Like everyone and their brother these days, Reid Hoffman is publishing a Cards Against Humanity knock-off. But in this case, the Silicon Valley billionaire, cofounder of LinkedIn, and ardent backer of Hillary Clinton for president, has a more public service-oriented goal in mind (whereas, if you read the constant stream of pitches and press releases that I receive, the apparent goal for most is just to be more crude than the original). His project, which ships next week, is Trumped Up Cards: The World’s Biggest Deck, a game that “exist to document the insanity of the 2016 campaign season. It’s a fast-paced, satirical game where reality collides with absurdity.”
[via CNN Money]
Why give folks like this (Cards Against Humanity knockoffs) any publicity? They just damage the hobby by dragging it into the gutter.
I generally don’t. I receive a LOT of emails promoting games who’s main selling point seems to be that they are even more crude than CAH. But you see very little coverage of them here. This one (which appears relatively tame, by the way), however, I felt newsworthy given the source and political connection.
Out of curiosity, can you please provide more details why this site doesn’t favor crude card games? And how do you define crude? Like cards with cursing words on it?
To be honest sometimes I find those card games entertaining and stress-relief, though they aren’t designed with sophistication.
I don’t believe crudeness is a value to be promoted. Coverage of such games on our site also has the potential to interfere with us reaching certain audiences. Thus, the more crude a game, the higher the bar for it to be considered newsworthy.
Thanks David! I like how you hold moral values above commercial values of the games.
It’s debate night I wonder if people are going to watch the debate and playing the cards….