Left: Baldrick. Source BBC, Fair Use, Low Resolution Image to Identify the Subject. Right: the computer game Floodland, source Sky News, Fair Use, Low Resolution Image to Identify the Subject.

Tony Robinson: Make the Climate Apocalypse Fun? Speaking at the Launch of “Floodland”

Essay by Eric Worrall

Actor Sir Tony Robinson, who played the downtrodden henchman Baldrick in the British dark comedy series Blackadder, has criticised doom and gloom at the launch of a climate apocalypse computer game.

Climate change message should not be doom and gloom, says Tony Robinson

Sir Tony, who has made several documentaries about climate change, says he has been “frustrated for quite some time” about the way the issue is discussed.

By Martin Kimber, technology reporter 
Sunday 27 November 2022 05:40, UK

Sir Tony Robinson, star of Blackadder and veteran presenter of Time Team, has told Sky News he wants the message of climate change to be less about doom and gloom and more hopeful.

“I’ve been frustrated for quite some time about the way we talk about climate change,” he said.

“It’s like there’s nothing but doom and gloom.

“We might as well just suck our thumbs, sit in the corner and wait to die.”

Sir Tony, who has made several documentaries about climate change, was speaking to mark the launch of video game Floodland, a survival title set after a climate-induced apocalypse.

Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/tony-robinson-climate-change-message-should-not-be-doom-and-gloom-12756151

I’m not a psychologist, but I’m not sure encouraging frightened kids to play a computer game which helps them visualise and act out their worst nightmares is the path to alleviating their distress?

Tony Robinson is right about one thing, climate advocates embrace too much doom and gloom. The climate community’s unrelieved pessimism will eventually be their undoing, being depressed and miserable stops being fun after a while. But I wish there was a way in the meantime to avert the unspeakable damage greens are doing to the minds and health of vulnerable young people.

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Stephen Wilde
November 27, 2022 6:04 pm

Is the tide turning ?

Reply to  Stephen Wilde
November 27, 2022 6:08 pm


Stephen Wilde
Reply to  SMC
November 27, 2022 6:20 pm

That would be a pity.
I predicted that a long enough period of quiet sun would lead to La Niña dominance over El Niño and that seems to have come to pass.

Reply to  Stephen Wilde
November 27, 2022 6:28 pm

There’s a difference between what happens with the physical science and what is desired by the political science. One depends on empirical measurements and observations in the real, physical world. The other depends on goblins, ghouls, fairies and unicorns in fantasy land.

Reply to  SMC
November 28, 2022 3:18 am

so the game fits right into the scam/fantasy scenario
and someone will make money as a bonus..just like all the other conjobs carbon taxes and the rest

Reply to  SMC
November 28, 2022 8:04 am

If the game market worked the way politicians believe that pharmaceutical markets do, politicians would be demanding that games be sold for the price of printing a CD and case.

Reply to  Stephen Wilde
November 27, 2022 7:31 pm

Stephen Wilde

The Quiet Sun had nothing to do with LIA temperatures, and has nothing to do with the current La Nina conditions.

All La Ninas are caused by increased levels of dimming SO2 aerosols in the atmosphere,of either volcanic or Industrial origin .Currently, China and India are the worst offenders. (See attachment)

And ALL El Ninos are caused by decreased levels of SO2 aerosols in the atmosphere.


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Reply to  BurlHenry
November 27, 2022 10:24 pm

And ALL El Ninos are caused by decreased levels of SO2 aerosols in the atmosphere.

So how is that going to explain the next el nino?

Reply to  Mike
November 28, 2022 3:21 pm


There won’t be one, unless there is a reduction in the amount of SO2 aerosols circulating in the atmosphere.

Reply to  BurlHenry
November 28, 2022 8:11 am

We have evidence of ENSO cycles going back hundreds of years.
This is well before man started putting any aerosols into the atmosphere.

Reply to  MarkW
November 28, 2022 3:20 pm


As I stated, all El Ninos are caused by reduced levels of SO2 aerosols in the atmosphere.

Prior to Industrial SO2 aerosols, earlier El Ninos were volcanic-induced, that is, as their SO2 aerosols (fine droplets of Sulfuric Acid) rained down from the stratosphere, they coalesced with others already in the troposphere, flushing enough out to cause temperatures to rise because of the less polluted air, normally enough to form an El Nino (if not curtailed by SO2 aerosols from another eruption). This occurs for all VEI4 and higher eruptions that reach the stratospheric.

Another cause of El Nino formation, both now and in the past, is simply an interval of more than about 5 years between VEI4 and higher eruptions, where sufficient time has elapsed for all volcanic SO2 aerosol pollution to have settled out. . ,.

Reply to  BurlHenry
November 29, 2022 12:22 pm

14 Down votes!

I really wish that, instead, they would tell me why the disagree with my comments. That is what this site is for, to debate climatic issues.

November 27, 2022 6:12 pm

Does ‘Floodland’ visualize homeless people standing on street corners with sandwich boards stating, ‘Repent! The End is Nigh’? If not, then it’s not much for the doom and gloom side of things. /sarc

Tom Halla
November 27, 2022 6:24 pm

The environmentalists have been crying “Wolf!” since I was in grade school, and it was at most a Pomeranian. Climate porn has a market, but tales of doom do get stale.

Reply to  Tom Halla
November 27, 2022 6:32 pm

A Pomeranian is too cute. I would think an old, bad tempered, bug eyed, snaggle toothed chihuahua would be more appropriate.

Tom Halla
Reply to  SMC
November 27, 2022 6:45 pm

While I was thinking of the most cutesy, Disney cartoon, version of a canid. I was looking for “ too cute” as in being no conceivable threat.

