Not only is Friday a day to celebrate the oncoming weekend, get a takeaway and go out for a couple of bevvies with your friends and family, for us here at GameSpew it’s time for #FreeGameFriday. That’s right Spewers; it’s the best day of the week.
For this week's Free Game Friday we're taking a look at a game that I am currently obsessed with: Quick, Draw! Created by a team of friends at Google Creative Lab, the goal of the game is to get an neutral A.I network to guess what you're drawing in 20 seconds or less based on how other people have drawn it. It can be a little tough because my drawing of a car might be a lot different than many other people's – but trying to figure out how others might have drawn something is the fun of the game.
Quick, Draw! works like this: you're given a word – let's stick with my 'car' example – and you have to draw that in 20 seconds or less. The second you start drawing, the computer is going to start calling out things – "I see box or chest or bus" – until it either guesses what you're drawing or you run out of time. You do six rounds of this and then at the end of the round you can see what other people drew, and see why the computer could or couldn't guess what it was that you were drawing.
The best part of the Quick, Draw! is learning how to get in the mindset of how other people might draw something. You have to ask yourself, "If I'm going to draw a beach what should I focus on? Would other people immediately start with a palm tree? or should I draw the ocean or sunset first?" It is a brilliantly crafted game that anyone can pick up and play to test their skill at the quill – I mean, mouse.
So that's it for this week's Free Game Friday, folks. I absolutely love Quick, Draw! and think that you will too. If you decide to give it a shot be sure to let us know how you get on in the comments below or on Twitter using #FreeGameFriday. We love hearing from you! Here's to a great weekend fellow artists and see you next week!