I played a new kind of videogame Monday night. In an era of time-shifting DVRs allowing you to watch TV when you want to, the Xbox Primetime initiative is a bit of a throwback. It’s a scheduled videogame, the “live” version only available in this case between 7:30 and 9:30. So I grabbed a few folks from the games forum I frequent and lined up to get in.
I’m not kidding when I say lined up. We were some of the lucky 40,000 people to get into the game. The live announcer kept saying over 50,000 but the in game stats said 40,456. Just like the Bob Saget hosted game 101 people actually got to play the game. The rest of us were in the crowd. We still competed against each other in our small group of up to 4 people and the leaderboards were contiually updated to show how well we did against the rest of the crowd. It kept me quite enthralled until the dog needed to go walkies.
So here’s the rules of 1 vs. 100. There’s a single contestant called the One (whoa) and 100 people in the Mob. A question is asked with three possible answers. If the One gets it right play moves on with everyone in the Mob who got it wrong knocked out. As the Mob thins out 10 people the prize money goes up. If the One beats the Mob he or she gets 10,000 Microsoft spacebucks ($125 value). If the One misses a question the remaining Mob splits the prize money. The One gets three lifelines, sorry “helps”, to bail him/her out with a tough question. Trust the Mob automatically takes the most common answer of the Mob. Trust the Crowd does likewise for the 40,000 other people playing the game. Trust the Brain takes the answer of the person with the highest score.
Since I never got into the Mob, let alone be the One (whoa) my measuring stick wasn’t how many spacebucks I won but my score. This is where 1 vs. 100 shows some bar trivia roots. The answer period is quick to discourage google search answers and like a bar trivia game your score is increased the quicker you answer. You also get bonus points for streaking together correct answers and for how many of the Mob gets knocked out that question. There was a lot of challenge and trash talking in the game. Very fun with friends in the group of 4 or using one of the XBL parties.