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Monday, February 5, 2018

Care for Some HQ?

I have a confession to make: I am a trivia nerd. I remember telling a friend who was working in a TV trivia game show about how I knew most of the answers to the questions in their show and it was frustrating for me when the contestants couldn’t answer them. I don’t know why, but those small, insignificant notes on things and people and places tend to stick with me. I enjoy playing trivia games on my phone because of it. It’s not just the whole getting the answers right that I enjoy but also the chance to learn something new.

When I heard about this new game called HQ, I decided to sign up and give it a shot. It’s a live trivia game that is on twice a day, every weekday (I think, it’s on US time). There are 12 questions and the person who answers all 12 correctly wins $2000. If there is more than one person at the end, they have to split the prize equally. I have no idea if there has ever been just one winner since I don’t participate in all of the games but for the most part, there are usually more than 5 winners so you actually only get a sprinkle of that prize money if you win, which you can cash out via PayPal.

The game is usually on at 4AM and 10AM over here in the Philippines, which means I only get to play once a day (no way will I replace sleep for a game!). At first, I thought the game would be simple but it’s not. I mean yes, it is a multiple-choice game but you only have a limited amount of time to click on your answer. More than the prize money I think the challenge for me is getting past all the questions to reach the end. So far I’ve only reached the sixth question, an achievement considering that in the beginning, I couldn’t even get past the third question!

The game is challenging because the questions don’t get harder as you go along – sometimes they would stick in a hard (or as the hosts say, “savage”) question at the beginning or in between some easy ones to weed out the contestants, which sometimes reach as high as 1 million! For someone like me who did not grow up or live in the US, some of the questions are harder because I lack knowledge of their history, laws, and geography, and other things that only Americans would know.

Contestants are eliminated after one wrong answer and you are kicked out of the game unless you have an extra life – something you only get if someone signs up with your referral code. So far, no one has signed up to give me an extra life so I have to deal with making sure I get all my answers right (in case anyone wants to give me an extra life, my referral code is ‘clarehenney’!).

I can’t help but wonder how this app earns its money since it gives so much away at $2000 per game (but they have also given away as much as $15000 in one game if I’m not mistaken). I know the hosts mention several products and places that may well be a form of advertising on the app but it still baffles me how they can keep this up especially since they can even get people like Jimmy Kimmel as a guest host. One article calls the system shady and says that players should only expect the satisfaction of winning and not the prize money when you play the game.

HQ is new and it still has some bugs. The chat feature on the game, where people who are playing or watching can comment, often mention issues such as answers that they cannot seem to click that causes them to be evicted from the game (which also happened to me). Some people mention that the game lags for them so much that they miss an entire question or time to answer, which I have experienced several times as well. 

If you enjoy playing trivia games and would like the challenge of playing against 1 million other people, you might want to give this one a try. HQ can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and on the Apple App Store

Leave me a comment if you decide to give this one a try. I'd love to hear from someone who correctly answered all the questions to find out if someone has actually gotten their prize money!

Photo Credit: HQ Facebook Page, Pixabay


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