Investigation into this strange new person uncovered his association with Gordon Ramsay, which is okay because Coren bitch-slaps Ramsay unhesitatingly. Yay. This then led to the series that Coren did with Sue Perkins (that some may recognize from Q.I.) in which the two of them go back in time to sample the food and living habits of various historical periods (The Supersizers Eat... 2007-08).
Well, that was interesting and I considered posting it here on the blog and talking about food before realizing that probably no one would care to read my opinions on the subject. So I dropped the idea and moved on.
My partner, however, having cut her teeth on this historical reality show jazz, continued on while I sat in my room playing Patrician III, writing my book and occasionally bothering to work on D&D.
|This has not been time wasted.|
So following Coren she found Back in Time for Dinner (2015) and then Electric Dreams (2009). These are not my thing, but at least - since both are BBC productions - the various characters more or less speak and act towards one another like human beings. Unfortunately, they ran out rather quickly. Still hungry, however, my partner was bound to find across Frontier House (2002), which was positively wretched but not nearly as bad as Texas Ranch House (2006), which I can only describe as execrable. My partner, bless her, has far more tolerance for this sort of shit than I do. I had to fight back with BBC's Tudor Monastery Farm (2013), in which at living in the past is at least done by educated historians and not slack-jawed, infantile, passive-aggressive dicks.
|Tudor Monastery, best of the lot. A shot from the center of a|
Hall House, in which the fire was built in the house center
without a chimney.
Now, I realize most of this is old and I don't expect anyone to get excited that I've linked the above - but it is all there on youtube. I haven't had "television service" since 2004 because it became practical to simply watch everything on the internet, even before youtube was launched. So I don't see advertisements for TV shows (along with commercials, political ads, news stories, flood warnings or threats to launch a nuclear strike) unless I go looking for these things. This makes for an extraordinarily pleasant existence. Therefore, until recently I hadn't become aware of these shows and would not have watched them except that I love HER, very, very much.
It is impossible not to notice, however, that these shows tap the same buttons that D&D and other role-playing games tap . . . in some ways, much better than RPGs because the cows, the fences, the building of fires with flint and so on are obviously much more 'hands on' than talking about these things around a table. On the other hand, these things also suck at RPGs in that they are bound to universally fail because no one's allowed to truly feel more than, well, ashamed or humilated by having a camera in their face while forced to deal with others prancing and dancing their fucking self-righteousness because they have a camera in their face.
Yesterday, I asked a question. I'll reword it 'slightly' to fit the context of the above:
Is it possible to create a visual, audio and moderately sensory habitat or setting in which players of an RPG world could dispense with a DM and pursue a different sort of social contract through the use of an electronic medium that would be so much better than D&D that DMing (but not playing) would become obsolete?
I don't think I'm going to answer that, at least not right now. I'm thoroughly enjoying reading and taking inspiration from others who are parsing this question.