HQ Trivia is a new app-based game show in the States, but geography, it seems, isn’t one of their specialist subjects…
A game show you play through your phone has come under fire for claiming the UAE capital is actually a country. HQ Trivia launched last month on Android and iOS phones – players compete every night at 9pm Eastern Time in the US, and at 3pm on weekdays. The game has a host who asks contestants multiple choice questions, with three potentially correct answers. If you don’t click on the right answer in 10 seconds, you’re out of the game.
But if this question is anything to go by, it looks like HQ Trivia needs some new quiz masters.
— Evan Craybas (@Crazy_Craybas) January 7, 2018
It didn’t take long for other players to point out their mistake as well.
@HQTrivia, a little heads up: Abu Dhabi’s not a country. Get your facts straight!
— NVN (@iStayDemented) January 7, 2018
Who’s vetting the questions @hqtrivia? Abu Dhabi is definitely not a country…
— tom (@tjboettner) January 7, 2018
So why are people getting so annoyed? Because if you answer a question correctly, you earn money. People then didn’t click on Abu Dhabi because, you know, it’s not a country.
THIS GUY pic.twitter.com/dXvWx7rhaA
— ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) January 1, 2018
It’s not the first time the app has come under fire for its questions. The app, which the New York Times recently called, ‘the best worst thing on the internet‘ caused a social media meltdown last month over the plural spelling of the word octopus.
@hqtrivia I answered octopi and it looks like both “octopuses” and “octopi” are acceptable plural forms or octopus. I’ll be expecting an extra life on my account the next time I log on… pic.twitter.com/TpuXk5E3Hr
— Ben Belz (@benbelz) December 25, 2017
What’s the plural of octopus?
Hint: You probably won’t get it right and it’ll ruin your life… #HQTrivia
— Skylar Taylor (@skylarptaylor) December 27, 2017