There is a game you can play with Google… well, there are probably many, but this is one of them… where you enter the name of something, followed by “is” to see what pre-filled search suggestions come up. These results are driven by what people have searched for previously.
As I was playing this game the other night instead of doing something important, I began to notice a trend in my searches. It seemed like Google was declaring most everything dead.
Sure, sometimes that was apt.
Abe Vigoda, after being reported dead by mistake on multiple occasions over the years, does indeed now sleep with the fishes, having passed earlier this year.
And sometimes the result wasn’t so spot on:
I’m pretty sure somebody would have mentioned if he was dead… or a mack daddy.
I decided to see if that trend held for video games on my side bar. First on the list was, of course, EVE Online:
Given that “EVE is dying…” is practically an meme at this point, that wasn’t too surprising.
Likewise, EverQuest, at 17 years of age got a similar result:
At least it wasn’t both “dead” and “dying” I suppose. Of course, that last item lead me to World of Warcraft:
Three of those aren’t so good, “dead,” “dying,” and “boring.” Even EVE Online didn’t get “boring” as a top result. That lead to a series of other titles, all of which at least got dead as a result:
I had a whole run there where “dead” wasn’t just a result, but the top result. Then I started branching out from MMOs:
I finally hit a game where “dead” wasn’t the top result, though I am not sure that was a good thing:
Even Minecraft got “dead” as a result, though at least it was in fourth position, which was practically an endorsement at this point:
Hey, “awesome” came before “dead!”
Landmark was odd, but I think it suffers from having a generic name:
Still, I think “dead” might be in there just for it.
Then, finally, I hit a game that wasn’t dead:
League of Legends is only “dying,” not “dead.” Also, it is “gay,” which I think says more about the demographic that is searching for things about it. Still, it is doing better than Heroes of the Storm:
“Dead,” “dying,” “bad,” and “free!”
Then at last, I hit a search where “dead” wasn’t even a result:
I’m not sure Hearthstone was really winning with that draw. I mean sure, “dead” wasn’t on the list, but the rest was hardly an endorsement.