Word After Word is a fast-paced local multiplayer word game that uses a massive natural language dataset to reward players for thinking deeply about common word usage and context. The game is played by two to four people, each with their own keyboard.1 Players are given the same randomly generated series of adjectives, one at a time. Players try to identify the noun that most commonly follows the given adjective (e.g. fast CAR) in a dataset compiled from over a half a billion words taken from magazines, tv, and books. Each prompt potentially has thousands of correct answers of varying degrees. Let’s say players were given the word “traditional.” In the dataset, there are approximately 2000 nouns that would be accepted and scored. High scoring answers would be: role, family, and music.
1. The game automatically creates a new player for each PS/2, USB or bluetooth keyboard connected. The game recognizes keystrokes from different keyboards.