gamesmaster.jpg Dan Marshall, the UK-based creator of intriguing indie game Gibbage, has just updated his weblog with some fun ramblings about 'games on the telly', as he put it, noting extremely relevantly: "This is something I know about: I work in TV and I make games on the side."

He goes on to note: "The trouble with video games as a spectator sport is that it’ll never work: they’re designed as interactive entertainment, and as such make extraordinarily dull viewing. I stopped watching GamesMaster when they stopped screening stuff about games, and just had a couple of kids playing each other on some arcade machine you’ve never heard of and struggled to commentate over the top about combos."

Interestingly, Dan's solution? "In theory, a decent TV show about gaming is a no-brainer. Games generate brilliant, fiery discussions, and that’s what’s needed. As far as I’m concerned, the ideal game show would be akin to a late-night BBC2 Arts show: just a bunch of well-versed and witty people sitting around a table chewing over the latest news and releases." He then references Edge's recent article "with Simon Pegg, Charlie Brooker, Peter Serafinowicz and Graham Linehan sitting in a pub talking about games" as a good example of what might work great on TV - and I agree, it would, though perhaps not with the beloved 'yoof' audience?

[Also, we liked Dan's comments on a recent, particularly, uhm, trolltastic Gamasutra Soapbox on girls and games from an UCLA professor, in which he noted:" it may as well be a lesson in how to write an entire article without really having any hard evidence to base it on whatsoever." Yay!]