G4 Cancels Videogame Programming

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Let's all be much more honest: G4 was done long before Sessler left. I actually had high hopes when Adam was gone, because the guy was little more than a self-important jerk. I will still miss X-Play and AOTs, though that was dead to me too after Kevin and Olivia were gone.

The killer for them was biased video game reviews (we all know it) and cops/ninja warrior/star trek re-runs. You're SUPPOSED to be a tech channel. If that's what it had been, I might have tuned in.

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

That and I hated there brand... marketing? or something... idk what the technical word is for it, but it made me feel sleezy and immature watching it. When I was 13 or 14 it was sort of cool, but once i hit 18+, it just felt childish.

But it's as though they thought the average gamer, age 18-35, were nothing but over grown children.

The escapist on the other hand..... it's VERY informative and mature. Even IGN and GameInformer, which very much as aspects designed for different age groups, are miles ahead of G4. Lament I do not.

It's official, G4 is no even attempting to act like they are not the Cops and Cheaters network.

Oh well, I stopped watching after Olivia left AoTs.

X Play was always complete trash. Complete and utter trash. Adam is so opinionated he is hard to stomach. He can form good arguments, but I feel like his reporting/commentating was plagued by Movie Bob type "Agree with me or you are a dumb ass" mentality. Morgan Webb just made me want to punch myself in the throat. I found the whole show campy and more opinionated than informative.

Attack of the Show on the other hand was occasionally funny in that Kevin is creepy but pervy funny way. Oliva Munn annoyed me with her "LOOK AT ME" personality. Sara and Candice were nice to look at without being too annoying. Candice at times was funny but out of place being so girly and "non-nerdy."

Oh well shows that won't be missed by me. Good thing G4 has so much more going for it right?

I'd care, but honestly I've barely even thought about G4 since they cancelled Code Monkeys.

When I first got digital cable, I wanted TechTV. I watched it a lot as a nerdling. Almost from the moment G4 took it over, I stopped. I read more about it and learned it was a near-textbook hostile takeover and the post-TechTV network was doomed to fail from the beginning.

The network execs treated TechTV's audience and on-screen figures like garbage. I'm glad providers are dropping G4 from their packages. The real tech guys (LaPorte, Norton et al) moved on to better things (though I'm sad that Martin Sargent has moved to advertising; Unscrewed was my favourite late-era TechTV show).

Goodbye G4 and may the hoary hosts of gadget Hell never tire of beating your maggot-riddled carcass.

I remember when Adam Sessler did the show "Extended Play" at Metreon in San Francisco before it became X-play. I want to say that he did everything himself for the show as well, i.e. camera, editing, writing etc. I'm not at all surprised they are canceling the shows. I get almost all of my gaming information online and haven't watched G4 in years. I can't think of anyone I know who watches G4 either because on the whole most of my friends have internet connections without cable TV services (because broadcast TV is a dead market even with a DVR as almost everything has gone to streaming or first day digital download). Strangely though G4 has had a sizable presence at the bigger trade shows, but as a whole they have seamed a bit disinterested in the gaming industry lately.

Neronium:
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.

I quit watching G4 right around the time I started frequenting this site (which was about 3 months before I finally decided to become a member.) Naming Fable 2 game of the year really threw me..... Decent game, but in comparison to Fallout 3? Umm NO. Now this wouldn't have been such a big deal except that that channel ( and their website marketed that game like it was the 2nd coming of Christ.) So, to me it appeared a sell out.

At this point, G4 has kind of fallen out of memory..... It is odd to watch Olivia Munn doing an actual acting job in The Newsroom though ( yes she can actually act, and well by the way :) )

Farewell TV For Gamers ( oh wait, you dropped that tagline 5 years ago) Farewell...... Cops/Cheaters reruns.... I'd say you'll be missed but we will probably see you on another channel in a week or 2.

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've tried, it just isn't the same. Morgan Webb is alright, but can't quite hold it all together without Adam, they just made such a great duo. I mean really, check out some of the earlier episodes, one of my personal favorites being the examination of violence in gaming. They end the episode with Sessler in critical condition and Webb more than likely responsible.

Heck, and with Kevin Pierarra gone, Attack of the Show has been suffering the same fate (though my sister will argue that it started with Olivia Munn leaving).

What G4 needed was refocusing. Whoever is running the thing now has absolutely no clue how to handle, produce, or hype up content for the channel, and it doesn't help when 10 hours of it is Cops, 4 hours of Cheaters, 3 hours of Quantum Leap, 3 hours of Ninja Warrior (American NW included), with paltry table scraps left for their only original content.

