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Title: US City Game
Post by: CoreySamson on November 21, 2020, 04:33:01 PM
I found this game after a Youtuber I watch played it:
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa

The premise is you have to name as many cities as you can from memory (although it is easy to cheat by pulling up a map on another browser). Just hit clear to get a blank slate if it's not already and begin typing. How many do you know?
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: GaryV on November 21, 2020, 05:57:54 PM
I got bored after putting in just a few.

Although it would be interesting to see how small a place it knows about.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: webny99 on November 21, 2020, 06:13:21 PM
I don't know why I'm spending so much time on this, but I'm up to 105 cities, haven't touched the Southeast yet, and the only time I looked at a map is to get the correct spelling of "Albuquerque". I'm aiming for at least three from every state.

I noticed that if there's more than one city with the same name, it picks the most populous. I typed in Augusta expecting the one in Maine to come up, but Augusta, GA came up instead. It's easy to bypass that, though, by just selecting the state you want.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on November 21, 2020, 06:21:15 PM
I tried it a while ago. I literally named every single community along I-70 between the UT/CO line and Denver. I also named two communities with a population of 1 :sombrero:. There are also a few other games, in the European one I named a French commune with a population of 1 as well.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CoreySamson on November 21, 2020, 06:26:22 PM
The smallest city I've found in the game is Lake Buena Vista, FL, with a poulation of just 10.

I'm up to 456 cities, and I haven't gotten into Texas, Utah, Virginia, or Washington yet.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: Brandon on November 21, 2020, 07:05:59 PM
I found this game after a Youtuber I watch played it:
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa

The premise is you have to name as many cities as you can from memory (although it is easy to cheat by pulling up a map on another browser). Just hit clear to get a blank slate if it's not already and begin typing. How many do you know?

Not bad for just off the top of my head:
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216545
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CoreySamson on November 21, 2020, 07:36:44 PM
Here's my finished product:
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216555

Probably could've added more if I had more time and brainpower. You can easily see a couple US highways that I've utilized on road trips (I-10, US 59, I-30, I-55).
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: webny99 on November 21, 2020, 08:58:20 PM
FINAL: 300 cities (https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216582). I decided to stop there, although I probably could have done a few more. I got at least three from every state, 48 of 50 state capitals, and 32 of 33 cities over 500,000. The ones I missed? Frankfort, KY, and Washington, DC (:rolleyes:), but I can't figure out which other state capital I missed. The smallest "city" I got was Harpers Ferry, WV, population 286.


Not bad for just off the top of my head:
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216545

I'm having a really tough time deciding whether to believe you knew 863 off the top of your head.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CoreySamson on November 21, 2020, 09:01:33 PM
FINAL: 300 cities (https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216582). I decided to stop there, although I probably could have done a few more. I got at least three from every state, 48 of 50 state capitals, and 32 of 33 cities over 500,000. The ones I missed? Frankfort, KY, and Washington, DC (:rolleyes:), but I can't figure out which other state capital I missed. The smallest "city" I got was Harpers Ferry, WV, population 286.


Not bad for just off the top of my head:
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216545

I'm having a really tough time deciding whether to believe you knew 863 off the top of your head.

Looks like you missed Helena, Montana.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: webny99 on November 21, 2020, 09:08:38 PM
Looks like you missed Helena, Montana.

Ah, yes. You are correct. Stupid one to miss, considering I got five other cities from Montana and there's probably plenty of people that couldn't get any!
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on November 22, 2020, 07:19:55 AM
Here's my try with 1,300 communities in :sombrero:: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216737. All the major cities are in, as well as several other well known places. Staring at detailed maps of several major cities helped me with many suburbs, other locations are frequented by Big Rig Steve (e.g. Schuyler, Nebraska), yet another group are endpoints for Interstate or US Routes, I got a couple by being the unexpected locations of Ronald McDonald Houses (Marshfield, Wisconsin and Danville, Pennsylvania) and even Mr. Pearson (syndrome) got me one (that would be Winder, Georgia). According to the latest blog post I've gone over the 99th percentile, now that is something.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: 1 on November 22, 2020, 08:59:04 AM
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216763

I was a bit frustrated about which New England towns were accepted and which ones weren't. (The author says it's done on a case-by-case basis.)

