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The TALK Is Right / Re: What games are next to get the LCD treatment?
« Last post by gamesurf on Yesterday at 05:00:25 PM »
By and large you don't see them on game shows now, and the current and future audiences aren't going to equate old tech with magic, simple or otherwise. And, honestly, game shows aren't larger than life events for viewers. They're TV shows--that's not bad, but they're just one type of program amidst a multitude.

Sure, I get why they're getting phased out--it's tricky to maintain lightbulbs, LCD screens are easier to maintain and troubleshoot, etc.

But as a design element, they helped establish a unique identity. TPiR doesn't look like the nightly news, or a cooking show, or the View.

And they were a strong design element, too. Eggcrates:
  • provided clean graphics (black background, white text is a strong contrast)
  • were to read on camera--sometimes saturated colors like the Pay the Rent price reveals blend in with the set a little *too* much IMO
  • linked many games together with a consistent design element, sort of like sections of a magazine using the same font
  • the dot matrix looked authoritative, like the Times Square news tickers. (And I'll probably moan when those inevitably get replaced by new tech too)

As for the list of "fixes" for the games proposed on the last page, y'all already know how I feel about LCD screens in general, but I just want to focus on one thing:

NUMBER ONE on my list for updating is Secret X: I think a more high-tech board can be devised with LCD monitors for the squares - including cool graphics when someone wins.  That reveal with the panel turning is awful.

Physical props establish credibility. You could play Deal or No Deal with 26 screens inside the cases instead of physical props... but how are you able to prove that the same amount was in the same case the whole time? You have to take the producer's word for it.

Physical props like the Lucky Seven doors, the Shell Game ball, actually seeing the rats cross the finish line in Rat Race, a physical secret "X", etc. are small reassurances that the producers can't change anything once the game begins. (Sure, you and I know that they legally can't do that, but your ordinary Joe the Viewer doesn't.)
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The TALK Is Right / Re: What games are next to get the LCD treatment?
« Last post by TPIRZippy on Yesterday at 04:57:43 PM »
LCDs where it makes it seem like they could manipulate a win/loss on the spot (like what they did with Bonus Game; it is certain that S&P would not tolerate them changing where the Bonus is on the spot, but there was no possibility of that at all with the old displays) are not great.  The Secret X board would be another example of where they could theoretically manipulate it but the manual reveal would not allow it. Same for Lucky $even, Range Game, 3 Strikes, Pathfinder, etc. that have the winning numbers/prices already in place to light up.  Something about Temptation using that screen doesn't feel right, even though I know they wouldn't be allowed to change the answer in that game.  One like Secret X or Bonus Game would be even worse to do it with.
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Price is Right Recaps! / Re: TPiR Recap - 6/18/2018
« Last post by GameShowKid on Yesterday at 04:38:24 PM »
Has there been an episode where all of the first four contestants called are male, the first IUFB is something designed for a man, and the first major prize offered is a collection of clothing &/or shoes for men? I demand equal treatment! :)

Great to see one of my favorite games again: 10 Chances. And what a win!! I was applauding and saying "Wow" from my seat.
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Price is Right Recaps! / Re: TPiR Recap - 6/18/2018
« Last post by Gameshowgenius26 on Yesterday at 04:30:21 PM »
Barker would have lost it on that 10C playing.

Are you kidding, he's already done it before and doing it this time would be no different.
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The TALK Is Right / Re: What games are next to get the LCD treatment?
« Last post by priac on Yesterday at 03:55:37 PM »
NUMBER ONE on my list for updating is Secret X: I think a more high-tech board can be devised with LCD monitors for the squares - including cool graphics when someone wins.  That reveal with the panel turning is awful.

Freeze Frame: VERY dated.  And, more importantly, the manual crank is a waste of time. (Reminds me of the old ferris wheel contraption on Pick a Pair" - frustrating to watch)  Although I'm not sure why they made the Pick a Pair game so physical large. 

