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    Anyone else playing this? I'm really new, just the past few days. For those who don't know it's a free app that broadcasts a live trivia show twice daily with a $2k prize each time. Those able to answer 12 questions correctly split the prize. You are eliminated as soon as you miss one, and they get increasingly difficult as the game progresses. Sometimes there are hundreds of winners and they get just a few dollars each, other times there aren't many winners. Today 3 people won $666.

    I have yet to get them all right, but it's a lot of fun anyway.

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    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/a...t-viewing.html

    The game pulls you in by dangling a cash prize, offers manic highs and seething frustrations in quick succession, then dumps you out, usually empty-handed. But the HQ refractory period — six to 18 hours — is just long enough to relax you into a state of optimism about playing again. It’s dystopian “Jeopardy!”: not the trivia game we wanted, but the one we deserve.

    HQ is based on an enticing proposition: It turns our phones, those founts of infinite knowledge, into a rare site of human recall. (Because questions are set on a 10-second clock, answers are generally un-Googleable.) But while the game purports to test legitimate knowledge, the questions are so frequently absurd that it comes closer to testing your undivided attention to mindless tapping. If you answer a question correctly, you still get that high of intellectual superiority. The Darwinian aspect — watch hundreds of thousands of people get eliminated as you rise — fosters a gleeful arrogance for as long as you’re on top.

    But when you get a question wrong, you’re granted plausible deniability. If you can’t finish the crossword, it feels like a personal failure. But when you lose HQ — which the vast majority of players do the vast majority of the time — it often seems arbitrary and unfair, the fault of the unskilled question writers or the unsophisticated technology. It’s not you. It’s the game. And even if you do win, the big-sounding prizes — $1,000, $2,000, $10,000 — are often reduced to pocket change when split among the sometimes hundreds of other people who also won the game. HQ is a little app that channels big feelings about the fundamental lie of the meritocracy. Every session becomes an opportunity to rail against life’s injustices.




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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBlue View Post
    Anyone else playing this? I'm really new, just the past few days. For those who don't know it's a free app that broadcasts a live trivia show twice daily with a $2k prize each time. Those able to answer 12 questions correctly split the prize. You are eliminated as soon as you miss one, and they get increasingly difficult as the game progresses. Sometimes there are hundreds of winners and they get just a few dollars each, other times there aren't many winners. Today 3 people won $666.

    I have yet to get them all right, but it's a lot of fun anyway.
    I signed up, but you should have posted your username so people could give you the referral bonus of an extra life per game!
    Ain't it like most people, I'm no different. We love to talk on things we don't know about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    I signed up, but you should have posted your username so people could give you the referral bonus of an extra life per game!
    See you (and 600k others) this evening at 6 Pacific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBlue View Post
    See you (and 600k others) this evening at 6 Pacific.
    You got that right!

    Does the app send you a notification to remind you of the game? Or am I just supposed to hope I remember?
    Ain't it like most people, I'm no different. We love to talk on things we don't know about.

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    Dammit! I made it to question 12 tonight, the final question, but I missed it. There were 600 winners.

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    I forgot to play.

    Time for that reminder feature!
    Ain't it like most people, I'm no different. We love to talk on things we don't know about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBlue View Post
    Dammit! I made it to question 12 tonight, the final question, but I missed it. There were 600 winners.
    Ditto. I thought it was Gordo Cooper. Missed out on three bucks and change, dammit!

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    just downloaded. I love trivia!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Ditto. I thought it was Gordo Cooper. Missed out on three bucks and change, dammit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelBlue View Post
    Anyone else playing this? I'm really new, just the past few days. For those who don't know it's a free app that broadcasts a live trivia show twice daily with a $2k prize each time. Those able to answer 12 questions correctly split the prize. You are eliminated as soon as you miss one, and they get increasingly difficult as the game progresses. Sometimes there are hundreds of winners and they get just a few dollars each, other times there aren't many winners. Today 3 people won $666.

    I have yet to get them all right, but it's a lot of fun anyway.
    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    I signed up, but you should have posted your username so people could give you the referral bonus of an extra life per game!
    Yes - who wants a referral bonus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    Yes - who wants a referral bonus?

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    Me!
    Ain't it like most people, I'm no different. We love to talk on things we don't know about.

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    I am in! provo all star.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    I am in! provo all star.
    I used "provo all star" as the referral code. Looks like it will credit that referral after I've played a round.

    There is a spot for entering in referral codes after already having signed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
    In as "timid10"
    timid? That's funny.
    "There is no creature more arrogant than a self-righteous libertarian on the web, am I right? Those folks are just intolerable."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    timid? That's funny.
    Timid has been my IGN since my glory days of dominating the worldwide xpilot competition from scotland.et.byu.edu, a DEC Alpha 3000 AXP Model 600 running the 64-bit Digital UNIX OS. That particular DEC Alpha model featured a 175 MHz processor and a massive 128 MB of RAM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
    Timid has been my IGN since my glory days of dominating the worldwide xpilot competition from scotland.et.byu.edu, a Dec Alpha 3000 AXP Model 600 running the 64-bit Digital UNIX OS and featured a 175 MHz processor and a massive 128 MB of RAM.

    scotland.jpg
    When you should have been working.
    "There is no creature more arrogant than a self-righteous libertarian on the web, am I right? Those folks are just intolerable."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    When you should have been working.
    To be fair, at the time BYU sports message boards had not come into their own yet.
    You're actually pretty funny when you aren't being a complete a-hole....so basically like 5% of the time. --Art Vandelay

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    used hostile1 as my referral code.

    clackattack22 is also my COD name...

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    And a chimpanzee isn't a monkey! Ha!

    How does one hide the comment feed (Android).
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    Crap! I forgot!

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    Looks like the Sunday game is $10k. That sounds fun.

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    Game time
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    Quote Originally Posted by All-American View Post
    Game time
    Got my ass handed to me tonight. 400+ winners took home about $25. They said it was a new record number of players to start, 1.1 million.

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    I forgot again!

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    We had company walk in right at 7 pm.
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