Wicklow native Dara O’Briain has signed up to host a brand new 6-part computer game based entertainment series for the TV channel DAVE.
‘Go 8 Bit’ sees Dara unofficially crowned as TV’s King of the Nerds having already hosted the maths based comedy quiz show ‘School of Hard Sums’ and the upcoming BBC reboot of ‘Robot Wars’.
London based Dara of course is no stranger to computer games himself, having admitted in many of his shows to being somewhat of a gaming addict. Check out his take on the classic Metal Gear Solid:
‘Go 8 Bit’ is based on UK comedy duo NcNeil & Pamphilon’s long-running Edinburgh Fringe show, and they will act as team captains when the series hits the air this Autumn. Each episode sees two celebrity guests playing a series of modern and classic games from- Pac-Man to GTA- in their pursuit to add the 8-Bit Trophy to their mantelpiece.
And Dara reckons this series will be just as popular with gaming nuts as it will be with the newbies;
“Put a video game controller in the hands of a nun and she’ll turn into a trash-talking bloodthirsty monster. Give a controller to a comedian and they’ll do that too, but be funny. In video games veritas, my friends. This show is a raucous, back-biting, properly competitive celebration of the world’s favourite pastime. Let’s Go 8 Bit!”
Given there hasn’t been a decent computer game TV series since Channel 4’s ‘GamesMaster’ in the mid-90s, we’re hoping Dara – who started his TV career with RTE Young Peoples – can work his magic here.