Brain Bout and the Semantic Web

The Semantic Web

BrainBout, version ‘Semantic Web’, is live!  This major release changes the way Brain Bout creates quizzes, with the idea that more questions make a better game. This release increased quiz count to 20,539; and, more quizzes are on the way!

Prior to this release, quizzes were entered manually, producing highly custom results. However, the process was slow. Data entry could not generate enough quizzes to keep the game interesting.

Now, Brain Bout draws on public data from a digital world known as the Semantic Web. Tim Berners-Lee coined the term Semantic Web, referring to the web of data (or: the data web). The Semantic Web makes Internet data machine-readable.  Brain Bout reads that data.


Gameplay is simply: see an image and select your answer.

Brain Bout programmatically generates quizzes. Answers to such quizzes rely on visual recognition. At this time, all questions display an image. Gameplay is simply: see an image and select your answer.

Public and Private Game Rooms

As before, any player can enter a public game room. Alternatively, anyone can become a “gamemaker” by creating a private room and inviting friends and family to compete in private gameplay.


Some categories are very large and difficult. Fortunately, Brain Bout generates easier subsets of large and difficult collections. The screenshot below shows the category American Actresses; it contains 4,918 questions, making it a very challenging choice. Contemporary American Actresses is easier, and the subset Popular Contemporary American Actresses is the easiest of the group with 429 quizzes containing recognizable faces. So, if you find gameplay too difficult, see if a subcategory exists. Remember, category selection is only possible in private game rooms.

Have fun! See you on the scoreboards!

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