Back to Sporcle 2014: Summer Badges

We’ve been swimming in great new badges all summer long. Scan through this list – placed in alphabetical order for your convenience – and look at the fun to be had.

1000Entertainment3All That Jazz: If all of your friends consult you for all of their pop culture questions – on everything from celebrity selfies to cereal mascots – then this badge is for you. Just play 1000 total games in Entertainment.

BakersDozen_1Baker’s Dozen: To earn this badge, simply play at least one game for thirteen consecutive days. Not quite as demanding as the Century Club, but still satisfying. Victory never tasted so good.

BorderBandit_1Border Bandit: Want to travel the world? You can from the comfort of your desktop. Earn this badge by getting 100% on African Border BashAmerican Border BashAsian Border Bash and European Border Bash. It’s not quite the same as crossing all those borders on your own, but we’d like to think it’s still inspiring.

TheBoyWhoLived_2The Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter’s birthday is a holiday in its own right. We decided to celebrate it by releasing this badge, which can be earned by playing  Harry Potter: Close-Up!Hogwarts Wizard Training and Harry Potter Minefield on Harry Potter’s birthday (July 31st).

EverythingsComingUpMilhouse_3Everything’s Coming Up Milhouse: You’re a Simpsons fan and you know it. Crack open a Duff, grab a donut, and play 50 Simpsons quizzes for the honor and glory of Springfield, USA.
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Back to Sporcle 2014: Haiku Contest

Welcome to Day 3 of Back to Sporcle Week! 

Summer-is-overSad to say goodbye to summer? Drown your sorrows in Sporcle quizzes. They’re sure to cheer you up, and the self-esteem boost from memorizing the Countries of Africa is a joy known by few.

During Back to Sporcle Week, we fill you in on what transpired at Sporcle over the summer. (If you’re just joining us, check out the posts from Day 1 and 2: New Features & Sporcle’s Top Summer Games.)

But Back to Sporcle Week isn’t just about us. It’s also about YOU, our users!

sporcle haikuSporcle Haiku Contest

Last year’s haiku contest was such a success, we’re goin’ for round 2. Show off your creative chops by submitting a Sporcle-themed haiku.

What is haiku?

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry consisting of 17 syllables (also known as on or morae). There are three lines, consisting of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.  Haiku is known for juxtaposing–or placing next to each other–two  contrasting images.

There are numerous tutorials on how to write haiku, for example this one. There are no tutorials on writing a Sporcle haiku. But we’re quite friendly and accepting.

pen-and-paper-writing-9349790-2048-1536The not-so-fine print:

- Write an original haiku related in some way to Sporcle.

- Post your username and haiku in the comments section of this post

- The winning poems will be posted on the Sporcle Facebook page

Need inspiration? Check out the comments section from last year’s haiku contest.

Top Tweets (9/16/14)

toptweetsv65oai7fxn47qv9nectxWhen you see something you really like, sometimes retweeting and favoriting isn’t enough – that’s why @Sporcle has this weekly blog post. Congrats to the tweeters who made the cut this week!

Remember, you can always reach us on Facebook or Twitter with any questions or comments you have.

Back to Sporcle: Top Games of the Summer

fall-leaves-treeThe leaves are getting crunchy and the air is getting crisp. It’s time to celebrate Back to Sporcle Week 2014!

Today we will be looking at a countdown of the top 10 Sporcle games of the summer. These games were some of our most creative and most played – have you played them all?
 
 

Top Quizzes of the Summer Countdown

10) Criteria Countries: World Cup Edition The World Cup is good for a lot of things: getting people excited about the world’s most popular sport, giving people a chance to cheer their country on, and giving us an excuse to play more soccer quizzes on Sporcle.

9) The Uncheatable Challenge We get a lot of creative quizzes on this site, but this is one of our favorites. It’s simple: just keep clicking buttons until you find the quiz-ending mine.

roadtrip8) Journey through the USA Summer is for road trips and travel. This quiz allows you to go on a tour of the continental United States without getting up from your computer. Now if only there was some way to drive to Hawaii…

7) Avoid the ‘A’ Countries Tricky minefields are the specialty of the geography section. All you have to do for this quiz is type in countries that don’t have the letter ‘a’ in their names.

6) Forced Order Logic Puzzle Sporclers love logic puzzles. This one is particularly tricky.

Earth_Eastern_Hemisphere5) Planets, Lakes, and Princesses Any quiz that involves Jupiter, Rapunzel, and Lake Superior as correct answers is a winner in our book. How fast can you find the correct answers in each category?

