Microsoft pulls plug on 1 vs. 100

Third season of trivia game show nixed; beta season attracted over 114,000 players, developers working on new projects to be unveiled in the future.

Those looking to win prizes on Xbox Live will have to venture elsewhere, as Microsoft today announced that a third season of the Avatar-based interactive game show, 1 vs. 100, is not going to happen. Despite the company touting the experience as a "groundbreaking pilot," the game's developers have moved on to "new projects" that will be unveiled in the future.

Someone should break the news to this guy.

In the first season, the lead contestant for the live shows ("the One") could win up to 10,000 Microsoft points ($125) by outlasting all 100 opponents ("the Mob") after a series of trivia questions. Members of the Mob were able to win Xbox Live Arcade games of Microsoft's choosing, as well as up to 800 Microsoft points ($10). Those watching the show unfold and playing along as part of "The Crowd" were also eligible to earn a free Live Arcade game if they finished in the top three scores. All participants were entered into a sweepstakes drawing for a Zune or an HDTV home theater system.

The virtual show was announced at E3 2008, and according to Microsoft's numbers, the event's beta season grabbed over 114,000 players. The second season featured tweaks to the Extended Play mode--half-hour sessions with no host and no high stakes to play for. Microsoft also added new themed questions for Extended Play every weeknight, including 1980's trivia, a finish-the-song-lyric challenge, and more.

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81 comments
MackB835
MackB835

This was an excellent game for the family, and also an excellent drinking game, this seriously sucks.

DAAVV-O
DAAVV-O

That sucks. 1 vs 100 was unlike any other gaming experience i've ever had. Real shame its gone :-(

Sweendrix
Sweendrix

1 vs. 100 was one of the best features of the Xbox 360. Microsoft should have given it more time to find an audience and maybe invested a little in a clever marketing campaign. I find it hard to believe that Microsoft is trying to reach the casual gamer audience with this move.

the1Jugg
the1Jugg

Wow. My wife and sister-in-law both bought Gold memberships JUST to play 1 vs 100 with us. So, I know they wont bother again. And frankly I'm pissed to have paid for them to play for 1 month, assuming it would be back. I'll bet it wasnt raising enough advertising revenu to keep afloat. Hopefully enough people will complain and they will bring it back.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

It figures that one of the services that actually made Gold worthwhile is being removed while other services that are free on several other devices remain and are only available when a Gold-level subscription has been established. These "new projects" need not be similar to Hulu, Netflix or Facebook and should be more unique to the Xbox platform.

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

"microsoft has all kinds of cool free stuff planned for gold subscribers." 1. 1vs100 WAS one of them 2. The we had the Avatar Driving game, now announced as a full priced game. 3. The "Game room", a place to come and RE-BUY all the arcade games you already bought off of live $50 a year(still not much money) to play online?? i don't know, I like free stuff.. even though "paying" 50$ a year for "free stuff" doesn't really make any sense at all..

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

microsoft just realized that they were giving something away for free, so they pulled the plug. Thanks, my gold membership has lost MORE value...

Dan21278
Dan21278

I was bout to start playing it too. :(

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

This sucks. I had a really good time playing this with friends and family. Now I will never get my final achievement for the game, either.

prioritymail
prioritymail

This game was kind of fun, I enjoyed it just for the trivia not necessarily the prizes. Too bad they didn't decide to keep the game sans giveaways

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

That's weak... Figures though, anything that was free and gave away prizes couldn't last forever. I just didn't think it would be over THIS soon... ;(

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

man bring this game back!! it was fun!! i even lasted all the way to 1 player left in the mob, but then i took the money at the last minute before answering the question!!

gbrading
gbrading moderator

You could tell it was already winding down when the second season didn't have a host or any "fabulous prizes".

Pete5506
Pete5506

I had a good time with it, to bad it will not be coming back

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Bugger, I liked that game, hopefully they can find something just as fun to replace it.

monson21502
monson21502

i hope they do more game show games.

gc88
gc88

that sucks i found it fun

Guntrotingidiot
Guntrotingidiot

This is a sad day for me. I would honestly cancel nights of playing Call Of Duty, Battlefield, and Gears Of War just to play this game.

