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A bunch of oh so whacky Scots have just uploaded the first episode of the second series of their TV show Consolevania - it's a 35 minute long show about videogames, featuring reviews, commentary & lots of humour. They've been doing them for a while, but this second season kicks up the presentation a notch. They were in talks about bringing it to the BBC for a while, but for now, they're sticking to distributing it online.

 

It's free to distribute & there's torrents available for different quality links. Well worth a download.

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They were in talks about bringing it to the BBC for a while, but for now, they're sticking to distributing it online.

 

BigLime, one of the key guys, has announced they /have/ signed a deal to do a broadcast TV version. It won't be called Consolevania or be quite as 'naughty', and they plan to keep on doing CV online.

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I finally got round to getting hold of the first two episodes of Videogaiden and have to say I am pleased with the way it’s put together as essentially it is a slightly more professionally produced ten minute incarnation of Consolevania, only not quite so frantically obscure.

 

I love the fact the Resident Evil 4 PS2 review is essentially whittled down to “just shut up and buy it will you? Just shut it!” shortly followed by the inspired joys of a spoof sitcom based on Pyramid Head from Silent Hill. The first episode also ends with a gem of a line from online gamin god ‘Legend’ that made me laugh out loud (“I got more frag in mah bag than Billy got Bragg, you understand me?!”). I was also very fond of the reasoning as to why Rez is a great game.

 

The second episode is an improvement at the very least on laughs. A hilarious story about how Hired Guns on the Amiga brought Chaka Dimas and Pliers together, and a funny excuse as to why Final Fantasy VII is a masterpiece and an ingenious Splinter Cell sketch at the very end. Review wise there is a lot of love for Psychonauts.

 

PS: A Christmas Special of Consolevania is due online next month too.

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Double Fine caught on to the Psychonauts praise in the second episode of Videogaiden. You can read their feedback here and also donwload an AVI of the episode. I'm assuming the comments in the blog are from Schafer himself?

 

Incidentally, due to overwhelming response the BBC have put Videogaiden online officially here although only UK users are able to watch the episodes via the Beeb’s website.

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Here are two decent interviews with the lads:

 

http://idlethumbs.net/display.php?id=232&p=1

http://www.jolt.co.uk/index.php?articleid=5044

 

Were you as blown away by the Revolution controller as the rest of us? What difference are you hoping it will make?

 

Rab: Absolutely. It has the potential to “change the game” or “re-align the boundary struts” or “transmogrify the ballpark” or whatever else the American PR folk come up with. I think that on the day it was announced, every gamer on planet Earth had come up with 50 new games by lunchtime. People were saying “Oh man, I have a cool idea for a game about BRUSHING A MONKEY’S HAIR!” And everyone was going – “Where do I pre-order.” It’s gold.

 

Brushing a monkey's hair is an inspired game idea.

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The last episode in the first series of Videogaiden is a gem (episode 6). Do try and grab a torrent if you come across one. Amusing reviews of Kameo and Need for Speed: Most Wanted (the latter of which opens which an inspired Topy Gear/Jeremy Clarkson piss take), and more good jokes about J Allard. They’ve gone out on form.

 

I hope they get re-commissioned for a second, and longer, series… plus I can only hope they’ll go national in 2006.

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I just watched the episode over lunch. It’s wonderful to have them back. There’s an amusing special report and a very funny preview of Rockstar’s TableTennis and look back at Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, as well as excellent reviews of Dragon Quest VIII and Shadow of the Colossus. There’s a brilliant look at that abysmal looking Mark Ecko game too.

 

They certainly do make the long wait for new episodes worth it.

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Just watched it. Top show as usual. Absolutely no clue as to what the reference is that you're talking about - I caught it, but haven't made the connection.

 

Gamers - go download & watch this show. It's got humour, style & a passion for games that's missing from a lot of things about games.

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