Given recent game and hardware sales numbers, we knew the video game industry was in trouble. But who knew things were so bad that G4 Tech TV would be forced to cancel its original video game-based shows and eschew virtually all programming related to the gaming industry?
According to a new report, G4 will cancel X-Play, a video game review show, and Attack of the Show, a live program dedicated to discussing consumer technology news. Original episodes will apparently air until the end of 2012, at which point they will be replaced by yet unknown programs.
Both X-Play and Attack of the Show have aired more than 1,000 episodes.
Both shows will reportedly air special final episodes featuring guest hosts, including Horatio Sanz, Michael Ian Black, and Josh Myers.
Gaming site Kotaku reports that it’s not just X-Play and Attack of the Show that are affected by G4′s decision to change the style of its programming. Instead, Kotaku says the cable television network will cancel all video game-related programming, meaning shows like Reviews on the Run and EP Daily are also destined for the chopping block (though, because they aren’t G4 property, will still be found on other networks).
So, what’s next for G4? Reports indicate the network may be trying to ditch its geek image for a suaver, GQ magazine style.
The recent decline of the video game industry probably has a lot to do with these changes. Video game sales have slipped dramatically in the past year as gamers grow tired of aging consoles like the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Personally, I doubt Nintendo’s new system, the Wii U, will alter that trend, though new versions of the Xbox and PlayStation next year or in 2014 could help revive the industry.
Not helping G4 in this regard were recent departures by major on-screen personalities, including X-Play host Adam Sessler and Attack of the Show reporter Kevin Pereira.