So I played (and lost) on Jeopardy! last night. I wrote up a big bunch of words about the experience a couple of days after I got home from taping, and they’ve been sitting and waiting until I could post them today. Check them out here! Missy on Jeopardy! Part 1 Missy on Jeopardy! Part 2 Missy on Jeopardy! Part 3 Read More!
SHOW TIME: PLAYING THE GAME They try to keep the game running as close to real-time as possible, which means “commercial breaks” are maybe five minutes, tops. Every time the show cuts to commercial, the production team comes out to talk to the contestants. Maybe it’s encouragement (shake it off, keep calm, there’s way more game left, don’t worry) or a technical issue (make sure you’re looking over here, or doing X, Y, or Z), or getting your sweaty face powdered down. They bring out water for everyone at. . . Read More!
TRAVEL DAY: A TALE OF TWO PIZZAS We flew out in the early afternoon, so we could arrive at our hotel right around check-in time. We didn’t even rent a car; it would have been more than a hundred bucks a day, and the hotel was only three or four miles from the airport. Plus, I was scheduled to be picked up by a studio shuttle at 7 AM, so we’d just need a taxi or a Lyft from the airport to the hotel and back again. Our flight was. . . Read More!
IN THE BEGINNING: THE 25-YEAR AUDITION PROCESS My first audition for Jeopardy! was for the college tournament, about 25 years ago. Back in those days, there was no online test—you had to travel to Los Angeles on your own dime to take a written test in a huge room with tons of people; then they scored the tests and whittled the group down from there. I combined the audition with a trip to visit a friend, so I wasn’t just traveling from Seattle to L.A. for the audition alone.. . . Read More!
I’ve seen ads on TV for Dave & Buster’s since moving down here, but for the last 4 years there hasn’t been one nearby. I think the nearest one was Miami. Anyhoo, it looked like a fascinating idea — a restaurant full of standard American fare, attached to a video game arcade. It made me think of GameWorks, but maybe a little less indie-hipster-gastropub. (I don’t know if all GameWorks locations were like that, but the Seattle one was definitely trying for the fancier side in their restaurant.) Finally, last. . . Read More!
Top 7. Because 5 is never enough, but I’m too lazy for 10. I was going to say that I wasn’t a huge gamer growing up, but thinking about it, that’s totally not true. When I was a kid, we had an Intellivision. I loved playing Advanced Dungeons & Dragons on that sucker (even though I’ve never played D&D in real life). We also had an Atari 400 — many of the games came on audiocassettes, and you’d put them in a special player that took a half-hour to load. . . Read More!
Here’s a LOLcat that actually made me laugh out loud. Which rarely happens. Of all of you out there watching Dancing with the Stars, is there anyone else who dislikes Cloris Leachman? I feel like I’m in the minority here — the reality round-up I read has an author who’s all, Cloris is still in it! Yay! I just find her irritating, and desperately trying to amuse us, and there’s just no joy in her for me whatsover. I’m meeting up with some Comedy Warehouse folk this afternoon at the. . . Read More!
Our Xbox 360 is bricked. We have the red ring of death. Xbox support was very helpful, and a shipping box is on its way to us. Although they’re not being terribly secretive about their call center — the hold music was a radio station in India. In an intriguing coincidence, Scott just got Forza 2 a couple of weeks ago, and has been playing it. Not extensively, but still — it just fuels the rumors that F2 bricks Xboxes. Read More!
We rented the new game BioShock this last week. As usual, I watched Scott play, then I started my own game on the “easy” setting. Having watched him play most of the game, I tore through it in just a couple of days. I don’t usually go for the first-person shooters (I’m more of a platformer), but this game was just amazing. The environment, the story, the steampunk weapons, and even the background sound and music (a great collection of 40s tunes like “Beyond the Sea” and “Bei Mir Bist. . . Read More!
We combined our birthday power and got an Xbox 360 yesterday. It came with Xbox Arcade, and Scott also bought Gears of War. I’m just glad that Psychonauts is now bacward-compatible. Now if only they’d add Mercenaries to the list, before Mercenaries 2 comes out (in “holiday 2007”). Read More!