PTF Power Couples! A little friendly competition never hurt ;)

As you may have found out by now, Play The Future is way more fun when you play against your friends and family! Our PTF Power Couples are the perfect example of this. They have made the app a part of their daily lives, and play strategically to stay on top of the leaderboards and maximize their number of prizes! Can you say #relationshipgoals?

But just how do they do it? Well, we asked them!

PTF’s Power Couples:
Jocelyn & Samuel M.
Eryka & Dustin P.
Chanika T. & Shashindra S.
Gina & Ryan B.

Do you play PTF together or separately?

J&S: We typically play PTF together.

E&D: We usually play separately due to our schedules, but we’ll sometimes try to collaborate on tournament questions or specific questions that relate to topics the other is knowledgeable about.

C&S: It depends. If the question has a deadline near midnight, we play them at the same time, but we usually play daytime questions separately. We do play tournaments together, though. At the early stages of the game, sharing hints was very important!

Ryan: Probably 50/50. We each have categories we are good at so we try to use that to our advantage.

Gina: I only trade answers for housework!

Do you compete against each other?

J&S: We generally work on PTF together as a team in the hopes that we will BOTH end up at the top of the leaderboards! That said, we are both competitive players, even with each other… and, we both enjoy coming out on top.

E&D: Absolutely! There’s nothing better than friendly competition. We love comparing our accuracy scores when new results appear.

C&S: Kind of. We used to play against each other a lot when friend points were present, and when we did not have many friends on PTF.

Ryan: We like seeing each other in the top each week but I secretly try to beat her because I know she will rub it in if I don’t.

Gina: I’m in it to win it!

Have you ever argued over a question?

J&S: (laughs) While we don’t like to think we argue about specific questions, we do have times when we disagree about how to answer a question. Samuel has a tendency to calculate answers on spreadsheets and when doing so, rambles numbers at me out loud. I tend to keep it a little simpler and think it out quietly in my head. The number rambling gets to me every now and again. #okayallthetime …but, we still enjoy playing as a couple!

E&D: Not that I can remember, but we do often disagree with predictions the other makes, thinking they’re too far off. To our surprise, those ones are usually the most accurate!

C&S: Not really arguments, but when one of us misread a question and predicts a totally different answer we tease each other about it.

Ryan: Sometimes I think she purposely gives me the wrong answers!

Gina: As long as he remembers that I’m always right, there’s never anything to argue about!

Do you share the prizes?

J&S: We have combined gift card totals to purchase larger items together as a “power couple.” We also intend on going out on a date night using the prizes we won towards dinner. We have given some prizes to each other, and some have been gifted to friends and family.

E&D: We do! If a prize appeals more to one of us, then we let that person keep it. It’s been great having the opportunity to win so many various types of prizes. Dustin was especially excited about winning the Tech Rumours tournament Loot Wear tee. He now has a new Transformers tee he loves showing off!

C&S: Yep. Most of the time.

Ryan: We always share and save any gift cards for date nights.

Gina: Absolutely! I know how much he loves Sephora!

Do you have a cute story to tell us involving PTF?

J&S: Playing PTF together has become a part of our bedtime routine with our family. Every night, after we read bedtime stories to our little 8 month old girl, we play PTF in the nursery together while I nurse our baby Emily to sleep in the rocking chair. I play on my phone, while flipping back and forth between PTF, the internet, and a nursing app, while Samuel plays sitting on the floor with a laptop for research and his tablet to input his answers. We typically do our own research and then compare notes before answering. This must be what makes us a PTF Power Couple. LOL! #imayputthatonmyresume

E&D: I don’t have a cute story to share, but I love how PTF has allowed us to play an exciting game together AND win awesome prizes. It’s always fun to see who will rank higher and predict more accurately!

C&S: Well, I am the one who started playing PTF on my phone, but then I broke my phone and had to install it on my wife’s phone so that I wouldn’t miss any questions! (At that time the prizes were given out monthly and I was winning some of the categories and didn’t want to ruin my chances). Then later she started to play the game on her own.

Ryan & Gina: For the entire first year we played PTF we saved all of our gift cards and then treated ourselves to a completely free shopping day and date night, complete with dinner and a movie!

Well, there you have it! Maybe we should work on a dating app for single Futurists…kidding! 😉 What about you, do you play with your partner or alone? Let us know!

