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As you may have noticed already, the Web is vast. Scrub that, it’s epic. There are hundreds of millions of active websites out there waiting to be explored, and that number is growing all the time. This is why the Internet section of MakeUseOf is so important, as part of our mission is to pare that colossal number of websites down by sorting the wheat from the chaff.

This is usually done by organizing websites into collections around a certain theme or topic. But just occasionally a website crops up that deserves its own entry into the MakeUseOf hall of fame. Right now that domain is Us Vs Th3m, which has become my new favorite website and may just become your new favorite website as well.

Us Vs. Th3m

Us Vs Th3m is owned by Trinity Mirror, a newspaper publisher in the U.K. The website is seen as an experiment, and is the result of a one-day workshop. There is a small editorial team, a small budget, and none of the trappings that normally come when old media tries to muscle in on the Internet’s way of doing things.

Us Vs Th3m is, in a way, old media meets new media. This is a newspaper publisher trying its hand at a very non-traditional kind of online property. Martin Belam, one of those responsible for Us Vs Th3m, has written a lengthy blog post detailing the idea behind the site and the story so far.

In a nutshell, Us Vs Th3m is dedicated to both producing and sharing funny Web content. They are the Us and the rest of the Internet is the Them. Or should I say Th3m. Everything posted to the site is meant to raise a laugh and be highly shareable on social networks.

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There are three main types of content on Us Vs Th3m: Games, Quizzes, and Features. What follows are a couple of the best examples produced so far in each genre.

Games

The games on Us Vs Th3m tend to be related to technology and extremely geeky in some small way. This makes them perfect for the MakeUseOf readership, which comprises of mostly geeks who are obsessed with technology.

How Geeky Are You? asks you a series of multiple choice questions designed to reveal your level of geekiness. Suffice to say I achieved a good score, assuming you think being a geek is a good thing.

Don’t Shoot Your Friends should not be taken lightly, as one wrong button press and you’ll shoot a virtual friend. No biggie, perhaps, but if you shoot someone you also unfollow them on Twitter. Awkward.

Quizzes

The quizzes on Us Vs Th3m are often difficult but also fun. Some have a link to technology but some are totally random and look to have been created after a few too many pints down at  the pub.

That Retro Tape Quiz tests your knowledge of old audio cassettes. This technology is now 50 years old and has been replaced with physical and digital formats, but this quiz works purely on nostalgia.

Name Those Sega Pixels presents a series of 90s icons in pixelated form from their Sega video games. Get one right and you’re rewarded with the “Seeegaaa” audio soundbite, but get one wrong and hear Mario die.

Features

This is all of the original content that doesn’t qualify as a game or quiz. It’s an eclectic mix of the topical and bizarre, but once again they are all highly entertaining.

JAWS: The Text Adventure will take old PC gamers back to a time when visuals were almost non-existent. Brilliantly, you play the shark, so this turns the film on its head in a quite profound way.

Dress The Royal Baby asks you to do just one thing: dress the royal baby. Obviously. This game won’t last the test of time, but it’s an example of content produced to mirror what is trending online.

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Conclusions

Us Vs Th3m is one of those websites you’ll either love or hate. Your views on it will likely depend on whether you enjoy websites that exist to entertain rather than educate, are they to be enjoyed rather than utilized. Life is too short to always be learning and never take a moment to simply have fun.

Please feel free to let us know what you think of Us Vs Th3m. Is there a particular game, quiz, or feature you enjoyed on the site? Do you prefer another, similar site? If so, which one? Do you consider fun and frivolous websites such as Us Vs Th3m a waste of time or an important part of the Web? Take to the comments section below to air your thoughts.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    that tis hard and went go found the anwers to this paper.

  2. William B
    September 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Ahhhh, English humour at it best.

    • Dave P
      October 1, 2013 at 12:03 am

      Does it travel well though? I hope all of the content on Us Vs Th3m is good enough to be understood elsewhere in the world.

  3. Connectionfailure
    September 28, 2013 at 5:04 am

    B3ta.org was doing this for a while

    • Dave P
      October 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

      That's true, that site is very similar in style and content.

    • Anonymous
      October 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      that tis hard and went go found the anwers to this paper.

    • Ben
      November 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Rob Manuel, who founded B3ta, is involved in Us Vs Th3m.

  4. Doc
    September 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    "...but get one wrong and hear Sonic die." Actually, it's the "dying" theme from Super Mario Brothers.

    • Dave P
      September 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Damn, you're right. We'll correct that. This means I've lost retro gamer kudos points, doesn't it?! :(

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