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April 2017

Late Nights With Iain Lee in New York!

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So, it’s actually happening. We are taking the nightly radio show to New York, New York for a week of very special shows. I am so thrilled about this and I think we can bring something very special to you, the listener.

The show will be coming from NY between Monday 12th and Friday 16th June. It will still be weeknights at 10, live, and you’ll be able to call in as per usual, but we really want to try and capture the atmosphere of the fantastic city and share it through the airwaves. And for that, I really need your help.

Don’t worry, I’m not asking you for a penny. This is a jolly, and while we will be working hard, Kath and I will also be in bloody America! This is a unique opportunity, so please don’t for a second think I am asking you to dip into your pocket. I would not be so bold.

What I need from you are location and guest suggestions. I’ve already got 3 top stars lined up that will blow your minds, and I’ve ‘reached out’ to a q few more. But any names or characters or local people of interest you can think of, please let me know. I’ll put my email at the end of this post. They don’t have to be famous, au contraire, any locals of interest would be gratefully appreciated.

Maybe you listen to a podcast or radio show made in NY that I’ve missed, please, tell me, I’d love to listen and make contact with them. WE can of course arrange some cross promotion.

We also need locations. Small radio stations, studios, cafes with good internet, maybe you’re a listener to the show and you live in NY – we could do the show from your house! All we really need is good, reliable internet we can plug our little box of tricks into. And that’s it. We have a show.

Listen, this could be something really unique in the world of broadcasting, get your thinking caps on and let me know if you can help. My email is iain@iainleecom and I’m keen to hear your thoughts.

A Few Hours With The Nintendo Switch

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You know I’m a massive gamer, right? Always have been, since the days of my Dragon 32 and BBC Micro, I’ve loved computer games. For the last few years I have been an Xbox fan boy, but always had a soft spot for the PlayStation. they are both beautiful machines. Nintendo hasn’t figured in my life too much recently. Saying that, I just bought a second hand GameCube to be stored at work for when I finish my show ‘prep’ early and there’s nothing on the telly. Mario Kart and SSX Tricky shall be filling a void before I talk to people on the radio. I had a Wii, I liked the Wii but I don’t think I was in love with it. And because of that, I was a little suspicious of the Switch when it was first announced. In fact, when asked if I was going to get one, I’d reply with a ‘Nah, I don’t think it’s for me’. But knowing it was out, knowing that people were in their homes playing a new console…I felt very left out. So, I bit the bullet and bought one.

I wasn’t expecting much but even still, I was more than a little giddy with excitement when I got it out of the box. It’s tiny but absolutely beautiful. It looks stunning and feels sumptuous to hold. Switching it on for the first time I felt a little flutter, it may have been the controllers twitching into life, but I like to think it was my heart, excited to be connecting with a Nintendo machine for the first time in ages.

Look, let me jump to the chase. I love it. Aesthetically it is VERY pleasing. The controls are a joy to finger and the screen is magnificent. Of course, you can plug it into your telly as well, and the colours flood the room. At the moment I’ve only got one game, the 1-2 Switch that comes with it, so I can’t speak too much about other games (Zelda is downloading as we speak) and again, I really didn’t think the demo game would be any cop. In fact a few people had told me it was rubbish. Well, maybe they weren’t in the right frame of mind, or perhaps they didn’t have 5 and 7 year olds boys giggling with delight. It isn’t going to set the world on fire, but guess what? 1-2 is FUN. Actual, stupid, silly, laugh out loud, shout as your partner falls on their backside, FUN. And isn’t that really the essence of a good game? We allowed them to become too serious, too intellectual, too…well…dull. But 1-2 is ridiculous and that’s why it works. Today I have been milking a cow, rocking a baby to sleep and having an eating contest. My fave round though has to be Telephone. You sit and wait for a phone to ring. That’s it. Wonderful. My boys seemed to enjoy Air Guitar the most and now end the round with a huge ‘Thank you fans!’

Today Nintendo Switch has lifted my spirits more than any video game has for a long time. I have spent a good few hours laughing at its childishness and loving it. This is just the tip of the iceberg, I know, and I can’t wait to see what else this little bundle of fun can do.

Hey, I’ve written for games mags, presented TV shows on games and also done online work for Nintendo. If anyone wants to hire me for any of these things again, please drop me an email at iain@iainlee.com Many thanks.