It was a little over 12 months ago Thomas and John from Roll 7 brought an unreleased build of Olli Olli into the bar for people to sample, it’s taken me about this long to learn that you really don’t need to press X to jump and instead tap to land. (Thanks Tony Hawks muscle memory)
A fair few sales later and critical success their bringing it back the sequel only this time it’s not just the Vita version and instead of keeping my failure consigned to the small screen I have to do it alongside 3 other people in local co-op.
Upstairs we’ll be offering up prizes for the winners (and the odd monumental losers) who brave the new mode and get the bragging rights of being the first time public can get their mitts on the mode.
Our resident DJ has been briefed to play some classic skate tracks and he’s refusing to listen to my demands to just play this on loop:
As well as this we’ll be bringing our own abridged history of skate with a selection of classic and not so classic *cough* Tony Hawks Ride *cough* games.
So back in March 2010 Loading opened with the idea of offering games and drinks, thanks to all kinds of people its now 5 years old and still doing just that. To celebrate we’re reuniting the team that put together our Eurogamer party last summer and going all out so expect:
Midnight Resistance Stage – Boldly taking their podcast where it hasn’t gone before with them recording live 8-9 on the stage as well as curating our games offering.
Games – As well as party favourites we’ve got titles like Volume ahead of launch with a level set in the bar!
Live Sets – Sabrepulse is back behind the decks along with friends to start the party upstairs.
New Menu – First Person Shooters are returning and they’ll be plenty of new cocktails.
Late Licence – Well if you’re heading out you should be able to relax so the music winds down at 2am but people can drink and play until 4am.
Giveaways – We’re calling in favours from all our games industry friends to get shiny things to give away all night.
Cake – Well it wouldn’t be a birthday without cake!
Tickets? IT’S FREE ENTRY – YOU JUST BUY THE DRINKS!
Details? We’ll add more details as we reveal them but the important part is it’s March 14th from 8pm
So with it being the new year we thought it was time to make some much needed performance tweaks to the downstairs, if you’ve never been before this won’t make much difference to you, tl;dr it’s better and drinks haven’t gone up in price.
Xbox ‘Two’ we’ve added a second Xbox One (thanks to Xbox UK!) to allow people to sample co-op together rather than passing the pad.
Arcade plug-in with new multi MAME cab with 60 classic games installed all on free-play.
Fixed Lack of Audio with Bluetooth speaker. (If you’re in first you can listen to your own music)
Graphics Upgrade with an extra screen and lowered fighting area screen for comfier play.
Reconfigured seating with two new tub seats for fighting area with back rests as leather cubes aren’t the best for wannabe champions.
Mario Warp Pipe inspired?
Fixed a Playstation issue with additional PS4 controller so our demo unit is back in action with two pads again.
Solved known issue with screens being on left hand wall blocking walk way by switching them over and raised consoles for more space.
Room to swing a Madcatz
Lighting engine fixes (We’ve replaced every light fitting in the ceiling so they all work now)
Evolve Beta is playable on the bar account with the pre-order classes unlocked.
So at the end of last year Sony went a little crazy and offered up 94 PS4 consoles to the first people stupid enough to queue all night and claim one, with the event happening just outside my house I decided it was a job worth doing and proceed to tweet spam my exploits.
With the cargo secured it made it’s way back to the bar and we decided to get to work opening and sticking the thing on display, as Thomas Was Alone/Volume developer Mike Bithell was around Lucy roped him into our first un-boxing video which you can see here:
Thanks to the Pocket Gamer conference happening this week we’ve got Jesse Freeman, Amazon Developer Evangelist (Whether this means there’ll be a gospel choir on site we’re not sure) who’s putting the company credit card behind the bar to trade drinks for open ears.
All you need to be eligible is have a game or something in development that you’d be tempted to port over to Amazon Fire, you can come show your stuff or keep it under wraps.
As well as the drinks there’ll be some giveaways so if like me you got suckered by auto renewal by Amazon Prime so got a Fire TV come learn how to make that subscription fee back in game royalties!
