Oodletorial: On Calling Bingo and Bingo Calling

I love the new Mondo Bingo. I like the various speeds, I like the 10 cards, I like the feeling you get when you’re playing a particularly good game and you start collecting Bingos because you know that means you’ll get those extra balls.

I also like the caller’s voice. It’s full of energy, emotes fun, and comes across clear. I especially appreciate the way he says “N-35”. There’s just that extra shot of adrenaline that makes you excited to daub that spot on a card (or four). If you haven’t heard him call “N-35”, you should play until you do. It’s worth it.

In Video Bingo, the caller is more matter of fact. She’s giving you the numbers the way a driving instructor might give you instructions on how to best make that left hand turn.

In Wheel of Fortune Bingo, the caller is much more casual and more-like-a-friend friendly. He’d be the guy popping the corn on movie night.

I once did the voice for a now-defunct online Bingo game. It was a long, long time ago, and the game producer didn’t have a lot of expectations in terms of personality, so aside from a few repeats of “B-4” so as not to sound so much like “Before” and “O-73”, which is probably a tough one for all Bingo callers, I did it in one take. And it sounded like it. I had the… er “privilege”… of hearing my drab voice call these numbers over and over again while players would insult the caller (even giving him a name unsuitable for polite company!).

If I were to produce a Bingo game, or if I were responsible for the recording of the caller today, I’d make sure that there was a story behind each and every number called.

“When you say ‘I-22’, say it as if you’re telling your Aunt Elizabeth that you appreciate her gooseberry muffins.”

“I want B-7 to evoke images of a cold, hard winter, while subtly bringing to mind the warmth of a log cabin, a roaring fire, and a table full of food.”

“For B-8, you’re in a space capsul near the moon, on your way home. I want to hear exactly how excited you’ll be upon touchdown.”

“As you begin to say ‘G-48’, I want to immediately feel as though I’m on a sandy beach in Hawaii. Towards the middle, I want to feel the sunlight reflecting off of the thick layer of SPF 30 sunscreen I’ve slathered on 47 minutes ago , and as you finish, I want to be shocked by the thought of falling coconuts.”

“When you say ‘O-62’, I want you to say it like you’re conjuring up a long-lost memory. As if, were you to continue, you’d say something like “Now that’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time. A long time.”

This is likely also a list of why I’ll never be asked to produce the soundtrack for a Bingo game, but if I were… you know it’d be the most dramatic Bingo calling you’d ever get to hear. It might even win an award!

Thanks for indulging me in a little holiday fun! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you all the best for the new year!

 

19 thoughts on “Oodletorial: On Calling Bingo and Bingo Calling

    • Not sure to what “bargain” you’re referring, but this game easily has the best reward of any game on this site. I won a few million tokens with this game in just a couple days when they recently had the “five games per day” promotion. (I then lost them due a glitch with a different game, but that’s a separate issue.)

  1. overall the game is FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the intro’s to the “new” games keep me on GSN, whenever I can find the time! Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose…..BUT I always keep playing. And there’s always a surprise or twos , somewhere else on the screen. like I said “overall the game is FUN”. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU IN THE FUTURE.

    • Are you able to now? If not, please contact Player Services for account assistance. They can investigate this for you. To contact them click on GSN Help at the top of the main http://www.gsn.com page. be sure you’re logged on to your user name so you can see the contact link.

  2. I love, love, love this game. I in the last two hours took about 4,000 tokens and turned them into over 400,000. Great game, will continue to play as long as it is available. Up until now Video Bingo was my favorite, but now that has changed. Thank you GSN.

