Russian people think differently than Westerners, there’s really no way you can argue against that point. Just take a look at the new game show called Game2: Winter, which is the brainchild of Russian/insane millionaire Yevgeny Pyatkovsky.
The premise of Game2: Winter is simple: survive in the Siberian wilderness (where temperatures can reach -40° Celcius) for nine months for the chance to win $1.6 million. The catch is that all 30 contestants (half of which are women) must sign documents removing the game show organizers from anything and everything that happens to them. And by “anything and everything” we do mean “anything and everything.” Here’s a quote from Pyatovsky to take that a bit further:
“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.”
Apparently, that’s not just a statement. It’s all right there in the Game2: Winter rules. “Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.” Just an FYI, I’m not really sure “alcohol” and “smoking” are really in the same category as “fighting,” “murder,” “rape,” or “anything,” but there it is…
How Do I Enter Game2: Winter?
Really? You really want to enter? I just told you that rape, murder, and smoking were allowed in the game show, and you still want to enter the contest? OK, fine.
So the first step to entering the game show is passing a mental insanity test, which you should fail outright because you’re signing up to spend 3/4 of a year in a bear-infested rape forest. But if you manage to dupe the Russian doctors, you then need to come up with $164,000 in cash to donate to the prize pool.
Of course, since it’s a reality show, a couple of the contestants will be admitted by a popular vote–although it’s not yet known if they’ll have to come up with the entrance fee.
What Will Happen In Game2: Winter?
Honestly, we have no idea but it’s a safe bet that there’ll be some exciting moments. As for whether or not there’ll actually be any smoking or alcohol we can’t say for sure because the game show has still made it clear that Russian federation laws still apply. If there’s any proof of criminal activity, the organizers have said that “the police will come and take you away.”
How would they get this proof? Well because the game show will have 2,000 cameras set up around the forest to capture footage for people to watch. In addition to the live streams, there will be translations into English, French, German, Chinese, and Arabic so that people from all over the world can tune into the insanity.
The game show claims that they won’t just throw people into the forest without preparation. All 30 participants will receive training from former GRU Spetznaz operatives, but afterward, they’ll just be given a knife and told to cope on their own.
You can bet that we’re keeping tabs on this show as it develops, but at the moment there doesn’t seem to be much on the game show’s official website other than three stories which are titled “Bears Are Dangerous,” “Wolves and Other Predators,” and “Reality Show On Survival In The Forest.” We’re hoping that this isn’t a red flag that things aren’t on schedule, but the good news is that there are just under 200 days to prepare.