WiFi Wars and Return on Investment

WiFi Wars allows the randomly selected team captains to choose a team name. Here’s Red’s.

What is it about Pleasance Dome that attracts the big names? I swear I saw Dara o’Briain in the gents after I left WiFi Wars.

Not that that matters. You came to see my thoughts on the gameshow, right? Well, I feel like for one it would have been better off with an earlier slot. As it was late as well, it ran at about midnight, and kind of screwed up my Saturday night plans. Maybe I should have waited for the UK Wifi Wars tour to hit Cardiff, which it will soon- but in my opinion that’s why it’s worth a look at, so as to maybe suggest it to the new QuenchGames editors as a social of sorts.

Quick explanation: WiFi Wars is a gameshow wherein the two hosts get the audience, split into team red and team blue, to connect to a WiFi network and then control games using their phones. A bit like the old CBBC program 50/50 for the smartphone era. Most points overall wins, and there are prizes for the star players of each team as well.

The technology on offer here is fairly smart. First it’s just a case of getting everyone to button mash for one side more than the other side does, controlling on-projector games like Track and Field. Later they stream a Doom rip off to your phones as well as a kind of low tech Star Fox. They even attempted to run a multiplayer Doom dungeon, but it didn’t seem to work for me. In fact I thought it was all a bit naff, most of the controls seemed unresponsive for one reason or another. The tech has a long way to go. Probably worth a visit in Cardiff, but here in the Fringe with so much else to choose from maybe not so much.

Adam Larter’s Return on Investment is on at 12:40pm at the Hive. I had never actually been in the Hive before as far as I can remember, and it smelled. I sat down to wait, and my t-shirt stuck to the wall.

The show had technical difficulties. Though they were handled so well that I doubted whether they were real. Yes, the techie probably was actually hungover. At the same time though I’ve seen so much meta comedy shows now that I can’t tell what’s real any more.

A funny, silly, so-bad-it’s-good, slapstick show. It’s about business, the 1980s and cocaine. It seems a bit like they wrote a script about love, then changed the word love for business and jigged the props around that. Speaking of props- you can see some above- they were probably the funniest part of the play.

Also, comedians, stop describing the audience member you always make get up on stage as prepubescent, I’m twenty years old, ta very much.