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May 13, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

A.C. Slater to host a Candy Crush game show on CBS this summer

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It astounds me that a mobile game can woo the powers above to develop a televised game show based on colorful candy!
If you watched Saved By The Bell in the 90's, you may recall Mario Lopez's character A.C. Slater. If you really loved the show and ventured to Chicago recently, you may have dined at The Max, a pop-up restaurant themed based on the show, that seemed to have resounding success.

My first reaction to a TV game show based on Candy Cush was: how does such a thing happen? I imagine the horrific popularity of this mobile game played a large role. The entertainment industry loves to repurpose already established entities rather than risk creating something good. Can you tell I'm not much of a fan? Although, I have to admit to playing a lot of Pokemon Shuffle on my 2DS.

Candy Crush blew up since it's inception in 2012 and has been a huge mobile hit ever since. They are one of the few mobile games with a budget for TV commercials. King Digital Entertainment manages all the Candy games, but did you know they are owned by Activision Blizzard? Activision bought King in late 2015. When I think Activision, the Skylanders come to mind, but I got my intro to this company in 1982 with Pitfall and Spider Fighter.

As the Candy Crush game show is set to debut on TV in July, it seems to be a combo of the typical game play combined with a physical element. Some have said it has elements of Wipe Out in terms of physicality. I'll try to catch the premiere out of curiosity, but as an hour-long show, they'll really need to engage the audience to keep them interested. Audiences can be fickle. It should be interesting to see if they can make a success of this.

Personally, I'd like to see Berzerk or Wizard Of Wor turned into live action game shows. I guess I'll have to settle for the Atari boardgames arriving this Fall.

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