Props to the BBC for sending a reporter to check out the development of a high-profile video game. Jeers for sending a clueless old man who had no idea where he was or what he was talking about, and probably should have been at home in bed.
Roy Cellan-Jones went to Ubisoft Reflections Studios in Newcastle to check out their development of the next installment in the Driver series for the BBC and somewhat embarrassed himself, Ubisoft employees, and his parent news organization. While the footage is interesting, the reporter stands around staring blankly at computer screens while asking generic, inane questions, further proving his age and lack of knowledge about the subject, so we don't get a single piece of information about what the game will actually be like.
I don't mean to rag on the BBC. The piece is called "How a Computer Game is Made" (will it even come out on PC), and the reporter is probably lobbing softball questions at the developers because they assume the general viewing public is just as clueless as he is. But seriously, am I the only person who's put off by the fact that a news reporter is shocked that modelers and animators have to actually create a car from scratch? Or that lots of people work very hard in minute detail on pretty much every aspect of the game? Plus, Cellan-Jones used the term "it's a labor of love", which is reporter speak for "there are lots of people working very hard here and I have no clue what they're doing". Check out the link to watch some cool behind the scenes footage in Ubisoft Reflections and a clueless old man.
BBC News: "How A Computer Game Is Made"