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G4 teases a surprise comeback

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It looks like G4, the hip-tech television network that went off the air in 2014, might be coming back. A teaser tweeted from the suddenly-active G4 Twitter account leads viewers through a virtual storage room of relics from the network's past, before interrupting a long-running game of Pong with an image of the G4 logo and "2021."

G4 launched in 2002 with shows focusing on videogame news, reviews, and competitions that formed a sort of primordial esports scene, and hosts including Jessica Chobot, Alison Haislip, Geoff Keighley, Olivia Munn, Kevin Pereira, Adam Sessler, and Morgan Webb. It was a brightly-burning candle, but conventional television shows are an ill fit for very online audiences, and after multiple mergers and ownership changes it ceased operations at the end of 2014.

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There's no indication of what form the comeback might take, although I wouldn't expect a return to your living room set. But a streaming series on Twitch, YouTube, or even Facebook makes perfect sense. It seems that X-Play, one of the shows that aired on G4, could also be resurrected in some form, as it tweeted the same thing from its previously-dormant account.

One person who apparently isn't involved, as least up to this point, is Sessler, who hosted X-Play from 1998 to 2012. He described a G4 comeback tweet posted by IGN as a "curious turn of events," and expressed surprise at the activity from the X-Play account.

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There's been nothing more from G4 since that tweet, but we're keeping our eyes on it and will update when we have more information.

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.