Gamefarm (partially lost Nickelodeon GAS game show; 2003)
Gamefarm was a short-lived children's game show that aired exclusively on Nickelodeon GAS (Games and Sports for Kids). It was hosted by Ann Hu and Max Darwin and was taped at Nickelodeon Studios, Florida in 2003. In Gamefarm, contestants would play online games against one another. After two rounds, whoever received the most point would move on to face The Gaminator in a final round. It is unknown how many episodes of the show aired, but as of now two episodes and a few promotional materials have surfaced.
Background[edit | edit source]
Nick GAS began as a one-hour block on Nickelodeon due to its increasing catalog of television shows. Nick GAS game shows such as Figure It Out, Guts, and Double Dare would air. Wanting to expand on this, on March 1, 1999, Nick GAS launched as its own network. In order to expand and not re-air re-runs of other Nickelodeon game shows, original shows exclusive to Nick GAS aired. One of these shows was Gamefarm.
Premise[edit | edit source]
Episodes began with Multi-Gamer Tournaments, where three contestants would play online games against each other in "stables", and a fourth player would be connected through the internet. After two rounds, the participant who received the most points would receive the opportunity to face The Gaminator, a video game master that was dressed in black.
There is also video game news and sketches in between. These include Gamefarm Lab (Where the technology aspect of gaming is discussed) Gamertainment Tonight (Basically a knockoff of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Updates with a video game twist), and Human Video Game (Where a celebrity guest would play a physical game).
In order to expand the community aspect of Nick GAS and Gamefarm Top 5 polls would also be held every week at Nick.com, including Top 5 Hippest Hairstyles and Top 5 Super Sidekicks.
Availability[edit | edit source]
Nick GAS went off the air on December 31st, 2007, as a TV network, and April 11th, 2009, on Dish Network. In 2005, most of the original programming was taken off from the line-up in November of 2005 leaving just re-runs of older Nick shows airing. As a result, Gamefarm was dropped from the network. The first two episodes were uploaded by UnknownNickelodeon in 2012, and promos were uploaded by Josh Leiberman and jgonascar in 2010. No other episodes, promos, or footage at all for that matter, have been recovered. There was a DVD set on iOffer containing 5 episodes (allegedly including the ones uploaded to YouTube), but the listing has since been removed. The number of episodes that were produced is currently unknown.
On July 11, 2021, YouTube user silvus uploaded a skit from the show called "Human Video Games". According to the video's description, the skit came from the fourth episode of the 5 Episode DVD set from iOffer.
Videos[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Article about Nick GAS. Retrieved 27 Oct '20
- Article on the history of Nick GAS that mentions Gamefarm. Retrieved 27 Oct '20