Cybershack

Well, no sooner had I added Save Point to my watching list, then I discovered  another games-related TV show, which apparently is hardly new, since it’s been running since 2006. Currently tucked away in the most un-primetime spot you can imagine, 10 am on a Sunday morning (which probably explains why it’s taken me 8 years to discover it), Cybershack bills itself as “Australia’s only 30 minute free-to-air television program dedicated to profiling the latest innovation in consumer electronics and home entertainment industry.” And that pretty much sums it up. Whereas Save Point, and to a lesser extent Good Game, make a point of being hip and frenetic, Cybershack is conservative, buttoned-down and very commercial. In fact it comes across as a long series of product placements, which is not necessarily a bad thing, and the show certainly does cover the whole gamut of electronic entertainment. I have enjoyed watching (the 2 whole) episodes I have seen so far, and its informative, but really its not a show you’d watch for entertainment value. If you are looking for EE products to buy, and just want the straight story on what’s worthwhile out there, this is great stuff. Its the visual equivalent of online reviews. The hosts are nice, clean-cut, conservatively dressed (the ethereally pretty and thoroughly pleasant Jessica Smith is particularly easy to look at and to listen to), basically, that’s it in a nutshell, it’s a nice show. Agreeable use of 30 minutes.

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