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3 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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4 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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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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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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5 years ago

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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8 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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9 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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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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12 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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