Taskmaster S8 Line-Up

By | February 18, 2019

As revealed this morning:

  • Joe Thomas from The Inbetweeners.
  • Iain Stirling from My Dog At My Homework and that Love Island thing.
  • Lou Sanders.
  • Paul Sinha off of The Chase.
  • Sian Gibson from Car Share.

Of those Lou and Sian are mysteries to me, Iain Stirling ought to be good, Sinha could go either way and Joe Thomas has been cast for Greg Davies to shout at.

Not a line-up that I’m fist pumping over, but Taskmaster has taught us that it’s rarely worth judging a series before it’s started.

Bother’s Bar Game Night 14: Game of Love Edition

By | February 16, 2019

Tonight, 9pm,
Here and on Youtube

Please click through to watch on the Youtube page where the delay is slightly less and you can join the Youtube Chat.

The purpose of a man is to love a woman
And the purpose of a woman is to love a man
So come on, baby
Let’s start today
Come on, baby
Let’s play

The game of love, love
La, la, la, la, la love

So sang Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders in 1965. These days, those lyrics don’t seem quite so enlightened (RIGHT GANG?) but no matter because in 2019 we bring the Game of Love right up to date in Bother’s Bar Game Night 14: Game of Love Edition.

This basically means we’ll be starting with Monster Seeking Monster.

Join us LIVE from 9pm to 11:30 tonight as our panellists battle it out over games of wit, knowledge and skill to win the hearts and minds of the other panellists and the watching audience. You, Team Audience, are as ever invited to try and wreck the night for your own nefarious reasons. You’ve come so close to winning, is tonight the night?

Point your mobiles at jackbox.tv and enter the room codes to play along live. There is a slight delay, lessened if you watch on the Youtube site itself, but all questions and suchlike will appear on your phones.

Battle Royale

By | February 15, 2019

Currently the “in” thing in videogaming is the Battle Royale, where a large group of people (usually 100) are dropped on a map and have to scavenge weapons and loot in a bid to be the last one standing, with a gradually decreasing area of play forcing people together so you can’t just camp somewhere. Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Apex Legends are the current big names. The name comes from the excellent Takeshi Kitano 2000 film Battle Royale which follows the same idea.

A few nights ago this was joined rather unexpectedly by Tetris 99 on Nintendo Switch, play Tetris online against 98 other players, clear your junk and send your lines to others to force them out of the game which gradually speeds up as fewer players remain until one person is left standing. I have some issues with the control layout, but the idea is kind of ingenious and fun.

Of course, one of the earliest quiz versions of the idea happened over ten years previous with proto-Millionaire Everybody’s Equal.

But it wasn’t the first of course, Ultra Quiz did it first in the eighties. There are some Japanese editions on Youtube, but here are the titles of the 1980s ITV one:

Love means nothing

By | February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve still got space for panellists for this Saturday’s upcoming Game Night, so do shout if you’re interested, especially if you’ve not been a panellist before – we’re always interested in new blood.

Traditionally we share a video on this day. Sometimes it’s a dating show, sometimes it’s a spin. Today we have the credits for little-remembered BBC afternoon tennis-based general knowledge quiz Matchpoint from 1990.

In other news

By | February 12, 2019

Some things from the last comment thread in case you missed it:

  • Small Fortune is heading to NBC, because of course it is.
  • Soon we have Possessed’s The Switch to look forward to, the gameshow of the Nintendo console, probably. In it Sanjeev Bhaskar (which actually feels like an unusual and decent choice) asks questions on the buzzers for money, and at the end of the each round the contestants face a number of hard multiple-choice questions, getting one wrong means potentially getting Switched out of the game if nobody else gets one wrong to take your place. Promises even more questions than even Alphabetical. Effectively sounds like two different games with neither having much of a bearing on the other, like the “bye-bye” rounds in Fluke. This is from Possessed’s new Manchester base Man Possessed (ho ho).

Game Night 14 is looking for panellists

By | February 11, 2019

Love is in the air, everywhere I look around.
Love is in the air, every sight and every sound.

But especially love is in the air this Saturday with the Valentines-and-a-bit Bother’s Bar Game Night, where we will be working through a relationship through the medium of Jackbox, starting with dating (Monster Seeking Monster) all the way through to wanting to kill each other (Trivia Murder Party), culminating with an arbitrary final where we will find out who is the most compatible.

That’s right, it’s “concept”. And if you want to be part of that “concept” then please hit me up, on here or @ me on Twitter. Of course, the audience will be playing along too in the hope of homewrecking.

It’s all going to be good clean(ish) fun, so apply now!