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New Hitchhiker's Episodes Available Online

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the don't-panic dept.

Sci-Fi 218

Michael Sheldon writes "The BBC is now offering the first of the new Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio episodes as either Real or WMP audio streams. Meaning listeners abroad can now hear the new series, which started playing on UK radio last Tuesday."

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free gmail invites (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339006)

Re:free gmail invites (1)

DenDave (700621) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339018)

gee.. thanks for all the fish..

Re:free gmail invites (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339032)

Thanks for the Gmail! I see what all the fuss is about! Best. Email. Evar.

more info (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339008)

more info here [216.239.41.104]

FP!

RA and WMA? (3, Insightful)

moonbender (547943) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339034)

Shame that they don't offer either MP3 or OGG versions of the show. Wonder why they decided against using them, especially considering that the BBC has some experience with OGG - they used to have some live radio streams running it.

Re:RA and WMA? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339050)

And the worst part is, BSPlayer can't play the wma.

Re:RA and WMA? (5, Funny)

SpooForBrains (771537) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339060)

They were working on broadcasting it on the Sub Ether Waveband but they didn't have the necessary rights.

Re:RA and WMA? (1)

Random Web Developer (776291) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339125)

I'm quite interested in your point but can't find anything about it:
http://www.google.com/search?q=bbc+ogg+Sub+Et her+W aveband

Would you have any references, i would like to know more about this

Re:RA and WMA? (2)

SpooForBrains (771537) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339146)

Sure, just check your copy of the Guide.

Re:RA and WMA? (0, Troll)

Random Web Developer (776291) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339357)

Never read it, not very much a fan of fantasy

I suppose your comment was funny to those that did read it and i just made an ass out of myself :p

Re:RA and WMA? (1)

Billy69 (805214) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339411)

Unfortunately yes, you did.

Re:RA and WMA? (4, Funny)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339482)

Sure, just check your copy of the Guide.

Okay then...

BEEPcrkcrkcrk-BEEPcrkcrkcrk-KRCKaKRCK-BORP!
What to do if you find yourself with a computer that's unable to play Realaudio, and you're at your wits' end with no hope of HHGTTG:

Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far.

Alternatively, if life hasn't been good to you so far, which, given your current circumstances is more likely:

Consider how lucky you are that it won't [free-codecs.com] be troubling [helixcommunity.org] you much longer [real.com] .

Grr. Pile of rubbish.

Re:RA and WMA? (4, Insightful)

jonwil (467024) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339069)

I suspect part of it is not wanting it in a format that can be saved to disk and kept for later (otherwise it would hurt sales when the thing is released on CD or whatever)

Re:RA and WMA? (5, Insightful)

Alranor (472986) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339129)

So i'm guessing they've never heard of mplayer -dumpstream before then.

Ah well, never mind eh.

Re:RA and WMA? (2, Insightful)

mlush (620447) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339274)

So i'm guessing they've never heard of mplayer -dumpstream before then.

The Beeb know about mplayer -dumpstream, however 95%+ of the userbase have not. From the beeb's POV a partial solution is better than none at all

Re:RA and WMA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339134)

What makes you think you can't save RA or WMA to disk? How do you think the BBC store them?

Re:RA and WMA? (1)

andrewa (18630) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339166)

Ehrm, too late then 'cause I already downloaded the .ra when it came on-line around 11:35 last night...

net transport (4, Informative)

Errtu76 (776778) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339201)

You can save streaming media using Net Transport [xi-soft.com]

Re:RA and WMA? (1)

jhemmila (168680) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339080)

I'd imagine that it's to cut down on piracy. Why buy the boxed set when you have the MP3's, right right?

Re:RA and WMA? (5, Insightful)

Malc (1751) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339259)

Experience with OGG? They haven't touched it for nearly two years [bbc.co.uk] !

