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8:09am on Tuesday, 22nd December, 2009:
I'm quite pleased with my appearance in Games Britannia last night. I didn't look too crazy (although my eyes seemed to diverge at times), they kept in my reference to Roy Trubshaw's part in MUD (which I was very keen for them to do), and I got quite a lot of airtime (roughly a second for each minute I was interviewed — actually a good return).
I liked the series as a whole, too. In part, it was because Benjamin Woolley did such a good job of presenting it: he started from the premise that everyone watching would be a fan of games, so didn't adopt a "gee willickers!" attitude that would have diminished the subject matter. It reminded me of Gary Lineker's interviews with footballers who had won the golden boot in the World Cup: the fact that he'd also won it meant he didn't go all fanboy on them. Benjamin Woolley has been a games journalist for years, and a lot of the people he spoke to knew him of yore (I myself first met him in the mid-1990s).
However, from a personal point of view, the best thing about it was that it wasn't broadcast in HDTV.
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