Librarian Blogs: Fun + Games with Geoguessr Makes You Think About the World

Geoguessr, Yekaterinburg Duma with Lenin statue (Chesnutt Librarian Blogs, Chesnutt Library) Geoguessr is a geography game where you get a Google street view somewhere in the world. Then you have to guess where you are by putting a pin on the map of the world. Everything you see is a clue. Are there hills? People wearing coats? Cars driving on the left? If you are lucky, you might spot a sign and be able to guess the language or script, which will help you to narrow your guess down.

 

Looking at a place in the world can be full of surprises (even if your guess is close). One source of surprise is how quickly the world is changing. All kinds of things that might not make it into the books you have read or even your memories of travel can show up in Google street view and interact with fragments that you do remember.  Take a street view look at the places you think you remember, especially if you last learned about these places ten or twenty years ago.

I am reminded of a TEDTalk about economics (Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty) that gave me a similar feeling. My ideas [of the world] were simply out of date.

Chesnutt Librarian Blogs, Matt Lawson

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