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« on: January 22, 2014, 06:24:24 PM »

Normally I wouldn't consider bringing up a trashy MTV game show in these forums, but this one kind of intrigued me from a gamer's perspective.  Sure it's still filled with drunken debauchery and unnecessary conflicts, foul mouths, and random hookups, but... the concept is kind of cool.

The setup is 10 guys, 10 gals, all supposedly "bad at relationships."  After a series of personality tests, psych evals and interviews with friends and family, each person has his/her supposed "perfect" match.  Now of course you can argue the validity of how the matches were decided upon, but let's just assume for argument's sake that it's at least much better than an online dating match. 

The goal is for these 20 people to find and pair up "correctly" with their match with essentially 10 guesses.  If they do so, they win $1 million collectively, but they have to get all 10 matches right.  After each guess they are told how many matches they made correctly, but not which specific matches were correct.  Periodically they vote one particular couple to enter a booth to find out specifically if they are a match.

So essentially you have a kind of weird mix between the classic game of concentration, The Bachelor, Big Brother, Real World and Survivor.  The big difference is that this is one of the only game shows I can think of that encourages and even forces all the people to work together to win, without any incentive to turn on each other.  Theoretically it should be a very positive experience since the end goal is to find true love AND a nice monetary reward.  But of course this being MTV, the commercials are filled with drama and yelling.  And of course these being young horny kids, it could all turn out to be a hot mess.

It seems to me that if any of them were reasonably intelligent, they could figure out a system to solve the puzzle semi-logically, particularly now that they know what information they can get with each (type of) guess.  There are only a limited amount of possible combinations, and it should get progressively easier once they confirm a couple of them.  In fact they only really need to get 9 correct couples, the last one is free by default.
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2014, 06:42:15 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2014, 05:54:15 PM »

Mastermind!!  I used to play that all the time with my sister, thanks for reminding me about it  thumbsup

Quick update: the show is pretty much the mess you'd expect from MTV.  Hookups, nasty exes, plenty of bitching, skinny dipping, foul language, it's all there!  But like a train wreck, I keep watching hoping for that glimmer of when they turn things around.  I just can't imagine the producers will allow the conclusion of the show to be an utter failure. 

So far their success rate was 2, 4, 2 and 2.  But since it didn't seem like they were playing a Mastermind like strategy, I don't know if they've learned a thing.  You'd figure for $50,000 each somebody would step up.  It really doesn't seem like it should be that difficult. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2014, 05:38:20 AM »

If I had to guess, the type of people they have participating on this show are not the kind that find fun in playing a game like Mastermind.  Just a shot out of left field.  Tongue

(but I did enjoy playing it a lot as a kid as well!)
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2014, 07:25:55 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 14, 2014, 05:38:20 AM

If I had to guess, the type of people they have participating on this show are not the kind that find fun in playing a game like Mastermind.  Just a shot out of left field.  Tongue

lol definitely don't seem the type, although some of them seem like they might be semi-intelligent under the right circumstances.  I just figure with $50,000 up for grabs for essentially solving a kid's game puzzle, someone's gotta step up. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2014, 05:43:17 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on February 14, 2014, 07:25:55 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 14, 2014, 05:38:20 AM

If I had to guess, the type of people they have participating on this show are not the kind that find fun in playing a game like Mastermind.  Just a shot out of left field.  Tongue

lol definitely don't seem the type, although some of them seem like they might be semi-intelligent under the right circumstances.  I just figure with $50,000 up for grabs for essentially solving a kid's game puzzle, someone's gotta step up. 

So the show completed last night, I think they only needed 7 or 8 guesses.  As I suspected they weren't as stupid as they seemed from the early editing.  Even the one chick I thought was a lunatic kept reminding everyone that getting 9 was getting 10, which I don't think all of them realized.  After they hit 7, they actually planned out the next guess to finish it off pretty easily. 

It still made for interesting TV aside from all the cheap sexy flesh thrills.  There were about 3 couples that had really strong feelings for each other but were all not a "perfect match" according to the experts.  So the whole idea of chemistry vs. compatibility was definitely intriguing, and then add to that the money vs. team factor (some of the people insisted they didn't care about the money but they didn't want to mess it up for everyone else).  It would be interesting to see this same concept on a major network with maybe a more mature group.
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