If you were accidentally teleported to a road in South Africa halfway through the blink of an eye, how long would it take to find you in South Africa after opening your eyes? For the GeoGuessr speedrunner Havrd, the answer is less than 7 seconds. By then, I’m probably just beginning to determine that I’m on Earth.
GeoGuessr is a web game that puts players into random Google Street View locations and challenges them to find out where they are in the world. Playing cooperatively with friends is fun, in part because of the laughter that comes from realizing that first impressions are completely wrong, and you’re so far from Paraguay. For Havrd, however, making mistakes isn’t even part of the game. It’s just a matter of how quickly he can guess right.
in last year’s AGDQ In the speedrunning event, Havrd completed the “slow” GeoGuessr in 31 minutes and 31 seconds. To get this perfect score, he had to pinpoint the location of five Street View panoramas within 600 feet on a high-altitude map.
At this year’s AGDQ, Havrd added a second player, Janmumrik, who has played with Havrd for years. For each location, one player “drives” through Google Street View to describe what they see, while the other player looks at the overhead map and, when ready, puts a pin where they think the other has started.
The pair completed their cooperative perfect score in 40 minutes and 19.8 seconds, again guessing all five positions within 600 feet.
To avoid anomalies caused by Street View updates, GeoGuessr runs quickly on a “map” that limits the area where players can be teleported.This year and last year, Harvrd and Janmumrik a diverse world, which includes “over 52,000 hand-picked precise locations” from every country covered by Google Street View.
I love these GeoGuessr-run observations such as “Luckily Denmark has one of the best road naming systems in the world” and “The sun is in the north, so we’re in the southern hemisphere”. It’s like watching Sherlock Holmes solve a case if he wasn’t concerned with personal habits but with a knack for decoding highway signs and identifying dirt.
It’s also a strange stress, especially in the co-op model Havrd and Janmumrik launched this year, although it might just remind me of my grandparents bickering on the road somewhere along the Ottawa River. (If you come across a river whose north bank is more French than its south bank, that’s probably where you are.)
you can watch run in twitching, and it’s embedded above (it should jump to the beginning of the run, almost 15 hours). AGDQ 2022 will run until Saturday. Personally, I’m looking forward to Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes on Thursday.This is schedule.