Personally I'm disappointed they didn't also offer it in FLAC, PCM, DTS, SDDS and Dolby Digital! Give it a rest, stop whining, and be happy that they made it available in the first place. It seems people get moderated up just for whinging about OGG. And no, I'm not new here ;)

Re:RA and WMA? (1, Funny)

six809 (1961) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339483)

And no, I'm not new here ;)

by Malc (1751)

Evidently :)

Re:RA and WMA? (2, Informative)

SpinyManiac (542071) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339278)

Well, I've got it in MP3.

1 Plug laptop into digital TV STB
2 Set STB to Radio 4
3 Record
4 Feed WAV into RazorLAME
5 Enjoy VBR goodness

There's an analog stage in the recording, and finding the cables to go from SCART to 3.5mm jack was a bit of a challenge.

Re:RA and WMA? (1, Interesting)

Billy69 (805214) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339314)

I prefer my method:
1) Buy A Bug [thebug.com]
2) Insert SD Card
3) Press record button
4) Enjoy 128Kb MP2 recording with no analogue stage
5) Profit!!!

Re:RA and WMA? (1)

SpinyManiac (542071) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339398)

DAB isn't supposed to be available in my area, so I had to improvise.
Besides, I was told about it about four hours before the broadcast. I supposed I could have tried when it was repeated yesterday, but I thought they'd probably stream it.
Now, where's that copy of Streambox?

Re:RA and WMA? (1)

DoctorRad (608319) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339486)

4) Enjoy 128Kb MP2 recording with no analogue stage

'Enjoy' and '128Kb [sic] MP2 recording' do not go hand in hand, IME, unless the BBC have started using MP2 encoders optimised for lower bitrates.

My preferred solution is to record from the digital audio output of my Nokia Freeview box, although I did get some very minor interference about 11 minutes in :-(

Matt...

Re:RA and WMA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339293)

We all know it's cos Douglas Adams was a through and through Windows shill...

[j/k btw]

Re:RA and WMA? (1)

Handpaper (566373) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339409)

We all know it's cos Douglas Adams was a through and through Windows shill...

Bollocks. Douglas Adams was a Mac addict. Read 'The Salmon of Doubt' for (extensive) confirmation.

While we are griping about formats... (2, Interesting)

museumpeace (735109) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339428)

go a little farther into the BBC website [bbc.co.uk] to hear/read the recorded interviews where Douglas Adams made predictions about how all these formats and playback technologies where going to mold the economy and user experience of consuming media. This page was also the entry point for a contest seeking new material you might create for submission to the HHGG. [like I wasn't already wasting enough time reading /. !-)]

KCRW has original series (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339036)

FYI, Primary and Secondary Phase's are available from KCRW in Real format:

http://kcrw.org/show/hg

I missed the first ones (0, Redundant)

jhemmila (168680) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339042)

Where can I hear the first ones? This seems to be somewhere in the middle of the story.

Re:I missed the first ones (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339222)

Ask and ye shall receive [bbcshop.com] .

Re:I missed the first ones (1)

andrewa (18630) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339282)

Try here.. http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=121485&thresho ld=0&commentsort=0&tid=133&tid=214&tid=1&mode=thre ad&pid=10223861#10228873

FFS! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339044)

Look you don't have to wait for the BBC put *PUT THEM ONLINE* to listen from abroad. You can listen to Radio 4 *LIVE* via streaming (HHGTTG is on Tuesdays at 6pm UK time)... this story relates to the BBC's "Listen Again" feature which allows to to catch it if you miss it.

Re:FFS! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339095)

6.30 actually.

I listened to the first one and thought it was weak. [And yes I know the books inside out]. The pacing seemed wrong, there were stupid gratuitious 'stuttering' sound effects and the script seemed to concentrate on irrelevancies for far too long [eg Marvin's dialogue with the mattress].

Re:FFS! (1)

uohcicds (472888) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339332)

Well, the stuttering kind of got the, "Peter Jones is dead, what the hell do we do now-oh let's use Bill Franklin instead" part sorted. And I liked the Marvin stuff. The only disappointment was that he didn't say "Zootlewurdle,Zootlewurdle,Zootlewurdle..." while screwing himself into the swamp with his artifical leg.

