Panorama's game addiction special: The GamesRadar parody

So Panorama, the BBC's investigative documentary series, is doing an edition centred around supposed cases of games addiction. And because the BBC wants people to watch it, it's put an advert out. Unfortunately, regardless of the content of the show itself, the ad is the worst kind of "games rot your children's souls" nonsense, full of woefully transparent, manipulative imagery designed to scare the living crap out of parents with thoughts of their innocent, sparkly-eyed young 'uns turning into the kind of slack-jawed, glassy-eyed deviants who eat live kittens and listen to Michael Bublé.

Basically, it's hilarious. And rather than being incensed, we saw it as a challenge to make an even more ridiculous version. You can judge whether we've succeeded in out-stupiding it just below.

The original version:

The new version:

Thinking of checking out Panorama next Monday on the strength of what you've seen here?

02 December 2010


  • Jasman - December 6, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    Also, it's mildly ironic that a World of Warcraft advert played right before.
  • Jasman - December 6, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    Haha Nathan and Cundy killed it.
  • MrWrighty987 - December 6, 2010 11:46 a.m.

    This programe is going to be full of "A study in america says..."
  • KishouTenpi - December 6, 2010 11:42 a.m.

    I'm curious on how much they actually big this up, so I'll be tuning in
  • ElGrinchoid - December 4, 2010 4:42 a.m.

    Excellent work by the Panorama team. They'll have managed to already guarantee that not only will the entirety of the Daily Mail's reader population will watch this, but they'll also begin upping their "Games raped my mother and gave me every cancer ever" campaign that i'm sure must be just around the corner. Gotta say, and it's probably just because i'm in a right mood today, putting the ad up on here and going "hahaha, look at all these mongs, i'm going to watch it and laugh at it hahahaha" is actually counter productive. By all means laugh at the idiots who they'll drag out for this program, but what we actually need is the gaming industry to present it's own case. I know, all the big developers are busy making shed loads of cash off us poor saps who by these games and enjoy them, but wouldn't it be nice to see someone actually put something constructive together to actually go "That panorama's utter, utter tripe. Here's the facts, gaming doesn't actually turn 100% of people who play games into fat, sex deprived, chainsaw and pistol wielding maniacs who just jibber incoherently about xp levels, shoot you in the face, chop you to pieces and eat you for christmas." Stuff like this just winds me right up it really does.
  • MexicAntista - December 4, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    AHAHAHAHAHA! That was hilarious! Also, the spoof was pretty funny, too.
  • illusion4dreams - December 3, 2010 6:50 p.m.

  • NeonSalmon - December 3, 2010 4:04 p.m.

    You guys are such legends....
  • AA95mp - December 3, 2010 9:36 a.m.

    great job guys!
  • DreamWeaverPL - December 3, 2010 2:50 a.m.

    You guys did an awesome job! XD
  • frmonth - December 2, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    I have actually seen these photos in a musuem/gallery where they were exhibited for a while and the infomation that went with the photos actually explained the idea. It was meant as a study of the emotions and mental interactions with games that people go through while playing them. It was in now way an attack on games so to see the show using these clip of footage (higlights from hours of playing) is very misrepresentative of the actual work, I actually don't know why the guy who did the project had allowed them to use his work like this.
  • Unoriginal - December 2, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    I acctually thought the first one was the parodyXd
  • rxb - December 2, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    Cundy your a wrong un. I know this program will be bollocks but even gamesradar ran an article about certain tricks devs use to keep us playing games, leveling up in WoW being one of them. I reckon they should force these 'addicts' to play crap games, that would 'fix' them.
  • Omrikon - December 2, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    *sigh* Yes. Videogames can be addictive. Anything that is enjoyable which causes dopamine production within a person can be construed as addictive. Ultimately though, it comes down to the fact that people like to focus their time and effort on activities that increase their personal utility (happiness). Some just end up taking it too far and neglecting personal necessities. Honestly, I get the feeling this is going to sound like a sex addicts documentary, with disheveled interviewee's explaining how they lost their job/significant other/mind because of their addiction to World of Warcraft or, even worse, Farmville. I can't fault the media for demonizing games though. They are in direct competition for your attention, so the better games seem, and the more people play them, the less time people will spend watching biased newscasts and reality television. As such, the day when a videogame addiction special ends with "it's their own damn fault," is probably still a long ways off. Unless this ad was a ploy by the BBC to lure in people who already have negative opinions of the subject. That way, if this particular videogame addiction special turns out to actually be insightful and well thought out, they will have an increased likelihood of changing their opinions . I guess I'll have to see it to know for sure now.
  • Clovin64 - December 2, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    I couldnt watch that documentary even if I tried, I'd just get too angry. Clearly though, this ad is trying to give the viewers a negative view of games rather than be a neutral ad. The viewers will start watching the show with a negative opinion of games already.
  • Eaxis - December 2, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    That was funny.
  • EdDeRs1 - December 2, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    well the date is just a coinceidence as Panorama always airs on mondays and i honestly expect a balenced argument from all sides as the BBC are known to do (until they suck up to Camron so he dosent slash there budget too badly) unlike the REAL fearmungers such as Sky, the Sun, the Daily Mail (seeing a patten) and to a slightly lesser extent, ITV and Five
  • aJAWSOMEocelot - December 2, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    I'll be tuning in for THAT. Also to support these poor down-syndrome children.
  • mattdark - December 2, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    Im going to be watching this, if only to see how full of shit the people who made this are.
  • WickedSid - December 2, 2010 6:30 p.m. This website is just a disease! And you bastards are fueling my addiction, you're nothing but enablers! P.S. Thank you for my fix, it fuels my day.

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