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WTF: Live Game Show

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Crude live game show offers cash for trivia expertise.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Multiple-choice pop culture questions and team play are easy; scheduling a daily appointment for the once-daily game time could be a problem. 

Violence

Pop culture-related questions could contain video with violent content. 

Sex

Pop culture video content could contain nudity and sexual references; live video chat with other players could also contain inappropriate content. 

Language

Frequent use of words like "f--k," "s--t," and "goddamn." 

Consumerism

Players compete for cryptocurrency prizes that can be converted to real cash. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Video content could contain images and references to drugs, smoking, and alcohol. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that WTF: Live Game Show is a once-daily trivia game where players compete for cryptocurrency prizes (a currency called ETH or Ether) that can be turned into real-world cash. The app requires a phone number to join, asks to access your email contacts, and encourages players to form three-person live-chat teams. During games, users can see and hear team members via the phone or tablet's mic and camera. Winners must set up an external wallet through a third-party service such as Coinbase, Bitstamp, or Kraken to receive prizes. The app's terms of use designate 13 as the minimum age to play, but game content contains profanity, nudity and sexual references, violence, and drinking/drug use. As such, it's not meant for kids under 17 (as evidenced by the app's name, which references the acronym for "what the f--k."). Players can't delete their accounts at will, but must request closure from the developers. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change. 

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What's it about?

WTF: LIVE GAME SHOW is a live hosted game show that takes place every weekday at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Contestants must set up an account and sign in at least five minutes before the game starts or miss the game entirely. Each 15-minute game consists of 10 multiple-choice questions related to a wide range of pop culture topics like sports, entertainment, celebrity gossip, and internet memes. Players get a limited time to answer each question and can confer with team members before answering. If they fail to answer in time, or give the wrong answer, they're kicked out of the game and have to watch the rest of it from the sidelines. Teams that answer all 10 questions correctly win a prize pool that's split equally among all team members. Players must set up an external online "wallet" in order to collect their winnings, and these services require users to be 18 or older. 

Is it any good?

This version of online trivia for cash is more mature and less convenient than some others out there. Live online game shows have picked up steam over the last year, with exciting tales of players rumored to have won tens of thousands of dollars. More realistically, people tend to win $10 to $20, but winning even these more modest prizes requires two things: the ability to drop what you're doing every weekday at 6 p.m. (or whatever 6 p.m. Eastern time is in your time zone) and an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture. Though missing questions is frustrating, the app's limited functionality is worse. Teams must be formed well before the broadcast starts because the app won't let you add members during the three-minute pre-game countdown. And unless your weekday schedule's wide open, the app's once-daily broadcast can also be problematic. Though kids are more likely than adults to have time for WTF: Live Game Show, questions are not meant for kids and often include nudity, comic violence, and crude internet memes. Game show hosts also tend to pepper their banter with profanity (words like "f--k" and "goddamn"). Parents could be reassured that kids can form teams only with people they have in their email contacts and that communication happens only among team members. Still, they should be aware that online wallets require users to be above the age of 18, and the promise of cash prizes could encourage kids to spend too much time "studying" pop culture. In any case, even for adults, WTF: Live Game Show isn't a means of turning trivia knowledge into riches. It is, however, a modestly entertaining diversion for pop culture fans over 18. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about online quiz competitions like WTF: Live Game Show. How likely is it that you'll win lots of money? Is it fun enough to schedule around?

  • Families can talk about finding media balance. Does your family prioritize TV and other media over other kinds of activities? 

  • Discuss the importance of pop culture and celebrity influence. What's fun about pop culture and following celebrities? How much influence should each have?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 19, 2018
  • Category: Trivia Games
  • Size: 108.20 MB
  • Publisher: YouNow Inc.
  • Version: 1.1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later

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