RESOURCES

Other great sites to visit, books to read, and products to try, that may just help you in your quest…

How To Win Game Shows – the eBook!

Of course, I have to begin with my own modest contribution to the field. My eBook How To Win Game Shows is over 200 pages of all the best bits of this very blog, including loads of interviews with game show winners, producers, hosts, question writers, who all reveal their behind-the-scenes tips. There’s also tons of new and exclusive content, that I’ve written specifically for the eBook, that you just won’t find anywhere else. And all for under $20 AUD! (which is around $15 USD, at the time of writing). For more information, and to purchase, simply go HERE.

WEBSITES

How To Get On Reality TV

This is brilliant! Dan Gheesling runs this amazing site, and he knows his subject, having undertaken a long, long journey to get into a reality TV show (in his case, Big Brother), which really, really paid off.  In 2008, Dan WON series 10 of the US version of Big Brother, taking home the $500,000 top prize. In many ways, this is exactly what I’d love this site to be. I’m nowhere near it, yet… but I’m working on it!

http://www.howtogetonrealitytv.net/

The Blog Is Right

Dexter Johnson’s very comprehensive, thoughtful game show review blog. He really knows his stuff!

http://theblogisright.blogspot.com.au/

Gameshownewsnet.com

This is a FANTASTIC site for game show news – one of the best. Constantly updated, they really have their finger on the pulse.

http://www.gameshownewsnet.com/

Ken Jennings’s blog

Ken Jennings is arguably the world’s most famous quiz show champ, having notched up the longest-running winning streak ever on the US quiz show Jeopardy, and pocketing over $3 million in prize money along the way. Ken lives and breathes quizzes, trivia and game shows, so if you want to learn about being a quiz show champion… learn from the best!

http://ken-jennings.com/blog/

Life After MasterMind

A fascinating blog from ‘Londinius’; a former MasterMind champion and real die-hard quiz nut. Great insights and lots of great links to books and other resources, too.

http://lifeaftermastermind.blogspot.co.uk/

 Yes, but how did it FEEL?

In this excellent page from gameshows.about.com, former contestants share their experiences and offer tips. As the old Chinese proverb reminds us; “If you would know the road ahead, ask one who has travelled it”.

http://gameshows.about.com/u/sty/beacontestant/contestant_stories/

Let’s chat about Who Wants To Be A Millionaire… and a whole lot more besides!

This is an amazing forum for all sorts of game show related chat. Come on in – the water’s fine!

http://wwtbambored.com/

Hey, we chat about all that stuff, too!

And with a name like www.gameshowforum.org, that’s hardly an enormous surprise. Loads of discussions on every element of game shows… well worth a look!

www.gameshowforum.org

The Australian Game Shows Wiki 

Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian Game Shows. And perhaps even  some stuff you didn’t…

http://australiangameshows.wikia.com/wiki/Australian_Game_Shows_Wiki

UKGameShows.com

For those of you in the UK, I don’t see how a game show site could get much more comprehensive than this!

http://www.ukgameshows.com

Deal Or No Deal Forum – UK

Again, if you’re in the UK, and if you’re interested in Deal Or No Deal, this is the best place to find like-minded people who just LOVE discussing the show…

http://forum.dealornodeal.co.uk/

Game Show Follies

One of the pre-eminent blogs on the subject. Blogger Casey Abell describes himself as  a “fan of game shows and the internet wars about them”, and his passion really shines through.

http://gameshowfollies.blogspot.com.au/

So, how do I get on a game show?

Well, for starters, you could do a lot worse than visit www.howdoigetonagameshow.com. This  American site promises – you guessed it – tips and info on how to get on your favourite game show. That’s www.howdoigetonagameshow.com. The name says it all, really.

And if you’re interested in getting on Jeopardy, specifically….

… This Yahoo site offers some useful tips.

http://voices.yahoo.com/game-shows-become-contestant-jeopardy-32601.html?cat=2

Game Show Garbage

A different take on our favourite brand of televisual entertainment. They describe themselves as “home to all the worst in game show history”… but it’s all in good fun.

I think.

http://www.gameshowgarbage.com/

Questions, Questions…

And now for something completely different. If you’re looking for a quiz question writer, Daniel Fullard really knows his stuff – he’s written questions for TV shows, apps, pub quizzes and books. Check out his site at The Quiz Addict.

http://www.thequizaddict.com/

The Rankers of the Wankers

This is an entertaining diversion – m.ranker.com rates game show contestants… for when you feel like switching off from all that general knowledge study and enjoying some (still on-topic) light entertainment. It focusses mostly on reality show contestants, but it’s still pretty educational…

http://m.ranker.com/tags/game-show-contestants

BOOKS

How To Win A Million by William Laing

I met William on Australia’s Brainiest Quizmaster and bought his book soon after. It’s not easy to track down, but you should be able to find it online. It’s really well written and contains lots of good tips, interesting anecdotes, and cautionary tales…

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

This classic military / philosophical / self-help text has many insights that can apply to competing on game shows, as I outlined in an earlier post. I really do recommend it – even if you find you can’t apply its lessons and principles to your game show quest, it’s a good bet that you’ll find some other lessons or inspiration in it that’ll be useful to you. It’s been read by millions of people for over 2000 years for a reason, you know!

Yours Quizzically: Confessions of a TV Quiz Addict by David St John

This eBook (available for Kindle at Amazon) is a first-person account from David St John, a professional entertainer who holds the Guinness World record for the most TV quiz show appearances. It covers all aspects of the process, and details his experiences from go to whoa on over 30 programs over the past three decades. David’s a Brit, and they tend to be largely English quiz shows, so that’s something to bear in mind. Keep an eye out for my review of this eBook in an upcoming post!

Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough, for its section on Memory. The tips and hints here for exercising and improving your memory are invaluable. It’s for the most part an extremely entertaining and interesting read, too. For my full review, have a little look here.

 

 

 

 

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    • That’s great – thanks so much for your kind words.
      Remember to keep checking back here every Tuesday, as I post more and more content that will (hopefully) help you even more!
      Cheers,
      Stephen.

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