March 19, 2015
If you’re one of those highly enthusiastic Cards Against Humanity players, you probably already know that the popular and trendy card game had its online version debut last week. Initially I thought it was some sort of terrible joke when the news broke out all over the internet because the website where you can play online, Cards Against Originality, was down that day.
Thankfully, it was not a joke. Some sources says that the website was running slower than normal because of the heavy web traffic. Cards Against Originality is now running with no issues, much to the delight of every horrible human.
If you’re wondering why a whole new site independent of Cards Against Humanity was built in order to host the online app, it’s because User Experience Designer (sounds glamorous) and frontend developer Dawson Whittfield beat the original makers of the game to it. Or maybe they did it on purpose. Either way, it’s perfectly legal. Cards Against Humanity has on their website that the game “is distributed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. That means you can use and remix the game for free, but you can’t sell it without our permission.”
Thanks to the game being available on any internet browser, via a computer or mobile device, no one will have a life anymore. The online version includes all the cards that come in the big black box, including all of the five expansions. I suspect that thousands of rounds of Cards Against Humanity have already been played online. Party on, horrible people.
In other online news, as of the end of March “.sucks” will have officially been added to the list of generic top-level domains (gTLDs). This new expansion is definitely something that companies and consumers alike will go crazy over. But registration for a .sucks domain won’t be cheap, mainly for big companies.
For marketing and branding purposes, companies are going to want to snatch up any possible .sucks registration with their business name in it. My guess is that Vol Populi Registry, the ones that own the rights to administer the .sucks domain, knew this would be the case. The pricing for the different .sucks domain packages is a little complicated and costly. Domains with select business names could cost a whopping $2500 each, every year. (And it kind of makes sense why Vol Populi Registry set it up this way when you read about the vision behind .sucks in the next paragraph.) But how much are big businesses willing to spend to snap up any and every offending name? And really, with very little creativity, angry consumers will be able to create and register names that companies won’t think to claim first. Any unclaimed names will be available in September under the consumer advocate subsidy package for only $9.95 a year (like I said, the pricing deal is complicated).
The idea behind the .sucks domain, according to Vol Populi registry, is to encourage consumers to exercise their freedom of speech and for companies (and even the government) to benefit from constructive criticism from the people. Although I know some people don’t know how to tastefully dish out criticism, I can see how this can be an effective tool in making people’s voices heard by companies and situations are attended to. I mean, after they play Cards Against Humanity they’d have to realize that they’re horrible too and therefore a part of the problem (if not THE problem), right?
I’m curious, are there any debate forums you would start using a .sucks domain?
By Angie Fuentes, Social Media Manager. Email: [email protected]