the different approach to the last series was seen by most
fans as a brilliant change of direction, it was apparent that
Channel 4 was not quite as keen on the new style of the show.
After all, Games Master had made them a fortune from the sponsorship
deal from McDonalds, but as the show had stepped away from
the kiddie audience, C4 weren't as happy to promote it as
much. The most radical way they showed this was changing the
time of the show in the scheduling from 6.30pm to 6.00pm.
Still, in September 1996, the series started and the audience
were treated to a nice interlinking opening sequence of Dom
falling from the Heavens and making a splash into the ocean.
Frantically struggling to survive, two mermaids appear and
drag him onto a beach and resuscitate him with Dom doing a
trademark thumbs up gesture.
was set on Atlantis and featured a staggering set design with
an old boat in decay on one side, two huge statues apart and
a big circular plasma screen featuring clips of sharks and
fish swimming. All looked very impressive and fitted in well
with the classic style it was hoping to achieve.
introduced us to the show and indeed to the new Joystick Girls
who were now mermaids. For the first time on GM the girls
spoke to the camera and would be used for jokes such as having
one mermaid saying nice, sweet things while the other would
be more laddish. One of the mermaids, Theresa, also took part
on a Ridge Racer challenge later on in the series to help
a small kid whose foot couldn't reach the pedal.
set off in full swing by having the first challenge of the
series on the most eagerly awaited game and console of the
era, Mario64 for the N64. The Playstation was in full force
and would be used for many, many challenges throughout the
series. The Saturn, however, wasn't and only featured in a
previous series, the same co-commentators were used throughout
the series and were in fact featured for a Christmas Special
later on. It was a seamlessly harmless show to watch on screen
but a different story off. You might remember a bit of a fracas
regarding a final challenge between Dave Perry and Kirk Ewing
on Mario64? Well, suffice to say that one of them wasn't happy
with the end result and one was only too pleased. I think
enough has been said about what went on with this show but
if you're interested in more you can read both of their accounts
in the Interviews section of this site. Before the final of
the show, the rest of it was brilliant viewing and only on
GM would you get 'Videogame related knowledge beginning with
the letter 'P'' as a topic of choice from Kirk Ewing.
memorable show of the series to be talked about by fans was
the Tetsujin show, where a Tetsujin was flown in specially
from Japan to take on 100 school kids on the all-new Tekken
3 arcade machine. Much discussion has taken place regarding
the validity of the challenge, and of the Tetsujin, but he
was the real thing and flown over from Sega Japan. It was
right that 100 school kids didn't take part but instead 50
who played the Tetsujin twice. It is also right that they
hadn't played the machine before as the Producer, Jonny Finch,
explains, "At the time the prototype machine had only
just arrived in the country so nobody had (long negotiations
with SEGA Japan to get it) - the unveiling of VF3. It was
all part of the spectacle.
But we reasoned that since the graphics were the main advance
whereas the game play was very similar to VF2, it was still
the case that a kickass player would be bloody good at VF3.
The simple fact is that the Tetsujin (absolutely the real
thing and flown over at considerable expense) was in a different
league from anyone in this country."
show of the series saw an 'Offence-O-Meter' which was a 'tongue-in-cheek'
swipe at Channel 4 and so each time Dom said something rude,
the scale would go up higher until it would go off the scale
and the show would be cancelled. Channel 4 received quite
a few complaints about the show and was often criticised.
This is an example from the BBC News archive: "Another
Channel 4 show, Games master, was criticised for including
violent scenes from a computer game called Mortal Kombat IV."
Season 6 Judgement Rating - 88%
a very entertaining series and featured some great games and
some hilarious features (including the infamous 'Pants on
Head' bloke). The challenges were top notch - remember Martin
Mathers playing two Virtua Arcade 2 machines at once? - and
the celebrities were quite cool with the likes of Zoe Ball
and, er, Michael Fish appearing. At the end of the series,
no-one was quite sure if it really was the end of Games Master,
but as we all know, that wasn't the case.