Welcome, welcome, welcome to episode 194 of the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Or as that deep wizard voiceover used to say in the Gauntlet arcade, “WELCOME BLUE WARRIOR”… What has that got to do with this week’s guest? Everything! For this week Pip is joined by one of the creators of Dave’s ‘Go 8 Bit’ and all round multi-talent Steve McNeil!
A great chat with Pip and Steve as they get deep down into the art of the video game, and the specialness of the medium from the vintage to the brand new. As co-creator of the truly excellent ‘Go 8 Bit’, the computer game gameshow on Dave (amongst many more excellent televised and non-televisual goodies), Steve is very well versed in all things pixellated, and as Pip is partial to a good game or two himself, this is a great meeting of minds which gets into the origins of the programme (to quote Steve, “comedians playing video games drunk in a cupboard” - which is a less catchy title than Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee I’m sure you’ll agree), the Edinburgh Fringe element of the whole show - the concept of which was a stroke of genius, how the early stages led to so much more, his other projects on the go (including the terrific 'WiFi Wars'), some bizarre and beautiful wi-fi inventions, the grand Dave channel, Twitch and the streaming arts, and just a lovely serving of video game-based goodies. We’ve come a long way since the days of ‘Pong’ but it’s funny how those formative years are still so resonant in the ongoing tale of the video game. Ready player one? 3… 2… 1…
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This episode's links:
• STEVE McNEIL on THE INTERNET! (all links are here - explore!)
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