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(Some PC Gaming Guy)   How television gets gaming and technology wrong. You'll cry, you'll laugh and punch your monitor all at the same time   (truepcgaming.com) divider line 18
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2012-03-14 10:45:30 AM  
4 votes:
i.imgur.com
2012-03-14 09:51:04 AM  
2 votes:
Big Bang Theory - no self-respecting geek owns an Alienware computer. Fark off with your product placement and attempts at Geek Branding.
2012-03-14 08:00:25 AM  
2 votes:
Almost all of them were CBS shows for baby boomers.
2012-03-14 07:35:53 AM  
2 votes:
Things that bug me about TV, #2966:

How come every video game on TV sounds like the Atari 2600 version of Pac Man?

/Probably made more $$ of that damn sound than they did selling the game.
2012-03-15 02:55:43 AM  
1 votes:

dragonchild: That's because with the exception of a few Darwin awards, we don't have entire swaths of society "learning" about violence from action movies. As you say, a light blow to the head wakes up most people who aren't retarded, but most of the world never actually uses a Unix interface.


You got the stuff I didn't quote exactly right, IMO, but I think you got this part reversed. Very few of us really know much about violence, so we give the unrealistic portrayals of violence a pass. Most of us on this thread range from very knowledgeable to experts about computing, so we know exactly how they're getting it wrong.

the members of Seal Team Six probably roll their eyes at the fight scenes in movies.
2012-03-14 04:48:54 PM  
1 votes:

The Voice of Doom: One could argue that they were doing the IP version of a 555 telephone number.


One could, but there are millions of "real" IPv4 addresses that could have been used, as they are not publicly routable.

Some, like 127.0.0.1 and 192.168.*.*, are too well known now to serve the purpose, but what about a nice 198.51.100.*?
2012-03-14 02:09:49 PM  
1 votes:

DeathByGeekSquad: Big Bang Theory - no self-respecting geek owns an Alienware computer. Fark off with your product placement and attempts at Geek Branding.


I've never seen big bang theory, but it was described to me as 'geek humor for people who think knowing what a thumb drive is is geeky'.

And all of my friends attempts to explain the 'jokes' from the show back that up. It's geek humor in the readers digest type.

So the product placement makes sense at least.
2012-03-14 12:17:26 PM  
1 votes:

PainInTheASP: Things that bug me about TV, #2966:How come every video game on TV sounds like the Atari 2600 version of Pac Man?


That or 2600 Donkey Kong. Even if the character is clearly holding an Xbox controller.

The reason is simple, it's because in writing and directing a film or TV show you need to feed information to your audience quickly, subtly and efficiently. Those sound effects instantly signal "video game." Today's actual game soundtracks and effects could come from anywhere.

It's the same reason that you hear explosions in space. They know perfectly well that there isn't any sound in space but it gets the story told. Rapid typing on keyboards communicates "intense use of a computer." Game levels and points show progress. Technobabble is suitably confusing to everyone onscreen who hears it.

This isn't limited to depictions of technology. People driving somewhere always find a place to park right outside their destination. Miss Romcom Woman never takes out a restraining order against Mr. Romcom Man no matter how creepy his incessant stalking gets. The TV or radio will begin the relevant news story the moment it is switched on. The random mysterious encounter or item will always connect to the plot later. No one ever has to get up in the middle of a passionate lovemaking session to have a pee or a fart or a sneeze or shake an arm that fell asleep or fish hair out from between their teeth.
2012-03-14 12:02:53 PM  
1 votes:

LikeALeafOnTheWind: Computer ignorance sure does make a useful plot device.


That's the problem. It's not useful; it's cliche.

"Zoom. . . enhance" should be as taboo in a TV show as seriously using "to be or not to be" in a monologue at this point, but writers are portraying current technology like they're stuck in the 1950s and predicting a fantasy future.
2012-03-14 11:15:24 AM  
1 votes:

Fano: Jim_Callahan: whistlerdash: Their entire thought process is "no one watching will know the difference so who cares".

Alternately, "fark it, it looks good and keeps the plot rolling".

I mean, anyone that's ever been in even a schoolyard fight knows that if you go down after being cracked over the head with a heavy object, you're not getting up without brain damage if you get up at all. But we don't have monthly threads that are collections of video clips of TV knockouts biatching about the lack of concussions and accidental death.

It's theater, man, it's not supposed to be a literal display of what is ostensibly going on.

//Personally, my favorite variant of this silliness is movie chemistry and explosions.

There are definite acceptable breaks from reality (new window) but for video games it always drives me nuts when they talk about "high scores" and "levels" when that sort of thing hasn't been important in decades in games.

media.psu.com
vagary.tv
LOFL wut?
2012-03-14 11:15:02 AM  
1 votes:

Inigo: [i.imgur.com image 638x355]


Brilliant.

