Addicted to novelty since 2001

History in Computer Games

I’ve said it before, but the BBC is the best TV channel I’ve ever watched. It’s programming is exceptional–varied, informative and endlessly creative. They’ve made a science of infotainment, in the best sense of that ugly term.

A recent invention (well, from 2003, but I missed it entirely) is Time Commanders, a history-based game show that pits players against each other using the Total War gaming engine. Total War is a series of PC games, including Shogun: Total War, Medieval: Total War and Rome: Total War. I’ve played the first two and really enjoyed them–they’re very playable and avoid the most common pitfalls of real-time strategy games.

As far as I can figure, there’s no homepage for Time Commanders on the BBC site. There’s plenty of information on the Total War site, here’s a review and here’s a first-person account by somebody who watched an episode. I wonder if this show ever ran in North America? I can’t find any bittorrents, and nothing shows up on the file-trading networks.