Google’s auto-complete feature is a subtle yet effective way to shave small chunks of time off your web queries. Should you suddenly find you have an excess amount of time to kill, however, the very same feature is now the center of a new game from the search giant.
Google Feud is modeled after the popular survey question and answer game Family Feud. When visiting the site, players are asked to choose from one of four categories: culture, people, names and questions.
Once a category has been selected, contestants are tasked with completing a sentence in an attempt to guess the most common searches for that particular category. For example, one question I was asked while playing was, “when is the next _______?”
Much like Family Feud, the game can be harder at times than you’d anticipate.
It may come as a surprise to some that Google Feud wasn’t created by Google. Its mastermind is Justin Hook, a writer for the animated comedy series Bob’s Burgers. Using Google APIs, the game pulls real questions and results from Google’s auto-complete system.
Although fun, the game is also a bit discouraging once you soak in some of the top search terms. The top three queries for “the poor should…” were not be allowed to vote, eat porridge and work harder (eat their babies was also in the top 10).