GamesMaster Host Robert Florence On Succeeding Dominik Diamond And Why Change Is “The Biggest Console”

GamesMaster Host Robert Florence On Succeeding Dominik Diamond And Why Switch Is "The Greatest Console"

Pay attention, Rob’s not messing round right here. He is aware of his video games (Picture: Robert Florence)

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As we reported just some days in the past, Scottish comic, author, poet and self-professed “God of Video games” Robert Florence has been introduced as host of the upcoming reboot of Channel 4’s iconic GamesMaster. Alongside co-hosts Frankie Ward and Ty Logan, Robert will probably be bringing us a recent new tackle the challenge-based hijinks of the ’90s traditional as he steps into the sneakers of fellow Scot, Dominik Diamond.

We have been fortunate sufficient to have an opportunity to take a seat down with Robert in a comfortable little nook of a bar in Glasgow to speak him concerning the new present, the outdated present, what we will hope to anticipate when GamesMaster hits E4 later this 12 months, and some different bits and items apart from.


Nintendo Life: Hello, Robert, thanks for sitting down to speak with us. Let’s begin with the outdated GamesMaster from again within the day; have been you a giant fan, did you catch a lot of it when it was on TV the primary time round?

Robert Florence: I used to be undoubtedly an admirer of the present. I wouldn’t say that I used to be a brilliant fan or something like that, as a result of I used to be a wee bit older I feel than the primary viewers was on the time, however I undoubtedly admired it loads. I admired what Dominik Diamond did with the format and I’ve by no means made any secret of the truth that I feel the distinctive format is just a small a part of the GamesMaster story. I actually suppose that the present was constructed on what Dominik delivered to it by his character and his worldview; his ability at dealing with individuals and company.

Now you’re presenting this newly rebooted model. How did that come about?

Principally, I obtained requested, I obtained invited to come back all the way down to London and I’ve by no means auditioned for something in my life. So, that was undoubtedly a giant resolution for me to determine whether or not or to not go down and audition, however then I feel it was that factor, I imply, it is GamesMaster. I simply really feel like I’d have all the time regretted it if I did not go and no less than attempt to get in there and be concerned. So I went down and met the individuals and all people appeared very nice and I had plenty of enjoyable on the day, and fortuitously I obtained the job.

Do you suppose that it is a coincidence that one other Scot is taking the reins, or do you suppose you guys simply genuinely have one of the best banter and video games information? Haha!

No, I do not suppose it is a whole coincidence. I undoubtedly suppose there’s an understanding inside the manufacturing workforce that the Scottish worldview perhaps helps on a present like GamesMaster. I do suppose being Scottish perhaps helps… though it undoubtedly gained’t assist the viewers who’re making an attempt to know the phrases that I’m saying after I’m on the present. I feel if individuals stick on the subtitles, they’ll in all probability handle to get by it.

Clearly, if it was as much as me… look, it is a good factor that the present isn’t gonna be stuffed with my concepts as a result of if it was, it will be a catastrophe – it will be pulled off air in a single day, in all probability

What sort of vitality are you hoping to convey to the present? Are we trying on the identical type of vibe because the ’90s, or have you ever obtained different concepts?

For me, it is an attention-grabbing state of affairs, as a result of every little thing I’ve ever executed on TV, I’ve both written it or had a considerable amount of management with it, and with one thing like this, I am ‘simply’ the presenter; I’m simply turning up and being put into the state of affairs. So I am trying ahead to simply making an attempt to get away with stuff; I am trying ahead to moving into that place and seeing what I am allowed to do and what I can get away with, having enjoyable with the individuals which are there and simply making an attempt to make issues that wee bit chaotic. I simply wish to be there and have enjoyable with this factor.

That is the factor because the presenter of the present; I feel the secret is, simply be there and make it enjoyable. And, , my co-presenters on the present, Frankie Ward and Ty Logan, each of them are simply actually humorous, nice individuals. We have solely simply met for the primary time a number of weeks in the past and we’re already getting on rather well, laughing with one another and messing about, so I feel we’re simply going to have a extremely good time.

Additionally, it is a very high-pressure state of affairs, a giant studio present like this; there are plenty of transferring components, there’s plenty of rights points, plenty of issues, plenty of needles that it’s worthwhile to thread to make one thing like this work. So, our job is simply to attempt to step into that area that they’ve constructed for us and try to have as a lot enjoyable as we probably can.

We all know you’ve got executed a little bit little bit of filming already with some extra imminent. Are you able to inform us something concerning the course of thus far, what’s been concerned, how a lot of your personal concepts you are bringing to the desk?

