Industry pros discuss the rise of gaming shows at RTS event

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“It feels like there’s a huge lack of respect for gaming; [TV thinks] it’s still nerds in their bedrooms covered in crisps,” added the gaming presenter.
Television has had a chequered history with video games. In the 1990s, Channel 4’sGamesMaster became the first UK TV show dedicated to video games. Other shows followed, including CITV’s Bad Influence! and T.I.G.S (Totally Interactive Game Show), and Sky One’sGames World.

Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit will return to Dave for two more series

Following the success of the first series, the gaming panel show has extended its run to ten episodes per series. 

Hosted by Dara O Briain, the series sees celebrities battle it out over five rounds on a variety of computer games, from cult classics to contemporary blockbuster titles.

Each episode challenges the conventional gaming rules and ends with a super sized physical challenge to put participants to the test.

The first series brought a feast of famous faces to take part, including Russell Howard, Rachel Riley, Jason Manford, David James and Bob Mortimer.

Five virtual reality headsets to look out for in 2016

Oculus Rift, Facebook, Release, Oculus Touch

2016 is looking like it could be a big year for Virtual Reality as the technology becomes ever more accessible. The Google Cardboard frame which allowed users to turn their smart phone into a VR headset was a fun and affordable toy, however the VR revolution is beginning in earnest next year. We have gathered five of the top VR headsets, set for release in 2016.

Is the smartphone TV’s friend or foe?

TV on smartphones

For years, most of us had just one screen in our living rooms: the television. Over the past decade, laptops, tablets and smartphones have all muscled in on this relationship.

Of the newer screens, the smartphone has been the most successful: it has had the most commercial impact – it clocked up £250bn in global sales last year.

It has the highest unit sales, with 1.4 billion forecast to be sold this year, of which 1 billion will be purchased as (significantly improved) upgrades.