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?
My history with Sporcle is shrouded in mystery, even to me. I spent some time on the site in 2010, but I’m not exactly sure how I found the site. I knew instantly though that I wanted to track my progress on this site, so I made sure to make an account. The first quiz that my profile says I ever played was apparently Pokémon Parts (Gen I), which clearly shows where my loyalty lies. I also have a feeling the 151 Original Pokémon quiz was another deciding factor.
The first quiz I made was around this time, but it wouldn’t be until 2015, when I found myself with some spare time in university, that I started making quizzes with more purpose. And although I find myself a bit more busy these days, I love coming by when I can to curate and earn another badge or two. (Still chasing that Honor Roll…)
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
As I said previously, I started becoming more involved in the site around 2015, and in 2016 I was perhaps the most active on the site I’d ever been. Around this time, El_Dandy, who had been curating the Nintendo subcategory, was moving away from the position. I thought becoming a curator would be a fantastic way for me to give back to a community who had supported my own creativity, as well as give me an opportunity to showcase quizzes in a category I feel very comfortable about.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
A piece of trivia that I think a lot of people know is that Nintendo used to be a toy company before transitioning into the evolving field of video games. Another interesting fact is related to Universal’s attempts to sue Nintendo over Donkey Kong being, in their eyes, similar to King Kong. Not only did Nintendo win these legal challenges, but they were able to take the licensing profits from the King Kong arcade games due to its own similarities to Donkey Kong.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
It’s a recent one, but The Big Board: Video Games by bhenderson79 is a good all around quiz with a nice focus on some Nintendo properties. I also really quite love the Super Smash Bros. Kirby Hats quiz, since it’s a great celebration of a great game and so many fantastic Nintendo characters.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
BillyJoelRulez made a fantastic quiz picking Mario Games By Bonus Game. I also really like looking at all the fantastic Sun and Moon models in ServyServine‘s Pokemon Sun/Moon: Clickable Characters.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I could really put any of gazzso‘s quizzes here, as so many of them are innovative, intriguing and interesting. One that sticks out in my mind is The Emerging Crossword. Some other quizzes include Redundant Redundancies by slipkid, as well as any Figure Out The Lyrics quizzes.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I don’t tend to stick to one particular group, but I do like Contests and Collaboration. In 2016 I was able to complete the 2016 Quiz Creation Challenge, but last year didn’t have the same success. I blame my studies, always getting in the way of quiz making time.
How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Messaging me here on Sporcle is absolutely the best was to get in touch with me. I’m always happy to give advice and suggestions too.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
My fellow curator Moai manages to churn out some very fun video game quizzes, which I have spent many an hour laboring over. Also, ServyServine who I mentioned above definitely makes quality Nintendo quizzes, among other categories. I hope they continue to grow as a contributor.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
Nintendo makes games
But they used to make toys too
Pearl does a variety of media-related tasks at Sporcle, including blog writing, video production, and social media maintenance. She does research on penguins, enjoys snail mucus in her skincare, and once turned herself Sporcle Orange from eating too many carrots.