August 15, 2006
"Game Show Man" Joe Van Ginkel:
1 vs. 100 names a host! Can
he get it done? PLUS... Pat Sajak has a video game? After
all these years of not doing the Wheel of Fortune games? The answer to these and more burning
on Game Show Man's Sparring
(From VBS Cybervision City...this
is the webchat game show debate show that will knock you out...this is Game
Show Man's Sparring Partners. Now, here's the Game Show Man himself, Joe Van
Joe: Welcome to the show. Let's meet
our award-winning panel. First, the Sage of Studio 33, Travis Schario.
Travis: (*In front of CBS Television
City emblazoned with the Denver Broncos logo*) GO PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL!! WOO!!
Travis: Joe just reset again.
Joe: ROFLMAO Next, the Master of Mega
Man, Rob Siedelman.
Rob: Hey, I just got Wood Man's Leaf
Shield weapon. Too bad it doesn't do anything.
Joe: Unless you're in the Air Man
stage getting eggs dropped on you. Next, Mr. BuzzerBlog himself, Alex Davis.
Alex: Ha, thanks.
Joe: And finally, giving us a
top-brass send off, the co-host of We Love to Interrupt, my Game Show Tournament
brother, Gordon Pepper.
Gordon: Forget watching the
Pig SKin. I'd rather watch Michelle L'Amour's skin.
Joe: Do we really have to say whose
skin I'd rather watch? :D
Rob: Not really.
Travis: Nope. Moving on
Gordon: Can Amy Jo Johnson go
on America's Got Talent next season with a cheerleading skit?
Gordon: Do I get bonus points?
Joe: No. For the new folks, here's
how this works...
Alex: I'll trade her for the
oldest stripper ever please.
Joe: We play....AAAAAAAAAACK!
Alex: Kidding before you
Travis: (*ducks out of the
way*)...Must protect the City.
Joe: We play eight rounds, each with
three questions. For each question, I'll pick two people to debate their
answers. Remember that I'm not necessarily looking for opposing viewpoints, I'm
looking for the stronger argument. You'll go until you hear this sound...CLANG!
At that point, I'll score the argument. Ten points for the winner, nine or less
for the loser, depending on how strong or weak the argument was. At the end of
the fourth and sixth rounds, there will be knockouts: eliminations of the low
scorer, who will then transfer to the judge's desk for the rest of the show.
Joe: Then ON TO ROUND ONE!
First up...1 vs. 100
This week it was announced that
comedian Bob Saget would be the host of the new NBC quizzer, produced by our
friend Scott St. John who was kind enough to join us at the Game Show Congress
this year. For Travis and Alex...
Alex: Let's do this
Will Bob be able to hack his new
Joe: Travis, you're up.
Travis: My stock answer: "I'll wait
and see." More in depth..
Travis: Bob's already got some "game
show" experience under his belt with AFHV. So, he's been in a position to give
away large dollars. 1 vs. 100 seems like it's a relatively straightforward
"read-the-question" hosting gig. But, like I said, "wait and see."
Alex: As always, as Travis
said, it is too early to judge, but he can't handle the fact that he has been
given a terrible format because of NBC's messing with a good thing. Yes, it is a
straightforward read the question game, but not everyone can handle it. Case
and point: Kennedy, as well as many many others.
Joe: CLANG! I'm gonna score this one
for Travis...especially since Alex only barely answered the question.
Travis 10 - Alex 8
Joe: This one's for Rob and Gordon.
Joe: Recent it was announced that the
top prize was reduced from the originally hyped $3,000,000 down to $1,000,000.
Does this help or hurt the show?
Rob, you're first.
Rob: This hurts the show, because in
this country. More money = More Viewers.
Joe: What makes you say that?
Rob: When you have a $3,000,000
Jackpot, people will be enticed to watch and more risks will be taken for the
bigger payout. And, this show is straddled
Joe: Okay. Gordon?
Gordon: According to my spies,
the first set of tapings took over 8 hours. Sunday's tapings ONLY took 4 hours,
but I don't think that is going to play much, because the show has many more
issues to it. Maybe they should take some of that money and distribute it to the
MOB, who can stay there for 3 episodes and not get paid for their appearances.
That's a MAJOR problem with the show. The money is insignificant, vs. the other
many problems with the show
Joe: So you think it doesn't really
Gordon: Not at all. They need
to figure out a better payout method first to the mob.
Joe: CLANG! Okay. We'll score this
one for Gordon. That for the inside information. :D
Gordon 10 - Rob 9
Alex: Even more upsetting is
that they had to drag Ken Jennings into the mob, but that's a story for WLTI
Joe: One more in this subject. This
is for Rob and Alex, since they're behind. Simple question...
