This is the best Daily Beast article I've ever read.
― the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:17 (two years ago) link
this yusupov’s guy’s quotes reek of cocaine
― It happens sometimes. People just explode. Natural causes. (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:49 (two years ago) link
i think the key thing we need to focus on is how to sue HQ because scott rogowsky said that "people want trivia". he can't say that! he can't make that claim! he doesn't know what we THINK! especially as it pertains to salad greens. so let's sue HQ!
― Karl Malone, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:05 (two years ago) link
i dont want trivia, i need it
― lag∞n, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:37 (two years ago) link
btw after all the fuss and technical delays last night, i was eliminated on question fucking 2 like a goddamn fool. it was a savage question i thought
― Karl Malone, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:42 (two years ago) link
what was it
― lag∞n, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:44 (two years ago) link
Hamsters are what kind of eater?
(i said vegetarian. i didn't realize hamsters will dine on the flesh of other living creatures)
― Karl Malone, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:52 (two years ago) link
i wldve guessed veg too
In the wild, hamsters are crepuscular and remain underground during the day to avoid being caught by predators. They feed primarily on seeds, fruits, and vegetation, and will occasionally eat burrowing insects. They have elongated cheek pouches extending to their shoulders in which they carry food back to their burrows.
― lag∞n, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:13 (two years ago) link
it is kinda a funky question tho since a lot of animals thatre vegetarian will eat meat if u give them the chance
― lag∞n, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:14 (two years ago) link
Aren't hamsters legendary for cannibalizing their offspring?
― the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:22 (two years ago) link
― the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:23 (two years ago) link
damn i wish i had an iPhone, trivia is about the only thing I'm good at
― -_- (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:23 (two years ago) link
and i need it
― -_- (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:24 (two years ago) link
speaking of trivia is anyone interested in invites to LearnedLeague?
― .oO (silby), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:37 (two years ago) link
aye here's me kicking about california w/my monitor lizard. sucks to be you that's into ferrets
― ||||||||, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 21:01 (two years ago) link
This game is stupid I hate it
― understood by moron level and above (brimstead), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 21:50 (two years ago) link
tell me more about this learned league
― Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 23 November 2017 17:16 (two years ago) link
in the middle of an inter-joke riff on peter rabbit, scott blurts out "it's all about merchandizing!!!"
― Karl Malone, Monday, 27 November 2017 20:09 (two years ago) link
ya know, i thought "Hey Where Are The Babies" was a kinda glib translation for Children of Men...
― voodoo chili, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 20:26 (two years ago) link
― johnny crunch, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 20:31 (two years ago) link
i hate scott he sucks enduring him isnt worth getting the trivia i want
― lag∞n, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 20:11 (two years ago) link
he's at least getting slightly better, though. at first his energy level was always at 95+, but it seems that after a few weeks of hosting a couple times a day he's realized that he can't maintain that level of energy every time without risking a freakout on live national iphone. so instead he's settled into a slightly more comfortable energy level of 75-85 which is more bearable for me, personally.
also, there is no way to prove this but i SWEAR that my partner picked the Madden choice, which was the correct one. for some reason she was eliminated on it, but we were playing together and discussed the options and picked madden and it lit up as our selected option a few seconds before the timer expired. then eliminated us. i didn't see any mention of anyone else experiencing the same problem so i'm assuming it was just a weird bug on our end, but it's a bummer that there's no real way to prove it. (we would have been out on the bad english/whitesnake/journey one a question later anyway)
― Karl Malone, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 20:16 (two years ago) link
would y'all prefer it if the video host were done away with entirely and it was purely a text-based game?
― Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 20:43 (two years ago) link
alex trill-beck, plz kill him
― lag∞n, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 20:47 (two years ago) link
nah, i don't mind the idea of a host. i think it's really interesting to watch the evolution of all of this, actually, and part of it involves the slow formation of archetypes for the format. maybe i'm mistaken in thinking that this format is new? at least on this scale, it is, i think.
― Karl Malone, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 20:48 (two years ago) link
having the host def ups the drama level like when he runs his mouth before delivering the answer and u want to kill him, ive only played this 3 times and already i have a jihad against scott
― lag∞n, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 20:50 (two years ago) link
what if scott were replaced by a robot that took up less video bandwidth and with scalable smarm settings?
― Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 20:56 (two years ago) link
― Karl Malone, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 20:08 (two years ago) link
just won another $5.41
feeling good, feeling relaxed
― Karl Malone, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 02:21 (two years ago) link
have only played this twice but really love scott
― Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 03:26 (two years ago) link
Uh oh they're running these on UK time too now.
― JimD, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 10:31 (two years ago) link
scott is good
― johnny crunch, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 12:01 (two years ago) link
@hqtrivia game sucks— Lou Holtz (@CoachLouHoltz) December 4, 2017
― Karl Malone, Thursday, 7 December 2017 02:08 (two years ago) link
― lag∞n, Thursday, 7 December 2017 02:39 (two years ago) link
scotts akas (including 'quiz khalifa' reminding me of 'trizzz khalifa') remind me of bodega boys desus nice & the kid mero aka's poll
― johnny crunch, Saturday, 9 December 2017 02:08 (two years ago) link
get outta here w mike rowe
― johnny crunch, Saturday, 9 December 2017 02:12 (two years ago) link
baruch ata hq
― Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 9 December 2017 02:22 (two years ago) link
lol i looked quick and thought the 1145pm game tnight was for 180k
― johnny crunch, Sunday, 31 December 2017 20:32 (two years ago) link
if i had to guess, the end game for all of this is something like price is right style HQ, so that advertising becomes the content of the game instead of just an increasingly prominent side factor.
― Karl Malone, Sunday, 31 December 2017 20:35 (two years ago) link
Familiar face sits down with familiar face: http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/01/hq-scott-rogowsky-encounter.html
― pplains, Friday, 5 January 2018 18:03 (two years ago) link
haha, nice! for some reason it's really funny to me that scott was wearing a yellow HQ shirt in public.
i have to admit, i have fully come around with him, especially when comparing him to the several other side-hosts. he's just way better at it.
For all his off-the-cuff weirdness, Rogowsky is serious about his work: “I put hours of prep into this sometimes.” It’s mostly research into the questions, but, yes, he prewrites many of his puns. “I’m doing my best to entertain,” he says.
it pays off. i like how he's developed his own series of catchphrases that become engrained in your memory. q-umero numero uno question one, let's get this show on the road, savage question, the long series of pun-nicknames at the beginning that somehow just get longer and longer with each passing week. those aren't HQ-created catchphases. the other hosts hardly use any of them, although a few will kind of make a nod at a particularly savage question. but for the most part they seem to conspicuously avoid repeating scott-isms, which to me suggests that they don't want to formally establish themselves as the also-rans - they see themselves as potential claims to scott's host throne. it's fascinating to watch but also has the whiff of an old superhero comic story because you just know that scott's gonna win that battle.
― Karl Malone, Friday, 5 January 2018 18:14 (two years ago) link
sorry to post a tl;dr HQ post, but i don't know who else to talk to about this stuff.
there was a particularly bad side-host faux pas the other day when the host kept getting the stats wrong by an order of magnitude. so when 460,000 people got the first question right, she said that 46,000 people were still in, and when 135,000 were in the game a few questions later, she said 13,500 were in the game (those aren't the exact figures. i can't remember). i felt really bad for her because the chat mob just tore her apart and some of the most sexist things i've ever read by in the chat panel for...about 5-10 minutes straight. if you watched closely you could see that a bunch of people were getting banned from the chat by the mods, but the mob was much, much larger than the mods, and so it continued pretty much unabated. the dystopia of this game is real. dystopia already exists, in this world, in this game, which is growing. you can't look away! 'of course i felt bad for her because of that hellscape, but the number-counting problem was emblematic of how clear it is that the side-hosts don't really play HQ or know much about it. putting aside the difficulty of reading numbers, if you play HQ even a few times you quickly come to understand how a typical HQ game proceeds. if there were only 46,000 people left after the first question, that would be an all-time highlight reel HQ moment, just an incredibly savage first question revealing deep systemic flaws in the US educational system. so when the host kind of casually said "wow, 46,000 people are still left after that one" - after the first question - "such a great job, guys, you all got that one!" she revealed herself as an outside. a substitute science teacher who plays a film for the class because we all know they're not prepared to hold forth on intermediate chemistry.
