1 vs 100 on Xbox Live - Pure Genius and Possibly One Big Piece for the Future of Videogame Entertainment

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Well, after playing a bit of Major League Baseball 2K9 and Fight Night Round 4 on my Xbox 360 today to unwind after a busy week, I noticed that once again the 1 vs 100 "live game show" was going on tonight and scheduled for many additional nights thereafter. After telling it to remind me when it was on (the start time for tonight was 10PM EST), I of course shut the console down (negating the reminder), had dinner with my family and watched some TV. Around 10:20ish I logged in to play some more Fight Night (it's a "make your hands tired and sore" type of game, so you need frequent breaks), when I figured what the heck, let me see if I can check out this 1 vs. 100. Never having seen the show, but being aware of it, I wasn't quite sure what I was in for, but after entering the game in progress from the lobby I quickly surmised it was a trivia game show, and for anyone who knows me, knows I love trivia, so this was right up my alley. For those who are unfamiliar with the format, essentially one person answers trivia questions against a Mob of 100 other players until the one person either decides to keep the money and quit, gets knocked out by answering a question wrong, or eliminates all of the other players and wins it all. The nifty thing about this Xbox Live version is that you're playing against tens of thousands of other players, though the one and the 100 for that round are picked from the pool, and you're also pitted against three other players locally. Tonight at its peak I believe there were some 70,000+ players in one game. So what's so special about this? Well for one, there's a live host. Two, there's all the thrill of playing against online opponents without the chance for griefing or drop outs or any of the other things that usually plague these types of games. Third, you play for real prizes, in this case Xbox Live Arcade points and Xbox Live Arcade games (tonight was Worms). Prizes are given out every game (and it's implied that in the future there will be more types of prizes). In fact, even though it's still in beta, apparently tonight was the first night that they got to give out real prizes. So really, the live host, the prizes and the shear volume of other places really gave a sense of "reality" to the game (not to mention commercial breaks!) that's often missing from even some of the best online experiences.

I remember very distinctly many years back playing online game shows like Jeopardy on the Web before they gave out under their own popularity (and a free model they couldn't sustain). Now that there's a network like Xbox Live to handle a lot of the messy details, games like 1 vs 100 as part of Xbox Live's long-in-the-works-and-finally-coming-to-fruition Primetime Channel point the way to even more possibilities and depth in our videogame experiences. Of course, that's nothing but a good thing and I'm glad to be part of it. Anyone else get to try 1 vs 100 yet? Share your experiences with us!

And a game in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0BXdgz8Ipg

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Bill Loguidice
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Just to clarify about MLB 2K9

Speaking of MLB 2k9 (Xbox 360 version, though it's multiplatform), I actually had gotten it over Sony's superior MLB The Show 09 for PS3 (I have the 08 version) because the game supports "right stick" batting (and pitching) reminiscent of one my favorite arcade games that is impossible to duplicate at home without its special controller, World Series from Cinematronics (1984), which also received several future revisions and even home conversions (without the cool controller). That amps the fun factor up considerably and makes you feel more like you're really batting, even over something like the Wii's waggle control (in my opinion), though we still haven't seen any baseball games support Wii motion plus (they're no doubt coming).

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Other impressions:

Other impressions: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2009/jul/12/games-xbox

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An only in the US experience....

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