December 18th, 2018
Take a stroll through Google Search trends and you’ll discover a lot of fun stuff about the year, from royal weddings and major news events to unexpected memes and breakthrough stars. And while the headlines of 2018 will look pretty familiar, what trended the most on Search can be quite surprising. How well do you know what the world searched for this year?
Meet Game of the Year. Part of Year in Search 2018—our annual roundup of top trends of the past 12 months—Game of the Year is the first game based on Google Search trends that puts your knowledge of 2018 to the test in an interactive way.
The game is simple: Each player must answer a series of questions about this year’s trending searches, collecting points along the way. The questions get harder as you progress through the game. A special bonus round increases the difficulty even more. Players can also challenge their friends to test their own Google Search trendiness.
The game’s host was built using Google Cloud and WaveNet, Google’s text-to-speech technology powered by machine learning. Players can adjust the pitch and speed of the game host’s voice, and if a player enters their name at the start, the audio updates on the fly, providing encouragement to players as they progress through the game.
Want to test your own Google Search trendiness? You might even find the answer to the burning question on everyone’s mind: which famous Justin won the Search battle— Bieber, Timberlake, or Trudeau? Play Game of the Year to find out.