When it comes to Sporcle, curators truly do know best. In this blog series, some of the great curators of Sporcle share their expert opinions on curating, top-notch quizzes, up-and-coming Sporclers, and a wee bit of trivia.
How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
sanders590 is a friend of mine and introduced me to the site. He’d be playing quizzes while I was talking to him on Skype and eventually I had to know what he was doing. I really didn’t get into it until I discovered the badges. In a lot of video games, I always have to try for all the accomplishments, and Sporcle seems to be no different to me.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
Console: I’ve owned every console by Nintendo since the NES (still works) plus a couple of handhelds. I’ve had access to the Sega and Sony systems at one time or another and own a PS4. I feel like a have a good general knowledge of the systems from the major companies, and I still love video games in my mid-30s.
Billboard: I was one of those strange kids who actually loved the music that my parents listened to when they were growing up. I know music from the mid-’50s through now, and many different genres.
I still think the ’80s are the best though and you will find many of my picks have to do with that decade. I also always loved listening to the Casey Kasem countdowns every week, plus a couple of other charts. Billboard was close enough to cover all that I liked.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
Console: Not really a console fact, but video games in general–Video games aren’t just for male kids anymore. 2016 demographics show that the average age of a video game player is 35 years old, and in 2014, 48% of gaming was done by women.
Billboard: Mariah Carey’s ‘We Belong Together’ and Boyz II Men’s ‘I’ll Make Love To You’ are tied for second for most weeks at #1 with 14 weeks. What is #1? The Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s duet ‘One Sweet Day’ for 16 weeks.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Console: I really enjoyed the entire series, but bhenderson79‘s Clickable Sporcle Quiz Show: Gaming is my favorite.
Billboard: Almost all of caramba‘s 50 hits to click from the ’80s were published so it’s hard to pick which one I liked the best. 1989 is one of my 100% scores though.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Console: sanders590‘s Gaming Console by First Games is a great picture click. It’s not enough to know what the consoles’ first games were, you need to know what the console looks like as well.
Billboard: There are a lot I could list here, but there are two series that I have really enjoyed the last couple of weeks. One is sbme‘s 1 Second Per Year. It starts with a song clip from 1968 and goes through 2017. The catch is that you only get first second of the song. Tough but very fun. I also have been enjoying a series by DRobe772 called Billboard Hot 100 Artists Most Weeks at #1. The series has covered many decades and alternative categories.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Before joining Sporcle, I probably couldn’t name half of the countries of the world, but I play Matt‘s Countries of the World quiz a lot so I can remember them all. I still forget a couple of them every time though. I am a big baseball fan and I like most statistics quizzes, such as ironsij0287‘s MLB Home Run Leaders (1990s) and twhirsh‘s MLB 200+ Hits (1989-Present). I also loved playing through SIA’s Puzzle Hunt quizzes.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I’m not big into the Groups but I do go on the Trophy Case page once in a while to see any recent noteworthy achievements. And if I have a quiz question, I usually ask my fellow curators.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
Anything Sporcle-related should be sent to me on Sporcle Messages. I check it a lot more than my other addresses anyway.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
sanders590 has a lot of great Baseball and Oscar quizzes and only recently has he started getting a couple of quizzes on the published list. As I said earlier, DRobe772 has a lot of good Billboard #1s quizzes but hasn’t had a publish yet. sbme makes great music clip quizzes. And goc3 is a good quizmaker for Legend of Zelda fans who know the map layouts.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
What is a haiku?
Never heard of it before.
Guess I’ll look it up.