In my local newspaper there is a blurry picture of a game. They didn't mention the game at all.

a PC monitor showing a village with several buildings, surrounded by trees

What game is shown here?

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    I love the pile of unknown chip crumbs on the desk, and the artfully arranged glass of pretzel sticks. Really adds to the decor. Jun 14, 2017 at 12:29
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    This newspaper has the best resolution I've ever seen.
    – JPhi1618
    Jun 14, 2017 at 14:05
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    @JPhi1618 actually if you check the edit history, you can see that it was worse before but was edited with a better quality picture: gaming.stackexchange.com/posts/311110/revisions
    – ave
    Jun 14, 2017 at 15:29

2 Answers 2


The game is Anno 1404: Dawn of Discovery.

Here's a screenshot (that screenshot) from the game:

A screenshot of the game "Anno 1404: Dawn of Discovery" which matches the one in question

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    If it's a screenshot, then that means the game they're playing is the Photos app? :P Jun 14, 2017 at 9:19
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    It is almost certainly photoshopped in. Taking good pictures of a computer screen is difficult. Also, the blur is all wrong.
    – mattdm
    Jun 14, 2017 at 10:35
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    You can tell by the pixels
    – Steve-O
    Jun 14, 2017 at 13:21
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    This answer blew up overnight, nice! If anyone wonders how I found it, here's a screenshot of me kind of live chatting about it on chat.
    – ave
    Jun 14, 2017 at 15:27
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    This makes me think maybe the suggestions pane when writing a question ought to do a reverse image search and prompt the user with 'does this answer your question'. That or have a bot that automagically does a reverse image search and posts an answer, then goes away if it's downvoted or a moderator steps in.
    – Pharap
    Jun 14, 2017 at 15:58

Taking a snippet of the screen, like

enter image description here

And going to Images.Google.com, using it in a search, yields a Wikipedia entry for Anno 1404, as the first result.

I would've done this in a comment, inspired by @Pharap, but my reputation isn't high enough.

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    I'm not sure it was necessary to write out another answer for this. This doesn't really provide anything substantial to the answer; it just explains the process of how the answer was found. This is also explained in the comments of the other answer, so it's not like it's even new information.
    – JMac
    Jun 14, 2017 at 18:22
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    You are entitled to your opinion. I think it serves as a more general solution to the question and an explicit example of what's suggested in another comment.
    – DrLime2k10
    Jun 14, 2017 at 18:30
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    Would that be in part because of this page question now? I'm conflicted: on one hand this answer doesn't add anything, but demonstrating how to obtain the answer is worthwhile. It's reflected well in the saying "teach a man to fish..."
    – Tas
    Jun 15, 2017 at 3:57
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    Bing has a crop tool that allows you to upload the entire image and just search for parts of that image. Jun 15, 2017 at 21:50

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