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UK Tax Breaks For "Culturally British" Games

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the spot-o'-tea-with-your-rocket-launcher dept.

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An anonymous reader writes with news of a proposal in the recent Digital Britain report to set up tax breaks for developing video games that are "culturally British." Quoting the report (PDF): "In film a system of cultural tax credits has long helped to sustain a wide range of films that speak to a British narrative, rather than the cultural perspectives of Hollywood or multinational collaborations. Other countries such as Canada, for similar reasons, extend the model of cultural tax relief beyond the film industry to the interactive and online worlds. CGI, electronic games and simulation also have a significant role in Britain's digital content ecology and in our international competitiveness. Each of these has the same capability as the more traditional sectors, such as film, to engage us and reflect our cultural particularism. They may in future have a cultural relevance to rival that of film." Conservative Shadow Arts and Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said the government has ignored the games industry, and he seeks to set up a government council to promote it. The report also outlined a number of changes to how games are rated.

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New requirement: (5, Funny)

b00fhead (669286) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370755)

To qualify, games must be written in Python.

Re:New requirement: (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370849)

By a guy named Monty.

Re:New requirement: (3, Funny)

Capsaicin (412918) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370863)

To qualify, games must be written in Python.

Yup a language invented by Dutch guy living in the US, can't get much more British than that can we? ;) Yes, yes I know, Monty and all that, but I would still prefer the games should to be written in BCPL

Re:New requirement: (2, Funny)

xaxa (988988) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371075)

To qualify, games must be written in Python.

Yup a language invented by Dutch guy living in the US, can't get much more British than that can we? ;)

ARM assembler should be OK though :-)

New for Ninteno Wii (4, Funny)

Tokerat (150341) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370797)

Tea & Crumpets: The Game!

Coming soon: Dodging Dentists 2

Re:New for Ninteno Wii (5, Funny)

Stormx2 (1003260) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370977)

Call of Duty: Dad's Army
World of Needlecraft
Personal Space Invaders
Need For Tweed: Underground
Super Mario Milk Float
Battersea Nintendogs Home
Tom Clancy's Toast and Tea Recon

Re:New for Ninteno Wii (3, Funny)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371157)

Call of Duty: Dad's Army, would work well. Small arms vs German landing craft and wave after wave of crack troops.
Private Joe Walker with his pockets full, Frank Pike with his scarf of death and a hidden level with Mrs. Mavis Pike ;)

Re:New for Ninteno Wii (1)

montyzooooma (853414) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371427)

German paratroopers vs Lance Corporal Jones and his bayonetted rifle - "They don't like it up'em!"

Re:New for Ninteno Wii (1)

mike2R (721965) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371491)

>Need For Tweed: Underground

LOL, I'd buy it!

Re:New for Ninteno Wii (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28371525)

Lets not forget the upcoming "hot tea mod" for GTA IV

Re:New for Ninteno Wii (1)

jginspace (678908) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370979)

... or a 12-bore and infinite surveillance cameras to shoot out. (Hint, 12-bore has nothing to do with drawing water.)

Re:New for Ninteno Wii (1)

Sethus (609631) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370983)

"Mama's Crossdressing (for men)" on the Nintendo DS. Rippingly funny.

"Call of Duty : War of American Independence"

Re:New for Ninteno Wii (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28371123)

Moat Builder 2010

Re:New for Ninteno Wii (1)

darthvader100 (1482651) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371135)

Wii save the queen? Racing Mini's(already been done, i know)

Re:New for Ninteno Wii (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28371393)

Super Marios Soccer Brawl
GTA: Chavs vs. Wankers

what's defined as culturally british? (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28370799)

what's culturally british? ruling at the barrel of a gun for a century, poaching wildlife to extinction, or collapsing stable democracies so that you can rape a country of its natural resources?

Just curious.

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (2, Informative)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370871)

Nah, too obscure. Not so many people know history these days and they'd mistake it for the ongoing policy of the US. It has to be something genuinely British.

Like, say, Cooking Mama: British Edition. The worse it tastes the higher your score.

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (1)

Antidamage (1506489) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370995)

Add "perpetually boring" and change some accents and you've just described Far Cry 2.

