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by Monkey Man » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:41 am

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Dara O Briain is to host a new computer gaming show for Dave.

Go 8 Bit is based on comedians Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon's live show, which debuted at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe.

The pair will feature as team captains as they and guests battle over five video games to become Go 8 Bit champions, with comedian and video games journalist Ellie Gibson adjudicating, commentating and winding up the contestants.

Filmed in front of a studio audience, the show promises to include 40 years of classic titles like Pac-Man, Street Fighter and Tetris, as well as the latest gaming technology such as virtual reality and motion capture.

Producers say Go 8 Bit will 'supersize' retro games into big set-pieces, with 'tons of comedy chat', with the audience interacting and scoring proceedings on their smartphones.

Six 60-minute episodes of the show have been ordered to air in the autumn.

O Briain said: 'Put a video game controller in the hands of a nun and she'll turn into a trash-talking bloodthirsty monster. Give a controller to a comedian and they'll do that too, but be funny.

'In video games veritas, my friends. This show is a raucous, back-biting, properly competitive celebration of the world's favourite pastime. Let's Go 8 Bit!'

Executive producer Don Taffner Jr added: 'Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit is unlike anything else on TV. It is a completely new type of gaming show with its mix of gaming experts, comedians, guest stars and nostalgia to create an unmissable entertainment series.

'The show will combine our love for retro games with the latest technology and audience interaction that all viewers – young, old, male, female, and most importantly gamers and non-gamers – will love.'

Go 8-Bit became a regular live comedy night in London and has been in development for television since 2014.

Writing on their website, McNeil and Pamphilon revealed that they have been working on the series for 18 months.

McNeil is also a gaming journalist and previously hosted his own show about Minecraft on specialist channelGinx TV and Videogame Nation for Challenge TV.

An enthusiastic gamer, O Briain has been a regular host of the Bafta Video Game Awards and appeared on Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe, which ran for five series between 2006 and 2009 on BBC Four.

This new commission follows three series of his School Of Hard Sums on Dave. He is currently filming Robot Wars return for the BBC.

http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2016/03/2 ... aming_show

***LIVE TV RECORDING!!!***
If you'd like to come to the live recording of our TV Show, Go 8-Bit, with host Dara O'Briain, ticket booking will be live at http://www.sroaudiences.com
from 10am on Monday 21st March! Exciting!***LIVE TV RECORDING!!!***

http://www.go8bit.com/

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by Lagamorph » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:43 am

Dara is becoming the new Philip Scoffield with all these presenting gigs lately.
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by KingK » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:46 am

Can't be any worse than the incredibly gooseberry fool Videogame Nation on Challenge.

Can it?
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by Peter Crisp » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:49 am

I like the look of this but why has the idea of a video game version Film 20xx never worked as it should be simple but somehow it's always pretty terrible.
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by Mafro » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:29 am

Looking forward to the "banter".
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by Moggy » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:43 am

Peter Crisp wrote:I like the look of this but why has the idea of a video game version Film 20xx never worked as it should be simple but somehow it's always pretty terrible.


Because TV producers still think that gaming is only for geeky 12 year olds.
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by Cal » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:00 pm

Peter Crisp wrote:I like the look of this but why has the idea of a video game version Film 20xx never worked as it should be simple but somehow it's always pretty terrible.


That's a really thorny issue. Perhaps because traditionally broadcast media has always refused to engage meaningfully with the medium of videogames? Sure, we've had gameshows, frivolous documentaries and the like, but we've never really had - as you say - a Film 20xx style format (reviews and behind-the-scenes industry features). It's a shame. I'm sure there is an audience for that, but it would be costly (film crews, travel, writers, etc) and I don't see the main terrestrial broadcasters putting their cash behind such a thing any time soon. Likewise, digital broadcasters - why would they? They want people to watch their output, not encourage people to switch off and fire up their games consoles.

I think this new programme from O'Briain with be bottom-of-the-barrel stuff - another stupid, dimwitted outpouring of buffoonery that might raise a smile or two, but will hardly provide informative, entertaining criticism and opinion on the world's biggest entertainment medium. A shame.
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by Karl » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:07 pm

It would be incredible to see a serious videogame news and reviews show done by the BBC or Channel 4. I think we'll see it in our lifetimes, but not for another decade or two.
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by jawafour » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:10 pm

Karl wrote:It would be incredible to see a serious videogame news and reviews show done by the BBC or Channel 4. I think we'll see it in our lifetimes...

:toot: .

Karl wrote:...but not for another decade or two.

Some of us "older" GRcadians might not make it, Karl ;) .
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by Captain Kinopio » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:23 pm

Peter Crisp wrote:I like the look of this but why has the idea of a video game version Film 20xx never worked as it should be simple but somehow it's always pretty terrible.


Because no one watches Film 20xx
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by Cheeky Devlin » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:34 pm

This is where I join the thread to remind everyone that VideoGaiden is currently back and will have an "on-air" special in April once the run of 6 online episodes is finished.

http://grcade.co.uk/t:videogaiden-returns---official-thread?f=2

Though it's not for everyone.

