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"Mr Biffo's Found Footage is out on Sunday, It will be a fun day."
I'm going to sit with my wife and daughter (that's two people, both over 18) and watch the show, just as soon as it's up on your Youtube channel. I say "watch", they'll be footering around with their phones the whole time of course, but I'm trusting you to draw their attention.
Then I'll have a whip round and donate the money collected to your PayPal. It's a bit like church.
Certainly, we had no donations to our PayPal or Patreon fund in the past week, so I can only assume you all hated it.
Dear Mr B-2000. I attach my submission for your ongoing art challenge. I believe this is everything you asked for, however it has been a while so I may have misremembered what you wanted.
So, I present "Gregg Wallace from MasterChef chucking a chihuahua off a bridge".
How do! I hold a torch for the PlayStation game Koudelka, a game based in Aberystwyth of all places, Aberystwyth... in Wales - that one.
Every now and then I get nostalgic and search Google for some pics and vids to reminisce and read that it was rubbish. Am I biased because I am Welsh, and am blinded by the fact there is a game made which was set in Wales, or was it in fact as awesome as I think it was (dodgy non-welsh accents aside)? Koudelka.
Jim Leighton (Future World Darts Champion) x
Wow - genius or lunacy? I think you’ve provided compelling evidence that they’re two and the same.
I’ve got to hand it to you, Biffo - you’ve hit a real doozy with Found Footage. I think it’s too early to tell if it’ll take the crown from Biffovision for me, but it certainly has the potential to do so, and that’s saying a lot!
I don’t have any theories as to what’s going on, but something I noticed way back from the teasers and trailers was the amount of American influence; all the Star-Spangled Banners and indeed many of the characters.
I think we could be looking at some sort of post-apocalyptic thing, but yeah, that’s a bit vague of me.
It’s certainly rich in social commentary and increasingly intriguing - but most importantly of all, it’s hilarious!
By pushing the boundaries and having the gumption to make this a reality - you have made the World a better place :O)
Could be something. Could be nothing...
Alright, here is a theory I came up with entirely based upon the last ten seconds of episode 1.
Found Footage takes place in a completely messed-up alternate dimension which is bleeding through into our own reality as a result of some kind of experiment going wrong, which has shades of Look Around You's Helvetica Scenario and Scarfolk in there, somewhere.
The actual "Found Footage" tapes are literally found footage, VHS tapes which have been found thrown into our dimension by... something?
I love that weird, 70s, Public Information Film aesthetic, but they've both covered it so brilliantly, that I'm not sure I could add much more. The influence is still there, but I've tried to make it just one of Found Footage's ingredients, rather than the main one.
I sort of want the influences and styles to clash with one another, so you'll get something very, very American, next to something that feels like an old Soviet sci-fi movie, next to something that feels like a 1970s BBC kid's TV show. It's about trying to keep the audience off balance, while also feeling familiar at the same time.
A serious one! How do you edit something like Found Footage? What's your process?
Part of the reason I did a Christmas special was to teach myself how to use Final Cut, before doing the series proper. Hopefully it isn't obvious, but I can see my working-out written all over it. That said, I hope what I learned is kind of evident in The Awakening.
The little bit of animation I did at the very end of the Music Chute News segment in the Christmas special gave me the confidence to try a full animation - and at the moment, I think I've got three or four animated clips already finished, and more or less ready to go.
Like Biffovision, I want it to feel rich by being a real mix of different styles - sketches, music, animation, puppets, stop motion... I want every single clip to feel like a brand new idea, rather than just recycle punchlines and characters. I even agonised over whether to use Goujon John in The Awakening, or save him for a later episode. Suffice to say, when you next see him... it might be a little different. I want to avoid the law of diminishing returns.
I think I'm getting better at the editing all the time - and I keep trying to push myself. That said, I was kind of nervous about Enhance My Tarp, because that was the first time I'd be editing a substantial amount of live action footage that I'd filmed myself. We had two cameras, and sound gear, so there were a lot of elements to juggle.
