Wikipedia Roulette – Fun for, well, the bored

May 9th, 2007 at 08:03pm Os

I like wikipedia, it has its fault – many of them – but on the whole it’s more accurate than not.

One game I like to play with it is to use the random article facility to find an entry that I personally find interesting within five ‘moves’.

Here’s a few typical sessions:

Move 1:

I occasionally play World of Warcraft, so that’s a hit on the first go.

New game move 1:

Nope, not interested in that.

Move 2:

Not a fan of Asia (the band), so another click.

Move 3:

Basketball? No thanks.

Move 4:

A small town in India, not my cup of tea.

Move 5:

Not particularly interested in Irish authors, either. So this game was a bust.

Last game for today move 1:

Erm, nope.

Move 2:

Baseball this time, next!

Move 3:

19th century Flemish author? Non!

Move 4:

High-end audio equipment, now I find that interesting.

I could play this game all night, but I won’t.


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  • 1. Matt  |  May 29th, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Here’s my version of Wikipedia Roulette:
    – Go to an article where the topic is something you know
    – Have a friend click x number of links where x can be whatever you and your friend decide. To be clear, I mean from topic A your friend clicks a link to topic B, then from topic B clicks a link to topic C, etc. x number of times
    – Now you look at the topic your friend ended up at and see if you can find your way there starting back at topic A.

    This only works if you clear your browser history after your friend is done clicking.



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