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Jan 28th 2019 at 8:39:12 PM •••

Since Wheel has several different international versions...if there\'s anything we want to add about those versions, where should that info go? This page seems already pretty cramped as it is.

Mar 4th 2011 at 9:45:04 PM •••

I think the examples of Complacent Gaming Syndrome (on the YMMV page) count as non-YMMV in this case, since they're observable patterns within the work itself. Only, since it's a game show, neither of the "magic words" make any sense. ?????

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Mar 7th 2011 at 6:14:08 PM •••

Oh hey, there's a new thing.

Arguably the last two examples were different tropes entirely, but I don't know which ones so I am moving them here:

  • Another early example was Same Name, which originally spelled out the word "and", invariably leading to contestants calling D and N first, then buying the A. This problem was fixed by substituting an ampersand. Strangely, AND sometimes crops up again in the modern day, but no one seems to catch on when they do.
  • Similarly, almost all contestants pick N, G and I first if the category is Event or What Are You Doing? because those puzzles involve gerunds almost 99% of the time.

Edited by billybobfred
Mar 17th 2011 at 10:57:18 AM •••

Wouldn't those still be Complacent Gaming Syndrome, since the contestants are making the same move every time (i.e., always calling N, G, I first if it's What Are You Doing?).

Mar 17th 2011 at 11:13:12 AM •••

The Event letters is Complacent Gaming Syndrome, IMO, though it is good strategy because of "Complacent Clue Syndrome."

The first one was simply sound strategy for that era. If, by definition, there is always gonna be a spelled-out "AND," then those three letters are guaranteed hits — you wouldn't lose your turn guessing them and likely would get help with the rest of the puzzle.

Mar 20th 2011 at 6:07:10 PM •••

So would they fit under any other trope? I don't see how going from AND to the ampersand is any different than going from "What do you want to play for in the bonus round?" "$25,000!" to a forced random prize draw in the Bonus Round.

Edited by Twentington
Jul 21st 2010 at 8:44:00 PM •••

I very highly doubt the examples under Chuck Cunningham Syndrome belong there. I think we need a Trope that deals with retired game-show elements.

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