G4 Cancels Videogame Programming

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G4 Cancels Videogame Programming

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G4's two longest-running shows will cease production at the end of this year.

G4 has had plenty of original programs since its 2002 launch (along with lots of Ninja Warrior marathons), but for years, the channel's gaming presence has been defined by X-Play and Attack of the Show. Amidst rumors of layoffs and a network rebranding, G4 has confirmed that its two longest-running shows have been canceled, with both to cease production by the end of 2012.

Both X-Play and Attack of the Show will air new episodes until December, and the shows will be "looking back on their most memorable moments" with "a rotating lineup of guest co-hosts." G4's statement didn't elaborate on the reasons for the cancellations, and concluded, "We hope you've had as much fun watching them as we have had making them, and sincerely hope you join us in bidding a fond farewell to Attack of the Show and X-Play as we look back over the next two months and head towards each series' finale."

X-Play made its debut in 2003, with Attack of the Show following two years later; since then, both shows have produced over a thousand episodes. Prominent X-Play co-host Adam Sessler left the channel earlier this year, and last month rumors persisted that G4 was going to be rebranded. G4 didn't detail what content would replace the shows, but no matter what, it's certainly the end of an era for those who spent nearly a decade tuning in.

Source: Kotaku

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Thanks for selling out your core group these past few years G4, you're earning everything you get.

... People care about G4?

In all seriousness, I'm not surprised they're going the route of MTV.

And the shark jumping is complete...I knew this was coming...it started slowly morphing into other stuff...I really lost favor with the network in the last couple of years...stopped watching completely after Sessler left...now they can be what they really wanna be...SpikeTV2

Lets be honest here: who actually continued to watch X-Play (and G4 in extension) after Sessler left?

I guess G4 needed more space for the Cops and Cheaters re-runs.

well this is a big middle finger to the people who started G4

Ok I have to ask, WTF is G4? I know they were a channel but all I ever heard about them was that they played all that ninja stuff, I never knew they did anything with videogames.

Ryans Solution:
Thanks for selling out your core group all these years G4, you're earning everything you get.

Heh, no kidding. When TechTV was bought (read: immolated) by G4, the "channel for all things tech" died.

Hell, I still remember it when it was ZD-TV. Leo LaPorte was (and still is) awesome.

I think in some ways, though, that this is just a symptom of the mainstreaming of tech/geek culture. E3 is a shadow of its former self, as well, because things like games and technology aren't really "niche" anymore. You can even find a little blurb about the latest games on CNN now, for gosh's sake, and I'm not talking about the latest sensational moral panic, either. They have reviews and the whole bit.

That bit of rational thinking doesn't make this news any less sad, however.

So, when do we start taking bets on how long til G4 (or whatever they're rebranding to) gets bought by Spike?

G4 stopped being about video games long ago. When Sessler left that was just the nail in the coffin because Sessler's Soapbox was an amazing thing. I stopped watching it after I saw more reruns of Cheaters and Cops than actual video game news.

And thus the transformation is completed! G4 has become like MTV!*woman screams in horror*

Rangerboy87:
And the shark jumping is complete...I knew this was coming...it started slowly morphing into other stuff...I really lost favor with the network in the last couple of years...stopped watching completely after Sessler left...now they can be what they really wanna be...SpikeTV2

wait they haven't changed their name to SpikeTV2.

OT: so they finally realized that a channel even remotely targeting gaming is not that reasonable... wait they stopped targeting gaming in 2008. goodbye X-play, good ridons G4.

I should be sad... but I'm really not.

X Play used to be decent, till they started trolling their viewers intentionally. Gee no wonder interest in the show dipped down.

Who remembers when Sessler and Web basically gave the big middle finger to the Mega Man Legends 3 fanbase after Capcom announced it's cancellation?

Yea, dick move guys. I don't care how much you dislike the series, you don't throw salt on the wounds after a developer has already gutted their fans. It's painful enough.

Serves em right.

In other news: Comedy Central is also changing their format, and will from this point forward show exclusively food programming. Cartoon Network plans to fill this void by showing Sarah Silverman reruns in their daytime blocks.

P.S. Thanks

Whelp, it was nice knowing you G4. You haven't been about the games in awhile but it's finally over.

Great, more reality TV programing.

