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  • A Plea to NBC and Endemol: Stop Screwing Up "One Versus 100"
    Wednesday, July 19, 2006
    We've gotten a few reports from people at the "One Versus 100" tryouts at Game Show Congress in LA. This is how the format currently is. You are presented with a question and three choices. Miss and you lose everything to the mob equally, and one of them gets to play. Get it and each mob member wrong is eliminated from play. For the amount of mob eliminated overall, you move up on the money chain. Here's the chain.

    0-9: $0
    10-19: $10,000
    20-29: $20,000
    30-39: $30,000
    40-49: $40,000
    50-54: $50,000
    55-59: $60,000
    60-64: $70,000
    65-69: $80,000
    70-74: $90,000
    75-79: $100,000
    80-84: $200,000
    85-89: $300,000
    90-94: $400,000
    95-99: $500,000
    100: $3,000,000

    No space between $500,000 and $3,000,000. You may also use the panic button 3 times, but it HAS to be on this order.
    1- The question becomes easier
    2- Either you get two shots at answering or one wrong choice is removed
    3- You leave with 10% of the money you currently have and the mob gets nothing. This is the only way to leave the game.

    Where to begin. First off, the top 2 amounts of money you walk away with are either $50,000 or $3,000,000. Who the hell will not risk $50,000 on a 1:3 chance to win $3,000,000? Beyond that, I'm going to give you the descriptions of two shows.

    Who Wants to be a Millionaire- One person sits in the hot seat and answers multiple choice questions, hoping to move up a 15 step money chain. If the player is having problems, he/she can call for assitance 3 times. One miss and you lose your money. You do have the option to stop.

    One Versus 100- One person sits in the hot seat and answers multiple choice questions, hoping to move up a 15 step money chain. If the player is having problems, he/she can call for assitance 3 times. One miss and you lose your money. You do have the option to stop.

    Kind of similar, isn't it? NBC and Endemol, look at the popular Dutch version that uses a formula. Yes, some people won't get the formula, but you're taking an even larger risk using a terrible format than using a good one that might confuse (but shouldn't) some people. The mob members at the end have a good chance of winning more than the hot seat player, which is bad. I mean just look at the chain. For the first 15 steps, you're winning $1,000 to $50,000. After that, it's a $2,950,000 jump. Does that seem right at all. NBC and Endemol: I know you read this sometimes. Do you really want a show with a bad format on the air, which could potentially destroy "Deal or No Deal", which is your number 1 show? Feel free to call me on my contact page if you care to make a statement about the show, but as of now, this doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of being a hit or staying on past 3 episodes.
    posted by Alex Davis * Permalink 
    5 Comments:
    • Permalink, Anonymous Erick Vallejos said…

      I agree with you all the way. The chain is VERY BAD, but I didn't really notice the "Millionaire" connection until I just read it.

      NBC and Endemol SHOULD use that formula, it might be confusing for some but for many it will make sense. If anything the game doesn't make sense, it just doesn't. DOESN'T THE SINGLE PLAYER AT LEAST HAVE AN ADVANTAGE? DON'T THE 100 PLAYERS GET SOMESORT OF DISADVANTAGE? Why are we not following the Dutch format?

      I mean okay, so the changes made for "Deal Or No Deal" were great (compared with the British Version). But changing the Dutch format is just wrong.

       
    • Permalink, Anonymous Donald said…

      You know there is a "Millionaire" connection to this game, but lets look at it this way for a second. There may be 15 levels of cash offered, but there might be more than just 15 questions. Shoot there might be less than 15 questions. First question could eliminate 23 of the 100 contestants boosting you right up past $10,000 to $20,000. It can vary though.

       
    • Permalink, Anonymous Joe Mello said…

      I don't like having a formula. Mental gymnastics doesn't work that well on game shows. I'd rather prefer that you get paid per person knocked out and you get bonuses and increased payouts every so often.

      And why can't they use the Dutch escapes?

       
    • Permalink, Anonymous David B said…

      The Dutch escapes aren't that great to be honest. Once you've used the first two, you're down to chicken feed and the excitement goes out of the game.

      I think the chain isn't that bad an idea, but maybe it should only kick in when you've knocked out 25 or 50 people (not that hard, usually) and they can simplify the ladder or make it more unique.

      However, I don't like the way they're using the ladder amounts. These are figures that NOBODY CAN ACTUALLY WIN! (...except for the top prize.) Essentially, the real figures being used are 10% of those, but they obviously don't want to use those because it makes the game look cheap.

      It's a bit of a mess, frankly.

      David
      ----------------
      David J. Bodycombe
      Labyrinth Games
      www.labyrinthgames.com

       
    • Permalink, Anonymous Chris said…

      Not $50,000. $500,000. Half a million is the second high amount. That extra $450,000 makes a bit of a difference, but I agree. The dutch format:

      Round Prize = $50,000 / Total Players * Eliminated Players

      is better.

       
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