Wikiracing is a game which the players race towards the goal of traversing from one Wikipedia page to another using only internal links. It has many different variations, described further down in the article, and names, including The Wikipedia Game, Wikipedia Maze, Wikispeedia, Wikiwars, Wikipedia Ball, Litner Ball, Wikipedia Racing, and Wikipedia Speedrunning. External websites have been created to facilitate the game.
The Seattle Times has recommended it as a good educational pastime for children and the Larchmont Gazette has said, "While I don't know any teenagers who would curl up with an encyclopedia for a good read, I hear that a lot are reading it in the process of playing the Wikipedia Game".
The average number of links separating any English-language Wikipedia page from the United Kingdom page is 3.67. Thus, it has been occasionally banned in the game. Other common rules such as not using the United States page increase the game's difficulty.
As of 2005, a website and game known as The Wiki Game has been created, allowing players to Wikirace against each other in a server, for more points and recognition on the server. The game achieved more recognition as Internet stars such as Game Grumps played it on their channels. There is a version on the App Store as well, in which players can do a variety of Wikirace styles from their phone.
Wikiracing has many different variants, but the two most popular ones are:
Speed Wiki, in which participants compete to reach the finish page (previously concurred upon), within a limited time. The first to reach the final page within the time limit is thereby crowned the winner.
Click Wiki, in which participants race to reach the final page with the fewest clicks or within a certain number of clicks.
- Six degrees of separation
- Virtual Volunteering
- Volunteer computing
- Wikipedia community
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- Wiki Wars Reloaded – A new cross platform APP for iPhone and Android - with a multiplayer option for free.
- Wikipedia's Wikirace project page
- Wikipedia's Wiki Ladders project page
- Wikipedia Game – Free, multi-player game
- WikiRacer.io – Race your friends in a unique version of this classic game
- WikiRace by Stefan Németh – Wiki-Racing multiplayer supporting 4 different languages