Dots & Co, Dara O’Briain’s Go 8-Bit, and 10 American Presidents

Here’s another attempt at pulling together a few things I’ve been enjoying recently.

Dots & Co – the sequel to Dots, and Two Dots – is a third instalment of the incredibly addictive mobile game. A glorified version of Connect Four, it’s beautiful, beautifully simple, and I’m already several hours deep into it.

On a similar theme, Dara O’Briain’s Go 8-Bit is a new show produced for UK TV Channel Dave.

Starting life as a rather more raucous-looking Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, regular gamers Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon are joined by reliable hosts Ellie Gibson and O’Briain. Throughout, audiences can watch minor celebrities play classic games such as Sensible Soccer, Street Fighter II Turbo, and Chuckie Egg.

A bit like GamesMaster for those of us who have still not grown up.

I’d initially leaped upon 10 American Presidents, thinking it was another Dan Carlin podcast (If you’re a history fan, go listen to Hardcore History) but he’s actually only the first of many guest hosts, each of whom tell us the story of their favourite US President.

Carlin does Nixon in episode 1, and tells a gripping story, as always. Mike Duncan is someone who is new to me, though, and his episode on George Washington is really interesting, especially for someone who is still reading Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton biography.