“If television had been your only source of information and entertainment for the last 40 years you might not even know video games exist. They’re barely ever mentioned on live TV and if they are the odds are it’s in some disparaging news programme. The very few exceptions made even mediocre magazine shows like Bad Influence memorable, but there was one series that was both genuinely good and popular with a wide audience, and that show was GamesMaster.
GamesMaster originally ran from 1992 to 1998 on Channel 4 and now, finally, it is back, with three different presenters trying to take the place of Dominik Diamond and Sir Trevor McDonald replacing the late Sir Patrick Moore. The second episode is due to go live this Sunday, but before that happened we got to speak to co-presenter Robert ‘Rab’ Florence, about his experiences with the show and the short but notable history of video games on British TV.
Florence does seem perfect for the job as he’s already appeared in the only other two UK shows of any note, his own VideoGaiden series from the late 2000s and an appearance on Charlie Brooker’s Gameswipe. Even so, both TV and games have changed almost out of recognition in the last 25 years, so does bringing back GamesMaster even make sense today?”
They’re not gonna be able to say, ‘I want to spend five months playing EVE Online to really get myself integrated into the community and understand it from the inside’. And a TV show is no gonna be able to do that either. So what I hope we’ve done a wee bit with GamesMaster is by bringing some of these personalities onto the show, to do challenges that are very integrated into their particular spheres and scenes, hopefully it kind of starts to crack that open a wee bit for people.metro.co.uk