First episodes are genrally strange anyway as you have to give it time to get all the characters setup and reintroduced. I was a bit disappointed that they didn't have the drinking part with the sofa, but where would it fit?

Good to see it back!

FFS! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339096)

We know already [slashdot.org] . Oh, and don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

Re:FFS! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339246)

No *we* don't... or this story would have been more accurate.

Re:FFS! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339122)

Yup, I listened to the first episode on Tuesday here in Wisconsin, live.

But a minor correction: it is actually on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM [bbc.co.uk] their time. That is 12:30 PM my time (central), so that is 1:30 PM Eastern, 11:30 AM Mountain, and 10:30 AM Pacific. Every Tuesday for the next five weeks.

The first new episode was really quite impressive, and brought back a flood of memories from when I'd last read the books 15 or so years ago.

So.. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339058)

how can I rip this to HD?
Preferably the WMP stream.

Re:So.. (3, Informative)

moonbender (547943) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339101)

One way that usually works is to set your sound config up to record "What You Hear". Kind of like the analogue gap, except it never becomes analogue and leaves your computer. ;) Of course, that'll only get you uncompressed PCM files and, when re-compressed, artifacts, but I doubt there's anything else you can do.

Re:So.. (5, Informative)

Excors (807434) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339111)

I've been using the shareware version of NetTransport [xi-soft.com] , which seems to work quite nicely - give it the .ram or .asx URL, wait half an hour, and it'll save the 26MB of .rm or .asf data.

Re:So.. (1)

tannnk (810257) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339262)

You can use mplayer. I think it was the dumpstream option.

There's isn't a 42 joke in here, I swear! (5, Interesting)

Aquatopia17 (710847) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339059)

I for one am really excited that HG2G has finally made its way back to radio. And on top of that, I can listen to it hassle-free (not as in beer) and free (as in beer) of charge over the internet. I wish listening to American proprietary radio stations was always this easy.

Re:There's isn't a 42 joke in here, I swear! (3, Insightful)

ninthwave (150430) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339082)

The BBC isn't propietery it is paid for by a license fee which is charged to all owners of Tv's and radios like a tax. They have to be as free as possible as it has been paid for by the UK citizens already.

Re:There's isn't a 42 joke in here, I swear! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339196)

Well, US citizens didn't pay a dime (nor a pence, for that matter). It's an international courtesy which I am grateful for. I mean, would you (non-ironically) listen to Voice of America for entertainment?

Re:There's isn't a 42 joke in here, I swear! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339291)

charged to all owners of Tv's and radios like a tax.

No, just TVs; they gave up on taxing radios decades ago, after the invention of the transistor made radios so small, cheap and portable that it was impossible to keep track of them. TV's are getting near that magic transition point too, plus what the licensing people don't want the general public to realise is that digital TV tuners aren't detectable by their much hyped [tvlicensing.co.uk] but rarely seen detection equipment... The TV tax is an anachronism, but politicians like having the BBC utterly dependent on their goodwill = recently one radio reporter did a report critical of the Government, and it scared the Beeb so shitless that a governor resigned,,,

Re:There's isn't a 42 joke in here, I swear! (2)

ninthwave (150430) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339318)

And many bad whitewashed inquiries and the director general resigned and did some program about it on Channel 4.

Sorry I am Yank living over here for the last three years, I really thought the fee was in the sale of radios, didn't realise they scrapped it altogether. Living in the states for 30 years and here for 3 I appreciate my TV license tax. It is excellent value that is produced with it. Is it still needed. I don't know but I would like to think that the BBC would have that revenue stream guaranteed so that no matter what happens with the media market the core services can stay.