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (1)

Alfius (886617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371035)

mmm, flamy, I wonder where you're from

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (1)

commlinx (1068272) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371045)

ruling at the barrel of a gun

Only when those guns are pointed at a fox, squire.

Any other use is just not cricket.

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (4, Insightful)

xaxa (988988) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371093)

what's culturally british?

Binge drinking.

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (3, Funny)

Frogbert (589961) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371159)

I don't know but that game sounds pretty freaking sweet.

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (4, Insightful)

david.given (6740) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371177)

what's culturally british? ruling at the barrel of a gun for a century, poaching wildlife to extinction, or collapsing stable democracies so that you can rape a country of its natural resources?

Don't forget that the ethnic cleansing, the genocide, the slavery, the wars started solely to gain political favour at home, the systematic disregard for human life (not just abroad, either), and the levels of bigotry that make the KKK look liberal. We also have the dubious distinction of being the inventors of the concentration camp. The British Empire was not a nice place and the world is better without it. (Not that the other colonial powers were any better, of course.)

I don't think people like the BNP who keep going on about the erosion of British values actually know what those values are.

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (1)

FinchWorld (845331) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371461)

[quote]I don't think people like the BNP who keep going on about the erosion of British values actually know what those values are.[/quote]

Given there pretty obvious white supremacy attitudes, I rather think they do know what those old values are.

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (1)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371693)

Oh. I think the people at the BNP know exactly what those values were. This is lets not forget a group of people that won't let people who aren't white join and think that everyone else should eventually be kicked out of Britain. I wouldn't be surprised if a substantial fraction of the BNP consider the claim that the British invented concentration camps to be a bragging point.

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (1)

malkavian (9512) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371287)

Culturally British these days is saying there's no such thing as British Culture; it's all multicultural, and if there's anything displayed to state a liking of classical British Culture then the meta-game is to see how quickly you can take offense and claim damages against someone with deep pockets (yes I was one of the people who got yelled at for having an English flag for St. George's day a few years ago because it was 'insensitive' to other cultures. They were, however, strangely quiet when I asked how they felt about the mass of cars going by with Jamaican flags; that never bothered me, but one rule for all please).

As for the ruling by force, that goes back to the dawn of history and before. Every culture has it on some scale (in Tribal setups, you'll have one tribe raiding the next). And if food is in the area it will be hunted to the limits required; palaentology has records of species going extinct well before humanity was able to hunt them to extinction. We're learning that one, and starting tentative steps to try not to, but it's not a British cultural thing.
Collapsing stable democracies? Pfft.. All the wars involving Greece had that taken care of long ago. What about destabilising stable other governments? Again, not a classic Brit thing. Been going on for along, long time.

There's really a whole glut of culture in the UK, like Arthurian legends, and stories up through WW2. After that, it all goes a bit quiet.

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (2, Insightful)

mike2R (721965) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371397)

what's culturally british? ruling at the barrel of a gun for a century, poaching wildlife to extinction, or collapsing stable democracies so that you can rape a country of its natural resources?

Not distinctive enough. That could be American, or Spanish, or Roman or...

No, culturally British means "badly done cockney accents, in rubbish games that only see the light of day due to my tax money being used to subsidise them."

You heard it here first.

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (1)

David Gerard (12369) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371567)

Chunky 8-bit porn, loaded on a cassette emulator onto a ZX Spectrum emulator for iPhone.

British, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Islamic... (1)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371561)

It's a very good question. Britain has been involved in the affairs of just about every country on Earth at one time or another, both influencing it, and being influenced by it. Even ignoring that fact, a strong case could be made that anything in Europe or the Commonwealth has to do with british culture, since britain founded one and jointly founded and subscribed to the other. More importantly, closer to home, there are lots of issues with government promoting one culture over others, since it's supposed to be a multicultural society. For instance, in Scotland, they have to support Scots-Gaelic as well as English. In Northern Ireland, it's even more complicated, as they (legally) have to support Ulster-Scots as well as Irish language and culture and British culture. I'm pretty sure there are similar issues with Islam, Hindu culture, etc.

Seems to me that it won't be long before someone is suing the government on the basis that they're being discriminated against as game developers, because they're from a non-English background.

Re:what's defined as culturally british? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28371659)

Dear Mr. Troll,

British != American. Good day to you sir.

