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G4 gets the final nail in the coffin

10/27/12 9:00am
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R.I.P. G4.

Editor's Note: Our thoughts are with everyone at G4 who's being laid off. Here's hoping they can continue to do what they love elsewhere. 

Over the past year (actually, a lot longer than that), G4 has been slowly dying.  There were the endless marathons of Cops and Cheaters that many people got sick and tired of, with the only good gaming/tech-related shows left being Attack of the Show and X-Play.

But.....many key people at G4 have since left, including Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, and Adam Sessler.  They were the ones keeping the ship afloat.  But now, that ship has officially sunk, because AOTS and X-Play will be canceled in December. This tells me that NBC no longer wants a tech/gaming channel (or show) on its network.

For instance, I recently watched the iPod Touch 5 review on AOTS on G4TV.com.  I'm used to seeing Kevin and 1 other person.  Then I forgot that they left, and they were replaced with two random people.  I was like "WTF G4?!?!?"

Anyway, here's the official word from G4TV.com:

"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 their most 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 as we look back over the next two months and head towards each series' finale."

G4 was dead to me (and therefore I stopped watching it) ever since they started the endless marathons of Cops and Cheaters every single day of my life.  The only time I ever tuned back in was for their E3 coverage, but I think even that will end as well.

So what are your thoughts g1s?  Did you like G4 when it was actually good?  If so, why?  And if not, when/why did you stop liking/watching it?  I want to hear from you in the comments section below!

UPDATE:  Joystiq reports The Feed staff (who brings us news via the network) will be laid off with their last week taking place before Thanksgiving.  I'm not sure of how many jobs we're talking about here, but so far 5 editors have been booted and some may stick around after Thanksgiving.  So I guess the website will be going away as we know it, huh?

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