Charlie Brooker: Videogames Changed the World

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Back in 2010 I took on a little project that I called 'Song A Week' for which I wrote and recorded one song every week for an entire year. A by-product of which was a selection of YouTube clips that I made to go with some of those songs. One such video featured Steve Bradshaw, a friend of mine, writing a video game on the ZX Spectrum called Chasing Aidy. I'd actually forgotten all about this until Channel 4 contacted me a little while ago asking if they could use part of it in an upcoming video game documentary. Obviously I said yes. The documentary turned out to be Charlie Brooker: Videogames Changed the World. So there go, a few seconds of fame and I even got my name in the end credits!

If you haven't already seen it then go check it out on 4OD and if you want to see the entire clip then here it is in all its low-fi glory!

Aidy Interview on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

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Just in case you missed it, here's my interview with Mark Rumble that I did last Sunday on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. We talk about the new video game consoles and our mutual appreciation of the Sega Master System.

Lunar Panda Beta Testing

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Beta Testing

We're slowly reaching the end of the Lunar Panda development cycle and we thought it was about time to start getting some outside opinions on our new game. So in a very professional manner we stocked up on beer, ordered a shed load of pizza and invited two of our chums round to try out the game in its current state. Dean's neighbour Nik and Ian Guebert from Great Bit Blog came to Gimpy HQ where they got to play the Lunar Panda in a darkened room whilst Dean and myself sat close by and took notes.

Dean and I have obviously played the game loads over the past few months as we've been developing and tweaking it, so it was interesting to watch people play these tackle stuff like the hover cars and forcefields for the first time ever. Over all I'd say we're pretty happy with the feedback but we will be upping the difficulty on a couple of levels and easing up on a couple of others.

Crazy Horse Gaming Interview

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I met Michael Penman at the Play Expo a few weeks ago and he was nice enough to invite me onto Crazy Horse Gaming for a bit of a chat and some MineCraft action. I'd never actually played MineCraft before, I had a quick run through the tutorial a week before hand though and I'm now completely hooked. You can check out more from these guys at http://www.crazyhorsegaming.co.uk/

We chat about Gimpy Software, my band the British IBM and video games in general.