I learned a lot from just those three minutes. Partly because I didn't play it safe, and tried to emulate an MTV style of show. In my dad's garage. With a tiny budget. And a crew made up of friends and family. There's stuff I've got planned for the rest of the series which I feel I could only now tackle, because of Enhance My Tarp.
I've never directed or edited before, so it has been about learning how to cut away or trim shots for timing... or how to splice two different shots, or lines of dialogue, together.
It's really, really, really hard to describe my process though, because it's instinctive. So far, the editing has been my favourite part, and the joy of doing more or less everything myself is that I don't have to wait on other people - and I'm now familiar enough with Final Cut Pro that I'm starting to edit instinctively.
If, say, I need an animation of Admiral Ackbar saying "It's a tarp!" I can do that very quickly on my iPad, then drop it into the edit. I don't see how I could've written a script for something like the Sting/Interactive Story (at least in any way that would've been clear to a producer) - it had to be done by me, directly in Final Cut Pro and Photoshop, just based upon what I had in my head.
Also, the Wozniak song was a late addition. Enhance My Tarp was always going to end with some sort of animated, green-screen, monster attacking the show (at one point it was a bear... then it was "Hitler Bird")... then I thought it'd be funny if it was Wozniak.
Then about a week or two before the premiere... I realised it'd be funnier still if I'd set up Wozniak earlier, and that the end served as a punchline/call-back. And that it'd be even funnier still if whatever that was didn't feel like the set-up to an eventual pay-off, but something funny in its own right. Hence the song.
Editing is really all about flow for me. Very late in the day I removed the last couple of minutes of The Awakening, because it was feeling too long (they've been parked for a future ep)... but then I added the Music Chute/Mega-Kat stuff, because going into Enhance My Tarp without a sort of soft intro felt jarring straight off the back of Sting.
See; I don't just throw this stuff together. I do think about it. But some of it is also quite instinctive.
I've got a general sense of what I want to achieve with each individual segment, but a lot of it is sort of moments of happy inspiration coming to me in the car, or wherever, and then going home and trying it out. Again, I really don't know how I'd do this if, say, I went through a proper broadcaster, with all the teams of people that involves. How would I even pitch something like Found Footage?! This is why Kickstarter is a godsend. Again: thank you to everyone for having faith.
Longest ever answer to a short letter?
I have taken duty of providing feedback for Found Footage in place of the Jones Boys, who thought the show was lacking in the "Matthew Fox" department. Ignore them. They are fools and on far too much hashish.
Overall, I enjoyed the journey into madness. It's nice to see Goujon John having improved his Goujons after his Christmas outing, and I will happily welcome future digital adventures of Sting. I also enjoyed the adventures of Ghee-Lord, even though I am now scared of Ainsley Harriott. Also, I request that Mr. Ghee Lord puts some trousers on in the future. That ill-fitting banana hammock just leads the eyes down.
Simon Bates reminded me of a fellow I went to school with who's favourite film was Ichi the Killer, and thought Pulp Fiction was shit because of the lack of sex and violence.
I think the element I enjoyed the most was the music and music themed parts. The Steve Wozniak Song was enjoyably catchy (and yet another celeb I now have the fear for) and the Enhance My Tarp was just a perfect, beautiful parody of the sort of thing MTV would show instead of anything to do with music. I must ask what was that "Powerful Music"? Those were some Malmsteen stylee sounds.
I look forward to future episodes!
D. Virdian, Some part of Sussex
Glad you enjoyed the show (overall), Virdian.
I really, REALLY enjoyed your Found Footage video from the other day. So much so I really didn't want to see it end.
I watched it again last night round at a friend's house and she had to watch it again straight after because she honestly couldn't comprehend what she had just seen; I still don't think she does, but she did start chuckling the second time round.
