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!

Schlag den Star Watchalong 9/2/19

By | February 9, 2019

Saturday, 7:15pm (UK)/8:15pm (Germany)
ProSieben or your naughty alternative of choice.

Join us for another exciting edition of Schlag den Star where once again two celebs will be battling it out over 15 mystery events for €100,000.

If you’ve got a microphone you’ll be welcome to join us and hangout in the Hangout – link will appear here soon after the show starts.

This episode, musician Sasha takes on TV chef Tim Mälzer over 15 events for Elton’s €100,000 briefcase. Announced musical acts include THE Herbert Grönemeyer and also ZAZ and Sigrid!

The link to the commentary stream will be live here from 7:15 until end of broadcast.

This stream is commentary only. You will need to have a naughty stream running at the same time for the visuals. We are likely to be about 15-20 seconds behind the visual stream (and about a full minute behind if you’re watching an actual satellite feed), sorry.

The Opera VPN has apparently stopped being useful for SdS. Bother’s Bar recommends shelling out for a proper VPN service. Bother’s Bar uses Tunnelbear, other VPN services are available. Matt Clemson recommends Windscribe as a free alternative. We cannot take responsibility for anything you do to your system, so be careful and use some common sense.

To watch it would be useful to sign up for ProSieben’s catch-up service – it’s pretty simple to work out, don’t click the box if you don’t want e-mail messages. You will need to put in a proper e-mail because it will send you a confirmation. 

If anyone knows of any relatively safe livestreams, do feel free to share.

It’s Run For Money, but in cars. And online.

By | February 7, 2019

Apropos of not very much, both David B and my sister alerted me to these things at roughly the same time, Youtube channel Fail Race regularly plays a game called Survive the Hunt, more recently in Forza Horizon, but this video is from Grand Theft Auto 5. The object in this one is to find checkpoints across the map whilst being hunted down by a group of Hunters who can communicate with each other. The guy has to change cars after every checkpoint (the skill is knowing when to try and look like an AI driver and when to just pelt it) and only has a vague idea where they are. I found myself getting quite into it.

It’s Schlag Saturday!

By | February 6, 2019

So join us from 7:15pm for our Schlag den Star freeforall watchalong. This episode’s contestants are German TV chef Tim Mälzer and musician Sasha, not of Encore Un Fois fame as I originally thought (that was Sash!) (and not this one either.) Announced musical acts include THE Herbert Grönemeyer and also ZAZ and Sigrid!

So if Song for Europe on Friday isn’t enough Europe for you, grab a mic and come join us for five hours on Saturday night.

Movies, Games and Videos

By | February 4, 2019

I watched two films over the weekend likely to be of interest to Bar types, and in lieu of the Bother’s Bar Film Club which on my list of things we’ll get round to doing one day, I thought I’d tell you about them.

Escape Room has just hit cinemas so check your local theatre for times. In it, some people with a very special connection are challenged to escape a hugely immersive escape room under the impression there’s a cash prize for whoever does. They don’t realise until they get in that is in, in fact, deadly.

What follows is about 60-70 minutes of fun and about 20-30 minutes where it turns a bit rubbish (and should probably carry an epilepsy warning). The writing isn’t going to win any awards, the characters are very broad stereotypes (The aggressive one! The higher functioning one! The millennial nerd! Etc!) and you won’t be finding the script very memorable either, however the set-ups are decently interesting in the main (the upside down bar room being a favourite) and the build-up and payoffs to each of the puzzles isn’t bad.

There is peril involved – yes characters die, sometimes horribly, but it’s not gruesome particularly – it’s not Saw. It’s not even Cube really, it’s Extreme Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. The ending is pretty open to the point where they could do a sequel if they wanted. I’m not sure it’s worth the effort of going to the cinema for, but it’ll certainly be worth a watch when it comes to streaming services.

I also watched Dave Made a Maze which has just come to UK shores after about 18 months in the US, we’ve mentioned it before. In it erstwhile loser Dave builds a cardboard deathtrap maze in his apartment whilst his girlfriend is away for a weekend, but the maze takes on a life of its own. What follows is a rather avant-garde 80-ish minutes with some brilliant set design and stop-motion, interesting ideas but characters I didn’t really care about to be honest and surprisingly I found myself losing interest, which is a pity. If you like films that play about with form though you’ll get something out of it.

I thought it was on Amazon Prime but that’s not the case, but you can set up a free week’s trial to Arrow Video’s channel through Amazon and then cancel it if you want. It’s also out on Blu-Ray and Google has it as well if you want to buy/rent.