My worst state relative to what I should have gotten was probably Mississippi, which only had 6 that I knew plus two random guesses. (You can see the random guesses all over the map.) I also didn't have that much for Utah or Colorado, but they have major cities and then nothingness, as opposed to Mississippi, which has cities throughout.

I couldn't seem to name any suburbs of Columbus, OH (and I completely forgot the other Columbus), Jacksonville, or San Antonio.

A decent number of New Jersey townships were intended for other states.

It did recognize one city in Georgia that was incorporated in 2015.

Why isn't Puerto Rico included?
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: Brandon on November 22, 2020, 09:14:41 AM
FINAL: 300 cities (https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216582). I decided to stop there, although I probably could have done a few more. I got at least three from every state, 48 of 50 state capitals, and 32 of 33 cities over 500,000. The ones I missed? Frankfort, KY, and Washington, DC (:rolleyes:), but I can't figure out which other state capital I missed. The smallest "city" I got was Harpers Ferry, WV, population 286.


Not bad for just off the top of my head:
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216545

I'm having a really tough time deciding whether to believe you knew 863 off the top of your head.

Looks like you missed Helena, Montana.

Nope, it's on my list (as are the other 49 state capitals).  And yes, I pulled 863 off the top of my head without reverting to Google Maps or any other map.  I stopped on many suburbs of Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee, as I didn't want to overload those areas.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: Big John on November 22, 2020, 09:38:21 AM
I got a couple by being the unexpected locations of Ronald McDonald Houses (Marshfield, Wisconsin and Danville, Pennsylvania)
Marshfield WI is a small city, but Marshfield Clinic is a major medical center in Wisconsin, thus warranting a Ronald McDonald House.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: webny99 on November 22, 2020, 12:08:43 PM
Looks like you missed Helena, Montana.

Nope, it's on my list (as are the other 49 state capitals).  And yes, I pulled 863 off the top of my head without reverting to Google Maps or any other map.  I stopped on many suburbs of Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee, as I didn't want to overload those areas.

He was responding to the other part of my quote, which said I was missing 2 state capitals.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: webny99 on November 22, 2020, 12:17:39 PM
I couldn't seem to name any suburbs of Columbus, OH (and I completely forgot the other Columbus), Jacksonville, or San Antonio.

Jacksonville, like San Antonio, doesn't have many named suburbs, and those that are named are generally small communities that have managed to avoid annexation over the years.

Columbus, OH, is somewhere in between, with a lot of annexation, especially compared to Cleveland and Cincinnati, but still some noteworthy suburbs. I know several of them only because I have a number of friends/family in the area.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: webny99 on November 22, 2020, 12:23:43 PM
I just did it again using the Wikipedia page of cities in each state. I generally started with the largest cities and stopped when I reached 30,000 in population, although there were several exceptions, such as excluding suburbs of cities in which I already had 10+ (especially in SoCal, Florida, Detroit, and the Twin Cities), and including some smaller, but significant, cities, such as Bemidji, MN; Marquette, MI; etc.

Total: 1,038 (but somehow still only 273 of 282 cities over 100K; would love to figure out which 9 I'm missing).
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216850
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: ozarkman417 on November 22, 2020, 02:39:54 PM
Here's my finished product:
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216555

Probably could've added more if I had more time and brainpower. You can easily see a couple US highways that I've utilized on road trips (I-10, US 59, I-30, I-55).
I wonder how you remembered to include Eminence, MO but not Springfield, MO, or any Springfield other than MA or IL.

This could be something I can try on my seven hour drive (as a passenger), that is coming soon. It takes lots of time, and I can include the cities I drive through along the way.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on November 22, 2020, 03:10:05 PM
And here is a 1,505 community try :sombrero:: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216927. In this one in a major brainfart I almost forgot Nashville...

And now I notice I missed Chattanooga. D'oh!
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: Scott5114 on November 22, 2020, 05:32:47 PM
I'm having a really tough time deciding whether to believe you knew 863 off the top of your head.