Whilst that cheered me up, I'm still pissed-off that Rockstar banned me for a month from the PC version of GTA V Online - I had only started playing it for the first time a week ago! I've asked Rockstar why (SAME generic email reply every time with no explanation) and it wasn't a case of me cheating or using mods; it was a clean install on my (newish) computer.
Someone reckons I was reported for something, someone else says I might have been online with a modder, someone else said something about Rockstar once being upset by a couple of videos I uploaded to YouTube once, which they actually managed to get removed. Oh, I don't know.
Anyway, rant over. I'm going to watch Gordon Ramsay shouting at people cooking bad meat now, whilst flying my tiny chopper round my lounge with all the lights off.
I am fit and strong and that is all.
P.S. My tiny chopper isn't working for some reason and I can't find the charger. I'm going to do 100 press-ups instead whilst looking at a slide show of North Wales photos on my phone that I took a decade ago. Most of them seem to be of seagulls for some reason.
Dear Biffo, Bifmeister Bi-folding Doors. Have you heard of that new game what is out on that Steam, 'Untold Stories'? It's rather good and might be 'right up your game alley' so to speak. It's a kind of an episodic text-adventure, game-in-a-game game, sprinkled with 80's nostalgia and 'Stranger Things' type... things.
Methinks you should: a) play it, b) do a review of it and c) done play it again with an appreciation of what you learn at the end of your first playthrough.
It's also only around two to three hours long, depending on how good you are at Morse code (I found that part of the game *beeping* hard, lol, etc...).
I hope you're well! I was wondering, how well of a swimmer is Steve Wozniak? I currently live across the pond, could he swim across the entire Atlantic Ocean? How can I prepare myself for the inevitable Woz attacks in the future?!
Dear Biff, purveyor of spangly tarps and nightmares. Re: Found footage, episode 1. What kind of cheese was it? How late at night were you eating it? Have the effects worn off yet? Yours most concernedly,
James Cooper aka Mr Jalco
I've had enormous fun tracking down the Easter Eggs in Found Footage. I think I got them all, but not sure...
Anyway, here's my list and theory.
In both episodes:
Lots of Xenoxxx everywhere.
Some kind of industrial plant with sirens going off.
Perhaps it's some kind of late 90s early 2000s tech happening here?
In the Christmas Special:
Scary red clown face - not sure on this one. Seems a little like the Captain Howdy face from The Exorcist. Is something in possession of the tape?
Goujon John is at Envirograf, a company that sells fire prevention products... and things catch on fire? How can this be? What power does the goujon have?
Greek text that translates to "I am alive" and "I see you".
In Episode 1:
Text from the Toynbee tiles.
Rubber mask man with Russian text behind him which roughly translated to "I am not getting a generator". Seems to be a reference to "I am 143. Not receiving the generator." This was spoken on a shortwave radio station named UVB-76, which broadcasted mysterious buzzings and tones.
A terminal showing wget downloading a file from what seems to be fakehlds.com. Very hard to read, and I've run a script to check combinations of the letters I can make out, but can't get anywhere with it. Probably doesn't actually exist.
Text from the blackmail letters sent to Glico.
A computer listing files dated 2008/2009
Text from the unsolved riddle from the Kryptos sculpture.
Ends with more Russian, which I can't translate.
The "I am alive" and "I see you" seem to suggest something becoming self aware and branching out, looking at the world.
The theme in Episode 1 seems to be unsolved mysteries, mostly cryptic sounding things where the puzzle's originator could not be found, but with Kryptos it's just the puzzle itself that's unsolved.
My theory is there's some kind of AI awoken in the Xenoxxx research facilities, and it's sending messages to the world through weird bits of found footage and puzzles. All the while, Xenoxxx is on full alert trying to contain it, hence the sirens.
Goujon John may be the main villain. There's what looks like a digital version of him speaking the Russian stuff.
Can't wait for the next one!!
