Let’s face it, G4TV has been in trouble for a while. In fact, it has been going downhill since Neal Tiles took over as president and rebranded the channel from a video game channel to one that’s ‘male oriented’. Now it’s been announced that G4TV’s longest running shows, Attack of the Show and X-Play are being cancelled at the end of 2012. Yep. Looks like the gaming channel is officially dead.
Not surprising really. Comcast are a horrible company with little clue as to what their viewers actually want. Neal Tiles for instance once made an idiotic comment about men wanting to play video games but not watch them being played, which was his reasoning for stopping production on most of G4TV’s shows when he took the helm. Guess that’s why game videos on YouTube are doing so well.
I would guess the company’s next project to see its demise will be the G4 website. Not a particularly good website, and difficult to navigate and get to work correctly, my guess is that will be the next thing Comcast closes down. After all, once Attack of the Show and X-Play are gone, there’s nothing worth watching on the network at all, unless you like endless reruns of Cops, and that carries over to the website.
All I can say is thank God for YouTube and Google, who really do seem to have a clue when it comes to the gaming industry. There are more awesome gaming videos and web series to watch there than any person could possibly have time for. So, G4TV without Attack of the Show and X-Play? Great loss for the shows but no great loss for the network. It’ll die its own well-justified death eventually.