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Being put in a photosphere

After two places, I received the 3rd location to find. Issue was than it was an image where it wasn't possible to move (if I clicked anywhere, I was sent back to the street of the previous location (Oregon)). I reloaded the game and I stopped being put in the previous Oregon location, but I was still unable to move.

Finally, after a guess, it said me it was Cayman Islands and further research made me discover than it was a "photosphere". I have no clue what it is, but it's a bit annoying to not being able to go around to try to find hints (you can only what you see in the 360 picture). Photospheres are a bit of an issue, I think.

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  • Sorry, I think I wasn't clear. I'm saying than:

    1. When you're put in a photosphere, clicking brings you back to the location of previous point.
    2. Photospheres are a bit annoying by themselves.

    I was on Google Chrome 34 and Windows 7.

    Max
  • Hi Max

    Thank you for taking the time to try the beta and to give us your feedback!
    This seems like an interesting bug. We've had reports on the photospheres before but never had the issue with going back to the previous location. We'll put this on the bug list and investigate. If you happen to experience this issue again in the future it would help us alot if you could supply us with a share-url for the game (this can be found by clicking the menu button in the end result dialog).
    Thank you again!

    Kind regards
    Anton

    Anton
  • For the record, I like the occasional photosphere, especially in challenge games. They tend to be more interesting than a lot of country roads...

    Scott
  • Hi Scott. We haven't decided what to do with them yet. As you point out, they provide variation, but they also limit one of the core elements of the game. Making them optional might end up being a setting clutteringen the UI, that no one bothers using... This is a tricky one. 😀

    Thanks for playing the game!

    Erland
  • Well mark me down as liking photospheres, especially when they show up at random. I can almost always find something to search by and narrow it down, even if I have to slowly try to type Cyrillic characters into google translate, or just describe the scene over and over... They can be a lot of fun. When they drop into a timed challenge, the "guessr" part of it really takes over, since there's not enough time to google many things. Please keep them as part of the standard game... but maybe also add a photospheres-only game to the "More Maps" section...

    Scott
  • Hey Scott. That's a great idea!

    Thanks,

    Erland
  • At first I was a bit annoyed by being put in a photo sphere and being unable to hunt for clues, but I think I would actually enjoy them as a separate challenge. My preference would be that they are not mixed together. To me, they're like separate challenges with different objectives.

    When I play with street view, I am shooting for a perfect score (yes, I'm a bit obsessive about the game!). With photo spheres, that's pretty much impossible and it's really more about getting the "feel" of a place and making your best guess, true to the game's name.

    Another thing, with street view, I often take a long time to play a single game, it's often like a long puzzle. With photo spheres, I feel like it would make for a more active, fast paced game.

    So I guess I'd say that I like having photo spheres but I hope they can be at least be made optional. If possible, a photo spheres only mode would be really cool to try.

    Love the game! Thanks!

    Kevin
  • How to Build Photo Spheres

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VlPIDuSYuhH...

    https://photo-sphere.appspot.com/

    Catalog of Photo Spheres. If you're stuck on one, you may be able to figure out in general where you are, and then look for the proper bubble.
    https://www.google.com/maps/views/explore?hl=en...

    Ken Mitchell
  • I have no problem with them being mixed together. Because, when you play GeoGuessr frequently, you know which countries have Street View and which don't, but a photosphere could come from any country! That makes it all the more challenging, and, I think, more fun 😀

    Adriaan
  • Hi

    It's great to hear that you have different opinions about photo spheres (I'm actually a bit torn myself). If you have any more suggestions or opinions please keep them coming, it's really helpful to hear what you have to say.

    Kind regards
    Anton

    Anton
  • Ok Anton,

    Since you are asking for feedback: I don't like the insertion of photospheres at all. Map locations require detective work, and photospheres are just guesswork. It's fun in itself, but it's a different ballgame. Don't mix the two, it spoils the fun - at least for me. My recipe: Present the photospheres as an option, or as a different map.

