I came across something interesting today. The pilot for the concept show “Jack of All Games”, which stars Jamal Nickens, a gamer who has previously participated in two different TV shows where video games were front and center. The show needs some sanding down but I have to say I like the concept and this does has potential.
In JAG, four players compete against Jamal in games selected by the four contestants. In other words, you have not only bring it in your own game(s), you need to hold your own in the games the other players choose as well.
Unlike a certain popular video gaming show we all know, there are no crazy physical challenges and no alliances. All there is a simple points system to show where the players stand.
Just in case you are not blown away by the phenomenal gameplay, you have some very lively commentary with lines such as, “Brooke, you suck!” And of course you have Jamal’s signature trash talk, which is hard not to be amused by.
Now for the flaws. I think it was a mistake to describe the scoring and payouts so late into the show. It should have been announced at the start of the show, or no later than the second game. Also, hearing Jamal doing color commentary while seeing him play is quite awkward. Jamal’s commentary should have been saved for when Jamal is not playing.
I know this is just the pilot but JAG is has one hell of a concept that could explode in the right hands. You heard it here first.