Long before Nerd Reactor, there was a television station that focused on not just gaming but also technology known as G4. It started back in 2005, and I have watched a few of the G4 shows like Attack of the Show (which introduced nerds to Olivia Munn), X-Play, and my favorite show that was canceled after only two seasons, Code Monkeys. They also had coverage of events like E3 and Comic-Con.
It began with Adam Sessler leaving G4, and then Kevin Pereira. Soon after the internet found out around September that G4 would be canceling AotS and X-Play in an attempt to change their programming style from a gaming focused show to a more male “GQ” or “Esquire” channel. Many fans of the show wondered why the focus was changing, but in the end NBC Universal had the final say.
This month we’ll see final episodes of the nerd-centric shows including new episodes and a look back from the start of G4 until today. This is a great way to end G4’s run rather than just canceling the shows straight out. This just leaves a giant hole in the video game programming on TV which Spike TV has been adding slowly and slowly.
G4’s two longest-running and defining series, Attack of the Show! and X-Play, will be ending their run at the end of 2012. Both shows will include original episodes through the end of the year, and will look back at their most memorable moments as we lead up to their final episodes. A rotating lineup of guest co-hosts including John Barrowman, Michael Ian Black, Josh Myers, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Horatio Sanz will join AOTS hosts Candace Bailey and Sara Underwood, and X-Play hosts Morgan Webb and Blair Herter as part of the farewell shows.
With well over a thousand episodes each, Attack of the Show! and X-Play have defined gamer culture for a generation, serving as the launch pad for prominent personalities including Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Chris Hardwick and Adam Sessler. Attack of the Show! debuted March 28, 2005 and from the start was the ultimate guide to everything cool and new in the world of technology, web culture, gaming and pop culture. X-Play made its debut almost two years earlier, on April 28, 2003 (on G4’s previous incarnation: TechTV), and immediately became the go-to destination for young men seeking the latest video game news, honest reviews, hands-on demos and exclusive video game trailers and footage. The year-end celebration will take you back through highlights of these landmark shows’ history, including its exclusive live-from-the-floor coverage of San Diego Comic-Con and E3.
Both long-running shows helped define, as well as expand, the pop culture and gaming TV experience for a generation. 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’s as we look back over the next two months and head towards each series’ finale.
Will there be a reason to watch G4? Not from me, since they want to focus on the “modern male”. I hate to break it to them, but the nerds, whether male or female, do run this world now, why do you think shows like Dr. Who and Big Bang Theory are so popular.