Let’s watch GamesMaster series 1

The first episode of GamesMaster aired on Channel 4 in the UK on 7 January 1992. It was the first UK TV show dedicated to video games, and to 25 years later it remains the best.

To celebrate the glory that was GamesMaster, I decided to start watching it all over again from the start, but I decided to stream it as I did.

Joined by a bunch of lovely Tired Old Hack readers and Twitter followers, I streamed all 10 episodes from Series 1 over the course of three nights.

As the streams progressed, the GamesMaster Euphemism Drinking Game™ was born. The rules are simple: any time the legendary host Dominik Diamond drops a double-entendre or says something generally a bit filthy, you take a drink.

You see, although GamesMaster was designed for family viewing, Diamond always did his best to make sure there was one or two cheeky jokes in there that went over the young ‘uns heads and let the parents share a fly wink at each other.

It was this adult sense of humour, along with the unashamed love for games, that made GamesMaster the greatest video game TV show in history.

Don’t believe me? Then catch up below with these recordings of my three streams. I plan on streaming the other 6 series over the course of the next few weeks: keep an eye on my Twitter account and my YouTube channel if you want to join in the festivities live, otherwise the repeats will be posted on Tired Old Hack.

Night 1 – Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Episode 1 challenges
Super Mario Bros 3
Manchester United Europe (celebrity: John Fashanu)
Mad Dog McCree

Episode 2 challenges
Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic Blast Man (celebrity: Gary Mason)

Episode 3 challenges
Mega Man 2
Pro Tennis Tour 2 (celebrity: Annabel Croft)

Night 2 – Episodes 4, 5 and 6

Episode 4 challenges
Road Rash
Heimdall (celebrity: Eric Bristow)
Panza Kick Boxing

Episode 5 challenges
Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker (celebrity: Jimmy White)
Neighbours (celebrity: Ashley Paske)

Episode 6 challenges
Top Player’s Golf
Ski Or Die (celebrities: Pat Sharp and Mick Brown)

Night 3 – Episodes 7, 8, 9 and 10

Episode 7 challenges
James Pond 2: Robocod
WWF WrestleMania Challenge (celebrity: Kendo Nagasaki)
Thunder Force 3

Episode 8 challenges
Baseball Stars Professional (celebrity: Pat Cash)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Episode 9 challenges
Zany Golf
Final Blow (celebrity: Barry McGuigan)
Shadow Dancer: The Secret Of Shinobi

Episode 10 challenges
Duck Hunt
Emlyn Hughes International Soccer (celebrity: Emlyn Hughes)
Decap Attack

Expect more ‘Let’s Watch’ articles in the coming weeks and months, starting with the other six series of GamesMaster.


  1. Anybody else think Dominik Diamond looks like he’s doing Han Solo fancy dress in the header image?

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