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GamesMaster staging comeback, TV series possible

Thursday, 11th March 2010 14:47 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Future said today that GamesMaster mag is to relaunch in the UK in May, and that the TV series may even return.

Brits growing up in the 90s will be more than familiar with the “old” GamesMaster TV series, which featured people like Dominic Diamond and the never-boring Mario 64 grump episode with the Games Animal. He was a marketing manager, remember. You had to be there.

PR below. Don’t shit your pants just yet: the TV comeback is only being “explored”.

GamesMaster gets major refresh

UK’s bestselling multi-format games title gets new look as Future explores brand extensions

11/03/10 – 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.

Emma Parkinson, Associate Publisher of GamesMaster, said:

“We have ambitious plans for the future of this iconic gaming brand, kicking off with a major redesign of GamesMaster magazine in May. We intend to develop GamesMaster across multiple platforms, updating the look and feel, whilst protecting its 19-year legacy and the immense respect it receives from gamers and the industry itself.”

Simon Maxwell, Group Publisher of Future’s Console and Online portfolio, added:

“GamesMaster is a key gaming brand for Future and there are some fantastic opportunities to expand its reach and influence beyond the magazine. This year, we’ll bring a comprehensively redesigned GamesMaster magazine to market, develop an online presence through our existing sites, and explore the appetite for bringing the show back to TV.”

The July issue of GamesMaster, on sale Thursday, 20th May – with a coverprice of £3.99, including exciting relaunch gifts.

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  1. Gheritt White

    I always preferred Bad Influence.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DGOJG

    I used to read this magazine all the time but the writing just seemed really childish in comparison to when I started getting OPM

    #2 4 years ago
  3. DGOJG

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gheritt White

    It’s supposed to – GamesMaster is the only multi-format magazine aimed at tweens and early teens. EDGE and GamesTM are aimed at the 18+ age bracket.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. dirigiblebill

    “I always preferred Bad Influence.”

    As a juvenile extra, I walked in front of the camera eight times during a production of Bad Influence. True fact.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. mington

    Pat should audition to be the gamesmaster

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Gheritt White

    @ 5: I vividly remember entering a Bad Influence competition to win a 3DO – in retrospect, I feel sorry for the poor blighter that won it.

    I still remember the question – “how long does it take for light travelling from the Sun to reach Earth”. Can’t recall if I answered correctly, though.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Michael O’Connor

    Why even bother? The magazine has been shit and irrelevant for the past decade.

    It’s an embarassing kiddie mag of juvenile standards and talentless writers appealing to an ignorant demographic.

    Everything the TV show *wasn’t*.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. dirigiblebill

    “It’s an embarassing kiddie mag of juvenile standards and talentless writers appealing to an ignorant demographic.”

    Yeah, because targeting the younger generation is the sort of catastrophically unsound commercial thinking we’d expect from, among others, the people who publisher Eurogamer ;)

    http://www.vg247.com/2010/02/25/megaton-launches-aims-at-8-12-year-olds/

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Michael O’Connor

    You can appeal to a young audience without coming across like a brain dead monkey, as GamesMaster does.

    I watched re-runs of Bad Influence recently, and its still fun even now.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Bulk Slash

    This project will fail unless they have Patrick Moore’s face covered with CGI appendages looming over proceedings.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. dirigiblebill

    Truth be told I can’t remember the last time I read GamesMaster (it was probably that growing up that did it), but if their editorial is as limp-wristed as you say then I can only hope Donald and co change things up.

    All of this pales into insignificance, anyway, alongside the continuing absence of efforts to revive Sonic the Comic.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Zarckan

    hahaha Dom & Dave …

    Not seen DD since I went to the same boarding school as him in Perthshire… Strathallan – http://www.strathallan.co.uk/

    #13 4 years ago