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Charlie Brooker To Host Channel 4 Videogame Documentary

Published October 30, 2013 by |
Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker will host videogames documentary How Video Games Changed The World, as part of a night of topical programmes on Channel 4 this November.

The two-hour long one-off feature will present the impact of videogames on society and will include opinions from developers, such as Will Wright, and famous faces, such as new Microsoft employee Jonathan Ross.

The show listing reads:

“How Video Games Changed the World provides an intelligent, funny and entertaining look at some of the most influential and iconic video games in history (even the absolutely dreadful ones).

We will be reminiscing back to the launch of Pac-Man and the birth of the first electronic icon for 80’s popular culture. Moving through to the booming nineties we will be looking at video games’ first credible female character, digital cover girl and tawdry teenage boy fantasy – Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft.

Now in the 21st century we take a critical look at how Minecraft and its fan base of armchair architects are reshaping the world one brick at a time, whilst shoot-fest franchises like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto are easily outselling other forms of entertainment on a day to day basis.”

The upcoming show isn’t Brooker’s first foray into games telly, having previously hosted the BBC’s 2009 review show Gameswipe. 

For a history lesson down memory lane this will definitely be one to stick on the planner.

UPDATE: Watch Charlie Brooker’s How Videogames Changed the World online.