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September 2012 Retro Gaming Article


September 8, 2012 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Why can't G4TV retain it's gaming element in a new format?

G4 TV to retire in 2013 Although disappointed, I can't say I was terribly surprised to read of G4's demise reported in The Examiner. Having been dropped from DirecTV satellite and cutbacks to their more prominent gaming shows amidst the exit of high-value personnel, G4's focus has moved from the gaming industry toward generic crap like COPS reruns and the like.

It seems as if it's owners are calling "Fail" and moving on to a format they feel will be competitive with Spike. I think their gaming & tech shows have a lot of value in that demographic. If the powers that be feel a rebirth is necessary, why not cary over their successful shows?

I loved G4 for it's role in giving video gaming a public face on TV. Where else could you get game and tech updated on TV? Their coverage of E3 always kept me glued to the tube as it was the only way for me to experience the insider-only event. Much of it's programming left much to be desired, but it did a lot for gaming and I feel there is still a niche that needs to be filled. Gamers need a medium, other than the flat-screens festooned around GameStops to tap into the innards of gaming.
Ryan Seacrest on Cnet Central
I felt the same way when C|net's TV offerings went away. There was a void that they filled well. I enjoyed their web and tech shows despite it being the beginning of Ryan Seacrest's assault on those who owned TVs. He was their "cyber guy" on C|Net Central from 1996 - 1999. He always seemed to have scripted lines as opposed to tech knowledge which falls in line with his current public existence. :)

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