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Rab Florence

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Robert is a comedy writer and performer. He presented video game shows Consolevania and videoGaiden, had a BBC sketch show called Burnistoun, and has a TV and Film production company called Bold Yin. He is also the self-professed God of Games. He loves video games, board games, sex and wrestling. He tweets constantly at @robertflorence.

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FeatureLost Humanity 18: A Table of Doritos

Rab Florence contemplates "a tragic, vulgar image".

FeatureLost Humanity 17: Dishonour

Rab discovers whether art can be imitated in life.

FeatureLost Humanity 16: Size Doesn't Matter

How long is a piece of Dishonored?

FeatureLost Humanity 15: Booth Babes

Rab speaks out on the less welcome side of modern games exhibitions.

FeatureLost Humanity 13: Top Hats and Candlesticks

Rab Florence wishes he saw the same innovation in video games that he sees in his cardboard children.

These days, I write about board games as much as I write about video games. In truth, I probably play board games more. But to me, a game is a game. And so I can't help but compare what's on offer in the board and card game world to what's on offer on the video game scene.

FeatureLost Humanity 12: Zero Contribution

It would be too easy to believe incorrect reports that the Scottish games industry has no value, argues Rab Florence.

Last week a report released by Scottish Enterprise and Creative Scotland claimed that the Scottish games industry had a value of zero. This zero is apparently a result of the sector having a monetary value of less than Ł10m, which the report rounded down to f*** all. The report also claimed that less than 200 people are actually employed within the sector, which is less than the amount employed by Greggs, and less than you'll find queuing outside any Greggs in Dundee. It's one pretty crazy report.

FeatureLost Humanity 11: Games TV, Again

Rob Florence on the dearth of gaming TV - and its hopes for the future.

I used to present a BBC show about video games. There were three series in total, with the last series this ridiculous sprawling thing with two TV specials and about 18 online episodes. It was hard work, often fun work, and barely anybody watched any of it. We existed in a time before the iPlayer, and the show went out on BBC Scotland in a late night slot. We were commissioned by a guy at BBC Scotland called Ewan Angus, and I remember his sole pointer being "I don't want to understand a word of it." There are very few heroes on the broadcast side of television, but Ewan Angus is often one of them. It was a brave commission, and I haven't seen anything like it since.

FeatureLost Humanity 10: The New World

Rob Florence reflects on days where you spring to life in a place that's been built for you to discover.

I write this at eight in the morning on the day you will read it. I've been up all night, having spent almost an entire day in a new world.

FeatureLost Humanity 3: My Dream Boss

Featuring The Independent Charles Show 2.1.

"Hey, congratulations! You da boss now. Come in! This is your office! Take a seat in that executive leather chair. Spin around and look at the view! What do you think? Beautiful, isn't it? You da boss now! It's all gravy from here on in, baby! Enjoy!"