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The news was recently broke by IGN that G4TV has made a deal with Esquire to rebrand itself as the Esquire Channel.
This news comes after a string of major losses for G4 with the canceling of its two most popular shows, X-Play and Attack of the Show. IGN quotes G4’s parent company NBCUniversal as stating the plan is to create shows which will target an “untapped metrosexual viewership” and will “shift the former gaming network to a destination more in line with the modern male.”
The discarding of G4TV as a whole is a terrible loss for the gaming community but it also represents a major loss to gaming and tech journalists everywhere. G4 represented the potential success anyone could have as a gamer and a journalist combined. To young men and women like me who grew up watching G4TV, it represented that you could still be a gamer and be a responsible and successful adult. Personalities like Adam Sessler, Morgan Webb, Blair Herter, and all the others on G4TV and their website, were icons to a lot of people.
Personally, I am here writing about this today because I love video games and everything about them, and I also love writing. G4TV inspired me to try and make a career out of my passion for these two things. I started college looking to someday develop games, but quickly realized I was not cut out for the technical aspects behind them. I spent two semesters unsure what to do with my life. But then one day while looking at G4TV I came across their How to Become a Video Game Journalist article and Sessler’s Soapbox: The Secret to Getting Into Game Journalism, and then everything came together for me.
This article made me stop and think that maybe there are options out there that do not involve me just putting my passions aside and conforming to the rest of the society. I always enjoyed writing, and I could rant about the inner workings of the game industry for hours to anyone who could stand to listen, so why couldn’t I make a career out of both?
I had no training in journalism writing at the time, but G4TV inspired me and I began looking into it. Their article led me to this site where I could learn from others and practice writing myself. So here I am today, still in college but now learning about becoming a journalist. I’ve still got a long ways to go before I am anywhere near as good as some of the other writers on this site, but I’ve got to start somewhere.
My dream job used to be that someday I could work for G4TV as a writer for their website, but it seems that dream is destined to never become a reality with G4 going under. It is upsetting for me as I am sure it is for so many others. Not only is it a loss of a great place for gamers to go to for news, reviews, and laughs, but it is also a piece of many peoples childhoods lost. Something no one ever takes easily. As game journalists it is also one less place we can look to for a job in the future.
But, despite what many on the internet may say, I do not believe it is the end of the world. G4TV may be laid to rest, but the game industry is still very much alive and growing. And as long as the gaming industry is expanding, so will the gaming journalism industry I believe. It will take some time to get over the fact that G4TV, something which literally changed my life, is going to be gone for good soon. But it will not stop me from pursuing a career as a game journalist.
I always loved G4TV, and I doubt there is any network that changed my life more than it did. It has helped me choose to pursue a career which I would love to spend the rest of my life in. For that I thank G4TV and all the people who made the network so amazing. Not just the television personalities, but also all the writers and the people behind the scenes who kept it going. You guys had a great run and, like so many others, I will miss you. I still hope that someday I might get to meet some of these people who influenced me so much so that I can thank them in person. But until then, I wish all the employees of G4TV the best of luck with their future pursuits and thank you for all the fond memories.