Les imbattables : à la rencontre des supercouples de Play The Future

On le sait, PTF, c’est plus le fun quand on joue entre amis. Ces couples l’ont compris et ont su intégrer le jeu à leur mode de vie, devenant du même coup des supercouples, des couples si puissants qu’ils se retrouvent systématiquement en tête de classement et raflent tous les prix. #relationshipgoals

On est allé les rencontrer pour savoir comment ils font. Les couples qui ont accepté de se prêter au jeu sont Jocelyn et Samuel M., Eryka et Dustin P., Chanika T. et Shashindra S., et Gina et Ryan B.

Parlons stratégie. Pour maximiser ses chances de gagner, on joue ensemble ou séparément?

J+S : Ensemble, en général.

E+D : Habituellement, on joue séparément à cause de nos horaires, et parce qu’on ne peut pas toujours se parler quand de nouvelles questions sortent. On essaie de collaborer dans les tournois ou quand les questions touchent des sujets que l’autre connaît mieux.

C+S : Ça dépend. La plupart du temps, on répond séparément, mais quand les questions expirent près de minuit, on joue en même temps. On joue aussi les tournois ensemble. Quand on a commencé à jouer, on ne savait pas trop où trouver des indices en ligne, alors c’était important pour nous de partager nos indices.

Ryan : C’est 50/50. On essaie de maximiser nos chances en tirant profit de nos forces.

Gina : Je donne des réponses seulement en échange de corvées!

Est-ce que ça crée de la compétition dans le couple?

J+S : On joue en équipe pour essayer d’être tous les deux en tête de classement. Mais on a chacun un caractère compétitif… et on adore gagner!

E+D : Absolument! Il n’y a rien de mieux qu’une compétition amicale. On adore comparer notre degré d’exactitude quand les résultats sortent.

C+S : Un peu. On jouait beaucoup l’un contre l’autre quand les points des amis comptaient et que nous n’avions pas beaucoup d’amis dans le jeu.

Ryan : On aime se voir l’un et l’autre en tête de classement, mais j’essaie secrètement de la battre parce que je sais qu’elle va me casser les oreilles toute la semaine si elle gagne.

Gina : Je suis là pour gagner!

Au point de se chicaner?

J+S : (rires) Disons qu’on ne se chicane pas vraiment, mais on a des désaccords sur la façon de répondre. Samuel calcule les réponses dans des fichiers Excel et murmure plein de chiffres alors que j’essaie de me concentrer. Ça me tombe parfois sur la tomate. #oktoutletemps… Mais on adore quand même jouer en couple.

E+D : Pas de vraie chicane, mais on ne tombe pas toujours d’accord sur les prédictions de l’autre, et on se dit que l’autre est dans le champ. À notre grande surprise, ces prédictions sont souvent les plus exactes!

C+S : On ne se chicane pas vraiment, mais on a le droit de rire de l’autre quand l’un de nous lit mal une question (somme des températures au lieu de différence, par exemple) et donne une réponse complètement à côté.

: Des fois, je pense qu’elle fait exprès de me donner les mauvaises réponses!

Gina : Tant qu’il n’oublie pas que j’ai toujours raison, on n’a pas de raison de se chicaner!

Les prix, est-ce que c’est comme une brosse à dents (ça se partage ou pas)?

J+S : On combine nos cartes-cadeaux pour faire de plus gros achats de supercouple. On se fait des soirées de supercouple en tête à tête avec nos cartes resto. On fait aussi des cadeaux à nos amis et à notre famille.

E+D : Ça se partage! Si un prix ressemble plus à l’autre, on lui offre. C’est génial d’avoir pu gagner tant de prix si variés. Dustin était vraiment content que je gagne le t-shirt du tournoi Rumeurs techno. Il a maintenant un nouveau chandail des Transformers et il adore le porter!

C+S : Oui, on partage la plupart du temps.

Ryan : On partage tout le temps et on garde des cartes-cadeaux pour sortir ensemble.

Gina : Bien sûr que je partage! Il adore tellement aller chez Sephora!

PTF se retrouve même au cœur de moments touchants en famille.

