Dara O’Briain is making a video game TV show: six things we want to see
Dara O'Briain

Avid video gamer, comedian and popular TV host Dara O’ Briain has been announced as the presenter of Dave’s upcoming video game show, Go 8 Bit, which, I think we can all agree, sounds brilliant.

The TV/video game cross will feature comedians, critics, and other celebrities chancing their virtual skills against each other in the name of entertainment, but what can we expect to see during the course of the show?

Hopefully, some of these things will make their way in.

Actual gamers

Shaun of the Dead

Sure, we can expect to see some gaming-novices trying their hands at the format; the producers of the show will, no doubt, opt to mix up the contestants to provide some experienced gamers and noobs with the opportunity to compete.

Having said that, it would be nice to see people competing who actually have some love for gaming. It doesn’t all have to be Paris Hilton with a joystick (although that does sound hilarious).

Big Bang Theory cast as guests

The Big Bang Theory rock band

So they spend most of their time pretending to play video games on The Big Bang Theory, but can the cast of the popular sit-com replicate their make-believe alter egos for real?

There’s only one way to find out…DEATHMATCH!

Frankie Boyle

Frankie Boyle I am the lord of the dance

Let’s not allow Go 8 Bit to come out all pristine and pretty. Let’s inject some deliciously devilish rhetoric into the mix, to ensure that the show is both exciting and competitive, while maintaining a relevance that you can only get from a risqué comedian.

We’re pretty sure that Dara has an ‘in’ with one such foul-mouthed comedian, so as long as the guys who operate the ‘bleep’ button are on board, let’s just stick Frankie Boyle on the Mile High Club mission on Call of Duty 4, and see what profanity he spits.

Dark Souls

Dark Souls

Even veteran gamers struggle to cope with the intense difficulty of Dark Souls, so the angle for Go 8 Bit is a very simple one indeed: let’s laugh at the futility of noobs.

If they get a casual gamer, stick them on the first Dark Souls game, and just watch them fail time and time again, there’ll be no need to add blindfolds or external challenges.

The comedy will make itself, and experienced gamers around the globe will, no doubt, find joy in the inexperience of novices. Harsh, true, but funny.

Virtual reality

Oculus RIft

Virtual reality in gaming is about to hit the big time, with both the PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift systems just around the corner.

The best thing to do, given this major breakthrough, would obviously be to throw a bunch of celebrities into one massive multiplayer VR game – you know, just to see what they’d do.

We recommend some form of safety padding.

A Mario Party special

Mario Party skateboard

We can see it now: season finale of Go 8 Bit, and all the generic gaming ideas have been exhausted, Dara is running out of jokes, and the content is only making audiences ravenous at the thought of jumping onto their consoles.

Enter the ‘Mario Party Special’, where two teams (each with one gamer and one non-gamer) battle it out in the most sacred and infuriating of arenas: Mario Party.

The mini-games will be brutal, and leave emotional scars beyond repair. Imagine how funny that’d be to watch.

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