The Real Gameshow
Marathon - June 30
This may sound like another of a set of endless plugs
for Game Show Congress 5 (and to some extent, it is),
but after watching the debacle called "Game Show
Marathon", instead of ravaging the show (which I have
already done), I wanted to share my thoughts of some of
the highlights of a much better marathon.
At the GSC will be the third annual Game Show
Tournament. Created by myself and Joe Van Ginkel, the
tourney pits teams of four people against each other.
You could either play as a team or you can play as one
person and be put on a team.
Part of the fun isn't the games as much as the players.
We all know that Jason Block is a mad fiend when it
comes to game playing, but there have been many famous
game players that have competed in the tournament. David
Legler (Twenty One), Phyllis Harris (Greed), Tim Hsieh
(It's Your Chance of a Lifetime), Ben Ziek (Lingo),
Travis Schario (The Price is Right), Wayne Forrester
(Millionaire) are some of the many game show contestants
who have pitted their wits against each other. It's not
only contestants who play - television personalities who
have gone into game show battle include Beat the Geek
host J. Keith Van Straaten.
Here's how the tournament works... Teams compete in
Friday and Saturday games. The two teams that do the
best on Friday and the two teams that do the best on
Saturday advance to the playoffs on Sunday. For the
first two years, there were eight games in the marathon
to play, with the top four teams advancing into the
post-season. This year, because the convention has been
extended to four days, there will be a whopping 24 games
in the Marathon to play and compete in. Twenty-two of
those games are...
- 1 Vs. 100
- Body Language
- Bullseye - UK
- Chain Reaction
- Deal or No Deal
- Get Rich Quick
- Hollywood Squares
- Hot Streak
- The Joker's Wild
- Match Game
- Press Your Luck
- The Price is Right
- Sale of the Century
- Video Village
- Wheel of Fortune
As for the other two? Well, those are the play-off
games, and we NEVER tell you what those games are until
we hit the post-season. In addition to the two final
teams playing on Michael Berger's Game Show Round, there
will be an All-Star Game (where the top point winners
through the Tournament will compete) and a Game Show
Congress Challenge Match. The last Game Show Challenge
match...well, it got ugly as the team of me, Van Ginkel,
Schario and Ziek dismantled Team GSC 175-5. Will we see
another rout or will Team GSC recover?
So if you feel like being competitive and win prizes -
or if you want to just see people who know how to play
the games battle it out, then come on over to Burbank on
the weekend of July 13-16. The Game Show Congress is an
awesome four-day event, and although this is free to
play, the tournament alone is worth the price of
Gordon Pepper would like to challenge Ricki Lake and
three of her friends to a battle against him and his GST
All-Stars. E-mail him at
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