The Sci Fi Channel Thinks Video Games Are Fun To Watch On TV

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.

One thought on “The Sci Fi Channel Thinks Video Games Are Fun To Watch On TV”

  1. I’d like to politely disagree.  I watch people play videogames all the time.  Everything from tetris to fallout 3.  And I’m not alone.  We had a Portal party pretty much when we first got it in which about 8 people came over and we all sat and watched a friend play it (and of course, helped.)

     

    My husband also watches, he usually runs the faq while I’m playing through various RPGs and such.  Gaming is social, not just for playing but also for hanging out and watching friends play.

    I don’t know that the show will be any good, because it does remove the interactive and friendly element that comes from watching a person in the same room play a game.  But I won’t be discounting it just because they’re going to play.

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