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Wikirace (And other Wikipedia / Search Engine Games)

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:32 pm UTC
by dread41
So, a game I made at my mindless job. For any number of players.
1: Choose a wikipedia page. For example we used Potato Chips, Great Wall of China, Alpaca, and Sagittarius. Inform everyone of the page.
2: on the mark, everyone clicks to a random wiki page
3: every person clicks links in the article to try to get to the predetermined article. Search is cheating.

Re: Wikirace

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:05 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
So, Photosynthesis to Chewbacca, compare score at the end, yes?

I love games like this.

For longevity, I have expanded the scope of the thread to include any wikipedia related games, or search engine games such as Google Seppuku.

If you are unfamiliar with Google Seppuku, I suggest you remain so.

Re: Wikirace (And other Wikipedia / Search Engine Games)

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:17 pm UTC
by JBJ

Re: Wikirace (And other Wikipedia / Search Engine Games)

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:30 pm UTC
by headprogrammingczar
Wikirace must be fun on tvtropes.

Re: Wikirace (And other Wikipedia / Search Engine Games)

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:35 pm UTC
by SecondTalon
Genre shifting via tropes, perhaps? Serenity to Minecraft, must stop on Friendly Neighborhood Vampire along the way eh?

Re: Wikirace (And other Wikipedia / Search Engine Games)

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:46 pm UTC
by broken_escalator
I used to race in a computer science class. Click random page and first person to return to pie (food) was the winner. Could change what we raced to, but pie always seemed best. Maybe it's just because pie is awesome...

Re: Wikirace (And other Wikipedia / Search Engine Games)

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:14 am UTC
by EmptySet
I used to play Wikitrivia - someone reads out an article, replacing the title with "blank". First person to correctly guess the article gets a point.

Re: Wikirace (And other Wikipedia / Search Engine Games)

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:50 am UTC
by dread41
Photosynthesis to Chewbacca. I got 6
Spoiler:
Photosynthesis -> Life -> Extraterrestial Life -> Extraterrestials in Fiction -> List of Fictional Extraterrestials -> Wookies -> Chewbacca

Re: Wikirace (And other Wikipedia / Search Engine Games)

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:41 am UTC
by McCaber
I have a 2008 Map of Wikipedia lying around somewhere in my bookmarks. Unfortunately, the suggested path has since been edited out, so I'm as lost as anyone.

For the record:
Spoiler:
Photosynthesis
University of California, Berkeley
South Park
Chewbacca

Re: Wikirace (And other Wikipedia / Search Engine Games)

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:52 pm UTC
by mike-l
McCaber wrote:I have a 2008 Map of Wikipedia lying around somewhere in my bookmarks. Unfortunately, the suggested path has since been edited out, so I'm as lost as anyone.

For the record:
Spoiler:
Photosynthesis
University of California, Berkeley
South Park
Chewbacca


I don't see a link from the first to the second...

Re: Wikirace (And other Wikipedia / Search Engine Games)

Posted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:12 pm UTC
by Token
But there was one in 2008.

Re: Wikirace (And other Wikipedia / Search Engine Games)

Posted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:36 am UTC
by d0nk3y_k0n9
My favorite way to play this is to have two people each hit random, and then each person tries to get to the other's randomly determined page first. Obviously, this isn't fair and involves quite a bit of luck. Also, I think this one is more fun to do head-to-head and see who finishes first instead of going for least steps.