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A real video game TV network!
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Posted 11/6/11 , edited 11/6/11
The idea has been floating in my head for a long time. I dunno about you but G4 makes me sick. How that network is still on the air is beyond me.

I already explained it in that companies going out of business thread so I won't repeat myself.

I don't have a name for this yet but this new network would be like the ESPN of video games. 24/7 non-stop programming related to gaming. Here's what I have in mind.....

- There would be a nightly gaming news program.

- A documentary series that discusses something in the history of videogames. For example....a one or two hour episode of Nintendo. An episode about Super Mario. Or an episode about Shigeru Miyamoto. How bout an episode of the Xbox's history? A metal gear episode? Whatever you can think of that should be covered in this series related to game series, consoles, and even companies and people.

- A Saturday morning block of videogame cartoons from past and present. Sonic the Hedgehog SatAM anyone?

- Remember those video game shows that came on TV? (see links for these below) Video Power? Gamepro TV? Even those short video tips about Atari games! They'd be on this network!

- A Preview and Review show, with an unbiased and fair viewpoint opinions of all video games. It can not only cover games coming out, but even dip back into the past of older games too.

- A countdown show. Let's say you want to know what the number 1 video game console of all time is? For me it's the NES. But some of you may have a different console as #1. Or how bout that system's top ten games? Top ten game series? Top 10 developers? Minds? Characters? Innovations? You name it!

- A reality show that follows a person trying to get into the video game business?

That's all I can think of right now. Does anyone have any more ideas, not to mention a name for this network?

Posted 11/6/11
I would shell out to see this
Posted 11/6/11
All I know in G4 is Ninja Warrior
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Posted 11/6/11
an interesting idea to say the least. Sadly, an unbiased preview/review show is unlikely to come about. Someone is going to want their game*coughEAcough* to get a great rating and will likely pay considerably to have it come out looking that way. I doubt network heads would likely turn a blind eye to the money or support they would likely lend. Though I am reminded thanks to you about the old satAM cartoons like Captain N and the mario brothers cartoons.
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Posted 11/6/11
Have tournament specials like dreamhack and LoL season finals, HoN season Finals, Scraft2 finals etc. That is what I'd wanna watch.
Posted 11/6/11
I remember GameTV or something years ago (this was in the UK btw)

Sucked balls.

Your idea sounds better then anything they had.

Here's an idea:
Show film adaptations of video games every Saturday night. Even if it's shit (like Street Fighter) you'll still get views due to it being so craptastic.
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Posted 11/6/11

Han_Solo wrote:

Show film adaptations of video games every Saturday night. Even if it's shit (like Street Fighter) you'll still get views due to it being so craptastic.


How bout new episodes of the documentary series, and then you can play the saturday night videogame adaptation movie.


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Posted 11/6/11
Although this is something alot of people would like to see become a reality (including myself) there's a serious issue of content.
A videogame channel would be very specialized to only games, which is too broad by itself. In other words, you immediately alienate all those who don't care for game and casual gamers who would never go as far as watching games when they're not playing games.

So the channel is already catering to a specialized audience. Now when we look at that small group of people, we'll find that their tastes and wants will be all over the place. The "hardcore" shooter fan who wants to see the best clips of professionals, the puzzle masters who want to see crazy highscores and some of the most difficult games solved in mere seconds, the few casuals that want to see what the next mario party will be, the crazy fans of difficulty (Hell shooters such as Touhou and ohter genres), etc.

This list goes on forever and can be infinite. Now you have to create enough content that appeals to enough people so that advertisors will consider it worth investing money into the network. Mind you the content has to be something that companies want to be associated with, so if they don't like it, don't expect the funding the network needs from commercials. And a network of this nature most likely not be able to generate the one situation wich is an exception, and that is a show that an entire nation wants to watch. (except South Korea, but they already have their stations established)

Although old content, such as really bad movies based on games (This option would cost too much money to license, have very few viewers, and not have many advertisors wanting to sign up to go along with these movies), reviews of old games and systems, along with documentaries on the industry and it's history can be nice little fillers, they are not typically strong enough to be apart of a networks main lineup, usually delegated to filling in empty timeslots when they appear.

To avoid the trappings of previous networks such as techtv (which was tech in general, and still fell) and G4, a majority of the content must be new, on current topics, and lastly must present itself in an entertaining manner that has not been seen by this target audience yet.

That is only to gain a foot hold. To actually gain a foot hold on the largely untapped market you would need to gain acess to inside content, special access to what the current new sources have.

WIth all this in mind, the next improvement to gaming television will be close but not where we imagine it to be at first, and either it will grow into the vision many of us have or another network will envelope it and make the change.



So after that lengthy rant, I would like to put forth that approuching Spike TV and ESPN to do a joint venture would be a good place to start.

The "channel" itself would be broadcast online on a 24 hour stream (and with an active subscription would allow the network's library of media to be accessed on demand at anytime). For special events such as conventions, spike would simply have a live broadcast of the online stream, and the online stream will mention off to the side how the stream could be viewed on Spike tv as well, thus allowing spike to reduce its costs and this new network to take of Spike's pre-established presence to gain access to major conventions for more content.

