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Games Master

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GamesMaster was a British television show, airing from 1992 to 1998, and was the first ever UK television show dedicated to computer and video games. A large part of the show was the challenges, which saw gamers competing against each other over the course of the series to be crowned "GamesMaster Champion" through a variety of different games & challenges (For example, a Speed Run through Sonic The Hedgehog 3's Angel Island Zone), before focusing more on the actual games than the challenges.Debuting between the launches of the SEGA Mega Drive and the SNES, the show orginally had a target demographic of pre-teens, but as time went on, the show shifted to targeting teenagers & young adults instead.Two of the show's tradmarks were the setting changing changing each year, much like levels in a video game; and the titular Games Master, a disembodied head (played by Sir Patrick Moore) who dispensed advice on video games to those who needed it, albeit with a sharp tounge.
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Series of the 1990s
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Deadpan Snarker
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Patrick Moore
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist SEGA
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SegaGenesis
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Speed Run
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SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem
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Sonic 3 & Knuckles (Video Game)
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Both Dominik Diamond and the Games Master.
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Follow the Leader
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Follow the Leader: After GamesMaster became a surprising hit, several imitations popped up that used the same format; all of them were cancelled before GamesMaster, which was lampshaded during the final episode. One of which, Games World, was by the same production company.
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Title Montage
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Title Montage: Series 7 used one which cut together footage from the previous six openings sequentially before showing Dominik on the show's new setting,; then doing the same thing with the GamesMaster (Who had undergone a makeover each year) before bringing up the title.
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Getting Crap Past the Radar
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Getting Crap Past the Radar: there were many double entendres from Dominik Diamond and also some from the challengers (including some quite young children). They somehow got away with showing Fatalities in Mortal Kombat. And though they had blood turned off in the challenges, they still showed blood in the Consoletations segment when someone asked how to unlock extra blood. The season 1 finale had a review section focused on Adult Games. The show aired at 6:30.
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Put on a Bus to Hell
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Put on a Bus to Hell: Dominik Diamond left the show after Series 2, and was stated to have died in the Oil Rig explosion at the end of Series 2. A rather literal example, as when The Bus Came Back and Dominik returned in Series 4, the show was set in hell. The bus returned in Series 5's opening titles- hitting Dominik on the way out of a chippy, thus setting that series in Heaven.
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Darker and Edgier
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Darker and Edgier: Series 4 ended with a "Gore Special", focusing on games they couldn't show in the normal pre-watershed timeslot.
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Trash the Set
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Trash the Set: The final ever episode featured Dominik looking back over the past 7 years, whilst the set was gradually taken apart behind him.
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Take That!
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Take That: Frequently.
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Finale Season
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Finale Season: Series 7 - The opening titles were a Title Montage built from the previous 6 intros, and if that wasn't a big enought hint, the very first line of the series was Dominik informing the viewer that it was going to be final series of the show.
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Pit Girls
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Pit Girls: The Diver in Series 2, the Angels in Series 5, the Mermaids in Series 6, and the Girl Fridays in Series 7.
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Curb-Stomp Battle
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Curb-Stomp Battle: A Japanese Tetsujin faced 100 British challengers in consectutive games of Virtua Fighter in Series 6. He won without much challenge.
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Executive Meddling
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Executive Meddling: The McDonalds sponsorship that the show had in Series 3 and 4. At the time, it was rumoured (And later confirmed by Dominik in a 2009 interview) that this was the reason for Dominik's departure before Series 3 (Although he did return in Series 4) and would appear to be backed up by one of the first things Dexter Fletcher said being a shot at Dominik.
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KeepCirculatingTheTapes
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Keep Circulating the Tapes: Never released on DVD, and the show doesn't receive any repeat viewings due the news segments no longer being relevant.
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Cheaters Never Prosper
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Cheaters Never Prosper: In the race stage of The Aquatic Games one challenger used the cannon to get an early lead and still managed to lose.
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Fake Brit
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Fake Brit: Inverted - Dexter Fletcher was best known at the time for playing Spike Thomson in Press Gang, a role which saw him using an American accent. When he began presenting GamesMaster in his genuine Cockney accent, he was accused of putting on the English accent.
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TookALevelInJerkass
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Took a Level in Jerkass: Dominik Diamond, following his return in Series 4.
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Biting-the-Hand Humor
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Biting-the-Hand Humor: The Offence-O-Meter from the last episode of Series 6.
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Screwed by the Network
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Screwed by the Network: Channel 4 weren't happy when the show shifted it's target demographic from children. As such, Dominik remarked at the end of Series 6 that it was his final series, as Channel 4 gave no indication that the show was returning for a seventh series. It turned out that the show had been renewed & budgeted for 18 episodes, but Channel 4 "forgot" to tell them until it was too late to make the scheduled slots; as a result, the final series was cut down to 10 episodes.
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Spin-Off
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Spin-Off: Games Master magazine. It's still going strong 15 years after the TV show ended.
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Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?
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Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Dominik has a fear of flying, which gradually got worse as he was flown around the world to shoot segments for the show. By Series 7, it had gotten so bad that Dominik refused to get on a plane again.
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Rearrange the Song
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Rearrange the Song: Every series featured a new remix of the GamesMaster theme; Series 2 & 3 using an altered version of the previous theme tune each time. From Series 4 onward, the theme was remixed to be more appropriate to the theme of the series.
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WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs
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Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: The Games Master himself. Series 1 to 3 - Beligerant A.I. Series 4 - Lord of the Underworld Series 5 - God Series 6 - Poseidon Series 7 - The Sun
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Tomboy and Girly Girl: Theresa and Leigh-Ann, the Mermaids in Series 6.
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Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure
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Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Kind of. In a 2011 interview, Dominik claimed to attempt to distance himself from games, to pursue a career in radio and get a "trendy music show". Years later, when he got such a show, he found that the reason he was able to command exclusive interviews with "trendy" bands at the time was because they'd grown up watching Games Master.
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