07 September 2010

Shows downplaying luck

The newest noontime show in ABS-CBN is entitled Pilipinas Win Na Win. It loosely translates to "Philippines Win To Win" hosted by Robin Padilla, Kris Aquino, Pokwang, Valerie Concepcion and Mariel Rodriguez. Though it was conceptualized to fill the airtime Wowowee left behind, it was able to fulfill an obligation to Kapamilyas, particularly those subscribing in The Filipino Channel (TFC) abroad.

It should have just excluded a segment where fifty players have to guess to win. OMG! Ano Ito? ("OMG! What is This?") requires its players to speculate on which tray the ‘mystery object’ is placed. The final player would gain P20,000 and a chance to play in the Jackpot Round.

Even the Jackpot Round requires guessing to win. And not just by the player but by the audience as well. Who knows, they too might be P5,000 richer at the end of the game! The player just has to identify what’s inside the ‘capsule.’ The computer could assist him or her anytime but with a P100,000 deduction to the prize money.

When it finally came to a point when only three items are left, the player can choose to back out or stay. He or she anyway has P20,000, come what may.

Case in point: There are other game formats that could challenge players and entertain at the same time. Unless game shows assess its players’ intelligence and creativity, there would still be people that would trust themselves to luck and fortune.

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