almost all of the side-hosts reveal themselves to be pretenders at some point. those who can stick around for multiple hosting opportunities inevitably face the Gauntlet of the Indeterminate Pause, which is when the question panel fails to show up in the app and the host is suddenly required to completely improvise until the techs fix it. these unexpected but recurring segments are some of the best tv/live media i've ever seen. sometimes the pause lasts only a few seconds, sometimes it takes 20-30 seconds, and at others the pause lasts a couple minutes and then they're forced to abandon the game and kick everyone out. i admit that the whole thing can be thought of as part of the "cringe" genre, but there's more to it than that. but i can't think of a comparison to this situation - a host suddenly being forced into a very anxious situation, live in front of half a million people, and they don't know how long it's going to last, and the chat mob is just exploding with rage at the delay. day after day, unpredictably! of course there are other sudden imposed performances that play out like this in public: a video or audio miscue on a news show that leaves the correspondent kind of hanging there for a few seconds, or the mariah carey NYE fiasco. but i can't think of an emergency improv situation that happens with such regularity, in front of such a hostile audience, and with such undeterminate length and results. some day the techs will fix the problem and memory of it will fade away, but for now the tech problems are not only part of the show but are in some ways the best part of the whole thing. that's just my edgy HQ opinion there but i mean it!
anyway, every host runs into it at some point. but only scott deals with it in a satisfying way. he manages to offer empathy to the agitated audience while still keeping a light humorous tone. he can tell an anecdote, on the spot, about anything, and just fill it up while still providing status updates about the tech problem. in the same situation, the other hosts quickly fall apart. i think it's interesting that some of them wind up projecting the audience's rage back onto the viewer, while other hosts quickly reveal themselves to be frightened of the entire situation, frightened of the audience, of not knowing when it will end.
― Karl Malone, Friday, 5 January 2018 18:48 (two years ago) link
It’s after 8, and Rogowsky has to rush off. He can’t take me to the studio, or tell me anything about it. The company wants to maintain whatever competitive advantage it can about HQ’s technical setup and filming process, he explains.
lol at the idea of competitors trying to emulate HQ's technical setup
― Karl Malone, Friday, 5 January 2018 19:03 (two years ago) link
big nyt piece today as wellhttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/arts/hq-trivia-app-appointment-viewing.html
― Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 5 January 2018 19:07 (two years ago) link
scott is intensely a reddit.com user
― lag∞n, Friday, 5 January 2018 19:11 (two years ago) link
Did our own “josh in Chicago” just get a shout out there, or just a different josh in Chicago?
― jjjusten, Saturday, 6 January 2018 02:24 (two years ago) link
haha, i wondered the same!
― Karl Malone, Saturday, 6 January 2018 02:33 (two years ago) link
we could win cash prizes.
― Karl Malone, Thursday, November 16, 2017 9:25 PM (one month ago)
― calstars, Saturday, 6 January 2018 02:37 (two years ago) link
everything that is interesting must be ruined
― Karl Malone, Friday, 9 February 2018 19:45 (two years ago) link
Got to #6
― fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Friday, 14 September 2018 01:22 (one year ago) link
i've won like 3-4 times now and still haven't made enough money for to cover the processing fee
― Clay, Friday, 14 September 2018 02:31 (one year ago) link
56k people guessed that Tony Montana directed The Bling Ring tonight
― fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 02:13 (one year ago) link
i played that hq words game twice so far and won both times. well, "won" as in i survived all the questions and earned between 9 and 15 cents
― suggest boban (Will M.), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:24 (one year ago) link
shut down last night
― Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Sunday, 16 February 2020 04:31 (one month ago) link
won this once when it was a thing, collected the $1.24 or whatever, never played again
― ℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Sunday, 16 February 2020 04:33 (one month ago) link
burned bright, burned out
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 16 February 2020 04:35 (one month ago) link
Incidentally, is this our dude? https://i.imgur.com/rrnQeak.jpg
― brimstead, Sunday, 16 February 2020 04:47 (one month ago) link
This sounds awesome
― Andrew Farrell, Monday, 17 February 2020 11:50 (one month ago) link
― Andrew Farrell, Monday, 17 February 2020 11:54 (one month ago) link
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 17 February 2020 14:47 (one month ago) link