Sn00pyBrown
Sn00pyBrown

Wow I found this game really enjoyable to play especially on some boring days in the summer.

Langway
Langway

1 v. 100 was alright, but it got to be the same thing over and over again. But I still think they should have kept it around, as well as adding more game show type games to their repertoire.

UnderQuarantine
UnderQuarantine

Lol i remember when the new XBL was released they said they'd do this type of stuff all the time and they sure delivered!!... 2 seasons over 2 years which didnt lsat very long and...... Hmmm..... Nope.... Nothing else. If you know your going to be reaching tens of thousands of people, you know you'll make a killing of advertising so just give us these gameshows more they made my week with the sweepstakes mode and the chance to be the one! Well done microsoft. Round of funking applause.

unreal_master
unreal_master

i don't get why you would cancel something good. I just don't play bc i never rememeber or im just not home to play at those times.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

I wish they would do family feud or deal or no deal

vico3353
vico3353

@ Barighm How would you even know how easy or not it was to cheat at that game if you could never log into it? I played it and tried to cheat and it's very difficult. You have to put the question into google then search for it all the while the question has a very short time limit.

monson21502
monson21502

that sucks. i liked it. but didnt play it as much as i wanted :(

Gregdawg08
Gregdawg08

Wow, Microsoft is just pleasing me more and more everyday. First the poor excuse for an E3 conference, then the horrible reveal of Kinect, and now they cancel one of my favorite games I played to relax. Get your act together Microsoft.

green_dominator
green_dominator

This is stupid, this game is what true multiplayer is all about. 1 VS 100 is the only game I've seen where people couldn't screw with anyone, it was everyone for themselves but the people who made it were smart or at least they knew some pop culture trivia. XBOX is already the most popular platform and this game made it a bit more unique...... I'm kinda pissed about this and I know my friends will be too when I tell them about it.......

Blastalot5
Blastalot5

There is/was nothing else like it on any game system; where thousands of players would congregate together in a SINGLE game session. I'm terribly disappointed by this news. If you're going to discontinue the game then you should have the "next" one on the board ready to go.

Blastalot5
Blastalot5

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bring it back. =(

Barighm
Barighm

I could never log into the game. It would freeze at the Xbox Live screen. I guess it's for the best. It's easy as hell to cheat at that game.

makeoutboy
makeoutboy

Wow I'm surprised at how many people are disappointed. I figured no one played this game.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

That's a shame. Even though I only played it once, it was VERY unique and if they're on a new project, it should definitely be something similar.

Eudict
Eudict

Great, now i can never get all the acheivements on my console...

Ozzie234
Ozzie234

Pity, we never got it in scandinavia :(

ACx7
ACx7

WHAT THE FU-- NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been waiting for this for so long... :( I'm so upset..

6h05tly
6h05tly

This was an interesting-and-fun application (or whatever you like to call it) when it first came out. Sigh... :(

stripetg
stripetg

I loved 1vs100. I even came in first once on an Extended Play game. Felt so good about myself afterward. That really sucks.

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

@fLaMbOaStiN how in hell did it run it self? and u think only thing microsoft had do is give prizes? wow... here's few things off top of my head... 1: get funding because microsoft let people play the game free, 2: get funding for prizes, 3: pay people set up the servers, 3: Set the times it could be played, 4: add new questions each time it was on, 5: run live events thats 5 things just right off my head...

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

i didnt even get to play the 3rd season , it never showed up on my 360 , ugh why does microsoft pull somthing they added with a so called big update i guess you can add this to the list of features removed from xbox360

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

Why would they cancel this? It seems like it pretty much just ran itself? All MS had to do is give out the prices.. I really liked to idea but i lost access to my Live when it first came out and when i finnaly got Xbox live again i sorta jus forgot about it.. But my brother and his girlfriend played it almost every time it was on; and they had a blast.. I think the concept is promiseing.. maybe they are goin for a new game show, since the REAL 1v100 show is sorta dead now lol