1 vs. 100 Beta Impressions

Posted by DBoy (2152 posts) -

For those of you out there who probably weren't aware of this already, Canada was selected to be a part of the 1 vs. 100 Beta by Microsoft. If you didn't know about this, you're not alone. I had been away from my glorious Xbox 360 for a good while, playing some MLB 09: The Show on my PlayStation 3 instead. I became aware of this event when I logged onto Giant Bomb and watched Jeff & Ryan hack a Canadian Xbox Live Gamertag (see below)  to play a couple of rounds of this soon-to-be worldwide online experience. This prompted me to turn on my good ol' 360 and to scope out the next live event, so I could witness firsthand all of the chaos and mayhem of the live show. Said event took place last night, from 10 PM to midnight.

How was it? Pretty damn fun, if I do say so myself.

For those of you out there who are unfamiliar with the context of the show, let me quickly run it down for you. There is one person taking center stage, called "The 1", one hundred people facing him or her, composed of one hundred people, called "The Mob", and the studio audience, called "The Crowd". I have no idea how the television game works, but in the Xbox 360 game, everybody gets to answer a series of questions on random stuff. However, The 1 plays against The Mob the entire time. Mob members who do not answer the question correctly are eliminated, thus narrowing down their numbers. Once in awhile, the hostess will ask The 1 to choose between The Money or The Mob. In this version of the game, The Money is represented by Microsoft Points. The more Mob members The 1 eliminates, the more Money they make. If The 1 answers incorrectly, The Money is divided amongst the remaining Mob members.

I logged onto Xbox Live around 9:45 PM. The lobby was made accessible around 9:55 PM, so I joined then. Sadly, since this was my first participation, my spot was reserved amongst The Crowd but, since you can still answer questions even though you're not sitting in "the big chairs", it didn't bother me that much. As my avatar entered a studio filled with my Canadian countrymen's avatars, and while I was busy making him dance like an idiot with the help of the Y button and the directional pad, the live announcer, named Chris, came on the air and welcomed us all to the show. That was pretty cool, since it made the proceedings feel lively. He talked about Canada and the live Beta, how we wouldn't win any Microsoft points or Xbox Live Arcade games because of that (boo!), and gave shoutouts to some random gamertags amongst the crowd. This got me pretty pumped for the rest.

The show kicked off around 10:15 PM, since the person who was playing the role of The 1 disconnected and that they had to choose another person. After answering one or two questions, I got kicked back to the lobby myself and had to wait about 10-15 minutes before I could rejoin the proceedings. I wasn't the only one having problems, since most of my party of four kept dropping in and out constantly. However, after that slight problem, everything went fine for the rest of the evening. The game itself is pretty basic. You're tasked into answering some questions on various topics, which naturally get harder as you go along. You can get a streak of correct answers going, which will nail you more points in the process. It would seem like the best 3 scores will win prizes in the final build but, as I stated previously, no prizes were given out during the Beta. The show would stop every half-hour or so, while Chris returned on the air to talk about the game and tell us that we'd bare witness to 2-3 minutes of "dead air", which will certainly be used for product placement in the final build. That gave me the chance to make my avatar dance some more and to check my personal stats. Although I never made it to The Mob or, better yet, The 1, I really enjoyed my evening.

In closing, I think Microsoft might be up to something really good (and really addicting) with 1 vs. 100. If what they are promising turns out to be true, which means that they'll be giving out Xbox Live Arcade games and Microsoft Points to participants, and that you'll have the possibility to rack up 200 Gamerscore every month, they will have struck a pot of gold. What's even more incredible is that this game will be free for all Gold Members. Man. I cannot wait for the game to go live this fall.


  

#1 Posted by DBoy (2152 posts) -

For those of you out there who probably weren't aware of this already, Canada was selected to be a part of the 1 vs. 100 Beta by Microsoft. If you didn't know about this, you're not alone. I had been away from my glorious Xbox 360 for a good while, playing some MLB 09: The Show on my PlayStation 3 instead. I became aware of this event when I logged onto Giant Bomb and watched Jeff & Ryan hack a Canadian Xbox Live Gamertag (see below)  to play a couple of rounds of this soon-to-be worldwide online experience. This prompted me to turn on my good ol' 360 and to scope out the next live event, so I could witness firsthand all of the chaos and mayhem of the live show. Said event took place last night, from 10 PM to midnight.

How was it? Pretty damn fun, if I do say so myself.

