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Woo trivia! [Aug. 28th, 2009|09:16 pm]
Darth Paradox
I've been playing a bit of 1 vs. 100 Live on the XBox 360 lately. Tonight I joined the last part of Felicia Day's guest-hosting gig, and for one game was in spitting distance of the top ten (by less than 20 points) for most of the first half. I fell a bit behind after having to give a couple questions some thought (robbing me of my instant-answer bonuses), but I managed to keep the streak alive (with a couple lucky WAGs) to the last question: What was the last name of the family that owned Heathcliff the cat? The three choices were Cardamom, Nutmeg, and Peppercorn... I thought "Nutmeg" sounded familiar, but I was mainly guessing. I went for it anyway, and got it right! And nearly nobody else did - 5 of the 7 remaining mob members got it wrong, and so did the One (who chose Trust the Mob as a help). Apparently most of the Crowd got it wrong too, because I ended up in second place at the end of the game!

I won a free XBLA download and (I think) 800 points to spend; as awesome as that was, that wasn't the funniest part. I play as "ParadoxSith" on Live; "DarthParadox" was taken somehow. On my XBox, I'd made a me-looking avatar on my primary-but-local account, so I'd decided to experiment a little and made a female avatar with pale-white skin and hair and a black minidress. This was probably a year ago; I was just noodling around with the avatar maker and never got around to making a more me-ish one.

So a bunch of lonely nerds see a hot female avatar take second place, and suddenly my inbox is filled with a pile of friend requests and messages like "MARRY ME" and "id hit it". It takes me a minute to realize that I'm not just getting this attention because I did well, but Sora twigs immediately, and we spend the next five minutes laughing our asses off while the messages trickle in.

So, yes. Hilarity ensued, but I also just owned most of XBox Live at trivia, so that's pretty awesome.

And my question to you: what should I download from XBLA when my download code shows up?
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[User Picture]From: pk2317
2009-08-29 06:14 am (UTC)
Carcassone or Ticket to Ride if you for some reason don't already have them.
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[User Picture]From: miang.dreamwidth.org
2009-08-29 06:56 am (UTC)
I can only assume you already have Portal and the original Monkey Island, but if not, I would start there. :D Congrats on your pwnage.
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[User Picture]From: mickasso
2009-08-29 07:00 am (UTC)
Are you sure you were part of the mob or the crowd? If you're part of the mob, the background on your avatar turns to that blue dots pattern. I played that for a couple weeks and never got selected for the mob. I'm pretty sure only the mob wins Microsoft Points.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2009-08-29 08:06 pm (UTC)
Just the crowd. Sora said she saw the 800-point message pop up; I said I thought it was part of the announcement of the Mob prize, but she thought that they'd split the 10000-point prize level that the One was at. I guess the math works a little bit differently than on the game show.
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[User Picture]From: mickasso
2009-08-29 08:44 pm (UTC)
I'd thought that I'd won points at one point too, but then I realized I wasn't part of the mob. It's not very clear when the message pops up. Out of the two weeks of playing, only one person in my group had ever been part of the mob. Out of the 60k - 100k people playing, the odds of being in the mob aren't very good.
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[User Picture]From: nightsinger
2009-08-30 11:37 pm (UTC)
He was part of the Crowd -- and, yes, we're certain he won something. There was a big disclaimer that popped up that described the rules/regs around winning that he had to click AGREE to.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2009-08-31 12:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, but at this point I'm pretty sure I didn't win any points. Last night when I was playing I saw the gold message box show up again, when the mob won...
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[User Picture]From: nightsinger
2009-08-31 12:19 am (UTC)
Did it also pop up the disclaimer for the prizes, with the 4-6wk-for-anything-to-appear thing?
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2009-08-31 01:21 am (UTC)
No, I didn't win anything last night, just the one time.
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[User Picture]From: nightsinger
2009-08-31 01:23 am (UTC)
...So, maybe I'm not understanding. this comment says you didn't win anything, implying ever. But the comment I'm replying to here says you did win the one time.

I'm confused. :(
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2009-08-31 01:27 am (UTC)
I don't think I won any points. I did win the game download, though.
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[User Picture]From: thecrazyfinn
2009-08-29 01:49 pm (UTC)
Castle Crashers. Best XBLA game I've seen so far.
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[User Picture]From: clearbluevinyl
2009-08-30 03:49 am (UTC)
That is the best story ever! And also, 1 vs 100 is awesome, I'm very impressed that you made it so far.

Nate says he recommends Shadow Complex, which is an oldschool metroid-esque game, apparently. He's playing it now and loves it.
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[User Picture]From: pk2317
2009-08-30 03:47 am (UTC)
Also in regards to your marriage proposals...

Linky
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[User Picture]From: firebluespinel
2009-09-05 04:56 am (UTC)

hey!

what's up, man? it's Jamie. just started this new LJ so i have somewhere else to put my movie reviews (and since i've been getting occasional urges to write my thoughts down again lately). friend me again? por favor...
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2009-09-07 04:24 am (UTC)

Re: hey!

Yo. Welcome back!
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