The Death of G4

Perhaps internet channels were the way to proceed and heading for cable was the wrong move in the first place for G4.~J.A. Laraque

The Death of G4

A while back I asked the question, what happened to Gamer Television and now we have the answer. The story began with two stations Tech TV and then later on G4. While one might have thought it could be difficult to have two tech/gaming related stations on at the same time you would at least believe that together there would be more than enough programing and an audience to keep it going.

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Sadly, we began to see the cancellation of various shows after the merger and in their place new and often syndicated shows which were targeted at “Young male gamers.” Don’t get me wrong I loved watching Star Trek TNG and Ninja Warrior, but honestly I felt those belongs more on Spike TV leaving G4 “pure” if you will. Even with great shows like X-Play and the Attack of the Show, G4 TV’s fate seemed to be cancellation.

Now G4 television will be replaced with Esquire television named after the magazine. Along with the name change the channel will see a change in focus from games and technology for gamers to; an “untapped metrosexual viewership,” that will be “more in line with the modern male.” The casualties are already coming in with the announcement of the cancellation of shows like X-Play and Attack of the Show.

Perhaps internet channels were the way to proceed and heading for cable was the wrong move in the first place for G4. While personally I believe there should be no reason a gaming channel should fail with all the content one could create, I am also aware than many younger people and gamers alike are turning away from cable television and watching their shows online. Still it is sad to see it go and honestly, no offence to Esquire, but I am not sure what the metrosexual male is dying to watch on their network, but only time will tell.

The future for us has always been the internet and luckily there are many great shows like The Guild, The Jace Hall show and more than we can watch anytime we want. However, seeing Nintendo Power release their last cover and now this makes it a sad week for gamers everywhere.

Gamer Profile: Sandeep Parikh

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Name: Sandeep Parikh

Known as: Zaboo, the Warlock

Series: The Guild

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Favorite Classic Video Game: Galaga and The Legend of Zelda

Quote: I played Galaga with my older brothers, they would steer and I would shoot. Happy memories there. And then Zelda is what truly transformed me into a gamer. I made a whole show about it! www.legendofneil.com it’s about a guy who get sucked into Zelda and has to fight his way out.

Bio: Sandeep Parikh acts in fun stuff like The Guild only when he doesn’t have to audition. (thanks Felicia!) He’s primarily a writer/director. His latest creation is the Comedy Central produced webseries, The Legend of Neil which is about a guy who gets sucked into Zelda. Sandeep also founded and runs EffinFunny, a stand up and sketch comedy community. He’s currently in talks with everybody about producing everything. He’s repped at William Morris. They’re busy so don’t call. Unless its about Sandeep, then do call.

Gamer Profile: Vincent Caso

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Name: Vincent Caso

Known as: Bladezz

Series: The Guild

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Favorite Classic Game: Super Mario Bros. (NES)

Quote: It’s one of the games I grew up with, and I was fortunate enough to be able to play it on the system that it was released for.

Gamer Profile: Amy Okuda

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We didn’t have one at home but my grandparents in San Francisco had one and when I was little I remember running into their house and that would be the first thing I’d turn on/play when I got there. ~Amy Okuda

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Favorite Game: Duck Hunt

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Known as: Tinkerballa

Series: The Guild

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Gamer Profile: Jeff Lewis

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Name: Jeff Lewis

Known as: Vork

Series: The Guild

Favorite Game: Battle Tanx (Nintendo 64)

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 Quote: It’s my favorite game because, even though the graphics are quite awful, I love tanks and the multiplayer version is soooo fun with a couple friends especially when you have these weapon pick ups you can get that are randomly spread throughout the map. I wish I could get it on xbox but I still don’t see it available yet.

Free Stuff – The Guild

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The Guild - Do You Want To Date My Avatar

The best online comedy show about MMO guild drama.

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You might have already have heard of it or seen it with the viral “Do You Want To Date My Avatar?” music video.

And they have a new funny video in the style of Bollywood, “Game On”