Hello and greetings fellow otaku,
Well I am sad to report that at the end of this year G4, the network for games, technology and more will be no more. Effective January 2013, Comcast, the parent company of NBC and G4 will be replacing the network with a network dedicated to the male viewer.
So as this era of this popular channel comes to an end, let’s take a trip back in time to learn how this popular channel became to be. So back on May 11th 1998 as ZDTV, the first twenty-four hour network devoted to technology for tech fans around the world.
Some of ZDTV popular shows include Gamespot TV (Now known as X-Play), Fresh Gear: a show devoted to reviews of the latest gadgets on the market today and the two most popular shows Call For Help and The Screen Savers staring two of the greatest tech journalists in the history of television and podcasting and Leo Laporte and Sara Lane (See Pictures Below).
Leo laporte and Sara Lane (Twit.tv Personalities)
In my opinion, I loved Call For Help and The Screen Savers, Leo’s charm on Call For Help when he talks to the callers was witty, entertaining and educational at the same time. And when you add Sara to the mix on The Screen Savers, you have a dynamite hosting team that totally puts the tech world on it’s head. Keep in mind that you can see them on weekly podcasts on Leo’s Twit Network everyday with such popular podcasts Tech News Today, The Social Hour, The Tech Guy, Know How and one of my personal favorites iPad Today just to name a few.
You can check out show schedule by clicking on the link below. Did I also mention that you can watch these show’s live as well. You can see all the behind the scenes banter between them and the producers. It’s a lot of fun and definitely worth checking out!!!!
But getting back to G4, in 2002 G4 was introduced in which provided gamers with a twenty four hour resource for the latest gaming news, reviews and much more. A couple of the popular shows on the network were Filter, X-Play, Cinematech, Arena and one of the very first television game shows devoted to the world of video games Starcade. You can watch a full episode here,
Then in 2004 G4 and TechTv joined forces to combine programming to appeal with gamers and tech junkies alike with such programs as Anime Underground and Gamespot Tv’s revival X-Play. However this woulden’t last with TechTv folding in 2005 in which became just G4.
And thus this brought us another great show known as Attack Of The Show which replaced The Screen Savers. Attack gave us some great memories such as the French Pie Jump. Here is the entire clip,
However within the past few months we have seen some major changes including
such popular hosts as Kevin Perera and Adam Sessler leaving X-Play and Attack Of
The Show. Most recently Kevin can be seen hosing a new syndicated game show
produced by his own production company called Let’s Ask America while Adam has
faded out of the spotlight. The following is a clip from Kevin’s new show,
Overall it is a shame that the network is ending after providing many years of programming and I wish all the staff members at G4 all the best in the future. So what are your thoughts, please leave a comment below and I might just mention it on a special YouTube commentary that I will be working on later this week.
So until next time, remember that there is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.
- G4 Marks the End of AOTS and X-Play with Two-Month Farewells (g4tv.com)
- Six TV Networks That Aren’t What They Started Out To Be (wired.com)