Ni! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28370803)

Ni!

Spot o' tea, guvnah? (2, Insightful)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370821)

I think it's interesting that the tax breaks are for games with a British cultural setting, rather than simply being for British game development companies. I'm sure that a predominantly British development team will by its very nature develop games with a bit of a British bent to them.

I dunno, it could be done by others (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370841)

I dunno, I can see how it could be done. Say, have the next The Sims expansion pack have tea and crumpets as a food, and have the sim run for the House Of Commons at the end of the politics career track :p

Re:Spot o' tea, guvnah? (3, Interesting)

master5o1 (1068594) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370857)

Hopefully British style humour would come under 'culturally British'

Re:Spot o' tea, guvnah? (1)

Goffee71 (628501) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370939)

More Monty Python games could be a good thing

Re:Spot o' tea, guvnah? (1)

master5o1 (1068594) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371057)

So in the game one might come across a guard while on their quest for the Holy Grail. One might be able to:

a) Shout incessantly, arguing about whether coconuts migrate.
b) Discuss the physical limitations as to why a Swallow wouldn't be able to carry a coconut.
c) Discuss whether it is an African or European Swallow carrying the coconut.
d) Theorise whether it could be two Swallows carrying the coconut?
e) All of the above?

Hmm...I definitely shouldn't be making games, quizes, maybe, but games? Nope.

Re:Spot o' tea, guvnah? (1)

Antidamage (1506489) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371029)

Now that you mention it, you're absolutely right. Back in the Amiga days when a large number of game titles were coming out of the UK they displayed their local influences quite strongly. These days games are a little more Americanised, regardless of where they were developed. Surely the American matket doesn't represent the whole demographic.

Re:Spot o' tea, guvnah? (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371243)

Because it's about promoting the British culture, not about helping out British industry.

The games are to be tools of education/propaganda (depending on your viewpoint), promote the british values/(brainwash) and the fact the game was made in GB by the British, means nothing if it doesn't do what the government would like to see it do.

Re:Spot o' tea, guvnah? (1)

Devalia (581422) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371295)

Telltales new games, Wallace and Gromit, would probably count - I've never been a huge fan of the tv series/movie but they seem to be something of a cultural icon here.

Coming soon for the Wii... (5, Funny)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370833)

"Wii British" series of games including:

Pub Brawl

Use you Wii-remote as either a beer glass or chair and attack as many fellow pub drinkers, as possible...

Or

Soccer riots:

The worlds first multiplayer FPR (First person rioting) game....

Re:Coming soon for the Wii... (2, Informative)

CmdrGravy (645153) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370893)

Soccer riots ???

I think you'll find you meant to say "Football"

Re:Coming soon for the Wii... (1)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371049)

I was taking into account Non-UK readers (who would probably moan that to them "football" is a game of wimpy men in padding trying to grab each others oddly shaped ball...)

Re:Coming soon for the Wii... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28371239)

Soccer riots

They don't have "Soccer" in Britain! Football riots, please!

Re:Coming soon for the Wii... (4, Interesting)

Godwin O'Hitler (205945) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371631)

Of course we have Soccer in Britain. It's a British word FFS.
When I was a kid, all the comics wrote about Soccer, not Football, and that was before most of America knew what it was.
Now just because the yanks have adopted the word it's considered unbritish. Crazy.

I think they might have some trouble... (1)

Caustic Soda (1286402) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370859)

It's a bit difficult to make an entertaining game based on bad porn, worse teeth and warm beer.

Re:I think they might have some trouble... (1)

vux984 (928602) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370949)

It's a bit difficult to make an entertaining game based on bad porn, worse teeth and warm beer.

Really? I'm already entertained by the mere thought of such a game. :)

Re:I think they might have some trouble... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28370973)

Real Ale has its fans (CAMRA).
The teeth is a northern thing. Apart from Janet Street Porter.
And since 2002 the pron is great (at least the actors have not had their genitals mutilated like in the USA).

Big Brother 2014 (0, Redundant)

gringer (252588) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370875)

How about a game where you get to go around the streets of Britain shooting video cameras and avoiding the thought police?

Re:Big Brother 2014 (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370903)

Ohhhh, I could see a Hitman sequel against that backdrop!

