France's state-run France 2 channel thought this would be a fit premise for a game show.
The producers say that "The Game of Death", airing Wednesday, is meant as an experiment to see how far people will go if they believe they are participating in an actual game show on television, even when they think they are killing others. It's designed as a quiz show, with wrong answers being punished with electric shocks given by other contestants. Instead of the power of authority, the power of television is tested. 80 contestants were recruited, with only 16 refusing to administer the full 460 volts until the victim appeared dead. One girl said that even though her grandparents had survived the Nazi death camps, she went along to see why the Nazis had done it. Another contestant was concerned about the victim, but didn't want to "spoil the programme".