Brooker’s game

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 by

Endemol has released details about Charlie Brooker’s Gameswipe.

Part of BBC4′s Electric Revolution season, it’s provisionally scheduled to air on BBC4 at the end of September. The press release reads…

Following in the footsteps of Screenwipe and Newswipe, Charlie Brooker’s Gameswipe will poke fun at the world of video games and its relationship with the media.Video games continue to be looked down upon by other media and Gameswipe aims to bring some equality into the mix by illustrating how games can be just as dumb or brilliant as TV and movies. The one-off, 50 minute special will premiere during the BBC’s forthcoming Electric Revolution season.

Charlie Brooker comments; “It’s good to be doing more ‘Wipes‘ for BBC4. I started my writing career penning video game reviews, so Gameswipe effectively sees me coming full-circle: it’s evolution in reverse basically. Expect pixels, joypads, some of the world’s weirdest games, celebrity cameos and the occasional sound effect.”

Comedian Dom Joly ventures into the online gaming world and does his best to wind up hardcore gamers as they relax with their favourite games. Other contributors include Graham Linehan and Dara O’Brian.

Electric Revolution, a season of programmes giving viewers a unique insight into how developments in technology have shaped our lives over the past 50 years and charting the rise of today’s globally-linked, instantly-gratified digital culture.

Charlie Brooker’s Gameswipe is produced by Zeppotron, an Endemol Company.


4 Responses to “Brooker’s game”

  1. Mike on September 11th, 2009 1:41 pm

    If there’s one thing this needed, it was Dom Joly.

  2. Stuart Ian Burns on September 12th, 2009 11:38 pm

    What this needs too:

    “Hello Gamesmaster…”
    “And watching this with me is Jaz Rignall from Computer and Video Games.”

  3. Graham Kibble-White on September 21st, 2009 4:54 pm

    So, I’ve just seen a rough cut of Gameswipe, and it’s really, really good. Spectrum loading screen interstitials, Morecambe and Wise in that Atari ad, Sky One’s Gamesworld(!), Craig Charles’ Cyberzone, Monster Maze on the ZX81, and an outro from Fred Harris. Plus, no sign of Dom Joly.

  4. Manic Miner on September 25th, 2009 9:41 pm

    If there’s one thing nothing ever needs, it’s Dom Joly.