It was going downhill for year's then once Sessler left it was only a matter of time before it kicked the bucket hopefully Sessler might rally the people from x-play and Attack Of The Show and may make some kind of web series or someday a new network for gaming and tech and hopefully never sell out to someone.

Oh come on, we all know this is just a formality. G4 stopped being a tech/videogame related channel a long long time ago.

X-Play has been done since Adam Sessler left, I long ago stopped caring about what Morgan Webb had to say.

AOTS lost my viewership when they hired Candice Bailey (Alison Haislip would have kept me watching, apparently she wasn't even considered for Munn's replacement), Kevin Pereira leaving was just the last nail in AOTS's coffin.

Good night, sweet prince.

Truth be told I haven't had G4 since Call For Help/The Lab was cancelled, but it's still a shame to hear this.

Bad enough the channel had endless hours of Cops, Cheaters, and Ninja Warrior, now there will be nothing else. Luckily I already stopped watching.

kajinking:
Ok I have to ask, WTF is G4? I know they were a channel but all I ever heard about them was that they played all that ninja stuff, I never knew they did anything with videogames.

This, please. I know G4 was a videogame related channel or something like that. But honestly, that's all I know. Where do they transmit it? Is it online only? Is it like HBO where you have to pay extra to get it?

I wouldn't mind checking it out at least for a while to either confirm how much it sucks or contradict people's opinions. I mean, all I have videogame related on my TV is...Spike TV. And it shouldn't even count!

carlh267:
Lets be honest here: who actually continued to watch X-Play (and G4 in extension) after Sessler left?

I guess G4 needed more space for the Cops and Cheaters re-runs.

I watched one or two episodes, but it was never the same. I also stopped watching Attack of the Show when Kevin left (what? He wasn't THAT bad of a guy).

I liked both of those shows and I am incredibly sad to see them go (X-Play more so). I grew up watching X-Play and am now kind of depressed, even if I stopped watching it.

Oh well, fuck you G4.

Also, anyone have any idea what Sessler is up to now? I was hoping he would go somewhere else for Video Games and stuff, but I haven't heard word of it yet.

I always thought the 'G' in 'G4' was for 'gaming'. I never thought about what the 4 meant, but I guess it doesn't really matter any more.

Beautiful End:

kajinking:
Ok I have to ask, WTF is G4? I know they were a channel but all I ever heard about them was that they played all that ninja stuff, I never knew they did anything with videogames.

This, please. I know G4 was a videogame related channel or something like that. But honestly, that's all I know. Where do they transmit it? Is it online only? Is it like HBO where you have to pay extra to get it?

I wouldn't mind checking it out at least for a while to either confirm how much it sucks or contradict people's opinions. I mean, all I have videogame related on my TV is...Spike TV. And it shouldn't even count!

If you don't have Comcast or DirectTV, you don't get G4. It is one of the most unpopular channels, and every other station has removed it from their lineup. The only reason Comcast hasn't dropped it is because they have a controlling share of NBCUniversal, the company that owns G4.

Edit: Actually, DirectTV dropped G4 a couple of years ago, so Comcast is the only one that still has it.

Saw this coming for a while now, but that doesn't mean I'm not sad to see them go.

I liked X-Play than I did AOTS, and it's gonna be weird not seeing them around since I've watched them for years.

Capitano Segnaposto:

carlh267:
Lets be honest here: who actually continued to watch X-Play (and G4 in extension) after Sessler left?

I guess G4 needed more space for the Cops and Cheaters re-runs.

I watched one or two episodes, but it was never the same. I also stopped watching Attack of the Show when Kevin left (what? He wasn't THAT bad of a guy).

I liked both of those shows and I am incredibly sad to see them go (X-Play more so). I grew up watching X-Play and am now kind of depressed, even if I stopped watching it.

Oh well, fuck you G4.

Also, anyone have any idea what Sessler is up to now? I was hoping he would go somewhere else for Video Games and stuff, but I haven't heard word of it yet.

If I remember right, he's going to be involved with that TV show Kevin is working on, so he's going to be on TV again.

Rubbish like this is why I gave up on TV Network programing ages ago. I mean it's just turning all into a mess of reality TV, re-runs, and utter crap that anyone with more than THREE brain cells would never watch. I mean sure a FEW gems pop up but they just keep getting so few and far between it's not even funny...RIP G4.

