Train2Game News Live Action Text Game in London

GamesAid today releases exclusive early bird tickets to the games industry for the live action text-based adventure interactive show The Dark Room.

Organised as a London Games Festival fringe event and hosted by GamesAid, the UK games industry charity, in partnership with the BFI Certification Unit, this one-off show will be on 10 April at BFI Southbank.

The cult hit touring the world since 2012, The Dark Room’s award-winning stand-up comedy is wedded to retro video games and fused into a deranged rock n’ roll game show where the audience play as contestants. It has been a huge success at Insomnia Gaming Expo, Runefest, EB Games Expo Australia, SFW, UK Games Expo, Soho Theatre, Gameblast, the Edinburgh Fringe, Underbelly Festival and MCM Comic Con.

Matt Spall, Chair of GamesAid said, “Expect no loot boxes, no DLC, The Dark Room is just good, old-fashioned 1980s-style torment and after its killer session for GamesAid at The Comedy Store two years ago, GamesAid is delighted to be partnering the BFI’s Certification Unit in hosting this day.”

Hosted by John Robertson, a comedian for 15 years and host of the Videogame Nation on Challenge, 2014-2016, this is how The Dark Room day works – the rules are simple:

1 – Options appear on the screen.

2 – Audience calls out the option they want.

3 – You’re either right, or dead.

4 – In the end, everybody plays!

The Dark Room reviews:

★★★★★ Sun

★★★★★ British Comedy Guide

★★★★ Den Of Geek

“NOT TO BE MISSED” – The Guardian

“Don’t miss it.” – The Daily Telegraph

“Hi, I’m Ian, I invented the thing you’re parodying.” – Ian Livingstone

Tuesday 10 April 2018
BFI Southbank – Blue Room
Doors Open at 7:30pm
Starts at 8:00pm
Ticket Price: £12.00
Tickets available here:

Train2Game News Videogame Nation Season Three


Smash show Videogame Nation produced by Ginx TV has been commissioned for a third series, set to premiere tomorrow onChallenge on Saturday July 4th , 10 AM.

The show will see the return of gaming journalists co-hosts  Dan Maher (Explosive Alan),  Aoife Wilson (Eurogamer) and  John Robertson (The Dark Room) celebrating games, gamers and gaming culture. Featuring one major gaming release per week, the successful series is a blend of reviews, conversation, comedy and Top 5 picks.

As a show made by gamers for gamers, the new series renews its commitment to inclusivity and challenges the viewers’ perception of video games by exploring the world of gaming culture, from the understated beauty of games such as  Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture  to the super-powered open world of Batman: Arkham Knight.

This season will feature global gaming phenomenon including the galactic saga Star Wars: Battlefront, the anticipated apocalyptic frenzy of  Fallout 4, and the return of Lara Croft in  Rise of the Tomb Raider, as well as lesser-known indie gems such as Mike Bithell’s  Volume.

High-profile names in the new series include The Guardian’s Games Editor Keith Stuart, Kotaku’s UK Editor  Keza MacDonald, PCGamesN’s  Steve Hogarty, presenter  Julia Hardy (Video Game BAFTAs), and comedians  Steve McNeil (Go 8-bit) and  Ellie Gibson (Scummy Mummies).

Ginx TV’s Creative Director and Executive Producer  James Neal commented: “We are really excited that Challenge is committed to bringing video game entertainment to broadcast television for British audiences. The latter part of 2015 is stacked with the most amazing slate of video game launches on next gen consoles and PC and Videogame Nation will be perfectly placed to maximise the opportunity for TV.” 

Stephen Ladlow,  Director of Challenge commented:  “With such an array of eagerly anticipated games launching this year, it’s an exciting time in the world of gaming. Here at Challenge, with this new series of Videogame Nation, we are aiming to indulge our viewers and gamers in the latest topics, reviews, and hottest developments in gaming culture. 
Videogame Nation will be Produced and Directed by Ginx TV’s  Adam Mason and was commissioned by Director of Challenge and Pick TV,  Stephen Ladlow.

The brand new season 3 of Videogame Nation starts on Saturday July 4th at 10am on Challenge (Sky 145, Freeview 46, Freesat 145, Virgin 139) in the UK, and every Monday from July 20th at 19:00 CET on GINX TV.