Every member of the team went above and beyond, and each of the hosts brings something unique to the table (desk). And best of all, it gets more chaotic and insane as the series goes on, as the team started to gel, and ease into doing something none of us had ever done before. I can't wait to do more.
One odd side-effect of editing it myself - and featuring so heavily in the footage - has been getting my own voice stuck in my head. It has been quite a bewildering experience.
Anyway, it's letters time. Also, you've started sending in pictures of bins. So, that's a thing.
If you'd like to appear here, or you've something you'd like me to give some attention to in our occasional Plug Zone, or you've got a picture of a bin you wish to share, please send your filthy emails to this place here: email@example.com
Spurred on by the efforts of David W. I too am submitting an entry for DEAN's reader's bins request. Check this kid-magnet out.
Quick question this week, do you think game advertisements on TV should be allowed to contain non-gameplay footage?
All the best,
But I guess featuring cut-scene footage is trying to evoke a mood and feeling that you might not get from gameplay. In that respect it's no different from them advertising a car by showing somebody poncing around in a desert with a flag.
I see Xenoxxx are getting into insurance now...
Well, here you go. Not my bin, but one I found last year. Enjoy.
All the best,
I’d like to say a huge thank you to John Whyte for his good work last week.
I must admit I feel slightly bad that I fired off my email asking him to number his questions, then pretty much sat back and forgot about it. Meanwhile, the good Mr. Whyte was spending who knows how many minutes trawling through emails.
I do appreciate it though - it’s pretty cool to see the progress, and just think, next time it’ll be easy for him to number them...
The more I think about it actually I can’t help but feel I’ve done the man a massive solid (ahem), just think of the enormous sense of well-being he’ll feel when he reaches a milestone (222’s not far off) and looks back at how far he’s come.
In fact, actually, I take that opening thank you back, he should really be thanking me.
PS. But, yes - of course - thank you.
I haven’t anything interesting or funny to say this week (or ever, I hear people cry), but here is a picture of one of the many, many bins in my life. I hope you like it. It’s a pretty helpful bin, holding open a door, and is environmentally conscious to boot. Sometimes people (not me!) put non-recyclables in, but such is the life of a mixed recycling bin.
This reminds me a bit of Gary Cutlack’s infamous battery pictures. Perhaps you should make it a regular feature, the better to alienate new people.
210 - I have been reading, with interest, about the Subor-Z Plus. It seems to be good from a technological point-of-view and the quasi ban on foreign consoles in China gives it a large potential market. Do you see a successful new console being more likely to come from China or from an Apple/Google technology giant?
211 - This is maybe a big question, but what do you think of the standard of games journalism at the moment?
212 - Has there ever been an in-game piece of clothing that you'd wear in real life?
213 - Team 17 used to put out a lot of good and original games, but have been associated very much with Worms since its release. Can you think of any other developers who are perhaps similarly associated with a hit?
211. I'm not sure I'm really qualified to say. I don't read a lot of modern games journalism, to be honest. The only games mag I read regularly is Retro Gamer - yes, I know I'm in it every month, but I'm also a subscriber. Occasionally I'll pick up Games TM. I'll occasionally have a browse of Polygon or Kotaku, sometimes the games pages on The Guardian... but most of the games news I get is from Twitter.
I guess my unqualified feeling is that the standard of games journalism is better than it has ever been, but that it might've slightly lost its sense of fun in the process. The distinct, individual voices seem to be on YouTube now.
212. Hah! Yeah, Joel's shirts from The Last of Us.
213. The first one that springs to mind is Rovio, who did Angry Birds. Not least because, since 2009, that's all they've done, barring a handful of barely-remembered games. Love Rocks Starring Shakira, anyone?
I keep forgetting to ask. Did you enjoy the Tim Heidecker & Greg Turkington show at the Soho Theatre last summer? The one when they did the exact two weeks that I was away on holiday.
If you've not watched On Cinema At The Cinema - or its spin-off Decker (or it's other sort of spin-off , an entirely convincing, real-time, trial), go and seek it out. It's utter genius, and - indeed - seems to go out of its way to alienate and irritate as many viewers as possible, while skirting the line between what is actually funny, and what is simply meandering. I greatly admire this aspect of Heidecker's output.
True story: a couple of years ago I happened to be in California at the same time as the inaugural (and, to date, only) Jash Fesht comedy festival. I was probably the oldest person there, and the place was full of twentysomething Californian hipsters, but it was quite surreal to see people like Kristen Schaal and Reggie Watts just wandering around.
Anyway, point is... I had no fewer than two wees next to Tim Heidecker.
Hello, here's a lovely bin for your enjoyment. My pride and joy when I was 5 - some kind of Dusty Bin/Ninja Turtles hybrid. My mum won this for me at the Telly Bingo; I think she would have preferred a toaster or something, but I was obsessed with Turtles at the time, and I think I threatened to shit on the floor unless she got me it. Its eyes are glued to the outside of its headband.
Love from Jenny Morrill (age 34)
I've recently been making more home brew booze. It tastes, according to my friend Terry, "Like shit". Still, he's buying it off me to distil into his 'lovely' vodka.
My home brew tastes great; add some Vimto? Yes, it becomes sherry (or even a really strong port). Add apple cordial? It becomes (a really strong) cider.
I mention the strength because it is 24% ABV. I'm starting to suspect that my recent headaches aren't anything to do with my recent concussion at all.
I'm strong but drunk and that is all.