4) Pixar Bunker Think you know everything there is to know about The Incredibles? What about Finding Nemo? If you’re a Pixar fan, you need to check out this bunker of ever-increasingly difficult questions about this world famous animation studio.

3) FIFA World Cup Bunker Speaking of bunkers, here’s one from everyone’s favorite major sporting event of the summer. Soccer? Check. Tough questions? Check. Bragging rights for the winners of this quiz? Absolutely!

2) Anything But US States Most clickable games in this vein, such as Countries of the World (Redux), ask you to click on the correct answers in a given category. This one reverses that time-honored tradition and asks you to click on anything that is not a US state. This means that correct answers in this quiz range from ‘Nicholas Cage’ to ‘I find your lack of faith disturbing’. Check it out – and be prepared to lose your place laughing at the answers.

worldcup1) 2014 World Cup Stars This game was so popular, it got more plays than the next four games in our top 10 combined. The World Cup was undoubtedly the top event of the summer on Sporcle, and this game was the top game. It’s deceptively simple and quick, and it requires more than just passing knowledge of the beautiful game. We have our winner!

 

Next time on Back to Sporcle Week 2014: Contests!

Welcome to ‘Back to Sporcle’ Week 2014

sweater_weather_-9526It’s the first day of our 4th annual Back to Sporcle week. It’s a special time where we discuss our love of sweaters, look forward to fall, and talk about what Sporcle’s been up to over the last few months

Today we’re going to focus on some of the sweet new features we’ve released into the wild recently. Everything from new quiz types, to live theme nights, we’ve pretty much done it all.

Here’s some of the good stuff we’ve been working on:

Trivia Bingo

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The first real-time trivia game on Sporcle itself. Trivia Bingo uses our vast repository of Sporcle Live questions and lets you play them against your friends (and enemies online). It just takes a lot of trivia knowledge (and a little) luck to crown yourself a Trivia Bingo champion.

 


Live Theme Nights

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We’ve taken our usual Sporcle Live theme nights and expanded them as far as they can go. Every month we have new rounds on topics like Star Trek, The Simpsons and Arrested Development, so check back often.

 
 


Quiz Lab

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We’ve embiggened the noble soul of our Discover section and turned into Quiz Lab. Quiz Lab is the place to release new quizzes and get them played by other users. It’s the perfect place to test out your new ideas, and show other Sporclers your quizmaking chops. Unfortunately, we ran out of free labcoats, so you might have to make your own.

Tomorrow we’ll be back talking about our favorite quizzes of the summer, so stay tuned.

Top Comments of the Week (09/12)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Cities In Movie Titles On A Map

WyattsTorch: Apparently there are no towns named “Kindergarten” or “Robo” in California.


2. From: Movie Title Bar and Line Graphs: The Sequel

bachesonI guessed “100 Days of Summer” for “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Turns out axes labels are important. As is reading.


3. From: Yellow Logos

GoldenWhat kind of a logo is written on post-it notes? Oh well, I’ve no idea, no point guessing, I’ll just give up…


4. From: NFL Teams (Redux)

mustangoI hope that if Washington is forced to change their nickname, they choose from one of the decoys on this quiz. Preferably the Unicorns.


5. From: Those Awkward Teen Years

chronoObama in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the sake of avid Sporclers? Please make it happen Mr. President

New Badges: You Go Glen Coco, Lemme Take A Selfie, and Logic Lover

Bring in the badges!

MeanGirls_1You Go Glen Coco: You might never be able to make “fetch” happen, but you can play Follow That Line: Mean Girls, ‘Mean Girls’ Character Images, and Things That Are Pink on October 3rd to collect this badge. The limit of Mean Girls references does not exist!

Badges_SelfieLemme Take a Selfie: This badge is as easy to get as snapping a photo. Make like a Kardashian and upload a picture of yourself to your profile. Then sit back and enjoy the inexplicable fame and badges.

LogicLover_1Logic Lover: You’re clever and you know it. Show your passion for all things logic and earn this badge by playing 75 Logic games.

As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

Top Tweets (9/9/14)

toptweetsv65oai7fxn47qv9nectxWhen you see something you really like, sometimes retweeting and favoriting isn’t enough – that’s why @Sporcle has this weekly blog post. Congrats to the tweeters who made the cut this week!

Remember, you can always reach us on Facebook or Twitter with any questions or comments you have.