What happened to the classic block? To the great old shows of yester year that got more exposure through it? So many greats just dumped unceremoniously.

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

pretty much yeah. thank god they finally made it official, it was a death that took far to long to conclude, and in the interim G4 lost nearly all of its reputation. such a shame that it died slowly and now will not even be remembered fondly by most.

MorganL4:

Neronium:
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.

I quit watching G4 right around the time I started frequenting this site (which was about 3 months before I finally decided to become a member.) Naming Fable 2 game of the year really threw me..... Decent game, but in comparison to Fallout 3? Umm NO. Now this wouldn't have been such a big deal except that that channel ( and their website marketed that game like it was the 2nd coming of Christ.) So, to me it appeared a sell out.

At this point, G4 has kind of fallen out of memory..... It is odd to watch Olivia Munn doing an actual acting job in The Newsroom though ( yes she can actually act, and well by the way :) )

Farewell TV For Gamers ( oh wait, you dropped that tagline 5 years ago) Farewell...... Cops/Cheaters reruns.... I'd say you'll be missed but we will probably see you on another channel in a week or 2.

I remember that. That's around the same time for me as well. I came to the site in 08, but waited a year as I was still on G4.TV. I left there because they banned people who never caused problems and kept the worst trolls there. I also almost got banned by a mod because I didn't agree with him on something about Rare. The mod quit G4 and made his own site I remember because he was power mad. That's when I came here and I regret nothing about my decision at all.

Those were the only things I even watched on that channel. Though I stopped watching maybe 2 years ago.

I fully support A La Carte Cable; if you're not watching that channel, it shouldn't be sucking up any of your money.

G4 has been dying a slow death for quite some time now. I think the core group (Kevin, Olivia and Adam) saw it coming and jumped ship, it was going downhill already but without them, its just a lifeless channel. This is for the best.

I got sick of the Cops reruns with the Army propaganda commercials years ago. Xplay was amazing, then they completely stopped making jokes (the xplay musical was the greatest thing ever). AotS was pretty decent, but then DirecTV got rid of G4.

It about time they finally gave up the ghost, most folks quit on the channel when it became the cops/cheaters channel.

10-1 it goes hipster douchebag reality tv programming. Just saying...

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.

Beautiful End:

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!

When they were founded (early 2000s, I think), they were a channel dedicated completely to video games, and from my memory (perhaps somewhat nostalgia coated, dunno), a lot of the hosts of the various shows on that channel actually seemed genuinely interested in gaming. But after they merged with TechTV, they decided to become a "men's stuff" channel, which apparently meant cutting 90% of the video game related shows they had and replacing them with COPS, Cheaters, Ninja Warrior (not that I don't like Ninja Warrior), and random movies. They've since been dropped by a bunch of cable providers and no one really cares about them anymore. It's just sad to see the final nails in the coffin, I guess.

Considering I've always thought of G4 as a networked version of the SpikeTV VGAs, I'm neither surprised nor upset that this is happening.

Hey G4, if you ever decide to stop imitating Spike television, us gamers would really like our old programs back. It was supposed to be a channel for "gamers" not "testosterone-fueled man children".

I know that it's been a sham of its former self for years, but dammit, I still have fond memories of G4 in the mid 2000s back when it still had lots of gaming shows on.

I hardly knew ye G4, but you did keep teenaged me entertained, so for that I do thank you.

It wasn't hard to see that G4 was in for a change/destruction, seeing as all they had left on of their games and tech stuff was X-Play and AOTS. I never understood why all the different gaming type shows disappeared off there, considering that was what the channel was suppose to be about.

thebobmaster:

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

My dad has Dish Network and he has G4, so it isn't just on Comcast.

There's a reason why whenever review scores are brought up, there's the saying "lol xplay"

honestly. i saw it coming. for gaming news and reviews its much better to find it online. Destructoid. The escapist (duh). The game stations totalbiscuit even said one time that while he was obviously recording and doing an interview at pax the x-play girl comes up and says "we're ready to interview you now" thinking that they were the top. when told tb was recording shes all "can you tell him to come back later" to which she gets promply told to go away by the dev. then tb says taht g4 is so out of the loop that their "most recent coverage" is days after pax and that his stuff would get uploaded long before theirs does.

ah.. the cynical brit. always (almost) reliable xD. escapist as well. gotta have dem zero punctuations :D

Rainboq:
... People care about G4?

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

Ninja'd (haha yea I was thinking the same thing. I don't really watch g4 or MTV anymore).

I stopped really caring about G4 even before Direct TV dropped it. It was decent when it still aired it's own shows (even if most of those were years old reruns they were still good), but once it need to rely on COPS and Cheaters in order to kill time between anything decent it practically shot itself in the foot and never went to get it fixed.

