One of the best perks of writing for tech-gaming is the industry shows. Being able to attend launch parties, expositions, and conventions puts me in contact with some truly amazing and talented people. Last month, while attending the Final Fantasy Fan Festival, I got the chance to meet some of the charming Square Enix people, and discuss the merits of Star Ocean and Disgaea. Basically I got to geek out in person, rather that over the internet.
One of the people I ran into at the FF XI convention was Rob ‘Pennyman’ Welkner, co-host of Coin-Op TV Live. Wearing a t-shirt with a graphic inspired from the Xevious control panel, and having a Mirror’s Edge ringtone, I knew Welkner was an authentic gamer. However, I wasn’t aware of his weekly show; that oversight has been quickly remedied.
A few gamers may remember Tech-TV’s The Screensavers, a delightfully nerdy show that ultimately lost most of its charm and became G4’s Attack of the Show. Before the show became over-polished and pandered to a less geeky demographic, I watched the show religiously. Fortunately, Coin-Op TV Live is the spiritual successor to the beloved program.
Every week, Welkner and co-host Hailey Bright construct an entertaining show out of genuine charm, high-profile industry people, and a healthy love of video games. I’d encourage all of our readers to check out Rob and Hailey’s program. For me, Coin-Op TV’s delightful combination of authenticity, engaging content, and wit can be beat by anything the major networks put out.