Video selection: Play along!
8Bits (France, 2010)
An unlikely geek-hero with a podgy belly, stubbly face and dirty Y-fronts takes on the 3D gaming mafia in a downtown strip club, to the accompaniment of his cassette Walkman.
Loyal to the 8Bit original computer gaming style, right down to the minimal beepy sound design, this film explores the conflict between a nostalgia for old-school gaming graphics and the 3D contemporary look.
The Glue Society
Metal on Metal / Bastards (Australia, 2009)
Ping-pong at its deadliest. Two professionals hit it out in a Battle Royale-styled take on this popular pastime, where the ball is replaced by a live hand grenade. Volley after volley, the tension mounts – which competitor will be the last woman standing?
Speed of Light (UK, 2012)
A game best played all over your house, office or even on each other, The Theory have a lot of fun herewith mini handheld projectors. A high-octane cops and robbers chase is depicted by projecting it onto their studio walls and floors, culminating in a helicopter chase, an inevitable big explosion and a speedy getaway. The wet office floor is a nice touch. Original and pleasingly lo-fi.
Park Foot Ball
Park Foot Ball (UK, 2005)
A retro classic short film which spawned a whole short film series – LOVESPORT. The original film depicts a group of pixels, whose friendly football match down the local park descends into dog induced chaos with a spot of British weather added for good measure. And they say sport is good for you.
Zombi U – UbiSoft (France, 2012)
OK, it’s yet another zombie hunting game but the trailer makes it look like something worth seeking out if you are into nasty splatter gaming with a twist of British royal patriotism. An infection rages across the city, attacking cityworkers, double decker bus drivers and Her Majesty’s Guardsmen alike, set to an alternative country-ish version of the national anthem. Funny how so many zombie films and games all start in London, must be something in the tap water.