Clearly, if it was as much as me… look, it is a good factor that the present isn’t gonna be stuffed with my concepts as a result of if it was, it will be a catastrophe – it will be pulled off air in a single day, in all probability. So it is a good factor that we now have good individuals concerned who perceive the way to make correctly entertaining exhibits for TV. I am comfortable to simply flip up and attempt to inject a wee little bit of my character into the deal and in addition try to do an excellent job of constructing all people really feel comfy, and stuff like that. I feel with a present like GamesMaster, the rationale why all of us play video games on the finish of the day is to have enjoyable and I feel it must be a enjoyable present. I feel we have actually had enjoyable making it thus far, and I am certain once we get within the studio subsequent week we’ll have much more enjoyable.

Are you able to give us any little nuggets of something that we’ll see over the three episodes that you simply guys are filming simply now?

GamesMaster remains to be a challenge-based factor; it’s all the time been concerning the challenges, so we have got some attention-grabbing stuff occurring and yeah, I’m unsure what I’m allowed to say. Haha. We’re gonna see; we’ve undoubtedly obtained some actually attention-grabbing individuals approaching, some very attention-grabbing company, and they are going to be enjoying plenty of video games that individuals are very conversant in.

And , as a result of it is GamesMaster and it’s again for the primary time in a very long time it might probably’t be me demanding that Radiant Silvergun will get performed or have everybody enjoying some very obscure Japanese RPG like that; we have got to come back in softly and gently and try to win audiences again, so we’ll be enjoying plenty of well-known stuff. Mario will make an look indisputably, we’ll be easing individuals in gently that means.

Florence's latest sitcom, The Scotts, is available on BBC iPlayer now
Florence’s newest sitcom, The Scotts, is accessible on BBC iPlayer now (Picture: Robert Florence)

The main focus of GamesMaster, I feel, ought to all the time be on the challenges. I feel there’s already this notion on the market that this new present goes to be all about specializing in celebrities. That isn’t what this present goes to be, I’m unsure why that has come about; that is going to be about individuals who love video games and love enjoying video games. The celeb aspect just isn’t one thing that anyone ought to fear about, this isn’t going to be a factor the place celebs come on and promote themselves. There’s going to be people who find themselves into video games and love video games, simply regular punters off the road approaching, enjoying a recreation of FIFA in entrance of me with me shouting some abuse at them and the GamesMaster’s huge head hovering excessive of every little thing.

And your co-presenters, you’ve talked about them a little bit already, however inform us a bit extra about them…

The co-presenters that I’ve obtained right here, I am so fortunate to have anyone like Frankie beside me on this as a result of she’s vastly revered, she is aware of a lot about video games, she is aware of a lot about eSports specifically, which is an space of gaming I’ve actually no information of, and Frankie can discuss at nice size and in intricate element about these things. She will be able to describe Counter-Strike maps from reminiscence and she or he’s only a sensible presenter, she’s going to be stealing the present indisputably.

Ty is new to TV, he hasn’t executed that a lot stuff, however what a character he’s – individuals are going to fall in love with him the minute they see him. He’s stuffed with vitality, he loves video games… he is not like me the place he is like, , decades-old, virtually at demise’s door, an historic man who’s performed one million video games and is jaded and has seen all of it earlier than. Ty’s wide-eyed and harmless, and he loves video games – and individuals are gonna love him.

I feel that individuals might need been involved that it was going to be this particular person from Love Island and that particular person from this or that present, however it’s not going to be like that

Can you inform us about any company which are going to be on the present?

When it comes to company, as I stated, I feel that individuals might need been involved that it was going to be this particular person from Love Island and that particular person from this or that present, however it’s not going to be like that. I do not even actually know till I step into the studio on Monday who the company are going to be. I’ve obtained a wee little bit of an thought who we would have requested, however I wish to hold plenty of these things as a shock for myself; I wish to be moving into that studio to shoot the present and discover out simply beforehand who’s approaching, what’s their story, what are they gonna be enjoying.

I would like that aspect of shock, even for myself, so I feel when individuals tune in they’re not gonna see some polished, overwritten challenge that is had one million arms touching it; I feel what they’re gonna see is a pleasant live-feeling and chaotic present the place lots of people are simply doing issues for the primary time through the challenges… we can’t be faking the challenges, these individuals will solely get one shot at making an attempt to do it and if they do not do it they will not win the joystick. There will be no retakes, no rematches, none of that, not on this model of GamesMaster.

Do you suppose the unique GamesMaster influenced something you’ve got executed in video games through the years? Is there some sort of perhaps even unconscious hyperlink between it and the stuff you’ve executed like Consolevania and videoGaiden?

I feel GamesMaster is a really specific factor; every little thing I’ve executed in video games through the years has in all probability been extra influenced by sketch present stuff, and I simply by no means imagined I’d ever be concerned with something like this which is a giant studio present, an insane huge studio format. And so no, I would not say it is influenced something we have executed. I imply, actually, it is in all probability some sort of affect within the sense that it was one of the best video video games TV present of all time, and it was that means due to Dominik Diamond – he was a comic, he was a humorous man speaking about video games and I feel that is in all probability had its personal affect. I sense the truth that individuals affiliate a humorous man with a Scottish accent with this sort of video video games protection now. That is in all probability one thing that is seeped into the tradition to an extent.

