Fluff Piece: Consolevania Documentary On Scottish Games Industry

By John Walker on September 5th, 2007 at 11:40 pm.

Here’s a rather excellent thing you probably didn’t see yet.

We heart Consolevania. And sometimes they even mention PC games, which makes anything they do completely relevant to this blog. Phew, eh?

As a part of the Edinburgh Interactive Festival, evil PR man Brian Baglow (he’s lovely, but it’s very important we maintain that everyone in PR is evil) was asked to do “something” about the games industry in Scotland. His idea – to make a film about the business. Using his cunning, he roped in the Consolevania guys to create a 45 minute documentary, filmed over three days, visiting some of Scotland’s games developers. And asking them questions like, “What’s the longest word you know?”

At first glance it may seem to primarily be about people making games for mobile and Xbox Live, but look closer. They’re making them on PCs, see? And some of them even mention that they make some games for PC sometimes. Outerlight! They made The Ship. Thank the baby Jeebus. See – there’s no question this should be on RPS. Also, we love Consolevania best, and are posting it anyway, so screw you.

Engagingly titled Fluff Piece, you can watch it below, and pretend to your friends that this is the primary source for watching it so we get all the hits, or get your own copy to keep forever from here.

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11 Comments »

  1. wiper says:

    Nice to see RPS on the ball here – what, only a few weeks out of date (or a couple, in the case of the online version).

    Ignoring the whole finger-to-the-pulse reporting thingummy – am I the only person who ended up feeling really sorry for Denki games? It was a fairly bleak piece in general, but Denki (perhaps thanks to being headed by mr. Penn) felt most squandered a group of people.

  2. wiper says:

    Incidentally, I’m a little bit drunk, so any inaccuracies or spelling mistakes in the above post can be attributed to that. But at least I’m not trying to sell you virtual tat, eh!

  3. John Walker says:

    Hush you – it went up on their site on the 27 Aug, and then things went wrong. So it hasn’t had much exposure.

  4. Mr Wonderstuff says:

    Great lads at Consolvania. Hoping for a new series of VideoGaiden. Is it me or are all Consolvania videos black and white?

  5. Quinns says:

    That’d be you, Mr. Wonderstuff. They do make use of a lot of black and white in Consolevania but not for whole episodes. Check your codecs, maybe?

  6. Nick says:

    So, given the time delay did this actually have the scoop on The Ship 2? (which would obviously make it even more relevant to PC gamers)

  7. arqueturus says:

    It’s all a bit cloak and dagger isn’t it?

    “Can’t talk about the 3rd game much”

    “Can’t divulge who the publisher is”

    Why? because they haven’t told their mum and might get wrong?

    This is where the magic comes from eh? I think a part of me just died.

  8. Anaardvark says:

    Yay for consolevania love

  9. Frida K says:

    I don’t know why you don’t just give up and admit that – albeit rarely – consoles do things worth writing about…

  10. Jim Rossignol says:

    See FAQ for “why aren’t you a multiformat blog” questions:

    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/?page_id=9

    The point is not that we don’t take an interest in console games, but that we are specifically taking an interest in PC games. Everyone is doing multiformat, console-focused coverage, and that’s precisely why RPS exists.

  11. John says:

    We love console gaming too, because we’re not idiots.

    This is a PC specific blog, and I was trying to find excuses for posting an excellent video that really wasn’t.

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