Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Top Gear or Flop Gear

I wouldn't normally post something about a TV show on my gaming blog but the relaunch of the BBC's Top Gear in the UK with Chris Evans at the helm was so awful that I felt I just had to talk about it...mainly to get the disappointment out of my system.

The highlights of the show were basically:
  • Chris Evans shouts his head off.
  • Guy races a silly buggy thing over a little dune while shouting his head off.
  • Chris Evans shouts his head off.
  • Sabine Schmitz shows the guys that it's possible to drive ridiculously fast without shouting your head off.
  • Chris Evans shouts his head off.
Deliriously Happy Top Gear Studio Audience

It came across as the Chris Evans show with a few others thrown in for the sake of it. Given that Chris Evans is arguably the most annoying person on the BBC's books at present, that was probably not such a great plan.

Apart from that, some of the studio audience, apparently, walked out during filming when it over-ran it's alloted time and after being shouted and sworn at by Chris Evans when they failed to laugh at the jokes after many many out-takes.

Here's a photo of the audience that remained...obviously thoroughly enjoying the show. It appears that someone told them when to clap but forgot to warn them that they also needed to smile at the right times.

Before any of this even happened, they had a problem when the shows executive producer, Lisa Clark, walked out. That, to any organisation that had to use its own money rather than sponging off taxpayers, would have been a clear alarm bell.

The problems with Chris Evans didn't stop there. He, apparently, crashed a brand new Jaguar on the test track on his very first drive, he was sick as a parrot when Sabine took him for a drive on a track in an Audi and, as it turned out, he's incapable of talking while driving - or at least remembering what the heck he's supposed to be talking about...something rather important for the lead presenter of a car show, you'd have thought.

He started the show by mimicking (poorly) Jeremy Clarkson and continued to do so throughout. This was supposed to be a launch of a brand new Top Gear. Instead it was a akin to a poor tribute band following in the footsteps of their heroes and failing miserably.

I saw a comment somewhere that Sabine was seen in the studio staring askance at Chris Evans' antics. I can only imagine what was going through her mind...it probably included a ten foot spike.

And why do they think they need seven, yes SEVEN, presenters to do what four did far better before?

My view is that they should keep Sabine who was calm throughout, knows about cars and is a damn good driver (also looks great but that's not very PC!), keep Matt LeBlanc who was a bit excitable but still pretty good as a presenter and keep Chris Harris who knows a lot about cars and also knows how to drive the things. The rest of the bunch should be unceremoniously dumped. They should rename the show to something else and change the format. There's no point trying to flog the Top Gear horse, it's dead and  buried. The BBC ruined it, now they need to deal with the consequences.

I'm not the only one who feels it was a bit of a farce. Fans dubbed the new show Flop Gear on twitter and other social media. Seems that when the show aired across the Atlantic, it received a similar reception. People are now placing bets (with massively reduced odds) of this being Top Gear's last season.

Phew. I feel better now...albeit still rather sad for what happened to Top gear.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Why anyone would choose a life of crime in a city full of heroes is beyond me

Here's an old City of Heroes quote that suddenly came to mind:
"Why anyone would choose a life of crime in a city full of heroes is beyond me."
I can't attribute it to anybody because I can't remember where it came from. I read it somewhere though, maybe one of the old CoH forums but a search has proved futile. No idea why it suddenly popped into my head.

It was a pretty apt quote though. There were villians everywhere which were, in reality, little more than cannon fodder for all the heroes rampaging around. CoH had one great mechanic which made so much sense, one that seems to have vanished from modern MMO's. A mob more than five levels below a passing hero would know it was futile to attack and left that hero alone. Modern MMO's have cannon fodder mobs which attack even player characters 40 levels above them - they are little more than a nuisance.

Maybe one day we'll see something like City of Heroes again, that'll be something to hope for.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

City of Heroes - Approaching The Storm Palace

Posted a short video to Youtube showing the approach to The Storm Palace, deep in the Shadow Shards. Scenery in the Shadow Shards was breathtaking. I miss City of Heroes and probably always will.


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Something new - Chronicles of Elyria

Came across a new (very new actually, it's still pre-alpha) MMORPG called Chronicles of Elyria a short while ago. As soon as I read the first post I knew there was something special here.  The more I read, the more I liked it. Soulbound Studios, the developers, launched a Kickstarter campaign on 3rd May 2016 which is doing well. I really hope it reaches the target, this is one game I hope to be playing in the future.

City of Heroes 12th Anniversary Celebration

Suddenly nostalgic again :p