London Gamer Geeks Night 2 (and London Gamer Geeks Night 3)

by danhon

Wednesday 16th May saw the second London Gamer Geeks night, helpfully billed by me as:

A geeky games-type thing where we do stuff like:

  • bring your DS and swap games! (extra points for bringing a Game Gear or a Lynx)
  • shout about Sony Home! (and, by logical extension, how no one you know owns a PS3!)
  • make jokes about Second Life!
  • wail at games awards!
  • try and one-up one another about how much you love Sega!
  • proclaim your love for UK Resistance!
  • bitch about EDGE!
  • play games like Set and Blue Moon!
  • exchange invite codes to l33t betas!

at the same time as:

  • drinking.

Our second meet was held at The College Arms on Store St, helpfully recommended by COPE’s James Wallis (currently to be seen hyperventilating because Peter Molyneux has promised him a digital dog). Venue-wise it was nigh on perfect: not too large for our (growing) crowd, and fitted out with wifi and a pool table.

Okay, so the pool table didn’t have a realistic physics engine. But the lighting effects were spectacular.

Highlights for me in particular were ranting, rather loudly, to anyone who could hear me (and in particular, Tom) that IF I HAVE TO BLOW ON THE NINTENDO DS TO PUT OUT A FIRE ONE MORE TIME I’LL SCREAM in response to news of the “blow on the DS to put out a fire” feature in recently-announced Sim City. I know I’m not alone in this, check out the comments in the Kotaku thread of the Sim City gameplay video.

I’m starting to suspect that seeing as the DS’s mic can’t distinguish between, say, the waveforms for “red” or “blue”, Stroop test, I’m looking at you, all the DS’s mic is good for is detecting whether any noise, at all, is being made in its general direction.

I’ll calm down shortly.

Secondly, was Tom’s increasing frustration at having to explain the crack that’s Puzzle Quest to all and sundry (at least, the majority of people at the meet hadn’t heard of it yet), whereupon we hit upon the rather novel idea of just wearing a t-shirt.

Unfortunately, I was too busy playing pool to properly take part in the “noisy shouting match about what Dreamcast games are absolute gems”, the “all of them” answer being judged cheating. I don’t think I did much apart form shout “REZ” lots, while being shit at the pool table with good lighting.

The details for London Gamer Geeks Night 3 are up at, and our mailing list is still growing slowly. For the click-deprived, all you need to know is 7pm, The College Arms on Store St, Wednesday 20th June.