Hmmmm.... (2, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370895)

So making a map for a FPS where you trash the London subways instead of some other town's might qualify? Just curious...

Re:Hmmmm.... (1)

will_die (586523) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371601)

Fallout 4:London Wasteland would be a great!
On the bad side it could mean people duplicate games like Hellgate:london

Goodthink (1)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370899)

Oh good! I am glad that Ingsoc is finally instituting rewards for goodthink. How else are we going to protect our precious culture from such harmful influences as freedom of expression, creativity, and uncensored foreign broadcasts?

Xenophobia (2, Insightful)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370923)

I may well get modded to hell for this, but...

With xenophobic/nationalist ways of looking at society like this - that $YOUR_NATIONAL_IDENTITY is under attack, threatened of being diluted into oblivion - being mainstream, it's a lot easier to understand how the rhetoric of the fascist British National Party - and its analogues elsewhere in Europe - could have appealed to so many voters in recent elections.

Re:Xenophobia (1)

The Standard Deviant (869317) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371221)

Apparently the reason the BNP managed to get seats in the recent elections was not because the number of votes for them had increased - it was due to disillusioned Labour supporters not turning out to vote at all, so the BNP's proportion of the vote increased.

Re:Xenophobia (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371519)

True, but they still got close to a million votes. 2% of the electorate may not be huge but it's not totally insignificant either.

Re:Xenophobia (1)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371773)

Apparently the reason the BNP managed to get seats in the recent elections was not because the number of votes for them had increased

As "91degrees" pointed out, they got close to a million votes, which is frighteningly large, whatever the ratio.

it was due to disillusioned Labour supporters not turning out to vote at all

Which is hardly a separate issue. That Labour has ceased to represent any sort of left alternative is inseparable from the growing appeal of the BNP's right alternative.

Re:Xenophobia (1)

FourthAge (1377519) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371303)

Having your own national identity is racist? Around the world, many people would find that comment insulting. Only in Britain could you expect such a comment to go unchallenged. Many people are proud of their cultural background.

Re:Xenophobia (1)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371501)

Having your own national identity is racist?

Actually, you could make a case that nationalism is inseparable from racism... but that's not at all what I said.

Only in Britain could you expect such a comment to go unchallenged.

Which comment? Mine? I'm not British (though I'm ethnically British enough to join the BNP!) or in Britain.

Many people are proud of their cultural background.

Which is perfectly fine. When that extends to contempt for other cultures, or a desire to preserve the holy purity of your own, is when it becomes a problem.

Of course, the real question is not *what* (culture), but *who* (are you trying to put down)?

Re:Xenophobia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28371511)

Saying "there can be no national identity and we all have to adapt to one culture" is equally xenophobe.

Well, I for one think it is a bad thing that national identities get diluted into oblivion. Also, I think the same proposition, if made by a US senator, would be applauded here. Affairs of national identity are usually ripe with hypocrisy. Anyway, I digress ...

I'm not even British but I like the idea. I'd love to see unique games with diverse cultural identities. It's utterly boring uniform crap that gets released these days; be it movies or games. What's so great about one multi-cultural soup? Nationalities and cultures are interesting. Otherwise you'll just end up with one uniform piece of monotony.

Re:Xenophobia (1)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371599)

Saying "there can be no national identity and we all have to adapt to one culture" is equally xenophobe.

Well, no, it's not. You should look up that word in the dictionary. ;)

But, of course, I know what you meant, and it's not untrue, but it is a strawman argument. I didn't say anything that advocated the suppression of any culture, including $YOUR_NATIONAL_IDENTITY. But this idea of your (dominant) culture being under attack, in need of protection, cannot be judged out of context, purely in the abstract.

Also, I think the same proposition, if made by a US senator, would be applauded here.

By many, certainly. It's just as bad here (which is only hidden because our system won't allowed non-mainstream parties a chance). I don't know all the details about British politics, but there are far more blatantly xenophobic ideas being thrown around in this country than the one discussed in TFA - for instance, the movement to make English the official language.

I'd love to see unique games with diverse cultural identities.

Absolutely. I love culture.

What's so great about one multi-cultural soup? Nationalities and cultures are interesting. Otherwise you'll just end up with one uniform piece of monotony.

