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Deal or No Deal is enjoyed my millions of viewers daily, where the contestants battle with The Banker to try and win a jackpot of £250,000. Here at donduk you will find full daily reports of each show, as well Deal or No Deal news and specials. Deal or No Deal although initially appearing very simple in format of just opening a few boxes for the chance to win some big money prizes, actually has some potentially complex decisions to be made at points throughout the show, the contestants occasionally try complex or simple gameplay in an attempt to give them an edge in beating the Banker.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A new life form?

Tonight we saw Pat M crash and burn. Everybody, including the banker, didn't want that to happen, and yet it did. Pat M fared only slightly better than Lucy, who walked away with £5 and we definitely didn't want to see that happen either. There seems to be a direct link between popularity and disaster.

Gaz, Kirsty, and Hilary, have all walked with massive amounts of money, what made them different? Actually nothing, they all went to the end just like Pat and Lucy, its just that large amounts of money were still in play when they got there. I think the last player to know exactly when to stop during the game was Aaron.

Its not the banker, his offers are based on whats left on the board, with a margin to reflect the player's game style. No, the real problem seems to be the player's persona, real or adopted for DOND. Pat should have dealt at the end of round three, Lucy at the end of round five, Fadil any time before the end - but they couldn't do it. Like gladiators, they had come to play, and they had their audience to please.

There is a dynamic going on in DOND UK that we have not seen before, and its not in the US version, among others, where models open the boxes. Watching contestants day after day until they finally become players we get to know them and want them to do well, but what we might miss as members of the audience is that this is a two-way thing. Over the days and weeks that these people stand in the wings waiting their turn, they become addicted to the game; when they finally play, the game is everything, thoughts of personal gain come a long way second.

This dynamic has not been there from the start, it has evolved - it is now an entity in its own right, sustained by the pool of contestants which only lose one of their number per game, and through playing the game, and no doubt the wild hotel party nights, its characteristics are defined and nurtured.

How can this end?


Adie said...

Nice post Iain - I'd been working on a "Popularity = Doom" theory myself but you've beaten me to it (and probably done a better job of it too!)

The Greeks had a word for it (as they say) - "Homo Ludens", or "Man The Player." We all have a natural tendency to play the game, to take a risk or two, to have one more try, and DOND amplifies this to the Nth degree, especially when fuelled by all those nights in the hotel bar!

The corollary to this of course is how the "under the radar" players are generally the ones that have done well - I still swear I'd never seen Kirsty until she had her game and came closest (so far) to winning the £250,000!

Chris S said...

i think it will end when someone wins the £250,000, because i think thats what the "game-players" want. To be the first big winner.

There is a very special kind of fame in being the first top-prize gameshow prize winner.

For example, anyone who watches Who Wants To Be A Millionaire will know who Judith Keppell is (the first million winner). But who can tell me who the second and third winners were, cause i can't.

Anyway, back to DOND, once the £250,000 has been won, it won't be such a holy grail, and players will become much less daring i expect.