I believe it. It appears to accept the population-1,200 town that I grew up in, as well as the population-800 town I went to high school in, so I can run up the score by just listing unimportant towns in Oklahoma that I remember us playing sports against. That also means I can just list off county seats and those are guaranteed to be there. You also get some collateral damage that way (I entered "Beaver" trying to get the town in the Oklahoma panhandle and it gave me Beaver PA; I had to type "Beaver, OK" to get the town I was going for, so now I have credit for two cities instead of one).
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CoreySamson on November 22, 2020, 06:10:42 PM
Here's my finished product:
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216555

Probably could've added more if I had more time and brainpower. You can easily see a couple US highways that I've utilized on road trips (I-10, US 59, I-30, I-55).
I wonder how you remembered to include Eminence, MO but not Springfield, MO, or any Springfield other than MA or IL.

This could be something I can try on my seven hour drive (as a passenger), that is coming soon. It takes lots of time, and I can include the cities I drive through along the way.

I remembered it because of my "Roads that still don't have GSV thread". Eminence apparently has no GSV last I checked earlier this year.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: Scott5114 on November 22, 2020, 07:27:01 PM
I finished with 875 (https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217054) after about 2 hours of playing. A decent chunk of mine are, as mentioned above, random nearby small towns that it accepted. Another good source of are places that are thoroughly unimportant other than being important highway junctions or termini, like Teec Nos Pos, AZ (western terminus of US-64).
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: NWI_Irish96 on November 22, 2020, 08:03:09 PM
I was trying very hard to get to 300 in Indiana but came up short: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217068

Got 151 in Illinois: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217120

Got 100 in Michigan: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217425

Got 86 in CA/NV/AZ: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217441

Got 100 in the upper midwest/plains: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217612

Got 84 in the Ohio Valley: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217626

Got 59 in Texas and surrounding states: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217638

Got 58 in the northwest and Hawaii: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217643

Got 100 in the southeast: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217653

Got 88 in the mid-Atlantic: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217673

Got 35 in New England: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217682

1146 total
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: jp the roadgeek on November 22, 2020, 08:17:03 PM
Taking a break at 1146.  Canít get over the inconsistencies.  Seems every little village in NY, NJ, and PA are in there, but CT is ridiculous.  Norfolk and Lakeville (which is actually a part of the town of Sharon, which itself isnít included) each with populations under 1000, are included; but Hamden, Wallingford, and Southington, each with populations north of 40k are not. 
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: vdeane on November 22, 2020, 08:58:47 PM
FINAL: 300 cities (https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216582). I decided to stop there, although I probably could have done a few more. I got at least three from every state, 48 of 50 state capitals, and 32 of 33 cities over 500,000. The ones I missed? Frankfort, KY, and Washington, DC (:rolleyes:), but I can't figure out which other state capital I missed. The smallest "city" I got was Harpers Ferry, WV, population 286.


Not bad for just off the top of my head:
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/216545

I'm having a really tough time deciding whether to believe you knew 863 off the top of your head.
It's not too hard to rack up numbers when thinking about it systematically, going state by state and even corridor by corridor - especially since it uses a broad definition of "city" (Wiseman, AK counts, for example).

They also have Canada, Europe, Asia, Mexico, and Brazil.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: Scott5114 on November 22, 2020, 09:45:44 PM
The map helps, too, since you can look at areas that don't have any dots and think "What cities do I know of in this area?" and usually get at least one or two.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on November 23, 2020, 03:58:42 AM
I see there's a tendency to name every small town in the immediate area to one. And seeing how I can name over 1500 US populated places from memory, I wouldn't be surprised if I can name over 3000 European places, including over 2000 in Spain alone, with nearly every village in Aragon included.