But this Dara O'Briain show will probably be gooseberry fool. I hope it's not, but the format doesn't inspire hope.

If you want games coverage, online is the place to be. Broadcast TV had it's opportunity and missed the boat to relevance.
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by Fries. Wedges. Crisps? » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:41 pm

Not sold on the format. Just do a gaming themed NMTB-style panel show with Dara as the host and a couple of game-savvy comedians as captains.
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by Peter Crisp » Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:57 pm

Captain Kinopio wrote:
Peter Crisp wrote:I like the look of this but why has the idea of a video game version Film 20xx never worked as it should be simple but somehow it's always pretty terrible.


Because no one watches Film 20xx


Well yes, you have a point there :lol: .
It still shouldn't be that hard to make a mature show where people talk about games and do features with developers but they always end up going for the teenage crowd and miss the point entirely.
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by Somebody Else's Problem » Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:52 pm

Peter Crisp wrote:
Captain Kinopio wrote:
Peter Crisp wrote:I like the look of this but why has the idea of a video game version Film 20xx never worked as it should be simple but somehow it's always pretty terrible.


Because no one watches Film 20xx


Well yes, you have a point there :lol: .
It still shouldn't be that hard to make a mature show where people talk about games and do features with developers but they always end up going for the teenage crowd and miss the point entirely.


Because if they dare to be anything less than exalting and worshipful of the publisher's PR guys, then they'll be blacklisted instantly.
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by Ironhide » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:57 pm

Cheeky Devlin wrote:This is where I join the thread to remind everyone that VideoGaiden is currently back and will have an "on-air" special in April once the run of 6 online episodes is finished.

http://grcade.co.uk/t:videogaiden-returns---official-thread?f=2

Though it's not for everyone.

But this Dara O'Briain show will probably be gooseberry fool. I hope it's not, but the format doesn't inspire hope.

If you want games coverage, online is the place to be. Broadcast TV had it's opportunity and missed the boat to relevance.


VideoGaiden is too 'Art stundent-y' for my liking.
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by Peter Crisp » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:09 pm

Somebody Else's Problem wrote:
Peter Crisp wrote:
Captain Kinopio wrote:
Peter Crisp wrote:I like the look of this but why has the idea of a video game version Film 20xx never worked as it should be simple but somehow it's always pretty terrible.


Because no one watches Film 20xx


Well yes, you have a point there :lol: .
It still shouldn't be that hard to make a mature show where people talk about games and do features with developers but they always end up going for the teenage crowd and miss the point entirely.


Because if they dare to be anything less than exalting and worshipful of the publisher's PR guys, then they'll be blacklisted instantly.


Surely if the film industry can withstand being mauled by reviewers like Kermode the games industry can.
jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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by Cheeky Devlin » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:11 pm

Ironhide wrote:
Cheeky Devlin wrote:This is where I join the thread to remind everyone that VideoGaiden is currently back and will have an "on-air" special in April once the run of 6 online episodes is finished.

http://grcade.co.uk/t:videogaiden-returns---official-thread?f=2

Though it's not for everyone.

But this Dara O'Briain show will probably be gooseberry fool. I hope it's not, but the format doesn't inspire hope.

If you want games coverage, online is the place to be. Broadcast TV had it's opportunity and missed the boat to relevance.


VideoGaiden is too 'Art stundent-y' for my liking.

Yeah it's a bit "arty-weird" in places. Consolevania was never as bad for it, but VideoGaiden was. I put it down to Rab wanting it to be a bit different to CV.
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by Somebody Else's Problem » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:33 pm

Peter Crisp wrote:
Somebody Else's Problem wrote:
Peter Crisp wrote:
Captain Kinopio wrote:
Peter Crisp wrote:I like the look of this but why has the idea of a video game version Film 20xx never worked as it should be simple but somehow it's always pretty terrible.


Because no one watches Film 20xx


Well yes, you have a point there :lol: .
It still shouldn't be that hard to make a mature show where people talk about games and do features with developers but they always end up going for the teenage crowd and miss the point entirely.


Because if they dare to be anything less than exalting and worshipful of the publisher's PR guys, then they'll be blacklisted instantly.


Surely if the film industry can withstand being mauled by reviewers like Kermode the games industry can.


Sadly the video games industry isn't yet mature enough. A lot of the people in charge are pathetic manchildren who will quite happily take their toys and go home if they can't dictate the output of the "critics".
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by Johnny Ryall » Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:47 pm

Youtube killed video games TV. I'd rather watch Bitsocket or Videogaiden or Giant Bomb or anything ever over this.
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by Ad7 » Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:32 am

KingK wrote:Can't be any worse than the incredibly gooseberry fool Videogame Nation on Challenge.

Can it?


I really like video game nation :| Apart from mossy of the presenters :dread:

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