Bradley chats to Julia Hardy on the red carpet at the videogame BAFTA awards 2016.
At the forefront of gaming in the mass media is Julia Hardy, seemingly everywhere you look and presenting everything from games events to tech reviews on behalf of Very.co.uk. We managed to catch her for a few moments. Julia and I first met at Rezzed a few years ago over a mint latte, she claims they are the best. I can assure you, they are not.
Julia was recently announced as the new host of a monthly segment on Radio 1 dedicated to gaming, something usually reserved for special shows and one-offs. I asked how that came to be a thing.
"I made a conscious choice, I was doing a lot of TV shows about gaming and tried to make it as light and inclusive as possible because I like getting more gamers. I wanted to get someone who usually buys Call of Duty to buy The Witcher. That's my passion and my goal"
So what did the BBC think?
"They were very receptive to it, they weren't afraid of it but they just weren't very sure how to do it well or what was the right time. If they get involved in something they need to make sure that it was right for them. They believed in it, that was the main thing."
The BBC have even been getting involved in liver coverage of gaming championships
"Even the fact that BBC sport are saying Let's cover League of Legends is huge. Now Sky are looking at it, ESPN are getting involved; it's that ripple effect that gets credibility There's stuff getting commissioned now which just wouldn't have got a look in before. There's a comedy thing being put together and I've been working on a 4 Music special that's out this week supporting Quantum Break. Stuff is actually happening."
What about tonight at the show, who do you think has done well and deserves it?
"Her Story changed everything because of it's simplicity and interaction just through typing words. Life is Strange because everyone has been an awkward teenager and felt the feels all the way through. I really like the fact that I remembered all the photographic questions in the game too! For me The Witcher 3 was my favourite game of last year so that's simple. All my time has gone into that game."
That's all we could squeeze in quickly as she shot off to find more gamers to convert.
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