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2014-02-05 01:36:58 PM
3 votes:
csb time.

former jeopardy contestant here, so of course all my friends are sending me these articles about this guy. i have no problem with his strategy, and if i had employed it i would undoubtedly still be a returning champion.

actually, prior to my show there was a 6-day champ who had similar strategies (at least as far as jumping around the board, searching for DD's, etc), and people were similarly "angry" about that. $100k+ later he certainly didn't care, and I might've even tried to (unsuccessfully) emulate his techniques in my episodes. bottom line--the guy there (and this guy) had loads of trivia knowledge as well as the understanding of the game necessary to make him an excellent player. nothing wrong with that IMO.

that said, the buzzer timing is a HUGE deal. between the 3 contestants in any given episode it's safe to assume that at least one (and often all 3) know EVERY ANSWER. so of course it comes down to timing. i was all over it in my first show and still only won as a result of the 2 others missing what i thought was a simple FJ clue. my 2nd show was filmed after our lunch break and somehow in that brief hour or so i completely lost my timing. they even give you a few minutes to practice before the taping starts, and i just could not figure out why i could no longer successfully buzz in like i could during the 1st show. so, to anyone watching my 2nd show it may appear that i know nothing about stevie wonder, when in fact i just couldn't beat the farker at podium 3 to the buzzer. and of course he went back and forth beating each other resulting in the woman between us winning.

still, i can't really complain about the nearly $30k i pulled in (though i might go back on that once i'm done filing taxes...)

/end CSB
//june 26-27, 2013 for anyone who really gives a shiat
2014-02-05 01:29:52 PM
3 votes:

HMS_Blinkin: I've actually read that working the buzzer is a big part of succeeding at Jeopardy.


Hahaha it totally is.
I was on Jeopardy a couple years ago and timing the damn buzzer was really tough for me. What's odd is that I kicked ass with it in the practice rounds. Nerves are one part; another is that for practice, it's a production assistant reading the questions, and the timing of when they stop talking vs. when the buzzers activate is subtly different from how it is with Trebek himself.

They really do give you protips during the commercial break if you appear to be buzzer-impaired. It does not usually help that much.

/at least I lost to somebody good
2014-02-05 01:26:05 PM
3 votes:

Gig103: Nobody but this guy seems to be complaining about the rules because he's a sore loser.


He doesn't seem to be a sore loser at all. In fact, he spends most of the article calling the complaints stupid and talking about how Chu is simply playing the game how the rules allow him to. He even makes a point to say that he is not mad and the guy who beat him was just better at it.
2014-02-05 01:20:22 PM
3 votes:
www.myplay.com

/Sympathizes
2014-02-05 01:18:03 PM
3 votes:
Sounds to me like he isn't complaining at all.
2014-02-05 01:14:00 PM
3 votes:
Honest, I only lost on Jeopardy ...

...baby...
2014-02-05 11:40:10 PM
2 votes:

OscarTamerz: Stile4aly: Given that they'd be breaking the Communications Act, I find this hard to believe.

Yes, because large corporations never break the law in pursuit of profit dumbass.  They don't want us watching the show, they want them, the little ladies who would swoon over the Ken Jennings type.  The winner of my game was a Ken Jennings prototype and he went on to become one of the most photogenic 5 time winners up to that point in time.  The Tournament of Champions the year I was on looked like a casting call for "ideal suburban husband" instead of the previous years when they were casting calls for "fat, ugly, neck bearded, Cheetos scarfing porn aficionados."

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Let's get some more details down, since you remember so much. What year / who was the guy who beat you?
2014-02-05 02:28:59 PM
2 votes:
What's really irritating about Chu is not his strategy while playing Jeopardy, it's the fact that he holds the signalling/buzzer device, up high, right next to his microphone.

Click, Click, Click, Click!, Click!, Click, CLICK!, CLICK!, CLICK!
2014-02-05 02:00:49 PM
2 votes:

JohnHall: Why would it matter what order someone picks answers in.


I figure it's because a lot of spectators and contestants are more comfortable with a more thematically straightforward approach to question selection. Do all, or a few, of the questions from column A; move to column D, etc. This makes it easier for people to get their minds in gear for a particular topic and get a strong sense of the question themes, without having to shift focus (an effort) too often.

Chu knows his stuff. More power to him.
2014-02-05 01:39:35 PM
2 votes:

Beeblebrox: I thought it was going to be about this guy:

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That picture says everything you need to know about media in America. It turns out the late-night sidekick is a pretty smart guy, while the guy with a current events news show is a flippin' idiot.
2014-02-05 01:32:51 PM
2 votes:

RminusQ: Since you can read faster than Alex can talk, buzzer timing is crucial


Weirdly, annoyingly, you have to squint to read the questions when you're a contestant - there is no big screen (although there is for the studio audience) and the text appears only on the Jeopardy! board.
2014-02-05 01:28:31 PM
2 votes:
I don't know why this guy's gotten all this attention as the ONLY guy to do this.  I've seen plenty of people category hop and fish for Daily Doubles.
2014-02-05 01:24:49 PM
2 votes:
I thought it was going to be about this guy:

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2014-02-05 01:21:23 PM
2 votes:
I've actually read that working the buzzer is a big part of succeeding at Jeopardy.  That said, it's not like the other contestants' buzzers were any more or less forgiving, and it is a challenge that everyone had to deal with.  He just happened to suck at an important part of the game.

