Gamesmaster was hit show in the 90\u2019s 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.\nGamesmaster \u2013 The Show Itself\nGamesmaster first aired on the 7th January 1992 and was the first series dedicated to video games to ever come out in the UK.\n\nThe show ran for seven series overall and the last episode aired on the 3rd February 1998.\n\nIt was mainly for kids and teenagers, but it aired on Channel 4 long after the days children\u2019s TV had ended at 6.30pm.\n\nThere were between 10 and 26 episodes per season each running for 30 mins including an ad break.\n\nFilming was mostly done in London.\nGamesmaster Presenters\nDominik 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).\n\nDiamond was edgy and sarcastic and Fletcher was regarded as being massively in your face.\n\nEither 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.\n\nThis more mature approach made it feel different to what was experienced in the past.\n\n\nGamesmaster Settings\n\n\nThe settings are what made GamesMaster stand out in our opinion as there was always something new to see in every series.\n\nSeries one\u00a0 of Gamesmaster was set in a church which was a subtle way of saying that video games are the new religion for kids everywhere.\n\nSeason 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 \u2018killing off\u2019 presenter Dominik Diamond.\n\nSeason 3 which Dexter Fletcher presented on was set in an old castle and London Dungeons.\n\nWhen 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.\n\nSeason 5 of GamesMaster was set in Heaven, 6 in Atlantis and finally season 7 was set on a desert island.\nGamesMaster\n\n\nIf you though the put downs from the presenters were harsh you\u2019d be wrong.\n\nThe show\u2019s 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.\n\nHe was superimposed in a virtual reality setting and gamer's asked him for help and cheats on the big games of the day.\n\nAfter being asked, Gamesmaster finally relented and gave it to them not before being savage in his put-downs leading up to it.\n\nWhat a legend!\n\n\nGames Reviews\n\n\nWhilst the shows focus was on the challenges compared to rival show Bad Influence and its magazine format .\n\nThere were of course games reviews, and these were done mainly by video game journalists from the biggest magazines of the day.\n\nThe views between them sometimes left us a tad confused as to whether a game was worth buying or not.\n\nSome said they were great and others said less nicer things,\n\nHowever, 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.\nThe Challenges\n\n\nThere were usually three challenges per show.\n\nSome were elimination challenges that covered the whole show.\n\nMost 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.\n\nOne 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.\n\nWho didn't want that?!?\n\nTechnically 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.\n\nIn later series the N64 and Playstation as the series ran during two separate console generations.\n\nSeason 3 also had the winners going through to Gamesmaster Team Final so we saw the winners of the heats return.\n\n\nCelebrities on Gamesmaster\n\n\nNot only were their audience challenges but there were celebrity ones too.\n\nNormally, they would be on doing some self-promoting at the same time if they were pop stars like you would expect.\n\nThere were some cool challenges alongside the usual consoles such as two boxers seeing who could punch the hardest on arcade classic Sonic Blastman.\n\nThe show had everyone on it, from famous footballers to pop groups, soap stars and even weathermen like Michael Fish were on Gamesmaster.\n\nSome 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\u2026playing games!\nGamesmaster Special Shows\n\n\nGamesmaster was aired at 6.30pm on a Tuesday, however there was a special hour long \u2018Gore\u2019 episode.\n\nMany had to record and watch later as it was on at 12.35am due to the mature content it was showing.\n\nAlongside these there were of course the Christmas Specials (on at normal time thankfully) and the Gamesmaster Team Championships final being special episodes.\n\nThe last ever episode of Gamesmaster whilst not a special was a nostalgic compilation of all the best bits from seasons 1-7.\n\n\nGamesmaster\u2019s Legacy\n\n\nGamesmaster 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.\n\nGamesmaster lived on long after the TV series ended over 20 years ago.\n\nThe magazine launched in 1993 and lasted until the end of 2018.\n\nThe question is could it come back today?\n\nWell,\u00a0 it would be great to see for a new generation\n\nHowever, 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\u2019s.\nCan you still watch Gamesmaster anywhere?\nAfter 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.\n\nLuckily 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,.\n\nAlthough as you\u2019d expect from VHS rips and the analogue broadcasting of the time they aren\u2019t the best quality but there good to see.\n\nGo hunt them down and enjoy some 90\u2019s nostalgia!\nFeeling Nostalgic?\nHow much did you love Gamesmaster?\n\nWe\u2019re you an avid watcher and what was your favourite moment from the show?\n\nLet us know in the comments below and don\u2019t forget to share the article if you enjoyed reading it.