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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #60 on: April 10, 2013, 06:43:00 PM »
#32 (Tie) Nick Arcade - 34 Points

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Highest Ranking #3 Pak-Man

I totally forgot this show ever existed. I would have voted for it if I'd remembered.

This was a children's show on Nickelodeon that aired in 1991-1993, with reruns being shown as late as 1997. It featured a combination of video games, both "real" commercially available games, and games made for the show (which looked like the 90's equivalent of Flash games), trivia and audio/visual clues. The main gimmick though was the "Video Zone", a game where the contestants went "inside" a video game. Actually this was a blue screen effect, much like that used in the earlier Knightmare. Allegedly, this was the first American TV show to regularly use such an effect.

This show did little to bolster my confidence in American kids intelligence, or skill at video games, as evidenced below.

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Though I'm not surprised none of them knew Misery.



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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #61 on: April 10, 2013, 06:50:16 PM »
oh man I loved that show completely forgot about it
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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #62 on: April 10, 2013, 06:54:03 PM »
This was on my list more for nostalgia and ambition than the finished product.

Also, I love Space Track!


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #63 on: April 10, 2013, 07:37:58 PM »
#32 (Tie) Never Mind the Buzzcocks - 34 Points

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Highest Ranking #5 Monty

Didn't I just do this show?

This time it's about pop music. The title is a combination of the Sex Pistols' song "Never Mind the Bollocks" and the punk band Buzzcocks. Again, there are two teams of three panelists each, one of which is a regular on the show, and the other two of which are celebrity guests. It began airing in 1996, and is still on the air. The show has gone through several hosts, and several 2nd captains, but the 1st team captain for the entire run of the show has been Phill Jupitus. The show is currently without a regular host, so they've been having guest hosts on instead. I chose an episode with one of the few I recognized, David Tennant. The show ostensibly has four rounds. The first varies, the second has them sing the intros to songs, the third has them identifying a musician, and in the fourth they must figure out out the next line of a song after one is presented by the host. But, much like 8 Out of 10 Cats, the show seems to primarily be an excuse for the guests to banter.

And just for the record, I also hate Coldplay.


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #64 on: April 10, 2013, 07:39:47 PM »
This was on my list more for nostalgia and ambition than the finished product.

Yeah, I've got one on mine for that same reason. Only it's quite a bit older  :-[


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #65 on: April 10, 2013, 07:43:23 PM »
Didn't I just do this show?
Kind of.

the show seems to primarily be an excuse for the guests to banter.
That's ultimately what all of these panel games are. :)


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #66 on: April 10, 2013, 08:39:51 PM »
I think buzzcocks is all about rock music, isn't it? That's why I don't watch it. Don't give a shit about rock music.

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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #67 on: April 10, 2013, 08:42:08 PM »
#32 (Tie) Legends of the Hidden Temple - 34 Points

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Highest Ranking #3 ColeStratton

This is another Nickelodeon kid's show. This one ran for three years, from 1993 to 1995. the starts with six teams of two and goes through four stages, the first two of which eliminate two teams each. First, The Moat: All six teams try to cross in some specified manner. The first four to get both members across and bit a button go to the next round. The Steps: This is a basic quiz show type round, but with some common theme, which will center around some "artifact" that will be the ultimate goal of the game. The first two teams to get three right go on to round 3. The Temple Games: Here the teams compete in a series of three physical challenges. The first two are worth half a pendant, while third is worth a whole one. In the rather likely event of a tie, a tiebreaker game is played.

The team with the most pendant pieces goes on to The Temple Run: A Funhouse style obstacle course/maze/series of puzzles. Kinda of like rapid fire Crystal Maze. One contestant goes in to try and find the artifact. If they're caught by a Temple Guard, they can trade a pendant to continue. If they get caught without one, the other player takes over. They have 3 minutes combined to find the artifact to win the game.

Got to hand it to them, the girl on the Red Team was really on the ball up until the end, and the boy did great on the temple part.


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #68 on: April 10, 2013, 08:45:09 PM »
That's it for tonight. Tomorrow, the last #32, and several very well known shows for a change.


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #69 on: April 10, 2013, 08:46:48 PM »
I think buzzcocks is all about rock music, isn't it? That's why I don't watch it. Don't give a shit about rock music.

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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #70 on: April 10, 2013, 08:49:53 PM »
I think buzzcocks is all about rock music, isn't it? That's why I don't watch it. Don't give a shit about rock music.

On a related note, I'd like to personally bitch slap everyone who made that Jedward monstrosity popular.


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #71 on: April 10, 2013, 09:11:51 PM »
#32 (Tie) Legends of the Hidden Temple - 34 Points

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Highest Ranking #3 ColeStratton

This is another Nickelodeon kid's show. This one ran for three years, from 1993 to 1995. the starts with six teams of two and goes through four stages, the first two of which eliminate two teams each. First, The Moat: All six teams try to cross in some specified manner. The first four to get both members across and bit a button go to the next round. The Steps: This is a basic quiz show type round, but with some common theme, which will center around some "artifact" that will be the ultimate goal of the game. The first two teams to get three right go on to round 3. The Temple Games: Here the teams compete in a series of three physical challenges. The first two are worth half a pendant, while third is worth a whole one. In the rather likely event of a tie, a tiebreaker game is played.

The team with the most pendant pieces goes on to The Temple Run: A Funhouse style obstacle course/maze/series of puzzles. Kinda of like rapid fire Crystal Maze. One contestant goes in to try and find the artifact. If they're caught by a Temple Guard, they can trade a pendant to continue. If they get caught without one, the other player takes over. They have 3 minutes combined to find the artifact to win the game.