What evidence have you ever seen of that supposed threat being real? Here in the Bay Area, I'm swimming in multiculturalism and would probably suffocate in a more homogeneous environment.

Again, it's all about context. Is Anglo culture under attack, or does this rallying against the invaders - the downtrodden from poorer countries - serve some other socio-political purpose?

Re:Xenophobia (1)

jareth-0205 (525594) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371523)

Hm... just because you say "I may well get modded to hell" doesn't mean you don't deserve it.

Overreaction much? It's just a tax break to promote local art. Happens all the time in fields other than games, and it's done so that you don't have all your local talent chasing the international (biggest) market and genericising their content so that it's not interesting any more. This is xenaphobic how?

Re:Xenophobia (1)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371671)

Hm... just because you say "I may well get modded to hell" doesn't mean you don't deserve it.

It was making a sincere point. My goal wasn't to incite anger, even if I knew I was risking it.

Overreaction much? It's just a tax break to promote local art. ... This is xenaphobic how?

It isn't necessarily, in the abstract. And perhaps I was implying that conclusion a bit too strongly with the subject line ("Xenophobia") I used. But, as I said in my other replies above, this has to be taken in context. In this case, you've got people in Britain advocating a narrative where their society is under attack by foreigners and, in particular, the non-British culture they bring with them. To quote myself above, "Is Anglo culture under attack, or does this rallying against the invaders - the downtrodden from poorer countries - serve some other socio-political purpose?"

That there's nothing terribly offensive-sounding about this particular proposal was really my point... that it sheds some light on the mental process a person might go through before taking on views like those of the BNP that most people find repulsive.

Re:Xenophobia (2, Insightful)

Inda (580031) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371641)

I wish you hadn't used the word 'fascist'.

The protesters, who are trying to outlaw the BNP, and their political ways, should be judged as fascists. Tell me that outlawing political parties, who recieved 2% of the vote, is not a starting step towards fascism.

I can't stand the Labour government, but I would want being a member of the party to be a criminal offence.

Re:Xenophobia (1)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371701)

I wish you hadn't used the word 'fascist'.

It's a whites-only party that grew out of the British neo-Nazi movement. It's fascist, period. Not being a resident of Britain, I have no opinion on whether the BNP should be outlawed or not, but my bias is against such an action.

Re:Xenophobia (2, Insightful)

Godwin O'Hitler (205945) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371689)

I've just read TFS again and yes, I was right, it does indeed say "culture". It makes no mention of national identity.
I admire a whole lot of cultures, so why shouldn't I admire the good features of my own?
But then someone has to come along don't they and judge it to be an insult against Britons with other cultural backgrounds (cultures, incidentally, that I admire just as much as mine, have no problem acknowledging, and which I don't demand merge with my own!).

Re:Xenophobia (1)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371739)

Well, Mr. O'Hitler, I believe I answered your question once or twice above, already. You're welcome to respond to that.

Corruption! (5, Funny)

Goffee71 (628501) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370931)

Expense fiddling - the game

Re:Corruption! (1)

theodicey (662941) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371071)

SimEstate, now including moat cleaning and stables repair.

Re:Corruption! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371291)

How's that typically british? That's pretty much a global game.

Re:Corruption! (1)

selven (1556643) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371579)

the game

Crap, I lost.

British (5, Funny)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370943)

proposal in the recent Digital Britain report to set up tax breaks for developing video games that are culturally British.

The Sims - Football Hooligans
EA Sports Cricket 09
Age Of Former Empires
Tom Clancy's Surveillance Society

Re:British (5, Informative)

darthvader100 (1482651) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371021)

Where are mod points when you need them... FYI EA Sports cricket 09 DOES exist(at least in SA)

Re:British (2, Informative)

theodicey (662941) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371061)

EA Sports Cricket is very real. [computeran...ogames.com]

And you know, football hooligans might even get me to play a Sims game.

Re:British (1)

Grr (15821) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371195)

The Sims - Football Hooligans

Close enough? [wikipedia.org]

Is it me or is slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28370945)

becoming more Brit bashing by the day?

Re:Is it me or is slashdot... (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 5 years ago | (#28370999)

If we keep this up the British is gonna tax our articles!

