Comedian Samantha Bee is doing her share to ensure America is ready for the November 6th midterm elections.
On her September 12th episode of TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, she introduced her new political trivia game, This Is Not A Game: The Game, which beckons players once a day to answer 10 rapid fire questions about democracy for a chance to win cash prizes of up to $5,000. To cash out, players simply need to link their PayPal account.
The game was developed in collaboration with Win the Future, a voter initiative backed by Zynga founder Mark Pincus, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, and former Sierra Club president, Adam Werbach.
The non-partisan app’s goal is to increase voter registration, engagement, and turnout, and welcomes all parties including Democrats, Republicans, Green Party, even Crypto Libertarians.
The look and feel of the game is based on the hit mobile game, HQ Trivia, and features scheduled events, live action video, and highly charged, real time multiplayer sessions. If TBS is successful in building a mobile audience with this model, we might see them try this framework with brand integrations and other popular tv series. Finally the future of television, gamified!
At a panel during the Turner upfronts last May, Bee said she was surprised to learn that 48% of her audience had not registered to vote.
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, the last midterms in 2014 had one of the lowest turnouts in history,
The stakes are much higher this time as all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate are up for grabs. Democrats need only 24 seats in the House and 2 seats in the Senate to flip the power in Congress.
Stay woke, America!
The Grit Daily Guide to This Is Not A Game: The Game
It’s quick to get started. Just download the app and sign in with Facebook or Gmail. Then turn on push notifications to get a heads up when it’s time to tune in.
Open the app before your session and enjoy a fun countdown with an EDM remix of what sounds like a bent cover of Pink Floyd’s Money. “Money, Money, Money,” Samantha Bee sings as her faces twists and the game descends into complete madness.
These were the questions asked Tuesday, September 18 as 10,929 people played along. Test your wits and see how you do. You are giving a count of 5 to answer. Not enough time to cheat with Google.
Bing, think fast!
1. How many U.S. presidents have been men?
– All of them
2. Which of the following is the U.S. Capitol Building?
3. Orrin Hatch is President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Which TV series featured a ‘hatch?’
– Quantum Leap
– Battlestar Galactica
4. In honor of her late husband, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released what?
– Their sex tape
– A cookbook
– A long, guttural sigh
– A flock of doves
5. What are the first ten amendments to the Constitution commonly referred to as?
– The Declaration of Independence
– The Bill of Rights
– The Magna Carta
– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
6. Tactics used by many states to disenfranchise voters and legalize segregation were known as:
– Bill Pidgeon Laws
– Russell Crowe Laws
– Jim Crow Laws
– Black Crow Laws
7. What type of government does the United States currently have?
– Direct Democracy
– Social Democracy
– Representative Democracy
– Straight Up Hunger Games
8. France gave America the Statue of Liberty and also what NBA player?
– Tony Parker
– Alex Abrines
– Enes Kanter
– Monsieur Balle de Panier
9. Which law prevents discrimination on the basis of gender in federally funded education programs?
– Star Wars Episode IX
– The Obvs Don’t Do THat Bill
– Title IV
– Title IX
10. How many states currently have female governors?
If you missed a question, you get to continue in Dead Mode which gives you a chance to earn a free Extra Life. You need to answer all ten questions correctly to win a share of the prize pool.
After each question, you’re told the correct answer and the percentage of votes for each choice. At the end of the last question, you’re told exactly who won and how much, so pick a cryptic tag if you don’t want everyone to know that you just won $1.25.
Out of 10,929, 799 won $1.25 for 10 minutes of their day, not bad. There are 49 days left to the November 6 midterms. Doing the math, you might be able to pick up $60 if you keep playing. A nice add to the gig economy!
So which questions did I get wrong? #8. because I’m a Warriors fan. How about you?
1. All of them 🙁
2. Upper Left
4. A cookbook
5. The Bill of Rights
6. Jim Crow Laws
7. Representative Democracy
8. Tony Parker
9. Title IX