/Have you tried turning it off and on again?
2012-03-14 11:08:33 AM  
1 votes:
Seriously, I can't see the article at work, but surely someone has to be complaining about the abomination that was Swordfish. Because hacking clearly involves banging on keys quickly enough before your virus constructed of virtual 3d blocks falls to pieces and you have to start over while consuming yet another bottle of wine:

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2012-03-14 10:14:12 AM  
1 votes:
The problem isn't that they get technical details wrong, per se. The problem is that technology is frequently used as serious plot devices well into cliche territory, yet these assholes making movies & TV shows remain stubbornly lazy and inconsistent about it. Star Wars: A New Hope has planet-exploding lazors and sound in space and even as a physics major I'm OK with that because they set the tone early on and stay consistent. The message from the movie to the audience is, "This is a fantasy adventure film. Have fun with it." You can disagree about whether it's "sci-fi" or not but your brain knows better; by the time they discuss that silly battle plan calling for tangential attacks on a single uncovered exhaust port, your brain knows what to do with the crap it's being fed.

The Red Dwarf sequence is OK because it's comedy and getting everything wrong is the joke. In fact, they deliberately open with that hilarious "uncrop" to set up the audience. I was even fine with gawdawful technical inaccuracy in Independence Day because. . . well, the movie was just that bad. Not that that's a point in its favor, but at least there was a sense of consistency -- even if that might've been unintentional. The shows and movies that get a bad rep present the techy-geeky stuff in a very. serious. scene. That means even the lighthearted Die Hard doesn't get a free pass, because there's dichotomy in tone between the silly action scenes and the suspense-y plot development. If you're gonna get technology completely wrong, it needs to have the same "don't take this seriously" cinematic tone as that scene that made lightly of, say, a cable cutting a guy in half. It doesn't, though, but nerds who take offense get accused of being nit-picky anyway.

Jim_Callahan: I mean, anyone that's ever been in even a schoolyard fight knows that if you go down after being cracked over the head with a heavy object, you're not getting up without brain damage if you get up at all. But we don't have monthly threads that are collections of video clips of TV knockouts biatching about the lack of concussions and accidental death.


That's because with the exception of a few Darwin awards, we don't have entire swaths of society "learning" about violence from action movies. As you say, a light blow to the head wakes up most people who aren't retarded, but most of the world never actually uses a Unix interface. So we get idiots using CSI "logic" in juries because that show is as deliberately dramatic as action movies are deliberately hyperbolic. It makes it look the writers cared far more about the accuracy than they do. Look, I understand "CSI" is drama, so "light-hearted" exposition isn't its thing. I'm not saying we should have laws enforcing technical accuracy in scenes shot a certain way or anything, but I think it at least justifies the nerdrage.
2012-03-14 09:55:53 AM  
1 votes:

ManateeGag: RivenSilver: Last week's BBT annoyed the shiat out of me too -- they were all playing SWTOR on laptops WITHOUT MICE.

I don't know. it might be possible if you set up enough hot keys. or you are REALLY good with that touch pad thing.


Bounty Hunter/ Merc/ Arsenal spec reporting in. I need 10 keys. 4 for WSAD (obviously), 1 for Tracer Missile, 1 for Unload, 1 for Rail Shot, 1 for Rapid Fire (default zero heat generating attack) and 1 for Vent Heat (used during boss battles when I can't afford to reduce the DPS on my glass cannon build). I use tab to swap targets/select next target.

Perfectly playable with just the number keys and touch pad.
2012-03-14 09:37:31 AM  
1 votes:

Lernaeus: Do NONE of the editors or VFX people speak up? Or is the thought, "meh, I'm getting paid ..."?


That second one. Trust me.
2012-03-14 09:36:22 AM  
1 votes:

ManateeGag: RivenSilver: Last week's BBT annoyed the shiat out of me too -- they were all playing SWTOR on laptops WITHOUT MICE.

I don't know. it might be possible if you set up enough hot keys. or you are REALLY good with that touch pad thing.


I have a confession to make...

...I've never played TOR with anything BUT my laptop's touchpad.

My gaming computer's mobo died a week or two before TOR came out. It was getting old anyway, so I'm going to replace the entire rig at some point, but I'm slowly saving up cash. So until then, laptop it is. Luckily, I am pretty decent with a touchpad.

'Course, there's probably a reason I haven't been on it much recently.
2012-03-14 08:45:50 AM  
1 votes:

thecpt: I walked in on a Glee line that made me cringe, girl said she was trolling in an internet forum to find information. Lurking and trolling are apparently the same thing to kids/idiots.


Trolling will get you information. Mainly where to go and what to do with yourself when you get there.
2012-03-14 07:05:00 AM  
1 votes:
Constantly?
 
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