gpac1377
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January 30th, 2014 at 9:16:45 PM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy

Maybe I'm old school, but I go for the "classics" like Mastermind.


Thanks for the suggestion. Here's the Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastermind_(TV_series)

I'm not seeing much on YouTube from the classic Magnus Magnusson era, but I did find this clever sketch from "The Two Ronnies": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0C59pI_ypQ
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January 31st, 2014 at 2:58:09 PM permalink
I have been a fan of "The Chase" for a number of years, watching episodes on YouTube. It has been imported to America, and is in its third season on GSN with record-high ratings.

Contestants first build a bank with quick-fire questions against the clock.

They then must challenge "The Chaser," who they go against one on one in multiple choice questions. If the player gets a question right, they move towards 'home' with their money. If the Chaser is right, they advance towards the player. If the Chaser catches the player, they are out of the game and lose their cash. If they make it home, they advance to the Final Chase.

In the Final Chase, any players remaining work as a team to answer as many questions as they can in 2 minutes. The Chaser then has 2 minutes to catch the players by beating their score. Any wrong answers by the Chaser can be stolen by the team, pushing the Chaser back. If the Chaser catches them, they all go home with nothing. If they survive, they split the collected cash brought home.

Here is a Youtube video of a Season 6 episode from Britain: Link.
Here is a Youtube video of the Season 2 premiere of the U.S. version: Link.

The British version can be very tense without feeling fake. The U.S. version has a bit of a theatrical feel to it occasionally. Both versions are well done, nonetheless.
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gpac1377
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January 31st, 2014 at 3:48:58 PM permalink
Quote: Dween

I have been a fan of "The Chase" for a number of years, watching episodes on YouTube. It has been imported to America, and is in its third season on GSN with record-high ratings.


Excellent, thanks! For my last trip, I downloaded a bunch of British series 1 episodes, but never got around to watching them. Hopefully soon.

I haven't seen the US version either, but it's nice that GSN has a high-quality, successful original to supplement the regular diet of Family Feud reruns.
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January 31st, 2014 at 5:57:15 PM permalink
Yes we seem to know how to do game-shows and strangely our well known comedians seem to make the best hosts. There are also many others ranging from the stupid (Red or Black) through Trivia/General Knowledge to really intelligent (Mastermind, Countdown, University Challenge). There are also a few based on answers by the public such as Pointless and Family Fortunes (look for "family fortunes worst answers" on YouTube if you fancy a laugh). There are also pseudo quiz programs, such as QI, where the questions are also used as a catalyst for off-topic impromptu discussion. If you have radio also try BBC Radio 4 at 6.30pm on Mondays.
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January 31st, 2014 at 6:23:50 PM permalink
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There are also many others ranging from the stupid (Red or Black) ....


I agree on that one, and I don't totally enjoy Ant & Dec (the hosts of the show).

I tried to enjoy "Tipping Point," an ITV game presented by Ben Shephard. But there's too much luck and not enough variety.

The concept is based around a "coin pusher" arcade machine. Here's a photo:



The show is still in production, with a 4th series upcoming, so somebody likes it.
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January 31st, 2014 at 6:52:14 PM permalink
Quote: gpac1377

The concept is based around a "coin pusher" arcade machine.


Am I the only one who has seen one of these machines in a casino, played for quarters? Okay, this was in 1985...

And for those of you who may need some English-to-English translation:

University Challenge = College Bowl (although CB hasn't been on the air since something like 1972, except for one-off specials and something called the Honda Campus All-Star Campus, which can best be described as "Historically Black College Bowl".

Family Fortunes = Family Feud (I heard an explanation as to why they didn't call it "Family Feud"; I think it's something like, the British have no real concept of a Hatfields-and-McCoys feud (a "family feud" is something more like what you would expect in "Romeo & Juliet"), any more than Americans know what the Philosopher's Stone is (hence the USA book being called "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone"), and the term would be misleading).
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January 31st, 2014 at 7:48:32 PM permalink
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Am I the only one who has seen one of these machines in a casino, played for quarters? Okay, this was in 1985...


In US casinos, I recall seeing "Flip-It" machines configured for either quarters or dollar tokens. But the machines seem to have disappeared completely within the last few years.
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February 4th, 2014 at 6:09:19 PM permalink
Despite producing only 83 episodes, my next selection is one of the best-loved game shows ever.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crystal_Maze

From 1990 to 1995, the Crystal Maze offered adventure challenges for 6-player teams, guided by the inimitable Richard O'Brien, author of "The Rocky Horror Show." Here's a brief parody that perfectly captures the essence of the program:



After four series, O'Brien departed and was replaced for the final two series by the less charismatic Ed Tudor-Pole.

All episodes are available on YouTube.
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June 14th, 2014 at 12:16:28 PM permalink
Countdown - numbers game.
For those not familiar with the show they have two sets of numbers - the large are 100 75 50 and 25; the small are 1 to 10 twice. The contestant chooses (n) large and (6-n) small, whereupon a random number generator picks a number between 100 and 999. (In some countries the computer also makes sure the solution is possible, but in the UK this didn't use to be the case). Points are awarded for being the closest.
You can use the four mathematical signs (+ - / *) and endless brackets to come up with the number.

If you're still not sure of the rules this video (Carol explains the rules to Ant and Dec) might help.

The challenge!
I stumbled across this video of an amazing numbers game. I now know of two solutions.

Before cheating see if using 100 75 50 25 6 and 3 you can come up with 952.
The one on the program is ((100+6)*3*75-50)/25 essentially 106*9-2. Another possibility is ((100+3)*(6*75/50))+25 essentially 103*9+25.
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June 14th, 2014 at 12:43:06 PM permalink
Quote: charliepatrick

I stumbled across this video of an amazing numbers game. I now know of two solutions.



I think I (or someone else) posted that video before. If you have a decent sense of algebra you can see how to come up with those numbers. They make it seem much more amazing by insisting on doing it linearly.

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