Let’s transfer on from GamesMaster a wee bit. How do you’re feeling about gaming and video games media, usually, today? Are we in an excellent place proper now?

Look. I feel we’re in an awesome place, I feel there’s a lot stuff now, there are such a lot of individuals on the market who’re coming from fully totally different locations, and that’s nice. I really feel just like the gaming neighborhood is simply turning into a lot extra welcoming to individuals. Again within the day, when GamesMaster was initially on TV, video video games have been nonetheless perceived as a factor that was predominantly for wee white guys, whereas now you’ll be able to see that gaming has turn out to be a really broad church with all types of individuals welcomed and taking their place inside it. So, I am strolling into this with my eyes extensive open and I additionally suppose and know I’m very lucky to be presenting this as a straight white male.

You’ve obtained so many alternative opinions and worldviews and totally different lived experiences from individuals these days. And even inside video video games themselves, you’ll be able to see so many alternative tales being informed. There was a interval not too way back the place it felt like each recreation was some first-person shooter with some white man, and now you see a broad spectrum of actually attention-grabbing stuff from a broad spectrum of individuals. I feel that is the identical with issues like Twitch and YouTube, you get so many individuals having the ability to put their very own spin on what it means to be an individual that performs video video games.

So, GamesMaster as a present that is all the time been related to guys actually, with males, I feel that is one of many actual optimistic adjustments we get to make… I feel what we’ll make right here is one thing that tries to higher replicate the truth that gaming is a broad church today with a large and various viewers. I feel if Frankie and Ty have any sense, they will even be making an attempt to guarantee that this straight white male who’s presenting GamesMaster this time spherical does not survive previous these first three episodes.

What video games are you enjoying on the minute, what stuff are you at present having fun with?

On the minute on the Change I am enjoying The Home in Fata Morgana, which is nice. I’m additionally enjoying Cruis‘n Blast, which I completely love. And I’m additionally enjoying Shadowverse!

And the Change usually, how do you charge it alongside different trendy consoles and when it comes to Nintendo’s earlier consoles?

This Change is the best console at present available on the market, and I am not simply saying that as a result of this can be a Nintendo web site – I actually suppose it’s

This Change is the best console at present available on the market, and I am not simply saying that as a result of this can be a Nintendo web site – I actually suppose it’s. It is the one which I exploit essentially the most, it is the one with one of the best catalogue of video games. It looks like there’s nice stuff popping out on swap each week, it is simply such a wealth of content material and various experiences and I simply adore it. I like the actual fact I can play on the go and I feel when it comes to different Nintendo consoles, I am a giant Nintendo fan, an enormous fan of the N64, and the Change is essentially the most I’ve loved a Nintendo console for the reason that N64 I’d say. I additionally love the GameCube… and the Wii. The Change is superb for indie stuff – it’s an indie machine.

I prefer to have bodily copies of video games – that is how outdated I’m – I have to have the bodily copies of stuff, so at present I’ve a large Nintendo Change assortment; I feel I’ve obtained one thing arising on round 300 bodily Change video games on the minute, so yeah, a huge fan.

Favorite Change recreation?

Oooft. A really tough query to reply that, what’s your favorite Change recreation… as a result of there’s a lot good outdated stuff on the system as properly… perhaps that is an inconceivable query. Let me suppose. I wish to say one thing. Give me a sec. Give me a sec. It is inconceivable to reply that query as a result of there’s simply a lot that I like on the Change however I do wish to give a shout out to one thing that was perhaps rather less well-known, a recreation referred to as Sakuna: Of Rice and Smash, which is only a fully stunning recreation that I feel has handed lots of people by. It was well-received when it got here out, however I feel it handed lots of people by. River Metropolis Ladies too, it’s among the best video games on Change. There’s simply a lot great things, it is an actual battle to think about something I’d name my absolute favorite.

Remaining query. For those who can, in no specific order, give us your three favorite Nintendo video games of all time. Good and straightforward.

Oh God. Let’s see… my favorite Nintendo video games of all time are… oh man. I must say, if we’re not counting Resident Evil 4 as a Nintendo recreation, as a result of I think about it a Nintendo recreation – it launched on the GameCube, it was a GameCube unique for a wee whereas. Nonetheless, if we’re simply speaking Nintendo printed video games, Nintendo-developed video games then okay, here is my three in no specific order. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, F-Zero X and… Tremendous Mario Galaxy. I imply, in my head, Mario Galaxy and Mario Galaxy 2 are mixed – they’re the identical recreation – Mario Galaxy 2 might be the higher recreation.


An enormous due to Robert Florence for taking the time to talk to us and we will not wait to take a look at the brand new GamesMaster when it hits E4’s YouTube channel a little bit later this 12 months! If you cannot wait till then, you’ll be able to see Rob in Consolevania each month.



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