Surfing the Net with Kids: Play Game Shows Online

Surfing the Net with Kids: Play Game Shows Online

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May 7, 2000

Dear Readers,

Welcome back. Today’s just-for-fun topic is “Playing Game
Shows Online” and I think you’ll be amazed at how well these
sites duplicate their television games online. To complement
today’s sites, here are this week’s batch of Surfnetkids games:

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Play Game Shows Online

If you thought the closest you’d get to being a game show contestant was shouting at your television, have I got a treat for you. Now you can play your favorite television game shows from the comfort of your home computer. Today’s site selections are a collection of well-known TV game shows as well as some original Internet-only programming. Have fun, but don’t hog that seat! Remember to give everyone in the family a chance.



Conceived by Jeopardy! co-creator Julann Griffin and deeply rooted in the television game show genre, BoxerJam is an online game show network. Registration is open to all ages (hooray!) but the under-thirteen crowd will need their parent’s signature on a permission slip. Of the five continuously running games, Strike A Match is the most popular. It brings together nine contestants in word-matching action (“Find the two words that match best”) which gets progressively harder (“Find the three pairs of words that match best”) in each successive round.

Family Feud Online


“Name something dogs are afraid of.” Thirty seven people out of a hundred answered “Thunder,” making it the number one response. I should have known this! Our dog Kia goes completely ballistic over thunder. For some reason, however, the only thing that came to mind was the number three answer “Cats.” Kia loves cats, but my mind just went blank and it was the best I could come up with. Anyone can play as a guest at the popular game site Uproar, but you must be thirteen to register, and eighteen to be eligible to win prizes. Some families might object to the casino ads that run between games.

Jeopardy Online


“Odds & Ends” for $300. The answer is “To speak this language, transpose the first consonant of each word to the end and add ‘ay’.” Jeopardy Online comes in six flavors: College, Single Player, Sports, 2001, and Multiplayer. The Station @ Sony offers no game playing privileges to unregistered guests, and only those thirteen and over can register. For those with younger kids, I suggest playing as a family, under a parent’s registration. And the question is “What is Pig Latin?”

Wheel of Fortune Online


Since this is another Station @ Sony site, the same rules apply and a single registration works for both Jeopardy Online and Wheel of Fortune Online. Although I enjoyed playing Wheel of Fortune, the graphics were a tad small. It couldn’t just be my eyes, could it? Now here’s something just for you WebTV’ers: an interactive version that allows you to play along side the TV contestants in real time. Check the Web site for registration and details.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?


“Let’s play Who Wants to be a Millionaire? You have thirty seconds to answer each question. Remember no actual prizes or money are awarded.” Since no registration is required, this game can be enjoyed by all ages. And enjoy I did. With three lifelines ( 50/50, Call a Friend, and Ask the Audience) this plays just like the television version, except you can continue your game even after a wrong answer. I won an imaginary $32,000. My downfall was this $64,000 question: “Which of the following was gunned down while playing cards in a saloon: Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, or Jesse James.”

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