As we reported just a few days ago, Scottish comic, author, poet and self-professed “God of 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 can be bringing us a contemporary 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to sit down down with Robert in a comfy little nook of a bar in Glasgow to speak him in regards to the new present, the outdated present, what we are able to hope to count on when GamesGrasp hits E4 later this 12 months, and some different bits and items apart from.
Nintendo Life: Hi, Robert, thanks for sitting down to speak with us. Let’s begin with the outdated GamesGrasp from again within the day; have been you a giant fan, did you catch a lot of it when it was on TV the primary time round?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 an excellent fan or something like that, as a result of I used to be a wee bit older I believe 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 believe the distinctive format is just a small a part of the GamesGrasp story. I actually assume that the present was constructed on what Dominik delivered to it by way of his persona and his worldview; his ability at dealing with individuals and friends.
Now you’re presenting this newly rebooted model. How did that come about?
Basically, I obtained requested, I obtained invited to come back right down to London and I’ve by no means auditioned for something in my life. So, that was undoubtedly a giant choice for me to resolve whether or not or to not go down and audition, however then I believe it was that factor, I imply, it is GamesGrasp. I simply really feel like I might have at all times regretted it if I did not go and a minimum of attempt to get in there and be concerned. So I went down and met the individuals and everyone appeared very nice and I had a whole lot of enjoyable on the day, and fortuitously I obtained the job.
Do you assume that it is a coincidence that one other Scot is taking the reins, or do you assume you guys simply genuinely have the most effective banter and video games data? Haha!
No, I do not assume it is a whole coincidence. I undoubtedly assume there’s an understanding throughout the manufacturing workforce that the Scottish worldview possibly helps on a present like GamesGrasp. I do assume being Scottish possibly helps… though it undoubtedly received’t assist the viewers who’re attempting to grasp the phrases that I’m saying when I’m on the present. I believe if individuals stick on the subtitles, they’ll most likely handle to get by way of it.
Obviously, if it was as much as me… look, it is a good factor that the present isn’t gonna be filled 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, most likely
What sort of vitality are you hoping to convey to the present? Are we wanting on the similar form 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 completed on TV, I’ve both written it or had a considerable amount of management with it, and with one thing like this, I’m ‘simply’ the presenter; I’m simply turning up and being put into the state of affairs. So I’m wanting ahead to simply attempting to get away with stuff; I’m wanting ahead to entering into that place and seeing what I’m allowed to do and what I can get away with, having enjoyable with the individuals which are there and simply attempting to make issues that wee bit chaotic. I simply need to be there and have enjoyable with this factor.
That’s the factor because the presenter of the present; I believe the bottom line is, simply be there and make it enjoyable. And, you understand, my co-presenters on the present, Frankie Ward and Ty Logan, each of them are simply actually humorous, nice individuals. We’ve solely simply met for the primary time just a few weeks in the past and we’re already getting on very well, laughing with one another and messing about, so I believe we’re simply going to have a very good time.
Also, it is a very high-pressure state of affairs, a giant studio present like this; there are a whole lot of transferring elements, there’s a whole lot of rights points, a whole lot of issues, a whole lot of needles that it is advisable thread to make one thing like this work. So, our job is simply to attempt to step into that house that they’ve constructed for us and attempt to have as a lot enjoyable as we presumably can.
We know you’ve got completed a bit of little bit of filming already with some extra imminent. Can you inform us something in regards to the course of thus far, what’s been concerned, how a lot of your individual concepts you are bringing to the desk?
Obviously, if it was as much as me… look, it is a good factor that the present isn’t gonna be filled 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, most likely. So it is a good factor that now we have good individuals concerned who perceive methods to make correctly entertaining reveals for TV. I’m pleased to simply flip up and attempt to inject a wee little bit of my persona into the deal and likewise attempt to do a superb job of constructing everyone really feel comfy, and stuff like that. I believe with a present like GamesGrasp, the rationale why all of us play video games on the finish of the day is to have enjoyable and I believe it must be a enjoyable present. I believe we have definitely had enjoyable making it thus far, and I’m positive after we get within the studio subsequent week we’ll have much more enjoyable.
Can you give us any little nuggets of something that we’ll see over the three episodes that you just guys are filming simply now?
GamesGrasp continues to be a challenge-based factor; it’s at all times been in regards to the challenges, so we have some attention-grabbing stuff occurring and yeah, I’m undecided 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 friends, and they will be taking part in a whole lot of video games that persons are very accustomed to.
And you understand, as a result of it is GamesGrasp and it’s again for the primary time in a very long time it might’t be me demanding that Radiant Silvergun will get performed or have everybody taking part in some very obscure Japanese RPG like that; we have to come back in softly and gently and attempt to win audiences again, so we’ll be taking part in a whole lot of well-known stuff. Mario will make an look for sure, we’ll be easing individuals in gently that manner.
The focus of GamesGrasp, I believe, ought to at all times be on the challenges. I believe 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 undecided why that has come about; that is going to be about individuals who love video games and love taking part in video games. The superstar component 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, taking part in a recreation of FIFA in entrance of me with me shouting some abuse at them and the GamesGrasp’s large head hovering excessive of every little thing.
And your co-presenters, you’ve talked about them a bit of already, however inform us a bit extra about them…
The co-presenters that I’ve obtained right here, I’m so fortunate to have any individual like Frankie beside me on this as a result of she’s massively 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 data of, and Frankie can speak at nice size and in intricate element about these things. She can describe Counter-Strike maps from reminiscence and she or he’s only a good presenter, she’s going to be stealing the present for sure.
Ty is new to TV, he hasn’t completed that a lot stuff, however what a persona he’s – persons are going to fall in love with him the minute they see him. He’s filled with vitality, he loves video games… he is not like me the place he is like, you understand, decades-old, nearly at dying’s door, an historic man who’s performed 1,000,000 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 persons are gonna love him.
