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If you're reading this, then allow me to welcome you to
the first episode of Guess that Game, a monthly feature loosely based off of
the game of 20 Questions. The first thing you might want to do is make sure you
are viewing this with the website lights turned on (the switch is located at
the top of the website near the search box). If you don't...the clues and answer
might be inadvertently revealed as you read this.
Twenty Questions is
a spoken parlor game which encourages deductive reasoning and creativity. It
originated in the United States and escalated in popularity during the late
1940s when it became the format for a successful weekly radio quiz program. In
the traditional game, one player is chosen to be the answerer. That person
chooses a subject but does not reveal this to the others. All other players are
questioners. They each take turns asking a question which can be answered with
a simple "Yes" or "No." In variants of the game multiple
state answers may be included such as the answer "Maybe." The
answerer answers each question in turn. If a questioner guesses the correct
answer, that questioner wins and becomes the answerer for the next round. If 20
questions are asked without a correct guess, then the answerer has stumped the
questioners and gets to be the answerer for another round.
(Ta da - That's the light switch)
However, instead of each of you asking me 20 questions, I
have come up with 20 clues about a game whose identity you are trying to guess.
The clues start out rather generic and progressively get more revealing, so if
you have to read all of the clues, the answer should be fairly obvious by the
end (or if you read only the 20th clue, you have a fairly good
chance of guessing it, but that kind of defeats the purpose). Your goal is to
guess the game after reading as few of the clues as possible starting in
numerical order with Clue #01.
NOTICE: Of course I have no way of verifying the
integrity of your answer, so should you choose to leave a comment with your score,
it is based off of the honor system. I'll take you at your word.
Long time readers may remember last year I did a similar
feature called Guess that Gamer that posted 20 questions and answers from a member
of the community, and those who chose to participate tried to guess who the mystery
member was based on their answers to the questions. It was generally received
with positive results, but one of the biggest issues with the way the series
operated was when and how guesses were made, and the influence it had on other
members' guesses. The other problem was you were either right or wrong - and if
you piggybacked off of someone else's answer, you were just as right (or wrong)
as the person making the initial answer.
Using this new and improved process, not only will you
find out the answer at the end of the questions, your performance will also be
determined by how many clues you needed to guess the correct answer. Now, you might
notice that except for Clue #1, the rest of them are blank. How are you
supposed to read the rest of them? Ah, using the magic of technology...the clues
are there, however the font is white so the text appears invisible. In order to
view them, all you have to do is highlight the text by clicking and holding the
cursor on the text and dragging the cursor over each clue. This is an extremely
easy process that most of you are undoubtedly familiar with. Oh, as a reminder
- if you're viewing the GI website with the lights off, obviously this isn't
going to work since the font color is reversed. I recommend turning the lights
on when viewing this blog.
The same concept applies to the answer which is found at
the very end of the blog.
Well, I think that's it. I've stated the goal and
provided the instructions, all that's left is for you to read the following
clues, in order, and guess the mystery game in as few clues as possible.
Good luck, you'll need it!
the game by reading as few of the clues as possible, starting at #1.
game is considered a shoot'em up / strategy game.
02. This game was initially released
on a home system in 1982.
03. This game was later ported over
to a coin-operated cabinet style arcade game.
04. The game was rated one of the
four best arcade games in 1985.
05. This game has generated a couple
of sequels bearing the same name.
06. Two media outlets awarded this
game their computer game of the year.
07. There are over a dozen versions
of this game including an XBL/PSN version.
08. This game is played by submarine
crew members in Tom Clancy's book The Hunt for Red October.
09. The game setting includes the
desert, sea, caves and a city.
10. You smuggle a vehicle in and
arrive at a small post office.
11. You operate a vehicle named the
12. You battle tanks, jets, ships
and anti-aircraft fire.
13. This game was developed by Dan
14. Your mission is to rescue
hostages from POW camps.
15. Be careful not to kill the
hostages - there are several ways you can.
16. The hostages are sixty four
United Nations delegates.
17. This game was published by
18. The game takes place in an area
ruled by the evil Bungeling Empire.
19. The POW's might shout at you - "Don't
20. You are a combat pilot flying a
rotary winged aircraft.
did you do?
- 10 clues)
- 15 clues)
- 20 clues)
might've noticed the first five clues were very generic and could fit any
number of games, so if you managed to get it in five or fewer guesses, then you
just got lucky. The next five clues include some obscure facts and more
specific information about the game, so if you got it in 6 - 10 clues, you really
know your video games. All of the clues
after number 10 are fairly specific to the game, so if it took you 11 - 15
clues you're a commoner. The final five clues are very specific to the game
with some hints that people naturally associate with this particular game. If
it takes you 16 - 20 clues, better luck next time...NOOB! (I'm only kidding.)
you've enjoyed this new series. If the reception is positive, then I'll see you
back here next month with the next episode. Depending on the number of
responses, I might even keep score and at the end of the year I'll tally up the
results and who knows, maybe even give the winner a prize or a big pat on the