I dunno, it's a bit bittersweet for me. I don't really know entirely why, though. I just remember being much younger and watching G4 in its first year or so of existence. Back when they showed nothing but very simple by original greenscreen style shows like Filter, a show about ranking games in different genres and ways, Portal, a show about MMOs before WoW like EverQuest and Asheron's Call, a show where two guys rate a variety of games, Cinematech, which did nothing but play cutscenes from video games, and a few others... I used to watch in the summer days when there was little else to do. Much of the programming was boring and they often played the same damn episodes repeatedly, but I still loved it because it was an entire television network dedicated to video games. And that was really cool.

I stopped watching G4 after a while, not because of any perceived drop in quality, but simply because I found other channels to watch as I got older, and of course the Internet. I can't say I was someone who watched it forever and got increasingly fed up with Cops and Ninja Warrior marathons, so my picture of the network was always a bit rosy. But for whatever entertainment it gave me way back in those days, I do feel a little appreciative and nostalgic.

thebobmaster:
If you don't have Comcast or DirectTV, you don't get G4. It is one of the most unpopular channels, and every other station has removed it from their lineup. The only reason Comcast hasn't dropped it is because they have a controlling share of NBCUniversal, the company that owns G4.

Edit: Actually, DirectTV dropped G4 a couple of years ago, so Comcast is the only one that still has it.

My family has Verizon, and we get it.

OT: I always wondered when they were gonna stop showing endless reruns of COPS and Cheaters that no-one watched and show some actual video game shows. I mean, why not show re-runs of X-Play and save some money? Your target audience would actually WATCH that.

No, that'd be too smart, nvm.

I will miss the Heroes reruns, though, that show was awesome.

I thought this was announced a while ago. At any rate, the station has been effectively dead, only death-twitching and releasing gasses (metaphorically, of course) for quite some time, basically since they decided the channel should be filled most of the time by Cops and Cheaters. Then cable companies started dropping them. Then Sessler, followed by Pereira started to jump ship.

I really always hoped the people who were really passionate about gaming and "nerd culture" at that channel (of which, there are/were definitely a few) would take their talents online, following the Nerdist's example. There's definitely an audience for the programming they're putting on, just maybe not enough of one for a 24 hr/day schedule or the bloated budgets and required revenues to keep a TV station going, even a 3rd-rate cable one.

I guess they had to make more room for cops reruns.

The channel's been going down this road for awhile. Honestly, the reality is that if you want reviews and news about gaming/tech, you're probably already in front of a device that gives you truckloads of that with more choice, and without the sterilization that being on television and a subsidiary of NBC gives you.

It didn't help that actual gaming information has always played second fiddle to old shows, reality TV and completely unrelated programming. The channel lacked a core identity and you knew if there was something about gaming on then you actually got lucky. The devolving of public interest in E3 to "meh, that's happening" was the last punch of the Sessler/Periera exit combo as well.

This is like watching Russel Crowe fight cancer.

newwiseman:
X-Play has been done since Adam Sessler left

Oh G4 was dead long before Sessler left. The last 2 years of him on G4 you could see it in his face in every episode of X-Play. They neutered his show and he kept on it for a while. Sessler's soapbox was great, but it was on G4's website so it was hardly a help for the channel itself.

Adam Sessler leaving didn't kill this channel. Adam Sessler leaving was the last bit of electricity in a dead body phasing out.

A shame this is happening. I actually liked G4, although I can admit it had been getting worse (despite the fact I never saw the TechTV days, came in much after that), but I don't loathe it. I used to watch Attack of the Show and X-Play a lot...until I started getting most of my information from the good old internet. After that I felt G4 became...I wouldn't use the word "obsolete", but I definitely stopped tuning in.

I think I feel worse for the people there. They had some genuine people who were really into games and tv and whatnot. Heck, the hosts of Attack of the Show at least always had good chemistry (at least back when Kevin and Olivia were there. Didn't watch too much when Candace came on the screen, but Allison Haslip was really good I think), even the guys who did the filming behind the cameras. I thoroughly enjoyed going on their website and listening to Feedback for almost an hour, or hearing Adam on his soapbox, making me appreciate what kind of person he really was. Heck, their Comic-con and E3 coverage were really good too!

I suppose we all knew this was coming once Adam and Kevin left (probably moreso for Adam than Kevin for most people, but I loved Kevin). G4 had a lot of potential, along with quite a lot of people willing to bring it out, but all things come to an end I guess. Hopefully whatever is coming next at least proves to be entertaining.

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