As much as the game shows try to make sure everything is even and equal for all of the contestants, it’s pretty hard to make a game that doesn’t have SOME disparity. Heck, getting to go first in Monopoly might as well just make you the winner. For some complicated game-theory reason, being the middle of the three players on “Wheel of Fortune” makes it harder for you to win.
It has to do with guessing more – it seems like it would be a good thing, but there are some downsides, too. It probably isn’t a huge difference, but every bit helps.
We Can't Have a Tie!
Games need winners. Game shows are, usually, games. Thus, through math, we understand that game shows need winners. But what happens if two players have exactly the same amount at the end? Simple – a tiebreaker.
Sometimes they make for good TV, sometimes they don't, so they'll just be held while the audience is waiting around for the final winning shot. The funny part about this story is it kind of seems like it went for quite a long time since it was required that one of them got a question wrong. Must have been a couple of wise guys.
Actually Ruining a Person's Life
Think about stories you enjoy. The best ones almost always have a hero and a villain. Harry Potter and Voldemort. Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Simba and Scar.
So it goes with reality TV, just like any other kind of show. Let it be known – if you're on the show, even if you're the kindest, sweetest person in the world, there are enough clips and shots of you doing different things to make you out to be the bad guy. This includes someone who had elements of her actual life hurt quite badly, including her real-life career.
Good at Geography
This story had plenty more to it, including that host Greg Lee apparently had really bad breath. The stage director also wanted this contestant to smile bigger. This show was all about knowing the countries, cities, and geography of the world, so no doubt a middle-school student who knew what Eritrea was, and that it had just become an independent country, is going to get in.
For those of you who haven't even heard of Eritrea — it's in Eastern Africa. There are about six million people in it, and it has some very pretty mountains.
The Unluckiest Link
“Weakest Link” was a game show that ran for more than ten years in the United Kingdom, making the jump across the pond in a similar format. At the end of each round of trivia questions, contestants voted for each other – the person with the most votes was the weakest link, and left the stage.
However, it was all for TV. Contestants are also asked about their best and worst subjects and often given questions about their worst subjects. Some have suspected that this is the show's way of giving their favorite contestants a better chance.