Published on October 26th, 2012 | by Mark Gibson, Editor/Community Manager

End of an Era: G4 Cancels X-Play and Attack of the Show

For some time now, it was rumored that the video game and technology focused G4 were planning to can its long running original gaming programming. Earlier today, G4 officially confirmed the cancellation of both X-Play and Attack of the Show.

In a statement released on G4tv.com, a representative of the channel writes, “Both long-running shows helped define, as well as expand, the pop culture and gaming TV experience for a generation.”

It’s no secret that this statement is pretty spot on. With shows like X-Play, gamers were granted a front row seat to events like E3, San Diego Comic-Con and CES. It will be sad to see these shows go, but even more tragic to see what will become of G4.

According to TVGuide.com, G4 may be reformatting to a more “upscale” channel aimed at the adult male viewer. There are rumors that the channel may even be partnering with popular men’s magazines like Esquire and GQ to create a “sophisticated guy TV space.” Whatever that implies.

What this means for you: Gaming shows on G4 will be officially over by the end of 2012. However, it is not the end of video game programming on network television. Spike TV has been throwing its hat into the ring the last few years, and this may be the chance it needs to step up. Even X-Play’s former host and G4tv.com’s former editor in chief, Adam Sessler, was a part of the Spike TV broadcast during E3 2012.

It will be interesting to see how things play out during the next year, but there is one question that lingers: What will become of G4tv.com? With no video game programming on the network channel, how will the website justify having gaming coverage? We may be looking at the end of G4’s association with the gaming industry all together.

What is your take on G4tv’s announcement? Will you be sad to see the end of X-Play and Attack of the Show?

The complete statement given by G4:

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 theirmost 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’s as we look back over the next two months and head towards each series’ finale.

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