Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

The Doctor Who Game Maker Is A Bit Rubbish But Vital

The essential problem with modern Doctor Who – other than its broad abandonment of science fiction in favour of magic did it – is that it’s a show which earns an enormous amount from kids’ merchandise but whose most fervent audience is adult. This creates impossible expectations: to be light and fluffy and full of funny monsters, but to be complex and dark and with long, involved plot arcs filled with secrets and lore. The BBC’s laudable Doctor Who Game Maker project is entirely stranded in that vast no man’s land between ‘y’know, for kids’ and adult expectation. Create your own Doctor Who game – here are easy tools and a ton of official artwork to use as you like, then share it with the world. Anything your imagination can conceive, etc, etc.

The reality: hope you like crude platformers! But I think this is an extremely worthwhile project nonethless.

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League Of Legends World Championships Quarter Finals Will Be Shown On BBC

Ahead of next week’s League Of Legends [official site] World Championships quarter finals held at the Wembley Arena, BBC Three has announced plans to livestream the event online. Huh!

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The Gamechangers And Showing Creativity

On Tuesday night, the BBC aired The Gamechangers, their one-off drama about the making of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and the court cases brought against Rockstar Games by US lawyer Jack Thompson. This seems like rich subject matter, but the results proved a disappointment in nearly every way.

Other people have already written accurate reviews and rounded up what Rockstar and former GTA developers thought of it, so I’m not going to do either of those things. Instead I want to talk about the film’s failure to offer insight – or even to attempt to depict – the game development process. Mostly I’m going to talk about James L. Brooks’ 1987 movie Broadcast News.

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Scrubbing In For Casualty’s First Day Experiment

Damnit, I'm a doctor not a gamer

Okay. *Technically* it’s an interactive episode but First Day [official site although it might be UK only] is the closest thing I have to a Casualty tie-in game right now and an interactive episode is basically a choose your own adventure with a couple of quick time events so I’m going to write about it. It is also surprisingly gory so bear that in mind because screenshots after the jump.


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Regeneration Game: Free Doctor Who Game Maker

The BBC have been stealthily using the Doctor Who license to push game design and programming onto kids for a while now. Those monsters: corrupting the minds of the innocent, turning them into people with useful practical skills for a digital future. Scrap the license fee and sell the corporation to Murdoch, that’s what I say. The latest step in their campaign of edutainment oppression is The Doctor Who Game Maker, a free tool due later this month and which, if their bluster is correct, won’t just be capable of making crap platformers. “From the simple to the staggering, the only limits are your imagination and ambition.”

I don’t have either of those things in abundance, but I am totally going to try this. Though if they don’t have Tom Baker and Sylvester McCoy character models, I’ll have a right old sulk.

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Watch Daniel Radcliffe In BBC GTA Drama

The BBC have released a teaser trailer for The Gamechangers, their Grand Theft Auto docudrama. It’s got Daniel Radcliffe as co-founder and president of Rockstar Games, Sam Houser, and Bill Paxton as (now disbarred) lawyer, Jack Thompson.

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Grand Theft Auto BBC Drama Hit With Take Two Lawsuit

Our Graham was the one to post about the BBC making a “factual drama” about the Grand Theft Auto series and Jack Thompson’s crusade against video games, perhaps because I could only frame my response as a series of contorted facial expressions. But no, really, they are doing it, and it’ll star Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton. Well, if they don’t get shut down.

Take Two Interactive, the owners of GTA makers Rockstar Games, have filed a lawsuit against the BBC for trademark infringement. See, they’re none too pleased that they haven’t been consulted.

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BBC Announce One-Off Drama About The Making Of GTA

The BBC are producing a drama about the making of Grand Theft Auto. Announced as part of the BBC’s Make It Digital campaign, which also donates computers to schools, the project is described as a 90-minute, one-off drama that “will center on the minds behind its creation.” So Dave Jones running about Dundee then, talking about his days at the watch factory. I would watch this show.

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Editorial: We Need The BBC In Videogames

We know what television is. We also know what the publicly-funded BBC’s role in television is. Neither was the case in 1945. All that people knew then was that both the BBC and television itself had tremendous power, and that they were going to be important in the decades ahead. So people sat down and said: what is this new medium; what could it be used for; and how do we make sure that whatever happens, it’s used for the benefit of all people?

We should be doing the same for videogames. The BBC should be doing the same for videogames.

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Degenerating: Doctor Who – Worlds In Time Shutting Down

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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