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Offline whowouldeverhurtawhammy

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Re: Your biggest TPIR "what-ifs"
« Reply #60 on: November 29, 2018, 09:55:45 PM »
I think this would been illegal, or at the very least run afoul of the S&P rules - even if the "rigging" was in the contestant's favor.

And in today's environment, with HD and DVR capabilities, it wouldn't have taken a second for some sharp eyed viewer to spot it and post it all over the internet.  Pretending someone won a game that was rigged for them to win, and using that for publicity would be almost as bad as getting caught rigging a game for a player to lose.

Assuming that would be the scenario, aside from repeated $50k wins every time being the dead giveaway of potential wrongdoing, would someone at home be able to see the wires within the board to know if the game was rigged or not?
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Offline thatvhstapeguy

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Re: Your biggest TPIR "what-ifs"
« Reply #61 on: November 29, 2018, 10:02:08 PM »
While HD is good, there are limits to how fine the details can be. While you might not be able to see any wires themselves, the physics of the chips would most certainly give it away with some careful analysis of the footage.
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Re: Your biggest TPIR "what-ifs"
« Reply #62 on: November 29, 2018, 10:18:44 PM »
IIRC the promo they used it for didn't show the "chip" being dropped, just landing in the 10K slot. They had no need to make it look realistic.

EDIT: Yep. Also makes me wonder if they weighted the bottom of the box to ensure it always landed in the correct orientation.

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Re: Your biggest TPIR "what-ifs"
« Reply #63 on: November 29, 2018, 11:20:55 PM »
I think this would been illegal, or at the very least run afoul of the S&P rules - even if the "rigging" was in the contestant's favor.

And in today's environment, with HD and DVR capabilities, it wouldn't have taken a second for some sharp eyed viewer to spot it and post it all over the internet.  Pretending someone won a game that was rigged for them to win, and using that for publicity would be almost as bad as getting caught rigging a game for a player to lose.
Yes, that's why I said it would be a PR nightmare. Even having to give the contestant $30,000 because of the error looked bad itself.

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Re: Your biggest TPIR "what-ifs"
« Reply #64 on: November 30, 2018, 04:15:50 PM »
What if Clock Game John had played Poker Game? Would "Poker Game John" have become a game show legend?

I would like to hope so!
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Re: Your biggest TPIR "what-ifs"
« Reply #65 on: December 02, 2018, 03:26:27 PM »
How about this: what if Superball had remained off the chopping block?
Let me rephrase my previous question:

What if Superball had remained in circulation, and instead Plinko was axed?
I walk into Barker's Bargain Bar to find some deals. I notice the men's department and encounter some Temptation. I go over and look at some t-shirts trying to figure out which one is 1/2 Off. One shirt has Five Price Tags on it for some reason so I must go to the price scanner to find out which is the One Right Price. Next I go over to the slacks and see a sign, "2 for the Price of 1." I figure the Clearance Sale price is around $40 each. Seeing that it's a good deal, I Take Two. Time is running short, so I hurry over to the shoes department to see if I can Pick a Pair for my meeting tomorrow. I find the perfect shoes, hurry back to the Check-Out and hand the clothes to the clerk so she can ring them up. She tells me the Actual Retail Price for all the items, and I discover...

THE PRICE IS RIGHT!

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Re: Your biggest TPIR "what-ifs"
« Reply #66 on: December 25, 2018, 03:23:55 AM »
There was an incident in season 37 where a contestant playing Plinko was given $30,000 because they didn't remove wire that set up the chip to hit the $10,000 after filming a promo for a video game-- what if this had not been noticed and the contestant won $50,000 as a result? Would they have given the contestant $50,000 and then reshot the game to be played honestly like they did, or would they have kept in the tainted $50,000 win just to say someone won Plinko and get publicity out of it? They didn't use the perfect showcase bid for publicity because they assumed there was cheating involved and finding out the circumstances behind the Plinko win certainly would've been a PR nightmare.

If something like that had happened during the Barker era, I think they would have let the contestant keep the money, and the producers would have had Bob explain what happened - full, transparent honesty.  Depending on when the error was noticed, the explanation would have been either at the end as part of the show itself, or taped later and tagged on to the end - but this would have been too big to relegate to a voice-over announcement like they do if a contestant was later found to be ineligible.  The only adverse impact on gameplay would have been the contestant's slot during the Showcase Showdown, since as we all know the amount you win determines whether you spin first, second or third.
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Offline LarryC

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Re: Your biggest TPIR "what-ifs"
« Reply #67 on: January 02, 2019, 09:47:02 AM »
If the Tom Kennedy nighttime version of TPiR had been renewed for the 1986/87 season -- who would have directed it?  Marc Breslow was fired in 1986, after directing season one.  Just a guess, but I'm thinking he would have directed season two also (since Barker wanted him off the daytime show, and may not have controlled the nighttime one).