The Point - Ireland Loves Video Games

Danny explores how video games have become an important part of Irish culture and how Irish developers have influenced the games we play today.

Discussion

72 comments
brian6751
brian6751

my favorite show on the NET. keep up the great work

dfernand
dfernand

I've been waiting for the RIVERDANCE Kinect game to be released all my life

bfa1509
bfa1509

Them cows sure are tasty.

XCyberForceX
XCyberForceX

Very informative.  Didn't know all of that about Ireland.

bezza2011
bezza2011

Hahahahaha he says that there the only one of us who weren't war hungry and what not, but there the only country in the united kingdom who are still fighting a war on there homeland against each other lol

Seamy22
Seamy22

Fíor mhaith Danny, níos mo gaeilge ó am go ham le do thoil!

Jah_Glow
Jah_Glow

Much love to Danny for keeping Ireland real to me. xD

McGregor
McGregor

visited Ireland for work a couple years ago...would go back in a heartbeat.

Goobshoeriot
Goobshoeriot

Wow thanks danny! This is the most I've ever learned about Ireland in my ENTIRE life.. seriously.. thanks mate. Good to know you guys are like the Mexicans of Europe. That is cool!! 


Catch ya next time, Pogue Mahon!

Boost120
Boost120

I like your shirt Danny. But mines Black. Maybe one day you'll beat us :)

Wensea10
Wensea10

A lot of the video game companies in Europe are amazing like for example, the Rayman series.

madjack1812
madjack1812

"and conquered worlds..." 


Best advert outside of a Guinness advert that one.

odolwa99
odolwa99

Interesting point for those who might like to know.  There are 6 distinct Celtic regions in existence today.  These are Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man (between Ireland and Britain), Cornwall (in the SW of England) and Brittany (the sticky out bit on the west coast of France).


They all have their own distinct languages and there is a competition held each year where they compete with poetry, music, dance etc. unique to those regions.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

No the Irish didn't need to go to war with other nations. They were too busy blowing each other up over small differences in essentially the same religion.

bassjunkee
bassjunkee

Danny, when can we expect a GAA Hurling game?

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

Wow speak more irish from time to time. And do you watch cricket Danny?

krishnaV_
krishnaV_

This is one cheerful video Danny. Happy gaming to you too!

SacredGray
SacredGray

As a student of languages, this video made me really happy.

( I'm about a quarter Scottish... can I trade ancestries?  :X )

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

To think that a few years ago, some blokes were saying that they could not understand Danny when he's speaking in English. :P

JRHT
JRHT

A lovely vid, but I've got to take umbrage about one thing you said.


"We're basically the only English speaking nation who didn't go around war mongering and murdering the shite our of other civilisations for the past few centuries"


I think the people of Australia, New Zealand and Canada would beg to differ. And admittedly, the subjugation of the indigenous people of our nations wasn't a proud moment, but that was largely the British.


Don't get me wrong... I love the Irish though. One of my best memories was being the last Australian left at a wedding afterparty between an Australian woman and Irish man... in Australia. I've never been so happy to be outnumbered 20 to 1.


And I'm marrying an O'Brien later this year. :)

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

Thanks for being Irish, Danny.  Gaming is a little bit better for it :)

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

Ireland sounds a lot like my home in Newfoundland!  It's no surprise I guess that we have a strong Celtic connection... living on an island of greenery (and rocks), and laid back people who love a good drink sounds just like the kind of place I like to be (and in fact, is where I am today)!  Got to love that Irish style of music though,  it's big around here too, and there's nothing better to drink and dance to.

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

WTF danny, i liked that report about sandwiches. What do you think your doing releasing a video that isn't full of sandwich related humor after last week. And why is everyone commenting on this video in a positive way when its not the same flavor as last week. Last week was a nice mix of ham and cheese and i like that, there is no room for this Chicken teriaki style of video in my eyes and anyone who prefers chicken teriaki over last weeks ham and cheese is a morron who should be hated. i except to see more sandwich relate humor next video danny!

EliOli
EliOli

ROFL Danny!  I had to laugh at that comment about if you were in the desert, you'd be Mexican.  All my grandparents were from Mexico.  My grandmother on my father's side was in large part Irish, but only spoke Spanish.  There is a lot of Irish blood in some parts of Mexico, so you were right on the money.


I'm a blue eyed, brown haired Mexican American with a lot of Irish blood...


Go Fig....

HKxps
HKxps

sooo sorry but danny you have massive mantittis bro

bdiddytampa
bdiddytampa

My Dad was born and raised in Belfast, and moved to the states with my Mom (from the Isle of Man) so I'm Manx-Irish... I drink like a fish and have no tail!! Happy St Paddy's Danny!!

sambucca
sambucca

I'm English, but there's Irish in me from my mom's side, although I'm not one of those idiots who claim to be a certain nationality just because they have some tenuous link to said certain nationality. Ireland is an awesome country though and the people are great.

