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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 9 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Not For Broadcast is a narrative puzzle game where you control the National Nightly News just as a radical government comes to power. By deciding the angles, adverts, images and censoring in the show you control what the people see and determine what’s Not For Broadcast.

Sat in the control room chair, with footage from real actors to deal with, it's immersive and high-pressure. As you progress it becomes more than a mechanical challenge to make the right decision. Propaganda, coercion and commercial concerns pressure you to present the audience a jaundiced view of reality.

You see the different shots and angles in real time. Along with selecting the next smooth shot, you need to keep things suitable for kids by censoring swear words. Then there are considerations about removing "unapproved" information to keep the government happy. Along with this you need to balance commercial pressures. Pick and choose the advertisements to run, but take care to avoid backlash about products that don't deliver on promises.

Although for a mature audience, game-play is kept relatively light with the hammy acting and tongue in cheek characters. What emerges from the sometimes chaotic web of decisions, is that the pressures and competing agendas make your time-limited choices almost impossible. You might start with high ideals, but these are soon pressured into more practical concerns.

At the end of each broadcast you get graded about which thing you let slip out on the basis of editing, interference and censoring. You can then go back over the output as well as review the different elements you didn't use. This lets you see what was happening behind the scenes, before and after the sections you used and the different camera angles.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 30/01/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Tiny Build (@TinyBuild)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 165 minutes and 3 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 18.

Although not yet rated, Not For Broadcast is likely to be PEGI 18 and ESRB MATURE 17+/

As the developer states... "This game contains content unsuitable for children or easily offended adults. There is frequent strong language, brief pixellated male and female nudity, and themes including euthanasia, conspiracy theories, radical politics, and atheism. Jokes about social issues are made throughout. There is occasional comic violence."

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Not For Broadcast Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@TinyBuild) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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