Now we know the Sci Fi Channel has been moving farther and farther away from the ‘Sci Fi’ part of their name for a long time. If it wasn’t creature features infesting the weekend schedule, it was wrestling throwing folding chairs all over Wednesday nights. Add in the various ‘reality’ series, and SF has become the red headed stepchild of the channel. And now Sci Fi is going to unleash GameQuest on their unsuspecting throngs of viewers.
Set to appear in the first quarter of 2009, GameQuest:
will feature top game titles from various studios, and includes physical challenges that bring video games to life, as well as elimination challenges in an arena before hundreds of spectators. Contestants will compete for a prize package that includes $100,000 and trips to future World Cyber Games events.
As you can see, it looks like a combination of DoubleDare from Nickelodeon paired up with actual videogame play. Now, I don’t know about you, as much fun as watching the physical challenges may be, actually watching someone play a videogame is, well, dull. Like golf and soccer, videogames are much more fun to actually play than to watch.
Don’t believe me? Check out this awesomely hyperactive clip from Starcade:
Can’t you just feel the excitement? Granted, watching people go at it in Gears of War in all its curb stomping glory is waaay more exciting than Pac Man, but I don’t see it making compelling TV. Not in America anyway. Just don’t tell the South Koreans.