Re:Is it me or is slashdot... (2, Interesting)

xaxa (988988) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371117)

I think there are more frequent articles concerning the UK, which means there are more opportunities, but I think the anti-British comments were worse a couple of years ago.

More 007 games? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28370971)

Cool. 'nuff said.

Some ideas (4, Funny)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371039)

Bertie & Wooster: The Game. Go on a policeman helmet stealing rampage, do whatever your servant tells you to do while avoiding getting married.

Battlefield: British Colonies. Take control of Africa and East Asia before France does! Beware of the native warriors, some throw very sharp slices of mango!

Okay that's all I've got, help me out guys!

Re:Some ideas (3, Funny)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371449)

Bertie & Wooster: The Game.

The names are Jeeves and Wooster, you cultural philistine ;-)

Bertie Wooster, or Bertram Wilberforce Wooster to give him his full name, was a single character.

Having said that, what a great game that could be. As well as stealing the policeman's helmet you could have drive-by hat pinching, Bread Roll Cricket at the Drones Club , Aunt Avoidance, Cow Creamer stealing, Escape the Engagement, Gussie's Newt game, Glossop Hide-and-Seek, and so on...

top-ho, wot! wot!

Re:Some ideas (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371629)

The names are Jeeves and Wooster

Oh yeah crap lol... My cloudy mind be damned!

Wii Want Cricket (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28371099)

This would be the best use of the wii controller ever: http://www.freewebs.com/wiiwantcricket/ [freewebs.com]

Digital Britain to push "culturally British" games (2, Informative)

David Gerard (12369) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371131)

As well as attempting to give the major record companies whatever they want until the end of time [today.com] , Lord Carter's Digital Britain report includes tax breaks for "culturally British" computer game development.

Planned games include Couch Warrior ("the goal is to sit playing a game. The graphics are truly horrifying and needed us to go to 3.5-dimensional to fit the player's avatar on the screen"), CCTV Panopticon ("take pictures of the CCTV cameras in your high street until arrested under the Terrorism Act for having your own camera in public"), Bottled Tan Snorter ("get into celebrity magazines and shag footballers, lose points for any sign of intelligence or words of two syllables") and Cynical Apathist ("write outraged blog comments with amusing satires of events of the day while working a job directly keeping the hideous machinery alive and running"). A committee will also form a group to do a study concerning a team to write a ZX Spectrum emulator for the iPhone.

The games industry has warned in the past that developers are being lured away to other countries by the prospect of being paid more than shit. Conservative Shadow Arts Minister, Ed Vaizey, has leapt upon the opportunity, with promises of incentives for talented developers to stay in Britain and not be lured away by better pay in America. "We'll keep their passports from them until they reach 'Achievement Unlocked.'"

Having finally released Digital Britain, Lord Carter has resigned from the government and is returning to private industry. "Of course, Digital Britain remains a completely objective assessment of the way forward for the nation in the twenty-first century, and should in no way be thought of as my CV for a series of lucrative consultancies with the large media companies I've just given everything they've ever asked for. And a pony."

Can't ... resist ... (2, Funny)

mattbee (17533) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371165)

Coming this year:

* Asbo of the Colossus
* Big Brain City Academy
* Turning Point: Fall of (civil) Liberties
* Nintendogs (poodle edition)
* Mario & Sonic in "Olympic overspend"
* House Of The Red (-handed)

(that's enough British games- ed)

Re:Can't ... resist ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28371289)

"(that's enough British games- ed)"

Unless your name is Edward, that last part of your comment was fucking retarded.

Re:Can't ... resist ... (1)

16Chapel (998683) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371415)

Here, have a *whooosh*.

Re:Can't ... resist ... (2, Informative)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371423)

Or more likely, he reads Private Eye [wikipedia.org] . Go ahead buy a copy it's the best dead tree publication in the UK

Wii binge drinking? (2, Funny)

captainpanic (1173915) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371197)

Wii binge drinking? Wii pint lifting?

Bagpipe Hero?

Or was the plan to play Wii Cricket (probably already exists?)?

Also cool with new motion sensors: Ministry of Funny Walks - the game.

