Rock Challenge Quiz
October 15, 2003 7:16 AM   Subscribe

So You Think You Know All About Rock Music, Do You? Well, try Rough Music's Rock Challenge quiz. (Click on the top left-hand corner, where it says "Test Your Rock Knowledge", include nom-de-plume and imaginary e-mail addy - with spaces even - and prepare to ransack that befuddled memory of yours.). There's additional fun to be had by betting on each question. I loved it! Be warned, though: if you're any good, it's a great time-waster! P.S. The site itself isn't half-bad either. (Via LinkFilter.)
posted by MiguelCardoso (23 comments total)
The actual link.
posted by signal at 7:20 AM on October 15, 2003

Is it just my connection, or is the server getting whacked?
posted by starvingartist at 7:27 AM on October 15, 2003

Well, 6750 on my first try ranks me 1040 out of 6393. I missed 2 questions and wasn't aggressive enough in my wagering.
posted by trust_no_one at 7:36 AM on October 15, 2003

just your connection; it seems fine to me, though there's a bug if you reach the highest level; when it tries to tell you what the next level to aspire to is, there's an asp error. Oops.

(40750, rank 337/6397 so far)

Thanks, Miguel, this is fun!
posted by jburka at 7:37 AM on October 15, 2003


I love this. Thanks!
posted by Quartermass at 7:45 AM on October 15, 2003

the first time i played i got the first 6 in a row wrong. the second time i scored perfect (each wager being half of my score) and still only placed 294th. weird. seems the questions are really uneven as far as difficulty goes.

great link though. thanks. lotsa fun.
posted by dobbs at 7:59 AM on October 15, 2003

if you want to get the highest possible score make sure you bet exactly half on each question, down to decimal places! (ended up 1.65 off the pace, and came 214th...). oh, and answer every question right too!
posted by afro at 8:02 AM on October 15, 2003

ooh er, i came first! (as third attempt, first going to 3 decimal places, managed to get 57655.027) this one's for mefi!
posted by afro at 8:16 AM on October 15, 2003

Hey, giant-size congratulations, afro! That Heaney bastard (could it have been the great poet Seamus, known to like this rock music?) was starting to irritate me. ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:21 AM on October 15, 2003

afro - Nice one son, I thought it was you!

Guess all those years of D.I.T.C. finally paid off (sort of)

Hats off!
posted by backOfYourMind at 8:38 AM on October 15, 2003

afro, unfortunately the game is rounding your score down so they're saying you're second and the heaney bastard is first. there's no way to unseat him! bastiches!
posted by dobbs at 8:44 AM on October 15, 2003

This is way too much fun to be playing at work.
posted by archimago at 8:45 AM on October 15, 2003

I had a great deal going where I would bet a small amount and miss the question, then bet half and get it. Until I got one on the small amount, and the whole thing was thrown off. Wound up with 3700.

[sour grapes] But how much "knowledge of rock" is really about identifying album-cover details, anyway? (Actually, the only thing I was really good at) [/grapes]
posted by soyjoy at 8:46 AM on October 15, 2003

Not very good with the album/cd covers...dang it. Fun trivia.
posted by thomcatspike at 8:51 AM on October 15, 2003 is your friend thomcatspike
posted by ursus_comiter at 9:07 AM on October 15, 2003

looks like my winning position is a fleeting thing. at least i've got the screengrabs to pore over when i'm old and lonely. thank you to all. backOfYourMind, is that really you? see you at L'n'F'n'R?
posted by afro at 9:20 AM on October 15, 2003

I was betting too conservatively right off the bat, fearing that this was actually going to be hard or something...the only one I got wrong had to do with the lead singer of Travis' haircut's name. I mean, really, this is rock trivia? But by that point I was betting the full 50%, and lost a lot of ground to a friggin' hairdo! Blatt.
posted by Badmichelle at 9:53 AM on October 15, 2003

#9 with a bullet!

posted by Quartermass at 10:12 AM on October 15, 2003

Good game, good concept... but what is the point of wagering if you don't know what the next topic is going to be (or am I missing something?)

I could see adjusting a bet based on how well you feel you know something... but what would be the point of not betting 1/2 every time?
posted by cadastral at 11:58 AM on October 15, 2003

There's not enough Righteous Brothers questions.
posted by emf at 5:03 PM on October 15, 2003

I was going for that perfect score with all the decimal points etc and I was on 100% when I got to question 10: What year was Velvet Undergrounds debut released? Amazing coincidence - I was listening to it at the very time so checked out the label: 1966. Wrong, quiz people say 1967. I may sue.
posted by meech at 5:48 PM on October 15, 2003

That's why it's called A Rough Guide To Music, meech. ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:15 PM on October 15, 2003

you'd lose, meech. it was recorded in the spring of 1966 but wasn't released till 1967.
posted by dobbs at 7:42 PM on October 15, 2003

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