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#1 Posted on 12.1.05 1035.16
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Here's the press release ... I'm sure nerds everywhere will be crying themselves to sleep tonight over this one.

    Originally posted by G4 CEO Charles Hirschhorn
    "We're heading into 2005 with a well-defined and focused brand," commented Hirschhorn. "Video games offer us a distinctive voice that resonates with our target audience and G4 delivers the highest concentration of males 12-34 of any other television network." Hirschhorn also announced plans for a multi-million dollar marketing and advertising campaign to launch the G4 brand.

    "Formula D," the first-ever series to showcase the world of drift racing, will burn up the screen in April on G4.


Now tell me, if Hirschorn's goal is to produce a "well-defined and focused brand" (i.e. a channel focused on one specific area - video games) ... then WHAT IN THE HELL IS A SHOW ABOUT DRIFT RACING DOING ON THE NETWORK?!?

Seriously, how does that fit in? Because it's "featured on numerous hit video games"? Please; there are lots of games featuring pro football as well, so is G4 going to start showing NFL games too?

I can't believe that (when G4 was first announced) I called my cable company to try and get them to add the channel to our lineup ... I thought it was going to be something I would actually enjoy watching; guess I learned my lesson.

Oh yeah, one more thing :

    Originally posted by G4 press release
    The network also presented TCA (Television Critics Association) critics with "Girls Gone Wired," a digital beauty pageant featuring the hottest 2D and 3D women on the planet, which is set to premiere in May. Comedian, actor and avid gamer Hal Sparks, who currently stars on Showtime's hit series "Queer as Folk," is slated to host. Sparks, along with a panel of celebrity and industry commentators, will guide viewers in G4's quest to crown the hottest video game vixen. Finalists will be announced online and G4 viewers will vote for the pageant's top beauties.

    "X-Play's" Adam Sessler and "Judgment Day's" Victor Lucas, two of G4's leading video game experts, were among the "Girls Gone Wired" TCA panelists and provided critics with insight on which video game hotties should make the cut.

    "Our audience interacts with digital girls as much as real girls and we're tapping into that fantasy," commented Laura Civiello, Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for G4. "'Girls Gone Wired' is the first pageant of its kind on television with contestants competing for titles like "Hottest Newcomer," "Sexiest Voice" and "Most Likely to Kick Enemy Ass."


BWAHAHAHAHAHA ... I think that sentence should be changed to "Our audience interacts ONLY with digital girls and has no idea what to do with real girls"; yeah, that better reflects the demographic who would watch a show like this.

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#2 Posted on 12.1.05 1050.59
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People watch other people play golf.

People watch other people play poker.

I still don't understand why G4 doesn't have video game tournaments where we can watch other people play video games. This just doesn't make any sense.

-Jag
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#3 Posted on 12.1.05 1124.06
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    Originally posted by Jaguar
    I still don't understand why G4 doesn't have video game tournaments where we can watch other people play video games. This just doesn't make any sense.

    -Jag


They do. It's called Arena and it's awful.
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#4 Posted on 12.1.05 1306.15
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    Originally posted by David Adams
      Originally posted by Jaguar
      I still don't understand why G4 doesn't have video game tournaments where we can watch other people play video games. This just doesn't make any sense.

      -Jag


    They do. It's called Arena and it's awful.


It's awful because it's basically jumpily edited highlights of matches with terrible jokes tossed in by the commentators. It's not taken seriously; most of the show is devoted to profiling the participants and recapping the events.

They need to take some notes from REAL sports programs on how to present the action, how to comment on it, and what to do with the wrapups. And they need to get more variety in there; it's like they've got endorsement deals with specific games and never stray from them.

It's not the CONCEPT that sucks, it's just G4's current presentation of that concept.
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#5 Posted on 12.1.05 1430.33
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No, really, it's G4 that sucks.
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#6 Posted on 12.1.05 1920.57
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we get g4techtv for free right now as part of some promo -and it's not worth it. i'd buy the channel for the icons show only though.
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#7 Posted on 12.1.05 2252.39
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    Originally posted by David Adams
      Originally posted by Jaguar
      I still don't understand why G4 doesn't have video game tournaments where we can watch other people play video games. This just doesn't make any sense.

      -Jag


    They do. It's called Arena and it's awful.


No, Arena is along the lines of Video Power. I think what Jag's trying to get to here is that if, for instance, there's an EA FIFA World Cup championship that was held (in which a local won second or third place, actually), it's something G4 could do coverage on.

Drift racing should be on SpeedTV and not G4; I think we all agree on that.

The problem that I'm starting to see is that cable companies are hiring programming people that might have experience in the niche of cable programming, but might not have experience in the actual niche itself. Take GSN, for instance. They just hired someone over from Showtime's original programming department. Now, if it was, say amctv that hired her, it'd make sense.

We're talking game shows (sorry, "games") here, though.

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#8 Posted on 13.1.05 0101.31
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The only excuse I can think of for them airing something on drift racing is if it's the anime (although I think that's Initial D, not Formula D). Weren't the two big reasons that they bought TechTV Anime Unleashed and cable access (maybe even keeping a viewer or two... no, literally)?

They lost me long ago, though. No one really gave a crap about G4 until the buyout, and most of the attention I've seen it get isn't very positive. Gee, wonder why.
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#9 Posted on 13.1.05 0255.36
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    Originally posted by drjayphd
    The only excuse I can think of for them airing something on drift racing is if it's the anime (although I think that's Initial D, not Formula D). Weren't the two big reasons that they bought TechTV Anime Unleashed and cable access (maybe even keeping a viewer or two... no, literally)?

    They lost me long ago, though. No one really gave a crap about G4 until the buyout, and most of the attention I've seen it get isn't very positive. Gee, wonder why.


Actually, G4 bought TechTV for two reasons, but those two reasons were X-Play and Cable Access. X-Play carries both the "authentic" gamer credibility of Adam Sessler, and the rabid fanboys of Morgan Webb, and is basically tripling the ratings of G4's next closest show. Anime Unleashed is definately a bonus, but it loses a lot being programmed opposite Adult Swim, and constantly having to shift what shows are shown in the block.
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#10 Posted on 13.1.05 0555.53
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Sorry, but anyone who thinks Adam Sessler has " "authentic" gamer credibility" has never actually looked at the man. He acts like something out of one of those retarded ads trying to show how "crazy" gamers are. I watched him for about ten minutes and wanted to cave his head in.
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#11 Posted on 17.1.05 0833.40
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    Originally posted by Tenken347
    Sorry, but anyone who thinks Adam Sessler has " "authentic" gamer credibility" has never actually looked at the man. He acts like something out of one of those retarded ads trying to show how "crazy" gamers are. I watched him for about ten minutes and wanted to cave his head in.


You're focusing on the character he portrays on TV ... In "real life", Adam is a respected member of the gaming media.
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