Will this show fall victim to the
Turkey Hunters? (In other words, will the show survive to the end of the season
Alex: Easily a no in the
current format. It is even more than ever a Millionaire clone. Messed
up mob format. Messed up money chain. Messed up escapes. The only good thing
might be Bob Saget, but we just don't know yet.
Rob: Yes it will survive. With the
lead in that is Deal or No deal, if that plan falls through, the carry over from
DOND will help 1 Vs. 100. Plus, the same producers of DOND are behind
1 Vs. 100.
Alex: Same people behind
Winning Lines were behind Millionaire. That didn't help.
Rob: Plus, even if it draws a 4.5 or
5.5, it would be getting more ratings than more than half of the current NBC
Lineup, giving the NBC Brass confidence in the show. Plus, Winning Lines
was produced by Stone-Stanley over here.
Alex: I like to call that the "Unan1mous
Joe: CLANG! This one's a draw. Good
arguments on both sides. I do think Alex will be right, though.
Rob 10 - Alex 10
At the end of the first
Rob 19 - Alex 18 - Gordon 10
- Travis 10
But Gordon and Travis get to go first
in the next round...
Gordon: Gee, I wonder if
Travis and I are going at it next ;)
Travis: Could be.
Gordon: I have a slow dial up
line. Deal with it
Joe: We mentioned them in the last
round...Deal or No Deal
Joe: The premiere of the show's
second season draws near, and a wild premiere week is in store, with an
escalating top prize, increasing $1,000,000 for every contestant that week. For
Gordon and Travis...
Will someone win the top
prize this season?
Gordon: With an escalating
prize wheel? No. The people are going to bail out with a ton of money. We've
already seen people bail out early when they shouldn't have. With a 7-digit buy
out certainly looming, people are going to play way too conservative and get out
Joe: Well, the escalating prize is
only for the first week.
Gordon: DoND producers get
people who need the money, and they won't go for it. It doesn't matter what week
it is. 6 digits mean that people bail out, regardless of if they should. It
happened all season last season and I don't see it changing now.
Travis: I agree. It's going to be a
very conservative opening week. The only time it won't be is if the player has
knocked out the entire left column, and has only the top 6 left, going into "One
Gordon: And the chances of
that are slim and none. Even when it has happened, they still quit too early.
Joe: CLANG! I'm gonna give this one
to Gordon. The contestant people seem to be picking contestants that will make
sure they never give away the long money.
Gordon 10 - Travis 9
Onward. This one's for Alex and
Which of the new Deal or No
Deal homegames is the most fun?
Gordon: The one on NBC.com,
because it's quick and free.
Gordon: I mean how many home
games do we need for this? Its 26 boxes and pick one. Whoopie!
Joe: Going with the cheap bastard
card, eh? Alex, what do you think?
Alex: DVD game easily. No
setup required. All bank offers are presented and are relatively realistic.
Nice videos from the models, banker, and Howie. Nice graphics. The only
downfall is the bad way of case selection....
Gordon: Is there really any
significant difference? No.
Alex: The online game has bad
graphics, bad offers, and nothing special
Gordon: Its special because I
didn't pay $19.99 for it.
Alex: The DVD game is simply
the best and easily one of the best, if not the best, DVD game
Alex: It's special if you have
Joe: CLANG! I'm going with Alex on
this one. I want a game I can play with my friends dammit.
Gordon: You can play it on an
Joe: (Although I'm partial to the
board game. I have the Australian version and it kicks large amounts arse.)
Travis: I'm considering buying the
card game, just for the case
Alex 10 - Gordon 9
Joe: And finally for Rob and
Travis: I'm up.
Joe: Rumors abound of when Endemol
and NBC will bring a syndie version of the show to the table. The question
Who will they choose to host the
Rob: If they can get Howie Mandel to
host the syndicated version and the primetime version, then get Howie Mandel. In
this country, he has been associated with Deal or No Deal. Plus he has
gotten better as time has worn on.
Joe: So you think they'll stay with
him. Travis, what do you think?
Travis: Judging by the article on
tvgameshows.net, Howie may not do it. I'm thinking they may have to go with
another unexpected choice, friendly for daytime. Al Roker, maybe?
Alex: I say ship down Linda
Joe: I have to go with Travis with
the outside quote here. If you've got a source, quote it, baby.
Travis 10 - Rob 9
And at the end of two, we have...
Rob: Damn you Steve Beverly.
Alex: We usually do.
Travis 29 - Gordon 29 - Rob 28 - Alex
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