Gamesmaster was hit show in the 90’s that took gaming out of the bedroom and onto living room screens. We take a nostalgic look back at what made Gamesmaster such a hit show. Gamesmaster – The Show Itself Gamesmaster first aired on the 7th January 1992 and was the first series dedicated to video games to ever come out in the UK. The show ran for seven series overall and the last episode aired on the 3rd February 1998. It was mainly for kids and teenagers, but it aired on Channel 4 long after the days children’s TV had ended at 6.30pm. There were between 10 and 26 episodes per season each running for 30 mins including an ad break. Filming was mostly done in London. Gamesmaster Presenters Dominik Diamond presented most of the show, except for season 3 which was hosted by Dexter (Alwight Geeeezer!!!) Fletcher (Soap in Lockstock and Spike in the Press Gang). Diamond was edgy and sarcastic and Fletcher was regarded as being massively in your face. Either way both had a style that was very different to anything that kids and teenagers had seen before with innuendos aplenty and put downs galore. This more mature approach made it feel different to what was experienced in the past. Gamesmaster Settings The settings are what made GamesMaster stand out in our opinion as there was always something new to see in every series. Series one of Gamesmaster was set in a church which was a subtle way of saying that video games are the new religion for kids everywhere. Season 2 was set on an oil rig and the industrial setting really gave the show a harsh and mature feel, unfortunately that blew up at the end of the season ‘killing off’ presenter Dominik Diamond. Season 3 which Dexter Fletcher presented on was set in an old castle and London Dungeons. When Gamesmaster returned to season 4, Dominik Diamond was back from the dead (sort of) as he was in Hell with a host of goblin assistants on hand. Season 5 of GamesMaster was set in Heaven, 6 in Atlantis and finally season 7 was set on a desert island. GamesMaster If you though the put downs from the presenters were harsh you’d be wrong. The show’s namesake was GamesMaster which was brilliantly played by Sir Patrick Moore, the famous astronomer who until then was seen solely as that chap who presented The Sky at Night which was on at ridicoulous o'clock. He was superimposed in a virtual reality setting and gamer's asked him for help and cheats on the big games of the day. After being asked, Gamesmaster finally relented and gave it to them not before being savage in his put-downs leading up to it. What a legend! Games Reviews Whilst the shows focus was on the challenges compared to rival show Bad Influence and its magazine format . There were of course games reviews, and these were done mainly by video game journalists from the biggest magazines of the day. The views between them sometimes left us a tad confused as to whether a game was worth buying or not. Some said they were great and others said less nicer things, However, they were good to have on the show as it broke up the challenges nicely and gave gamers an insight on to what was coming soon. The Challenges There were usually three challenges per show. Some were elimination challenges that covered the whole show. Most were individual ones where audience members pitted themselves against each other to win the coveted Golden Joystick by completing a level the quickest or by winning a one on one challenge on games like Streetfighter 2 or Mortal Kombat. One time along with winning the Golden Joystick they even had Games Mistress from rival show Gamesworld doing a challenge with the kids (the shows were made by the same production company) with them also winning a 'date' with her. Who didn't want that?!? Technically makes it the first e-sports TV show really as well. Consoles featured in the challenges were anything from the Megadrive and SNES to the Neo Geo and sometimes actual arcade machines. In later series the N64 and Playstation as the series ran during two separate console generations. Season 3 also had the winners going through to Gamesmaster Team Final so we saw the winners of the heats return. Celebrities on Gamesmaster Not only were their audience challenges but there were celebrity ones too. Normally, they would be on doing some self-promoting at the same time if they were pop stars like you would expect. There were some cool challenges alongside the usual consoles such as two boxers seeing who could punch the hardest on arcade classic Sonic Blastman. The show had everyone on it, from famous footballers to pop groups, soap stars and even weathermen like Michael Fish were on Gamesmaster. Some were good at the games and a lot were awful but again it gave us a chance to see our favourite stars doing the things we loved doing…playing games! Gamesmaster Special Shows Gamesmaster was aired at 6.30pm on a Tuesday, however there was a special hour long ‘Gore’ episode. Many had to record and watch later as it was on at 12.35am due to the mature content it was showing. Alongside these there were of course the Christmas Specials (on at normal time thankfully) and the Gamesmaster Team Championships final being special episodes. The last ever episode of Gamesmaster whilst not a special was a nostalgic compilation of all the best bits from seasons 1-7. Gamesmaster’s Legacy Gamesmaster was the first show to be about gaming and because of this we also got shows like Bad Influence and GamesWorld in the UK that gave gamer's a voice and started to make gaming more mainstream. Gamesmaster lived on long after the TV series ended over 20 years ago. The magazine launched in 1993 and lasted until the end of 2018. The question is could it come back today? Well, it would be great to see for a new generation However, given the nature of how viewing habits have changed and the main star Patrick Moore now, sadly not being around anymore it would have to something special indeed to give it the audience numbers it garnered back in the 90’s. Can you still watch Gamesmaster anywhere? After re-runs on Challenge TV for a few years along with other favourite shows like Knightmare it kind of disappeared into the annals of history. Luckily you can now catch episodes on YouTube with tons of them available to watch including the hilarious meltdown of the reviewer who lost a challenge on Mario 64,. Although as you’d expect from VHS rips and the analogue broadcasting of the time they aren’t the best quality but there good to see. Go hunt them down and enjoy some 90’s nostalgia! Feeling Nostalgic? How much did you love Gamesmaster? 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