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    Posted by wilks (U15940828) on Friday, 29th November 2013

    Why isnt there game review show on the bbc?

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Friday, 29th November 2013

    Good question, there seems to be an avoidance of this culture on the BBC or am I missing something too?.

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by Johnnymol (U14690244) on Friday, 29th November 2013

    Why isnt there game review show on the bbc?  Are you Charlie Brooker who asked exactly the same question in the Guardian smiley - smiley

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    Posted by ZIP-IT-SHRIMPY (U15436784) on Friday, 29th November 2013

    Because the BBC is run by people who are only obsessed by Antiques, Property and Cooking. A show about one of the most popular pastimes in the World would take the time a repeat episode of Bargain Hunt could be occupying.

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    Posted by AmosBurke (U8229185) on Friday, 29th November 2013

    It's covered on "Click"

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Friday, 29th November 2013

    It's covered on "Click"  Click, now that would be the news insert programme tucked away at a time when only smiley - vampire smiley - vampire have finished feeding?

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by Hy Dranger (U14569978) on Friday, 29th November 2013

    It's because the computers people use for playing games don't have names beginning with "i", and so people working in the media don't even know about them because they believe all electronic devices are made by Apple. Perish the thought that they would deign to use a PC or a Nintendo etc.

    It would be nice to see some erudite discussion of some of the game classics like Doom (set on the Martian moon Phobos, slogan "where the sanest place is behind a trigger") or Half Life (where you play a theoretical phyicist who's made the scapegoat for an interdimensional meltdown caused by a reckless secret government project (kind of like Ed Snowden with added aliens come to think of it!)), or older 1980's games like Rogue which it was rumoured no-one had ever managed to finish, it was so hard!

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    Posted by briggsy2 (U1288489) on Saturday, 30th November 2013

    The best computer game based tv show ever was Gamesmaster, presented by Dominik Diamond and the late, lamented Patrick Moore. Coincidently, Channel4 are screening Charlie Brooker's How Video Games Changed the World this very evening, a two hour documentary "delving into the history of the games industry and celebrating a selection of it's best titles".
    Should be worth watching for all computer games players (and there are millions of us.)

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    Posted by AmosBurke (U8229185) on Saturday, 30th November 2013

    It's covered on "Click"  Click, now that would be the news insert programme tucked away at a time when only smiley - vampire smiley - vampire have finished feeding?

    smiley - friedegg 
    I saw Click last Monday morning, around 10:00am. Not many smiley - vampire about!

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    Posted by PaulHammond (U5000908) on Saturday, 30th November 2013

    I've seen "Click" a time or two - but I wouldn't be able to tell you when it's on. It's not very high profile.

    Though Charlie Brooker saying so in a Guardian article is, of course, nothing to do with promoting his own show on Channel Four about the culture of video games tonight now is it?

    It's a fair point though, there are wall to wall antiques, cooking and property shows, but no such thing a show that reviews computer games - and I'm sure there used to be more of such things in the 80s (when computers and gaming were new and shiny - or maybe I only remember seeing them because that was when *I* was interested in computer games - I haven't really played any computer games myself since whenever TombRaider III was a new thing, round about 2000/2001)

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    Posted by Baldinio (U2012448) on Saturday, 30th November 2013

    'Click' has been treated shabbily moving from morning to mid afternoon to the middle of the night without any apparent reason. It has been consistently good in its reviews and impartial in reviewing the good, the bad and the ugly. Spencer and Lara deserve a bit better or is the fact that they have a comprehensive webpage on the World News site considered sufficient coverage of an industry worth billions to the U.K.

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    Posted by cthulhu1 (U15722781) on Saturday, 30th November 2013

    The lack of such a show is surprising , given the popularity of gaming.

    You might of thought a hour on BBC 3 would not be amiss, but the BBC loks down on such things but happily devotes hours to peolple wandering around looking at high proced houses they never intend to buy.

    The whole gaming scene, electronic, board and figure based, is an area so neglected by mainstream television, despite these games being played by thousands.

    Perhaps the BBC is still trying to be so right on and trendy and us humble gamers are still considered too nerdy to get any "respekt"

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    Posted by maestaf (U14145694) on Saturday, 30th November 2013

    It has also been asked why the BBC no longer makes more than a handful of Film 2013 programmes. The BBC is only concerned with retaining the licence fee, so it doesn't want to promote competitors like films or games. Secondly it wants to keep floating voters in marginal constituencies onside and they presumably love property, cookery and antique programmes.

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Saturday, 30th November 2013

    It's covered on "Click"  Click, now that would be the news insert programme tucked away at a time when only smiley - vampire smiley - vampire have finished feeding?

    smiley - friedegg 
    I saw Click last Monday morning, around 10:00am. Not many smiley - vampire about! 
    Ah so they are using it as a morning repeat fill in now, about time too. it's been running for quite a few years at about 4 a.m. and deserved mainstream promotion.

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by Jeff (U13971268) on Saturday, 30th November 2013

    Ah so they are using it as a morning repeat fill in now, about time too. it's been running for quite a few years at about 4 a.m. and deserved mainstream promotion 
    As far as I know Click has always had several airings at different regular times on the News Channel, so you could choose one to record. Sometimes one slot might be pulled due to news events, so bad luck if it was your chosen slot that was cancelled.

    However, it has recently been given a permanent slot on BBC2 on Monday mornings at 10.35, which is the one I now have set up to series record.

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Saturday, 30th November 2013

    Ah so they are using it as a morning repeat fill in now, about time too. it's been running for quite a few years at about 4 a.m. and deserved mainstream promotion 
    As far as I know Click has always had several airings at different regular times on the News Channel, so you could choose one to record. Sometimes one slot might be pulled due to news events, so bad luck if it was your chosen slot that was cancelled.

