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Story in Guardian today about former GamesMaster presenter Dominic Diamond opting out of a crucifixion. Some people hold their grudges way too long:

"A tabloid columnist making a documentary about his quest to rediscover his faith yesterday backed out of being crucified in a Good Friday ritual in the Philippines after seeing 11 others nailed to crosses.",,1754304,00.html

koogs (koogs), Saturday, 15 April 2006 16:01 (sixteen years ago) link

I lolled at this so much.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 15 April 2006 22:16 (sixteen years ago) link

The usual suspects in the Scottish media have been making rather a big deal of this. I wonder what the world's coming to when people mock someone for *not* being nailed to a tree.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Sunday, 16 April 2006 00:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Seeing someone having big nails driven through their hands and thinking "wait a fucking minute" is surely a perfectly natural reaction - lifelong Catholic or not.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Sunday, 16 April 2006 00:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Nails through hands = no more games = perfectly natural reaction!

melton mowbray's APOCALYPTO! (adr), Sunday, 16 April 2006 13:20 (sixteen years ago) link

three years pass...

GamesMaster could be back on TV in time for Q4, with a new series on a terrestrial channel.

The brand is in the process of being re-invigorated, having been acquired by Future late last year. Previously the firm simply published a magazine under licence from Double Act Films (the company owned by GamesMaster’s original producer, Jane Hewland) and was prevented from doing anything online or on-screen.

In the last few months, however, with the shackles off, Future has been talking to production companies, TV networks, publishers and even potential presenters. It is understood that one terrestrial channel has shown considerable interest and is already looking at an early evening slot.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 11 March 2010 21:52 (twelve years ago) link

eleven years pass...

Rab Florence from consolevania/videogaiden is in this, so it might be OK. Honestly not expecting much though.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 13:00 (one year ago) link

At least no-one's trying to revive Bad Influence or CyberZone.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 13:12 (one year ago) link

11 years between 'it's coming back' and it actually being back.

is trevor macdonald doing patrick moore cultural appropriation?

(also, i think it's already on more4, ahead of broadcast)

koogs, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 15:00 (one year ago) link

(more4 all4)

koogs, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 15:01 (one year ago) link

no, it's not. but you've only got to wait until tonight

koogs, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 15:04 (one year ago) link

It has enough of the flavour of the original to be passable. C-list celebs you've never heard of (I only know who Snoochie is because she's currently holed up in a Welsh castle on I'm A Celeb) getting pasted at a game they clearly haven't played much by a kid (Big Boy Barry's son no less!). The Gamesmaster character has some very dry snarky lines ("I prefer mayonaise"). Trevor McDonald even sounds like he has some clue what he's talking about but I guess that's the result of hiring a newsreader. Nice to see the return of the Golden Joystick trophies (they're either 3D printed or the production team have been scouring car boot sales across the country). The underlying naffness of the original is there too.
The game hints section from the old series has gone but that always felt like filler anyway. I could do without being told about adaptive game music or what FPS is an acronym for. The VR segment was OK and Beat Saber is available on other platforms but if it starts being all Quest exclusive games it'll get grating. The problem with video game reviews on TV shows is that they're nearly always out of date by broadcast - despite what was said about racing games being an under-served genre there are plenty of racing games out at the moment - that Hot Wheels game was only just released and is huge. The show doesn't have the frenetic energy of the original. It's not exactly Pipe & Slippers Master but it could do with tighter editing and not being a whole hour. There's a daytime TV feel to some of the presenting.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Thursday, 25 November 2021 11:26 (one year ago) link

I haven't seen this, and probably won't get to, but I feel that I would miss Diamond's snarky off centre humour from this new one. But I do like Trevor McD, would see it for that presence as I can imagine him being pretty great as GM.

Isn't Quest the wireless VR though, maybe it's a tech production reason why they used it?

Ste, Thursday, 25 November 2021 11:30 (one year ago) link

The series is sponsored by Oculus Meta Quest. It's a lot more blatant on YouTube, but there's been a steady rise in content where a channel is sponsored by Company X and "oh look we just happen to have a 10 minute segment about how great this particular product by Company X is". There are stricter regulations for broadcast TV but it's still something I find myself noticing.
Using a wireless VR headset meant they were able to shoot the gameplay segments on a greenscreen and show the Beat Saber players in the game from a third person perspective. But the guy they had on specifically because he could beat a particular level at Expert+ was only shown playing that level for about 15 seconds. As I said, the show could use a bit of editing.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Thursday, 25 November 2021 13:21 (one year ago) link

oh here's the BeatSaber segment

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Thursday, 25 November 2021 13:22 (one year ago) link

and if to underline the increasing pointlessness of watching TV - the clip above is an extended verion of the segment that was broadcast. Sam Tuff's dad wasn't interviewed in the programme.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Thursday, 25 November 2021 13:23 (one year ago) link

in virtual reality a ninja chops relentless flying blocks with perfect accuracy

in actual reality an overweight man baby waves his arms about whilst his dad looks on bewildered

koogs, Sunday, 28 November 2021 10:47 (one year ago) link

I almost couldn't be arsed to watch the second episode of this, but I just skimmed through it on the E4 YT channel. The challengers are rando content creators I've scarcely heard of consistently getting creamed at games I've scarcely heard of. The exception being the guy who won a Golden Joystick on the original series in 1994 who came back and won again. That was top quality. Surprisingly this reboot almost seems to be at it's best when it's referencing it's past iteration. Also I'm surprised to find myself wanting to see more of the co-presenters - I thought they'd be irritating but that's not the case. What was irritating was the extended OLED Switch segment, I suspect the reason why there was a notice about the show containing product promotion in the YT edit. In summary this show is diverting entertainment but it could use some editing, particularly in the challenge sections. The original was much more rack 'em up ship 'em out but in the new show there's a lot of pre-game chat that doesn't add anything.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 4 December 2021 21:47 (eleven months ago) link

So three episodes and done then, seemingly by design.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 11 December 2021 11:24 (eleven months ago) link

terrible idea: a retro version set in 1979 with a CGI recreation of Reginald Bosenquet as the Gamesmaster

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 11 December 2021 11:30 (eleven months ago) link

this all suffered from being mostly the kind of games i have no interest in - realistic FPSs and fighting.

koogs, Saturday, 11 December 2021 12:26 (eleven months ago) link

and fifa

but i guess that only leaves platformer time trials like the mario one. (and shmups, did they have any shmups?)

bring back Go 8-Bit, that was more my style

koogs, Saturday, 11 December 2021 12:28 (eleven months ago) link

I don't like football videogames or even football, but I think the FIFA challenge came close to being interesting because it was so hard and it was also explained why it was so hard, and the challenger was someone who plays the game as an e-sport professionally at the top level. But then he failed to beat the challenge and despite the commentary it just looked like someone getting beaten at a videogame.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 11 December 2021 13:42 (eleven months ago) link

I mean maybe it was entertaining for anyone who plays a lot of FIFA, but for me it felt no different to watching someone's grandad get rinsed at Sensible Soccer.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 11 December 2021 13:45 (eleven months ago) link

Having two fighting game challenges in one episode didn't help either. What is this, NeoGeoMaster? Again, if you're a fighting game afficionado then Street Fighter and Tekken might be completely different to each other, but as someone who doesn't care much about fighters either it was a bit repetitive.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 11 December 2021 13:48 (eleven months ago) link

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