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G4 will be shutting down November 30th, 2014. The once go-to source for geek news, reviews, and content, over 53% of American households received G4 at the height of its popularity. G4 grew a large viewership thanks to its well-received original content such as X-play with Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb, and Attack of the Show.

G4 launched on April 24, 2002, under Comcast with shows such as: Cheat, a show about tips and cheat codes for video games; Sweat, a show for sports game news; Blister, a show for action/adventure game news; Pulse, a show talking about the video game industry; and more.

Some attribute the decline of G4 to the growth of online venues for video game news and opinions, such as Youtube channels and video gaming websites. Being targeted at an audience that does so much online could make the sell of a video game channel difficult.

The original creator of G4 envisioned the channel as a sort of ‘MTV of video games’, believing MTV provided music producers with a venue for non-traditional television programming. When the channel was headed by Neal Tiles, he proclaimed “guys like to play games, but not necessarily watch a bunch of shows with games on the screen.” From thereon G4 became more targeted towards men rather than just video gamers, and began running more and more episodes of Cops and Cheaters.

As of now, G4 has announced no plans for preserving its back catalog of content. Some places have preserved clips from the shows, such as Youtube channel xplaybackintheday.


Bryan Heraghty

Staff Writer

Avid shooter and platformer fan. Coffee is the only power up I need. In the spare time I have I will listen to more podcasts than has scientifically been deemed healthy. Hit me up on Twitter if you ever want to chat with me about games, tech, or whatever.



  • Tom Evans

    I’d like to think the decline was when the focus shifted. With every cops, and cheaters marathon pushing people away. I remember techtv and G4 fondly, but I’m also glad to see it go.

  • Quick question, we’re talking about that website they still have up right?

    Anyway, The more I think of G4, the more I think of how badly management really fucked them over. I remember when they started airing Ninja Warrior and Unbeatable Banzuke, and then I thought, since I started watching Game Center CX, “Man, this would’ve been prime for this channel.” Or even make an adaptation of the show.

    Speaking of which, Am I the only one that remembers that old channel Gameplay HD? That was pretty dope.

    And since you brought up youtube channels, I tend to fancy the archive of Icons/Game Makers https://www.youtube.com/user/G4Icons/videos

  • Ryan Juel

    This. The removal of Spy School, Robot Wars UK, and the change from The Screen Savers to Attack of the Show killed G4 more than anything else.

    It had a great spot as a niche channel, but then it tried to compete with Spike TV. Big mistake…

  • Darklurkr23

    Huh? Didn’t this die like 2 years ago? You mean Esquire is dead in november? I’m confused XD

  • Arcon

    Also of note, this also ends the saga of TechTV, which got merged with G4 bringing the aforementioned X-Play, and The Screen Savers (which was retooled into Attack of the Show) to the channel. Though really, its hard to say “end” when G4 has been showing literally nothing but reruns since the Esquire talks happened, I’m not even sure why the channel stuck around this long

  • Glenn McBride

    Makes you long for the days of ZDTV and The Screen Savers with Leo and Kate.

  • Zanard Bell

    I’ll just have to reminisce of the ZDTV and TechTV of old. Wonder where Leo Laporte is now?