    Aldo
  • Greetings

    My Suggestion for the photospheres would be to have the option to include them in the mix of maps you get or not so those looking for a perfect score could avoid them and those of us who are happy to guess (when there is nothing to help because your in a desert or forest)can go with the flow,
    having said that i have had a couple of photospheres where i have been inside, one was a a car showroom (cant remember the other one was)this was very cool because you simply had to take your clues from what you could see posters or script on the door even the typre of decor i wont say where it was but i was within a 1k KM just by guessing but it was still fun trying too decide based on what was around you but the desert/forest ones were not fun

    Max
  • Hi Aldo and Max

    Thank you both for your input regarding this. The suggestion with having the photospheres as an option, or at least treat them in a different way, seems like it might be a great idea. We'll have to look into this further and hopefully come up with a solution that can pleases both those who like them and those who don't.

    Thank you for you feedback!
    Kind regards
    Anton

    Anton
  • https://geoguessr.com/challenge/4uOcL4w84Rt5AKM1
    It wasn't a photosphere, but the previous location shown up and its not the first time it happened!
    So the previous location problem is not related to the spheres.

    Sz. P.
  • I wholeheartedly agree, make the photospheres optional (or remove them altogether). I'm in the "do not like them" camp, they are totally antithetical to the reason I play the game, which is to deeply explore and understand places and cultures I'm unfamiliar with. Per my rules with my husband, NO GOOGLE! That's cheating. We guess only on what we can see on the map. So a photosphere is almost pointless for us (unless it contains a lot of information within the image, but most of the ones I have had do not). And I agree with the poster that when you're on track for a perfect score, to have map 4 out of the series of 5 reveal itself to be a photosphere, ensuring your score will tank, its a real downer (especially if you have given hours of your time to the previous 3 maps, which I admit I sometimes do!) Thanks for listening! Appreciate the game.

    Kira
  • Also BTW I got the glitch that Max reported -- when a photosphere loaded and I tried to click to maneuver, it reverted me back to the previous map I had just played. When I clicked on the "return to start" flag, it brought be back to the current image OK.

    Kira
  • I would add that once I had a photosphere that was at least loaded with information, and allowed me to move around within it enough to solve it; it was a stadium, where I could circumnavigate the field and look at the advertisement posters, but not exit the stadium. So if you are going to keep the photospheres (even if you make them optional), it would be great if they are at least packed with information. The last one I got was just a trail at a rocky tourist location, visitors looked Asian but otherwise nothing to go on - no signs that could be clearly read. Ended up thousands of miles away, plummeted my score.

    Kira
  • I'm about ready to give up Geo Guessr because of photospheres.
    As a hard core user, I hate it when my pursuit of a perfect game is ruined because I get a photosphere.

    I used to get one every hundred locations or more (yes, I play a lot), but now I get one or two in almost every World game.
    I find this very annoying, to the point where I don't want to play anymore.

    Von from Canada
  • You don't have to quit. There's an online catalog of all photospheres at https://www.google.com/maps/views/explore?hl=en...

    Ken Mitchell\
  • To me (and it seems to other players who are posting here, probably including Von), Googling is cheating. Goal is to solve the maps without any information outside what's available within the map/image. So a Photosphere puts a real damper on an otherwise fruitful and engaging round. I'm with Von, I quit a round the other night when a Photosphere popped up. Fortunately it was only map 2 in the series. But I didn't play a new round...

    Kira
  • It seems both Googlers like myself and non-Googlers (purists? hehe) are in agreement about Photospheres.

    Photospheres made me stop playing a couple months ago and I haven't picked it back up yet. I likely won't until some official decision is made about their inclusion. As others have also said, I hope they're separated out from regular Street View images but still made playable as their own challenge.

    And not to start an argument, but I don't look at using Google as "cheating." I just look at the game as a different challenge from others, I guess. For me, it's like the scenes in "Minority Report" where they're racing to identify a location based on image fragments. I'm looking for searchable clues and trying to get a perfect score as quickly as possible (or a man may die!! haha).

    I'll admit I do go all out, though, using both Google search and Google Maps to to narrow down on the location to within a couple meters. I found that immensely satisfying which is why Photospheres are such a frustration for me.

    Kevin
  • Hi all

    We've definitely heard your opinions regarding this and I completely understand the frustration of trying hard to achieve a good score only to have it ruined by a photosphere. If I'm understanding you correctly the most pressing matter is to remove the photo-spheres and then we can re-add them later in a more controlled way?
    We'll look into this very soon and let you know as soon as we have a fix.

