Sexiness, Randomness And Great Use Of Writing -- The 'Metagame' Arguments

On Friday, November 2, I joined MTV News' Tim Kash in a face-off of video arguments against Newsweek's N'Gai Croal and author Heather Chaplin.

We played "The Metagame," a game show created by game designers Eric Zimmerman, co-founder of Gamelab, and Frank Lantz, co-founder of Area/Code.

The game lasted 70 minutes and was among the most fun things I've done on the beat all year. We've presented 20 minutes of highlights on video here.

This post lists every argument we had to make in the game. Any time an opinion was challenged, the audience had to decide the winner.

Here are three samples. Read on for the rest... and you decide where justice was served and where my team (Team MTV) or Chaplin/Croal (Team Brooklyn) were robbed.

Opinion: "Tetris" has more randomness than "Resident Evil"

Argument: Team MTV said it does. Team Brooklyn challenged.

Verdict: Overruled -- The audience agreed with Team Brooklyn.

Opinion: "Virtua Fighter" is sexier than "Super Mario 64"

Argument: Team Brooklyn said it was. Team MTV said it wasn’t.

Verdict: Upheld -- The audience sided with Team Brooklyn.

Opinion: "Adventure" for the Atari 2600 makes better use of writing than "Street Fighter II"

Argument: Team MTV said it did.

Verdict: Uncontested -- Team Brooklyn sided with team MTV.

*Metagame Opinions And Verdicts*

Team MTV: Stephen Totilo and Tim Kash (MTV News)

Team Brooklyn: N’Gai Croal and Heather Chaplin

Opinion: "Half Life" is more like a movie than "Halo"

Argument: Team Brooklyn said it wasTeam Brooklyn did not support the statement. Team MTV disagreed with Team Brooklyn. Team Brooklyn attempted to challenge it.

Verdict: Upheld -- The audience sided with Team Brooklyn.

Opinion: "Half Life" is more realistic than "Halo"

Argument:Team Brooklyn strongly agreed. Team MTV strongly disagreed.

Verdict: Overturned -- The audience sided with Team MTV.

Opinion: "Half Life" is more realistic than "Mortal Kombat"

Argument: Team MTV said it was.

Verdict: Uncontested -- Team Brooklyn agreed with team MTV

Opinion: "Mortal Kombat" has better character than "Half Life"

Argument: Team MTV agreed with the statement.

Verdict: Uncontested -- Team Brooklyn sided with team MTV.

Opinion: "Mortal Kombat" has better characters than "Tetris"

Argument: Team Brooklyn strongly agreed

Verdict: Uncontested -- Team MTV supported team Brooklyn’s statement

Opinion: "Tetris" is more elegantly simple than "Mortal Kombat"

Argument: Team Brooklyn strongly agreed

Verdict: Uncontested -- Team MTV sided with the Team Brooklyn.

Opinion: "Tetris" is more elegantly simple than "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past."

Argument: Team MTV agreed with the statement. Team Brooklyn challenged.

Verdict: Upheld -- The audience sided with MTV.

Opinion: "Tetris" has more randomness than "Zelda."

Argument: Team MTV supported the statement.

Verdict: Uncontested -- Team Brooklyn supported the statement made by team MTV.

Opinion: "Tetris" has more randomness than "Resident Evil"

Argument: Team MTV said it does. Team Brooklyn challenged.

Verdict: Overturned -- The audience agreed with Team Brooklyn.

Opinion: "Gran Turismo" has more randomness than "Resident Evil"

Argument: Team Brooklyn said it did greatly. Team MTV disagreed.

Verdict: Overturned -- The audience sided with MTV.

Opinion: "WipEout" has more randomness than "Gran Turismo"

Argument: Team MTV said it did.

Verdict: Uncontested -- Team Brooklyn sided with Team MTV.

Opinion: "Defender" has more randomness than "WipEout"

Argument: Team Brooklyn said it did.

Verdict: Uncontested: Team MTV did not challenge.

Opinion: "Defender" has more randomness than "Virtua Fighter"

Argument: Team MTV agreed with the statement.

Verdict: Uncontested: Team Brooklyn did not challenge.

Opinion: "Virtua Fighter" created a more intense sub-culture than "Defender."

Argument: Team MTV said it surely did.

Verdict: Uncontested -- Brooklyn did not challenge.

Opinion: "Virtua Fighter" created a more intense sub-culture than "Gauntlet"

Argument: Team Brooklyn said it did.

Verdict: Uncontested -- Team MTV did not challenge.

Opinion: "Virtua Fighter" is sexier than "Gauntlet"

Argument: Team Brooklyn agreed.

Verdict: Uncontested: Team MTV did not challenge.

Opinion: "Virtua Fighter" is sexier than "Super Mario 64"

Argument: Team Brooklyn said it was. Team MTV said it wasn’t.

Verdict: Upheld -- The audience sided with Team Brooklyn.

Opinion: "Street Fighter II" is sexier than "Super Mario 64"

Argument: Team MTV said it is. Team Brooklyn disagreed

Verdict: Upheld -- The audience sided with team MTV.

Opinion: "Super Mario 64" gives the player more freedom than "Street Fighter II"

Argument: Team MTV said it does. Team Brooklyn said it did not.

Verdict: Upheld -- The audience sided with team MTV.

Opinion: "Super Mario 64" gives the player more freedom than "Bejeweled."

Argument: Team MTV said it does.

Verdict: Uncontested -- Team Brooklyn sided with team MTV.

Opinion: "StarCraft" gives a player more freedom than "Bejeweled."

Argument: Team Brooklyn said it does. Team MTV said it did not.

Verdict: Upheld -- The audience sided with Team Brooklyn.

Opinion: "StarCraft" uses better writing than "Bejeweled"

Argument: Team Brooklyn said it surely does.

Verdict: Uncontested -- Team MTV did not challenge.

Opinion: "Adventure" for the Atari 2600 makes better use of writing than "Bejeweled"

Argument: Team Brooklyn said it was so.

Verdict: Uncontested -- Team MTV did not challenge.

Opinion: "Adventure" for the Atari 2600 makes better use of writing than "Street Fighter II"

Argument: Team MTV said it did.

Verdict: Uncontested -- Team Brooklyn sided with team MTV.

Opinion: "Adventure" has better integration theme in game play than "Street Fighter II"

Argument: Team MTV said it does. Team Brooklyn said it didn’t.

Verdict: Overturned: The audience agreed with Team Brooklyn, allowing them to take the points and the game.