Anyone who knows me knows that in addition to music and photography, I love video games. Since becoming an international man of mystery (read: moving into a tiny flat in London without a telly or any home video game consoles), that love has been devoted primarily to the Nintendo DS. Within weeks of moving here two years ago, I stumbled upon a great group of social gamers that call themselves DS:London. Every few weeks they meet in a pub to drink and game using the portable console’s wifi capabilities. Through their meetups I found not only a fantastic way to build up my Bomberman skills, but also a lovely bunch of mates.
On Saturday 25 October 2008, DS:London will take on a challenge greater than the combined fury of Bowser, Ganon and a rather cross Princess Peach. To celebrate the London Games Festival 2008, these Nintendo maniacs will try for the Guinness World Record for the most people playing DS simultaneously in one room. They’re hoping to pack more than 500 people into London Metropolitan University’s Rocket Centre from 4–5 p.m., so come along and join in if you want to make gaming history. While the event is free, voluntary donations to Children In Need will be accepted and are encouraged.