It’s not likely someone will know every answer to every questions on Jeopardy – or is that every question to every answer? – but the written final at the end tends to ruin more people than it helps. Last night, three contestants were tasked with identifying the following fact: “The desire in his childhood to catch every insect inspired Satoshi Tajiri to create this 1996 game,” read Jeopardy’s longtime host Alex Trebek whose lack of a mustache will always bother me.
The answer to this is, of course, Pokemon. Well, technically Pokemon Red and Green since it established the year, but this isn’t Video Game Jeopardy, so they let it pass.
Matt Preston of Alabama, the only contestant to get the correct answer, doubled his winnings with a $10,399 bet. If he had gotten it wrong, he would have had $1 remaining.
Amanda Barlau bet $6000 on the answer “Splat.” I’m not going to try and guess what she was thinking, but presumably she knew of or heard about Splatoon or the 1983 ZX Spectrum game of the same name. That’s a much closer guess than it could have been, but betting $6000 on that answer seems pretty unnecessary.
The final contestant, Marcus Gresham, guesses Centipede for a whopping $10,000, which cost him his two-day streak. Gresham likely reached for anything in his memory that filled both “Video Game” and “Insect” blanks and landed on Centipede, which is as good a guess as any if you truly don’t know. It does predate Pokemon by about sixteen years, though.
You can check out the video below and catch Preston’s face when he realizes he’s the only one who knew the answer.