Filmed in TorontoOntarioit was a competitive game show in which contestants played against each other in video games for prizes, with assorted review and profile segments on current games, music, and movies featured as well. Reruns of the series from the late s and s have recently aired on GameTV.
Nicholas Picholaswho had presented the season's music review segments.
Past co-hosts have included Lexa DoigDavid J. Phillipsand Liza Fromeramong many others, while Leah Windisch was Picholas' final primary co-host. The main portions of each episode would have four contestants playing one player modes of video games against each other, typically from Nintendo consoles supported at the time of filming.
Two separate games on the same console were played on each episode by two different groups of contestants, with the hosts explaining what needs to be done in order to win each round before gameplay began. Scoring was calculated by having the contestants try and either get the highest score, collect the most of something, maintain the most health, or get the best time in their game, depending on the genre, with a tie-breaking method emphasized on the air in case it was needed.
Later seasons also occasionally featured games on the Sony PlayStation consoles. At the end of the round, the winning contestant generally won a copy of the game that they just played, and a second small prize, typically a Timex watch in later seasons. By the end of the series' run, first-place winners received a title from the show's "video game library" rather than the game they played on that episode.
Each losing contestant would win a consolation prize of their own. The show was aired abridged, editing out some host bloopers and portions of the show that didn't impact the final .
As a result, contestants had much more time than what was shown to reach their goals in the featured games. At least six shows were shot sequentially, and the same audience was used for three shows in a row, meaning that they would have to be present for several hours during the taping.
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After each round, the winner would then go to the show's bonus round, The Top 10 Bonus Wall, to win another prize. Here, they were blindfolded and in earlier seasons spun around three times, after which they would put their hand in a container of 11 balls 10 white, 1 red with s corresponding with the prizes to be won.
If the player pulled a white ball, the on it indicated the prize with the matching that they won. If they pulled the red ball, then they could choose any prize that they wanted from the bonus wall. Bonus round prizes included video game peripherals, action figures, playsets, board games, educational prizes, and passes to Toronto-area tourist attractions, among numerous others.
These prizes were usually provided by sponsors for the show, and advertisements were common during commercial breaks. Aside from the main gameplay, a of segments and contests were featured to profile other new video games and popular media for the home audience or respond to viewer letters, during and after each round. Many of these had an attached contest where viewers could send in a postcard or letter to try and win a prize, with the mailing address for these contests shown frequently on-screen on each episode.
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October Learn how and when to remove this template message. Retrieved While Picholas ultimately became the face of the show, he wasn't the first.
The debut season was hosted by Gordon Woolvett, a Hamilton-born actor who'd later be cast as a regular on sci-fi show Andromeda. He'd take over in season two, a position held until the show went off the air in : Canadian television series debuts Canadian children's game shows Television series produced in Toronto YTV TV channel original programming Canadian television series endings Television series by The Robert Essery Organization s Canadian game shows s Canadian game shows Television series by Corus Entertainment Television shows about video games s Canadian children's television series s Canadian children's television series.
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