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Best known for blasting out the latest chart hits and mouthing off about popular culture that all too often involves celebrity booze binges, BBC Radio 1 is not exactly the go-to place for your latest gaming information. However, this is all set to change in a weeks time, with the promise of a major three-day weekend involving everything video games, including a phone-in for listeners to request music from games and a “best game ever” poll. Hit the jump for more information and the press release.

“Over the Bank Holiday Weekend (22-25 May), BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra will be taken over by the wonderful world of computer games. The weekend will be jam packed with gaming themed content from reviews, to soundtracks, DJ leaderboards and a poll to find the best game ever.

Whether you’re into collecting gold coins, eating blue ghosts, performing unearthly fighting combos, fitting shapes together against the clock or multiplaying with distant friends there will be something for all gamers.

The highlight of the weekend will be BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra hosting an online poll to find the greatest ever computer game. A panel of industry experts will compile a list of their top 100 games and then listeners will be invited to choose their top three from the list.

Scott Mills will launch the poll on Friday 22 May between 6.30am and 10am and the results will be revealed on Bank Holiday Monday during Mistajam’s show which is simulcast on BBC Radio 1& 1Xtra between 7pm and 10pm.

Over the weekend the legendary Live Lounge will be turned into a gaming arcade where Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ’s will battle it out in the gaming leaderboards and listeners can follow online.

Throughout the day on Bank Holiday Monday, starting in Scott’s show there will be the chance to listen to the best tunes from gaming soundtracks – chosen by both listeners and the DJ’s. Jo Whiley will be joined by computer games expert- Johnny Minkley. At 1pm, Fearne Cotton and The Surgery presenter Aled Hayden-Jones host a special ‘gaming’ Surgery. Greg James will continue with the gaming soundtracks between 4pm and 7pm and then hand over to Mistajam’s simulcast for the big countdown of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s poll of the greatest ever computer games.”

This is exciting stuff. BBC Radio 1 is the biggest radio station in the UK and the idea of being able to hear the theme from Snake Eater played on it is quite a thrill, I must admit. I say “quite a thrill”, I of course mean “absolutely frigging mind-blowing”. It would appear that lots of effort has gone into this event, so kudos to BBC… although I haven’t been invited on to speak with Fearne Cotton just yet. I’ll be waiting by the phone, Beeb.

We are officially socially acceptable, confirmed.

What track would you like to hear over the airwaves? And, arguably more importantly, which game do you think should and/or will win the “best game ever” poll? Register here.

  1. avatar Tobi

    Some music from Naruto UNS or Kingdom Hearts would be nice since its very different from the norm

  2. Anything Metal Gear would do. Harry Gregson-Williams is the best soundtrack composer in my humble opinion. Ending scores from MGS, MGS3, MGS4. Which are: The Best is yet to come by Rika Muranaka, Way to Fall by Starsailor and Here’s to you by Lisbeth Scott. And what about some Killzone? Composer Joris de Man did a really good job. Oh man, I don’t know. I could go on forever.

    I’m gonna listen to some BBC Radio, that’s for sure.

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