Re:Wii binge drinking? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371309)

The idea of bagpipe hero makes me giggle. Do I really want to imagine the controller?

with all the cameras on british streets (1)

MindlessAutomata (1282944) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371279)

Pokemon snap is the most British game of all.

More Culturally British Game Ideas (1, Flamebait)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371329)

Will any culturally British games get support, or just the ones they're proud of? Here's some more ideas following "Some Ideas" by 4D6963 (933028) above:

Jallianwala Bagh: 1st person/team shoot-em-up. Can you improve on the score reported in history books? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jallianwala_Bagh_massacre [wikipedia.org]

Thanksgiving: Fighting For Your Holiday. An edutainment/historic recreation. Carry out the plan of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, extra points for recovering and eating roasted corn from the site. "In 1637, the Pequot tribe of Connecticut gathered for the annual Green Corn Dance ceremony. Mercenaries of the English and Dutch attacked and surrounded the village; burning down everything and shooting whomever try to escape. The next day, Newell notes, the Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony declared: "A day of Thanksgiving, thanking God that they had eliminated over 700 men, women and children." It was signed into law that, "This day forth shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots."

How about a multi-game framework called Global Domination, with specific scenario files such as "East India Company" and "Hudson's Bay Company"? Invade, subdue and colonize. Impose a colonial government in the form of a commercial enterprise. Try to come up with improvements on some of the quintessentially British techniques and tactics from history, such as slavery, sanctioned if not imposed drug addiction, and requiring proof of indigenous people killed in the form of strips of scalp with hair ripped from their skulls. See how long you can maintain control before the inevitable collapse of the Empire eventually leads to nostalgic recreations in the form of "culturally British" computer games.

Flamebait? This? No, this is response. The original is flamebait. One person's "cultural" is another's "racist". The "British" aspect just happens to make it very easy to flip that conceptual card.

Re:More Culturally British Game Ideas (1)

16Chapel (998683) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371441)

You know, there are other aspects to British culture. (and I'm not sure you can really claim that the massacre in Massachussetts is 'British' - we did lose the Revolutionary War). Seriously, I understand that the British Empire was violent and repressive, but are we supposed to hide away in shame for the rest of eternity?

Re:More Culturally British Game Ideas (1)

FourthAge (1377519) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371475)

Great idea, here are some more:

"Holocaust", a culturally German game where you play the administrator of the Auschwitz prison camp. Implement the final solution or face the Fuhrer's displeasure!

"Tobacco Tycoon", a culturally American game where you run a series of farms in the South. Save costs by buying cheap labour from Africa! Quell uprisings by dressing in a white sheet!

"Bolsheviks", a culturally Russian game in which you are the Commissar of the NKVD. Can you eliminate the enemies of the revolution. Can you survive Stalin's Terror and replace him as leader of the USSR?

"Labour Camp", a culturally Japanese game where you must use POW slave labour to build railways and bridges. Can you build the infrastructure needed to beat the Americans before they develop the A-bomb?

"Conquistador", a culturally Spanish game in which you are an explorer in South America. How much gold can you take from the native people? Can you wipe out the Incans?

Or would that very obviously be offensive to all concerned? The summary isn't racist, having a national identity isn't racist. Racism is where you take one imagined aspect of a people and imply that they're all like that as if we Brits are all Victorian-era imperialists, drinking port in our London clubs while guys in India break their backs to make us even richer. "They're not really people, old chap. Jeeves, fetch me the cigar box would you?"

Re:More Culturally British Game Ideas (1)

David Gerard (12369) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371593)

Holocaust Tycoon [wikia.com] from Uncyclopedia!

They wrote that article and then found the real [wikipedia.org] games [wikipedia.org] ...

Re:More Culturally British Game Ideas (1)

Obvius (779709) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371637)

Excellent response!

Cool (2)

kramulous (977841) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371351)

Now the world can experience sitting around sipping tea, losing cricket and whining about the shitty weather.

Mornington Crescent! (2, Informative)

Obvius (779709) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371425)

But would you use Trumpington's Rule Variations or the more accepted Tudor Court Rules?

Re:Mornington Crescent! (1)

Dusty101 (765661) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371691)

Definitely south via Paddington...

i.e. (1)

fateswarm (590255) | more than 5 years ago | (#28371549)

i.e. propaganda

and right wing mongering.

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