WHAT IS IT?
First broadcast in 1992, GamesMaster was a TV series for the gaming generation. The show hit the airwaves during the big gaming explosion of the '90s when 16-bit consoles first started to attract everyone's attention. The series aired on Channel 4 for seven seasons and if you lived in the UK and played games then GamesMaster was the show for you!
The first two seasons and the last four seasons of GamesMaster were presented by Dominik Diamond, whilst season three of the show was presented by former Press Gang star Dexter Fletcher.
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA:
From 1992 until 1998, TV show GamesMaster entertained kids, adults and gamers with a fantastic mix of news, reviews and gaming challenges, all crammed into a weekly 30 minute show. The idea for the show came from former LWT producer Jane Hewland, who spotted a gap in the market for a series dedicated to gaming. Hewland was absolutely spot on and GamesMaster quickly became a huge success, attracting millions of viewers each week.
The format was simple; each week three gaming challenges were set by GamesMaster, utilising a variety of consoles and games, and contestants were invited to take part in order to win the show's prestigious Golden Joystick award. Now, what exactly doesn't sound fun about that?
Interspersed between each challenge were features dedicated to reviews, news and tips, helping a generation of kids learn how to overcome obstacles such as... how do you manage to skip all the levels on Sonic the Hedgehog?
For gamers, GamesMaster was a show offering them exactly what they wanted; the inside track on all their favourite games. The challenges also inspired audiences to perform similar challenges with their friends, siblings and co-workers, creating endless gaming opportunities.
In short, GamesMaster rocked!!!
Throughout the course of the series, the programme attracted a number of celebrity challengers, including Vinnie Jones, East 17, 2 Unlimited (remember them?), Zoe Ball and Uri Gellar. Experts from the gaming world were also on hand to give their advice and commentary on the challenges and over the years - despite format changes - the show remained a constant hit with fans.
How to play:
A = left hi punch
D = Right hi punch
Z = left lo punch
X = right lo punch
S = super upercut
up = Hi block - tap
Down = Lo Block - tap