GamesMaster is a Terrible Show – Player Feature
One reader is convinced that not only was the old GamesMaster from the 90s a bad TV show, but the recent revival of E4 is too.
Can we be honest and admit that GamesMaster has never been a good series?
The only reason we gamers watched it was because we were hungry for video game news and reviews beyond a monthly magazine. Back then, for console gamers, demos were just a pipe dream. If we were lucky the best we got was a VHS tape taped to the front of a video game magazine, previewing some upcoming titles, but those were rare.
And so we fed on the leftovers given to us, even feasting on the laughable Bad Influence, like a dog chewing on a piece of dry chicken that fell to the ground.
What we wanted was a show that treated the players with respect. A game version of the popular BBC film would have been a good model, with news, previews and developer information. Instead, what we got were B-list celebrities and audience members furiously waving their joysticks at unnecessary challenges, while indifferent host Dominik Diamond doubled down on euphemisms and the late grand. Sir Patrick Moore chaired the debates, clearly unaware of what it was about. the earth continued.
In the early ’90s, being a gamer carried the stigma that you were a basement nerd with no social skills and possibly a virgin. GamesMaster did nothing to help change that attitude and it really wasn’t until the PlayStation era that things started to change, and gaming became a more acceptable pastime for the mainstream. Now, of course, the game isn’t generally seen in the same negative light, but it still struggles to break free from those old stereotypes.
And then the new GamesMaster series comes out and manages to put the game’s image back 30 years, as well as being a lot worse than the original series, and that includes the infamous Bad Season 3.
“Let’s get sweaty,” is Dominik Diamond contender Robert Florence’s slogan before every challenge, because, you know, that’s what happens when we play video games. We are sweaty. Yep, sweaty basement nerds with poor hygiene.
But anyway, maybe the show’s new challengers will help us look a little less geeky. So let’s take a look at some of the ones that producers have decided to offer as fair representation on modern gamers.
Right from the start, we’re introduced to Sam Tuff, an apparent gaming legend who, donning an Oculus Quest 2 (or whatever his name is now), swings his arm wildly in his living room, his father staring at his son with a stare. who says he just died inside. How proud he must be to see his little cherub prancing around in a virtual headset on national television.
It’s not a good start then, but it just gets worse and worse. We then meet two grown men, brothers who have dedicated 10 years of their lives playing Mortal Kombat, who are called, wait… Ketchup and Mustard. Yes, you read that right. Ketchup and mustard. And they even wore red and yellow jackets, strutting around the studio like they were about to get into a heavyweight prize fight.
At this point I was glad I decided to watch the show on my own, as if the woman saw what I was watching she would probably have confiscated my PlayStation 4. In the next episode we have a female gamer who wears mandatory cat ears for no apparent reason, as clearly all players wear cat ears.
In the last episode we had the bottom of the barrel, a celebrity, eponymous Elz the Witch (you can’t make it up that stuff), who only claims to fame doesn’t seem to wear much on her Instagram. . But at least she proved a little ’90s style for us sweaty virgins, didn’t she?
Challenges aside, the new GamesMaster fails completely as an entertainment show with its “news” sections and attempted comedy skits. The whole “Educating Grado” section is totally, needlessly bad, and no one should use their fingers to rate a game.
The scariest moment was the pitiful attempt to draw attention to the apparent oversexualization of female characters in video games, compared to their male counterparts, by comparing Metal Gear’s Quiet outfits to the armor of a Big Daddy from BioShock and a soldier in a ghillie suit.
Besides making the mistake of assuming that only male soldiers could wear a ghillie suit, Big Daddies are neither male nor female (as far as I know), but why such contrasting outfits anyway? How about comparing Kratos, who walks around without his top, showing off his oversized muscles, or a number of male figures who might be considered hypersexualized or impossible to get the physique?
So the new GamesMaster is bad. The presenters mostly seem overwhelmed, the comedy isn’t funny, and the players are made to look like sweaty geeks again.
The only saving grace is Sir Trevor McDonald, who, like Sir Patrick before, clearly has no idea what he’s talking about, which makes his absurd lines even funnier.
Other than that, this series must be confined once and for all in its own well of fire.
By RelaxedChimp reader (PSN ID)
(And yes, I see the irony of having a RealxedChimp gamertag, compared to Ketchup and Mustard, but I wouldn’t call myself that on national TV!)
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