Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

Degenerating: Doctor Who – Worlds In Time Shutting Down

By Adam Smith on January 16th, 2014.

I don’t keep up to date with Doctor Who but when the nature of your job means that you follow a bunch of geeky McNerdsters on Twitter, it’s impossible to avoid the basics. It was impossible to avoid the revelation that the new Doctor is the sweariest man on television and I couldn’t ignore the fury of the people who were annoyed by the episode in which the Doc’s most faithful companion got married and the show turned into a bit of a sitcom. Correct me if I’m wrong on any of this. Despte being one of the internet’s most popular franchises, with all kinds of ready made scenarios and villains, Doctor Who hasn’t made a comfortable switch into the world of games. The latest evidence? The BBC’s puzzling MMO is shutting down on Feb 28th.

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Doctor Who: Worlds In Time Semi-Launches

By Adam Smith on December 20th, 2011.

The Doctor has kissed everyone in that picture, including himself

There’s been another MMO launch today, sort of. The ‘open preview’ of Doctor Who: Worlds In Time can now be played over here. With The Old Republic now available, it would be fun if this was turned into a clash between widely loved sci-fi franchises but that is not to be. The two games are as different as two games can be, unless one were hopscotch and the other were the clash of Empires that was The Great Game of the nineteenth century. Doctor Who: WIT, you see, appears to be in the same mould as Three Rings’ previous title Puzzle Pirates. There’s a Doctor to dish out missions, themed puzzles and a bunch of familiar worlds to investigate. Could be fun. Sign up here, watch trailer below.

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You’re Getting Dr Who For Christmas

By Jim Rossignol on December 2nd, 2010.


The fourth episode in the Dr Who adventure game series, Shadows of the Vashta Nerada, will go online as soon as the television Christmas special episode finishes airing in the UK. That’s the plan, anyway. Producer Steven Moffat says: “Shadows of the Vashta Nerada takes place entirely underwater – something which would be impossible for the TV series, as water is so expensive. It’s thrilling, terrifying, educational and fun. Just steer clear of those shadows…” The BBC’s game budget is set to expand, too, with more Dr Who games turning up next year, and probably some other stuff, too.

Britons can get the rest of the games for free here. I haven’t played a single one of these. Any good?

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Where There’s A Will: Legacy

By Kieron Gillen on August 31st, 2010.

Yeah, you'll see why I didn't use a screenshot of the game.

I’ve only had a quick prod at this, but it’s interesting enough to post – and there’s a reason why posting sooner rather than later, as there’s a sorta-time-limit here. Radio 7 have done a two part radio drama, about a pair of siblings discovering that their inheritance is harder to get than you may expect. However, it’s complimented by an audio-lead web-adventure . The game concentrates on one brother’s perspective. The radio play concentrates on the other. By experiencing them all, you’ll get more of the picture. The game’s produced by DESQ, and is graphically simple and based around simple adventure-style interaction (Finding items, examining stuff, combining, etc), but with pretty neat audio. While the game’s online indefinitely, the radio play is only on the iPlayer service – which means the first part isn’t there any more and the second one only has another five days on its clock. So get a move on, eh? Fascinating to see the BBC trying something that’s as determinedly cross-media as this. Go play here or listen here.

EDIT: However, the play will be broadcast again on the 17th and 24th of September, meaning that it’ll be back on Iplayer for a week then.

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Dr Who’s Marvellous Videogame Adventures

By Jim Rossignol on April 19th, 2010.


I can’t wait to see if these games are good, because then I can use the phrase “time-lauded”. In fact I’ve probably already used it. Anyway, the first footage from the BBC’s free-to-play adventures with The Doctor has materialised on the distant edge of the YouTube nebulae, and we’ve embedded it below. Daleks make threats that their sink plungers can’t cash, or something.
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Our Boys On The News! BBC On Indies

By John Walker on February 25th, 2010.

This caption applies to every story I use it for.

Aw, I feel so proud. It’s like seeing your own children in the papers, but without their having had to stab someone to get there. For winning a really tough swimming race or something. Because today on the real actual Queen’s official BBC News is a story about Mr Cliff Harris and Mr Dan Marshall. That’s Cliffski and Dan Off Of Time Gentlemen Please to you and me. It’s a story about the “return of the bedroom coder”, focusing on Positech and Zombie Cow as examples of British independent developers, and explaining that they can be successful in the larger world of gaming. Cliffski and Dan! We know them! They’re on the news!

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Habbo Hotel: Unvirtual Crime

By Kieron Gillen on November 15th, 2007.

It's a fair cop.

The BBC reports (brought to our attention by the proper-reporter-blokes at Gamesindustry.biz) that a teenager has been arrest for the theft of virtual items in ludicrously popular chatroom Habbo Hotel. 4000 Euros (which is 2,840 pounds or nearly 190 copies of Peggle) of goods were stolen my a seventeen-year old mischievous scamp who now faces a spell in chokey (Probably). An Artful-Dodger-esque collection of five other fifteen year olds were also questioned.

So, does this open the door for prosecutions against that git who stole your sword of Scarab-slaying +3? Nah, probably not. The key thing here appears to be that the furniture items were purchased with real-world money, making them – according to the police in their Holland headquarters – have real value and equivalent of real world scams. In most games, there’s no official way to buy better equipment, so the same isn’t true. Even in games with a micro-payment system, I suspect that the difference between being scammed in Habbo and them will be the difference between being scammed by a market-stall trader and someone bluffing you in a game of Poker. When you sat down at the table, you accept that may happen. It may be ungentlemanly and be cracked down on by the GM but, I suspect, the police will stay clear.

Of course, this is a debate that’s raged for years with some of gaming’s biggest brains chipping in. I’m sure you have a take.

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