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The Eurogamer TV Show - Episode 8

GRAW for real, Oblivion PS3, Xbox goes urban and ATEI 2007.

Ever fancied taking part in a live action video game? Us neither, since it generally seems to involve smart-arse students with nothing better to do . Ubisoft's invitation to such an event, however, was not one to dismiss lightly.

Take a bunch of GRAW-obsessed ex-Special Forces operatives, a warehouse-load of tanks, a muddy field in Northamptonshire, and a liberal sprinkling of skeptical games journalists, bring to the boil and see the results in Episode 8 of The Eurogamer TV Show.

Oblivion's finally hitting PS3 on March 23rd after an award-winning, praise-lavished turn on 360 and PC. Bethesda's Peter Hines tells EGTV, one year on, why the team's spectacular RPG is still the mutt's nuts and a PS3 must.

But what of The Elder Scrolls Travels, the PSP version Bethesda announced but of which we've seen neither hide nor hair? Head Episode 8-wards for Hines's frank account of the portable project's status.

It's one thing breaking the bank to get various trendy celebrities to pose for photos with your cool-craving console. But can they be trusted to a) not to talk about everyone else's systems; and b) know anything about video games in the first place?

Two critical questions EGTV sought to answer at a recent Xbox Live bash in London, where Microsoft threw its highest-profile Game With Fame event yet, featuring such dynamic urban warriors as Dizzee Rascal, Busta Rhymes and, er, Tim Westwood. And in a sensational EGTV exclusive we reveal the moment Ellie meets her future husband for the very first time. There wasn't a dry eye in the house. Just a very wet pair of lips.

Finally, what future the traditional games arcade? Vastly improved console technology, the advent of Xbox Live Arcade, and an explosion of peripheral-driven home greatness have systematically stripped out the wow factor from the coin-op industry.

But a whirlwind tour of ATEI 2007 - the top annual showcase for European coin-gobblers - suggests rumours of the arcade's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

It's all in Episode 8 of The Eurogamer TV Show, now showing.

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Johnny Minkley is a veteran games writer and broadcaster, former editor of Eurogamer TV, VP of gaming charity SpecialEffect, and hopeless social media addict.