Brace Yourself: A New Game Page is Coming

(Last Updated On: April 17, 2015)

Despite today being April 1st, this is not an April Fool’s day joke. We promise!

The classic game page is not long for this world.

Very soon we’re going to be making a huge update to your old friend the Sporcle game page. That’s right, we said it. Everything you know is about to change.

We know that big changes on a site don’t always go over well (We’re looking at you Facebook!) but in this case we’ve spent a lot of time putting ourselves in your shoes (nice shoes, btw) and doing our best to figure out how to take the game page from “Eh, it’s fine” to “!!!!”.

We know it can be really jarring when a site you like updates its look and feel, so this post is all about giving you a look behind the scenes before we release this thing into the wild. Check out our top 4 reasons below to get an idea of why the heck we’re doing what we’re doing.

4 Reasons Why We’re Changing the Game Page

1.  We wanted you to see the things that are most important.

When we began working on this project we realized that many of the most interesting elements of a game were not at the top of the page. They were actually hidden, below the game and out of sight. We’re now moving the most important pieces above the play game button, right where you can see them.

2. We wanted to make sharing easier.

You might have noticed that we’ve changed our sharing buttons on more than one occasion.  We want to make sharing quizzes as easy as possibly without looking messy and cluttered. Once we release the new page, sharing will be much more simple.

3. We wanted to make Sporcle even more interactive.

Some of the new features involve making it easier to challenge and find your friends on Facebook, and we needed to find a place to highlight this unique way of playing Sporcle across sites.

4. We wanted a fresh start.

When you make small tweaks and updates to a page, you end up with a page that’s a strange mixture of design elements (basically what we have now). If we were going to make the significant improvements to these pages to make it a better experience for everyone (for exclamation points, at least), we needed to start from scratch.

When the new page comes out, you’ll see dozens of small tweaks that we would have never been able to make if we’d attempted small tweaks over time. We’ll have a full recap when we release this thing to the wild, so stay tuned.

So without further ado, here’s a small preview of the new game page:


The rest of the page will revealed soon. As per usual, please let us know any thoughts you have in the comments section.

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  1. I’d love to have a Pin It button added. It looks like “how to play” instructions will be easier to see, which I love. For the casual user (i.e. non-addict) the plays, ratings, etc should be really useful for finding fun games. So far so good.

  2. I HOPE there’s a place ABOVE the quiz where I can see which of my friends have played the game. It’s so far away from the quiz right now! Or at the very least, let me see who has played it when I click challenge!

  3. I’m old and don’t like changes to things I’m used to, but I’m also open-minded and will reserve any negativity till I see final changes. I’m not sure this is the place to put this, but I enjoy Sporcle so much, but the most irritating thing is the video ads. I understand your need for advertising to keep going financially, and I won’t complain about the ads. But when those ads are video, it slows me down considerably–maybe it doesn’t affect others or maybe it does–but for me I can’t type into the boxes until the video completes and then time for the puzzle will run out before I have time to do the game. I am not a “member” and generally only play the daily games on the front page, so perhaps my comments aren’t as important, but I’m leaving it for what it’s worth 🙂

  4. Hi, could you restore the bit just below the typing box where it showed you how many answers you have right (eg 130 out of 196)? I really miss it – I rely on it a lot for big games where many of the answers are appearing out of sight (unless you scroll again and again between typing box and the answers below).

  5. What happened to the Random button for specific categories? I really like hitting “Random Sports” or “Random History.”

  6. The new page is all right, but where is the option to turn off “Show Missed Answers?”

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