So, what is the fate of game shows in the future? With the new resurgence of game shows ("The New Hollywood Squares," the new "Match Game," and Sony's Game Show Network) on television, the upward trend will continue. But, personal game shows will (and are) available to the consumer via the Internet. You can play 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, alone or with a group, and the best part, is that it's interactive. Here is a taste of the future, in the present:
YDKJ began as a CD-ROM game for the PC, but it's creators knew the potential of their product and developed it into a netshow. In order to play the game, you must download their free software and install it. Once you register your user name with Bezerk (parent company of YDKJ) you're logged on and the computer takes over . . . literally.
The host for this warped quiz show is definitely not Alex Trebek, the categories leave nothing sacred, and the questions are no-holds barred. You can play with up to 3 people, but they all have to be in the room. To sum up this game . . . "Jeopardy" on crack.
Another on-line game show is Bezerk's "What's the Big Idea?" In this futuristic game, you are a little robot climbing the ziggurat to be the first player at the top. To climb the steps, you must answer a number of opinion questions. If you're in the majority of the other players when the results are tabulated, the more steps you'll be allowed to take.
As on most game shows there's a catch: some of the steps are good (Turbo or 2x points), others will penalize you (minus points, or black hole). The fact that you're playing against people from all over the country, makes the game that more enjoyable.
Out of Order is one of Boxerjam productions' games. You can play against as many as 14 other people is this real-time, word unscrambling competition. Sometimes the words are in quotes, phrases, or by themselves.
For example, the category is "syrup" and there are 3 related, scrambled word in the boxes below (corn, maple, and cough). Your job is to type in the first three letters of each word. In addition to the game, there is also a real time chat area so that you can talk to or taunt your competitors.
It's true, however, you won't get public exposure or real prizes . . . yet. Soon over the Internet you'll be able to play real-time, broadcast game shows, for real prizes, all from the comfort of your computer screen. Shall we play a game?