For those of you out there who are unfamiliar with the context of the show, let me quickly run it down for you. There is one person taking center stage, called "The 1", one hundred people facing him or her, composed of one hundred people, called "The Mob", and the studio audience, called "The Crowd". I have no idea how the television game works, but in the Xbox 360 game, everybody gets to answer a series of questions on random stuff. However, The 1 plays against The Mob the entire time. Mob members who do not answer the question correctly are eliminated, thus narrowing down their numbers. Once in awhile, the hostess will ask The 1 to choose between The Money or The Mob. In this version of the game, The Money is represented by Microsoft Points. The more Mob members The 1 eliminates, the more Money they make. If The 1 answers incorrectly, The Money is divided amongst the remaining Mob members.

I logged onto Xbox Live around 9:45 PM. The lobby was made accessible around 9:55 PM, so I joined then. Sadly, since this was my first participation, my spot was reserved amongst The Crowd but, since you can still answer questions even though you're not sitting in "the big chairs", it didn't bother me that much. As my avatar entered a studio filled with my Canadian countrymen's avatars, and while I was busy making him dance like an idiot with the help of the Y button and the directional pad, the live announcer, named Chris, came on the air and welcomed us all to the show. That was pretty cool, since it made the proceedings feel lively. He talked about Canada and the live Beta, how we wouldn't win any Microsoft points or Xbox Live Arcade games because of that (boo!), and gave shoutouts to some random gamertags amongst the crowd. This got me pretty pumped for the rest.

The show kicked off around 10:15 PM, since the person who was playing the role of The 1 disconnected and that they had to choose another person. After answering one or two questions, I got kicked back to the lobby myself and had to wait about 10-15 minutes before I could rejoin the proceedings. I wasn't the only one having problems, since most of my party of four kept dropping in and out constantly. However, after that slight problem, everything went fine for the rest of the evening. The game itself is pretty basic. You're tasked into answering some questions on various topics, which naturally get harder as you go along. You can get a streak of correct answers going, which will nail you more points in the process. It would seem like the best 3 scores will win prizes in the final build but, as I stated previously, no prizes were given out during the Beta. The show would stop every half-hour or so, while Chris returned on the air to talk about the game and tell us that we'd bare witness to 2-3 minutes of "dead air", which will certainly be used for product placement in the final build. That gave me the chance to make my avatar dance some more and to check my personal stats. Although I never made it to The Mob or, better yet, The 1, I really enjoyed my evening.

In closing, I think Microsoft might be up to something really good (and really addicting) with 1 vs. 100. If what they are promising turns out to be true, which means that they'll be giving out Xbox Live Arcade games and Microsoft Points to participants, and that you'll have the possibility to rack up 200 Gamerscore every month, they will have struck a pot of gold. What's even more incredible is that this game will be free for all Gold Members. Man. I cannot wait for the game to go live this fall.


  

#2 Posted by bjorno (1462 posts) -

I didnt get any free points but it was still sweet.
PUMP THAT Y BITCH SLAP YYYEAAHHH

#3 Posted by Diamond (8678 posts) -
bjorno said:
"I didnt get any free points but it was still sweet.PUMP THAT Y BITCH SLAP YYYEAAHHH"
Can't get free points yet, still in beta.

Played last night's games (played the first round too).  Game does still seem cool, but a few things stood out to me.

#1.  Last night the host talked more, and they timed his talking and being cut off a lot better.  Made it that much more fun, the guy is also amazing at changing his voice.

#2. Some of the questions were extremely lame last night (on the easy side).  They'd better make sure they have well written questions in the future, or it'll get boring fast.

One the the questions asked something about 'PG' rated Pixar movies, and 2 of the choices weren't even real movies (silly stuff like Filleting Nemo).  That just makes the answer too obvious.  There were a good 7 or so dumb questions like that last night.
#4 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6497 posts) -

Sounds awesome, can't wait for it to go live!

#5 Posted by ElectricHaggis (626 posts) -

I wonder if there will be a lot of repeated questions or if they'll keep coming up with new ones.
Either way, it seems pretty cool.

#7 Posted by Darro (729 posts) -

I know how the show works since it started over here several years ago and we could have been the ones to start that format or it could be the US.  Sounds like it would be something cool to do and go and hang out on every now and again (kind of like Uno).  I am sure they will have new questions for it every month or so since it wouldn't be much if they never did and had the same questions pop up again and again.

BTW, rented NHL 09 so you and me for tomorrow night if you ain't busy. :)

#8 Posted by Bruce (6238 posts) -

They should do one of those for movie trivia

#9 Posted by banksrob (1140 posts) -

I know that i will be playing this when it comes to Europe. Sounds great

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