However, for a seven-year spell in the '90s, somehow Channel 4 made it work. Talking about computer games at school became cool, Patrick Moore took a break from astronomy to talk Sonic the Hedgehog and Dominik Diamond morphed into something much more than an irritating Scottish bloke with a big gob.
The reason? One word... GamesMaster.
GamesMaster: Originally broadcast between 1992 and 1998
There are few TV shows that warm the nostalgic cockles like GamesMaster. A brief rendezvous back in time via YouTube reveals a TV show littered with wooden gaming journos, doofus kids with baseball caps, spots and Mega Drive controllers glued to their hands and TV sets that look like they were made on a budget of £50 and a supermarket sweep at Poundland.
But way back in 1992 when GamesMaster first emerged on screen it didn't feel out of date at all. In fact it felt like the future and for any self-respecting teenager it was the coolest show on the box and appointment viewing on a Thursday night.
Watch the first ever episode of GamesMaster:
Dominik Diamond was at the helm (apart from series three, when cockney wideboy Dexter Fletcher stood in while producers and Dominik settled disagreements), mixing a dryer-than-sandpaper sense of humour with some splendid wordplay and wit.
He was the King of the Nerds and the glue that held the show together. Somehow managing to bring a gaggle of pre-pubescent boys into hysteria while locked in Channel 4 studios that were dressed up as an oil rig, heaven, hell, Atlantis and a desert island.
And who could possibly forget the legendary guest appearance of Zoe Ball, who flirted with Diamond something rotten while wearing leather pants and tackling a motorcycle arcade games. "So, Zoe have you ever ridden a motorbike?" asked Dom. "Not really, but I do like it in the back," said a candid Ball. You could hear the sound across the nation of 14-year-old school boys suddenly marching into puberty.
Alongside Diamond was the imposing and peculiar figure of Patrick Moore's floating head. Moore's role was to deliver the rules on the show's gaming battles in his own unique snarky fashion and he also hosted his own segment delivering clues and cheats to kids who had got stuck on the second level of Mario World.
There was no greater sight on TV in the mid-'90s than that of Moore skewering a 9-year-old boy who had somehow managed to get stuck in the latest Earthworm Jim or Mario Kart, offering his solutions with withering disdain and a spoonful of sneer.
Lee & Herring on GamesMaster:
The show lured in computer game diehards with a sizeable chunk of features, exclusives and reviews that were taken seriously and respected (something other games shows failed to achieve), but it kept the part-timers and non-gamers glued thanks to its mix of special guests and gaming championships.
Looking back, it's incredible to believe that millions of TV fans were willing to sit down at teatime and watch a pair of spotty oiks battling it out on Street Fighter 2. But they did and it was captivating viewing.
The Golden Joystick was the prize for anyone lucky enough to triumph on GamesMaster. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for any respectable gamer, it was a mark of honour and the most sought after prize on telly. Stuff your speedboats on Bullseye.
A return for GamesMaster has been discussed on many occasions by bosses at Channel 4 and other channels have tried and failed to replicate its mixture of pure gaming and sense of humour.
Watch the last ever episode of GamesMaster:
From a fuzzy nostalgic angle, the show's return sounds like a great idea. Gaming has advanced so far that the competitions would be far less dry than a one-on-race over a level on Sonic or a basic beat 'em up. And thanks to PlayStation, Apple and Xbox, tech and gaming is no longer considered something only geeks have time for.
However, it would be foolish to believe that the show's return would match up to our memories of the original. A remake would probably replace Diamond with a bland rent-a-host like Reggie Yates. And with fresh cash pumped into it and the most flashy new games, the quirky charm of the original would be lost amid the slick fizz and bangs of the latest Call of Duty or FIFA.
GamesMaster was a ridiculous idea for a show that even now sounds like something dreamt up by a bunch of stoned students. But it arrived at the right time, ended at the right time and rode a crest of 16-bit gaming magic. It was the best gaming show there ever was and probably ever will be.
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