Just in time for sweeps week a real life version of The Hunger Games is becoming a reality TV show. The creators of “Game2: Winter” are taking 30 men and women and dumping them in the middle of the Siberian wilderness during the freezing cold winter to see who can survive.
The creator of the show proclaims that “Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa, back up a minute. Did he just say SMOKING was allowed? Come on! Contestants make it through sub-freezing temperatures; fighting off bears and wolves, surviving on their instincts alone and then they are sent home to die of second hand smoke induced lung cancer? What gives, Game2: Winter?
OK, this guy REALLY needs to evaluate how he escalates his sentences. So who would come up with such a sadistic television show to create entertainment out of watching real human beings suffer? If you were picturing the James Bond villain looking dude below, you would be right:
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35 year-old Yevgeny Pyatkovsky created the show which he says is the first of its kind, which in addition to partnering with television networks around the world will also be broadcast on the internet 24/7 so viewers can constantly keep an eye on the blood, carnage and bears. While Yevgeny is super excited about promoting rape and murder he also says that if anything like that actually happens on the show:
'You must understand that the police will come and take you away. We are on the territory of Russia, and obey the laws of the Russian Federation.'
Soooo, that is just like normal then? Contestants will also be made to sign an agreement that says the producers are not responsible for anything that happens to them. Yevgeny says;
“We will refuse any claim of participants even if they were to be killed or raped. We will have nothing to do with this. This will be spelt out in a document to be signed by the participant before the start of the show.”
Probably less rape and murder and more people cooking in the snow.
OK, I’m starting to think old Yevgeny is just trying to find a legal way to make a snuff film. However for the most part it sounds like a standard survival show with some interesting twists.
Starting on July 1st 2017 the show will gather participants from all over the world who will be trained by former Russian soldiers before being sent out to make it on their own over a 9 month period. Unlike game show style situations like “Survivor” there will be NO camera crew, but cameras placed in trees around the wilderness and each contestant will carry their own camera pack for broadcasting. So in addition to foraging for their own food they have to get some sweet cinematic shots.
Each contestant will be chosen by viewers in an online selection process… or they can pay $165K to be in the game. While no guns are allowed, each contestant will be given a knife. And just like in The Hunger Games, benefactors online can send more supplies or weapons to their favored contestants that they request. I would ask for a solar powered heater and a bag of Slim Jims.
There is a backup plan if someone wants out. Each contestant will be given a “panic button” connected to a GPS tracker so helicopters can rescue them and take them off the show and to doctors if need be. Whoever makes it out of the wilderness alive by April 1st 2018 where will get part of the prize money of $1.65 million (multiple survivors will share the prize).
Do you think anyone will actually be murdered in this reality show?
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