Edit: Here is yet another try with 1,649 communities: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217260. I made sure every community in every previous iteration was included.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: webny99 on November 23, 2020, 11:02:52 AM
I gave Canada a try as well, and got up to 71:
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/canada/share/217366
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: Henry on November 23, 2020, 12:22:52 PM
I decided to name 500 places that I could think of, and here it is:

https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/217404
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CoreySamson on December 31, 2020, 06:25:21 PM
The game now has a grand unified game for all world cities (and yes, this includes everything from all the other quizzes combined). I decided to do the US and the world separately, as it gets hard to distinguish smaller cities on the world scale map.

Here's my second attempt at the US city quiz... (893 cities)
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/234120

And here's my attempt at the world quiz minus the US... (218 cities, 1111 total)
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/world/share/234126
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: 1 on January 01, 2021, 10:13:46 AM
Here's my European one.
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/europe/share/234239

Note the "guess and see what works" in the UK (although there are some that don't exist in the US), food and drink in various countries, the gerunds in Austria (one of which doesn't exist anymore), and saint guessing in Spain and France.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 01, 2021, 01:18:01 PM
Wow, you guessed my hometown but not nearby Zaragoza, which is way larger. I wonder how that happened. Oh, wait...
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 01, 2021, 05:28:31 PM
Okay, here's my try at Europe: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/europe/share/234364. You can see the local effect to the extreme, as I named literally every village in Aragon, Spain included in the game :sombrero:.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 02, 2021, 06:59:20 AM
Now I see they have added an option to mark every place with a given name, so I gave the US map another try and... https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/234477 :bigass: Some highlights include the noticeable US 81 barrier and a place with a population of zero.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: 1 on January 02, 2021, 07:29:45 AM
Now I see they have added an option to mark every place with a given name, so I gave the US map another try and... https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/234477 :bigass: Some highlights include the noticeable US 81 barrier and a place with a population of zero.

I got your hometown, but you completely skipped over my area.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: 1 on January 03, 2021, 12:05:13 PM
I just did my second attempt at the US game. 1500 cities without using the "all states" feature. Didn't manage to break 50%, though.

https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/234866
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: 1 on January 11, 2021, 09:17:15 AM
Here's my Canadian one. It's much easier to hit 50% on this one.

https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/canada/share/237890
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: corco on January 11, 2021, 12:09:27 PM
Off the top of my head - I diminish pretty quickly as you move south and east from the northwest

 https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/237975
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 11, 2021, 01:58:24 PM
My try at Canada: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/canada/share/238024. Too bad it doesn't accept Flin Flon, Jonquiere, Chicoutimi or, the best one of all, Dildo.

Edit: here's my latest try at the USA: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/238137. I've included all but two cities over 100,000; as well as an additional place with no population. I don't think I'll go further, since it is capped at 5,000.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: 1 on January 16, 2021, 11:14:11 AM
Here's my try with "every state", also pushing against the cap: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/240619
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CapeCodder on January 17, 2021, 11:19:40 PM
841 cities

https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/241643 (https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/241643)
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: tq-07fan on January 20, 2021, 11:27:51 PM
I got 843

https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/243024

A lot of names I remembered from railfanning or other trips.

Jim
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 21, 2021, 03:46:53 AM
It seems they have updated the game, because before it wouldn't accept some towns in New Hampshire and Maine and now it does. Earlier I had nothing in Northern New Hampshire because it wouldn't accept Franconia or Pittsburg. And now I've been able to add Carrabassett Valley, Caratunk and Monson, the last few places the Appalachian Trail crosses before the 100 Mile Wilderness and the final climb to Katahdin, and therefore a few members of a group I know thanks to that trail.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: tq-07fan on January 21, 2021, 08:53:34 AM
I still found some cities and lots of smaller places it would not accept. For some reason it would not take Waverly Ohio. It also would not take a lot of smaller places in Illinois.

Still pretty cool.