Got to hand it to them, the girl on the Red Team was really on the ball up until the end, and the boy did great on the temple part.

If you can find it, the episode involving Queen Elizabeth's ships holds the record for quickest Temple loss.


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #72 on: April 11, 2013, 03:18:45 PM »
#32 (Tie) Card Sharks, aka Play Your Cards Right - 34 Points

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Highest Ranking #15 Imrahil

Card Sharks was an American game show that had several runs between 1978 and 1987 on NBC, CBS and syndicated, and another short lived syndicated run in 2001. The show was also known as Play Your Cards Right in the UK. The show consisted of two phases, the Questions phase and the Card phase.

In the Question phase the host would ask a question along the lines of "we asked 100 so-and-so sort of people...", much like Family Feud, except the question was a yes or no question. One contestant would guess how many people said yes, then the other would guess whether the actual number was higher or lower than that. This gave the first contestant a very marginal advantage, since they could guess the exact number and win regardless. This determined who got to play the cards first.

In the Card phase, each contestant would be dealt a row of five cards. The first card would be turned over. Whoever was in control had the option to replace their base card with the next card in the deck. Then they had to guess whether the next card in their row was higher or lower. Each time they were correct, they had to chose whether to try the next card, or freeze. If they guessed wrong, they'd lose all the cards they guessed correctly back to the last time they froze, or to the beginning if they'd never frozen. Then the other contestant played their cards, unless the first player froze. Then they'd go back to another question. A contestant had to clear the whole row to win the round. There was a maximum number of questions per round (3 or 4 depending on the season and the round), after which the round went into sudden death.

The first to win two rounds won the match. Sounds more confusing than it is.

The winner of the match went on to play the Money Cards bonus round, where they wagered their money on more card guessing. The most famous playing of the Money Cards is seen below.

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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #73 on: April 11, 2013, 05:11:45 PM »
#27 Scrabble - 36 Points

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Highest Ranking #14 Imrahil

Looking back on my own list, I'm surprised I didn't put this higher. I really liked this show. Largely because Chuck Woolery was such a great host.

Obviously this is based on the board game of the same name. Two contestants, usually the previous day's champion and a challenger would try to be the first to correctly guess 3 out of up to 5 words. The words often had misleading, crossword puzzle-esque clues associated with them. The contestants drew pairs of numbered tiles that represented letters in the word, plus three extra tiles representing letters not in the word, aka stoppers. Trying to place a stopper or guessing incorrectly caused control to shift to the other player. Whoever got to 3 first went on to the Sprint round.

In the Sprint round, the contestant had to solve three (later changed to four) words as fast as possible. Then two new Contestants would come up and do the exact same thing again. The winner of that round had to race against the time of the winner of the first round. Whoever did better went on to the final bonus round, called the Super Sprint. They simply had to solve two words within ten seconds. An incorrect guess was an automatic loss.

In the first 2 (of 6) seasons of the show, things worked a little different. There was no Super Sprint. The show started with two new contestants, who competed to race against the previous game's champion in the Sprint. The winner of that became, or remained, the champion, and the process would just repeat until time ran out. This could cause the show to start and/or end during games. There was also a short lived rule where the contestants had to actually spell the word for it to count as a correct guess. Then the following happened, and they reconsidered this rule (skip ahead to 0:20)"

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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #74 on: April 11, 2013, 07:37:39 PM »
#26 Blockbusters - 37 Points

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Blockbusters was originally an American show that aired from 1980-1982, and again briefly in 1987. However, the show was vastly more popular and successful in the UK, where in ran from 1983 to 1994. Sadly the host for that show, Bob Holness, passed away last year. The show was also revived last year in the UK as The All New Blockbusters.

The show had a very odd format, in that, with the exception of the '87 season of the US version, it always pitted a team of two players against a single opponent. The game board also had a unique design, consisting of a grid of 20 interlocking hexagrams. The object of the game was to gain control of tiles that bridge two opposing sides of the board. For the single player this meant bridging the top and bottom, while for the duo it meant bridging the sides. Because of the layout of the board, the single player could do this with only four tiles, while the team needed at least 5. In the US version, the team was always a pair of relatives (though never husband and wife). In the UK version, all of the contestants were always sixth form students (what in the US would be considered 11th and 12th graders).

Each round would begin with a toss up question that would determine who chooses the first tile. From then on whoever gave the last correct answer chooses a tile, and anyone can ring in at any time during the reading of the clue to attempt to provide the correct answer. If they fail to do so, the other side gets a chance to answer. If neither side gets it, another clue will be read in it's place. The correct answer for any given tile always starts with the letter on the tile, and the players specify which tile they choose by it's letter. So it's always 20 different letters. Wikipedia claims that X and Z are never used, and yet oddly enough, in the video I posted you can clearly see an X on one of the tiles.

The match is best out of three rounds. Once one side wins twice, that contestant, or one of the pair of contestants gets to play the bonus round, called the Gold Run. In this they have sixty seconds to form a side to side bridge. Instead of single letters, each tile contained two or more letters, which are the abbreviation of the multi-word answer for that tile. And that's pretty much it. After the Gold Run, a new contestant/pair would be brought in and the game would start over. Because of this, episodes could span multiple matches, and could begin and/or end in the middle of a match. Reigning champions could stay on the show for up to 5 consecutive matches (reduced to 3 in some seasons).