J+S : Jouer à PTF ensemble fait maintenant partie de notre routine avant d’aller au lit. Chaque soir, après l’heure du conte pour notre fille de 8 mois, on joue à PTF pendant que j’allaite notre bébé Emily dans la chaise berçante. Je joue sur mon téléphone, alternant entre PTF, Internet et une application d’allaitement; Samuel s’assoit par terre pour jouer avec un ordinateur portable pour faire ses recherches et sa tablette pour noter ses réponses. On fait nos propres recherches, puis on se donne nos réponses avant d’envoyer nos prédictions. Ça doit être ce qui fait de nous un supercouple! Je devrais mettre ça dans mon cv.

Shashindra : J’ai commencé à jouer sur mon téléphone seul pendant un mois ou deux. Puis j’ai brisé mon téléphone et j’ai dû installer PTF sur celui de ma femme pour ne rater aucune question (j’étais en tête de classement, je ne voulais pas ruiner mes chances)! Elle a commencé à jouer aussi et est devenue accro!

G+R : Pendant notre première année en tant que Futuristes, on a accumulé toutes nos cartes-cadeaux, et on s’est offert une journée de magasinage et une soirée en tête à tête au resto et au cinéma complètement gratuites!

Au terme de notre rencontre avec ces supercouples, on songe à développer une application de rencontre pour Futuristes célibataires, juste question de maximiser leurs chances… on jase. Et vous, vous jouez plutôt en supercouple ou en supersolo?

How to Make Great 2017 Predictions

By Andy Nulman, Play The Future CEO

I love this time of year because everybody seems to be obsessed with telling the future.

For one’s selves, people make “resolutions”…and we know how most of them end up come February (and we also know why my gym was so crowded last night).

But for the bigger picture, people make “predictions”…and most of them end up being as valid as their resolutions.

There’s a reason for that. And a cure. Keep reading.

The predilection for prognostication (now there’s a term!) is quite endearing; in fact, I’m currently building quite a business based on humans being hardwired to try and see tomorrow today. (It’s called Play The Future; learn more by clicking here.)

Ironically, said business was initially spawned back in the ‘80s at just about this time of year when I was doing a grocery order for my wife and six-week-old son at home. Waiting in the checkout line, I picked up the annual National Enquirer “Prediction Issue,” and was regaled by the foretelling of events like “Elvis To Reappear for Concert at Carnegie Hall” and “Alien Will Land on the White House Lawn” (perhaps they were really prescient with that one).

Who ever checks up on these?” I thought to myself. “Is there a ‘Prediction Result Issue’?

Well, there wasn’t, but perhaps the National Enquirer folks were onto something with their hallucinogenic moonshot thinking. Think about it–this time last year, if I were to tell you that Britain would leave the European Union, that reality TV “star” Donald Trump would be elected President, and that the stock market would embark on an extended rally upon the news…well, you would’ve have me locked up for treason, if not madness.

Yet here we are, living today what was unthinkable just a few months ago.

So therein lies the secret of better, perhaps I should even say “great,” predictions: go out on a limb, and then jump even higher to the one slightly out of reach above you. You may fall on your ass, but when you’re right, the win is, shall we say, Yuge.

The problem is in taking that leap. It’s easier to survey people and forecast on an average of their opinions…yet we all saw the results of that last year. Predicting by polling is now about as relevant as a Fax machine. I carry with a reminder of this on me every day; it’s pictured above, a sheet from a survey done by the (now defunct) Yankee Group.

In it, back in 2001, they polled consumers about willingness to pay for mobile data. The figure of “$20” got a wafer-thin less-than-1% support. The big winner was “nothing,” with a whopping 70%. It was this sheet, and these stats, which were used by nay-sayers to tell me why my business at the time–the two-year old Airborne Mobile–would fail. “Look at the survey; nobody will pay for mobile content,” they sneered.

Cut to today, where people WISH they could pay $20 per month for their mobile data, a commodity now as valuable as oxygen. More importantly, cut to 2005, when we sold Airborne Mobile to a Japanese company for well over $100 million. Thanks Yankee group!

The lesson here is don’t listen to what is, or what the aggregate think; dream what can’t possibly be…even if that dream has a bit of nightmare in it.

So when you make your 2017 predictions, take the path of the unrealistic, because as strange as it may look today, it’s the best path to tomorrow’s reality.