G4 has just announced that their longest running shows, X-Play and Attack of the Show will end at the end of this year. Both shows will include original episodes, memorable moments from the history of both shows, and rotating guests from both to lead up to their final episodes.
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 theirmost 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.
Honestly, I'm surprised these shows lasted as long as they did. A little while ago it was announced that G4 would be having a rebranding, with a focus on a different audience. I don't think video game coverage will be as important to them in the future.
Sadly, I'm happy about this. I was in love with X-Play when the channel was TechTV (and maybe even a little after it was TechTV). Morgan Webb slowly evolved into one of the "fashionable" pseudo hipster hosts when the channel changed and everything else just spiraled out of control. The rebranding sounds awful as well.
...You mean they weren't already canceled? I can't remember the last time I saw something other than Cops or Ninja Warrior on G4 in my cable box's guide. (Not that I don't love Ninja Warrior)
Anyway, when I upgraded to premium cable in 2005, G4 was the most interesting new channel. It had TONS of game shows back then: X-Play, Arena, Judgment Day, Cinematech, Icons, Cheat!, Filter, and so much more. None of them were great, but it was neat to be able to put a random stream of game reviews and trailers and documentaries on my TV. Those shows didn't last long, though, and then crap like Cheaters, Cops, Campus PD, Happy Tree Friends, and Bomb Patrol Afghanistan took over. Adam Sessler was the only remaining piece of G4 that seemed genuinely interested in games. I would have loved to see Sessler's Soapbox as a full half-hour show.
But oh well. As neat as it was when I first saw it, G4 quickly spiraled down the drain and became just another trashy network airing decades-old reruns of Cops and other crap. Canceling its last game-related shows is just the final nail in an already rotten coffin (and was Attack of the Show ever actually game-centric? It never seemed so to me).
I only discovered G4 in 2006. I enjoyed about 12 months of bliss where I thought X-Play, AotS and Ninja Warrior were some of the most purely enjoyable shows on TV. I remember a few times when my wife (girlfriend at the time) had to go out of town for the weekend and I would comfort myself thinking "well, at least I get to marathon some G4 saved up on my DVR!" It was just so great.
Then, slowly, over the next year or so, the """hardcore""" pandering and anti-Nintendo snobbitude started to creep out. It took over very quickly as the Wii's expanded audience grew and grew. After that, G4 was effin' dead to me. F*ck, G4. This should have happened a long time ago!!
I made this web-comic a few years ago when G4 got dropped from DirecTV....
I'm not going to get all feminist on everyone again (ok maybe I am a little), but I kind of feel sorry for women trying to get onto TV as a legitimate game journalist who aren't "sexy" because good luck there sister. I guess that's not a huge deal since most game journalism is not on TV, it is on the web where you can be a girl and not super sexy and half your readers won't even know. Still. These shows that pick a sexy face to try to appeal to (horny?) gamers kind of turn me off from the start, especially since my idea of sexy is very far detached from the societal idea of sexy.
Actually, one of the things that honestly surprised me once I started getting older and hanging out on game forums is how many gamers are into the cliche societal view of sexy as opposed to the (true, not faked) nerdy geek girl sexy. I just grew up naturally finding the latter way more appealing and I was sort of shocked to find out that even within a "nerd / geek" culture like gaming that wasn't the norm. Or is it? I have no idea. Did things change with the rise of the Playstation and dudebro gaming? I suspect that they did, although I really have no idea.
You're getting your geek subculture confused with your punk subculture. Punks are the ones who wanted to rewrite the definition of beauty. Geeks have always been shallow as hell. Look back at any drawing of a woman in any early Dungeons and Dragons manual and you'll see it - line drawings of some half-remembered cheerleader in a leather thong being viciously raped by a lizard monster. That's what geeks have always thought about women. Okay, that's a bit grim. Not all geeks are that bad. But even at our best, we're still a bunch of Urkels chasing after the Lauras we can't have.
I say "We"... I'm an old school punk, though. Gaming culture without Morgan Webb and Olivia Munn sounds pretty good to me. I want to see more fat girls, or women with uneven skin or something. Give me some cross-eyed girl on TV who is 300 pounds and hasn't seen the sun since the John Kerry campaign. I'm not even joking. That's who I want to see reviewing X-Com. She's gonna know what she's talking about.
@Cryojin They do, but the MS conference is the only one they've shown the last few years, which is the one I actually care least about most years. Actually they might have shown Nintendo's this year but I know they didn't show Sony's.