Jim
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: paulthemapguy on January 21, 2021, 10:54:49 AM
I have named 660 cities in Illinois alone, without looking at a map.  :bigass:
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: kurumi on January 23, 2021, 03:27:01 PM
I was scraping the bottom of the barrel, trying to get to 50% US before hitting the 5,000 city limit, and just made it: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/243747

It seems like the key to getting population numbers up is knowing not just the Dallases and Phoenixes but the Arlingtons and Mesas. Being able to visualize highway corridors also helps :-)

Then there are a bunch of places named after European cities, trees, water features, founding fathers, and Native American and Spanish words.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: SSOWorld on January 24, 2021, 07:15:34 PM
Got to 700 before I started cheating 😉
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: kenarmy on January 24, 2021, 10:22:59 PM
Looks like I did way worse than you guys. But I bet y'all didn't get Lily, South Dakota with a population of 4  :sombrero: I'm surprised Delta, La was on there, I only know it because of the old 80 bridge.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 25, 2021, 03:51:34 AM
Well, I'm pretty sure you don't have a couple places with a population of zero :bigass:.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: 1 on January 25, 2021, 06:32:07 AM
Well, I'm pretty sure you don't have a couple places with a population of zero :bigass:.

That really only happens when you choose "every state". It's not comparable to playing normally.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: hobsini2 on January 26, 2021, 07:51:08 PM
I got to 180 in Wisconsin easily. I struggled to get to 200.
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/244938
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 27, 2021, 11:38:00 AM
Yet somehow you missed a couple places I routinely include in the map (Marshfield and Menomonie).
That really only happens when you choose "every state". It's not comparable to playing normally.

And that is how I discovered them. However I already knew the two with a population of one beforehand (Monowi NE exactly because of that, Laurier WA is the Northern terminus of US 395).
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: paulthemapguy on January 28, 2021, 09:35:34 AM
I didn't realize that it saves your progress when you leave the page and come back later.

I named 700 towns within the state of Illinois alone, without checking a map.  :bigass:
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 28, 2021, 02:20:07 PM
Yes, I've been crawling to 2000 named towns (going state by state) thanks to that. And I do so until Firefox decides to reset itself or I want to clear the map just because.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: 1 on January 29, 2021, 09:27:41 AM
Asia:

https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/asia/share/245966

Of the 49 cities named, only one went to a country other than the one expected. (Some regions have a city of the same name in them; this one didn't, but it existed elsewhere as a coincidence.)
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: webny99 on January 29, 2021, 10:05:43 AM
I tried Australia and got over 70% of the urban population with just 10 cities (cherry-picking the biggest ones to see how few it would take).

The US is roughly 13 times more populous than Australia, so by comparison, this would be like getting 130 cities for the US and being over 70%... that's not even remotely close to possible. You'd have to be pushing 1,000 cities or more to get 70% in the US.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 29, 2021, 02:23:04 PM
Well, I'm at 2000 and I even haven't hit 50% yet.

I've named over 400 French places, with the highest densities around Paris, in the Western Pyrenees (the closest area of France to me) and near Nice (I threw Monaco in just because I feel it wasn't right to exclude that, even though isn't part of France). Tour de France knowledge also helps. I used the Europe map to do that, since there's no standalone map of France.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 30, 2021, 04:35:35 AM
Okay, here is my try at Asia :sombrero:: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/asia/share/246348. Notice how many Chinese cities I know. Too bad it doesn't accept Shit (there are three villages in Iran with that name), but it did accept Puta in Azerbaijan (Spanish for "slut"). Also notice all those dots in the Philippines, a result of random Spanish city inputting (they make half of the bottom 20!).

I also decided to clear the European map and name only Italian cities (plus San Marino and the Vatican), also getting over 400, this time well scattered all over the country. Now that is something.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CoreySamson on February 23, 2021, 11:33:00 PM
I finally broke thru the 1000 city (and 40%) barrier with this latest round:
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/264035

The highlights:

- The last town I named is Belton, TX, which I know of because it has a large evacuation center.

- I named a town with a population of 1 (Monowi, NE)!

- More than a quarter of the cities were from Texas.

- In the majority of states I named 7 to about 17 cities.

- I could only name 2 Rhode Island cities.

- The largest city I did not name was North Las Vegas, NV.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: vdeane on February 24, 2021, 09:39:00 PM
Interesting - they added an "every state" feature to the game.  It's an interesting way to find out how many states have a place with a given name, but IMO it feels like cheating.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: Scott5114 on February 24, 2021, 11:46:34 PM
Interesting - they added an "every state" feature to the game.  It's an interesting way to find out how many states have a place with a given name, but IMO it feels like cheating.

