August 22, 2004
And no, you don't get to be tormented by Andy Dick.
Chico: Just Gordon... from time to time.
Gordon: People pay good money to get tormented by me.
Chico: But seriously, fall's coming, we're busy, so if
you can help out, we'd
love to hear form you.
Gordon: Absosmurfly. We transition from recapping shows
to recapping the GSC
3, which occurred this past Sunday, August 15 in Burbank,
California. We all
get to ask questions to everyone else about the
convention. Chico, start us off.
Chico: 1) Obviously, the highlight... Bob Barker and the
panel of legends.
Gordon: My highlight is when Betty White called Bob out,
telling him that she
will explain the rules of TPIR to him. Classic.
Jason: It was all so... surreal to see the legends all in
the same room
together, and some of them taking some jabs.
Josh: That was brilliant.
Jason: Yeah, absolutely.
Chico: So it was basically a roast show?
Josh: Nah, they had a purpose. But they just threw those
in along the way.
Gordon: It was an excellent remembrance show, with
Jason: Not exactly a roast show, but ya gotta throw some
comic relief in
there, it's show biz!
Chico: Of course.
Jason: Everyone has stories to tell, and it's best to
tell them while you
still remember them, and those stories can be passed on.
Gordon: My favorite story was when there was an elephant
pooping on the
stage, and Bill Cullen saying, 'Next Week, we'll have
the Republicans come in and
give us their opinions.'
Chico: True. Next, Aldo?
Aldo: 2) You got to meet many celebrities off the air,
whose personality was right on the button to what you expected? Who wasn't?
Gordon: Good question.
Jason: Excellent question....
Jason: I think Frank Nicotero was on par to what I
expected, he was very
Aldo: Bob Barker is god to me, many disagree.
Gordon: I thought Betty White was exactly as she would
be - very nice in
person. I was very surprised to how personable Frank was
- especially him giving
us props at the taping. Frank was surprisingly cool.
Joe: I do like Frank a great deal. I got the impression
from SB's interview
with him that he would act as he did. I was hoping I'd
get a bit more time to
talk to Dick Clark, but obviously he had to run.
Joe: 3) What do you think Paul Bailey and the gang can
add next year to make
the GSC that much better?
Gordon: Pay the hosts of the Game Show Tournament!
Aldo: Take Aldo with them
Chico: Pay my airfare?
Gordon: Seriously, I don't think it's as much as what
they can do at the
convention as much as it would be to let everyone know
about it. I think it needs
to be advertised earlier and maybe in the L.A. Area.
Joe: Definitely. More people would make this event
Gordon: I think people in the know are fully aware of
it. I think it's time
to go main stream and let the mainstreamers know about
it. I think you would
get more people if they did that.
Jason: Very true, we need to get more people out here.
But we also gotta let
people know how much of a blast we all had out here, and
share all the great
times we shared.
Gordon: I think everything else went fine. I thought
Paul did a great job
with it. It was a (bleeping) blast.
Jason: I'm sure you will all agree that it's not just
the convention that
made the trip, it was getting to meet fellow game show
fans and getting the
chance to bond with one another....
Chico: Jason, you're up.
Jason: Alrighty. 4) Who would you like to see show up
at the awards for
next year, and who deserves to be honored? (yes, it's
like a two-part question,
but I want to hear what you guys think).
Joe: Bob Barker for the Edwards award, no question.
Chico: Hmm... Wouldn't mind seeing Todd Newton there...
I know he's still
getting his trial-by-fire on TPIR Live, but you know...
Joe: I'm going to see Todd (and Randy West) today at the
San Diego show.
Jason: ......you are?
Joe: Yes. I am.
Jason: ....and you didn't tell me? :-P
Joe: You already went!
Gordon: Do you two need a room?
Jason: Heh, no. Well, let me know how it turns out, aiight?
Joe: I will.
Gordon: Ahem... I think Barker deserves the Edwards
Award, Allen Ludden
deserves the Cullen Award, and I would love to see
Meredith Viera show up or Regis
Philbin or Chuck Woolery.
