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Trivial Pursuit

A game in which players race around the board answering trivia questions.

Trivial Pursuit is a board game where progress is determined by a player's ability to answer general knowledge or popular culture questions. The game was developed in 1979 by Scott Abbott, a sports editor for the Canadian Press and Chris Haney, photo editor for the "Montreal Gazette", after getting together to find pieces of their Scrabble game missing; their game was released two years later.

In North America, the game's popularity peaked in 1984, the year over 20 million games were sold. The rights to the game were licensed to Parker Brothers (now part of Hasbro) in 1988, after initially being turned down by Richard Branson's Virgin Group. As of 2004, nearly 88 million games had been sold, in 26 countries and 17 languages.

Dozens of question sets have been released for the game. The question cards are organized into themes - for instance, in the standard "Genus" question set, questions in green are about "science and nature". Some question sets have been designed for younger players, others on a specific time period or as promotional tie-ins for pop culture (such as "Star Wars", "Saturday Night Live", and "The Lord of the Rings" movies). Most recently these tie-ins have also taken advantage of DVD technology to create Trivial Pursuit DVD TV Games.

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