December 6th 2007: Northamptonshire, UK: Oxygen Games™ has been fortunate enough to get an interview with Mr Football himself, Alan Hansen, star of Alan Hansen’s Sports Challenge, for Playstation®2, PC and Wii™.
OG: What made you decide to put your name and talents into a videogame?
AH: I liked the concept and thought it would be quite a fun project to be involved with. And I was right!
OG: What has it been like working with Oxygen?
AH: It’s been great– everyone is very professional but still retains a sense of fun. My involvement with this has been a lot easier than working on TV and radio; I was able to just go to the recording studio and do my stuff. Nobody yelling“Cut” every time I recorded a take! Shooting the promo ad was really fun too.
OG: What’s been the best/most fun aspect of making this game?
AH: Several things really; working with Oxygen was great, as I mentioned earlier but also, being given a free hand in the voice-over.
OG: Would you consider doing more videogames in the future?
AH: I might; really it would depend upon the project.
OG: How does voicing a game differ from television or radio work?
AH: I can only speak from my own experience but I found it to be much less frenetic. Certainly there’s less pressure, and as I said before, there was no script. They let me do more or less what I liked.
OG: Which is your favourite part or feature of the game?
AH: Being the kind of person that likes to exercise his brain, I’d have to say the questions. Although having said that, my caricature is pretty amusing!
OG: Would you recommend Alan Hansen’s Sports Challenge to your friends and family?
AH: Of course! In fact, I may have to insist they play it this Christmas!
OG: Would you recommend it to strangers?! Why? What about it makes it so good?
AH: Again, of course I would. What makes it good...apart from *my* involvement, you mean?! Let me see– well, I suppose the fact that you have to think on your feet, so to speak; you have to be quick off the mark if you want to win, and it’s really good fun. A bit like sport eh?
OG: Have you played Cheggers’ Party Quiz? If not, would you and do you think you’d be any good at it?
AH: To be completely honest, I’m not really a games person, although obviously I *have* played this one. However, as I said before in another interview, it’s important to keep the mind as well as the body in shape– quiz games are great for this.
OG: Who’d do better– you playing Cheggers’ quiz or Cheggers playing yours?
AH: I believe Keith Chegwin said that I’d fare much better playing his game than he would mine…I think it would be ungentlemanly of me to contradict him!
Alan Hansen’s Sports Challenge (along with Cheggers' Party Quiz), for Playstation®2&PC is in the shops now, with the Wii™ version released tomorrow, December 7th.
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About Oxygen Games™
Oxygen GamesTM boasts a broad range of fun&sociable titles to capture the imagination of the emerging games audience. With the focus on all major console platforms, Oxygen’s games are based on mainstream lifestyles and interests, whilst delivering contemporary content featuring sports, music&well known personalities. For more information, please visit www.oxygengames.net
About Alan Hansen
Probably the most honoured player in the history of British soccer, Hansen captained Liverpool to its victorious double in 1986. After an ongoing knee injury ended his playing career in 1991, he became the face of the BBC’s Match of the Day Live, where is best known for his authoritative and rational analyses of matches. Aside from soccer, Hansen has built a solid reputation for being an excellent motivational speaker and is a talented golfer, with a handicap of three. Hansen remains probably one of the most respected authorities in sporting media today, contributing weekly columns to the Daily Telegraph, in addition to his television work.
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