José Barbosa

José Barbosa oversees all The Spinoff's video and audio content. He's previously worked as news director at 95bFM and as reporter for TVNZ7's Media7. Email him on jose@thespinoff.co.nz

Gaming
Jan 17, 2019

Just Cause 4: Lots of boom but still a bust

People have flocked to the Just Cause series drawn by its OTT action mayhem. But how long can mindless fun keep people engaged?

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Television
Feb 1, 2017

Farewell to the brows: Why Peter Capaldi was the coolest Doctor

Peter Capaldi has announced that he will be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year. José Barbosa assesses Capaldi's tenure in the role and offers some pleas for the next incarnation.

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Gaming
Jan 26, 2017

On The Reg livestream highlights: Hatoful Boyfriend - the pigeon dating simulator

What happens when you and a mate play a Japanese pigeon dating simulator? Bloody transgressive weirdness tbh.

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Television
Jan 20, 2017

Video: José Barbosa watches the new MacGyver and has a terrible time

The original MacGyver is a stone-cold classic, with a likeably earnest hero and a lot of heart. The reboot, which began last night on Prime? Not so much. José Barbosa explains.

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Gaming
Jan 18, 2017

Welcome to San Francisco. Let Marcus Holloway of Watch Dogs 2 show you around

A Watchdogs 2 power tour of San Francisco complete with sass.

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Gaming
Dec 29, 2016

Summer reissue: A video game acting masterclass with Xmen’s Shawn Ashmore

Way back in April, actor Shawn Ashmore (Xmen, The Following, Animorphs) was doing the press rounds promoting the XBox time travel game Quantum Break. Shawn gave José Barbosa an exclusive acting masterclass.

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Gaming
Nov 26, 2016

On The Reg’ livestream highlights: Dishonored 2

Two hours of livestream Dishonored 2 gameplay condensed into 10 minutes.

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Television
Nov 24, 2016

The Spinoff’s video guide to the greatest moustachioed TV shows

As we near the end of Movember, José Barbosa wades through the history of television to present the most fertile grounds for upper lip accessories.

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Gaming
Oct 20, 2016

On The Reg’ livestream highlights: Mafia 3

In association with our mates Bigpipe we’re livestreaming a different video game every Wednesday at 7pm on Facebook Live. Join José Barbosa and a cast of roped in innocents for …

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Gaming
Aug 30, 2016

‘I have become death’ – who will die and who will live?

No Man's Sky is a bust and we don't have enough money to buy the new Deus Ex game. Where now will The Spinoff's gaming editor deal out his sweet …

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Television
Aug 25, 2016

Buzzy: A guide to the mind-melting Easter eggs in Mr Robot

Hold onto your hoodies as José Barbosa hacks into the hidden gems of hacker drama Mr Robot.

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Gaming
Aug 16, 2016

The 8 hour No Man’s Sky live-stream supercut into 7 minutes

On the launch day of Hello Game's massively anticipated No Man's Sky Don Rowe and José Barbosa played the thing for 8 hours straight. They invited special guests and streamed it …

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Gaming
Aug 11, 2016

No Man’s Sky: The unbearable lightness of trying to review this trippy game

Some very quick reckons about that game everyone is yelling about

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Television
Jul 28, 2016

Mr Robot IRL: Is New Zealand the weak link in the global info-wars?

Jose Barbosa talks to Adam Boileau of Insomnia Security about hacking thriller Mr Robot, and New Zealand's place in the info-war web.

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Podcasts
Jul 25, 2016

A guide to podcasts on The Spinoff

A guide to The Spinoff's numerous podcasts: what they are and how to get them. Get them GOOD

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Television
Jun 16, 2016

Honestly Seven Sharp, this is just fucking weird

Once you notice this one weird thing, Seven Sharp will never be the same again

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Television
Jun 14, 2016

The creator of Why Am I? on taking smart science to the idiot box – and succeeding

José Barbosa talks to Mark McNeill, the person behind TVNZ's Why Am I? documentary series following The Dunedin Study, about how you make interesting TV about hard science.

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Television
May 26, 2016

God isn’t dead – Preacher answers one fanboy’s prayers

Fanboy José Barbosa had lost all hope ... and then they put Preacher on TV

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Television
May 4, 2016

The Fantasy Suite – A Bachelor NZ podcast, Week Ten: Ooh, Aragorn

There’s a new Bachelor, a new mansion, and the same old dorks talking about it. The Fantasy Suite is The Spinoff’s weekly podcast about The Bachelor NZ, hosted by Jane …

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Gaming
May 2, 2016
Gaming
Apr 25, 2016

Quantum Break – time travel metaphysics made personal

The big ass game Quantum Break is an exploration of the personal politics of time travel. And guns.

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Television
Apr 21, 2016

Video: the last Animorphs mystery solved by star Shawn Ashmore

In town to promote the new Xbox game Quantum Break, Canadian actor Shawn Ashmore also lifted the lid on his early acting career on Animorphs. José Barbosa gets the scoop on …

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Gaming
Apr 15, 2016

A video game acting masterclass with Quantum Break’s Shawn Ashmore

An exclusive acting for video games tutorial from Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) himself

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Television
Apr 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday: In praise of Praise Be – 30 years of divine crane shots

Churchy singing show Praise Be turns 30 and José Barbosa celebrates its pioneering crane shots and more

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Television
Apr 5, 2016

Auckland’s apocalypse as foreseen by young adult series The Cul De Sac

All the olds have disappeared and electricity is goneburgers: José Barbosa reviews TVNZ's latest sci-fi young adult series

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Gaming
Apr 1, 2016

Video: Backseat Driver – Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Witness two men pushing each other to the outer limits of human suffering

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Gaming
Mar 23, 2016

Video: Backseat Driver featuring Anika Moa

Anika Moa and José Barbosa try desperately to complete one level of a video game

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