Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A good rant

Game Show Forum is ranting about me again.

Sometimes they just don't seem to have much else to do. Well, it's nice to know I can get under their very thin skin. For some reason they think I picked 500 Questions at #1 on my fifty best list. I actually put it at #47, but that's close enough for government work and GSF's great minds, I guess.

My real crime was picking some shows from the last 25 years. Game Show Forum regards the years after 1990 as pretty much a vast wasteland, and included very few post-1990 shows in their 50 oldies, er, greatest list. My list was much more balanced among all the decades from the 1950s through the 2010s.

Just so the folks at GSF don't strain their brains any more, my list from 1 to 50...

Match Game, Jeopardy, Pyramid, Wheel of Fortune, The Chase, The Price Is Right, Lingo, I've Got A Secret, Family Feud, Cash Cab, Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, What's My Line, Let's Make A Deal, Newlywed Game, Russian Roulette, Dating Game, Hollywood Squares, Concentration, Scrabble, Chain Reaction, Password, Greed, Supermarket Sweep, Win Ben Stein's Money, Celebrity Name Game, Street Smarts, Inquizition, Baggage, That's the Question, Now You See It, 1 vs. 100, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, Minute To Win It, Remote Control, To Tell The Truth, Weakest Link, Power of 10, Deal or No Deal, Sale of the Century, Beat the Clock, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Let's Ask America, You Bet Your Life, Name That Tune, Hollywood Game Night, The Name's the Same, 500 Questions, College Bowl, Joker's Wild, Press Your Luck.

UPDATE: Oh, I figured out why the deep thinkers at Game Show Forum imagined I put 500 Questions at #1. In my linked list of the shows - which I explicitly said ran from #50 at the top to #1 at the bottom, but I can't expect GSF folks to read too well - I also listed the age of the shows. Which was one (1) year in the case of 2015's 500 Questions. You'd think that even GSFers could understand this. But math is hard, as Barbie once said. (Then the lousy p.c. police shut her up.)

One more funny note. A poster on Game Show Forum says he's happy the board is closed to new members...because I would apply to get in. Even by GSF's demanding standards of unintentional humor, that's a real knee-slapper. I would sooner apply for an eternal stint in Dante's ninth circle. Come to think of it, the two applications would be pretty much the same.

22 comments:

  1. They Crack me up! They actually thought the greatest game show in your humble opinion was 500 Questions!

    Also, why in God's name is Press Your Luck in the top ten? A mindless game of "press the button and win a prize" beat out long runners like TTTT and WML? Also, Double Dare (Nickelodeon) and Supermarket Sweep wouldn't have ranked so high if it wasn't for nostalgia.

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    1. To be fair, Matt Ottinger stepped in to give my actual number one, Match Game. But yeah, I couldn't help having some fun with the GSF blooper.

      I said some nice things about the board when they included The Chase in their list of oldies, er, greatest. But this 500 Questions goof was too good to pass up.

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    2. I did put Press Your Luck at #50 on my list, for the greatest solve in game show history. Thank you, Mr. Larson. But otherwise I agree that it was a ridiculously overblown exercise in random button-pushing. Really hard to understand how it could end up so high even on GSF's list.

      Again, to be fair, I've seen some criticism of Press Your Luck on Game Show Forum. But somehow it still got into their top ten. Weird.

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    4. What do you expect from people who support Copyright Nazis. According to them, supporting Sony and Fremantle makes you smart, and not supporting them makes you dumber than rocks.

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    5. I think the best summation of PYL having such high ranking and regard in spite of its simplicity was best said by Tim Connolly years ago on his old website:

      "It's a charming, exciting game that was low on mental gymnastics but high on instant gratification. The game itself does not exactly incorporate a whole lot of skill, but the show itself is an outright carnival. Overall, there's not a whole lot of game, but a tremendous game show."

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    6. First of all. I was the one who misread your list topper as 500 Questions. And I also said that it was quite possible I was wrong because your list was so illegible that I couldn't separate anything without assistance.

      Second of all, I was going to stop there but I refuse to let Mr. Nisanian misrepresent the reason why he got the treatment he did. Rest assured, it had very little to do with his misunderstanding of federal copyright law. When it comes down to it, his combative attitude, his constant playing of the victim card, his stalker-level hatred for Bob Barker, his pedophilia accusations, and his whining about other users allegedly threatening violence against him were just several of the many strikes he accumulated against him and quite frankly he got many more chances than most people got.

