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Cards Against Humanity is a card game (you know, the kind without monsters or life points) that's been gaining popularity ever since its successful Kickstarter campaign. It's a decidedly inappropriate take on Mad Libs, and part of its charm is that you can get it in a published form or download it and print it out yourself. Thanks to the Creative Commons licensing terms of Cards Against Humanity, the core concept has been adapted into a Chromecast game, creatively titled Casts Against Civility.

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Once all the players are connected to a Chromecast, one is chosen as the Card Czar. The Czar is given a black question card, which the other players can answer with random answer cards. The point of the game is to answer the question with the most humorous and/or vulgar possibility, as determined by the Czar. The winner of each round gets a point. Wash, rinse, repeat, hilarity ensues.

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There isn't much of a point to using a Chromecast to play this game - logically, getting a bunch of people with Android phones or tablets and a TV and a Chromecast together it at least as hard as downloading the printout version of Cards Against Humanity. That said, if you do have all the necessary components, it's an interesting use of the Chromecast in a way that Google probably never intended. For more multiplayer Chromecast games, check out Qcast.

via Phandroid

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Stephen McGann

    This outlines the huge untapped potential of the chromecast. Imagine the crazy games that could be adapted this way.

    • slurivariv

      Funny you say that. Google included a Tic-Tac-Toe Chromecast example when it was first introduced. I'm actually surprised there aren't more games out for it yet.

      • Floss

        Basically any game that uses the ChromeCast has to be completely written from scratch again in javascript. The ChromeCast SDK is not a mirror protocol, it is a message protocol.

        • slurivariv

          I know that. I assume a lot of developers know a bit of Javascript, or if they really wanted to use Chromecast they'd look up some tutorials. It's not that difficult

  • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

    The biggest, blackest cast will win every time.

    • Alex

      Flying Sex Snakes always wins in my games.

      • Wyatt Neal

        Getting so mad you pop a boner would be a winner at my house

        • Trina S

          Our always-winner is "My vagina."

          • Justin Howell

            Nothing beats Smegma.

  • Markus Lobedann

    Please release "You don't know Jack" for this!

    • remister

      This brings me back to the days of Acrophobia and Cosmic Consensus. What a throwback.

  • David Belyea

    I think that this is exactly one of the types of apps that Google wanted people to develop for the Chromecast. They released the TicTacToe app themselves. Games like this, uno, texas hold em, etc. are all just begging to be developed for the Chromecast.

  • Confizzle

    The Wii U does wonderful things with the TV and Handheld gaming experience. I don't think Chromecast can accomplish the same, simultaneous experience yet, but it should be Google's goal.

    • GazaIan

      The two aren't even remotely similar, why compare them?

  • xanok

    Almost all of my friends have a smartphone now. Also, downloading the game and shredding up the cards is no easy task in itself. It takes quite a long time.

  • Ryan K.

    I have a version of this already partially built the difference being that it is architected to not require an Android app. Once the chromecast is initialized all communication is handled seperately. Therefore it requires just one valid sender (currently a chrome browser with the extension) then whoever connects to it just needs a browser that can send simple requests.

  • ConCal

    Is there an app for iOS (for my unenlightened friends)?

    • Cgirl

      iOS has one it's called evil apples

  • Kurt Thompson

    This was just posted by the developer, looks like he might need some help!
    "Guess what. The CAH people contacted me again with this bit of info. If I don't replace all of the CAH content in this app with my own original content, I'll have to take it off the play store.
    Would you all be interested in submitting custom content to keep this app going?"

    • tehboogieman

      Disclaimer, IANAL and I don't represent CAH in any way. I am also not that smart so this post may be full of bad info. /Disclaimer

      Their FAQ specifically says you can't release your app through an app store. If you want to you need to replace all the cards with original content.

      A few questions about your app, are you using any of the content from the expansion packs? Are there any ads in your app? Ideally the best way to release this app is to use something like github, so that the code is available for others to modifiy. From my understanding failing to meet these requirements means that it will not be compliant with their terms.

      If you change the contents of the cards you should be able to keep it in the app store.

  • Scott Standish-Parkin

    Meh, I like it as a drinking game better :)