One of the perks of our new larger home is the potential to pursue stupid ideas that wouldn’t happen elsewhere, so inspired by the E3 reveal of Rainbow Six Siege, the universal appeal of Nerf guns and 101 Youtube videos we’re challenging YOU to siege the bar.
You’ll be armed with Nerf guns, if you own your own deluxe ones you can bring the element of surprise otherwise ones will be provided.
You’ll get plans of the place and two entry points offered while our elite team of mercenaries lay in wait having garrisoned the bar to make your life more difficult, if you’re shot on the chest or head you’re out but as long as one of your team make it out with the hostage you win things!
We’ll have an impartial ref doing the best to keep people honest and they’ll have final say on if people live and die (at least metaphorically anyway)
We haven’t got detailed rules but there’ll be some safety nonsense like
No attacking on the stair wells
No hand to hand combat
No C4 unless it’s play dough you’ve fashioned into a charge shape.
If you think you can find a team and want to enter email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send full details when the time comes in the meantime we’re busy trawling the web for guns.
One of the most requested things after ‘you need to be more central’ which is a little trickier to do is ‘the cocktails should be cheaper’ so for 12 hours on Saturday 20th we’re celebrating our last open day before reopening on the 27th with cheap booze!
So what’s the deal? We’ll be offering up 12 different drinks, some classics like Drink to the Past, Donkey Konga and Sugar & Splice.
He’s finally back with his coconut rum
Some we’ve never made public before like our original Assassins Creed 3 drink
We’re meddling in time to make this alcoholic
Current favourites like ‘Evil Withgin’
And the odd special one off new creation!
What’s the abv?
Every drink will be available for an hour (except our last special 1-2am one as pesky licence laws mean we stop at 1.30am) for £5 each, there’s no tickets or entry requirements just come down, drink relax and play!
Marking Out is hitting Loading Bar like a sexy wrestling wave this January 25th for the WWE Royal Rumble showcase. For the first time in 2015, wrestling fans from all over London will be able to get drunk, eat pizza, quiz themselves stupid and watch the premiere event that involves men being thrown over ropes, the Royal Rumble.
What is also worth noting, is that Loading bar will be home to the Progress Wrestling afterparty that night so expect innovative chanting, Smallman sections and a whole lot of kayfabe. Fancy watching the rumble with your favourite Progress wrestlers? Well that dream might come true when you’re standing next to Jimmy Havoc or Will Ospreay (they won’t stand next to each other by the way).
So why are we doing this? Well, as a wrestling fan, I’ve always found it troublesome to bump into those who are also fans of the sport without showing my true lack of knowledge at events. Also, wrestling PPV’s were rowdy times when confined to the comfort of my lounge with just a few friends, so why not put it somewhere that everyone can enjoy?
There will be surprises on the 25th Jan; surprises that will blow your mind and also make you realise that there can be so much more to a wrestling PPV than just a simple quiz and a band.
Tickets to both events are now sold out however you can sign up to the afterparty waiting list here
Admitting you have a problem is apparently the first step to recovery, around 7 days ago on a fateful Wednesday I became hooked on something…
It started innocently enough, we teamed up with Riot Games to show the LCS (Championship Season) I watched having no idea what was happening while commentators spoke of jungling and “taking dragon” places. Despite their community manager trying his best to explain what was happening to a man who’s PC gaming history is mostly Sim Golf and Football Manager – he failed. A month later the NY Times (not something I tend to browse but Twitter showed me this) ran an piece showing patterns that appear over time here this explained some more about the game in layman terms I could grasp.
Still so far still clean, I’ve stayed away from online games as they have no end point and are time sinks however after moving house on that fateful Wednesday when having lured me in with Taco’s my housemate decided to extol the virtues of LoL again and with a Laptop that can run more than Pong at my disposal it started…
Thankfully the game forces you to play against A.I bots early on, with the game being free you are offered a selection of champions that rotate weekly with the option to buy others with Riot Points (money) or influence points which is earned in game. I had written a whole introduction to what the game is but with 27 million active players a day chances are you know what the game is and if you don’t there’s people far more skilled to explain the game so here in Buzzfeed style are the things I’ve been taught and learnt over the last 7 days playing the game.
