You Don't Know Jack (YDKJ) Catch-All

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There's not much to say about the irreverent quiz show party game from Jellyvision (& THQ). It's a trivia game, that's also funny, and it has about 20 years of history behind it. I'm mainly making this Catch-All so we know who to find for multiplayer, and to keep an eye out for DLC. It released today, 8 Feb, on all platforms (to include Steam, but I recommend you go console with this one).

Oh, and for the diehard YDKJ fans, the original Cookie is back!

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Giant Bomb First Look

Evil Avatar interview with Jellyvision

Yes, there is Big Button Controller support for Xbox 360 (that’d be the Scene It? controller), but not the Buzz! controllers.

REVIEWS:

NY Times

Jack is billed as “the irreverent trivia party game,” and it certainly is. Proudly sophomoric at times and certainly snarky, Jack is also quite witty. If it were a film, it would push the limits of the PG-13 classification without straying into R territory. It has no explicit profanity, but the puns, double entendres and clever wordplay are often far more risqué than we can share here.

Gameinformer 8/10

You Don’t Know Jack is proof that games don’t need to be excessively complex in order to be fun.

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I still have my original CD version of this game (actually it's YDJK XL), but if this comes with new questions then I am so sold. I will have to check the demo first, see if the announcer is still as funny as he was back then.

The second I finished watching Giant Bomb's Quick Look of this, I pre-ordered it right away. This is just You Don't Know Jack on modern systems. I'm so in for multiplayer!

Mentioned it in the front-page Week Ahead article, but if anyone wants in on some 360 online multiplayer, my gamer-tag is DJ Dostoevsky.

My copy should be arriving by Thurs./Fri.

Zaba-dooba-deben Question Sevennnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

ahrezmendi wrote:

I will have to check the demo first, see if the announcer is still as funny as he was back then.

The MC for this version is none other than Cookie Masterson (Tom Gottlieb), widely considered the best host of the franchise.

Bought!

ahrezmendi wrote:

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but if this comes with new questions then I am so sold.

It's all new questions. Since it's a pop culture game, and pop culture always changes, YDKJ is different each release (and this is the 20th game in the series)

YDKJ (Vol.1) – 1995
YDKJ Question Pack – 1996 (YDKJ Vol. 1 must already be installed to play)
YDKJ Sports – 1996
YDKJ Vol.2 – 1996
YDKJ the NetShow – 1996-2000
YDKJ Movies – 1997
YDKJ Sports NetShow – 1997
YDKJ Vol.3 – 1997
YDKJ TV – 1997
YDKJ Vol.4: The Ride – 1998
Headrush (a teen spin-off game) – 1998
YDKJ Offline (the best of the NetShow on Disk) – 1999
YDKJ (PlayStation) – 1999
YDKJ Louder! Faster! Funnier! (2nd Offline game) – 2000
YDKJ 5th Dementia (1st Online playable game) – 2000
YDKJ Mock 2 (2nd PlayStation game) – 2000
YDKJ about MonsterFest (AMC web game) – 2001
YDKJ Vol.6: "The Lost Gold" – 2003
YDKJ (Online beta game on the You Don't Know Jack website) – 2007–2008
YDKJ - 2011

Anything XL or XXL or XXXL is generally a compilation pack. If I remember correctly, The Ride was one of my favorites.

Man, I missed a ton of updates for this. Looks like it's time to get back in.

Aaron D. wrote:
ahrezmendi wrote:

I will have to check the demo first, see if the announcer is still as funny as he was back then.

The MC for this version is none other than Cookie Masterson (Tom Gottlieb), widely considered the best host of the franchise.

Oh ha, now I get what you meant by "the original Cookie".

You all can add/friend me from my tag in my sig. Oh, I have it on 360 (important to note).

Damn this would be great on the ipad... I'll fire up my xbox to check it out.

Does this support mixed online/local multiplayer or is it one or the other? I'd enjoy playing this with my wife but it is unlikely we'd get two others at the same time. Most of my friends will not pick up a controller to save their lives. It definitely seems like a "the more the merrier" situation.

imbiginjapan wrote:

Does this support mixed online/local multiplayer or is it one or the other? I'd enjoy playing this with my wife but it is unlikely we'd get two others at the same time. Most of my friends will not pick up a controller to save their lives. It definitely seems like a "the more the merrier" situation.

YDKJ always has been designed to be fun for 1-3 players (playing alone on a Friday night I see..?), and YDKJ 2011 goes up to 4. But, I think you and your wife will have fun as a 2 player game. I'll check and see if they allow mixed multi.

^^^ I get what you're saying about friends being non-gamers as most of mine are too. But the beauty of titles like YDKJ is that all they really need to wrap their heads around are the four face buttons on the controller, which are matching color-coded for the game anyway.

Not sure about online-offline mixed play, though.

I loved it when it first came out, for $29 this one's a no-brainer (and I have the scene-it controllers.. woot)

No keyboard support obviously, but I sure am gonna miss typing expletives in the Gibberish Question category.

NSFW:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQFaq...

I went ahead and picked this up for the Xbox. It's affordable enough to be worth the chance. Friend me up!

I am waiting to hear your impressions, but am probably going to pick this up after work on Friday.

I am enjoying the game. Good humor.

Played 2 rounds. Just a funny as ever.

It's a hoot. I have all of the previous versions except for Playstation and this is right up there with the best of them. Let's play a game together someone!

I've only played one round but I'll agree with everyone else here. My wife was in a lousy mood last night but after some cajoling I managed to convince her to play. By question 3 she was grinning and laughing.

If you want to play online sometime shoot me a friend invite, I've been doing my gaming on the Xbox more often than not lately (shiny new toy and all that) so you'll probably catch me online.

Edit: also the achievements are hilarious - "Turncoat: Play on the fourth of July instead of celebrating America." ... "Consolation Achievement: Play 5 hours without getting a single achievement."

Works great with the Scene It! controllers

I looked through the options last night and it did not appear you could mix online and local players.

Shoal07 wrote:

I looked through the options last night and it did not appear you could mix online and local players.

I concur. That's a bit of a bummer, though it was still surprisingly fun for 2 people.

Ran out and got it completely out of my entertainment watching the giant bomb guys play it.....played 5 "episodes" (wherein I won 4!) with my 3 roommates and we all had a blast! We especially enjoy NEVER choosing our own names to see what they come up with. So far my favorite has been "Rock, Paper, Scissors, and Army" (but pronounced as Amy?).

My wife and I played 6 episodes last night. It's SO GOOD!! Jellyvision has not lost their touch at all.

And damn, I forgot how convoluted some of those questions can be.

Edit: As for mixing local and online players... can you create a regular party with 2 local profiles and 2 online players, then start up an "online" game of YDKJ?

magnus wrote:

Works great with the Scene It! controllers

On the Xbox I thought you used the shoulder buttons or triggers to Screw people; how do you do this with the Big Button Controller?
Inquiring minds want to know, so they can put the Big Button Controllers to use again.

PC version is borked. GAH!

I am also loving this game. My wife and I play a few games every once in a while. Making it last. I'm always up for some GWJ YDKJ though.

Obirano.

Yeah, I can't play it on my PC (my only option), since apparently it doesn't play well with Win7 64-bit. Boooooooo.