I've never been a super big fan of game shows. Don't get me wrong, I always wanted to be on 'Double Dare,' 'Fun House,' and 'Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?' when I was kid. That's a given. But nowadays, unless something's on in the background - at which point I'll start yelling at the idiot contestants on 'Wheel of Fortune,' 'Family Feud,' or any number of shows where I knowI wouldn't be so stupid* - I never really make it a point to watch anything.
Having said this, I am PUMPED for the debut of 1 vs. 100 on Xbox Live. Or more generally speaking - since technically I've never even see the actual show before - I'm excited about the prospect of participating in all the game shows I've always wanted to be on. I really think this is the future of game shows, a genre that quite frankly hasn't seen much advancement since people started basically airing all their dirty laundry on the air for the chance to walk away with nothing.
As with sports, as a gamer I'd always rather be playing rather than watching when it comes to game shows. And unlike sports, there's not really a fundamental difference between participating in the video game version of the game show and the real thing. Sure, you miss out on the wonderful playful banter with say, Drew Carrey, but I think we can all live without that. The pre-recorded banter-track in You Don't Know Jack made me laugh harder than anything I've ever seen any real host say, so suffice it to say I don't think it'll be hard to recreate.
*. You could get TONS of people to log onto a smaller game, like say, a Jeopardy or a Wheel of Forture, and players who answers questions correctly while "watching" are essentially applying to be on the show again in the future, maybe even as soon as the next round. And there are some game shows that are PERFECT for this type of thing, like The Price Is Right. Everyone in the "audience" is a potential contestant, just like on the real show. Throw in a semi-decent live (or, again, call the YDKJ people) host to keep things moving (*ahem*, long time improviser, at your service) and some reasonable cash prizes (I'll play for Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo points all day long, and that costs the company next to NOTHING) and I think you'll have an infinite pool of contestants willing to play at all hours of the day, every day.
Man, why did this take so long to happen? Game Shows + Video Games + Millions of Online Gamers Willing To Sit Through Annoying Advertising For Potential Prizes = Success! It's simple math, really. Well, I guess I'll wait to play 1 vs. 100 before committing to that for sure...
Currently Playing: Exactly two things: 1) X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which I got at a ridiculous discount, and am enjoying thoroughly - highly recommended for anyone who's ever wanted to eviscerate non-stop for about 10-15 hours. And 2) Castlevania: Order of Ecclessia, which, if you've played any other Castlevania on the DS/GBA/Symphony of the Night you'll know what to expect - it's great and tweaks the formula just enough to keep it fresh.
*Jeopardy, of course, I know I would do quite poorly on. But c'mon, that show's for NERDS!
*Maybe some of those crazy Japanese game shows? You can't really recreate the feeling of having your head trapped in the same space as a deadly poisonous snake, I suppose.