AttackOfTheCat
AttackOfTheCat

Loved the video Danny, not nearly enough Irish representing on the internet - Good to see this

bsford
bsford

Just came here to say that I don't care about anything "Danny" has to say about anything. That is all. 

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

Never knew the Irish were so big on gaming. And wow, do most Irish know Gaelic? Or is it like your Latin?

Pac1Man
Pac1Man

@bezza2011 Firstly, Ireland is not part of the United Kingdom. Secondly there is no 'war' and there hasn't been for nearly 20 years. It seems like Irish and British people only know this and they forgot to tell the rest of the world.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@bezza2011  Danny probably was playing games when all the war is happening around him. So he might of missed it. If my country was ever at war, id do the same thing.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@bezza2011 Unfortunately true. Perhaps if there was less internal strife in Ireland they might have found some time to go out and conquer some people :D

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@Boost120  lol never. They arent tough enough to beat the All Blacks. Kiwis literally get born with a rugby ball in their hand . It come sform the tough as farm culture of NZ. Thats why NZ use to be invincible in Rugby, all of the m were farmers. If you looked at how kiwi farmers farm, its tough as fck. through snow, then extreme heat, then massive rains , then snow again. Mud to the waste trying to get to the cattle lol. All the food in NZ is organic to, no GMOS. 

50_Ft_Kingie
50_Ft_Kingie

@canuckbiker  Northern Irish =/= Irish. You'll find that bigotry isn't a fraction of a problem in the Republic of Ireland as it is in Northern Ireland.

sambucca
sambucca

@JRHT Sorry I beg to differ. Canada is part of NATO and Australia and New Zealand are global partners of that organisation and have taken part in many NATO wars, all in the name of humanitarianism, when really they were all about plunder and installing western puppet governments. Australia is one of the US' biggest partners in America's "pivot to Asia", another farce all in the name of plundering sovereign nations and exploiting their markets. The blood is on your nation's hands as much as it is on any other "English speaking nation who went around war mongering and murdering the shite out of other civilisations". Don't go walking around as if your shit don't stink, because everyone else will tell you it does.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@kovaras1984  You should watch the movie Ham and Cheese... if you can find it.  It's an obscure Canadian comedy but it's hilarious....  random I know.

redcoza
redcoza

@bsford  Anybody that takes the time to write a comment like this and watch the video - which I assume you did (otherwise your just trolling), obviously cares somewhat ... :)

shingui5
shingui5

@Pawfalcon  

I hate showing my ignorance, even on the internet, but i honestly thought an 'Irish' language was dead at this point, and they just spoke English.

Knowledge is power, i guess? 

robotopbuddy
robotopbuddy moderator moderator

@Pac1Man @bezza2011  To be precise, Northern Ireland (which is actually just the north east bit, really) is still considered to be part of the UK, with the rest (being the vast majority of Ireland) of it being the Republic of Ireland, which is not part of the UK, but yeah, there's no such conflict any more as far as I'm aware.

Northern Ireland has been in it's current devolved governmental state as part of an agreement to keep the peace since 1998 or so and there hasn't been any significant conflict since then to my knowledge. Iirc the bulk of the trouble occurred in Northern Ireland rather than the Republic to begin with as well, though it was related to the IRA and other things, so it's not like it was exclusively a Northern Ireland issue.

JRHT
JRHT

@sambucca  Yeah, fair call.


Although I still believe that the majority of Australia's military work has been performed with best of intentions (i.e. Timor, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Gulf War I, Rwanda) but I certainly concede that some campaigns were at best, misguided (Gulf War II, Vietnam)


I also hadn't realised that Ireland wasn't a part of NATO and had a long history of neutrality.


I'm not sure I share your concerns regarding the pivot to Asia, but hey, we're all entitled to our opinions.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Yep, and the IRA are one of the largest illegal arms dealers on the planet. So I guess everyone's shit stinks here.

redcoza
redcoza

@shingui5 @Pawfalcon  We as a whole mostly speak English, but the western and north western parts of Ireland still have strong Gaelic communities (Galway, Donegal).


Failte Ireland (Tourism board) have just recently released an advertising campaign to promote Irish language to avoid it becoming exactly that a dead language.

Drknz
Drknz

@robotopbuddy @Pac1Man @bezza2011  The Good Friday agreement may of been signed and the troubles are said to be forgotten. But visit Belfast and areas such as Londonderry and you will find enclaves of Irish who still consider the troubles to be an everyday part of their lives still..


People are shot regularly and kidnapped and there is still massive walls and boundaries that define Catholic and Protestant neighbourhoods. 

50_Ft_Kingie
50_Ft_Kingie

@canuckbiker  Seriously dude, educate yourself. The IRA (now defunct as an armed organisation after a complete weapons decommissioning in 2005) did not represent Ireland or Northern Ireland. They were terrorists, that was it.