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Mad Libs: A Different Type of Community Contest

Dec 22

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12/22/2011 8:31 AM  RssIcon

Not many sites put in the time to put together a Mad Lib contest for their own community. Sometimes this contest can be seem to be more difficult then it really is. But in reality this contest is simple to implement for your community. Mad Lib contests allow your audience to fill in their own words to a preset paragraph with missing word objects. The most recognizable form of Mad Libs  came from a book published in 1953 with that title according to Wikipedia. Ad Libs come from Ad libitum is Latin for "at one's pleasure".

 

Mad Lib contests are fun and everyone’s answers are very unique. You can't expect the answers in Mad Lib contests. The tone of the contest results could range from comedic to serious. You do not have to specify a noun, adjective or verb. You can simply ask for a subject items. The same answers are used more then once and are denoted by the number prefixes.

Grab a piece of paper and follow along with an short and simple mad lib you can write for your audience.

The game 1. (Game Name) was built in the 2.(Insert Decade) for the 3.(Game Console/PC Name). 1. (Game Name) influenced 4. (Your Audience Type) for the way it's main character(s) named 5. (Character(s) Name) was able to 6.(Goal of the Game) and save the world from 7.(Arch Enemy). The 4. (Your Audience Type) will always be in debt to its hero(s) 8. (Character(s) Name) for fighting off the many mobs of 9.(Common Enemies) and slaying the evil 7.(Main Arch Enemy) forever. You just saved the 10. (Name of a Place).

Here is a serious no non-sense example of the above mad lib that I filled in below.

The game Super Mario Bros was built with 1980s for the NES. Super Mario Bros. influenced fans for the way its main character(s) named Mario and Luigi was able to Save Princess Toadstool and save the world from Bowser. The fans will always be in debt to its hero(s) Mario and Luigi for fighting off the many mobs of Goombas and slaying the evil Bowser forever. You just saved the Mushroom Kingdom.


Here is a funny example for the mad lib paragraph.

The game Warcraft was built with 1990s for the Sony Playstation. Warcraft influenced trolls for the way its main character(s) named Chuck Norris was able to Eat the Banshee Queen and save the world from Lich Queen. The trolls will always be in debt to its hero(s) Chuck Norris for fighting off the many mobs of Peacebloom and slaying the evil Lich Queen forever. You just saved the Scarlet Monestary.


There is no wrong answers as you can read from the two paragraphs examples. I hope you enjoyed this article on how to create mad libs for your community. It does take little bit of time to come up with the sentences you need to make this contest happen. You can keep it very simple or very complex. Just remember who your audience is for the contest. You can even use Facebook, Twitter and other social networks to run this contest. Just form a sentence with empty spaces and ask for it to be completed.

Here is the wikipedia page for Mad Libs. You can find a bunch of links to Mad Libs at the end if you need help creating your own.

 

What do you think of Mad Lib contests? Why don't we see more of these?

 


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