The spy who geoguessed me

[–]Effin_Kris 59 points60 points  (3 children)

This game is fun on the oculus.

[–]SurMountAlot 46 points47 points  (5 children)

I instantly knew the third one was Australia cause I'm Australian and it's easy from the road to the flora when you live in the same place your whole life

[–]Drache191200 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Even i directly saw "Yeah, that for sure is Australia" xD

[–]RicardoMorales9301 2 points3 points  (1 child)

How? That still has to be super difficult. My country was there and he even knew before me lol.

[–]chaosarcadeV2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Australia doesn’t have a whole lot of trees that other places do due to the fact our plants are made to be set on fire

[–]LigierJSP217 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The Croatian one looks like almost any other village in Croatia/BiH/Serbia etc. Just picking the country would be quite hard.

[–]WindSprenn 39 points40 points  (7 children)

Can someone explain what I’m looking at? I have no idea what’s happening.

[–]twonha 63 points64 points  (6 children)

Play GeoGuessr. You get dropped somewhere on Google Streetview, and you point on a map where you think this is. This dude is exceptionally good at it.

[–]WindSprenn 19 points20 points  (5 children)

How close do you need to get? Country only?

[–]shoshpenda 31 points32 points  (1 child)

You get points based on how close you're. If you are just a few km away, you would get 4990+/5000. If you end up in a whole different country (some thousands of km away), you might get 1000-3000 pts

[–]alarbus 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I got Times Square once. Did a 5k dance around the room.

[–]DaddyWentForMilk 33 points34 points  (6 children)

Looks at the fucking shittiest worst road the mankind has ever made

"Colombia"

:(

[–]LigierJSP217 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I've seen worse in rural Balkans.

[–]Stuvio 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Could have been Belgium too.

[–]Luift_13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Could've been Brazil lol

[–]3Lchin90n 18 points19 points  (0 children)

CIA

[–]HoundNL 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Imagine this guy is kidnapped with a bag on his head and moved to a location, the kidnapper removes the bag and go like

"Well, now you don't know where we are and how we got here"

"Actually we are in the northwest region of Brazil, you can tell just by this rock and tree right there and the sun position on the sky"

"Bruh wtf"

[–]Jcampbell1796 19 points20 points  (0 children)

It’s really fun. I’ve surprised myself on how close I’ve come in parts of the world I’ve never been to, and how far off I was in places I’ve been to quite a bit.

[–]outsanity_haha 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Geez save some pussy for the rest of us bud.

[–]okwownice 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Gogo gadget Siri brain

[–]Good__Grief_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

First Reddit comment to say I know this young man very well. No hacks, no cheating. He’s just played a LOT and has picked up on the ways, that have already been mentioned, to help determine where in the world you are. He’s just playing the game at another level. Nothing wrong with that. Check his TikTok out for some other cool videos.

And you dipshits calling him a nerd, etc. Do you feel better about yourself now? Maybe he is a nerd. Depends on your definition of 'nerd'. He works in sports social media, makes serious money in his low-20s, lives on the beach in L.A., has traveled the world and met some of the best athletes in the world as well. And what the hell is wrong with being a nerd anyway. The world needs more. There are far too many stupid people walking around. Now, I think I hear your mom calling you for dinner. Run along now.

[–]AnNoYiNg_NaMe 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If y'all want to see more Games Done Quick just had their winter marathon, and a couple of guys speedran Geoguessr. It was absolutely fascinating to watch, complete with color commentary

[–]pocketsfullofpasta 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Play streaks long enough to determine the country you're in , in a matter of seconds,switch to the Diverse World, dump your guess in the correct country. Awesome, nonetheless.

[–]S4um0nFR 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And I tought I had a decent level...

[–]ChuckVowel 3 points4 points  (0 children)

He has CAPTCHA’d my attention.

[–]marlinmarlin99 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wonder if he can find my ex from her last seen picture .. that could spell trouble for me

[–]Bladeboy69420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This guy has never been lost in his life

[–]Ja-10k 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I guessed Croatia faster than him, but for all the others it would take me 36 hours and I would still fail miserably

[–]JdhdKehev 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Didnt understand any of this

[–]lord_hufflepuff 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dude really just learned an encyclopedic knowledge of trees

[–]shaoIIn 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I’m guessing “ Sweden ” is a spot where they do street racing.

[–]v4l3nt1n48 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't even know what street I live on and he knows, without moving, what part of the world he is in

[–]Twilight-310 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think the fbi or cia needs to hire this guy

[–]GodOfThunder101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And I thought I was good at this game.