The 90's was an awesome time to be a gamer, at one point we had the 80's 8-Bit consoles and computers running alongside the 16-Bit big brothers and a steady release of 32\/64 Bit consoles all around at the same time. It was crazy but also an fantastic\u00a0time to be a gamer. One show we all used to watch captured this era really well and did its best to guide us through this era of excessive choice, that show was Bad Influence! Here's why it was awesome. Bad Influence - The Show Bad Influence ran for four series, starting in 1992 and airing until 1996. 57 episodes in total ran on CITV on a Thursday (just before Home and Away) and its techie, grown up magazine format was really fresh compared to other programs on kids TV at the time and weren't afraid to say if something was a rip-off either. Bad Influence Presenters All four series had BBC broom cupboard favourite Andy Crane (minus Edd the Duck!) alongside Violet Berlin. In the final series Sonya Saul took over Violets studio role as she reported from events across the world. There was also an American actor Z Wright who covered all the cool stuff coming out of the US for the first three series. The way it was presented was cool as well with a busy, open plan layout. Totally cool for the time. Cheats From Nam Rood 'Hello Furtlers!' If this has just activated a long dormant memory then you've just recalled Nam Rood who was their shed and later basement dwelling cheats expert who gave tips and cheat codes (the latter typically via post-it note on his forehead). His segments were pretty funny as he was also tinkering about with his latest creations. Thinking about it now we're pretty sure Nam Rood really stands for Dam Rude which he did come across as in a fun and totally teenage rebellion way. Most likely its a reversal of Door Man who as we know when we went clubbing later on in the 90's was the person that granted you access. Bad Influence! even premiered the level select code for Sonic 2 which was probably one of the most highly anticipated cheats ever on the show. Games Reviews There were three games reviews per episode from Teenagers both male and female. This was refreshing as it was someone just like the viewer saying if the game was good or not, if they were the same age and they liked it you probably did too. You could say they were peer reviewed! It Was Broadcast in Surround Sound! Bad Influence! was one of the first shows to be broadcast in Dolby Surround. This was the peak of out of reach TV technology at the time as most of us where either watching on our 14 inch TV's in our room or if you were lucky the 20 inch Ni-Cam Stereo TV in the lounge. Still it showed progress in the world of TV and that was cool in itself. If you were lucky enough to have a surround sound set up back then, you were probably loaded! All Consoles Featured Bad Influence was truly multi-format with PC, Amiga, CD32, Mega CD, Megadrive, SNES, Gameboy, GameGear, Master System, NES, Atari Jaguar, 3DO, Sega 32x, Saturn and Playstation, N64 (ultra 64 back then) getting air time over the years. Even the mightily expensive Neo-Geo got a mention from time to time as well things like the arcade board playing SuperGun. This show opened up worlds of entertainment and possibilities of what new thing to nag your parents for Birthdays and Christmas. Talking About Obscure Consoles... There was a segment where they introduced a Megadrive clone called the Scorpion. That's right, a pirated console on national TV. They spoke about the lower price and the fact that the shop you can buy it from could break open a cartridge and pre-install a game (just like Alex Kidd on the Master System 2) and the shop it was going to be available in was a well known retailer too. We can't see this happening ever again and we bet Sega were fuming at the time. Don't believe us, check out the video! Bad Influence Had Roving Reports Alongside the studio based news and segments, they also had reports from all over the world. For most of us this was awesome to see the latest stuff that we only saw grainy pictures in magazines running on our TV screens from the US and Japan. This was pre-internet for most of us so this was literally most peoples source for new kit and consoles. Gaming Cameos Have you got Micro Machines 2 on the Megadrive? If you have the next time you play it look at the characters to choose from. One of them is called Violet and is actually the presenter Violet Berlin who was put in the game from one of the roving features they had on thew show. That's a pretty good legacy for the show as the game is awesome! she was also motion-captured for a game called Normality Inc, again thanks to a report on motion capture. Bad Influence! The Magazine Running alongside the hit show a gaming magazine was launched. Unfortunately it only ran for two issues unlike its rival Gamesmaster which ran until late 2018 but hey we were all seriously spoilt for choice back then when it came to magazines. Can't win 'em all. Databurst What better way to finish off then to save the last for the Data Blast. At the end of the program when the credits rolled you could record it on your video recorder and freeze frame all the information that shot past where it had more information on the stuff featured on the show and the current gaming charts, cheats and so on. That was really geeky, totally cool and well worth doing. So there you have it, if you miss Bad Influence! (we do) you can find the episodes on YouTube, they are great to watch.