The Average Gamer

Announcing… The Gaming Den

So you know about our gaming events calendar, where we collate any and all games-related events across the country, yes?

Well, we’re adding one more to that; on 23rd February we’re launching a new, regular event in London called The Gaming Den. It’ll be a space on Saturday afternoons where gamers can hang out, watch or play matches on massive screens, bathe themselves in nostalgia in retro room and grab a drink from the in-house bar.

In collaboration with Visual Collective, we’ll be projecting Aliens: Colonial Marines matches onto the wall of their studio gallery in Bethnal Green. From 4pm until late on Saturday 23rd February, you can stop by and challenge your friends or sit back with a beer and watch the xenomorphs crawl up the walls.

This is not the event. It is, however, the gallery we’ll be using. We’ll have more chairs and beanbags.
Visual Collective Gallery

And here’s one wall of the retro room.

Gaming Den Mario Kart 64 Sonic 2 F-Zero

Gaming Den N64 and PlayStation Gaming Den NES

Scroll way down for one more pic.

There’ll be a Colonial Marines tournament going on throughout the day, with a Collector’s Edition of the game up for grabs, kindly provided by SEGA.

Over in the retro room we’ve been collecting consoles and the best multiplayer games we can find. Cosplayers are welcome and we’ll also have the Maids of England tending the bar. Challenge one of the Maids to a match, if that’s your thing.

Here are the retro games we have so far:

Nintendo 64:

  • Mario Kart 64
  • GoldenEye 64
  • Blast Corps
  • Perfect Dark


  • Beach Spikers
  • WaveRace: Blue Storm
  • F Zero GX


  • Power Stone 2
  • Dead or Alive 2
  • SoulCalibur
  • Metropolis Street Racer (MSR)
  • Chu Chu Rocket


  • Tekken and Tekken 3
  • Gran Turismo and Grand Turismo 2
  • Micro Machines V3
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
  • WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role

PlayStation 2:

  • Kuri Kuri Mix
  • Timesplitters 2
  • Manhunt

SEGA Megadrive:

  • Sonic 2
  • FIFA 95


  • Super Mario Kart
  • Street Fighter II – The World Warrior


  • Track and Field II

There’s plenty of time to get more in, so tell us in the comments what you’d like to play. Through the magic of eBay and lots of friends with consoles in their attics, I’m sure we can rustle up all manner of games for you.

Come On Over

23rd February, 4pm to 11pm

Visual Collective
10 Vyner Street
London E2 9DG
(map link)

Nearest tube: 10 minutes walk from Bethnal Green (Central Line) or 5 minutes from Cambridge Heath rail.

£5 in advance, £6 on the door, (£3 latecomers arriving after 9pm)

As the Colonial Marines is PEGI 18 and we are serving alcoholic drinks at the cash bar, the event is restricted over-18s only. Hope to see you there!

Edit: This is the event.

Gaming Den - Colonial Marines Projector