Reply to  Tom Halla
November 27, 2022 6:57 pm

“…being no conceivable threat”
The problem with that is, the Watermelons are most definitely a threat.

Tom Halla
Reply to  SMC
November 27, 2022 7:11 pm

A case of the “remedy” being worse than the disease.

Reply to  Tom Halla
November 27, 2022 11:30 pm

By the late great Victor Borge :-
“My uncle was a genius inventor, he invented the cure for which there was as yet no disease !”

“Unfortunately he caught the cure and died !”

Reply to  Chasmsteed
November 28, 2022 3:56 am

Brilliant! I hadn’t heard that one before.

old cocky
Reply to  SMC
November 27, 2022 6:48 pm

bad tempered, bug eyed, … chihuahua 

Do they come any other way?

Reply to  old cocky
November 27, 2022 6:58 pm

Ummm, is this a trick question? 🙂

Reply to  SMC
November 27, 2022 7:27 pm

Y’mean like this ?

Reply to  bnice2000
November 28, 2022 1:32 am

How did you get that picture of my wife ??

No one
November 27, 2022 7:58 pm

My exposure to the public leads me to believe the doom and gloom is being tiredly ignored – along with our dysfunctional and deceptive government, with its unjustifiable taxation, overreach and meddling in almost every aspect of life. We get extremes of weather here, and coupled with the thin soils, we regularly transition from flood to drought and back over a small number of years. And given how cold our winters can be, most around here would welcome a bit of long term warming. But we’d probably not even notice, given the normal variability we are blessed with. The weather is always a topic of discussion, but seldom is climate. No one cares about a possible fraction of a degree overall change when we can experience a more than 30 degree change within a few of days.

Peta of Newark
November 28, 2022 1:50 am

Because it’s much easier to burst someone else’s bubble than to inflate your own – and the interweb has become the perfect tool for doing that.

Not least because inflating your own means getting up off the sofa, away from the TV and actually doing something. Physically or mentally.
But you cannot because a relentlessly shit (food) diet chock full of depressants, anti-nutrients and zero nutrients means that you are stuck.
Physically and mentally: ‘You weigh a ton
e.g Boris Johnson

It gets infinitely worse because there is now nothing else to eat.
It was predicted.

Ed Zuiderwijk
November 28, 2022 2:24 am

Climate Change! The Musical.

November 28, 2022 3:26 am

Oddball: “Stop with the negative waves Moriarty”

November 28, 2022 3:55 am

Robinson is yer average lefty, I recall he was deeply conscious of the fact he was over a decade older than the rest of the Slackbladder cast.

Another case of “I’m a [sort of] celebrity; listen to me”.

I’m guessing there is no ‘cunning plan’.

November 28, 2022 4:25 am

Aside from the actor’s hypocrisy in berating climate doomism while acting in a game that is all about climate doomism (self awareness apparently is not necessary to succeed as an actor) … somehow I remain skeptical that a game of avoiding flood damage will sell nearly as many copies as the latest first person shooter games, or car race games, or even the latest iteration of Super Mario Bros.

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Reply to  Duane
November 28, 2022 5:03 am

Surely inspiration for a new game? Get the greens off your back to enter paradise. Lots of tests along the way, exploring the effects of relying on wind, forgoing fertiliser, etc. Find the hidden key to the standby generator and the spigot for the oil tank…

Reply to  It doesnot add up
November 28, 2022 5:33 am

Or just move to higher ground

Joseph Zorzin
November 28, 2022 5:06 am

“Sir Tony, who has made several documentaries about climate change, was speaking to mark the launch of video game Floodland, a survival title set after a climate-induced apocalypse.”

Time for a game with a climate-induced vast improvement in Earth’s ecology and habitability for humans.

November 28, 2022 7:35 am

I don’t agree with Tony. Let the kids be exposed to as much climate porn as can be possibly provided.

They will become anaesthetised to it, in the same way they don’t pick up automatic weapons after playing Call of Duty for half their adolescent lives.

It’s a game, and they know its a game. Restrict access to it and suddenly they become curious and, like pornography, they begin to seek it out then it does become an illicit pleasure.

I’m all for ‘seen and not heard’ but we write off our children’s intelligence at our peril. My parents had the common courtesy to explain most things to me which demonstrated a level of respect for my intelligence. I tried to do the same with my own children without restricting their access to material I might not like. They are now grown adults and perfectly well balanced.

Tony Robinson is a raging lefty, wealthy celebrity so censorship comes quite naturally to him.

Reply to  HotScot
November 28, 2022 11:20 am

I liked him on Time Team, which required much imagination!

Bruce Cobb
November 28, 2022 12:28 pm

How about a climate theme park, “ClimateLand”? Lots of possibilities. Funhouse with miniature oil rigs, coal piles. Scary rooms with “denier science”. Sky’s the limit.

May Contain Traces of Seafood
November 29, 2022 7:00 am

So Tony… New challenge. Say I don’t play games without saying I don’t play games…

Let us state the actual obvious. People play games to muck around in universes that are NOT fluffy and happy. Okay, Animal Crossing, but look though some of the big franchises. They are deliberately designed to be running around in environments that in real life would leave us crying in the corner.

That is the point. Horrible backstories in game design lets the player run around gronking on dogs. Gaming is escapism. Players want to play games in dangerous environments because it is so utterly removed from what we can do in real life.

So, Floodland?

Floodland is a survival colony sim. This is a genre and there are scores of games which do more or less the same thing already out there.

The biggest problem with Floodland according to Steam reviews is that the game has more bugs than a globalist’s diet plan. Game launched only a few days ago and already three hot fixes have dropped.

So buggy game with dull to average gameplay.

Can’t see this game carving out a fanbase and bit surprised Robinson was foolish enough to nail his colours to this game.

Guess that is what happens if you spend time with Greta.

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