Episode 106: John Robertson (The Dark Room) & participatory culture

John Robertson, comedian and performer joins us this episode as we learn about the Dark Room, his video game adaptation of the YouTube & stage show of the same name, a collaboration with Stirfire Studios.
Oct 5, 2018

The infamous John Robertson, the mastermind behind the YouTube series turned popular stage show turned video game The Dark Room is our guest this episode. John has come back to his roots, working with Perth's own Stirfire Studios which brings the whole thing full circle. One of the first "games" on YouTube and based heavily on the 1980s style text adventures, John shared what it was like working with a team he'd known since he was 15 to make the Dark Room game.

We also speak about participatory culture, which is a fancy way of saying fandom and audience involvement in media, and John shared his experience with the cosplay and gaming communities and how they have shaped his work. With years of experience as a cosplay contenst MC we learn how the small stories he saw play out on stage inspired his work, and how that works for his collaborative stage show.

Pixel Sift is produced by Scott Quigg, Sarah Ireland, Fiona Bartholomaeus & Mitch Loh. Gianni Di Giovanni is our Executive Producer. Thanks to Salty Dog Sounds for some of our promo music this week.

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