WIFI WARS takes the cutting-edge smartphone technology developed by Rob Sedgebeer for Go 8-Bit to the next level. It's a live comedy game show hosted by me, where the audience play along! Two of them become team captains, and the whole audience compete in a range of games, quizzes and challenges, via controls we beam to their smartphones. Basically, I've found a genius and convinced him to let me profit from his hard work.
The show was first created to be part of the Royal Institution's 2015 Summer Programme after me and Rob Sedgebeer's appearance on their 2014 BBC Christmas Lectures. In 2016 we gave our second annual lecture there, at which we broke the Guinness World Record for "Most People Playing A Single Game of Pong" (286 people, the previous record was 251). We finished the year by appearing on BBC Click's special Live show from Broadcasting House, on New Year's Eve!
The show now has a regular London residency at the Royal Institution, where it develops new technology and games for the show's appearance at corporates, festivals and on tour (dates here).
Comedian Isy Suttie visited our Royal Institution residency with a new song she'd written for our Whack-A-Mole Game, as part of a BBC Radio 4 documentary on videogame music. You can listen to the whole thing here (our bits are at 5m 14s, and 25m 09s). You can hear the full song she wrote for us here and see pictures from the recording here.
The show's had some nice coverage in the press too:
- THE GUARDIAN/THE OBSERVER - "Not To Be Missed" (link)
- TIME OUT - Critic's Choice
- METRO - Geek Diary/Top 10 London Geek Nights Out
- THE TIMES - Hot List
- SHORTLIST MAGAZINE - To Do List
- "Mightily impressive" - The List (link)
- Picked for Time Out's "5 reasons gamers cannot miss EGX 2015" (link)
- "Some of the best fun we've had in aeons" - The Londonist (link)
- "Good, old fashioned (with state of the art technology) fun. Theatre needs more of this." - Broadway Baby (four stars) (link)
- BBC Radio 4 Extra Coverage (link)
- BBC Radio Wales Coverage (link)
For more info, visit wifiwars.co.uk