‘Jackbox 6’ Lets You Filter Out US-Centric Questions
If you're not from America and have been playing Jackbox games over the past few years you may have been frustrated by the number of trivia questions that are clearly for US audiences.
While these may be overt things like "Who wrote the Declaration of Independence", "Which president is on a $1 bill", but even ones that aren't explicitly about the US can throw an international audience, such as "Who was the first celebrity to ever be named the 'Sexiest Man Alive' by People magazine?". I wouldn't even be able to tell you how long People magazine's been around, let alone who it would consider sexy.
The latest Jackbox game, Jackbox Party Pack 6, has included an excellent new option for players: 'Filter US-Centric Questions'. It currently only features as an option for Trivia Murder Party 2 but hopefully it will be included in future games, too.
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In a post detailing the feature from back in October (yes, this isn't new news, but it's good to know as we head into Christmas and may be looking for good games to play with family), Jackbox says "You'll still probably see some decidedly American things in the game (our writers are American, we can't help it!), but this should at least reduce the number of times you throw something at your TV and curse us out in perfect French)".
Jackbox has quietly become one of the best party games around, and a great one to have at hand when you've large groups coming around. So many party games are limited by the number of controllers you have or the ports on a console, both of which can leave people sat around waiting for their turn on a game. Jackbox solved that problem by having players control the game through their phones, supporting lots of people connecting to the game through a web server. Most people have smartphones these days, which means you can have as many people play Jackbox as there are people who want to join in.
While I love Overcooked and Mario Party, the expense of having multiple sets of controllers, or even just their hard limit on how many players can take part, means it's rare that I can crack out the games for multiplayer unless that was the plan when inviting people.
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