Plus, there are at least two MASSIVE clues in The Awakening, which I thought were far too blatant, which nobody has picked up on...
Also, a ghost.
What did you spend my £20 on? Was it Simon Bates's hat yeah? Yeah. Anyway I really enjoyed it, especially Simon's hat. Money well spent as per the modern vernacular.
I've spent far too much money. I'm so very broke.
Yesterday alone I bought: sandbags, overalls, disposable paper jumpsuits, body armour, smoke and pyrotechnics (I had to sign a legal disclaimer and everything), LED lighting kit, fake barbed wire, gas masks, ration packs, and a monkey puppet.
Consequently, as a result of already blowing the budget on equipment, software and props, if anybody can help provide any of the following, it'd be much obliged (please email me at email@example.com):
Corrugated iron sheets
Old computer equipment, particularly 70s/80s
Vintage medical equipment (or anything which could double as vintage medical equipment)
Anything that's sort of Cold War military surplus...
Also, does anybody have access to any of the following locations?
Big, posh, living room which could double as a stately home
My dreams no longer contain large quantities of poo, so I've probably finished subconsciously processing Found Footage.
It ranges from wholesome idiocy to Chris Morris with the runs. I know people who would quite enjoy some parts if they could get through the rest.
The excellent 2001 sequence, exclusive to Comedy Night peeps and cunning viewers at home, would be easy to share with them. Perhaps you could use that as the next teaser? You know, a gentler introduction to Found Footage, without compromising the artistic integrity of Urine James.
I think Steve Wozniak drank from a water source tainted by a certain corporation. The attack was funnier/scarier at the first screening, where due to poor acoustics and no subtitles, I mistook him for the feral love-child of Nigel Farage and Brian Blessed.
Hopefully Wozniak will return, with an extended version of his song following on the inevitable Found Footage album. Just in case you're running short of rhymes, here are some more for you: hack, whack, shellac, macaque.
Thinking of recurring elephants (elements), how about another part-work magazine? Fingers crossed for "Totally Turts, Yurts, and Ghurts".
Sunday morning, after the screening, I added the subtitles, and managed to remove the worst of the echoing (thanks to a not-entirely-affordable piece of software I picked up online). It's still one of my favourite bits of the ep, and would potentially be my favourite, were I not forced to be in it, as I couldn't really ask anybody else to wear those shorts.
Personally, I like that some of Found Footage is too challenging to get through for certain people, and it's only going to get more challenging as the series goes on. At some point, I will break up The Awakening into its constituent parts, so people can share the bits they think are most palatable for others.
It is a tad frustrating, and slightly sad, that people are scared to say "This is a thing I find funny - you might like it", in case others judge them for it. I mean, I get it totally - I had to hesitate before sharing it with my own family and friends on Facebook. But if they go off us because we've got a different sense of humour to them, then that says more about them than anything else.
But... while I could make a version of Found Footage which was a bit less weird, and a bit more Little Britain, I don't want to compromise where I want to take the show. The Awakening was more or less exactly what I wanted it to be, but I put in the hours to make it as funny, intriguing, and polished as possible - and abandoned a lot of sequences along the way, which I didn't feel were as strong as the rest.
I'm not really complaining, but the challenging nature of it has clearly been a barrier to it being shared - still nothing on Reddit or, I dunno, Cook'd and Bomb'd, or anywhere, which is a shame.
And I'm hopeless at asking famous Twitter people to retweet my stuff.
Though Rufus Hound did plug it, because he is lovely a lovely gentleman, as did the popular Facebook page, Angry People In Local Newspapers - from which we got a lot of views.
I'll get my act together, and we'll be sending out press releases and the like when the full series arrives.
Found Footage skit pitch. Unwarranted, possibly unwelcome, certainly unreadable. It's a government informational advert style. I am certain you have a cycling friend.
