In terms of mainstream gaming and technology television programming, gamers have two choices: SpikeTV and G4. Unfortunately, these do not even come close to what gamers want to see. Gamers want to watch a program devoted to technology and gaming, not a T’n A show. G4 and SpikeTV are a joke and always will be. They have no gaming credibility whatsoever and the fact that have to resort to the “hot chick” way of network TV thinking shows their disconnect to the gaming world.
The old TechTV/ZDTV did not have to resort to that kind of nonsense because their shows were actually good. I never missed an episode of The Screen Savers or Call For Help. They offered content and had discussions about topics geeks/nerds/gamers cared about. While they did have girls on some shows (Megan Morrone, Catherine Schwartz and to a lesser extent, Morgan Webb) they did not need to jump and run around the set half naked showing their boobs. This issue is only the tip of the iceberg. Their award shows are a sham filled with the popular celebs who look like they have no idea what is going on and are told to just smile.
I know there are some quality tech/gaming shows aired via YouTube and a number of podcasts available on various websites, but it would be great to take all of the talent and put it into something like a television channel dedicated to gamers so they can get the maximum exposure they deserve.
After thinking more about what was wrong with this topic, I asked myself if a channel could be created in the same vein as TechTV had done in the late 90s. Most of the people I talked to believe network executives working today would have nothing to do with what I had in mind. There would be no bells and whistles or any fluff. I would not try to be the all-in-one gamer channel where there was something for everyone. The listing below is pretty close to what I believe gamers would like to see on television.
Before we begin, I wanted to set some ground rules for this channel. Also, the time listed next to the show titles are the total running time of the show minus commerical breaks.
THINGS THIS CHANNEL WILL NEVER DO
- Show obnoxious animated pop-up or pop-in ads for upcoming programs.
- Use a 4:3 network icon on a 16:9 feed.
- Programs (especially documentaries) will not have loud and annoying background music.
- Programs (especially documentaries) will not use “quick cut” or “shaky cam” presentation styles.
GAME ON – 22 Minutes
2-4 person panel discussion with up-to-date topics timed around 2 minutes each.
GAMEPLAY – 22 minutes
Demos the first 20 minutes of gameplay from newly released and classic games. No outside audio commentary.
INDIE TALK – 22 Minutes
One-on-one discussion/interview spotlighting PC indie developers.
- 2D Boy – World of Goo
- Frictional Games – Amnesia
- Team Meat – Super Meat Boy
- Dylan Fitterer – Audiosurf
- Frozenbyte – Trine
- Number None – Braid
- Hemisphere Games – Osmos
- Bit Blot, LLC – Aquaria
- Kloonigames – Crayon Phyiscs
GAMING LEGENDS – 43 Minutes
In-depth interviews/documentaries with the pioneers of PC gaming.
- John Carmack – id
- John Romero – id
- Michael Morhaime – Blizzard
- Allen Adham – Blizzard
- Brian Fargo – Interplay Entertainment
- Erich and Max Schaefer – Runic
- Ken and Roberta Williams – Sierra Entertainment
- Ray Muzyka – BioWare
- Feargus Urquhart – Obsidian/Black Isle
- Gabe Newell – Vavle Software
SCREEN SAVERS v2 – 43 Minutes
Gaming news/product reviews.
DEATHMATCH – 43 Minutes
A game show style program where players go head-to-head in team based and individual battles. Winners are determined by high score, level advances, most kills, not dying, ect.
TOP TEN LIST SHOW – 22 Minutes
Listing Top 10 FPS, RPG, RTS or various other topics. The website will have a poll asking viewers to vote for their favorite outside of our Top 10. The most votes gets the Viewer’s Choice and a spot at the end of the show.
PC CHALLENGE – 22 Minutes
A show based on random technical or design challenges given to PC builders.
MMO TODAY – 22 Minutes
News, interviews and information about the latest MMOs
Inside Tech – 22 Minutes
A look inside gaming companies development cycles, WOW servers, game testing, game design ect.
RETRO – 43 Minutes
Interview/documentary style show about PC games from 1980s and 90s.
- Bauldr’s Gate
- System Shock
- Planescape: Torment
- Interstate 76
- Circuit’s Edge
- X Wing vs TIE Fighter
- Master of Orion
GAMING TRIVIA SHOW – 22 Minutes
GAMING/TECH/SCIENCE RELATED NETWORK TV SHOWS (Shows gamers or techies would enjoy)
- IT Crowd
- Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
- How Its Made: Tech Edition
- The Universe
- Through The Wormhole
GAMING/TECH RELATED MOVIES (Movies gamers or techies would enjoy)
- Cloak and Dagger (1984)
- Iron Man
- Tron (1982)
- The Last Starfighter
- Star Wars
- Star Trek
OTHER POSSIBLE PROGRAMS/SPECIALS/
- Live performances by Minibosses, Black Mages, ect.
- Coverage from various gaming conventions
- Launch coverage for anticipated titles
- King of Kong
- Monster Camp
- Word Wars
- Live yearly awards show
A TYPICAL PROGRAMMING DAY
- 9am-9:30am: GamePlay
- 9:30am-10am: GamePlay
- 10am-10:30am: IndieTalk
- 10:30am-11am: MMO Today
- 11:30am-12pm: Top 10 List
- 12:30pm-1pm: PC Challenge
- 1:30pm-2pm: How It’s Made
- 2:30pm-3pm: Gaming Trivia Show
- 3:30pm-4pm: TV Show
- 4pm-6pm: Movie
- 6pm-6:30: Game On
- 6:30pm-7:30pm: Screen Savers v2
- 7:30pm-8:30pm: DeathMatch
- 8:30pm-9:30pm: Gaming Legends
- 9:30pm-10:30pm: Retro
- 10:30pm-11pm: Top 10 List
- 11pm-9am: Paid Programming
- Coca Cola
- Frito Lay
- Local Advertisers (PC shops, gaming conventions ect..)
- Creative Labs
- Best Buy
- Gaming Developers and Publishers