Thursday, October 25, 2012

G4 Turns on Fans, Cancels AOTS and X-Play in Lieu of "More Sophisticated" Entertainment

In an unprecedented move, the popular cable channel G4, which is known for being the center for all things popular in gaming, comic books, pop culture, movies, nerd and geek culture, has decided to cancel arguably its two most popular programs, Attack of the Show and X-Play. This news comes as the channel undergoes a rebranding that will turn away from the very source material that made it popular in the first place, gaming.

The final episodes of both shows will air in December of this year, leading up to the finales that will have rotating guest-hosts for AOTS joining current hosts Candace Bailey and Sara Underwood and X-Play hosts Morgan Webb and Blair Herter. Guest hosts will include the likes of John Barrowman, Michael Ian Black, Josh Meyers, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Horatio Sanz.

According to, which was one of the first outlets to produce the story, both shows will have farewell episodes that will include former guests and hosts returning as well as re-airing favorite segments from the past, including AOTS' coverage of the San Diego Comic-Con and X-Play's coverage of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

According to General Manager of Media for G4 Adam Stotsky, "Attack of the Show and X-Play have been important for G4, and we want to acknowledge the creative people who have helped inspire and showcase the phenomenon of gamer culture. With more than 3,000 episodes aired between them, we have more than enough great material to honor these innovators and their amazing contributors as we bring both shows to a close."

There are rumors floating around that G4 may be looking to partner with Esquire or another men's magazine, like GQ, as it moves forward into quote "more upscale, sophisticated guy TV space."Possible new names for the channel include G4Men, as well as some other truly pretentious names.

Feedback from the G4 community has not been positive in the slightest, with many fans of both shows claiming that this move is the nail in the coffin of G4, who has accrued some controversy in recent months with the sudden and distasteful release of Adam Sessler, the former co-host of X-Play and one member that had been with the channel since way back in the day when TechTV was still around and the exodus of Attack of the Show host Kevin Periera.

Some messages on the comment section of this story on G4's website include things like "Without these shows is G4 even a channel? Why would anyone watch it without these shows?" and "I'll just say what we're all thinking: Screw you G4. You turned your backs on the fans who made your network successful in the first place." One comment went as far as to rename the channel MTV4, which in my opinion is a pretty big insult.

I, for one, am truly saddened by G4's decision to do this and am pretty mad that the channel thinks that the true fans that made G4 what it is today are not "sophisticated enough". The silver lining here is that maybe the likes of Candace, Blair, Morgan and Sara can move on to bigger and better things, much like Adam and Kevin did. I wish them all the best and I thank them for the endless amounts of entertainment that they have given not only myself, but the entire gaming community as a whole over the past 10 years.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Custom Mass Effect N7 Armor to Make Any Reaper Run and Hide

Ready to see the coolest piece of video game cosplay ever? I thought you would be. If you have ever had the dream of strapping on the N7 armor made famous by Commander Shepard from Mass Effect and taking on some of the most dangerous beings in the known universe then your dream could very well become a reality thanks to BioWeapons.

BioWeapons gives you the ability to purchase your very own set of N7 armor, a direct replica of the type seen in the Mass Effect video games. The best part about this armor is that it isn't your run-of-the-mill generic Halloween shop costume. This stuff is durable, high-grade replica armor that has the look and feel of the game.

The armor is made up of sturdy, lightweight EVA foam and comes with extra long adjustable Velcro and nylon strapping allowing it to fit almost anybody. Each armor set is also hand-crafted piece by piece, meaning there are absolutely no molds or mass production, so you will have to wait about 2 to 3 weeks to get yours. The full armor set includes a chest piece, back piece, shoulder pieces, bicep pieces, forearm pieces, gloves, cod piece, thigh pieces, shin/calf pieces and a replica M8 rifle. In addition to that, the back has customizeable LED lights that run on AA batteries. You can choose from either red or blue lights.

The only down side here is the price. The full armor set, including the M8 rifle, will cost you $1,250. However, considering the quality, attention to detail, the handpainted design and the replica rifle, this isn't a bad deal. You can buy different groups of pieces separately. The torso set (everything from the waist up) will run you $650 while the leg set will cost you $350. If you want the full armor without the M8 replica, you will only have to pay $950. The rifle by itself will run you $350.

Those prices are for the male version of the armor. There is also a female version which is slightly more expensive. The torso set for the female armor costs $700 with the legs costing $400, the full set sans the rifle costing $1,050 and the full set with the rifle costing $1,350. The additional $100, according to the site, is due to the fact that the "female armor has more compound curves and takes longer to construct."

According to the site, payments can be made via PayPal or mail/money order by special arrangement. Since this is a really expensive piece of cosplay, I decided to email the creators of the armor with a few questions of my own. The site says one size fits most. I am 6'5" and roughly 250lbs so I wanted to see if this would fit. I also wanted to see how payment plans would work. As of writing this article I have yet to hear back, though I will update whenever I get more information.

Regardless, this is definitely one incredible set of armor. If you are looking for the perfect cosplay then this is something you should definitely look into if you don't mind spending the cash. Full details on the armor set can be found here. There are a lot of other custom pieces on the site, including some Blue Sun armor also from Mass Effect and some other cool stuff as well.