    Kind regards
    Anton

    Anton
  • Okay, I have to chime in again... does GeoGuessr choose starting locations, or is it strictly driven by chance? Because some photospheres are fascinating. I agree that some are impossible to get a perfect score on, but some do give clues.... maybe those clues are just the type of plants, color of the soil, the terrain... but I have gotten perfect scores on photospheres before. One was in Russia and it took a long time and yes with unlimited time I use Google... I use every tool at my disposal including Russian-English dictionaries (also in Google), phone books, anything. It's not cheating because I make my own rules, don't you?

    Anyway, people need to get to where a "perfect" score isn't the goal. The best score they can get on any game is great. Even if you're playing solo, you can challenge yourself: Save the URL to a game, and come back to it in a month and see if you can beat your earlier score! But the best antidote to the perfect score mania (I suffered badly for several months) is to only do timed challenges. 15 minutes per location is a lot of time to look around but limits the obsession with perfection. ONE minute per round really challenges your ability to identify environments and can be humbling to those of us who think/thought we're special because we can get perfect scores ;-)

    Scott
  • Perhaps a checkbox or option buttons when starting the game; "Include PhotoSpheres" or "Do Not Include PhotoSpheres"? If it's a persistent choice (perhaps stored as a cookie on the PC) then each user would only need to choose once, and it would remain set that way.

    I sort-of like the PhotoSpheres; there are some beautiful places that you couldn't get a Google Car into.

    Ken Mitchell
  • "Russian-English Dictionaries"; There's a smartphone app called "Word Lens" which is sometimes helpful. Point it to something in a foreign language and it can sometimes give you the translation.

    Ken Mitchell
  • The photospheres can definitely kill an otherwise perfect game (count me among the players who aim for and sometimes achieve 25,000 points a round). The only helpful hint I discovered that I can share -- it doesn't work all the time, though -- is that on the lower right hand corner of the Geoguessr screen, instead of saying (C) 2014 Google, the photosphere will credit the name of the photographer. About 50% of the time, if you Google the name of that person, you'll find a Google+ page or a Google Photos page where you can likely find that photosphere itself -- occasionally the exact geographic location will be given, but even if not, you can generally get an idea of where the photographer lives and typically takes photographs.

    But yeah, no more photospheres, please!

    I actually don't mind the Google-taken walk throughs of museums, cultural sites, etc. because they have some moving-around capability and are typically landmarks such that you can guess where they are. I got dropped into a historic fort in India and was able to pinpoint it exactly. It was fascinating.

    Nick
  • i just came back to geoguesser after a while and i got 3 no arrow photospheres.

    i like going down the roads looking for signs, licence plates (shapes, american/european), etc... and to come across a photosphere with no arrows, theres no exploration one can do, which to me is the fun and point to the game. the photo spheres ruin it for me.

    and really, how are you to guess a field of flowers (looked like queen anne's lace) when it can be found all over the world, a small field with tropical plants all around it (could be anywhere near the equator), or on top of a mountain with some guy sitting on a pile of rocks near by. if photo spheres are staying, we need to be able to opt out. they are just aggravating to me.

    Matthew
  • Hi everybody

    Thank you all for your feedback, it's clear that this is a subject that involves a lot of people. We're reading all your suggestions and are taking them into account and so far making photosphers selectable seems like the most popular option. I also agree that there are several "degrees" of photospheres, since in some you can move around a few steps and in some you can't even look around fully, perhaps this should influence this in some way as well.

    Thank you taking your time to write down your thoughts and keep them coming!

    Kind regards
    Anton

    Anton
  • Hi all.

    We've removed non-walkable locations from the world map and the UK map as a first step. Please try it out and let us know what you guys think. We're in the process of removing them from other maps as well.

    Best,

    Erland
  • Hallelujah! It's back to normal. Thank you, I was ready to quit for sure.

    Von from Canada
  • Hi all. I'm happy to hear that. Please see our twitter https://twitter.com/geoguessr for updates regarding specific maps.

    Best,

    Erland

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