Is GamesMaster TV set to return?
Many of us felt a sad twinge in 1998, as the incredibly popular, multi-format GamesMaster TV show came to an end. Well happy days, as it appears it could be set to return as part of a complete reboot of the GamesMaster brand.
Times have changed though. When GamesMaster was at its peak, gaming was still seen as a ‘geeky’ hobby for young boys – and as such that’s who the show was aimed at. We think if it picked up where it left off, it would struggle to relate to the gamers of today, and flop.
Hopefully this won’t happen though, as the TV show is only part of a much larger plan. Future Publishing had the following to say;
“Future, the special-interest media group, today confirms it is planning a range of cross platform activity to boost its iconic multi-format games brand, GamesMaster.
GamesMaster magazine will unveil its first extensive redesign for six years this May. The front-to-back regeneration and editorial focus has been overseen by games media veteran Mark Donald, working closely with Editor-in-Chief, Robin Alway. Mark’s 12-year games career includes the launch of Official PlayStation Magazine and the genre-leading redesign of PC Gamer.
Following a specialist consumer research project, the new look GamesMaster magazine promises to reflect the way gamers are playing in 2010, focusing on the growing importance of online and on-console communities amongst the title’s audience. As the UK’s bestselling multi-format games title, the redesigned GamesMaster adapts its editorial focus to recognise the changing attitudes and tastes of gamers.
Future is also looking at ways to extend the brand into new formats. GamesMaster remains the UK’s most successful videogames TV show of all-time, running from 1991 until 1998 on Channel 4, and the team are exploring the potential for reviving the brand on TV screens. “
With new technology such as the PlayStation Move, and online gaming at an all time high, this could pave the way for some epic GamesMaster challenges – and we know a certain Team with Attitude who would love to provide the guest commentary.
Does any of the PS3 Attitude Public remember the original show? If so who would be your dream presenting team? We say Charlie Brooker as host, and either Stephen Fry or the legend Sir Patrick Moore as GamesMaster.