My last post featured a link to Consolevania. Very simply, this is a live-action show featuring a bunch of amusing Glaswegian ladies and gents talking about games and occasionally partaking in a comedy sketch. As in Glasgow, Scotland. There may be some of you out there who can’t make out what on Earth they are saying, but if you bear with it, you’ll find that silly sketches aside, they actually have some very informative things to say about the industry and games in general. The only complaint I have is that there is not enough episodes!
This brings me to the real issue, and one of the reasons why I like Consolevania so much. Frankly, there is simply no coverage of computer and video games on UK TV. This is an utterly nonsensical state of affairs. I can’t think of an industry as big that receives as little coverage on tv, and in fact no coverage at all aimed at what is meant to be the largest demographic (of which I in fact fit into) – males aged in their mid to late twenties.
One of my first articles covered the issue, and it still really annoys me how games are denigrated in the media and receive such a bad press when they can contribute so much. If someone can produce quality programming like this on the net, why can’t we see the next series of Game-Pad move to mainstream television? While we’re at it, lets see it at a sensible time that isn’t 2 in the morning – yes I’m looking at you Cybernet!
I’m going to the EIGF (Edinburgh Interactive Games Festival – 21st to 22nd August) very soon – I hope to go with a press pass and maybe get an exclusive scoop – but even if I don’t I still love the atmosphere. I was at the first ever one, and I felt like finally the culture was being recognised. I’m sure this year will be even better and I can only hope we hear about a new games show coming soon.