WTS is a unique quiz game for all movie lovers running since 2010 on Twitter. It was developed by kinoute in part of the Whatthemovie's project.
The principle is simple: a snapshot (up to four) from a movie is sent every 10 minutes on Twitter and people have 5 minutes to answer the question to grab some points. Most of the time, you will have to guess the movie's title. But on some special shots, you will have to answer the director's name or actor's name. You can read the full FAQ here or the homepage to learn more.
Tweets that contain the 🅿️ symbol are "people" shots where you have to guess the director's name or the actor's name, not the movie's title. The symbol was added to distinguish quickly what kind of answers the bot expect to receive.
"People" shots only represent a minority in the game. Most of the time, you will have to answer the movie's title (more than 90% of the time actually).
The game aims every kind of movie lovers. It tries to deliver the perfect balance between a fun quiz with quite easy shots to guess, and challenging shots from not really known movies. The main goal behind is to make people discovering new exciting movies where a single picture will trigger their curiosity and maybe make them watch the movie.
Yes you do. The competition especially on easy shots can be tough as we have some players with really good typing skills! Therefore, even if you are not the first one to guess correctly, you will still win points. It all depends of the difficulty of the shot submitted and your position:
The number of points delivered may vary depending of your answer's time, if the shot's solution is foundable on Google Images, or the platform you use to tweet.
You can get twice more points if you guess the full answer. See below.
For shots where you have to answer the movie's title, we accept some short titles (like "Matrix" for the whole trilogy). Therefore, players who make the effort of answering the full original title in its original language are rewarded twice more points as the others. Same goes for people's shots where you have to guess the full name of a person.
So if you win a "hard" movie shot by answering The Matrix Reloaded instead of just Matrix, you can get 20 points instead of 10. If you win a "hard" director shot by answering "Quentin Tarantino" instead of just "Q. Tarantino" or "Tarantino", you can get twice more points.
Note that every 21th of the month, we organize the #HappyHoursDay where players earn twice more points during the whole day.
The bot detects and accepts spelling mistakes from players. The longer the answer is, the more spelling mistakes are tolerated. As we accept short titles and foreign titles for movie shots, the exact original title is not required to get points: you can write the title in your native language (we support a lot of languages). For franchise movies, the "default" title is accepted (like "The Hobbit"), but as explained above, if you answer the full episode title, you will get more points.
Some players like to delete their (correct) answers after the bot collected & processed them. The bot validates answers in real time, therefore you are free to do whatever you want with your tweet after a few seconds. Though, it is recommended to keep your tweet online for at least 15 seconds to be sure the bot got it. If you want to delete your tweet to not give away the correct answer to other players or to flood your timeline with all your guesses, you can proceed to: your guesses (good or bad) were properly saved by the bot after that time.
If you don't want to wait 5 minutes for the result and you want to know right away if you answered correctly, you can always use the time or times commands. If you didn't answered correctly, the bot will tell you so.
If nobody found a shot after 3 minutes, a clue is sent on Twitter. The clue can be many things depending of the question: the director's name, the main actor's name or a part of the title for movie shots. The age, the filmography, a part of the full name for people/director shots.
If the clue is a part of the answer, the length of the clue is proportional to the length of the answer. Therefore, if the clue is only "...ta" for a movie shot, it means the movie's title is very short (in this case Lolita).
There are several commands you can use to interact with the bot to get more informations about your rank or a movie for example. You just have to reply to the bot. Here are some useful commands you can send:
There are also some commands that are available to moderate the game which will be explained below.
Usually, when NSFW shots are used in the game, a little emoji (🔞) appears in the tweet. If you chose in your Twitter settings to not display sensitive material, the shot will not appear automatically, you will have to click on it to see it.
If you see a sensitive shot without the emoji, it means it wasn't categorized as "sensitive material" and you can report it to me by writing "gore" or "nudity", depending of the scene of course. If the shot is used again in the future, thanks to your report, it will be correctly assigned.
We also have some shots that contain unreadable text (horizontally reversed text). If you see one of them, you can report it by replying "text". The shot will be reversed for the future and text will be readable.
If you spot an error about a movie or a person, you can report it to me by replying "error". This command is useful to fix wrong infos like a wrong director's name, a wrong flag assigned to the movie, or a typo in the title.
You can also use "error" if you think the results of a shot is false. Example, if you didn't get points when you think you should have.
A notification will be sent to me and I will try to fix the mistake when I'm available.
Yes! Depending of the breaking news in the world or simply the day, the bot might feature only shots that match a particular thematic. For example, we celebrated the National Sunglasses Day with famous sunglasses in movies, or the Independence Day with shots featuring US Monuments & more.
The bot also celebrates every day the birthdays of famous actors and actresses with shots of them playing in a movie. We have four special themes that occur every month:
Note that VIP Players can organize once a week an one-hour theme.
Relax, nothing personal in here! To make discussions more humans, the bot uses famous movie quotes to talk with the players. "You're one ugly firstsolver" is a reference to this famous scene from Predator, and "you could have class" comes from Marlon Brando's speech in A Streetcar Named Desire.
First, remember that time is not important. Sure you could beat your own record or the world record by answering fast, but this should be seen as bonus, not objective. The only rule about time is to answer within the 5 min allowed after a shot's game is opened.
Secondly, if you use Twitter through their website – twitter.com –, you have to know that notifications are not in real time – almost. Therefore, you don't see tweets as soon as they are sent, but a few seconds later, depending of your connection. If you want real time tweets, you can use Tweetdeck, a website developed by Twitter for people who need to see tweets as soon as they are published.
The fastest correct answer times are all owned by users playing either through Tweetdeck, either from their mobile.
Players with a little next to their usernames are VIP Players. A VIP Player can do several things. They got this status for a period of time for one of these reasons:
If a player is already VIP and finish, for example, first at the end of the day, he will automatically add one more week to his VIP expiration date. And so on. VIP Players have special powers/commands:
VIP Players can request automatically two things through Direct Messages. First, they can request special movie shots once a day by sending a Direct Message in private to the bot. Shots that have been requested by VIPs are published with a in the tweet.
Secondly, VIP Players can request as well a special one-hour theme once a week using the same process. For one hour, only movie shots matching the request made by the VIP Player will be featured.
Here are some examples of requests you can send to the bot in DM:
As WTS is a quiz game, if we don't have enough shots & movies in our database to offer a proper random experience, your request won't be accepted (for example, if a director has only one movie). Tag requests are basically shots that contain a kind of things on it (cat, car, water etc). Country must be sent as emoji.
Thanks a lot! You can help me by donating a small amount of money on Paypal to cover the costs or become a Backer. This game is very time consuming and I put a lot of work in it. You can offer me a vinyl from my Amazon Wishlist if you prefer. You will becoming a VIP with the privileges listed above. You can also simply share this tweet.
You can also help me by reporting any sensitive shot that are not tagged properly, unreadable text on shots and movie/shot with wrong infos using the available commands. For each good report you get five points.
For any of you doing one of these, thank you!