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Friday, July 7, 2000
Bleeding Thumbs on BBC 2
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Recently the British Broadcasting Corporation, commonly known as the BBC, announced that they will host an innovative TV show which will use a modified version of Unreal Tournament for live celebrity competition. Known as is "Bleeding Thumbs", this new show may be hosted by Geri Halliwell, former Spice Girl. Here is a description of the show:

The gloves are off and the digits are injured. As of September this year, BBC2 will host the primetime TV show Bleeding Thumbs, the deathmatch game where celebrity competitors get to slog it out on a converted form of the Unreal Engine under the watchful eye of a full audience. New details have been released on the format of the show today.

Two teams, led by vaguely famous people (the words "Geri"and "Halliwell" were being bandied about today) will compete through five rounds every show. New Game will feature the teams playing new releases that week, Physical Game will involve using real world props, Retro Game is exactly what it sounds, and the programme culminated in a celebrity deathmatch end-game, using a stylised version of Unreal Tournament.

"Computer gaming has grown to be one of the UK's biggest leisure activities and makes for a brilliant spectator sport. This is the show for people who think with their thumbs," said Jon Riley, producer of the show. We'll have more details from Jon in the coming days.

Infogrames PR exec Lee Kirton added, "Jon has put a lot of work into this show, and is at present looking at many top star celebrities to present and look after his tasty little number!"

Not exactly Mac gaming news, but a very curious look at how the culture of video games is penetrating society on many levels. For those of you not in the UK, perhaps you will be able to catch this one on Apple's streaming version of this channel.

The Press Release
BBC web site

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