Chico: One of those dream meetings, you think. Okay,
Gordon: 5) As we know, this past Friday was the last
show of Millionaire at
Disneyland. The attraction will be replaced by a
..ahem... Rock and
Rollercoaster. I saw both Joe ($64,000) and Jason ($300
because he didn't know what a
Christmas Card was) play the game. What will be your
fondest memories of the show?
Chico: The coaster freak in me says "Yes!" but the game
show fan in me says
Joe: Seeing the one Million Point winner that I got to
see. I was sure he'd
choke, but he won.
Jason: BTW, Joe..... heard you were the very last
Gordon: The Phone-a-Complete-Stranger, by the way, is
Disney's answer to the
Phone-A-Friend, where they find someone who happens to
be hanging by the
Millionaire set and ask them the question to help.
Joe: I saw one other person lose, and and I heard that
God-awful "loss of
doom" cue. The implication of the cue alone makes one
sick to their stomach. Yep.
I was the last Phone A Complete Stranger, and I helped
the last player win a
polo shirt at 32,000 points.
Gordon: Ooooooooooohhhhhhh. Shiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrt
Jason: Well, some of MY fondest memories. One of them
was definitely when Joe
& I went on the same day and had our little
"competition" going on where we
both got polo shirts and reached the same level Also,
the first time I was in
that Hot Seat in season 2 when Mark hosted - you never
forget your first time.
Chico: Gee, Meredith said the same thing... 6) Your
favorite games at the
Joe: TPIR and Sale of the Century. No question.
Gordon: I would say my faves in terms of how they played
out would be TPIR,
Talkabout, Split Second, and High Rollers.
Jason: TPiR, and that kick-a** game show thingy with all
the different games,
including the Wonderwall.
Gordon: Mike Berger's Game Show creation is an annual
highlight of the GSC.
It's an awesome piece of machinery.
Aldo: 7) What reasons can you give someone who is
thinking bout going to GSC
but isn't sure about taking the trip?
Gordon: You get to play the games that you watch and you
would get to
audition for the shows that are already on the air.
Jason: You get to bond with your fellow game show
Gordon: Adding to that, when I went last year, I was
concerned that the game
show winners would be people who were stuck up because
they won a lot of
money. It couldn't be further from the truth. Almost all
of them are normal people
who love to talk and play games. That is how I met Jason
Block, who is just as
friendly in real life as he was on the shows.
Jason: And you get to meet such great legends
Joe: 8) Besides the convention what was your favorite
thing to do?
Aldo: That's easy, going to the casino.
Gordon: I think the second most fun would have to be
winning a combined total
of over $1,200 at the casino. With the TPIR visit as a
Jason: .....profit in our pants!
Aldo: Keep that to yourselves, gentlemen.
Gordon: We did keep the profit to ourselves =)
Jason: 9) Alright, do you think the GSC could be
organized a little better
next year, or do you like the way things were run in the
Gordon: I liked how it was organized. If anything, there
should have been
more organization on maybe giving people options to go
as a group to TV show
Chico: So you had to organize those yourselves
(obviously, but did you make
like a day of it)?
Gordon: It was spread to one taing a day. Wheel on
Friday, TPIR on Monday and
Street Smarts on Tuesday. If we could have gotten a
20-40 person group, we
could have gotten on TPIR without pulling an
all-nighter. In terms of the
conference, I liked how it was laid out. Joe/Jason, any
opinion on that?
Joe: There was a bit of confusion in many instances
where the tapings were
Jason: The conference was laid well, although it seemed
like some of the
timed events went longer than expected, and after the
luncheon, most of the people
just kinda went off and did their own thing and chatted
Gordon: The luncheon ran around an hour later than
Chico: Fact of life, nothing will start or end on time.
Gordon: but the extra hour was worth it.
Joe: Actually most of the people came to see us, I
think. We had a huge
turnout during the second half of the tournament.
Gordon: It seemed like it. There was no down time at the
tournament - there
were almost always people there and ready to play
Gordon: 10) What show in the Tournament would you like
to see there that you
didn't get to play?
