- Not really. That would imply Google Maps is a game too. It's just a piece of software he uses as a game.
Someone should write a game for this. It would just use the google maps API. It starts by putting you at a random point and the zoom is disabled. Then you have to navigate to a city. 18.104.22.168 13:07, 4 February 2013 (UTC)
- Great idea! I’d definitely play it. --22.214.171.124 15:50, 4 February 2013 (UTC)
- There used to be a game (don't know if it is still played) called "Table Top Rallying". It involved a Rand McNally map of the USA (and it had the be the right Rand McNally map for the year). Participants would "drive" around the map, collecting clues and answering questions, and the like. 126.96.36.199 09:17, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
- My kids and I invented a similar game using google maps. It was called "Would you live?" and involved getting a sum of pretend money with which to pretend buy things on ebay, after which you would be dropped at a random point on the map. We used random.org to get the random location. You got more money for the next round if you survived, and bonus points for how quickly you could identify where you were on the map, starting from the mostzoomed in point. My son, then ten years old, scored a major coup by finding a giant barge on ebay for $800. Saved him many of the times he was dumped in the north pacific. --Tamara G.
I just tried out what Cueball suggests, and the first city I found was Yakutsk. Knowing well that downstream from Yakutsk there are at least some settlements, I made a quick Google/Wikipedia search for those and found 1710:Yakutsk:. 1560 Aldan River from the east. River tends northwest. 1373:Sangar: coal mines. 1560:Vilyuy River from the west. River tends north. 959:Arctic Circle. 939:Zhigansk,founded in 1632, 865:Agraphena Island. 545:Sikhtyakh. 385:Kyushur:regional center. 222:Lena Delta (Wikipedia; numbers are kilometers from the mouth). Sangar’s here , Zhigansk’s a lot blurrier , Siktyakh (Wiki misspelled it and Google Maps shows it in the wrong point – it’s, of course, down by the river) is hardly to see , and if anyone can point me to the “regional center” Kyushur, I’d be infinitely thankful. (In fact, I could not find Kyushur in any source except this Wikipedia site and a translation of a part of a Lithuanian report about Gulag life. Cyrillic script gave no results at all.) --188.8.131.52 15:50, 4 February 2013 (UTC) Kyusyur's Wikipedia page is here: http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9A%D1%8E%D1%81%D1%8E%D1%80 .184.108.40.206 16:23, 4 February 2013 (UTC)
- I knew it must have been a typo! In fact, the Google Maps image of Kyusyur is a lot less blurred out than Zhigansk and Siktyakh:  --220.127.116.11 10:39, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
Should the explanation say what the Google Maps is showing? That ruins the game he's given us! 18.104.22.168 06:15, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
- Umm… it just shows “the mouth of the Lena River” exactly as the comic says in the first sentence! --Mormegil (talk) 16:32, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
- What can YOU learn from this? - Sometimes being a philosopher among ignorant is a lonely existence. I've spent a long time looking for others like me before I've learned that sometimes it's easier to educate and enlighten those around me, rather then keep getting lost. To me seeing a spark of recognition igniting the flame of intelligence in others is far greater adventure then the fruitless search for my personal self confirmation. - E-inspired (talk) 14:52, 28 February 2013 (UTC)