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My Life Through Gameshows
Mixture: Game Shows
"I've been a fan of game shows since I was a young child. Here is a list of questions that chronicles my life through them."
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When I was a kid, Nickelodeon had several game shows for kids. One of my favorites was based on video games. The game board had a little "video adventurer" called Mikey that contestants would control. Each space he landed on could contain one of the 4 "P"s (Points, Puzzles, Pop Quizzes, or Prizes) or a villain who would end the team's turn. The winning team got to actually enter a video game and face one of the game wizards to try to win the grand prize. What was this innovative game show called?
Another classic Nickelodeon game show was called "Legends of the Hidden Temple". There were two hosts, Kurt Bogg and a giant talking stone head called Olmac. Each episode was themed around a different legend. Teams had to answer questions about the legend after Olmac told the story and then play 3 physical games dealing with the legend. The winning team earned the right to enter Olmac's temple for a chance to win a grand prize. (Watch out for those Temple Guards!) Which of the following was NOT a team name on this show?
As I grew into adolescence, I started turning to MTV for my game show needs. While "Remote Control" was before my time, this game show wasn't. It was a dating game that first featured Jenny McCarthy and then Carmen Electra early in their careers. There were two rounds; in the first, a guy would pick a date from a pool of 50 women, and in the second, a woman would pick a date from a pool of 50 guys. What was this one called?
Drop Dead Gorgeous
The Dating Game
Another one of my favorites from MTV was actually music video related. Contestants would watch music videos and then be asked questions about different things appearing in the video they had just seen. Unlike many game shows, though, this one usually took place in a bar where contestants were picked seemingly at random. What was this short-lived game show called?
Get the Picture
Comedy Central was another less obvious channel I turned to to fulfill my game show needs. My favorite game show they offered was "Win Ben Stein's Money." The show featured the actor, famous for his monotone, competing for his own money. During the final round, Ben and the winning contestant would each be put in a sound-proof isolation booth and asked 10 questions. If the contestant got more correct than Ben, he/she would win Ben's $5,000. What was this round called?
The Big Final
The Best of Ten Test of Knowledge
Stump Ben With These Ten
Another game show that comedy central offered was one where contestants had to test their knowledge against experts in different fields, such as movies, music, and television. What was it called?
Beat the Geeks
Beat the Dweebs
Beat the Nerds
Beat the Dorks
Later into my adolescence, the Game Show Network (GSN) was born. Not only did it air reruns of old game show, it also came up with some brand new ones. One of the more clever ones (in my opinion) required the contestants to stay awake for 24 hours before the show and study a lot of material. During the show, they had to answer questions about the material they had been studying, while doing physically demanding things. During the final round, they dimmed the lights and put the winning team in a bed while someone read them an article in a very soothing voice. After a few minutes of this, they would be asked questions about what was just read to them. What was this show called?
GSN also created a show called "Friend or Foe." This game required contestants to pair up at the beginning of the game, and at the end, they had to vote "friend" or "foe" to see how they would split their winnings. It was hosted by a former MTV VJ. Which VJ was it?
Downtown Julie Brown
When I first started watching GSN, there was one show whose premise baffled me. I wish I were kidding, but sadly I'm not. The object of the game was to see who knows more a about a man: his wife or his secretary. What was this train-wreck of a game show called?
Home to Work
Three's A Crowd
Ladies in His Life
GSN also aired reruns of another show where you could occasionally watch marriages fall apart right before your very eyes. I'm referring, of course, to "the Newlywed Game." The original host of the show was quite famous for use of the ludicrous phrase "making whoopee." What was the name of this host?
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Compiled Jun 28 12