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Friday Frivolity With Charlie Brooker's "Gameswipe"

NOTE: Videos NSFW (for those that work weekend shifts) on account of language, violence, and sexual imagery and subject matter.

Some months ago, when I was starting out on GayGamer, I made a passing reference to a BBC 4 program called "Gameswipe" in an article about the Kinect. Charlie Brooker, host of the show, had made a rather acerbic quip about how Project Milo (which never saw the light of day) was a dreadful idea, due to the fact that "no one over the age of thirty can buy it without feeling or looking like a pedophile." Being on a British comedy bender, and thus finding myself watching at least one Charlie Brooker program, I thought I would share the glee of Gameswipe with the crew and passengers of the S.S. GayGamer.

While the program isn't terribly current - it was aired on BBC 4 in 2009, and refers to the then-unreleased Kinect as "Project Natal" - but those of us on the more "flags and eagles" side of the Atlantic probably never saw it. Gameswipe covers a number of topics, raging from the early history of computer games and their evolution, to public perception (and often dismissiveness) of gaming and the media "contreversy" around in-game violence. The program offers a few interesting insights, noting that Gabe Newell apparently did research on the Spanish Influenza of 1918 before writing Left 4 Dead, and noting that fear over habitual gaming is little more than a redux of the "TV is destroying the youth" mantra of yesteryear. This. despite the fact that games are "a less sedentary, and arguably more challenging pastime than television." But for the most part, Gameswipe is simply an amusing romp through the whimsical world of video games. Unfortunately it was a one-time affair, but the program is about an hour long, so those interested can click the youtube link above; there are links to the remaining four segments in the "related videos" section.

For those who don't know of Charlie Brooker, he's essentially what pops into the head of people who hate British comedy when they're, well, describing British comedy. A sarcastic, razor-tongued curmudgeon with a belly full of spite for everything that annoys him (which can loosely be described as "everything"), Brooker comes across as a cantankerous little ball of cynicism from which no light can escape. But beneath the rather thorny exterior, as is the case with so many of us who gripe for the sake of griping, there's a distinct element of fun to it all. Thus, for those who aren't terribly put off by snark and sarcasm, there are enough rants, jabs, and humor to keep you entertained.

Enjoy!

3 Comments

krisu50 said:

Thanks for sharing this swede! I recently saw Brooker's show "How TV ruined my life" and I found that he was both hilarious and deeply depressing at the same time! Happy to see that he did a show about videogames :)

SuperSwede said:

Heh, i recently found that gem as well. I discovered him after finding out the he and Chris Morris (my favorite satirist, known for Brass Eye, The Day Today, Four Lions, and my favorite dark comedy show, Jam) co-wrote a television show called "Nathan Barley." I know he did a whole series of snarky shows (with the suffix "wipe) like Newswipe and Screenwipe, both of which are hilarious.

krisu50 said:

Mmmm hmmmm! Keep firing things to watch from him! I'll try to track down that show "Nathan Barley", looks interesting, plus it has
Rhys Thomas
in it, who I just saw in a UK show called Sirens, which I thought was pretty good. I'll also check out Chris Morris, he seems to be in the same vein as Charlie Brooker.
Thanks a lot Swede! It always nice to find nice treats likes these, where you're least likely to find them!

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