Good Game: Spawn Point hits the small screen

By Jo-Anne Hui in Media News on

Good Game: Spawn Point finally aired on television last Saturday, with new host gaming journalist James Cottee on board. 


Hosted by Steven 'Bajo' O'Donnell and Stephanie 'Hex' Bendixsen, Good Game: SP is a spin-off of the original show which airs on the kid-friendly ABC3 channel and is aimed at gamers aged six to 15 years old. The 15-minute show will feature a family-friendly mix of reviews, stories about gaming culture and plenty of audience interaction. 

"It's fantastic. We can deliver information about PG and G-rated games (on GG: SP) and we can actually make the original show older and really provide information aimed at a more adult games audience in a bigger show," said series producer Janet Carr.

One of the major features of Good Game: SP is the inclusion of a robot called D.A.R.R.E.N. (Data Analysing Robot for the Ruthless Extermination or Elucidation of Noobs). Unbeknownst to viewers, D.A.R.R.EN is in fact freelance journalist James Cottee, who was working on a casual basis at Good Game up until recently and is now a permanent fixture of the team. Cottee said he has had "tremendous fun" scripting and being the voice of D.A.R.R.E.N, whom he described as "a robot programmed to p0wn noobs (young and inexperienced gamers)". 


In addition to his work at Good Game, Cottee is contributing to titles including PC PowerPlay, IGN.com, Games.on.net and Official Playstation magazine. 

According to Carr, D.A.R.R.E.N has an encyclopaedic knowledge of gaming and depending on how the audience reacts to him, his role may either expand or contract. In the earlier seasons of the original Good Game show, there was once a monkey called P_Nutz who made the odd appearance and had a love/hate relationship with the viewers (the monkey is no longer on-air).

"He's got a classic robot personality. He's a little bit grumpy and scornful of the limitations of the human brain like the fact that we have to sleep, that our knowledge is not perfect and we can't just be plugged into some database and have all this amazing info at our fingertips," described Carr. "He also is very desperate to get on TV and so he's being nice for now, but he has the potential to be quite good fun."

The team at Good Game has also been enjoying the show's new Tetris-like set, which Carr admitted "I've always had in mind, but never had the money for" and features gaming paraphernalia and a console collection which includes a 30-year old Hanimex gaming console.

Meanwhile, former Good Game reporter Tracey 'Rei' Lien announced her departure from the show during the Christmas special and is studying in France at the moment.

 

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