The difference here is really one of approach. For a start, Buzz! has finally found an ingenious way of making sure that people who want a specialised sports or movie quiz can have it, while providing a mix for those of us who’d rather play a general knowledge game. The whole game now works through a unified TV screen interface, and starting a new single player or multiplayer game takes you straight to a channel hopper that enables you to choose between All Types, Music, Movies and TV, Knowledge, Sport and Lifestyle quizzes. With 5000 questions divided between all those types, there isn’t quite the same depth of question for, say, Music that you’d have found in the old Buzz! The Pop Quiz pack, but Relentless is planning downloadable question packs, so you shouldn’t be left high and dry once you’ve gone through the existing selection.
And it’s while you’re looking at the channel hopper that you’ll notice the first of Buzz! Quiz TV’s big advances. Select MyBuzz! Questions and you can start browsing through user-submitted quizzes held on the MyBuzz website (www.mybuzzquiz.com). These are divided into the same categories as the main Buzz quiz questions, then further subdivided so that Knowledge, for instance, leads to Arts and Literature, Geography, History and so on. Cleverly, you can also look for recent or popular quizzes, or refine your search further to cover, say, Comics and Graphic Art.
You play through these quizzes, either solo or with friends, just as you would any regular Buzz! Quiz. The main difference is that, for obvious technical reasons, there’s no voiceover for the questions or the answers. It’s early days yet and typical geek subjects make up the majority of quizzes; Star Wars, The Simpsons and video games are everywhere, and questions on literature are more likely to cover Harry Potter than Graham Greene. However, the subject matter is steadily widening as more and more people start submitting, and the fact that users rate each quiz after completing means that, eventually, it should be easy to work out that a quiz that’s only relevant to members of a particular obscure Internet forum is a waste of time, while Merlinpants’ Trick Question quizzes are pretty decent.
Of course if there’s nothing there you like, you can always create your own. You can log onto the MyBuzz website using your PS3 or an ordinary PC and open a quiz, type in the questions and answers then save it out, ready for others to play it either through the game or through the website. I can see Relentless having some problems with low quality quizzes, incorrect answers or dubious content. You can’t ever stop the morons entirely, but hopefully the ratings system and a very easy reporting feature should help keep the worst of the cretins, pervs and mischief-makers out.