Well, I mean, some degree of that happens if you don't have that feature turned on. I was going through and entering Oklahoma county seats that I remembered, and when I entered "Beaver" it matched to Beaver PA instead of Beaver OK. Had no idea there was a Beaver PA before that.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: webny99 on February 25, 2021, 08:23:27 AM
Interesting - they added an "every state" feature to the game.  It's an interesting way to find out how many states have a place with a given name, but IMO it feels like cheating.

Well, I mean, some degree of that happens if you don't have that feature turned on. I was going through and entering Oklahoma county seats that I remembered, and when I entered "Beaver" it matched to Beaver PA instead of Beaver OK. Had no idea there was a Beaver PA before that.

And for me, the opposite would've happened: I type in Beaver for PA, it populates, and I never learn about Beaver, OK.

To me, the reason it might be considered cheating is when more than two cities are involved, so you get a bunch of bonus cities, not just one. Beaver is actually an example because there's at least a Beaver, UT, and possibly others. Springfield is one of the most prominent ones, with the cities in IL, MA, and MO being well-known, plus lesser-known examples in dozens of other states including NJ, NY, OH, and PA.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: 1 on February 25, 2021, 08:24:58 AM
It doesn't recognize all locations, though. Salem, NH isn't recognized by the game.

I think that for New England, it should recognize all cities and towns, but exclude villages to avoid overlaps. I wouldn't recommend this for New York, though, as villages actually take priority over towns there.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: webny99 on February 25, 2021, 08:35:15 AM
It doesn't recognize all locations, though. Salem, NH isn't recognized by the game.

It seems to vary somewhat by state. In New York, not all towns (called townships in other states) are recognized, but almost all cities and villages are recognized. Because many towns have a same-named village, the prominent exclusions are mostly suburbs. In fact, from what I can tell, the only Rochester suburbs that are recognized are either villages or CDP's. This excludes many of the big ones, like Henrietta, Penfield, and Perinton, among others.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: vdeane on February 25, 2021, 12:55:36 PM
Interesting - they added an "every state" feature to the game.  It's an interesting way to find out how many states have a place with a given name, but IMO it feels like cheating.

Well, I mean, some degree of that happens if you don't have that feature turned on. I was going through and entering Oklahoma county seats that I remembered, and when I entered "Beaver" it matched to Beaver PA instead of Beaver OK. Had no idea there was a Beaver PA before that.
I always included the state name when typing in a city specifically to avoid that.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on February 25, 2021, 02:22:11 PM
You can also select a state. I play by that. Also in Europe where I usually do country runs, I did again la France and then an UK one, with some pearls such as Scunthorpe and Penistone, as well as random USA city input. In that one, as well as a German one I did a while ago (which included Bielefeld, which is a mistake since that city doesn't exist), I only managed to break 100 as opposed to 400+ I usually do in both France and Italy, where cycling knowledge helps a lot.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: andrepoiy on February 25, 2021, 02:27:28 PM
I did one for Canada, since it is where I live.
Here are my results: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/canada/share/265653

(https://i.imgur.com/PhFJ3Kz.png)

Zoom into Southern Ontario:

(https://i.imgur.com/QwlThjg.png)

I'll do an American one later
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CoreySamson on August 20, 2021, 10:05:36 PM
Tried one more time (I can't really resist trying to improve on my score), and I got 1219 without using "every state":
https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/usa/share/391040

I really like how the developers keep adding new small QoL features; you can sort the cities you named alphabetically and by population now.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: NWI_Irish96 on August 21, 2021, 09:49:29 AM
I've gotten as high as 330 for Indiana.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on August 27, 2021, 01:24:49 PM
He needs to update the quiz with the 2020 Census data. It still doesn't accept Jurupa Valley, for example.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: 1 on August 27, 2021, 01:25:15 PM
He needs to update the quiz with the 2020 Census data. It still doesn't accept Jurupa Valley, for example.

