Microsoft is considering bringing back their massively multiplayer online quiz game 1 vs. 100, or some derivation on that basic concept, for the Xbox One. Although the game only lasted two “seasons” it was widely considered one of Microsoft‘s more popular online endeavors.
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer teased a 1 vs. 100 return when he mentioned bringing “thousands of people together in a virtual environment.” He didn’t mention resurrecting 1 vs. 100 specifically, but rather an experience influenced by the lessons learned from that game. He didn’t want to get too far ahead of himself, though, saying that the game would probably not be available at launch.
For those that might not know, 1 vs. 100 was a moderately popular game show in the late 2000s. The show featured a single player (the “1”) answering multiple-choice questions alongside a “mob” of 100 randomly selected contestants. If the individual got the question right, they would advance, and any members of the mob who got the question wrong would be eliminated.
The end goal was to answer correctly a question the remaining mob members all answered incorrectly. However, if they got one question wrong, then the 1’s earnings were split amongst the remaining mob members.
Microsoft’s version, however, functioned a little differently. During a regular show, every player was simply answering multiple-choice questions in a variety of topics (movies, science, comics, TV, etc…). The faster you answer, the more points you get.
The regular shows, however, were merely appetizers when compared to the live shows. The live shows functioned like an actual episode of 1 vs. 100, with one player being selected as the 1, and 100 others joining the mob. The remaining online players could still answer questions, and if they preformed well enough they might be selected to be the 1 or part of the mob. If the 1…er…won, they would come away with a prize — usually some MS Points or a downloadable game. If the mob one, they would split the points.
That’s 1 vs. 100 in a nutshell. Ideally, fans would like to see the concept preserved completely, but any type of online quiz game would certainly fit the bill nicely.
Full disclosure: I was a huge 1 vs. 100 fan. I would play it daily; making sure I never missed a Movie or TV-themed event, as those were my favorite. In fact, here’s a pic of me (in avatar form) below as part of the eponymous “100.”
While it seems unlikely that Microsoft retained the rights to the 1 vs. 100 brand, the chances of a similar game hitting the Xbox One are favorable. And given the Xbox One’s Internet requirements — it must touch base about once a day — this would be a decent incentive to keep the console connected.
If Microsoft decides to move forward with 1 vs. 100 or a similar type of game, we’ll be sure to bring you more details — because I’ll be very excited.
Would you like to see 1 vs. 100 make a return on the Xbox One? What about another type of quiz game?