Re:There's isn't a 42 joke in here, I swear! (2, Interesting)

Billy69 (805214) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339459)

plus what the licensing people don't want the general public to realise is that digital TV tuners aren't detectable by their much hyped but rarely seen detection equipment
Surely it is not that hard to re-tune their equipment to the higher frequency produced by the local oscillator in the digital tuner. I mean, even I could probably do that.

Re:There's isn't a 42 joke in here, I swear! (1)

zanderredux (564003) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339085)

Yeah. Except for NPR, I'd say...

Go BBC!

Re:There's isn't a 42 joke in here, I swear! (4, Funny)

LordK2002 (672528) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339197)

I wish listening to American proprietary radio stations was always this easy.
Really? I would prefer it if listening to American proprietary radio stations were made as difficult as possible.

Re:There's isn't a 42 joke in here, I swear! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339295)

WTF is a proprietary radio station? Do I need a special radio to listen?

Re:There's isn't a 42 joke in here, I swear! (2, Informative)

Aquatopia17 (710847) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339396)

Proprietary means the radio station (or anything else you're talking about for that matter) is owned by a private entity, unlike the BBC, which is funded/owned by the state (though not as extreme as the state-controlled media one may find in an oppressive dictatorship).

Re:There's isn't a 42 joke in here, I swear! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339461)

not as extreme as the state-controlled media one may find in an oppressive dictatorship

Don't worry, Blunket and Blair are working on both parts of that equation.

Where can I get the originals? (1)

halivar (535827) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339072)

For those of us too young to have known anything about HHGG except the books.

Re:Where can I get the originals? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339087)

Try your fucking local library dolt.

Re:Where can I get the originals? (4, Informative)

SpooForBrains (771537) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339094)

Here [amazon.co.uk] . The audio effects make up a large part of the experience, so buying the CD is highly recommended.

Re:Where can I get the originals? (1)

drewness (85694) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339302)

And don't be afraid of ordering from amazon UK if you live in the US. The shipping price and the time it takes to get to you isn't much worse than if you had ordered them from amazon US.
Actually, I've ordered from amazon US, UK, DE, and JP, and for some reason the only one with outrageous shipping cost and time is the German one. Quite odd.

Reason for no OGG / MP3 (3, Interesting)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339074)

There are still copyrights, but more so they want to pull people into thier sprawl of a site.

I love the radio shows. I have them as MP3 (must OGG 'em)

Any updates on the film? It is a long way off, I don't wanna rush them, but they can keep us in suspense, and trickle delicious sweet information to us slowly - and an OGG of marvin saying 'diodes on my left side'.

In unrelated 42 news, Seinfeld 1-3 series set was 42 on the amazon sales rank, and I bought it today. Nov i'll be out.

Re:Reason for no OGG / MP3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339242)

The film comes out on 3 June.

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha [zz9.org]

Purchase on MP3 from bbcshop (3, Informative)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339093)

Errm... Here... [bbcshop.com]

Or *mule*, gnu*, *azaa it. torrent to mp3's greatly appreciated, all proceeds go to my HDD.

mplayer to the rescue! (5, Informative)

CoolVibe (11466) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339105)

$ mplayer -dumpstream mms://wm.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/h2g3_episode 1.asf &

Share and enjoy, and why don't you stick your head in a pig ;)

Re:mplayer to the rescue! (3, Informative)

CoolVibe (11466) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339118)

grmbl, damn slashdot. Watch out when copy&pasting that, there is a stray space in there courtesy of slashcode.

From memory, the full song (2)

SpooForBrains (771537) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339265)

Share and Enjoy!
Share and Enjoy!
Journey through life with a plastic boy
Or girl by your side let your pal be you guide
And if it gets slow or starts to annoy

Does it grind when it walks
Or squeak when it talks?
Has it eaten your hat
Or had sex with your cat?

Sprayed oil on your walls
Or ripped of your doors
And it gets to the point
You can't stand anymore

Bring it to us
We won't give a fig
We'll tell you
Go Stick Your Head in a Pig!

