A new game has appeared in our lives that we didn’t even know we were waiting for, but now that it is here, we are instantly addicted. Known as “Google Feud,” the game is a whole lot of fun, while being incredibly difficult at the same time. People are already saying that Google Feud is the next huge game that everybody will play.
Google Feud is a web game based on the Google API. We select the questions, then the results are pulled directly from Google’s autocomplete. Beware, certain results may be offensive and/or incomprehensible.
Everybody has examples of fantastic and fun autocomplete suggestions on Google. These have now been combined with another love many internet users share: a love of Family Feud. Google Feud, very simply put, is a mixture between these two things.
How Does It Work?
When you travel to the Google Feud website, you get to choose one of four categories. These are people, culture, questions and names. You are then presented with a standard Google search sentence and you have to guess how Google will complete this. Naturally, you shouldn’t cheat by having Google open in a different tab.
An example would be to presented with “Can you smoke…” and the answer would be “catnip”. This is not a random result, however. It literally means that the majority of sentences that start with “can you smoke” entered in the Google search bar actually end with “catnip”.
Google Feud was created by Justin Hook, internet enthusiast and writer, who has already managed to make the site crash.
Thanks, everyone playing Google Feud! And by “thanks” I mean “Ahh!! You’re killing our servers!!” Doing our best to keep up…
The game pulls real questions from the Google API, as well as the actual results. One of the great things is that the answers, therefore, are not guaranteed to be always the same. After all, someone may be more interested in whether or not you can smoke something other than catnip, meaning the result will change.
It is important to understand, however, that the game is not officially affiliated to Google. However, considering the site crashed because people loved it so much, there is a chance that Google will actually look at going for an acquisition. Or perhaps they will simply continue to allow it to run, as people seem highly amused by it.
The game is indeed addictive. Points are awarded for correct guess, with the most points being awarded for actually guessing the number 1 answer. If your guess is not one of the top 10 answers, however, you will get a strike. It is hoped that the game will be further developed to make it even more fun as well. At the moment, for instance, there is no possibility of challenging others. Hopefully this will change soon, and perhaps a mobile app could also be created.
The answers can be fun, but sometimes they are quite worrying as well. For instance, the number one answer for the sentence “New Yorkers are…” is “stupid”, which says a lot about public perception. Indeed, the warning that is provided that says the results can be offensive and/or incomprehensible seems to be a fair warning.
Is there a point to the game? Absolutely not. You don’t win any prizes, bar the seemingly random points. If you receive three strikes, you simply get to play another round and don’t actually lose. You don’t even get to challenge other people. However, the satisfaction of guessing it right, or even guessing it wrong just to see the answers others have given seems to be sufficient entertainment for most.