BBC’s “Geoguessr” Game

Today’s discussions about space and Google maps reminded me of a site I came across on Stumbleupon years ago where you intentionally get “lost” on Google Maps. I looked it up and it’s a game developed by the BBC- the premise is that you’re dropped in a random location in the world, and just by looking around you and digitally walking around, you pick up on clues and guess where you are on a map of the world.

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You can challenge friends and set a timer, but the idea is really cool in that you can do a sort of digital dérive from your own computer. Granted, the internet involves a pretty significant mind/body divide, but I feel like the game plays with the ideas of space, disorientation, and disconnects between physical and cultural maps in that the landscape and architecture of the area should give you cultural clues to find your location.

Check it out here!

– Fiona


One comment

  1. Thank you for posting this! What a fun exercise! This can be especially useful for people who cannot travel the world (most of us) and want to explore/get lost/challenge our knowledge in different ways.

    This week in class we will look at trying to unpack the virtual/physical division so perhaps you will also think less of the mind/body divide.


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