I believe that folks may need been involved that it was going to be this individual from Love Island and that individual from this or that present, however it’s not going to be like that
Are you in a position to inform us about any friends which are going to be on the present?
In phrases of friends, as I stated, I believe that folks may need been involved that it was going to be this individual from Love Island and that individual 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 friends are going to be. I’ve obtained a wee little bit of an thought who we would have requested, however I need to hold a whole lot of these things as a shock for myself; I need to be entering into that studio to shoot the present and discover out simply beforehand who’s approaching, what’s their story, what are they gonna be taking part in.
I need that component of shock, even for myself, so I believe when individuals tune in they’re not gonna see some polished, overwritten mission that is had 1,000,000 palms touching it; I believe 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 throughout the challenges… we cannot be faking the challenges, these individuals will solely get one shot at attempting to do it and if they do not do it they will not win the joystick. There’ll be no retakes, no rematches, none of that, not on this model of GamesGrasp.
Do you assume the unique GamesGrasp influenced something you’ve got completed in video games through the years? Is there some sort of possibly even unconscious hyperlink between it and the stuff you’ve completed like Consolevania and videoGaiden?
I believe GamesGrasp is a really specific factor; every little thing I’ve completed in video games through the years has most likely been extra influenced by sketch present stuff, and I simply by no means imagined I might ever be concerned with something like this which is a giant studio present, an insane large studio format. And so no, I would not say it is influenced something we have completed. I imply, definitely, it is most likely some sort of affect within the sense that it was the most effective video video games TV present of all time, and it was that manner due to Dominik Diamond – he was a comic, he was a humorous man speaking about video games and I believe that is most likely had its personal affect. I sense the truth that individuals affiliate a humorous man with a Scottish accent with this kind of video video games protection now. That’s most likely one thing that is seeped into the tradition to an extent.
Let’s transfer on from GamesGrasp a wee bit. How do you’re feeling about gaming and video games media, on the whole, lately? Are we in a superb place proper now?
Look. I believe we’re in an awesome place, I believe there’s a lot stuff now, there are such a lot of individuals on the market who’re coming from utterly completely different locations, and that’s nice. I really feel just like the gaming group is simply turning into a lot extra welcoming to individuals. Back within the day, when GamesGrasp was initially on TV, video video games have been nonetheless perceived as a factor that was predominantly for wee white guys, whereas now you may 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’m strolling into this with my eyes vast open and I additionally assume and know I’m very lucky to be presenting this as a straight white male.
You’ve obtained so many various opinions and worldviews and completely different lived experiences from individuals these days. And even inside video video games themselves, you may see so many various tales being instructed. 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 believe that is the identical with issues like Twitch and YouTube, you get so many individuals with the ability to put their very own spin on what it means to be an individual that performs video video games.
So, GamesGrasp as a present that is at all times been related to guys actually, with males, I believe that is one of many actual constructive modifications we get to make… I believe what we’ll make right here is one thing that tries to raised mirror the truth that gaming is a broad church lately with a large and numerous viewers. I believe if Frankie and Ty have any sense, they’re going to even be attempting to ensure that this straight white male who’s presenting GamesGrasp this time spherical does not survive previous these first three episodes.
What video games are you taking part in on the minute, what stuff are you presently having fun with?
At the minute on the Switch I’m taking part in The House in Fata Morgana, which is nice. I’m additionally taking part in Cruis‘n Blast, which I completely love. And I’m additionally taking part in Shadowverse!
And the Switch on the whole, how do you fee it alongside different fashionable consoles and by way of Nintendo’s earlier consoles?
This Switch is the best console presently in the marketplace, and I’m not simply saying that as a result of this can be a Nintendo web site – I actually assume it’s
This Switch is the best console presently in the marketplace, and I’m not simply saying that as a result of this can be a Nintendo web site – I actually assume it’s. It’s the one which I take advantage of essentially the most, it is the one with the most effective 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 numerous experiences and I simply adore it. I like the actual fact I can play on the go and I believe by way of different Nintendo consoles, I’m a giant Nintendo fan, an enormous fan of the N64, and the Switch is essentially the most I’ve loved a Nintendo console because the N64 I might say. I additionally love the GameCube… and the Wii. The Switch 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 must have the bodily copies of stuff, so presently I’ve an enormous Nintendo Switch assortment; I believe I’ve obtained one thing developing on round 300 bodily Switch video games on the minute, so yeah, a large fan.
Favourite Switch recreation?
Oooft. A really tough query to reply that, what’s your favorite Switch recreation… as a result of there’s a lot good outdated stuff on the system as effectively… possibly that is an inconceivable query. Let me assume. I need to say one thing. Give me a sec. Give me a sec. It’s inconceivable to reply that query as a result of there’s simply a lot that I like on the Switch however I do need to give a shout out to one thing that was possibly rather less well-known, a recreation referred to as Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, which is only a utterly lovely recreation that I believe has handed lots of people by. It was well-received when it got here out, however I believe it handed lots of people by. River City Girls too, it’s among the best video games on Switch. There’s simply a lot great things, it is an actual wrestle to consider something I might name my absolute favorite.
Final query. If you may, in no specific order, give us your three favorite Nintendo video games of all time. Nice 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. However, if we’re simply speaking Nintendo printed video games, Nintendo-developed video games then okay, this is my three in no specific order. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, F-Zero X and… Super 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.
A giant because of Robert Florence for taking the time to talk to us and we won’t wait to take a look at the brand new GamesGrasp when it hits E4’s YouTube channel a bit of later this 12 months! If you may’t wait till then, you may see Rob in Consolevania each month.