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Games - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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Thanks to gwennanmai's comment on my Wiki-fu is love post, I've been over at www.mousebreaker.com, playing their geography games. I must master GeoGenius Africa! I've only made about two-thirds of the way through before hitting time out, and some of that's been hit or miss. I've gotten Europe a couple of times and, to my delight, all the states the first time. But the City Clicker games are the ones that are going to be the death of me--land shapes with no physical or geographical boundaries marked, and you have to place the locations of cities. That's fine if they're coastal cities on distinctively shaped bays, but sheesh... trying to place Dallas on the international one is a pain! And I gave up on the England/Wales-specific one. Some of them, I can find, but I have a feeling a few are like asking people from overseas to find Batavia, NY, on a map with no clues and no physical landmarks. Heck, I'm not sure Massachusetts people could find it, and it's right on the Thruway/I-90.

Well, that was a pointless post.
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toastedcheese From: toastedcheese Date: March 22nd, 2006 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the time-wasting link! :) I got through Europe and most of Africa, but both the England/Wales ones were terrifying. Oxford, yes. Carlisle, fine. Yeovil... where?
arclevel From: arclevel Date: March 22nd, 2006 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, nifty site!

Yeah, I occasionally came close on a couple of the English cities, but no better, and that was mostly luck. Is there an American one, or just the world one? It was sort of amusing to keep getting Riyadh and Bangkok (whish I know nothing about) very hot and Dallas and Montreal warm or mild. As for the name matching one, I managed to switch Mississippi and Alabama [*hangs head in shame*]. Europe took me a couple tries, but got easy pretty quickly. Africa was embarassing the first time through -- I think I knew three countries confidently, was fairly sure on a half-dozen more, and was completely guessing the rest. Many of them I had a vague idea of "big country" or "West Africa" but those were frequently wrong. Eventually I managed to get it. Once. With lots of guessing. Also, the English counties required a lot of guessing, but I knew enough of them to make it feasible.
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: March 22nd, 2006 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
OK, you got me hooked! I couldn't rest until I had the top score on Africa, and I've just completed that task. The number of African friends I have has been increasing exponentially in the last few years, so it's nice to know exactly where they're all from. Now I think it's time to go back to refreshing my memory of Europe.
sophonax From: sophonax Date: March 22nd, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, great. No way I'm getting any work done today with fun geography games to play.
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