      I'd go on but I've wasted too much time as it is on this. I can't wait to see the next obsessive post made about a forum you obviously care deeply about considering how often you talk about it in spite of the apparent lack of place it has in your life.

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    7. If you think I still like making pedophilia accusations, you're mistaken.

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    8. And I have no regrets about playing the victim card. Everything has suggested that all you guys do is start fight after fight after fight, nitpick everything. A few people I actually like from that Forum were chased away by people like you.

      Seriously, were you neglected by your parents? That's gotta be the only reason you're so jaded all the time.

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    9. My list was so "illegible"? I dunno, Matt Ottinger had no trouble reading it. But I agree that the typical level of GSF reading ability is not astronomically high.

      Of course, I specifically pointed out that the list ran from number fifty at the top to number one at the bottom. I also said that number fifty was Press Your Luck and number one was Match Game. But again, the typical GSFer has trouble understanding almost anything.

      As for your weird accusations of "obsessive" behavior, we're obviously getting into areas of strange psychology. I commented on your board's list of fifty greatest game shows. If you find that "obsessive," why did you bother with the list in the first place? Are we just supposed to accept the almighty wisdom of GSF on which game shows are the best? If you don't like criticism and comment, that is too bad.

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    10. Criticism and comment is one thing. What you do is something else altogether.


      I would entertain Mr. Nisanian's defense but he's a pathological liar.

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    11. What I do is exactly criticism and comment. You just don't like to hear it. Tough.

      And watch your step on the name-calling with other commenters. You're bumping right up against the prohibition of libelous remarks. Read my comment below.

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    12. I'm not libeling Mr. Nisanian at all. He is a liar.

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    13. Probably against my better judgment, I'm going to let these two remarks about Mr. Nisanian stand. Any other similar remarks from you, however, will get every one of your comments deleted, now and in the future. Do I make myself clear?

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    14. No need to be any clearer. I've said my piece and will be on my merry way.

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  2. If it's true that the board is supposedly closed off to new members, that is abominable. For me, there's a reason I hardly ever reply to anything on there anymore. A number of them are just plain sarcastic jerks that just want to slam down any honest questions or conversation for any one of multiple reasons. I'm sorry to anyone from there that reads this, but it's true.

    As far as the placement of the shows on their list this time goes, I'm sure that having not as many voters this time (48 vs. 80) shook up some of the placements. I was not one of them this time. I admit Press making the Top 10 this time around is a surprise to me, and I'm saying that as my all-time favorite show. In 2006, I had it placed at #14, and I feel that spot is still about right.

    In any case, to you Casey, and anyone else reading this, if you want a new fresh place to talk about both the old AND the new, come look up the new Game Show Talk & Fun over on the Lost Silver Productions YouTube page. You're all welcome to come join us.

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    1. Thanks for the invite. I'll take a look. And one more time, to be fair to GSF, a few brave posters have suggested opening up the board to new members. But they've been closed down now since 2013, I believe. Sure enough, the board seems to be withering away, as the greatly reduced number of voters in this year's top 50 list suggests.

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  3. If there's a limited amount of members at 'The Forum', you can have mine. Haven't posted there in years. I agree the majority are mean and sarcastic. Especially if you don't have a history on the site of 10k posts. After having a couple dozen posts nitpicked I made the comment that I was quitting because I didn't appreciate the constant bashing. So some of the cool kids started a pool predicting when I'd be back. No one has won that pool yet. Lousy bunch of 'first letter of the alphabet'-holes.

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  4. 'first letter of the alphabet'-holes

    I like how you dodged the prohibition against profanity while making your point (wink). Anyhoo, any Internet board is a mixed bag. But GSF does let some of the, er, less friendly types run way too wild. I finally got tired of posting there amid all the flame wars and silliness. It's the reason for this blog's existence, as I point out in the sidebar.

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  5. I quit that forum the moment I saw them siding the big guy (Fremantle), and not with the little guy (administrator of the "What's My Line? YouTube channel). They were making fun of him, and treating him like he was the lowest form of scum.

    P.S. Sorry to disappoint you, Casey, but PYL is one of my all-time favorites.

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  6. For what it's worth, my trolling tendencies over the years, as I've been told by a couple people, are at least partially responsible for Game Show Forum being closed to new members for almost three years since they left Invision power boards for Simple Machines.

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  7. Just a reminder about this thread...

    I don't mind strong disagreements back and forth between commenters. But please remember the prohibition against libelous remarks. I haven't seen anything that crosses the line yet, but let's not play with fire. Thank you.

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