Re:mplayer to the rescue! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339355)

Well, that doesn't work to me:
Unable to open URL: mms://wm.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/h2g3_episode 1.asf

Re:mplayer to the rescue! (3, Informative)

gyrojoe (600717) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339384)

If you want to encode it to something else, convert it to wav like this:
$ mplayer stream.dump -ao pcm
Convert the resulting wav file to MP3 (or OGG) and you're done.

Fri5t psot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339112)

YOU FAIL IT (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339148)

Time for you to pay your dues [lemonparty.org]

Live Stream (2, Insightful)

rollerbob (739079) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339115)

Surely listeners abroad can hear the new series at the same time as everyone else simply by pressing the 'Listen Live' button on the Radio 4 [bbc.co.uk] website at 17:30GMT (18:30BST) every Tuesday for the duration of the series.

Re:Live Stream (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339162)

But when it is at around 4am local time?

Re:Live Stream (1)

SpooForBrains (771537) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339214)

The "Listen Again" stream is actually available pretty much as soon as the show has finished airing, but the BBC just don't publish it on their site until the repeat has aired.

It's at rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/comedy/tue1830.ra

(Excors [slashdot.org] found this out and posted it in the previous Hitchhiker thread)

Any one up for a flollop? (3, Funny)

I Need Beer (259502) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339121)

* Non orthopaedicly sprung life-forms are reminded that mattresses are the only sentient creatures to require regular flolloping. *

Pre-Order of new tertiary phase: (2, Informative)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339124)

http://www.bbcshop.com/invt/0563510439&source= 841

Original cast and the Life the Universe and Everything, I think Dougie wrote it - although in thier infinite wisdom those fsk-a-wits at the beeb have actually not given the information in the description.

I mean, it is not as if anyone would be interested to know.

I really hate stupid websites. I am not sure if I should buy it - or listen to it. I am just going to go stand in a corner, brain the size of the universe...

Re:Pre-Order of new tertiary phase: (1)

Willard B. Trophy (620813) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339171)

BBCShop only ships to the UK and EU; elsewhere, we're SOL. The site does offer the usual raft of countries, though, which is dumb.

Easy enough to transcode to mp3 or ogg... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339172)

...if you have a babelfish handy.

this is awesome (-1, Troll)

cyberworm (710231) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339174)

as a fan of this for the past 6 years or so, I think this is totally awesome! I can't wait to give it a listen. It's pretty neat that they are offering it up in 5.1 surround too, can't wait to check that out. I discovered the h2g2 one night about 6 years ago, while surfing the internet for streaming audio to listen to over dialup. I had found a site (evilkiwi.net I think it was) that had been constantly streaming all 12 of the original bbc eps and tuned into it out of curiousity while checking my head with a water pipe. |-D Cheers!

Re:this is awesome (1)

cyberworm (710231) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339229)

oh yeah, is there a way to rip the 5.1 stream?

Re:this is awesome (1)

Billy69 (805214) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339489)

They are not currently offering it in 5.1, it was mastered in 5.1 and downmixed to 2-channel. The 5.1 version will come out next year on DVD-Audio/hybrid.

Look Here [planetmagrathea.com] for lots of news, including some stuff about the 5.1 version.

HHGTTG Text Adventure (3, Interesting)

stephendl (155902) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339176)

Even better on the site is a flash version of the original HHGTTG text adventure game...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game.shtml [bbc.co.uk]

Re:HHGTTG Text Adventure (5, Funny)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339211)

Dear moderators,

The above post actually comes just after my post on the subject, not before. 'Stephendl' obviously copied mine, only for it to be swept back through an eddy in the space-time continuum. Please moderate accordingly.

(Apologies!)

Re:HHGTTG Text Adventure (1, Funny)

stephendl (155902) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339253)

I always keep my watch set 5 mins before anyone else to beat everyone else ;-)

Re:HHGTTG Text Adventure (1)

gowen (141411) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339257)

Yeah well, this post is just my post from a few days ago [slashdot.org] having been sucked through a Total Perspective Vortex...