But getting back to Freeze Frame - this can be made into a much shorter game.  The whole square can be a touch screen where the contestant merely moves it with their finger, and when it stops on the desired price, they push a button that takes a "picture" of the price in the frame.  The reveal needs to be improved as well.  That little flip reveal is dated as well.  The theme of the game being camera photography is a cool one.  A lot can be done graphically to really make an otherwise boring game at least visually appealing.


Lucky Seven:  anything with a mechanical door mechanism seems dated.  There can also be a side display that informs the contestant how many dollars they have left.

Squeeze Play:  There can easily be a way to have the numbers "squeeze" together in a much cooler visual manner.  And, again, the door panel reveal looks very dated.  A much cooler reveal can be devised.

Range Game - or anything similar that still relies on a human being to turn a crank behind the game board should be updated.

Younger viewers live in an LCD world.  And younger viewers are potential future viewers.  As much as long time viewers are anti-change, it still needs to happen. 

The secret is to have these changes occur very gradually, lest they risk alienating long time viewers.




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Barker Era / February 5, 1988
« Last post by Teddy on Yesterday at 02:14:41 PM »
First Four: Elizabeth, Ursula, George, Tracy

IUFB1: Exercise Equipment
Tracy: $1100
George: $1400
Ursula: $1200
Elizabeth: $1405*
ARP: $1695

PG1: Danger Price--Played for Stemware, a Washer/Dryer, Screen and Snow Thrower

The danger price is $430

First pick: Washer/Dryer--$880
Second pick: Stemware--$640
Third pick: Snow Thrower--$430

Other ARP: Screen--$1600

LOSS

Starcrossed instead of Big Banana Remix? Interesting choice!

Second Calldown: Marlene

IUFB2: Luggage
Marlene: $600
Tracy: $750
George: $760
Ursula: $650
OVERBID

Marlene: $550
Tracy: $551
George: $400
Ursula: $450*
ARP: $520

PG2: The Phone Home Game

Today's home contestant is Beverly

GP1: Contac Nighttime Cold Medicine
GP2: Perfect Nail Hardener
GP3: Meaty Bone Dog Biscuits
GP4: Tropical Pure Apricot Pineapple Preserves
GP5: Success Rice
GP6: Curel Lotion
GP7: Theragran-M

Beverly's first choice: $8.59 (Ursula's pick: Vitamins, is right)
Beverly's second choice: 85˘ (Ursula's pick: Rice, is right)
Beverly's third choice: $1.50 (Ursula's pick: Nail Care, is wrong; ARP--$4.95, correct solution--Dog Biscuits)

Cash awards: $3,000 and $10,000

Total winnings: $13,000

WIN!

Third Calldown: Jimmy

IUFB3: Grandfather Clock
Jimmy: $1400
Marlene: $1200
Tracy: $1300
George: $1405
OVERBID

Jimmy: $1075*
Marlene: $1100
Tracy: $900
George: $1105
ARP: $11096

PG3: 3 Strikes--Played for a Ford Escort

Numbers in price: 4, 6, 9, 0

First draw: 0 (guesses third, is wrong)
Second draw: X (strike one!)
Third draw: X (strike two!)
Fourth draw: X (YER OUT!!!)

ARP: $6,940

WIPEOUT

SCSD1
Jimmy: .30+.15=.45
Elizabeth: .85
Ursula: .70+.90=OVER

Elizabeth is going to the Showcase! Paul must've forgotten to use the split-screen arrow in this SCSD, because none of the spins get that shot at all.

Fourth Calldown: Loretta

Rod doesn't even tell Loretta that she's the next contestant on the show.

IUFB4: 2 Guitars
Loretta: $500
Marlene: $550
Tracy: $850*
George: $600
ARP: $885

PG4: Most Expensive--Played for a Curio Cabinet, 2 Bunk Beds and a Refrigerator/Freezer

Tracy picks #2

ARP of #1: $1,350
ARP of #3: $1,060
ARP of #2: $1,961

WIN!

Afterwards, a Barker's Beauties chat takes place.

