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3 months ago

Blue Planet II inspires undersea explorer Beyond Blue

The beautiful BBC wildlife documentary series Blue Planet II has inspired a new game from E-Line Media, the publishers behind Iñupiaq folklore doc-u-platformer Never Alone. Named Beyond Blue, the collaboration will dive into the ocean on a near-future research and exploration mission. It'll have a documentary side too, with footage from Blue Planet II and chat from real-world ocean researchers. But most importantly, it seems…

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1 year ago

BBC Three showing live esports for next six weekends

Well, East me Enders and Pano my Rama: live Esports is coming to to the BBC this month. BBC Three (which is now online only) will broadcast the new Gfinity Elite League Series One, which means four hours of Rocket League, CS:GO and Street Fighter V on iPlayer every weekend for the next six weeks. There's a proper schedule and everything: Fridays at 9pm is…

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2 years ago

Time Commanders brings Total War back to TV tonight

Time Commanders, the BBC game show where contestants order around someone playing Total War, returns to British screens tonight. Imagine a blind Let's Play of Rome: Total War directed by teams who didn't know what Total War was but did between them share a Desmond in classics, a Duke of Edinburgh's Award, experience leading their university rugger society, and four awful haircuts. After eleven years…

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BBC Reveal Concept For Multiplayer Gaming TV Show

The BBC have unveiled a concept for a live television game show based upon a multiplayer video game, smooshing together bits of The Crystal Maze with livestreaming and a top-down shooter. It sees contestants playing a game at home while a live-action presenter in the studio is zapped into the game world to be mean to them. This here 'Multiplayer Broadcasting' is not a show…

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3 years ago

Feature: Wibbly-wobbly

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…

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Feature: Not as good as this classic film I like

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…

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Feature: How to save a life

Scrubbing In For Casualty’s First Day Experiment

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…

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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…

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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…

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4 years ago

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…

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Feature: Looking For Auntie

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…

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5 years ago

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…

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7 years ago

Doctor Who: Worlds In Time Semi-Launches

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…

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8 years ago

You’re Getting Dr Who For Christmas

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,…

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Where There’s A Will: Legacy

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…

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Dr Who’s Marvellous Videogame Adventures

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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9 years ago

Our Boys On The News! BBC On Indies

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…

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11 years ago

Habbo Hotel: Unvirtual Crime

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…

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