Friday, June 16, 2017

Emoji like a genius

Finally got around to watching the premiere episode of GSN's Emogenius.

First impression: it's a goofy but entertaining combo of Idiotest and Pyramid. Which might seem like an odd pair, but you have to watch the show to believe it. I enjoyed the gameplay, even if Emogenius (like Idiotest) is clearly pitched at a much younger demo than grumpy old moi. As we shall see.

The Idiotest part of Emogenius is the use of visual puzzles, those pesky emojis. The first couple rounds of the show featured teams of two trying to guess chains of emojis which added up to Jon Snow (I guessed that one) or other pop-culture people and things (I missed a lot of them).

Pyramid cropped up in the final round of the front game and in the bonus round. In those rounds one team member tried to send clues to their teammate - sound familiar? - but only through, you guessed it, emojis. The show helpfully provided a list of suggestive emojis for the team to use.

Things really got hairy in those rounds. One team had to communicate "Canada" but the sender kept hitting the American flag emoji. Not the best strategy, especially when the show provided a maple leaf emoji, which looked a lot more useful.

All's well that ends well, and the debut ep featured a happily winning team in the bonus round. They went home with ten grand and the thanks of a grateful GSN. Hunter March hosted the proceedings with plenty of energy and the gift of gab.

I said the show aims at the same demo as Idiotest, and the Nielsen Company agreed. The premiere episodes got only so-so viewer numbers in the 300K range but good demo ratings by GSN standards. That's the same combination which has kept Idiotest on the network for years. We'll see if it works for Emogenius.

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  1. And in other news, I can't believe Steve Harvey actually had the audacity to say "Enjoy your glass of brown water" to that caller. That was a horrible thing to say. People in Flint either got really sick or died. Horrible. And don't give me this, "Oh, you're too PC". There's a fine line between good comedy and going too far, and this was going too far.

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  2. You just hate Harvey's guts. In fact, I did criticize him for the (in)famous memo to his staff. The brown water comment sounds like the p.c. police going bonkers more than anything substantial. They're just after Harvey for his meeting with Trump.

    As long as Harvey was kissing up to Obama, the p.c. police always gave him a pass. No more, Steve.

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    1. I couldn't stand him, even before Trump. It was horrifying what he said, and I'm not changing my view on that.

      P.S. I applaud those who stopped watching "The Apprentice" because of Trump. No doubt God is on their side.

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    2. You couldn't stand him because you're an all-out older-is-better guy on game shows. You hated Harvey for usurping the role of your beloved Dawson.

      Anyway, Harvey got a pass from the media as long as he kissed up to their hero Obama. That's gone now, and the media knives are out for Steve.

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    3. By the way, it looks like a helluva lot more people stopped watching The Apprentice because of Arnold. He pretty much killed the show. Not that I care either way. I'm not a reality TV fan.

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    4. Trump wants to censor ANY media that criticizes him. THAT's fascism right there. Plus, Trump says he's offended by Starbucks cups. Funny how that Harvey comment is PC, but Trump being offended by "Godless" Starbucks cups isn't PC.

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    5. Wow, you have drunk the Kool-Aid. If you think the mostly rabid anti-Trump media in this country are "censored," you've been living under a rock. They've been screaming bloody murder about him for months now.

      Anyway, this thread is getting completely irrelevant to game shows, so it ends right here.

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    6. If anything, it is the leftist media who are trying to censor people's beliefs. Very violent videos are left untouched by Youtube but any videos expressing any conservative opinion are deleted even if no guidelines are violated.

      Within the last few months, the leftist media has proven how they are the hateful ones. Kathy Griffin holding up a beheaded Trump effigy, a modern adaptation of Julius Caesar with assassination of Trump, Madonna threatening to blow up the White House on the day following the inauguration, and the list goes on. The left is dead set on destroying Trump because his policies don't align with their PC beliefs. The leftists appeal to emotion and resort to name-calling and obscenities because they gave no logic

      Don't get me started on the "Russia hacked the election" conspiracy theories. The viewers who still trust CNN believe in that crap without a shred of evidence, yet the scream murder whenever someone calls them out on their lies. In fact, CNN as well as the other "alphabet networks" donated to the Clinton campaign and Some of their staff are friends/relatives of people who worked in the Obama administration. What happened to being impartial?!?

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    7. And yet, EPG and Casey Abell are perfectly happy with images of Obama being hung. http://ugc.reveliststatic.com/gen/constrain/800/800/80/2016/11/16/15/9z/m5/pha1nl69s02qbwe.jpg

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    8. Trump keeps denying he has any ties to Russia, when he admitted that he does years ago. He also says the Central Park Five need to be executed, when it's already been proven that they didn't harm anyone.

      And you, right-wingers, ALL of your boycotts have failed. Give it up already. If you had left-wingers so much, invent a time machine, and go back to the 1950's.

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    9. EPG broke out the bubbly when Morley Safer died a year ago.

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  3. Okay, that's enough. Take this discussion to a political board somewhere. I will make one more game show related comment. If Steve Harvey keeps kissing up to Trump, he can expect endless media hostility. When he kissed up to Obama, the media naturally loved him, or at least tolerated him.

    Of course, older-is-better fanatics like Vahan will always hate any host of Feud - or anything else about games shows - after 1990.

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    1. The obsessive nature of classic game show fans is why I disbanded from that niche.

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    2. Older is better... that's a drink according to the Game Show Follies drinking game.

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  4. For Canada, the contestant was using an up-arrow followed by the American flag to symbolize its position on a map. (I didn't see the maple leaf, but sure, that would have been a much clearer clue.)

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