But when it comes to television, my guilty pleasure is that of the game show, the game play, the strategy, the trivia, all fascinating stuff that has been a part of Americana (and global television as “Entertainment”) for decades!
So let’s take a look at some game shows that have come out in recent times (those that have been cancelled, will be blacked out and new game shows in it’s placed)
- Be Nice
- Don’t Be TOO Obsessive (ie - this one sfx went missing on an episode, better complain)
- It’s just winning toasters, relax!
LINKS OF INTEREST:
BuzzerBlog has excellent news and editorial for game shows.
GameShowNewsNet is great for an industry-style report on game shows.
BothersBar is your source for UK and Europe game shows and editorials.
UKGameShows is the industry-style report on game shows in the UK.
What’s a Game Show?
My definition of a game show is simple, half game, half show.
The game is that of which there is a goal in place, with a win condition or lose condition. (Ex. Estimate the value of valuables, get a higher score than your opponents in a quiz game)
The show is that of the way it is broadcast, with the sound design, the set of which the game is played, and the direction, it also helps to have good host.
What’s the spoiler policy on this?
For regular standard game shows - Jeopardy/Wheel/Etc. you do NOT need to use spoiler filters. It is after-all a show that is broadcast within 3-5 hours of each other, depending on city and location. If there is a big win, let us know.
The same can NOT be said for if we talk about Reality-Competition shows. Reality-Competition shows fall into the criteria of game show (as does “Chopped” and “Cutthroat Kitchen”, so have fun there!) as they are a game being played and then presented.
For things like Survivor, Big Brother, The Amazing Race, etc.You will need to use the spoilers, as there are moments in the discussion where people who have not watched the episode yet, or are only on the first episode shouldn’t be spoiled about what’s going on or what’s ahead. When the season ends, you can stop blurring.
What else counts as a “Game Show”?
Talent Shows (America’s Got Talent, The Voice)
Cooking Competition (Chopped, Great British Bake Off, Bakers vs Fakers)
Physical Endurance (American Ninja Warrior, Wipeout)
You can see the point, this is the big thread for all of them. It’s almost like e-sports, but with television and instead of video games, it’s playing flip-cup
And to help you out,
That one game show you were thinking of involving the toy store run and playing video games was “Video Power”.