Jason: .....Jeopardy. Simply because I'm quick in the
buzzer, and have a
plethora of useless knowledge.
Jason: Of course, that comes from College Quiz Bowl
Joe: I secretly would have like to have played Bullseye,
Aldo: Ha ha, ill join you on that!
Chico: 11) Any non-game show activities you guys were
Joe: The casinos, the poker game, and to go see Alien
Chico: So sorry to hear that...
Gordon: I actually liked the movie.
Joe: AVP was a great flick.
Chico: I just didn't think it did the comic justice..
Kinda like the LXG movie.
Gordon: For what it was, it was good - you just had to
go in thinking more
about the story than the lack of gore.
Joe: I never read the comic, so I thought the movie
stayed closer to the
roots of the films.
Jason: Casino, poker night... and my comp is freezing
up, so I will brb.
Aldo: 12) There wasn't any reality shows there at the GSC.
Do you think some
people like that should show up and discuss shows?
Joe: Two words for you, Aldo: "Reality bites."
Gordon: I am biased, but why not? Reality show is a part
of a game show
genre, so bring it on. I think that if you added genres,
it could only strengthen
the convention. What do you think, Chico?
Chico: I think telling the difference between
competition and "un"scripted
garbage is key to embracing series like Survivor,
Gordon: Survivor, Apprentice, In. Average Joe - Out.
Chico: At the root of every good reality series is a
game element. No
question about it. We'll get to that later! I got a
board at the big finish and
Joe: Survivor STILL sucks.
Gordon: Survivor is awesome
Aldo: Survivor sucks, Fear Factor rules
Chico: Have to give it up for the Factor as well :-)
Gordon: Fear Factor definitely rules.
Aldo: As we video games players say, FF PWNS.
Joe: Fear Factor sucks too. If it wasn't for the
gross-out stunt, I might
have a higher opinion of it, but otherwise, it's crap.
Aldo: Hey man, that's the point of that show.
Joe: Okay... 13) Do you think the GSC would benefit from
a second day of
Chico: Two days of peace, love, and prizes :-)
Gordon: And more tournament stuff.
Joe: Oh yeah.
Gordon: 14) While we're on genres. What's your opinion
of adding Card or
video games into the mix? Or games on video games, like
Chico: Card games I have no big problem with. Any issue
I would have... is
simply the fanboy trying to come out. I have to show
that b*** who's boss now
and then :-)
Aldo: Video gaming has a huge following, a 20 billion
dollar industry dubbed
recession proof, why not.
Chico: That... I would have a problem with.
Joe: I dunno. Video gaming didn't work on GSN.
Chico: Unless it was structured around a
element (vis a vis Video Power, Starcade, etc)
Joe: Starcade I wouldn't have trouble with. It's a game
show. (Hell I'm
hosting it at next year's GSC.)
Chico: Hi-Score did it best, I think
Gordon: E3 and GSC don't mix?
Chico: Nah. Although I wouldn't mind seeing Morgan Webb
at GSC either :-)
Joe: Good point. Of course, I wouldn't mind seeing Webb
as the co-host on
Sale of the Century, for that matter. After all, Webb
won a webpoll on
Playboy.com as to which of the TechTV cuties should do a
spread in Playboy.
Gordon: She can give me an Instant Bargain any time.
Chico: 15) How do you see GSC as a place to pitch ideas?
Joe: Hey, I got to be part of the pitch session. They
did like my format!
Chico: Okay, explain how that works.
Joe: Abstracts are sent to the session coordinator (Lori
Bailey). She then
selects the best and then passes on the abstracts to the
pitch panel (which
included Jeff Mirkin, Aaron Solomon, Caleb Nelson, Randy
West and others). The
pitchers are then given 5 minutes to pitch the show and
5-10 minutes to get
critique from the panel.
Chico: Okay, an example, if I may... You remember
Fasttalkers, the show I
created back in the day, right? (can't believe 99 is
"back in the day") How far
do you think that would've went?