  3. i would like to know how all those tokens were won? I cant seem to win anything and only get about 3,000 tokens a day on the daily spin, i must be doing something wrong

  4. HAPPY NEW YEAR SNOOP,
    YOUR TREATISE ON THE NEW MONDO BINGO GAME WAS INTERESTING AND, OF COURSE, YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES A FUN READ. 🙂 NOW I’M NOT SURE WHETHER THIS IS A SEXIST ISSUE OR NOT (I REALLY THINK NOT), BUT I DISAGREE WITH YOU ABOUT THE FEMALE CALLER ON VIDEO BINGO AND THE “LOUD MOUTH” ON THE NEW MONDO. I’M A DAILY BINGO PLAYER, AND PERHAPS I’VE SIMPLY GOTTEN USED TO “HER” VOICE, BUT I DON’T FIND HER BORING AND SHE DOES EMPHASIZE CERTAIN NUMBERS LIKE B-11 AND G-51. I ALSO FIND HER VOICE PLEASANT. ON THE OTHER HAND, WITH MY VOLUME AT THE SAME LEVEL, THE FIRST TIME (AND EACH THEREAFTER) THE MONDO GUY JUST ABOUT BLEW ME OFF OF MY CHAIR! HE WAS SO LOUD I HAD TO TURN DOWN THE VOLUME. FURTHERMORE, I FOUND HIS VOICE ANNOYING AND DISTRACTING FROM THE GAME. OF COURSE THIS MAY JUST COME UNDER THE OLD ADAGE REGARDING “FOOD”; ERGO, “THERE IS NO DISPUTE WHEN IT COMES TO A MATTER OF TASTE.” 🙂 ON THE PRO SIDE; I DO AGREE THAT HE GIVES ENOUGH TIME IN-BETWEEN CALLS THAT MY FINGERS DON’T HAVE TO FLY AND MY EYEBALLS AREN’T ABOUT TO FALL OUT OF MY HEAD IN A FRANTIC SEARCH FOR THE NUMBERS. (WHICH FRANKLY, WAS A MAJOR CONCERN FOR THIS OLD GAL) I DO HOWEVER, HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE PLAYER WHO NOTED THE SMALL PAYOUT FOR 10 CARDS. I ADMIT I’VE ONLY PLAYED SEVERAL TIMES, BUT EVEN AT THAT, 3 OR 4 BINGO’S OUT OF TEN CARDS SEEMS PRETTY IMPROBABLE AND THE PAYOUT IS SO LOW THAT MY INCENTIVE TO PLAY HAS SADLY DROPPED TO “ONCE IN A BLUE MOON.” BUT LADY LUCK STILL KEEPS ME HAPPY IN VIDEO BINGO, SO NO COMPLAINTS! JUST DELIVERING MY THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCES.
    CONGRATULATIONS WITH THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE DOING WELL WITH THIS GAME AND ENJOYING IT! BEST OF LUCK ONE AND ALL! 🙂
    SINCERELY,
    PAM

    • You do know that you don’t have to click on the exact number on the card – all you have to do is click anywhere on the card when it is lit up showing that you have that number on that card and it the game will automatically “daub” the number for you – it even works if you get a little behind and have two or three numbers waiting on that card – as long as the ball is still showing in the bar above the cards it will mark them off for you

  5. It’s my secret addiction when I’m not sneaking off to real bingo halls in Metro-Detroit Michigan. I would love to revamp this game for a cash/prize bingo game. Or that could be the junkie in me talking!… Ever since Bingo America faded into glory I can’t stop playing this game. It would be super fun if there were side bets, patterns, and a coverall…don’t wake me, I’m dreaming! I truly hope GSN comes up with a Keno type game….

  6. It was a good game to play when it first arrived. I’m a daily player on mondo, but, it not real fun anymore. I have lost since 1/02/2014 over 22 million tokens because the game isn’t paying off anymore. They claim that it is random, but i beg to differ. Hen you have 120 possible bingos per 10 card game, and you are lucky to get 3 to 4 total per whatever you are betting is pretty pathetic. Where did they come up with the name Mondo , when your lucky to get 1 bingo per card , let alone a rarity of 4 or more on 1 card. GSN needs to re-program the game to make it fun to play again.We don’t expect to win all the time, however it would be nice to win more than your bet every once in a while. When i am online playing, i am lucky to get more than my bet back 3 times in 1 hour. This is how we have lost more than 22 million tokens in less than 12 days of playing. We have written cust service and they say to reduce my bet, because it is all random. As a probability and statistics guy, the payback odds are something a NASA engineer says is well off the charts. Wewill have to start going back to the bingo haas where the odds on winning are better.

    • I’m sorry Joanne, no idea. I would guess it varies state by state. Please note we no longer have Mondo Bingo, and this post was from 2013.

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