Greetings and Salutations Everyone!
As 2012 comes to a close, we want to thank all of our clients for the best year in Game Show America’s 17 year history. We had a blast working with all of you this year – and we can’t wait to work with you again on your events in 2013. Thank you for choosing us. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for making us part of your events. Thank you for making us part of your corporate family. Each and every one of you are the reason we love to come to work every day. From the bottom of our hearts everyone at Game Show America says THANK YOU!
Our year here at Game Show America ended on a high note. We had two amazing shows in Tunica, Mississippi last week. These shows featured our all-new video contestant podiums. Here are two photos of the podiums in our shop.
The production in Tunica required three of these new podiums for the show, however the number of podiums that can be connected is unlimited. Typically our game shows utilize four to twelve podiums. Game Show America’s video contestant podiums can display video content and 3D animation. They are completely customizable to display your company’s graphics, logos, and content.
We also acquired a new truck for our fleet, bringing our total number to four trucks. Our new truck is currently in the shop getting graphic work done. We should have photos in the beginning of 2013.
Once we got back from Tunica, MS – we had our final corporate game show for 2012 on December 10th. This is an interesting story which is worthy of sharing…
The event took place in Madison, Wisconsin. The audience was about 80 people. It was a pre-dinner event – with only 45-minutes allotted for the show. The event was booked by an event planning company. Game Show America’s job was only to provide an emcee for the event. All of the game show equipment was provided by the event planning company, as it was their event (Game Show America was representing the event planning company). The game show was simple – three table top lockout displays and a small sound system. The emcee’s job was to divide the group into three teams and ask trivia questions. The team with the highest score would win the game.
Before the show, the emcee and the event company technician tested the sound system and lockout podiums to ensure everything was working. 30-minutes later the show started. The emcee took the stage, divided the audience into teams, and invited the first round of contestants to the stage. The emcee asked the first question and the contestants raced to buzz in. All three teams kept hitting their buttons, but the lockout podiums were not responding. The technician clicked on the computer system trying to get the lockout podiums to respond, but nothing was working. The only solution was to reboot the computer.
The emcee, instead of panicking, turned to the audience and began an impromptu monologue with interspersed trivia questions to keep the audience laughing and engaged. For what seemed like an eternity (in reality about three minutes), the emcee kept the audience entertained while the computer rebooted. The technician, got the program up and running, and without missing a beat, the emcee turned around and had the contestants each test their lockout buttons. This time, all of the buttons worked and the game play on stage resumed.
After 15 questions, round one was a success. Time for round two. New contestants came to the stage and after 15 more questions, round two came to a close. It was a close race – with the teams each separated by 10 points – for a distinct 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The audience was totally engaged in the game – rooting for their team members on stage.
Time for round three – new contestants to the stage (and about 20 minutes left in the show). All the contestants are ready – with their hands by their buzzers. The competition is fierce and they are ready to hit their buttons. The emcee asks the question and the contestants again race to hit their buzzers – and then….. nothing…. The computer failed again – this time, erasing the contestant scores from the digital displays on the podiums. With no time to panic – the emcee told the technician to grab a pen and paper, and we were going to finish the game the old fashioned way – with the contestants raising their hands.
The final question was asked, the scores were still 10 points apart, with any team poised to win the game. The final task – a physical challenge that had each team unrolling a 1,000 sheet roll of toilet paper – without ripping it. If the roll broke, your team was out of the game. The team that unrolled the entire roll first – was the winner.
Ready – Set – GO! The contestants started furiously unrolling the rolls of toilet paper – one person on each team was the holder – the other was the roller. The audience members on their feet cheering for their team to win the game. It’s down to the wire – all the teams are within 1/4″ of unrolling their rolls. It’s a photo finish, but one team emerged victorious! Their entire team in the audience jumped to their feet and cheered!
The emcee congratulated the two runners up and then a big round of applause for the winning team. The emcee said those famous words, “Thanks everyone for having a great time with us tonight! We’ll see you NEXT time!”
The emcee stepped off the stage and walked out of the room smiling. The technician looked a bit frazzled and disappointed that the technology didn’t work. Standing in the lobby, the client came out of the room with a glowing smile, came up to the emcee, shook his hand, and said, “Thank you! OMG, that was so much fun! The boss really loved the show!”
What’s the point?
The point is – a great emcee can make or break any game show. If the emcee is truly a professional, he/she will take what’s handed to him/her and make the absolute best of it. Yes, the technology failed – but that didn’t mean the entire show had to fail. A great emcee can overcome the technical challenges and still go on with the show. What could have been a disaster, and perhaps having the event planner not getting paid, turned into an absolutely fantastic show. The bonus – the boss talked to both the emcee and the event planner after the show and requested them for another event in January.
Kudos to the meeting planner for keeping it together and not panicking. Kudos to the technician for not buckling under pressure. And kudos to Game Show America’s emcee for doing what it took to save the show. At Game Show America, that’s what it’s all about – ensuring that the show goes on…
That’s all for this post. Until next time, keep on playing…