That is sad. I never cared for G4 all that much. Seeing as how they got rid of Cory Rouse from Cheat which was a terrible thing to do. I also hated how they got rid of Judgement Day and other good shows.

X-Play is responsible for me getting heavily into games. Since it was dropped from DirecTv, I haven't been able to watch it except on Hulu. I was sad to see Sessler leave, and I haven't seen him anywhere else yet, I hope he stays in game journalism. I hope he continues his long teamup with Morgan Webb. They had excellent chemistry together and hopefully a strong partnership that can continue without G4.

I always thought the two of them should move the show to either TWiT or CNET.

Sigh! I still haven't forgiven the idiotically managed and appalingly prone to demeaning pandering that is (was) G4 for buying out and looting TechTV, which actually had good programming.

MorganL4:

Neronium:
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.

I quit watching G4 right around the time I started frequenting this site (which was about 3 months before I finally decided to become a member.) Naming Fable 2 game of the year really threw me..... Decent game, but in comparison to Fallout 3? Umm NO. Now this wouldn't have been such a big deal except that that channel ( and their website marketed that game like it was the 2nd coming of Christ.) So, to me it appeared a sell out.

At this point, G4 has kind of fallen out of memory..... It is odd to watch Olivia Munn doing an actual acting job in The Newsroom though ( yes she can actually act, and well by the way :) )

Farewell TV For Gamers ( oh wait, you dropped that tagline 5 years ago) Farewell...... Cops/Cheaters reruns.... I'd say you'll be missed but we will probably see you on another channel in a week or 2.

It was always a fanboy wank. Ever since it started.

"Oh look military shooters! YAAAAAAY."

"Strategy games? fuck that nerd shit."

"RPGs? What is this faggotry? WE WANT MOAR COD!"

That was their entire range of emotions on every gaming show on there. Ever.

G4 TV is for COD frat boys who need to talk about COD every hour of every day for the rest of their lives. Not for gamers.

They praise whats popular, not whats good.

I knew this day would come eventually but somehow it still feels too soon. I loved X-play from its early days and I've watched it through pretty much all of its studio changes and iterations. It was nice that Sessler broke his type-casting as the goof and got to talk candidly about major issues in and outside gaming. I wish him and Morgan the best and hope to see them somewhere soon.

BTW, is anyone else confused how out of everyone on that network Olivia Munn, who I'm pretty sure had one of the shortest runs, is the breakout "mainstream" star?

It's been slowly dying over the past decade. This is just the final twitch before death. My tears were shed a long time ago. It's time to move onto bigger and better things.

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.

They used to be the nerd channel essentially several shows focused on games and the web such as shows like Screensaver, a do it yourself type of show for computers, Unscrewed, a late night talk show that focused on a lot on web stars and a few porn stars(same thing in most cases) as well as a few video game review shows other then X Play, plus they were the only channel other then Cartoon Network that regularly played anime.

Wow...I stopped watching G4 long ago, before I even lost the channel on cable. The station started falling, and X-Play started started focusing less and less on game reviews and more and more on 'hype'. Their reviews were only two minutes long, and the episodes got to the point where you were lucky if you got two reviews in. When I found out Adam did his own show on the website, that was a shot in arm because it was him being him, like back in the days of Extended Play. Then he left and I was like, "Well, there's nothing left. Morgan barely reviews anything anymore," but I still check the website for stuff.

But this...this still makes me sad. I'll miss Morgan and I already miss Adam and I hope they can both find careers doing what they love. Still, to think that G4 would tear out the last pieces of what made their channel remotely interesting. The logic behind this decision. Man, I would have LOVED to be part of that discussion, just to see how they can justify it.

"Well, no one watches X-Play anymore anyway, so it's just dragging us down."
"Well yeah, that's because you changed the format and style of the show."
"That's because they needed to be more like the gossip and reality shows we're airing."
"Obviously not, because people aren't watching it."
"Exactly. No one watches it now, so let's just get rid of it."
"..."

Xathos:
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.

Pretty much this.

I met one of the guys from X-Play/AotS a year back, and he was a really nice and super dude. Wonder what's going to happen with him?

Also, weirdly enough, for the second time, the Escapist has made an article on a subject that I posted about on the forums not too long before the article went up (the first being the deviantArt user that was making a real life PokeDex a la field notes).

I stopped watching after Arena and Portal left. Those were two awesome shows. But G4 has finally sold out. I don't even know why they call themselves G4 anymore, They aren't about Games anymore. Maybe G3. Or how about Soulless sellout jerks?

Oh wait, thats taken.

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