Now, television shows about video games are cropping up, and there is even a 24-hour network called "G4" devoted to the industry.
TechTV, the technology cable channel owned by former Microsoft guru Paul Allen, has its own half-hour show called "X Play," a peppy if sometimes goofy look at the video-game world with hosts Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb, It airs daily.
Last October, the Game Show Network started up a two-hour block on Saturdays and Sundays at noon called "GSN Video Games" that uses two 30-minute imports from England, "Game Sauce" and "Gamer.tv" to fill the time slot.
"GSN" is the better show: It crams more video-game information in its two hours than a week's worth of "X Play," which pads its half hour with innocuous skits and banter between hosts.
Last month, Spike TV aired its first video-game awards show, and according to a Wired.com article online (http://www.wired.com
), more gaming-related programming will come from Spike TV (a network geared for young men), and possibly UPN and Fox.
Then there's G4, available in Utah on Comcast's digital cable (Comcast owns the network) and in 11 million homes nationwide.
The 24-hour network airs more than 15 original programs about video games. I didn't know there were enough subjects about video games to fill a whole day, but the programming includes a semi-reality show, tips on gaming strategies and, believe it or not, a talk show.