Also: if anyone IS thinking of pitching me an idea about Found Footage... please don't. Not that I don't think you're all talented and great, but I just don't have time to read and consider stuff. Plus, this is my chance - at last - to do something that is 100% mine, without compromise.
I enjoyed the first Found Footage episode very much, particularly Sting's adventure game. I have shared the link to the episode on Facebook, like you asked, and some of my friends have asked me what on Earth is that? What should I tell them please?
Well done on getting episode 1 of Found Footage out into the wild. I’m not sure I’ve been able to unpick all the messages in it yet.
However, I the spotted a few things. In the Christmas Special, there’s a sign behind Goujon John’s head. It says something like - “Enviro Graf” and something which looks like “30 years of experience in passive protection?”
In Episode 1, we see the name Xennoxxx a lot. Clearly they’re up to something - videos, censorship, goujons?
There’s also something about “2001 ... resurrect ... dead ...planet Jupiter ... movie” right at the start.
I also spotted a reference to “God Emperor of Dune”.
A couple of thoughts. Wozniac is the inventor of Roaming Thomas. Goujon John is president of Earth, but can only express himself in the form of deep fried chicken parts.
So not sure what to make of it, really. I’ve mostly been enjoying watching it as a collection of stuff without the need to unpick an underlying story. It’s entertaining just at that level. I’ll watch again when my brain has settled.
Plus... I figured... if this is the only chance I ever get to make something of this ilk, I'm going to make sure I get to scratch all my itches... and I've no bigger itch than sci-fi.
Just you wait...
Although this week's Letters' Page is a Found Footage special, and I'm one of the people who backed the show on Kickstarter, I wasn't going to write in as I don't have much to add to the conversation beyond saying "it's great!".
But seeing as you'd recently confessed to us that you'd been feeling some self-doubt over the finished debut episode I thought a bit of positive reinforcement would be welcome. It really is brilliant, building on the potential the Christmas special displayed in new and interesting ways.
This success is underlined by the fact that thousands of people have already watched it, I guess, so you should be proud of yourself! There is something about Found Footage that makes me want to share it with everyone immediately.
The problem is, I think most of my friends and family already suspect I'm a bit odd; if they find out that not only is this insanity the kind of stuff I find funny but I actually helped pay for it too, their suspicions of my weirdness will be confirmed and no one will ever speak to me again.
If I hadn't already watched the teaser repeatedly, I think the superbly designed Masters Of The Universe spoof Ghee-Lord would have been my favourite part, but that place in my heart is currently occupied by Enhance My Tarp (Europe Edition).
The next time someone refers to me as face-ache they will be factually correct, as my fizzog is in constant pain from laughing so much at DJ Trendy Peanut. More of this squeaky-voiced idiot please! And if there are to be other songs of the calibre of Wozniak later in the series, (us lucky backers know of at least one more) we definitely need an album to go along with the DVD.
On that note, I think I'll enjoy the show even more when I can watch it on DVD, and go through it frame by fram,e with a remote to catch all the subtleties I am no doubt currently missing. I'm intrigued by the science fiction subtext!
Thanks for working so hard to brighten our days, Mr Biffo, and best of luck with the remaining episodes.
P.S. I see on Twitter you were asking if anyone could give you a rusty old oil drum (for filming purposes, I assume). I'm not in the London area but if you'd asked a few weeks ago I could have let you have the one I used to dispose of my victi-- I mean, used as an incinerator for garden rubbish, but it was so rusty it fell apart. Sorry!
Another purchase this week: 25 sound-proofing wall tiles, and a rug for the floor.
Thank you for the kind words. Mercifully, my wobble didn't last long. Just an inevitable consequence of being too close to something, I think. I'm very, very proud of the first episode.
Thanks for the nice words, Janice.
My favourite bits were Sting's unusual adventure and Pissin' Jimmy - the episode reminded me of good Gilliam and Morris Jam, but also great Rose. Wasn't sure on the tarp until the climax! Looking forward to the next one, ta.
