G4 TO DROP GAMING SHOWS
After over 14 years of gaming news and reviews, Xplay will be closing its doors and saying goodbye.
G4 has been one of those channels that has changed dramatically over the past few years, dropping its original shows left and right as it brought on more reality tv series to try and keep ratings up. This has lead many to rename the channel mockingly as the Cheaters and Cops Marathon Show, and it seems the statement is starting to hold more water. While it was true that G4 had been changing its content dramatically it still held to its traditional gamer roots with the shows Xplay and Attack of the Show (AotS), yet now it seems both of these shows will be going off the air by the end of the year. After this it seems NBC Universal will be reworking G4 to be a lifestyle channel focused on ‘the modern male.’
Until that deadline comes, both shows will be airing new content with an emphasis on looking back on their years of broadcasting with celebrity guest stars, though I can’t help but admit I feel the loss of Xplay far more then that of AotS. Growing up I started watching Tech TV for my gaming fix and one show in particular entertained and informed me more then any other, and while the show changed from Extended Play to Xplay they kept their sense of humor and lighthearted nature throughout. While I personally had a falling out over some of Xplays review decisions, I was still happy to see Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb doing a job they loved, and having a blast the entire time. Even AotS had memorable moments, showing Kevin Pereira certainly knew how to host a tech based show and understanding of the gamer culture that came from being so engrossed in it.
The unfortunate side to all of this is that it highlights the ever changing nature of the digital age, where gamers can gather information and view news, reviews, and previews with a click of the button, rendering television gaming shows obsolete. In this new shift towards a truly connected internet experience there will always be casualties, and it seems the hands of time finally caught up to both these amazing shows. My hat is off to all the staff and hosts who made both Xplay and AotS possible, and I wish you well in all your future endeavours, and who knows there is always room for an Xplay/AotS web show right, right!?