Fifth Calldown: Nancy

IUFB5: Sailboat
Nancy: $1300
George: $1325
Loretta: $1500
Marlene: $1501*
ARP: $1649

PG5: Check Game--Played for a Wine Closet

Total must be between $3,000 and $3,500

Marlene writes check for $1,200

ARP: $2,500

Total: $3,700

LOSS

The Range Game cue is still played as the background music, and the losing sound is still MRRRRRRRRP!

Final Calldown: Patricia

At least for another year, when Rod is shown calling contestants, the camera will still fade from him to the audience.

George is now facing the dreaded possibility of being in the FFBC, which will happen if he doesn't win this last One-Bid round.


IUFB6: Chaise
Patricia: $850
Nancy: $900
George: $1000
Loretta: $1*
ARP: $798

Aw...poor George.

PG6: Five Price Tags--Played for a Jeep Wrangler

Possible prices: $13,103, $11,776, $9,843, $10,291, $12,682

SP1: Cordless Hand Vacuum--$40? Guesses false, ARP: $40
SP2: Booster Car Seat--$9? Guesses false, ARP: $13
SP3: 2 Paint Cans--$30? Guesses false, ARP: $30
SP4: Faucet--$193? Guesses true, ARP: $150

Loretta wins only one pick from the five price tags

First pick: $13,103? NO

ARP: $11,776

LOSS

The NO tags are still met with a MRRRRRRRRP! However, the ARP is now indicated with a WIN! tag.

SCSD2
Loretta: .30+.85=OVER
Marlene: .40+.80=OVER
Tracy: .05

By virtue of the first two spinners going over, Marlene is going to the Showcase! This time the split-screen arrow is used.

SHOWCASES
Top Winner: Tracy
Runner-Up: Elizabeth

SHOWCASE 1
Stereo System, Foreign Language Records, Around the World (Spain, Greece, Japan)
Tracy passes to Elizabeth, who bids $12,000

SHOWCASE 2
Gas Barbeque Grill, Gold Tea Service, Toyota MR2
Tracy bids $15,000

ARP of Tracy's Showcase: $15,982 (Difference: $982)
ARP of Elizabeth's Showcase: $10,863 (OVER)

Tracy wins her Showcase, and takes home $21,238 in cash and prizes!
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Price is Right Recaps! / Re: TPiR Recap - 6/18/2018
« Last post by ooboh on Yesterday at 02:12:48 PM »
I would’ve lost Grand Game the same way Brenda did.

After Kathleen picked 20 after confirming that the first two numbers were 18, I could’ve sworn she was going to go for the season number. I still can’t believe she won. I would’ve gone 87.

After all the idiotic nonzero guesses (including the $270 guess despite the fact that ended in zero), I could’ve sworn Sarah wasn’t even going to get a chance at the car. I actually went “OH MY GOD” when her guess was correct. I would’ve guessed $16,950.
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Price is Right Recaps! / Re: TPiR Recap - 6/18/2018
« Last post by IncoG5nito on Yesterday at 02:05:37 PM »
Bonus Game was a chip shot, and she shanked it. (A hair dryer worth more than $70?  Come on...)
Barker would have lost it on that 10C playing.
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Price is Right Recaps! / Re: TPiR Recap - 6/18/2018
« Last post by TinoStar11 on Yesterday at 01:32:32 PM »
Two of the more crazier wins you'll probably see this season, especially with the miracle 10C win.
As far back as i can find, i don't remember the last time someone won the Car in 10C, with only 1 chance to win the Car.

And I can't remember when was the last time there were back-to-back car games

May 16 of this season ( Any Number was played 3rd , Pathfinder was played 4th )
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Price is Right Recaps! / Re: TPiR Recap - 6/18/2018
« Last post by Mewtwo on Yesterday at 01:31:24 PM »
The only two games were won by contestants that didn't deserve to.  Kathleen picked 20 after 18 and Sarah takes a hot steamy dump all over the zero rule.  I usually hate seeing skunks but this isn't one I would have minded.
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