My partner sat vacant throughout, Which only made me enjoy it more (eh eh?).
Feedback first, Found Footage was amazing when I was just enjoying it for it’s surreal comedy value. As a puzzle/conspiracy it’s my latest obsession!
I’ve now watched both episodes through in Youtube’s slowest motion and have come to the following theories/guesses. It’s pretty scrappy up to now but I wanted to included everything in case it resonates with anyone else trying to solve this. Any chance of a FB group for that purpose please?
The tapes state on them that they are Property of Xenoxxx Industries (this is backed up by the onscreen message that it’s from the shoulder camera of an operative who works for them)/
They’re a company that dabbles in dark science and are the creators The Living Bum (among other products). This means that we’ve got a cohesive canon between Digitiser and Found Footage.
And a link between Found Footage and Biffovision through Sensorium Girly Box with both music videos being shot in the same geographical area.
Dr (professor) Derek Doctors appears on Biffovision and on Bubblegun. So it’s not unreasonable to think that a company that deals in Dark Science may have something to do with him. But at the very least EVERYTHING is connected.
Waspy the Needless Bee is hacked by Xenoxxx (HAIL XENOXXX). 1:41 in we see a very brief shot of a man looking to camera heavily filtered through a hex grid pattern (honeycomb?). I’m guessing this Dr Derek Doctors.
The Envirograf sign behind Gougon John (they sell fire safety products, the set burns during his sketch, specifically when he becomes enraged “Warning” the audience). Is he Pyrokinetic? Is there a Knife and Wife connection? There was an old man who can set fire to anything.
Sexy Christmas: Lip sync issue? Backwards footage? Can someone lip read what’s being said? It doesn’t appear to be “Sexy Christmas: Naughty”.
Protect and Survive: Is this world a post nuclear Hellscape? Is it the area Dr Derek Doctors described as being “burnt out”? Will he “yet be honoured”?
Music Chute captions written in the style of The Man’s Daddy. Connection?
Xenoxxx Shillings (they control the currency?!)
Lord Branigan 7 Who is he and what is Branigan’s Vortex (again appeared on Digi)
Messages in Greek at the end.
Ε’ΙΜΑΙ ΖΩΝΤΑΝ’ΟΣ (I am alive)
ΣΕ ΒΛ’ΕΠΩ (I SEE YOU)
I believe these are statements by the man behind the honeycomb.
Several people have spotted the Toynbee Tile at the start and the Xenoxxx symbol flash in the U symbol. More appearances by Simon Bates have been promised six episodes could mean that each episode will have a different rating/symbol. PG, 12, 15, 18 and E. Meaning it would end with a triangle as well. If this pattern is followed will the tapes get progressively darker?
Google wack that brings up:
Monster with 21 faces
BETWEEN SUBTLE SHADING AND THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT LIES THE NUANCE OF IQLUSION
A decrypting method we may have to employ.
Der Megacat gets progressively more primitive. Puts me in mind of Optimus Prime going backwards through the Matrix of Leadership in Transformers.
Two episodes running have seen the American flag prominently displayed. Is England part of the US in this reality?
Dusty Banger’s father is Father Christmas. Father Christmas was seen repeatedly in the first episode and now mentioned in this. Potentially related to “Santa” from Biffovision. Do any of the name badges the children wear in the latter mention Trendy Peanut, Dusty Banger or Stringy Hobo?
Footage dated 28.12.93 Shoulder cam 02, from an Operative who is MIA.
A chemical plant is then shown, is this where Wozniak “drank stuff from a drain that drove him insane”?
Had they tested something on him to make him a bio-weapon and then released him to dethrone the True King of All England, in order to solidify Lord Branigan’s power?
Also, again, nobody has pointed out the ghost in Enhance My Tarp... There's a ghost! I didn't even see it at the time. None of us did...
