Tag: Gaming


‘Little Italy’ in Clerkenwell is the apt backdrop for the London Games Festival Fringe event, hosted by creative agency Unity and production company Blueprint Film

Start your engines! One of Nintendo’s finest arcade games, Mario Kart, is coming to Clerkenwell this April with a unique racing tournament for the creative industry around Super Mario-themed stages.

The tournament is part of a series of events happening across the capital as part of the first-ever London Games Festival Fringe.

Mario Kart Tournament will be held on Thursday 7 April at 6.30pm in the basement of creative agency Unity’s Clerkenwell office in ‘Little Italy’ and will pit London’s creatives against each other in a one-off knockout tournament.

The tournament will be played on the new WiiU version of Mario Kart 8, with knockout racing battles to find a champion for each side of the city. The night will then climax in what promises to be a legendary race to find London’s one true champion.

The event is organised by Unity and production company Blueprint Film.  The two companies came together over a shared history of looking out for banana peels and firing red shells.

In addition to the serious business of showing off gaming skills, the event will also be a networking opportunity for those working in the gaming or creative industries. And with beer, soft drinks and a tuck shop available throughout the evening, there will be plenty of opportunity for the drivers to top up their fuel.

Fancy your chances? Indulge your inner Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Princess Peach, Toad or Yoshi and let the countdown begin.

Free tickets are available to the public here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/unity-presentsmario-kart-tournament-for-london-games-festival-tickets-23817492762


Where:                        Unity, 5-13 Hatton Wall, Clerkenwell, London, EC1N 8HX

When:                         Thursday 7th April, starting at 6.30pm



You can’t get away from it, almost everywhere you look people are on their phones -tapping and swiping away into oblivion, barely looking up to cross roads or get off at train stops.

We’re not sure about you but we get pretty addicted to the games, maybe not Candy Crush saga but many like it.

Some of our favourites are of course Angry Birds - but the space edition - which is just jam packed with satisfying sounds and visuals for something so simple as well as Fruit Ninja. We have swiped our way through hours with this one and some people are so into the game they decided a real life version should be made.

Lesser known games include Timberman which is free and so frustrating in a good way that you'll be swapping to wood chopping scores with friends in no time and Daddy Long legs - why not put yourself into the shoes of these strange wobbly creatures for a bit on your ride to work? It should also be mentioned that the illustrative side of it is pretty nice too.

Smartphones and windows 8 are now facilitating better and better game play whether you’re playing the modern day equivalent of Snake, something all together much more involved that looks like it should be on a Playstation or having a little flutter on one of these betting apps.

Hey - if you’re going to spend that much time on it might as well get a possible win right?

We’re quite liking Friday Thrills, a game from Mansion Casino that could give you a pretty good weekend. Pus currently they are offering $20 bonuses to players just for playing during the week, not to mention a £5,000 welcome bonus when you sign up - yes that’s not a typo - not bad for a bit of fun on the side that’s not coloured globules heading down your screen! It may only be Monday but we’re fans of looking forward to the weekend - especially on drizzly mornings.

So if you do have twitchy thumbs get on over to Mansion Casino as there may be a game there that both floats your boat and your bank account, it may just pay for your lunch once you get into work - now there’s something Candy Crush can’t do.

Slot car racing in London, stories barNostalgia alert! TRAX Slot Car Racing is London’s first and only slot car bar, coming to Stories. Based on the 1960’s American trend, slot car bars were a place to drink, graze and compete for gold and glory on plastic tarmac. On 19th May, coinciding with the Monaco Grand Prix, Stories brings you the twice-monthly Trax tournament to get the pulses, as well as cars, racing.

So here’s how it works: four unique race tracks, all designed in an 80’s neon street-racer style (cue Ryan Gosling / Drive fans) are set up, with a firm grip and a good trigger finger at the ready. The competition is played out across the evening depending how many races you win, with a retro arcade machine and sega mega drive to keep busy between races.

Get creative by personalising your car in a special custom shop, either on a purchase or rental basis. 80’s inspired cocktails will be available on the night, as well as side games such as a rally course, a drag straight, a stunt track, and a free old school racer arcade machine to maintain your reaction times. As the evening plays out, your scores will be projected for all competitors to see. But don’t fear we have prizes for the bottom end of the leader board too…

The prizes: best designed car on the night; 1st place (bar tab), 2nd (novelty gift) and 3rd (joke prize) place racers, and we will even put a prize in for the penultimate car of the night. Also expect prizes for the fastest lap and the top racers of the season.


