brian weng

The biggest history buff on campus

Everyone has a high score somewhere, whether it be on “Angry Birds” or the beat up “Pac-Man” at the local arcade. Senior Brian Weng’s score is on an app called “QuizUp”, a trivia game in which players answer questions for points. Weng ranks number one for the category of “US History” out of over 25 million players worldwide.

Weng picked this category simply because he enjoys playing and learning about the subject. Soon after, he quickly climbed his way up the ranking ladder to get to where he is today by using his extensive knowledge of United States history and playing 1-2 hours a day.

“When I hit top 20 in the world I decided to go for rank 2,” Weng said. “When I reached rank 2, my friend challenged me to reach rank one in the world so I kept going.”

Weng, who was introduced to the game by watching his friend play it on his phone, was immediately interested. Prior, he had never heard of the app but when his friend let him try it, he developed a liking for it because he likes trivia based games.

“I think it’s addicting at first for everyone. I really liked it right away,” Weng said. “It’s fun with the variety of topics to play. It’s pretty cool finding out weird information from some of the questions.”

After playing for an extended period of time, Weng took a break from the app for about three weeks because he lost interest and left his title free for the taking before coming back to reclaim it for fear of losing it.

“I’m probably going to lose it soon. One of the people close to me plays a lot and is four levels behind me,” Weng said. “And rank three is only a couple hundred points behind me. He could beat me if he played like five games.”

Getting all A’s in his history classes, Weng used his knowledge to answer most of the questions on the app. He also says he has learned a lot from the game, for instance learning that Lynette Fromme was arrested for the attempted murder of former President Gerald Ford.

Aside from all the trivia knowledge, Weng finds motivation to play in his sense of competition.

“If they beat me I’ll just go back and get my title again,” Weng said. “I just like the fact that I never lose. I don’t think it’s really entertaining for me anymore, so much as a drive to keep my title.”

By Irene Ornelas, Staff writer

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