Interactive Photo-Hunt Game on YouTube

Boing Boing reader Joe Sabia says he's created the first ever interactive photo hunt on YouTube. "There are 30 levels to the game, recapping all the big nominees for the oscars. 64 videos in all. i made use of youtube's annotations... thought you would enjoy." The subject matter may or may not be something that interests you, but I loved this clever and effective use of a mass-market web service feature (annotations) for a purpose other than the one for which that feature was originally developed.

Start here.


  1. Photo Hunt Cheat Code:

    Cross your eyes until the two pictures merge together, then look for areas in the field that “shimmer.” Those areas are the differences between the photos. The shimmering is your brain receiving conflicting information from your eyes.

  2. On one of the photo hunt reveals there’s a phone number. Figuring that it was some sort of ARG thing, I called it. The guy who owns the number had NO IDEA what I was talking about! I let him know so he could let the creator know, but for now please don’t call his number; it’s the equivalent of a DDoS attack.

    To the creator, did you mean for us to call a different number?

  3. For some reason the grid totally messes me up. Anything that wasn’t ridiculously easy (like the first) was terribly difficult. It was like because of the annotation boxes I couldn’t process that they were the same images at all.

    Anyone else have this problem?

    (And no, I’m not complaining, I’m just noticing how my own thinking can get locked up. The concept itself is neat and creative.)

  4. ow! one of the videos got taken down, stopping the game cold. I think it was for the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ one. What studio put out that piece of junk anyway? Hey studio! Your movie was an overrated heap of crap! And so’s your mama!

  5. Aelfscine..

    I’m going to reveal my Super Secret Technique that has lead to all of my past successes (oh the dizzying heights!) in the “spot the difference” realm of games.

    Cross your eyes (or uncross, whichever you find easier), so that each image is over-layed into one image (like a magic eye picture). When the images match up, your eyes should softly ‘lock’ the pictures in to one, like normal stereo vision.

    Now scan the image, the background will look flat and normal, but the ‘difference’ will hover or float above the background. Its EASY to do even the hardest “spot the difference” with this technique.

    FYI it also works a treat for spotting anomalies and drift in time-differed photos, like astronomy images. I regularly utilise this focused double-mono vision to differentiate details in images.

  6. @leadhyena: the phone number appeared twice, I think it was the same phone number, at least they both had the (203) area code. How weird.

  7. @10:

    I did not have a problem with most of them. Found all but maybe 8 in the allotted time. The boxes helped. I went from top to bottom, left to right, matching each box for about 5 seconds.


    Try as I might, I cannot get the 2 images to overlap by crossing my eyes. I just get a headache. :-(

  8. I got ‘piledrived’ by the Wrestler! Really interesting concept, my excuse is I was also watching TweetDeck! Dear me – failed at level 3!

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