If you've ever watched the popular—and often creepy—TV show Black Mirror, you've probably seen its creators make the show feel futuristic while at the same time tethered to reality by (usually) iterating on existing technologies rather than inventing something that feels completely foreign to us. Well, the new game HQ Live Trivia Show [Free], from the creators of the now-dead Vine, gives me that exact feeling of watching a Black Mirror episode because it takes a technology—in this case mobile trivia games—and pushes it into a direction I hadn't thought before. And it might just be a portend of things to come.

What's the twist of HQ Live? The app is dormant for almost the whole day, but it comes alive at two times each day (3PM and 9PM ET) for close to 15 minutes. During that time, a live presenter asks questions, and, depending on how many you get right, you get cash prizes. The whole time the app is live, it displays a constant stream of comments from everyone else competing against you. And it really feels…weird for some reason. I can't quite put my finger on why, but HQ Live feels like a breakthrough of sorts. It's a multiplayer game, yes, but it's the way it has become an event that makes it stick out from the rest. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.

  • HelperMonkey

    I’ve had the app for a few days and played five or six games.
    It doesn’t feel that strange to me. It just ties live streaming and instant user commentary, which are becoming common, to a trivia game. They usually manage to make it work.
    The unique thing is that it’s a stand-alone app, and it’s extremely user-friendly and non-demanding. And their big trick is that they pretty successfully manage to synchronize fast-reaction, timed questions and a live interface with thousands of users.
    The comment stream is completely useless and pointless. But the trivia aspect of it probably works best that way. There’s no way for it to be helpful or serve as spoiler.
    Mostly it feels new and fairly rough, almost like a beta. But it’s clearly a concept that people are interested in.