Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th May 2010 16:45 UTC
Multimedia, AV Has it only been five years? Yes, it has only been five years. The site that has become synonymous with video on the web, the site that sparked so many delightful internet memes, turns five years old today. Whether it's the best line in video game history repeated a million times over, or the most beautiful piece of art ever created in human history (the lesser-known HD version, of course), YouTube has it all.
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RE[2]: Youtube for ever...
by steogede2 on Tue 18th May 2010 13:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Youtube for ever..."
steogede2
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2007-08-17

Considering how mainstream gaming is now (compared to then) it’s really surprising that there still exists no TV programming for computer games these days—an example where it really was better in the past.


There are programs on Bravo and probably Channel 4/5 at very odd hours.

I don't think we will ever see anything like Games Master on telly again. There are few issues really:
* on mainstream TV, gaming is seen as only being for children and most decent games are not suitable for children or children's tv.
* mainstream TV is too politically correct. Encouraging children to play computer games (even "U" rated) is not seen as politically correct.
* a telly program would have to compete against all the various gaming websites/portals, the publishers own websites, YouTube and gaming itself (who's going to watch Dominic Diamond when they could be playing GTA?).

BTW, does anyone remember the gaming/computing program on BBC kids TV? I remember they had an SGI mini computer on it in one episode.

Edited 2010-05-18 13:19 UTC

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RE[3]: Youtube for ever...
by matako on Tue 18th May 2010 13:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Youtube for ever..."
matako Member since:
2009-02-13


BTW, does anyone remember the gaming/computing program on BBC kids TV? I remember they had an SGI mini computer on it in one episode.


Sounds like Bad Influence. http://www.bad-influence.co.uk/series1.htm, but not on BBC. It did have an episode with a SGI box though...

Edited 2010-05-18 13:47 UTC

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RE[4]: Youtube for ever...
by Kroc on Tue 18th May 2010 14:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Youtube for ever..."
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2005-11-10

“Back in my day we didn’t have no fancy World Wide Web, we recorded fast moving text off of the TV onto analogue magnetic tape and played it back slowly." ;) I shall enjoy bitching when I’m old.

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RE[3]: Youtube for ever...
by Kroc on Tue 18th May 2010 15:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Youtube for ever..."
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Yeah, it’s a different world now. In the 90’s you waited until 5pm to know what the news was. Kids TV occupied only 2 hours on two channels during weekdays and your only source of information for gaming was magazines. TV shows like GamesMaster and Bad Influence were "magazine"-like shows designed to briefly cover a wide range of what was going on in the industry as besides magazines and adverts there was no other source of information for the public! Crazy to think.

Games journalism is better now I think. With the amateur blogger being able to rip apart an official channel’s work—and garner attention, the platform is open for anybody to write anything insightful if they can and want to. The problem with GamesMaster and Bad Influence in light of now is that it’s too shallow, simply rating a game on the very trivial of things.

If there were to be a good computer games show in this day and age, it would have to know its stuff well enough to talk with an authority that makes it stand out against the web. Inversely, that’s why I like to read Edge.

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