1 vs 100 was an Xbox Live Primetime game that lasted for two seasons on XBOX 360. It was based on the popular Endemol TV game show of the same title. Chris Cashman (North America) or James McCourt (UK) hosted the game live with a pre-recorded Avatar co-host, voiced by Jen Taylor (North America) or Olivia Lee (UK). There were two weekly live airings of the game. A version called "Extended Play" aired on the remaining days that the live version did not. It did not feature a live host and instead of directly earning prizes, players earned entries in a sweepstakes instead.
The game was massively multiplayer, with thousands of players competing in the audience, and 101 playing the game proper. 100 of those players were referred to as "The Mob" and the one person who played against The Mob was known as "The One". Real prizes were given out to players over XBOX Live. The One could earn increasing values of Microsoft Points (up to 10,000) and the members of The Mob could each earn an Xbox Live Arcade game as well as a number of Microsoft Points. Along with The Mob and The One, players on Xbox Live could be a part of "The Crowd" and watch the show unfold as they played along and competed amongst themselves in groups of four. The top three members of the Crowd would win an Xbox Live Arcade game. The top player in the Crowd would be selected to be The One, while the next 100 members of the Crowd would be selected to be The Mob. The Crowd not only served as potential contestants, but they also served as "helps" in the game, where The One could automatically generate his or her answer based on audience responses.
1 vs 100 was free to play on XBOX Live with a standard XBOX Live Gold account, as the game was ad-supported. Guests could sign in with Gold account members. Players were treated to periodic 15-30 second "commercial breaks" at various points during both the live show and Extended Play.
Live Show Structure
Gameplay started with a short set up period where The One and The Mob were randomly chosen. Players were then placed in their areas. The One was placed center stage next to the co-host. The 100 members of the Mob were aligned inside squares in horizontal ascending rows in front of The One. The Audience was placed into groups of four in the spectator seats where they competed with each other for score, as well as for a higher chance at being picked as a contestant in the show. Entries were based on a rotating system based on season score, weekly score, and previous round score.
Once the game started, everyone was given short amounts of time to answer multiple choice trivia questions in a variety of subjects. It was the goal of both The One and The Mob to outlast each other by answering questions correctly. One wrong answer would eliminate The One and each member of The Mob that incorrectly answered the question. As each member of The Mob was eliminated the value of the current Microsoft Point prize increased. It increased for every 10 Mob members eliminated up to a cap of 10,000 for the top prize. If The One outlasted every single member of The Mob, they were awarded the top prize and The Mob got nothing. If The One incorrectly answered a question, he or she was eliminated and received nothing. If this happened, the top three scoring members of The Mob won a XBOX Live Arcade game download code. At predetermined times, The One could also choose to take the current prize and leave, thus ending the current game and awarding the Mob nothing. When either side was eliminated or The One chose to keep the money, a new One and Mob was chosen from The Crowd. This was done after a short break where current gameplay stats, scores, leaderboards, and advertisements were shown. At various times during the game, the host would provide commentary on the current game in varying ways.
You did not have to be present at the start of a 2 hour live block. You could jump in or out at any time and participate in individual rounds.
The One was given a variety of "Helps" or special options that they could use one time each that could either help or hurt them should they of chosen to use one during a question. These helps included "Trust the Top 10" (Originally "Trust the Brain") , "Trust the Mob", and "Trust the Crowd". Trust the Mob was an option that let The One decide not to answer a question themselves and instead go along with whatever answer the majority of The Mob chose, Trust the Top 10 chose the answer that the top 10 players had chosen (In Season 1, the answer was only taken from the top player, this was then changed for balance issues), and Trust the Crowd chose the answer that the majority of the crowd has chose. This could obviously either help or hurt depending on if the chosen target had answered the question right or wrong.
Extended Play was a daily version of 1 vs 100 that was not hosted live and ran in 30 minute episodes. It was usually General Trivia except for Special Featured Episodes that usually took place at the very end or towards the end of a set of episodes. Extended Play worked exactly as a Live episode with minor exceptions. In Extended Play every Player was placed in the Mob and there was no One present. Instead of competing against the One, players instead tried to secure the top score of everyone playing as well as their 4 player party. There was a total of 37 questions in every 30 minute Episode. Exclusive to Extended Play was the earning and use of "Skips". A player earned a skip for every 3 consecutive correct answers and could hold up to three Skips total. When a player used a skip they chose to skip a question instead of answering it. This allows them to keep their streak bonus intact, however they would not earn any points for that question. This play also included periodic bonus questions with a times 2 multiplier, with the exception of the final being that of a times 3.
Featured Extended Play Episodes
Featured Extended Play Episodes were special episodes that hold questions all part of a select theme and aired on a weekly basis, typically with an hour to hour and a half long block.During Season 2 there were 5 different Featured Episodes, they were:
- Family - The sub genres ranged from History and In The Classroom to Kids' TV and Animals. This genre, 1 vs 100 had a theme of yellow lights.
- Fanboy Night - Various topics included Technology and Gadgets, Video Games, Comics, and Anime. These topics consisted of a set with dark purple lights.
- Lifestyle - Held the majority of community written questions as well as He Said-She Said, In The News, pop culture 80's and 90's related trivia. It had a red-orange colored set.
- Entertainment - Questions could be bunched into groups such as Movie Quotes, Finish the Lyrics, Gossip, and the recently added Vampires sub category. Set donned a bright red vide.
- Sports - There were no defined parts for the Sports genre. Players could typically expect questions pertaining to national or international, to solo or team sports, and to basic rules or variations. The lights for this one, were green.
Statistics & Awards
At the end of each round, players were given awards based on their performance. These awards, along with statistics recapping your best round and weekly record, could be accessed at any time by holding right trigger.
Use of XBOX Live Avatars
1 vs 100 used over 100 XBOX Live Avatars per game to simulate a host, co-host, player, and audience. Players had a variety of Avatar actions they could perform, such as waves, dances, and fist pumps. The camera would fix its position to highlight various player's Avatars during various times during gameplay. 1 vs 100 as of current, had the highest number of Avatars on screen at one time. The Host was an Avatar Version of Chris Cashman and the co-host was an Avatar version of Jen Taylor. The game automatically added emotions to Avatars at different times throughout the game.
On May 8th, 2009 Microsoft started a beta season of 1 vs 100 exclusively for Canadian Xbox Live Gold subscribers. On May 16th 2009 an advertisement appeared on the US NXE claiming a Beta was coming soon. The beta debuted in the United States at 7:30 PM Pacific on June 1st 2009. It lasted for 2 hours and was hosted live and had appearances by both Larry Hryb (Major Nelson), Director of Programming for XBOX Live, and musical group Taking Back Sunday. It was revealed by host Chris Cashman that there were 50,000 players playing at once during the Beta's first night.
Introduction of Prizes
It was revealed by Chris Cashman that the July 10th 2009 version of 1 vs 100 Live would start the giving of real prizes to both the One and the Mob.
Season 2 started on November 19th, 2009. It introduced the changes to Helps, Extended Play and the Statistic system, as well as adding an Award and Level up system which allows for aditional dance moves to be unlocked. Also introduced in Season 2 were 12 XBOX 360 Achievements.
As well as Major Nelson and Taking Back Sunday, 1 vs. 100 had featured more appearances from special guests Including; Cliff Bleszinski, Felicia Day, and also Mike "Gabe" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins from Penny Arcade.
On July 15th 2010, Microsoft announced its plans to not pursue a 3rd season of the game.
Nintendo DS Game
There is also a DS version of 1 Vs 100. It is in no way associated with the Xbox Live Primetime version, but is based directly off of the NBC televised version of the show.