Bad Influence!

Bad Influence

 Year: 1992 – 1996

Genre: Video Game Show shown on CITV

Presenters: Violet Berlin, Andy Crane, Nam Rood, Z Wright, Studio Audience

I loved watching Bad Influence! Back in the day it was an awesome video games show which covered all the latest (back then) games consoles, games and technology, from the SNES to the N64 and even covered my favourite the Amiga, as well as the occasional PC release.

The show was presented by Violet Berlin, a video games guru, and presenter Andy Crane in a studio which was set up with consoles and various other gadgets which the studio audience could be seen playing on. The show featured games reviews (often done by members of the studio audience) in which they gave a ‘boys and girls score’ out of 5.

The show also covered the latest hardware news with reports from Z Wright in the US, who was replaced by ‘Virtual Violet’ in the final series. The show often covered in-depth looks at gaming issues and new computer technology. I always remember the launch of the Nintendo 64 (then called the Ultra 64) which is shown in the last series, as well as the virtual reality machines and robots in the US, and a special on Industrial Light and Magic. Being an Amiga fan most of my favourite episodes featured anything Amiga related, Bad Influence! Series 2 Episode 4 features the Amiga, and games such as Rise of the Robots (Meh!) Desert Strike, Robocod and the Amiga CD 32.

Another presenter was Nam Rood, an expert in games cheats who had his own special section of the show. He would present a cheat for a game (not always related to the show) in random and sometimes comical ways, usually whilst insulting the audience. I’m still not sure what a ‘furtler’ is to this day. Either way Nam Rood’s appearance was a nice break from the masses of information presented in the main show.

It was definitely one of my favourite shows, and I think Violet Berlin needs to be back on the TV at some point, she was pretty awesome. The show usually ended with a competition, and a ‘datablast’ of information that you were encouraged to record and play back to be able to read it. The datablast were pages of text displayed at speed during the end credits with all of the reviews, news, features and cheats of that weeks show.

For more information, and also the best source of information on Bad Influence! please check out this awesome Bad Influence website, where you can also watch the show! The shows themselves are taken from VHS recordings so the sound and picture on some of them isn’t so good, but it’s still great to see this show again and the effort that has gone into putting these online for us all to enjoy. The website includes information on the show, the presenters, the shows themselves spanning 4 series, and interviews with Andy Crane and Violet Berlin, the site also contains links to other related sites!

There’s also a Bad Influence YouTube channel here!

Below is Series 1, Episode 1 to get you started, which also includes the opening introduction 🙂

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5 Responses to “Bad Influence!”

  1. oldschoolgameblog Says:

    That was an interesting read. I’ve never seen that show before, but will take a look at it now. It’s cool that they made stuff about the Amiga. 🙂

  2. James Hare Says:

    Glad you liked it, yeah ran for a few years and really enjoyed every episode, really informative and some great games reviews! Always enjoyed their special reports and pre-launch looks at new consoles, remembered being very excited about the launch of the N64.

    A slightly more ‘competition’ orientated video game show was on at around the same time called Gamesmaster, which was also good if you liked watching over hyped kids battling it out against each other or the clock 🙂

  3. Retro King Simon Says:

    Nice post mate, a very enjoyable read 🙂 I never really watched the show myself, I think it clashed with one of my mum’s soaps or something, but I caught the odd show and loved them! That datablast thingy was a great idea too. You’ve also reminded me of the crush I had on Violet Berlin too. Not so much her Bad Influence era but that show she did on Bravo…. blimey! 😛

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