The Average Gamer

The Gaming Den WipEout Edition

After the first Gaming Den exceeded our wildest expectations, we’ve decided to go ahead and put on another one. Our cosy gaming extravaganza will continue on Saturday 23rd March and this time we’re featuring WipEout. All of the WipEouts. Even the one that didn’t capitalise the E.

Ami Nakajima Wipeout Playstation ExperienceThe Gaming Den will once again take over the Visual Collective gallery in Bethnal Green to feature wipEout, the anti-gravity racing classic. With three massive projectors (THREE!) covering the studio walls, you’ll be racing head to head with other gamers on wipEout HD and wipEout Fury, along with Vita crossplay on Wipeout 2048. The guys from WipeoutZone Forum will be running the competition and the best pilots will get to challenge the ultimate Feisar Test Pilot herself, Ami Nakajima.

Karl Jones, the lead designer of WipEout 2048 and Fury will also be attending the gaming den. Karl has previously worked on WipEout Pure, Pulse and HD during his time at Studio Liverpool. He is now the design director at SawFly Studios.

Over in the retro room we’ll have every version of WipEout ever made. Really. Of course, we’ll also have your favourite classic consoles and games. Race each other on Mario Kart just like you did in the N64 days. Challenge people to PowerStone 2, Dead or Alive 2, or Chu Chu Rocket on the Dreamcast. Whizz around the condiments in Micro Machines V3 on the PlayStation or check out the early days of FIFA 95 and Sonic 2 on the SEGA Mega Drive. We’ve plenty more, so check out the full list below.

Some of you will be pleased to hear that in addition to the cash bar (nearest cashpoint: Sainsbury’s) we will be serving food this time! I have no idea what form that will take, but will let you know as soon as I can.

We also have… a Gaming Den Facebook page! I mean, obviously, many of you will already have Liked The Average Gamer, but perhaps you want an easy way to find the Gaming Den info directly? You’re sorted. For Twitter people, we’re keeping updates on our normal @TheAvgGamer account.

When, Where and How Much?

23rd March, 2pm 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 for earlybird this week only, then £6 online. Also £6 on the door.

Gaming Den Promo from The Visual Collective on Vimeo.

The Games

The eagle-eyed among you will notice that a couple of wipEout games are missing from the list. They will definitely be there, but I don’t know what format we have. Nick will update, ASAP.


  • WipEout (New!)
  • WipEout 2097 (New!)
  • Wip3out: Special Edition (New!)
  • 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
  • Destruction Derby 2 (New!)


  • WipEout (New!)
  • Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition (New!)
  • Virtua Cop 2 (New!)
  • Virtua Fighter 2 (New!)
  • SEGA Rally Championship (New!)
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 (New!)
  • SEGA Worldwide Soccer ’97 (New!)
  • Tomb Raider (New!)

PlayStation 2:

  • WipEout Fusion (New!)
  • WipEout Pulse (New!)
  • Kuri Kuri Mix
  • Timesplitters 2
  • Manhunt

Nintendo 64:

  • WipEout 64 (New!)
  • Mario Kart 64
  • GoldenEye 64
  • Blast Corps
  • Perfect Dark


  • WipEout Pure (New!)
  • WipEout Pulse (New!)


  • Beach Spikers
  • WaveRace: Blue Storm
  • F-Zero GX
  • Super Smash Bros Melee (New!)


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

SEGA Megadrive:

  • Sonic 2
  • FIFA 95
  • Streets of Rage 2 (New!)


  • Super Mario Kart
  • Street Fighter II – The World Warrior
  • Sensible Soccer: European Champions (New!)

And a few more yet to be confirmed. Anything you want us to add? Feel free to bring your own games as well, but please look after them yourselves.

Who’s excited?

Update 17th Mar 2013: Included info about Karl Jones (ex-Studio Liverpool designer) attending the gaming den and our new SEGA Saturn lineup.

UPDATE: The Central Line is closed on the day of our next event. How inconsiderate of TfL. The closest overground station is Cambridge Heath, which runs directly from Liverpool Street and is actually closer to the venue.