    However, it has recently been given a permanent slot on BBC2 on Monday mornings at 10.35, which is the one I now have set up to series record. 
    Very good and rightly so, thanks for the info smiley - ok smiley - smiley

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by Johnbee (U542312) on Saturday, 30th November 2013

    GINX is a whole channel for computer games, and excellent it is - they show exactly what a game is. I have only played one they reviewed (Braid) but it was an excellent accurate part of the show.

    I don't think that the main channels could do a good programme because it would have to reflect the standard old fogey approach (bad for your eyes, bad for your ears, bad for morality, bad for children, not for girls, for girls but sexualise children, Lara Croft has big boobs, hey have bad language, children should be in the fresh air/doing homework, children are stopped from sleep and arrive at school late, cash is taken from your credit card, etc ad nauseum. See 'skateboards' or anything else that ever gets popular), in other words It would be completely boring.

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    Posted by briggsy2 (U1288489) on Sunday, 1st December 2013

    The Charlie Brooker documentary last night was enjoyable I thought, but contained some notable omissions. Why no mention of the Tomb Raider franchise, or Sonic the Hedgehog, both all time faves of mine. I would also of liked reference made to how computer games have all but killed off the British comics industry :but then I suppose the whole idea of the programme was a celebration of computer games rather than a critical analysis of it's negative points.

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    Posted by AmosBurke (U8229185) on Sunday, 1st December 2013

    I didn't watch but I suspect there was no mention of Jeff Minter either. Grandee of the game world and almost completely unknown, even by devoted game players.

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    Posted by Jeff (U13971268) on Sunday, 1st December 2013

    I didn't watch but I suspect there was no mention of Jeff Minter either. Grandee of the game world and almost completely unknown, even by devoted game players.  Mutant camels, anyone?

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    Posted by Dover Soul (U14934992) on Sunday, 1st December 2013

    Not particularly in reply to you Jeff, but if the BBC did too much showing video games etc, couldn't they leave themselves open to the accusations of advertising again?

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    Posted by Dover Soul (U14934992) on Sunday, 1st December 2013

    ps

    I used to play Mutant Camels on my old Vic40 (still got it up in the attic LOL)

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    Posted by z4mster (U14864348) on Sunday, 1st December 2013

    I didn't watch but I suspect there was no mention of Jeff Minter either. Grandee of the game world and almost completely unknown, even by devoted game players.  You should have watched it. Jeff Minter was one of the contributors.

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    Posted by Jeff (U13971268) on Sunday, 1st December 2013

    I didn't watch but I suspect there was no mention of Jeff Minter either. Grandee of the game world and almost completely unknown, even by devoted game players.  You should have watched it. Jeff Minter was one of the contributors. 
    One of the downsides of reviewing something one hasn't seen, then. smiley - winkeye

    I have it recorded, not yet had time to watch, but won't be discussing it here for obvious reasons.

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    Posted by PaulHammond (U5000908) on Sunday, 1st December 2013

    Why no mention of the Tomb Raider franchise, or Sonic the Hedgehog, both all time faves of mine. 

    Really? There was an interview with the woman responsible for rebooting the Tomb Raider franchise, a little montage of how she'd changed from the start talking about how she'd morphed from a "type" to a "personality".

    No mention of Sonic the Hedgehog, but there was quite a bit of Lara Croft in there - there was also a passing cutting remark about how rubbish the Lara Croft films were from Charlie Brooker.

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    Posted by AmosBurke (U8229185) on Sunday, 1st December 2013

    I didn't watch but I suspect there was no mention of Jeff Minter either. Grandee of the game world and almost completely unknown, even by devoted game players.  You should have watched it. Jeff Minter was one of the contributors.  Clearly I should! I'll have to catch it when in pops up on 4Seven. I used to love Hover-Bover smiley - ok

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    Posted by Jeff (U13971268) on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

    Probably unkind, but Jeff Minter reminded me of one of Harry Enfield's characters.

    I agree, he was one of the pioneers of computer gaming. I don't recall any mention of Tony Crowther, though - I used to love Blagger on the Commodore 64.

    (Incidentally, I won my Commodore 64 as the star prize on a Paul Daniels quiz show smiley - smiley)

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    Posted by briggsy2 (U1288489) on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

    This programme took me back to my childhood: hours spent typing in programs into my home computer written in BASIC only to find it wouldn't work because there's a typo somewhere... Those were the good old days - actually they weren't - the memory cheats.

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  • Message 29

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    Posted by GZ (U5310554) on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

    Not particularly in reply to you Jeff, but if the BBC did too much showing video games etc, couldn't they leave themselves open to the accusations of advertising again?  They seem to get around with Top Gear which essentially advertises automobiles.

    And they get around it with move review programmes which are adverts for films currently at cinemas.

    Isnt the criterea that as long as they are not accepting payment they can advertise commercial products within the scope of a programme?

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    Posted by z4mster (U14864348) on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

    I think the key word is "review" rather than promotion. A car, a game, a film, will get the treatment good or bad.

    Though that doesn't explain the unexplainable promofest that is TG's Someone in a Car.

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    Posted by GZ (U5310554) on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

    I think the key word is "review" rather than promotion. A car, a game, a film, will get the treatment good or bad.

    Though that doesn't explain the unexplainable promofest that is TG's Someone in a Car. 
    Spot on. smiley - ok

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    Posted by Dover Soul (U14934992) on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

    I didn't question whether it was right or wrong, only that they could leave themselves open to accusations.

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  • Message 33

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    Posted by GZ (U5310554) on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

    The BBC are accused of a dozen different things everyday on these message boards alone. Not the mention the press.

    Its the price of doing business.

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