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Stewart Lee's self-piracy

In an excellent move, Stewart Lee has decided to upload some of he and Richard Herring's old TV material on to Google Video! So far, there's series two of Fist of Fun, and both series of This Morning With Richard Not Judy, in their entirety. And they're all in really good quality, and the ones I've tested seem to be the complete shows from start to finish, so they're far superior to the dodgy, thousandth-generation-VHS-quality torrents that have been going round for years (which had bits of TMWRNJ shows missing, and some eps of FoF in the wrong aspect ratio and suchlike).

This is an excellent move. The BBC were never going to release them on DVD, because they’re idiots. Everyone who’s already a fan of Lee and Herring will love to see this stuff in decent quality again, and indeed convert their sceptical loved ones to the cause (as I will be doing when my girlfriend gets home from work). And if you’ve never gotten in to them before, then a) you’re an idiot, and b) this is your chance to see some of their best work for free.

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You know the coffee table in TMWRNJ? It's the same as my coffee table here. It's well nice. Maybe it's the same one.

By Michael Lacey
November 20, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

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In other making-stuff-available-for-free news, Steven Poole has uploaded a PDF version of his great book on videogames, Trigger Happy:

His Edge columns are on there too.

By Nick R
November 21, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

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>great book on videogames, Trigger Happy:

Thank you very much for looks like a great read.

To anyone else vaguely interested: go download it now, as the free pdf is limited-time-only.

By Miguel Sanchez
November 21, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

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I remember wanting to read that book for aaaaaaaaaages, and being a bit disappointed when I finally did. It's true that games need a few more in-depth analyses of their cultural and social impact, but I'm not sure if that one was it - it was good, but it was somewhat dry, and tough going at times.

What we really need is something like that by Brooker. Or maybe Gillen could give it a go? ;-)

By Seb
November 21, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

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I'm about 80 pages in to that book now (most of which happened at work, where I was very, very bored) and I think I might agree with Seb.

It's good, don't get me wrong. And sometimes it's fun to read about these things just because you're somewhat familiar with them and the book can flesh that out slightly. But it does seem to be just slightly superficial.

Also, the author dismisses "God games" such as SimCity and Civilization on the grounds that they don't really interest him...which surely misses out on a huge area of fascinating study.

Still...that's free, and more than worth a read (so far). Get it now while you can...probably won't change the way you look at video games, but it'll give you a good kick in the pants toward wishing you could know more.

By Miguel Sanchez
November 22, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

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You can't dismiss God games, especially when we're actually living in one.

By performingmonkey
November 26, 2007 @ 4:23 am

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I did make another post on Friday, but I only got a message that it was going to be checked by a moderator, and it hasn't appeared since then. Essentially I said:

I suppose some of Trigger Happy might seem a bit dated now that we've got more sources of in-depth writing on videogames (The Escapist, for example: Kieron Gillen was mentioned, and he wrote a great article on Super Columbine Massacre RPG for that website). But the first time I read the book, it was the first time I'd read anything really serious or "academic" about games, so it had a big impact on me.

He used his last Edge column to discuss some of the things that had changed since the book was published:

And his other book Unspeak is worth reading too. :-)

By Nick R
November 26, 2007 @ 7:22 pm

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The more I read the more I like it. I'm thinking at this point it's probably worth the cost. I'll probably buy it for someone as a gift this season.

By Miguel Sanchez
November 27, 2007 @ 1:40 am

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By Ian Symes
November 27, 2007 @ 9:16 am

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Yes, I urge anyone to download these puppies. L+H are great as solo stand-ups, but their best work was Fist of Fun Series 2.

By Wicked Paul Daniels
November 27, 2007 @ 11:26 am

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