Mass Media Fudges Up Halo 3 Launch

The BBC flails unthinkingly at video-games

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The Chief gets ready to take on... the Helghast?
The Chief gets ready to take on... the Helghast?
Ah... just when SPOnG's day was starting to fill up with head-bangingly annoying news about the re-hashing of punk masterworks and narcoleptic swimming games, the lovely fellas over on the SPOnG forum have found a way to brighten it up. Below you'll find the venerable BBC making a right old cock-up of its Halo 3 launch coverage on national TV.

More specifically, someone over at the Beeb couldn't be arsed to do their homework. In a move that both Sony and Microsoft fanboys can be for once united in their indignation at, the Beeb has decided to illustrate the Halo 3 launch with some tasty footage of... Killzone 2... for the PlayStation 3... from Sony?

The BBC also, of course, took the opportunity to take a pop at the industry for producing violent games. Come on, chaps, if you're going to slag us off at least give it a bit of thought. SPOnG moves that the BBC forms a new board of directors - comprised entirely of eagle-eyed Forum members - to sort it out.

You can read SPOnG's review of Halo 3 right here, and then get a second opinion here. Or, if the BBC's whet your appetite for more Killzone 2, have a look at the full E3 trailer it showed a chunk of here.

Thanks to Rutabaga for the spot and Jay for the link.

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Coxy 26 Sep 2007 13:07
1/10
I remember seeing that, I thought I was going crazy!
ultimateassmonkey 26 Sep 2007 13:22
2/10
I saw that and thought... "WTF?!"

I knew straight away that wasn't H3!
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Rutabaga 26 Sep 2007 13:38
3/10
There goes my 15 minutes of fame! Ta for the acknowledgment.
deleted 26 Sep 2007 17:48
4/10
Its a conspiracy, Bungie is secretly working with Sony!, honest i have this on official secret inside soource from nintendo and the guy told me this he works for nintendos cleansing department (and i dont mean scrubbing toilets) nudge nudge wink wink.


Bentley 26 Sep 2007 18:18
5/10
"Sometimes violent" they say. I always found the Halo series to be among the least violent "shooting" games. Which is why I always found it a bit insulting. The same went for the Star Wars games though... they could be as technically impressive as you like, and I love Star Wars... but firing a laser at an alien is just never quite as "gritty" as firing a big-arsed bullet-spitting machine gun at an opponent. And seeing them explode in a shower of gristle, hopefully.

That may sound sick to some, but I can appreciate that it's not real! It's just a computer game! In real life, I go faint at the sight of a used tampon.

Hmmm, they should consider extending the Halo series just so Halo 4 can have a used-tampon-firing-bazooka... Nice.
Tim Smith 26 Sep 2007 18:26
6/10
Bentley wrote:
"Sometimes violent" they say... SNIP....

That may sound sick to some, but I can appreciate that it's not real! It's just a computer game! In real life, I go faint at the sight of a used tampon.


Whooah... since when is a used tampon 'violent'? Tell me about your childhood...

And don't confused blood with violence...

Yours psychoanalytically

Tim

Plasmoid 26 Sep 2007 18:32
7/10
Over here in Ireland. half way through their news report on the launch, Rte2 news started showing GRAW2 or something like it... for no apparent reason and without saying anything.
Bentley 26 Sep 2007 20:29
8/10
Tim Smith wrote:

Whooah... since when is a used tampon 'violent'? Tell me about your childhood...

And don't confused blood with violence...


Violence + blood in games = much more realistic

A headshot is nothing without a load of blood. Compare TimeSplitters with Unreal Tournament... in TimeSplitters the heads come off, but it's comic due to the lack of blood. Unreal, with droplets and gibs of meat everywhere... much more violent, I'd say.

And a used tampon can be considered violent when (for example) female rock group L7 are flinging them into the crowd at the 1991 Reading Festival. Although to be honest, I was probably one of the few trying to catch it.

Great, all my posts today make me come across like a real, sick weirdo...
PistolPete 26 Sep 2007 21:49
9/10
I think I may vomit
Hypnotoad 27 Sep 2007 00:48
10/10
Bentley wrote:
And a used tampon can be considered violent when (for example) female rock group L7 are flinging them into the crowd at the 1991 Reading Festival. Although to be honest, I was probably one of the few trying to catch it.

LOL

Re BBC - damn, what a deep and gripping story; edgy, informative and really down to earth. Oh, sorry, I meant the other one...'S**T'. Nice work on the footage cockup too.
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