Jack’s Back, Baby

One of my greatest game loves of my late teens/early twenties was [Jellyvision](http://www.jellyvision.com/)’s *You Don’t Know Jack*. I owned the original, played the ever-living hell out of it – it was the perfect merge of game show and video game.

After the YDKJ line fizzled out (the only really notable release other than the original was YDKJ 4: The Ride, which was extremely twisted in every sense of the word), Jellyvision fell off the map a bit. They became an *occasional search* – one of the many things that pop into my head once or twice a year and I go “Oh yeah, I should see if there’s anything about them online.” (Other occasional searches included [Lamprey Systems](http://vjarmy.com/archives/2006/08/the_fifth_horseman_returns.php) and a song called ‘Blue Illusion’ that was tagged as being an Orbital song but was, in fact, not.)

When I started at Freeverse, Jellyvision did provide me a bit of game design knowledge through their [Jack Principles](http://jellyvision.com/go.php?p=/ici/jp/index.php), which I still think should be required reading for most game designers.

My quiz game hankering was only recently quenched by picking up [Buzz: The Big Quiz](http://www.buzzthegame.com/en_GB/index.html?lanSoundOn=) while over in London. While Buzz is great – and tough, given the European roots – it was missing something. Something Jack-like.

In any case: Joystiq reported today that, at long last, [You Don’t Know Jack has returned](http://www.youdontknowjack.com/), online, in daily Flash bits. Sort of like a game podcast, without the syndication or enclosures or automation.

My world is one step closer to completion. Now to just order this copy of The Ride…

  • Ryan Bayne

    Oh, that’s a wonderful Christmas present! I’m disappointed that the versions for sale don’t support the Mac, but I’m left wondering whether they really pressed new Windows only versions, or just don’t want to promise whether it works in classic.
    I still have my QBP mug from beta testing the online version. I think I had all of the versions through The Ride. Although I am still bitter about End of Moviephone from You Don’t Hear Jack.

  • RedTerror

    Thought you might find this interesting / amusing Dan, I’ve come to know the people from the team not mentioned above, Berkeley Systems, who were also involved in YDKJ. The founders of Berkeley Systems went on to found MoveOn.org just follow the links on YDKJ on wikipedia . Great folks, in every way that I’ve interacted with them.

  • So is this anything like the NetShow that was on Bezerk? This is fantastic news, can’t wait to play it again when I get back!

  • RedTerror

    Thought you might find this interesting / amusing Dan, I’ve come to know the people from the team not mentioned above, Berkeley Systems, who were also involved in YDKJ. The founders of Berkeley Systems went on to found MoveOn.org just follow the links on YDKJ on wikipedia . Great folks, in every way that I’ve interacted with them.