One of my favorite games debuted on the Xbox 360 on November 11th, 2009. That game was the brilliant 1 Vs 100. Debuting as part of Xbox Live Primetime, 1 Vs 100 was a very unique experience. It took the concept of the popular television show and made accessible to players of many skill levels. The point of the game is for a player known as “The One” to take down the mob which consisted of 100 Xbox Live members. “The One” tried to be the last person standing to win 10,000 Microsoft points, while the mob tried to eliminate that player so it could split “The One’s” winnings.
Answering questions with excellent speed and accuracy would help you gain more points. When “The One” was defeated, high scoring players would be given the opportunity to take down the mob. Every night, there were 30 minute blocks (similar to the length of a televised game show) where players could participate in a round of 1 Vs 100. My favorite feature in the game was the ability to see when an episode would highlight a certain theme.
There were times when the whole game revolved around history-based questions. Other times, the questions would be about horror and there would occasionally be a 30 minute block where the theme was video games. Despite loving 1 Vs 100, I only played when themes I liked were featured. While I didn’t mind playing with and trying to beat the other Xbox Live members who enjoyed the game, I always made it a point to try and invite my real-life friends to play alongside me.
I never became “The One” who would play for Microsoft Points, but I did end up winning a copy of The Maw one night. Unfortunately, Microsoft eventually cancelled the popular game and it left me feeling distraught. 1 Vs. 100 is one of the only games that made me feel as part of a community. Sure, I play multiplayer games on Xbox Live every single day. While I usually play Rainbow Six Siege with my best friends, other games that I play with random Xbox Live members make me feel isolated a lot of the time. 1 Vs. 100 helped me realize that Microsoft looks at Xbox Live as an ecosystem. Playing that game with like-minded members gave me some of the best memories I’ve ever had in my 12 years with the service.
It’s been around seven years since 1 Vs. 100 has been off the air and I miss it. My group of friends still reminisce about when we would team up to climb the leaderboards. While it’s probably impossible for Microsoft to bring back 1 Vs. 100, I think that community games should make a return. There aren’t many game shows that would work as a community experience, but there are other games that could get Xbox Live members to play together.
One bundle that comes to mind is the Jackbox Party Pack. There is a game in the first collection called Lie Swatter, which allows up to 100 people to play together. Imagine a fun game like that sponsored like Microsoft? The company can promote a fun community experience out of the game and get Xbox Live members to play and have fun together.
If this isn’t feasible, Microsoft could create an original experience, in the vein of 1 Vs. 100. While I don’t think that the game necessarily needs to make a comeback, I believe that Microsoft desperately needs a game that would make the service stand out. Sure, Xbox Live has stable servers, fantastic deals, and free games each month, but the Playstation Network also has those things. Xbox Live should have something that will make people (especially those with multiple platforms) want to make Xbox the primary place to play.
In 2009, I would always run to my Xbox after my last night class so I could play 1 Vs. 100. Now, I come home from work and turn my console on whenever I feel like it. Although there are a ton of fun games to play, there’s nothing that makes me as ecstatic as 1 Vs. 100 made me feel. I don’t think Microsoft will reinstate Xbox Live Primetime, but part of me has a sliver of hope that it will make another appearance in the future. I want to play with people I know, I want to make new friends, and lastly, I want Xbox Live to be the best possible service for people to use. While it may take some time, Microsoft have the ability to do something truly special once again with the brand.
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