Joe: I think the panel would have liked it.
Chico: And they go to the producers or they just think
it's a good idea with
those ideas there?
Joe: I think it's more critique than anything else. I do
suspect that if I
did a full pitch, Mirkin might have tried to get the
show for Fremantle.
Jason: 16) What one moment would symbolize how this
whole weekend went? If
there was one moment =)
Gordon: Us drawing to a 9 in Super Pan 9 - the feeling
that nothing could go
wrong. The experience feeling... dare I say... magical?
Joe: That was huge.
Aldo: Were you banking?
Gordon: Yes - we banked.
Joe: My favorite moment: the poker game, hands down.
Gordon: The poker game was great - because we were
talking game stuff and
playing cards - but yet we were acting like high school
Jason: The poker game.... :p
Aldo: 17) The places where GSC has been so far is
Colorado, Las Vegas, Los
Angeles. Shouldn't GSC come to east coast like NYC? I'm
sure there are alot of
people who miss out because its on the other coast
Gordon: I absolutely agree. NYC, home of Millionaire,
would be a great place
to put the conference.
Jason: .......no :-P Always in SoCal!
Gordon: You afraid of a little traffic, taxis and
Aldo: You guys already stole the dodgers and the giants
so we need to get even.
Chico: Oh yeah
Gordon: Chico - would locale play a difference for you?
Chico: Probably. I'd like NYC or Philly.. Maybe Philly,
I don't know. Ideal
situation: Atlanta.. But we can't have that all the time
Gordon: Why Atlanta?
Chico: Because it's only a 5-hour drive for one :-)
Difference of atmosphere
Gordon: ahhhh - lol. 18) If you could host your own
panel - what would the
subject be on?
Jason: Besides Press Your Luck, it would probably have
to be sports trivia &
Chico: I know what Aldo would do... Fear Factor
Gordon: I would do a live WLTI with my good buddy Chico
Chico: Oh yeah.. Forgot about that! :-)
Aldo: Sports trivia. I can't eat bugs.
Chico: You just like watching other people do it.
Gordon: Nothing wrong with watching people eat bugs
Chico: Wait, I know.. Games from other countries... That
would be mine.
Gordon: El Gran Juego De La Oca! Lle-lle-lle...llevatello!
Aldo: Pretty good Gordon.
Chico: May have to talk about that to Senor Jon... Okay,
19) JD, you're EP.
What game would you bring back?
Jason: ......dang these tough questions!!!!
Gordon: The game isn't 20 cheese puff questions
Jason: I mean, going back to the foreign games, I like
that Mexico has '100
Mexicanos Dijeron' so that's always a good one to bring
Gordon: Wouldn't that be Family Feud - which is still
on? both in Spain and
Jason: Yes, it is, however...
Chico: It could be a lot better. We've heard it before.
Jason: PYL I'd like to see, but I think, ultimately, if
I had to bring
something back (to the states), it would be Sale of the
Jason: and it could really work now
Chico: Good choice. Okay, final question... 20) Make
your own question.
Basically, this is your chance to say whatever is on
Gordon: Id like to see a PYL with the old board and some
new snazzy spaces.
Jason: I'd love to see PYL with Tomarken hosting, that
old board rules all,
although I liked the new board, as well. The Whammy was
pretty big, but didn't
seem as monumental.
Gordon: I hated the new board. I couldn't read half of
the prizes on the
Jason: It's always tough to bring something back when
you have to compare to
Gordon: It seemed like a low budget PYL rental board.
Chico: You should've seen the pilot... oh goodness.
Gordon: I did see it.
Gordon: Change is only good if it's for the BETTER
Chico: Well, switching gears... Next up, part two of the
Big Five... And we
announce the results of your vote for part 1.
Gordon: Announce those results, baby.
Chico: Take us to break first... baby.
to you by the new Go Go Power Rangers Game Show! Amy Jo
Johnson hosts as contestants... oh who are we kidding,
we're just here to watch Amy Jo
Johnson in her nice tight pink ranger suit all day)
here to continue...