KZ: Hi Will! What is your favourite thing about your job?
W: I could say the awesome people I get to work, and laugh, with. I could say the fact I get to beam into living rooms across the country and talk about video games. Or I could say the fact that a part of my job is to play video games… All of it would be true, and all of it is brilliant fun!
KZ: What has been the highlight of your time as a host so far?
W: It’s gotta be The Apongalypse. Getting to save the world’s gamers from an Avengers level threat? I think so. We all got to look cool doing it, and I’m actually a bit of a visual effects man, so there were fun pops and bangs I got to work on behind the scenes too!
KZ: What are your top five games of 2020, and why?
W: Ooo, that’s a tricky one – there have been so many great games this year… but I’ll whittle it down to five.
Dreams - A game with endless possibilities. Sculpt your world from digital clay, program animations and movement, you can even compose music. It's a game maker within a game and the community has already made some incredible creations that you can dive into!
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time - Crash is back, need I say more? Basically, if you’ve ever played a Crash Bandicoot game - this is more of that but ripped all the way up to the modern age with new gameplay, fresh ideas and glossy lovely graphics. Just be prepared to fail a whole heap, it’s haaard.
Microsoft Flight Simulator - An incredibly impressive game. You can jump into a variety of real world planes and glide across the actual earth - with the whole game being generated via scans of the planet. I have flown over my house many-a-time and it never gets old.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit - Remote Control Mario Karts would be more than enough, but through this game you actually get to turn your living room into a race track! On a purely cool factor, this game wins… but clearly it hasn’t because -
Marvel’s Iron Man VR - Popping into Virtual Reality and saving the planet as Iron Man is a pretty unbeatable experience. There’s powers to unlock and suits to customise and most of all - you feel like a superhero from start to finish.
KZ: What would be your top 10 games of the last decade, and why?
W: Top five of this year was hard enough! To make it easy on myself, let’s just say nine games from the LEGO franchise. There’s already over 30 games in there, and I loved almost all of them. Special mention to LEGO DC Super-Villains for letting us live out our dastardly super-villain fantasies and even letting us make our evil protagonist! I’ll also say Croc: Legend of the Gobbos - whilst Crash and Spyro get reboots and remakes, my pal Croc is still waiting for his time back in the sun!
KZ: Is there something K-Zoners can start practising now that will help them improve their skills as a host, or being in front of a camera?
W: I personally even still struggle with being confident on camera, but taking deep breaths and being sure to have fun always seems to work. You also have to trust the editors will make you look golden (and they usually do).
WHICH HOST IS MOST LIKELY TO…
Pull a prank: So, Rad would be the most likely to try - but chuckle too loud and spoil the surprise. DARREN likewise would probably tell us about the prank before doing it. So, I’d say Gem - she’s a sneaky one.
Laugh uncontrollably on set: Rad. Um, Rad. I’m gonna go with… Rad.
Suddenly start dancing: Considering Rad bursts at the seams to play the yearly Just Dance games, I’ll say Rad. Buuut if it were a dance battle to save the universe, you know this Will would step up to the plate.
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