New Feature Alert: Connect With Google

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We added a brand new feature today that should make those of you with a Google account happy. We’ve added a 1-click sign in with Google to our login page. Just click the big red button, approve the connection and it’ll be smooth sailing from then on. If you have yet to make a Sporcle account, clicking this button will get you signed up as well.

If you have any questions, comments, or issues using the new Google sign-in button. Let us know at our feedback page.

New Feature: Copy Your Quizzes

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Have you ever made an amazing quiz, and wanted to make a sequel with all the same settings and style? Now is your time. You can copy any of your own quizzes whether they are a draft, contributed or published. All you have to do is navigate to your game management dashboard, look for copy icon (right next to the edit game link), and you can start happily cloning quizzes all day long.

Just remember: Game play data, ratings and favorites are not copied along for the ride, but all other info, including answer data, and map marker locations, will be preserved in the new quiz.

New Badge Alert Email

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Ever forget to earn badges? 

We release a new round of badges each week (on Tuesdays.) But if you’re like us, you already have too many things to keep track of. That’s why we put together the new badge alert email.

No more checking your badge page, scouring the Sporcle blog, or missing the release of a new holiday badge. Start earning badges right away, just by checking your email.

How do I sign up?

You may have already received one of these emails in your inbox. If you haven’t, go to your email settings, and make sure to check the box under Badges that says “ .”

Note: If you’re getting this email, but don’t want to be, go to your email settings and uncheck the box. 

 

Introducing OctoQuiz – a little something different from Sporcle

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Meet OctoQuiz.

What the heck is this you say?

OctoQuiz is a new quiz platform from Sporcle Labs that is intended to be a bit more personal. Where Sporcle is all about mentally stimulating diversions, OctoQuiz is about the lighter side of trivia. OctoQuiz offers multiple choice question formats as well as personality quizzes (with more quiz types to come).

OctoQuizzes are fun, bite sized, very shareable quizzes that now anyone with a Sporcle account can create. Just login using your Sporcle credentials (or create a new account on Sporcle) and you’re off and running.

The quizzes are easy to play (on your desktop or mobile device) and only take a minute of your time, so give em a whirl.

And now for your questions:

Why would you do this?

We thought this was fun and figured you would too. Add pictures, create silliness, search your soul. Trivia is educational but fun, go with it.

Why not just add all this to Sporcle?

If you recall, a little over a year ago, we tried to put a similar type format on Sporcle itself, and it just didn’t quite take. We learned that these quizzes needed a home of their own.

Does this mean that multiple choice questions will never come to Sporcle?

Well, never say never. This is certainly something we may do in time, but it would have to have its own Sporcle slant to it.

25 Quizzes a Month for All!

the-alphabet-movie-meme-L-XxZDUEWe have some great news for quiz contributors today, we’ve raised the limit for all quiz creators from 11 quizzes per month to 25.

This is the first time we’ve raised the contribution limit in over 3 years, and we’re really excited to see what kind of quizzes are released. In addition, we’re not allowing all users the ability to contribute 100 private quizzes per month, so if you enjoy making lots of quizzes for studying or friends, the world is your oyster.

We’ve also made a slight tweak to the quizmaster formula, so private quizzes will no longer count towards the score. It shouldn’t have much of an effect on most scores, but if you see your score drop slightly, that’s the reason.

Who’s Talking to North Korea?

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North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has been found. Kim had not been seen in the public eye since September 3rd, raising speculations about his whereabouts and well-being. During his absence, he missed two important events, both of which he was expected to attend. In the recently released pictures, Kim is seen walking with a cane, but looking happy and healthy. However, since only still photographs were released, it’s tough to tell if the 31-year-old was having trouble walking.

Kim has been the head of the government of North Korea since 2012, and since he assumed leadership, their standing in the international community has not changed all that much, and there are 32 countries that refuse to have diplomatic ties to the country. Play the quiz below to see if you can figure out who they are.


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.

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.