One might think that Jeopardy! contestants would have a broad base of knowledge about everything, but when it comes to video games, those game show contestants recently proved they're pretty clueless when it comes to gaming. During a recent episode of Jeopardy, contestants came up with mostly wrong answers when given video game related answers by host Alex Trebek.
Although the history of video games goes as far back as the 1950s, it wasn't until a decade ago when games began to infiltrate popular culture. This is partly due to the rise of home computers and video game consoles, although it's likely that movies based on video games also played a small role. Mobile gaming also reached out and attracted those people who would not usually play video games. But even for those who don't play video games, most titles are easily recognizable, such as World of Warcraft, Super Mario Bros., The Sims and Tomb Raider.
However, there is a subsection of the population who still know nothing about video games. And that subsection is, apparently, comprised of some of Jeopardy's best contestants. In a recent episode of Jeopardy, the three competitors chose every single category but video games. When they had no answers left to tackle, though, they were forced to take on that topic. And although they had a great deal of knowledge about everything else, they proved themselves completely inept when it came to that particular subject.
What's most interesting about this video is that these questions were not about small indie titles that even some gamers might not know about. These answers were about some of the biggest selling titles of the past few years, including The Elder Scrolls, Fortnite and Destiny. Considering that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim sold over 30 million copies, it might seem odd that anyone could not know about it. Fortnite is currently one of the largest and most talked about games, but these contestants still did not know it.
This just proves that video games still have not made their mark on at least a small section of the mass population, including those who spend most of their time studying trivia questions. But video gaming is still a multimillion-dollar industry, with titles that make news headlines nearly every day. It almost feels like these three Jeopardy contestants have been living under a rock, at least for the past few years.