QuizUp is a trivia game with over 250 categories. Players match up with those of similar skill levels from all over the world to compete in a seven question trivia game. Players are given ten seconds to answer a multiple choice question. One point out of a possible twenty is deducted for each second that ticks off the clock. The app fosters the pursuit of knowledge in a fun, engaging, and competitive environment. Users can choose an avatar or upload a picture of themselves. What’s interesting is that the country that opponents are from is listed under their names, which actually creates incentive, especially with the inclusion of a chat feature. Each time users complete a round, they will receive experience points. Soon they will be able to “level up” and possibly even get on the leader boards. Unfortunately after a few plays in a single category, questions begin to repeat. But with so many subcategories, that problem is easily avoided. For the more invested users, the QuizUp website allows them to submit their own questions. The game does require quite a bit background knowledge and it recommended 12 and older.
There's ten seconds to answer each question. Points are awarded not just for accuracy, but for speed. If both competitors answer all seven correctly, but one of them took an extra second on any of the questions, then the faster player wins the round by a single point. Users need to be aware of the clock, but not to the point where their accuracy suffers. It's about finding the right balance between being overly careful and rushing. However, if users encounter a question where they cannot even make a educated guess, it's best to answer it as quickly as possible and hope to score as many points as possible, as there is a 25 percent chance they submitted the correct answer. Especially in close games with evenly matched opponents, speed is important, and many of the games are decided only by a few points.
The great thing about trivia is that it's knowledge that's easily transferred to everyday life. Trivia will make users want to engage in the generalization process, which is the ability to convert learned information and apply it to their daily pracitices. So whether the facts come up at work meeting or a coffee table discussion, users will have many opportunities to demonstrate an active understanding of the questions they have been answering. What also makes QuizUp great for working memory may at first seem like a shortcoming. There are instances where questions repeat which allows users with more gameplay experience the upper hand in these head-to-head challenges. But it also forces users to really try to focus on questions they got wrong, making sure they remember the correct answer. The next time the question comes up (maybe a few rounds later) users will have the opportunity to show how well they remember. The more questions get repeated, the easier it will be for users to commit the answers to memory. And while application based memory training techniques tend to be more beneficial that rote exercises, there is something to be said for an app that makes rote memorization fun, competitive, and exciting.
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