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Why is G4TV still on the air? I tuned in the other night,
watched a video for some game that really sounded cool until I realized it was for
Borderlands 2 and the episode was actually several months old. Using the guide
feature, I scanned a couple hours ahead and realized all of the shows were
repeats. And if they weren't repeats of video game shows, it was repeats of Cops
or Quantum Leap. Oh sure, there are a few other shows and movies, but overall,
the channel is certainly not what it used to be ever since they practically
closed up shop. I kind of miss having a TV channel dedicated to video games.
Especially after watching Jimmy Fallon last night.
I don't always stay up and watch Jimmy Fallon, but I do like
him and his show. A big part of that is because he is clearly a gamer, and
talks about video games quite often. On this particular episode (Season 5 -
Episode 155 if you're interested) not only did he have a bit on his "Do Not Game"
games (which included the notorious E.T. game) he also got a little hands on
time with the Xbox One.
Speaking of E.T. - I nearly missed this story from last week
about a documentary being made to excavate the "nine semi-trucks full of merchandise"
from the Alamogordo landfill. I was fairly young when this all happened, but I
was definitely a gamer during this time and am always interested in hearing
this tale (read it here
if you're interested). I don't know if this is common knowledge or not, so I'll leave the names out of it, but one of the
Game Informer editors actually has an autographed copy of the game on display
in his office with a rather cool story how he obtained such a treasure. If you
ever get to tour the offices, you should ask to see it. While the game is
credited with nearly killing the video game industry, it's such an iconic game
to behold now.
Next up was the Xbox One. Jimmy Fallon had Phil Spencer, the
Vice President of Microsoft Studios on to demonstrate the new system. Certainly
we saw more (and longer) exposure at E3, but I'm still impressed how amazing
Killer Instinct and Forza are looking. Wow. You can watch the video here if you're
interested. Lots of people have critiqued and criticized his commentary,
including the little flub he made about how powerful the system is (he said 3 x
more powerful than Xbox 360 and later clarified it is 8 x, or 10 x using the
cloud). I was more curious about the matchmaking - he made the comment the game
will start matchmaking before the round you're in is finished to minimize the
time waiting in between rounds. That sounds kind of cool...especially since I
found myself waiting for several minutes in between Halo rounds earlier this
evening...waiting for one more player to join.
Anyway, this blog isn't about Xbox One, it's about how
awesome Jimmy Fallon is for dedicating almost the entire show to video game
content (he did have Howard Stern and Alyssa Milano on). I'm sure he'll
showcase the Playstation 4 on one of his shows too. Anyway, his last guest was Anamanaguchi,
debuting their new release - Endless Fantasy. Find their website here. If you don't know who they are or
what they do, well they have a Wikipedia page.
Anamanaguchi is an
American chiptune indie rock band from New York City, that "makes loud,
fast music with a NES from 1985." The band has four members: lead
songwriter and guitarist Peter Berkman, bassist James DeVito, guitarist Ary
Warnaar and drummer Luke Silas.
The only reason I know about them is because of fellow Game
Informer member - born4this...I think he told me about them, or should I say...introduced
me to them. Anyway, they are a "chiptune" band, which means most of their songs
sound like old retro video games. I kind of like it - like a cross between
techno and 8-bit audio.
So, here we have a channel that is supposed to be devoted to
video games but really isn't...and we have a late night talk show on NBC hosted
by a guy whose bio says he's an American actor, comedian, singer, musician and
television host, who is providing much more interesting (and current) video
game coverage than perhaps any other normal television channel. Not only does
this provide us (gamers) entertaining content, I wonder what kind of impact this
exposure has with mainstream society.
Wouldn't it be nice if NBC gave Jimmy Fallon an entire show
devoted to video games...or better yet, if G4TV let Jimmy Fallon take over the
channel? Ah, if only.
Good Games...and good (video game) shows.