But, it is one of the best and easiest games to translate into the virtual world! One company that organizes trivia nights created a $2.5 million business through live streaming virtual trivia.
Even if that’s not your goal, there are certain tips and tricks to follow to make virtual trivia the best socially distant online activity you can. Catering to seniors is not necessarily a straightforward task, so here’s how you can bring the fun of virtual programming to them.
First things first, get your live stream set up. No matter what platform you’re using, there are a few things to be careful of with virtual trivia for older adults.
Audio: Audio quality is a high priority no matter who you’re streaming to, but especially when it’s senior citizens. Your viewers may be hard of hearing, so make sure they can hear you and others clearly and consistently.
Video: Make sure your presentation uses a large font that’s easy to read. When you have senior viewers, they could have some vision issues, and lots of little text on a screen may discourage your older audience from engaging.
Platform: Make sure you and your players know how to use whatever platform you choose. There are pros and cons to many of them, so do a little research before you start. It needs to be senior-friendly, so focus finding one with little set up, and higher security. At televëda, we developed our live streaming software for seniors in mind to ensure the best experience for them.
Make Your Virtual Trivia Questions Senior-Specific
When making the content, choose an appropriate level of challenge, and make them fun! Also, know your audience. Instead of talking about the most-used hashtag, try asking about music groups from the mid 1900s, political history, or science.
If you’re hosting more than once, create a bank of questions that you can come back to, and note the ones you already used. Picking a theme each week can help you narrow down question options, keep your audience engaged, and make sure your questions are updated.
Also, don’t forget to make your presentation engaging. Add GIFs, fun pictures, and some light music if possible (Jeopardy theme song anyone?)
Virtual Trivia Question Ideas for Seniors
Here are some great ideas for virtual trivia questions for seniors. Feel free to take these virtual trivia question ideas and use them as inspiration for additional trivia and fun facts!
10 Virtual Trivia Topic Idea For Seniors
Music from the 40s, 50s, 60s
Classic food and candy brands
American history (or your country’s history) 1940s-1980s
“Odd man out.” What word or concept doesn’t match?
Movie and sports celebrities from the 40s and 50s
Famous authors and songwriters
Change the letter of the three words in each list to create three new words that all start with the same letter. For example, given the words whine, plant, and reason, what one letter can replace the first letter of each word to make three new words? S!
Bird or other animal identification
Virtual Trivia Questions for Seniors
What has a face and two hands, but no arms or legs? A clock
Name two breeds of dogs that begin with the letter D. Dachshund and Dalmatian, and more!
Name the author of David Copperfield and A Tale of Two Cities. Charles Dickens
Why are M&M's named M&M’s? They’re named after the two businessmen—Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie—who developed and financed the candy-coated chocolates.
True or false – lightning is hotter than the sun. True
What war ended in April 1975 with the fall of Saigon? Vietnam War
In June 1971, the 26th Amendment passed giving 18-year-olds what right? The right to vote
What is the odd man out: Cherry; grapefruit; peach; plum. Grapefruit
In which film did Humphrey Bogart say, "We'll always have Paris?" Casablanca
What building is on the back of a $20? The White House
How many bones do sharks have in total? None, they only have cartilage.
Which famous singer of the 40s and 50s had the nickname 'Ol' Blue Eyes'? Frank Sinatra
What is the National Dish of America? The hamburger
What is the nearest planet to the sun? Mercury
Name the 5 great lakes. Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior
Dr. Jonas Salk successfully created a vaccine for this disease in 1952. Polio
Who replaced the Shah of Iran in 1979? Ayatollah Khomeini
Name 3 movies directed by Alfred Hitchock. The Birds, Psycho, North by Northwest, and more!
What occupation did the man have who invented cotton candy, which was originally called “Fairy Floss?” Believe it or not, a dentist!
Independence Day was first established as a holiday by Congress in what year? 1870, and in 1938 it was established as a paid holiday for federal employees.
Virtual Trivia Night Logistics
You have to figure out how you want to run the game: individually, on teams, etc. Teams can be a great way to build camaraderie and socialization. Once that’s determined, make sure your viewers understand the rules, and how they can get points for their team.
A lot of people shouting on live streaming at once can be a lot, so muting the audience and requiring hand raising can be a great option for answering questions.
You can also go around and make sure everyone gets a turn answering a new question. This part really depends on the abilities of your audience, and also the style they prefer.
But, make sure you are catering to your older audience’s needs. Though having a large group playing is great (like these 3,000-strong Isolation Trivia events), a game with more manageable sizes will be more fun and engaging because it keeps it intimate and allows for conversation and friendship creation!
You don’t want seniors to feel overwhelmed, or unable to join in because of the group size, so keep that in mind with organizing your virtual trivia nights.
Prizes are more challenging with online trivia, but whether it’s bragging rights or a virtual high five, make sure to congratulate the winners, as well as support every player too.
Virtual Trivia Games are a Great Socialization Opportunity for Seniors
Ready to host your own online game night right now? Or want to play with us? Televeda plays trivia twice a week to keep our seniors’ minds active through our curated Brain Games class.