These are the things that run through the circus of my mind, enjoy the ride. ~ Jono
"True love, like any other strong and addicting drug, is boring — once the tale of encounter and discovery is told, kisses quickly grow stale and caresses tiresome… except, of course, to those who share the kisses, who give and take the caresses while every sound and color of the world seems to deepen and brighten around them. As with any other strong drug, true first love is really only interesting to those who have become its prisoners. And, as is true of any other strong and addicting drug, true first love is dangerous.” - Wizard and Glass"
For as far back as I can remember, I’ve always been quite the geek. From the moment I received an NES at 3 years old I guess you can say pixels were in my blood. I feel very grateful to have grown up at a time when the video game industry has continued to produce an incredible wealth of innovations to make fantasies a reality. I think I was the only person in my social circle who had a subscription to Electronic Gaming Monthly and who actually marked their calendar every year for E3. Back in 2002, I was very fortunate to have a cable subscription that allowed me to view a little channel called G4. Finally there was a channel that actually focused on video games and technology! G4 became a sort of community for us gamers where we were able to stay in the loop of the industry without having to wait every month for a new issue of our favourite gaming magazines. I’ve always considered myself a loyal viewer to G4 which is why today since 8:00 pm Eastern Time I’ve been feeling quite sentimental after watching Kevin Pereira’s final episode of Attack of the Show. I’ve pretty much watched AOTS evolve since it premiered as a replacement for The Screen Savers back in 2005. I fondly remember the departures of the beloved Kevin Rose and Sarah Lane, but it hasn’t hit me until Kevin’s departure tonight how much this show has truly meant to me.
Over the last few years as the duties of adulthood have become more prominent in my life I found that the hour of each weekday I always enjoyed the most was catching AOTS. It didn’t help much that I started to develop crushes on both Olivia Munn and Kristin Holt, but where else could you find a show that discussed movies, video games, the newest tech gadgets, and forced Olivia Munn to eat a dangling wiener using only her mouth!? (Video below)
On days when work or school was getting the best of me I knew that AOTS would be there to put a smile on my face. It was a sad day when Olivia Munn abruptly left the show without any real explanation but I still remained content with the hilarious hosting duties of Chris Hardwick and Alison Haislip. However, in the time following Munn’s departure I’ve noticed a big change in G4 as it started to focus on finding attractive personalities to host their shows as opposed to finding people who were true gamers and tech enthusiasts. Kevin Pereira was the only person saving AOTS for me as it started to become less appealing over the last two years. I guess you can say that the geek authenticity was and is truly lacking from Candace Bailey and Sara Underwood, although I do miss seeing the beautiful Layla Kayleigh deliver The Feed and could really care less about her authenticity.
Over the last 10 years or so, I’ve watched Kevin Pereira grow up from the skinny little PA with the dirty sanchez to the host that has put a smile on my face every night with his cheesy one liners. Watching his final episode tonight has left me with a great deal of nostalgia and I feel like I’ve been with this show through the best of its days. Kevin was keeping this show afloat as many others departed, and I really don’t think it can survive much longer with who it has left. Although we will be seeing Kevin again during the much anticipated E3 broadcast, tonight marked the last time he would be bringing AOTS into our living rooms. I feel like this is the ending of an era for G4. Kevin, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours and I thank you truly for some of the best 10 years of television I have experienced in my life. Farewell.
"Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past me I will turn to see fear’s path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."