30-31 Broadway Market London E8 4QJ

Nearest travel: London Fields station / Cambridge Heath station

Tuesday 19th May 2015

7pm - 11pm

(held 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month)

£5 entry fee per person upon arrival to play (free to watch)

Playstations for £19.00Today, PlayStation® opened the doors to the PlayStation ’94 Shop in Bethnal Green to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Following a series of cryptic clues posted from the PlayStation UK social channels regarding the once-in-a-lifetime console offer, dedicated PlayStation fans from up and down the country came out in their hundreds to be in with a chance of owning one of the limited edition consoles and to take a nostalgic trip through PlayStation history.

Unveiled last week, the PS4™ 20th Anniversary Edition is highly collectable, with only 12,300 units available worldwide. The special console features the same iconic ‘Original Grey’ finish as the original PlayStation and comes packaged in a commemorative box.

In a secret day-one offer aimed at rewarding the PlayStation Players, 94 lucky fans were able to purchase the ultra-rare console for just £19.94 at the pop-up shop if they arrived with a piece of PlayStation memorabilia and a secret password revealed on YouTube: “I crashed my bandicoot”.

unnamed-1Designed to celebrate the landmark two decade milestone since the original PlayStation was launched in Japan in December 1994, the PlayStation ’94 Shop has been faithfully recreated in the style of an independent video game store from the era. It is also home to a vast array of iconic memorabilia from throughout PlayStation’s 20year history, including the original PocketStation and imported Japanese games. Fans will also have the chance to purchase special merchandise such as t-shirts, bags and Christmas jumpers.

The shop will remain open until Friday 12th December, with the queue for the remaining 50 consoles available to buy on Thursday and Friday for the full RRP of £399 already full. All proceeds from the sales of the console across the three days will be donated to the GamesAid charity.

David Stockley from Woolwich was the first person in the queue to buy the PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition console in the UK, and showed incredible levels of dedication by queueing from 7pm on Tuesday evening. David said “I’ve been a huge PlayStation fan since the first console came out in 1994 and have been desperate to get my hands on one of the anniversary PS4s after it was revealed last week. When I saw the videos on PlayStation’s YouTube channel last night, I ran here straight from work to be front of the queue. It’s been a long, cold night, but knowing I’m one of only 12,300 people that will own this piece of PlayStation history makes it all worth it – and the fact it only cost me £19.94 is the cherry on top of the cake!”  

Jonathan Ross, who opened the door to the gamers at 11am said: “I was so excited to be able to walk back in time and relive the past twenty years of Sony gaming. It was fun, it was exciting and more than a little emotional.”


Fergal Gara, Managing Director and Vice President, Sony Computer Entertainment UK & Ireland comments: “It was Black Friday earlier this month and it seems that today is ‘Original Grey Wednesday’, with excitement hitting fever pitch as gamers were able to get their hands on the PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition for the unbelievable price of £19.94. We’re so thankful to all the fans that have supported us over the past 20 years, we’re really pleased to be able to share this milestone with them and I couldn’t think of a better way to show that PlayStation is truly for the players.”


In addition to the PS4 20th Anniversary Edition consoles already snapped up by queuing fans, gamers will also have the chance to purchase the highly sought-after console exclusively through a suitably PlayStation route – where players have to prove their PlayStation credentials to be able to buy from GAME.co.uk from Monday 15th December. Keep your mince pies glued to PlayStation social media channels for more information and opportunities to get your hands on this exclusive PS4 20th Anniversary edition.


For more information on the PlayStation ’94 Shop, open until Friday 12th December, please visit PlayStation UK’s social channels.

Street FighterThe Three Compasses in Dalston are back with their second Old Skool Gaming event on Saturday 13th December. A really fun one... prizes to be won and food served from street food favourites Le Bun. 




2pm - 5pm (all players must register by 2pm to play FOR 2.30pm start) £2 to play Played on Dalston’s largest screen using the classic SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) Solo players for each game (2 at one time) instant knock out 


The overall winner takes all getting all (of the entry money) and a meal for two and runners up will receive a £25 bar tab. 

ADDRESS/WEBSITE: The Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Ln, London E8 1NH http://3compasses.blogspot.co.uk 

Twitter: @LeBunUK @3compasses #LeBunSocial

 Le Bun French/American diner food served: 12pm – 10pm on the day. https://medium.com/le-bun-social