Final Jeopardy: Video Games

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/28/2017) in the category “Video Games” was:

The desire in his childhood to catch every insect inspired Satoshi Tajiri to create this 1996 game.

Marcus Gresham is a 2x champ now with $46,802 in winnings. In his 3rd match, he is up against: Matt Preston, from Harvest, AL; and Amanda Barlau, from Seymour, IN.

Round 1 Categories: Pick a Planet – Emmy-Winning Women – Time to Say Goodbye – Cold Places – Transportation – On the “Go”

Amanda found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Transportation” under the $800 clue, with 6 clues left after it. She was in the lead with $4,600, $$1,000 more than Marcus in second place. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

Not quite as romantic, public ferries called Vaporetti have largely replaced these. show

Amanda finished in the lead with $7,000. Matt was second with $4,800 and Marcus was last with $3,600.

Round 2 Categories: Knotty by Nature – Literature – Onomatopoeia – French History – Two-Dimensional People – Made in the USA

Amanda found the first Daily Double in “French History” under the $1,600 clue, with 6 clues to go after it. She was in second place with $11,000 at this point, $600 behind Marcus in the lead. She bet $1,000 and she was RIGHT.

Awarded to Germany after the Franco-Prussian War, these paired regions became part of France for good in 1945. show

Marcus found the last Daily Double in “Literature” under the $1,200 clue, with just 2 clues left after it. He was in a tie for the lead with Amanda. They both had $12,400, $2,000 more than Matt. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

James Dickey is best remembered for this novel about a harrowing canoe trip. show

Marcus finished in the lead with $14,400. Amanda was next with $12,400 and Matt was in third place with $10,400.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


Satoshi Tajiri’s love of bug collecting and video games led him to create the video game now known world-wide as “Pokémon.” It wasn’t an easy journey nor one of overnight success. Tajiri had already created a successful video game magazine called “Game Freak.” He came close to bankrupting his company in the process of creating the new game. You can find the whole story in Video Game Storytime’s 8 minute video on Tajiri’s life.

Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japan), protagonist of the Pokémon anime and manga series, was named after Satoshi Tajiri. Obviously, his English surname is a play on the tagline “Gotta catch ’em all.”

Matt got it right. His $10,399 bet brought him up to $20,799.

Amanda came up with Splat. She lost her $6,000 bet and had $6,400 left.

Marcus thought it was Centipede. He lost $10,001, dropping him down to $4,399. That made Matt Preston the new Jeopardy champ.

Final Jeopardy (11/28/2017) Marcus Gresham, Amanda Barlau, Matt Preston

A triple stumper from each round:

PICK A PLANET ($400) It was discovered in 1846

LITERATURE ($2000) Elizabeth Strought won a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for her book of stories, set in coastal Maine, about this woman

2 years ago: TWO of the players got this FJ in “The Movies”

The title of this 2009 Best Picture Oscar nominee alludes to the left tackle’s job in a football game. show

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5 Responses

  1. Becci says:

    Too bad Marcus lost, I was looking forward to his next ‘Aloha Shirt’!

    • VJ says:

      Yeah,, if he got up to 5 games, they could have highlighted his shirts in his 5-game streak video. I liked the one he had on yesterday the best.

  2. Lou says:

    Pokemon has been my favorite show and game for decades. Also are your kids a fan of the pokemon series vj? Centipede is from atari and not shopro. Plus VJ, you played Pac man and pole position that are also from atari when you were little right?

    • VJ says:

      Yes, Lou, my youngest kid was and still is a Pokemon fan. I did play Pac Man back in the day, but I wasn’t little 🙂 Tetris, too. I was pretty good at that.

      LINK: 11 more clues from the game

      • Lou says:

        I used to have Pac man on the pc although I don’t know where it is now. However these games brings a lot of nostalgia back to us. Time to see if matt can build a streak just like Justin bender did back in 2016. We haven’t had a streak.winner since the tournament of champions.

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