Further ideas to help sweeten Spike TV's end of the deal include the fact that along with not having to spend resources and man power to cover the event, more viewers have tv's that can handle HD broadcasts than computers that could handle such streams, giving spike a chance to gather more viewers as users with less powerful computers try to see the newest content in all it's beautiful glory. (For this to work, the venture would need to be partly owned by spike tv so they can still claim inside exclusive coverage.)

Meanwhile, working with Major League Gaming and ESPN to gather official tournament coverage for online display (ESPN wouldn't mind keeping some credit of profesional gaming if it gets big) and allow ESPN to exercise power to broadcast the finals for any particular ladder, such as a modernwarfare or halo.

All of that combined with some original programing (maybe work something out with roosterteeth, Mega64, or someone else known for good content for new projects) could work.
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Posted 11/6/11
I could not disagree anymore with what you said. What do you mean present itself in an entertaining manner? It would do that already, but you don't need to resort to the same old, tired, worn out, bottom of the barrel, juvenile jokes and behaviors and such that you see from so many networks these days. If that's an example of your idea of entertainment, then that's not the way to do it.

Of course it's gonna be nothing but videogames...isn't that the point? The NFL Network caters to football fans for example. Are you gonna say that's too broad also and alienate people that aren't into football?

And to say that "reviews of old games and systems, along with documentaries on the industry" arent strong enough to be part of the lineup is totally asinine.
Posted 11/6/11
I favor the idea. I only watch G4 for Ninja Warrior anyway. The rest of the station's programs don't interest me.
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Posted 11/6/11 , edited 11/6/11
Looks like you kinda skimmed the wall of text and then took it out of context... when I said in an entertaining manner it also mentioned being in a form that we haven't seen before when it comes to games and television, in otherwords something that isn't

...the same old, tired, worn out, bottom of the barrel, juvenile jokes and behaviors and such that you see from so many networks these days.


Kinda surprised that you think I want to see that sort of entertainment. When I was 9, it was funny to watch Adam Sessler and the stapler montage.

Now for the alienation thing, that was to present the point that your audience isn't going to be all of america, it isn't even going to be a quarter.
Alot of people will watch football, even people that aren't interested in it. In comparrison, a network showing a halo tournament could gather fans and maybe a few other people since it's something easy to follow, while A starcraft 2 final has a very limited audience due to the speed of it's gameplay (limited to the point that even people that play the game may not watch it).

To further elaborate, I would most certainly watch a full clear of Touhou 8: Imperishable Night's extra level with no deaths
(The current high score for the US leader board for extra stage clear using Marisa/Alice Team)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS2Ot38irqo&hd=1(Main Stage) 4:04
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tACAYUgYcBs&hd=1(The Boss) 8:54

But most people would not want to watch this, even though it is the best score posted on the US score board. So by being too broad and trying to cater to every gamer's taste, you may not be able to keep a constant audience, and will notice certain shows will have more viewers than others, which will end up being apart of your evening lineup which will allow more viewers to watch, while not so popular shows will form the daytime lineup which brings me to the next point.

I never said that old content could not be strong enough to be apart of a networks lineup, I said apart of the main lineup, the flagship titles.
It even says that they would be in the lineup, albeit as slot fillers. That's how singular, stand-alone documentaries stand. Now a show devoted to mini documentaries (like a 1 hour show, each episode a new subject) is different and can build enough intrest to warrent keep showing it not only constantly, but give it a "primetime" slot.

Conversation is perfectly fine, but please respond to what a person says, and not assumptions based on partial readings. If you disagree, inquire into what someone means or ask how they come to their conclusion, maybe add some of the reasons you disagree with their logic.


I do apologize if my posts are confusing, never was good with writing.
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Posted 11/6/11 , edited 11/6/11
On the old content topic, a 1 hour stand alone special on Ralph H. Baer is something you could only run so many times before viewers found it repetitve (like G4 does with cops, but in G4's case it's worse cause they have several seasons they show and it's still repetitive simply because it is on almost 4-7 hours a day) While a show documenting several different things over the course of several episodes allows a netwrok to capture the viewers attention and have them keep returning not in the hopes of finding a random documentary they like, but to see the same group introduce them to a new subject.

Think Mythbusters, or better yet Pawnstars on the history channel. It's a show about a freaking pawn shop, but the way they present each story of a potential deal is entertaining, gives background information on each potential deal, gives you the mystery of whether the deal goes through.
It even gives you the illusion of action through the dialog of the worker negotiating with the customer over price, each one stating their reason for why the price should go higher or lower, like a game of mental chess or fencing.

Or you could have a monotone reporter recite random facts about a game and information that even the most minor fan would know, maybe say a few times where the game can be bought and for how much. (I know that last line was completely rude, but it's to make the point that you can take any subject, but you also have to present it in an interesting way, and there all many, many ways to do so.)(No, I don't think a monotone reporter is a good idea.)
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Posted 11/6/11
i actually really like G4 o.o
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Posted 11/6/11
This already happens in Korea?
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Posted 11/6/11
I think if you really want to do this you should make a TV show first. If the show gets off the ground, then you can build a network around that, and if it isn't a hit you'll have an easier time tweaking the elements of a TV show than you would an entire network.
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