Eddies in the space-time continuum... (3, Funny)

Serious Simon (701084) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339299)

Who's Eddy?

Re:Eddies in the space-time continuum... (5, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339346)

Hi there! I'm Eddy, your shipboard computer!

Re:Eddies in the space-time continuum... (1)

Billy69 (805214) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339373)

And what's he doing in the space-time continuum?

Re:Eddies in the space-time continuum... (1)

Matt_UK (769577) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339467)

He's the computer in the corrner with the aze stuck in him (looks like Zafod finaly Gave him a re-programing he won't forget)

Updated Infocom Game (4, Informative)

Ford Prefect (8777) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339186)

As trailed a few weeks ago [slashdot.org] , there's the updated version of the old Infocom interactive fiction version [bbc.co.uk] of the Guide.

I had a play on it yesterday - I've no idea how they built it, but they seem to have some unholy alliance of Flash, Z-code and XML running it all. It's pretty cool, too - it's the same old game, but with added graphics...

Re:Updated Infocom Game (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339231)

I was just there. Too bad it's not multiplayer--think of all those people standing around the pub in dressing-gowns. (Almost like some SF conventions before it was realized that (1) it's been done to death before, (2) it wasn't that great to start with. Hmm, Death Arthur Death...)

Re:Updated Infocom Game (2, Insightful)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339269)

As much as I liked HHGTG as a kid, and as much as I loved the infocom games (Planetfall and Stationfall are probably my favorites), the HHGTG infocom game was probably about the worst one they made. One misstep and the game was over, it was completely linear and frustrating.

Check out this little quote on the fate of the "Restaurant" sequel [csd.uwo.ca] that was never released.

Apparantly DNA just didn't "get" the idea of interactive fiction.

Anyhow, is there any way to hear the original radio series, or obtain the original TV series for free (legally, of course)?

Re:Updated Infocom Game (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339327)

Apparantly DNA just didn't "get" the idea of interactive fiction.

From the quote, it's not really clear if he meant DNA or his friend, who worked on because DNA was busy.

Re:Updated Infocom Game (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339424)

I remember, back when, reading something that kind of suggested noone at the BBC really "got it".

It was all completely new to them, and it's hard to think out a game like that.

Storytelling and good game design are simply worlds apart. So relax, I wasn't "dissing" DNA.

Re:Updated Infocom Game (2, Interesting)

Masem (1171) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339436)

While HHGTTG may have been the worst, all of Infocom's games suffered from dying easily from making the wrong move; HHGTTG made it worse that you had to make right moves, wholely unrelated to your actions at the current time, in order to survive the game later (e.g. dog/sandwich). <old-timer-mode> all you young'uns with your LucasArts never-can-die-at-all-no-matter-how-hard-you-try adventure games! </old-timer-mode>

The pissing on Douglas Adams grave continues! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339194)

Next stop, a musical version!

Woot! I can't wait to listen... (0)

BlackHawk-666 (560896) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339205)

buffering...

It's says "Do not click this link again" (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339209)

typical response to being slashdotted.

Here is my towel... (1)

multi-flavor-geek (586005) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339212)

Now if I had an internet connection strong enough t0 download them (28.8 sucks) I would be set, anyone want to convert it to a 32 bitrate mp3?

Hinet Recorder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339322)

www.hoonnet.co.kr/productdown/HiNetRecorderSetup.e xe

Quicktime (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10339362)

The show should be available in Quicktime format -- Douglas Adams was Macintosh fanatic.

I'm sorry I am tooo depressed..... (3, Funny)

adsl (595429) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339390)

...to listen to a radio programme. I think I will go and dismantle myself. Love Marvin:(

Re:I'm sorry I am tooo depressed..... (1)

ElectroKiwiMonkey (628003) | more than 9 years ago | (#10339430)

LOVE? Don't talk to me about love... Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and I'm stuck being the butt of jokes that obviously don't understand my character. And I STILL have this pain in all the diodes down my left side.
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