It'd be like me saying that the only reason I'm not an NFL running back is because I'm slow and can't break tackles or hold onto the ball very well.
2014-02-05 01:07:03 PM
2 votes:
upload.wikimedia.org

Sounds like a Kihnspiracy to me.
2014-02-05 03:46:44 PM
1 votes:
Am I the only one who thinks the Final Jeopardy music is just 'I'm a Little Tea Cup?"
2014-02-05 03:34:02 PM
1 votes:

OscarTamerz: [wp.patheos.com.s3.amazonaws.com image 300x234]

I played on Jeopardy after they started sabotaging the fat ugly neck beards who'd won every season since the show started. Full disclosure: I'm a fat ugly farker. I was ahead 2600 to my opponents' scores of 600 each and during the first commercial they turned off my buzzer. The only question they let me answer for the rest of the game was the only one neither of my 2 opponents buzzed in on and that took 2 seconds and 5 presses before the board even responded.   After Ken Jenning's "miraculous" run anyone who doesn't realize the show is more fixed than the WWE has an IQ equal to their shoe size.


Given that they'd be breaking the Communications Act, I find this hard to believe.
2014-02-05 02:29:00 PM
1 votes:
People need to learn what "competition" means.  You are supposed to try to win.

This is the same attitude that stupid people (mostly children) on MMOs have when they say "He's a scammer!"  Turns out, they got an offer and stupidly, greedily traded their stuff for it without security, only to have the other person walk away.  "He isn't playing the game with my interests in mind, so he's a bad player."
2014-02-05 02:12:07 PM
1 votes:
They give you ample time to try out the buzzers before taping and even help you out with any concerns. They also have a team that helps contestants figure out how to make their wagers correctly for final Jeopardy.
2014-02-05 02:01:57 PM
1 votes:

JohnHall: Verrai: Maybe it's just me, but how would category hopping or otherwise moving around randomly improve your chances of getting a Daily Double? If they're evenly distributed across games, they're equally likely to appear as the first question(s) on the top left as they are to be in any other particular location.

I see why you should go for the highest-point questions first. But that just seems like common sense (get more money before you hit a Daily Double so you have more to wager when you do hit one).

I could be wrong, but I think, almost always, the Daily Double questions are in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th row. I guess I don't read about Jeopardy often, but I didn't know this was a controversy, and I'm not sure I even understand what the complaints are about. Why would it matter what order someone picks answers in.


Well, because they are worth more money, duh.

That actually is a mighty fine strategy, especially if you've played a few games, and are more comfortable, as the questions are harder.  Taking those questions for yourself against lesser experienced players will obviously give you an edge.

To better explain - assuming the bit with the buzzer is a factor, you want to be the one making the choices, not your opponents.  And by the time they get as comfortable as you with it, there are only low value answers left on the board.  And if they answer incorrectly during that time of discomfort, that essentially is the same thing as you answering it correctly, as they LOSE that much money.
2014-02-05 01:57:56 PM
1 votes:
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/this makes me laugh everytime
2014-02-05 01:50:00 PM
1 votes:
Being good with the buzzer and hunting down the daily doubles wouldn't mean shiat if he didn't know the questions to all those answers, but TFA rightly points out that he does know them and deserves those wins.
2014-02-05 01:47:40 PM
1 votes:
Jesus, they're really trying to milk this " controversial" guy.
2014-02-05 01:30:55 PM
1 votes:
People are criticizing this guy for actually having a strategy to win?
2014-02-05 01:28:02 PM
1 votes:

HMS_Blinkin: I've actually read that working the buzzer is a big part of succeeding at Jeopardy.  That said, it's not like the other contestants' buzzers were any more or less forgiving, and it is a challenge that everyone had to deal with.  He just happened to suck at an important part of the game.

It'd be like me saying that the only reason I'm not an NFL running back is because I'm slow and can't break tackles or hold onto the ball very well.


Indeed. A great deal of Jeopardy questions are set up so that a large percentage of people will know the answer (sometimes with cutesie hints, etc.). Since you can read faster than Alex can talk, buzzer timing is crucial. Unlike quiz bowl, you can't interrupt the question, so it's a matter of timing it perfectly; as the article noted, you get locked out for 1/4 second if you're too early and that's likely to give someone else a chance to buzz before you're back in. Ken Jennings noted that over the course of a winning streak, you become very familiar with Alex's speech patterns and are able to tell when he's going to finish the last word and the techie will activate the buzzers.
2014-02-05 01:24:16 PM
1 votes:
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2014-02-05 01:21:26 PM
1 votes:

SmackLT: Sounds to me like he isn't complaining at all.


Agreed:

Do I begrudge Jay his Daily Double-hunting and his buzzer experience? Do I think it was bad sportsmanship? Of course not. He was free to avail himself of such gamesmanship, as was I. And none of it would have amounted to much if he did not know his stuff, which he did.
2014-02-05 01:17:46 PM
1 votes:
If you're so dumb you can't use the buzzer, you probably deserve to lose.
 
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