Charlie Brooker on ‘How Videogames Changed the World’

by Martin

Charlie Brooker

Tomorrow night (29th November) at 9pm Charlie Brooker will delve into the history of videogames and highlight some of the biggest titles out there that changed the world.

Brooker won’t be alone though as Jonathan Ross and Dara O’Briain will be joining him on his quest. Gaming legends John Romero and Will Wright will also featured on the show which looks at games from the past 40 years.

In the run up to the show airing a teaser trailer was released highlights popular sandbox game ‘Minecraft’ which essentially allows you to build a world out of blocks. It’s a simple concept but if you take to YouTube you can see it can be very addictive.

Though you could say the game is primarily aimed at children because of its simplicity that’s not the case and in the teaser trailer Brooker calls the game “easy, creative and social,”

Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker also sat down with Digital Spy to discuss the show and the lack of gaming on TV and says it “boils down to a lack of imagination”.

“Games are an evolving media and there are lots of topics of discussion around them. A video game can be anything from ‘The Last of Us’, which is an HBO boxset in video game form, to ‘Fruit Ninja’, which apparently even David Cameron was addicted to – there’s a large variety of games and there’s more to talk about now than there were a few years ago,”

Using Channel 4’s ‘Gamesmaster’ as an example – which ended in 1998 Brooker added:

“A lot of it boils down to a slight lack of imagination from TV companies. I mean cars, cars are a thing. Everyone uses them, but caring about them and loving them is a niche hobby.”


“But Top Gear is an accessible mainstream show that lots of people watch and there’s no reason you couldn’t do something like that with video games, people just haven’t really tried.”

He went on to say: “[Gaming] was on TV more in the ’80s and ’90s, even though it’s a bigger business now, which is strange.

“All the channels are more fragmented now, so what are seen as specialist topics are on specialist channels. But really, video games are way more popular than prog rock, but BBC Four seem to air nothing but prog rock documentaries. It’s really quite weird. It’s weird that the BBC don’t cover them at all.”

‘How Videogames Changed The World’ will air on Channel 4 tomorrow night (November 30th) at 9pm.

Take a look at the teaser trailer which highlights ‘Minecraft’ below.