When I played it, it accepted Tucker, GA, incorporated in 2015.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: Daniel Fiddler on August 27, 2021, 01:32:00 PM
CNGL, you mentioned it didnít list Shit but did list Puta.

Does it accept...

Fucking, Austria?
Condom, France?
Intercourse, Pennsylvania?
Dildo, Canada?
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: ozarkman417 on August 27, 2021, 01:35:44 PM
Does it accept...

Fucking, Austria?
He needs to update the town's name. It changed to Fugging in November 2020.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: Daniel Fiddler on August 27, 2021, 01:37:56 PM
Does it accept...

Fucking, Austria?
He needs to update the town's name. It changed to Fugging in November 2020.

That I did not know.  How lame!
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: kphoger on August 27, 2021, 01:41:50 PM
CNGL, you mentioned it didnít list Shit but did list Puta.

Does it accept...

Fucking, Austria?
Condom, France?
Intercourse, Pennsylvania?
Dildo, Canada?

Don't forget my favorite:  French Lick, IN
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on August 27, 2021, 04:07:27 PM
Does it accept...

Fucking, Austria?
He needs to update the town's name. It changed to Fugging in January 2021.

FTFY.
Condom, France?
Intercourse, Pennsylvania?
Dildo, Canada?

Yes, yes and no.
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: JayhawkCO on August 27, 2021, 04:35:34 PM
I did one for Canada, since it is where I live.
Here are my results: https://iafisher.com/projects/cities/canada/share/265653

I decided to do a Canada one too.  Not too bad.  Weird that I know more cities in the Yukon, NWT, and Nunavut than I know cities around Toronto.

iafisher.com/projects/cities/canada/share/396982

(https://i.postimg.cc/wM13Yb16/Canada.png)

Chris
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on September 06, 2021, 08:23:16 AM
He needs to update the quiz with the 2020 Census data. It still doesn't accept Jurupa Valley, for example.

When I played it, it accepted Tucker, GA, incorporated in 2015.

Because Tucker was a CDP before incorporation, while Jurupa Valley wasn't. Instead, one has to input the CDPs from which Jurupa Valley was formed (Glen Avon, Mira Loma, Pedley, Rubidoux and Sunnyslope).
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on October 28, 2021, 06:51:10 AM
Okay, the game has been updated to the 2020 census results. Two side effects of this is any places incorporated since 2010 that weren't previously a CDP are now accepted (e.g. Jurupa Valley), and I can no longer name any places with just 1 reported person, the lowest being 2 which is again a tie (the well-known Monowi NE, which still has only one permanent resident; and Topock AZ).
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on January 08, 2022, 05:18:03 PM
Bumping this thread again because a while ago the creator added another stat, Rarest cities (i.e. those the least guessed). So far the least guessed populated place in the USA I've been able to come up with is CaŮada de los Alamos, New Mexico, guessed only in 0.01% of the games (this excludes recently added places such as Jurupa Valley, California), but back in Europe I'm easily able to go down to 0.000% :sombrero:, and not just in Spain. Most notably Coccau di Sopra at the Northeastern corner of Italy, which tops the ranking whenever I run through that country, and is even less guessed than my top least guessed French place, Asasp-Arros (through where I've passed several times).
Title: Re: US City Game
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on February 26, 2022, 09:06:56 AM
The site has had a Reddit group for a few months now: https://www.reddit.com/r/iafisher/. The creator posts weekly challenges every Monday, which I do in the World map. First I check which ones of the 10 places of my two groups, the "example towns" (consisting of Ariza, Spain; Aschersleben, Germany; Belvidere, Illinois, USA; Isernia, Italy and Rombas, France) and the "Sunray Union" (Huesca, Spain -glad my hometown is in :sombrero:-; North Adams, Massachusetts, USA; and Dombasle sur Meurthe, Saffre and Wingen sur Moder all in France), fit the criterion chosen for the week, then fill the map with other places I know. So far every one has appeared at least once, and there have been weeks in which none has qualified (like this week, as none of them are on a coast) while a few other times three of them have qualified (like the week in which the creator asked for three of the same letter).