Your task: argue the most unnecessary, artificial and contrarian thing you can... however ridiculous the subject. Can you keep going longer than your friends?
It's best played with 3+ people, and all you need is one web browser. It'll work on your phone, tablet or laptop... and if you've got a Chromecast, connect up to that too!
This is a beta, so if there's any issues or feedback, let us know!
Each round, you are given a new article to pitch. It starts with the algorithmically generated (well, randomised) headline - and you have up to sixty seconds to improvise an argument of it.
You are also provided with three 'bonus keywords' - and if you manage to successfully any of those include those in their argument, you get bonus points for each one.
This is judged by another player, who takes the role of Editor. They're also in charge of the timer.
Other players can interrupt your Hot Take by shouting "STOP PRESS!" and the timer is paused. They can do this if they think you’ve hesitated for too long or if you’ve gone too far off topic. If the editor disagrees, the timer is resumed and you can continue. If they agree, that’s the end of your turn.
You get a point for every second you speak before the timer runs out and 10 points for each keyword you weave in.
Got any comments or suggestions? Excellent! We're adding to the headline generator all the time - so if you've got any ideas for the game, just tweet us @HotTakeGame!
Interested in a bit of background? Here's where the idea came from...