Games in the Global Village

Games in the Global Village

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Q. What is the most-watched TV format in history, seen by about 100 million people weekly around the world? A. Wheel of Fortune, a game show. Without putdowns or pandering, the author looks at 260 such shows, concluding that culture has triumphed over technology. For despite our capacity to transmit the same content world-wide, McLuhan's global village has not come to pass. Technology has, however, encouraged already-existing qcultural continentsq to coalesce. About one-third of the world's game shows have been licensed or adapted from another country, especially from the United States. Conversely, a single program can cross borders unchanged, such as Sabado Gigante, which appeals to Spanish speakers in 18 countries. The first truly global study of TV entertainment, this book includes interviews with producers, contestants, and licensers. With its tables, illustrations and appendices, the text provides details on content and audiences, as well as explanatory overviews.However, currently one TV and one radio game show hark back to the Groucho Marx model. ... that made its debut in 1988; Dick Clark and Challengers, cosponsored by Newsweek; and Monopoly, from King World, based on the board game. Not counting the swinging singles aquot;talk games, aquot; Jarvis complains that aquot; America hasna#39;t invented a hot new [interactive] game in TVGames in the United States 1 93.

Title:Games in the Global Village
Author:Anne Cooper-Chen
Publisher:Popular Press - 1994-01-01


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