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Entries Tagged as 'tv'

The A-Team Formula

November 29th, 2007 · 3 Comments

I can’t remember why I looked up The A-Team on Wikipedia a few months ago. Perhaps it was research for some long-forgotten game idea, or perhaps I was just really bored. Chances are it was a combination of the two. What I found, however, wasn’t just a typical Wikipedia ‘article-by-consensus’ – thorough, but long-winded and [...]

Tags: silly · tv

Sidestep Right Two Paces!

November 7th, 2007 · 2 Comments

One of the most memorable children’s TV shows of my generation was Knightmare. Ah, Knightmare – a show that was about role-playing games, but oddly cool to be a fan of. In Knightmare, a team of four kids would try to get through a dungeon populated by all sorts of traps, baddies and dangers.
Of course, [...]

Tags: games · silly · tv

Bits and Pieces: The Future

September 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment

This is almost exactly a year late, but Vernor Vinge, one of my favourite SF authors and perhaps the most insightful prognosticator I know of, gave the keynote lecture at the Austin Games Conference in 2006. He covers so much ground in the lecture that I suspect he lost a few people not familiar with [...]

Tags: future · politics · tech · tv

The BBC Civil War

September 12th, 2007 · 5 Comments

It’s a shame to see what’s happening at the BBC now. With the TV license fee not increasing anywhere near as much as the BBC had hoped, something’s got to give, and people are all trying to point the finger at anyone but themselves. Jon Humphrys from the Radio 4 Today Programme suggested killing off [...]

Tags: bbc · politics · tv

BBC iPlayer: well over a day late and a dollar short

August 6th, 2007 · 4 Comments

As has been widely noted, the BBC’s iPlayer application, which lets people watch the last seven days of TV over the internet, didn’t actually launch on 27th July. It’s still currently in beta, and if you apply to test it, it’ll take a couple of days to receive your login details. This is not particularly [...]

Tags: bbc · tech · tv · web

Heroic Studio 60

January 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I’ve got four weblog posts that have been ‘in progress’ for the last two months, I’m writing up to 1000 words a day of fiction for a game, and it’s crunch time. But let’s forget that for a moment. Masi Oka – also known as ‘Hiro’ on Heroes – was on this week’s Studio 60. [...]

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The Ruby in the Smoke

December 31st, 2006 · 5 Comments

Lately I’ve been seeing many people cursing the name of AA Gill (a TV critic for the Times), declaring that if they see his name, they skip to the next page. Given that I don’t watch any British television, I haven’t had much cause to join in on the cursing until now.
I quite enjoyed the [...]

Tags: book · review · tv · writing

Belgian Split

December 14th, 2006 · No Comments

The ghost of Orson Welles strikes again – according to the BBC, ‘the Belgian public television station RTBF ran a bogus report saying the Dutch-speaking half of the nation had declared independence.’ Lots of faked footage of celebrations, traffic jams, and 2600 calls were made to a phone number given out during the show, which [...]

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Notes on the Futuremedia TV conference

December 5th, 2006 · No Comments

“No-one’s watching TV any more, and even worse, all this user-generated content is killing us.” That was the cheerful attitude at the C21 Futuremedia TV conference I went to last week. The audience was composed mainly of TV executives, with a smattering of smug ‘internet people’ like myself, who alternately confirmed their worst fears and [...]

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Notes on the BBC Audio Drama Festival

November 30th, 2006 · 3 Comments

On Tuesday, after about five hours of sleep following the Second Life ARG panel, I found myself at the BBC Audio Drama Festival in London. As usual, I was due to give a talk about ARGs. I did think it was a little strange that I was invited to speak, because while we do have [...]

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