Hello. It's sometime in the future. When exactly we don't know.
Something has happened to the world. For some reason no-one really knows quite what that is. Life goes on, but it's different to what we know now. Technology has taken a step backwards. Things that once worked well just...won't. Those who remember things from 'before' (there aren't many of them) say that it's much like another time period, but they don't know which one.
There is now only 1 entertainment channel on TV. No-one remembers the time of HD broadcasts or satellite TV. The programming schedule is fractured and inconsistent. Watchers believe they are seeing old broadcasts again, although the settings and lifestyle are eerily familiar with their own.
These people are wrong.
All broadcasts are controlled by the Xenoxxx Corporation. The lifestyle that these people lead would be unrecognisable to the general population. Technology that far outstrips even the most up to date and expensive equipment that we have today.
Broadcasts are tailored to keep the population subdued, placed. Any anger or conflict shown are structured in such a way that it won't cause too much upset. Enough to keep people a little more stimulated than normal.
Lord Brannigan is the Overseer. 5th in the long line of Brannigans (2 and 6 were not suitable), he controls every aspect of the Corporation. Any and all ideas for broadcasts must meet his strict standards before broadcast.
Products advertised seem like independant stores, but they aren't. EVERYTHING is controlled by the Corporation. Butter isn't allowed, replaced by Ghee. Uncoated meat isn't allowed. Lord Brannigan INSISTS on a breaded coating for ALL meats. Shopping in person is acceptable, but delivery is the more conventional method. Even if the deliveries themselves aren't.
Programming has also been designed to keep people in fear of the outside. Without revealing the true nature of what now exists, citizens are encouraged to stay in their houses if at all possible. Some are allowed to work. Some of those never return home.
Although they don't realise the predicament they find themselves in (the water supply takes care of that), some citizens have broken free of normal society. They pretend to take part and do what is expected of them, but they're beginning to figure it all out. Lord Brannigan's broadcasts are interrupted with subliminal text.
But Lord Brannigan knows.
There is much more I could tell you, but time is short.
Until next time
PS Pigsden was a good boy until they took him. Poor bastard.
Right, let's try again at this fridge Chief quinoa thing. My attention is a bit distracted with Zelda on the WiiU right now, but I'm sure this is on the right track.
PS Good show last weekend. I definitely heard a lot of laughs at Found Footage from where I was.
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Marcus Clarke of Computer Planet has done all the strenuous toil for us with his new A Brief History of eSports Infographic, yeah? He'd like this to feature here, on Digitiser2000's Plug Zone.
Here is what he has to say about it:
"Since the turn of the millennium, eSports has gone truly global. In 2000, the World Cyber Games and the Electronic Sports World Cup were both launched. These are major international annual tournaments that are still held today. The 2000s also saw a rise in big money prizes on offer and the growth of televised tournaments.
"The largest and most successful eSport league, Major League Gaming (MLG) set up in 2002, regularly awards prizes of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The MLG also held the first tournament to be televised in the US. The 2006 Halo 2 event was shown on the USA Network.
"However, eSports has failed to capture important TV audiences and is most popularly watched via the internet. Online viewing has increased dramatically over the last five years or so. In 2012 an MLG tournament attracted over four million viewers. Compare this to the South Korean StarCraft II League (GSL), set up in 2010, that today boasts some 50 million worldwide viewers.
"As the popularity of video games continues to grow, so does the demand for eSports. Although still regarded by many as only for geeks, eSports looks set to spill over into mainstream culture in a big way as new technology continues to come online. With virtual reality and motion-sensing games becoming ever more sophisticated it is not too big a leap to see eSports becoming as popular with both players and spectators as their physical cousins.
Since then the popularity of eSports has rocketed, with more professional players, regular international competitions and big prize money available, let’s take a look how far eSports has come with this infographic from Computer Planet".
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE E-SPORT INFOGRAPHIC OF MARCUS!