One Rule to Rule them All – DONT DIE
This is probably rule number one in most games however dying leads to the enemy leveling up far quicker and costing your team dearly. Provided you stay near the towers which do big damage to champions your safe. However this doesn’t work when you get the overwhelming urge to push just a little further or try to finish off killing an opponent. It led me to having flashbacks to 1-2-3 in when your guarding a post the second you move all hell breaks out.
HOLD THE LANE
With the map split over three levels you’re usually tasked with guarding a lane early on, again the overwhelming urge to lead the charge tends to go wrong…
Pulling a Leeroy Jenkins
A game delicately balanced with team interplay crucial, still resisting that urge to charge forward and save the day alone proves difficult.
I LIKE LAZERS
Are they the best characters, no idea, I just know I like lazers so if you fancy joining me in battle expect to see Lux, Xerath, Vel’koz or Vikto spamming lazers!
People like to surrender – I don’t!
People like to surrender – obviously this becomes the common-sense thing to do when the enemy are vastly over leveled and you’ve lost nearly every strategic fortification by battling on you’re only prolonging the inevitable but there’s something about clicking surrender that just doesn’t sit well.
The internet is an angry place
I was passed the tip of disabling the chat window which is the online equivalent to covering your ears and does mean you can’t talk to your team either, luckily there’s no voice chat so you can at least you don’t have to hear the abuse. As a plus you will learn all new expletives you didn’t know existed and once one person has told you delete the game and die you’ve heard it a million times.
Once you start to know what you’re doing you join them
The more I’ve played the more I’ve picked up how to play the game the harder it’s got not to type abuse at people making the same mistakes I did still do.
Despite losing repeatedly when it works well, victory is sweet!
Phrases like “Enemy inhibitor destroyed” will never sound sweeter.
Have any tips for how we can stop losing? Or want to join us for a game online add Drinkrelaxplay, Usefulslug or Tryanlol and please be gentle.
Looking to pay us a visit but wondering what’s happening? Here’s a handy guide to everything happening soon. (We’ll add any other events as they appear but if you want to be sure just drop us a message or tweet)
Saturday 31st January Guardian Gamesblog (8pm)
Guardian Games take over the basement with their community calling the shots, expect retro games and a Pro Evolution Soccer tournament to be on the menu
Tuesday 3rd February Pokemon TCG (7pm)
Pokémon are hosting another special evening to mark the launch of the latest Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion, Pokémon TCG: XY—Primal Clash. A tournament will also be taking place where eventual winners and runners-up will be receiving cool Pokémon prizes. All noobs and veterans are welcome!
Thursday 5th February Fifa Tournament (7pm)
If you fancy yourself as a Fifa pro or just want to play against someone in classic conditions (same room shoulder to shoulder) this is the event for you.
It may get Messi
Thursday 19th February – Marioke (8pm)
If you’ve never been to Marioke here’s how it works: we have 160+ pop songs rewritten to be about videogames. You come along and help us sing them, or shout along from the crowd.
Saturday 21st February Quinn’s Netrunner – TICKETED!
Quinn’s Netrunner tournament is back again rounding up players of all abilities from 2 until 9pm with prizes for best and worst players and live music.
Monday 23rd February VR IN A BAR (7pm)
Back after a mini break VR in a Bar is back showcasing VR titles on a variety of headset types come down and pretend you’re in a sci-fi movie.
Friday 27th February BEARFAM NACHT (9pm onwards)
What happens when people that are normally locking in studios making games host and DJ a night? It goes surprisingly well! This is the third time we’ve lure Bearfam out of the woods to play a mix of hiphop, house & techno and the odd gaming visual.
Saturday 28th February Final Fantasy Meet (1pm-6pm)
Meet up for anyone who loves FFXIV In association with Mog Squad Podcast, NOVA FC (Shiva Server) and official community support courtesy of Square Enix. Prizes and goodies to be won in Community events! #ffxivmeetlondon on twitter