Trivia Crack: Fun and Educational Application, or
Pointless Game that No One Will Stop Playing Until the End of Time?
Do you know how many countries use the imperial system over the metric (cough, better) system? I don’t. I don’t even know if that’s one of the questions in the game. What game? Trivia Crack. This is the newest smart phone application. Well, not the newest, as new apps are being made every second, so as soon as you say that any given app is the newest app, your statement is immediately outdated. Newest popular app. Yes; Trivia Crack is that. Just how many students play trivia crack? Trivia Crack was first translated around December of 2014 and quickly became the most downloaded Apple app of December 2014.1 It already has >100 million downloads.2 Short answer: a lot. Everyone? No. Probably not. Probably not. So, what is “Trivia Crack”? Answer: A trivia game. That is all. Really. It’s nothing particularly unique; just trivia.
Though trivia initially meant a place where 3 roads meet, the Oxford dictionary defines trivia today as “Details, considerations, or pieces of information of little importance or value.”3 Same thing, right? This definition makes one question how we can have a genre of game based on this; useless facts. In this trivia game, the player answers questions from randomly selected categories until they get one wrong, then the turn goes to an enemy player. But then, why is Trivia Crack so popular? Well, there are a multitude of factors that can determine popularity, besides the fact that popularity increases itself. Trivia Crack is a competitive, multi-player game and that competition urges everyone to test their skills against others. Everyone wants to see how well they can do, and everyone can do at least so well because the game requires no skill whatsoever, but rather just semi-common knowledge. There is also a limit to the number of games you can play daily. This is a common application feature that prevents people from getting bored of playing, as they cannot play for countless hours at a time. They may instead play countless hours over slightly longer periods of time.
The Trivia Crack spinner.
Spinning all the time.
What’s his name?
Doesn’t he get dizzy?
We may never know.
This non-stop trivia might prove useful, though. Does this application assist in one’s total amount useful knowledge? Remember that trivia literally means useless facts. Of the 6 categories of information, only history, science, and geography could be considered subjects useful to the average individual; 50%. How many of these questions and answers would one be expected to remember? The app doesn’t teach you, it just lists the answer when you get it wrong; not exactly memorization. Without encountering the question again soon after to remind them, one would forget the answer within perhaps a month, and the chances of encountering the same question again are minute; maybe <5%. Only maybe tens of random trivia questions one would be asked a month, out of hundreds of thousands of possible questions. All of these estimates are being generous. The practicality seems rather low here. Compare it to the great Flappy Bird disaster of 2k14 though, the last majorly popular application that everyone had and played for weeks at a time, and Trivia Crack is college-level education. It’s better than nothing.
It has been established that this application is ludicrously popular among everyone ever, but for how long? According to digital journalism student Andrew Guisler, Trivia crack has less than a month of popularity left. “Flappy Bird, the most popular app for students last year, lasted less than a month, despite its absolutely relentless popularity. I refer to that month as the great Flappy Bird disaster of 2k14. But, something can only be new for so long. Apps, it seems, can be new for a month.” Trivia Crack has been out for more than one month and is definitely lessening slightly in popularity. A game in the app store cannot be super popular forever. At least trivia has a small educational value. Gaming apps are sort of the worst education, but Trivia Crack is the best of the worst. Not as good as the worst of the best, but not that bad. The final answer to the original question is that Trivia Crack is a “Fun and barely but sort of educational app that no one will stop playing until the end of time or until it’s not new anymore.” As for the answer to the other question, I have no idea how many countries use the imperial system. I couldn’t find it. I’m very sorry that I am a disappointment. –Andrew Guisler, Digital Journalism.
1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trivia_Crack *
2 http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/01/28/trivia-crack-twitter-latest-game-craze/22474407/ *
3 http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/trivia *
* Reliable source? Probably; seemed legit.