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  • Acceptable Targets: They view fans of anime and games based on them as this.
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  • Adaptation Displacement: Not very many people are aware of the two shows that came before X-Play were GameSpot TV (1998-2001; ZDTV and TechTV) and Extended Play (2001-2003; TechTV), let alone the fact that X-Play started out as a TechTV show in San Francisco for over a year from 2003 to 2004. Thus, most people are only familiar with the G4 episodes in Los Angeles.
  • Archive Binge / Archive Panic: Averted. Back in the early days of video podcasts, X-Play's Daily Video Podcast chronicled nearly every review and comedy sketch - even those made under the X-Play version of the show but predating the podcast's inception. After a few years, the back episodes were relegated to their own archives by year, still free to download, but then for whatever reason - maybe bandwidth costs, Executive Meddling related to the retools, or iTunes not wanting to host thousands of videos of a single show - then videos were removed, and now you can't find many videos from more than a year ago anywhere. Many reviews were also available on YouTube in both legal and not-so-legal forms, but the latter were DMCA'ed in the lead-up to the launch of Hulu, which features G4 content. Only in America, of course.
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  • Award Snub: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in the "Deathmatch: Best of 2011" awards. Skyward Sword wasn't nominated for the show's Game of the Year award in 2011. This upset a lot of fans of the series, and they went on to make their voices heard in the "Video Game Deathmatch" which would be voted on by the fans. It went on to win the entire tournament, beating Assassin's Creed: Revelations in the final round. Adam Sessler and Blair Herter went on to say at the end of the video announcing the winner that Skyward Sword only won because of angry Nintendo fanboys who were upset that they didn't nominate it for a Game of the Year award.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: 1000th episode surprise guest Rip Taylor.
  • Broken Base: Just about anytime they reviewed a JRPG or video game based off of an anime. It didn't help that they view both as Acceptable Targets, so reviews were littered with jokes at the expense of the clichés. They did give Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne a 5 out of 5 and name it their Game of the Year, however.
  • Critical Research Failure / Cowboy BeBop at His Computer :
    • Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop does not have minigames. They called them extra missions, before that, which is what they are. Minigames are like separate games within a game, not gameplay and level additions to the main game. It seems like they only called it that because minigames equals bad to a lot of gamers.
    • In the review of beatmania, which got a 2 out of 5, it was branded as a Guitar Hero ripoff. However, the game was released years, in fact almost a decade, before the 2005 release of Guitar Hero, in 1997. 2006 was the first time the game was released in North America. This was often regarded as the most annoying example of inaccuracy on this show.
    • In their review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up, they criticized the cutscenes for being unfinished when they were supposed to be a nod to the original black and white comics.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: When the show used to have sketches, the breakout characters were Canadian Guy, Screaming Intern, Ratty, Johnny X-Treme, Roger The Stan Lee Experience, and Shirtless Intern.
  • Fan Hater:
    • Do you like anything Japanese? Do you like Final Fantasy (particularly past the sixth installment) in particular? How about any of the Dynasty Warriors games? Then it's highly likely that Adam and Morgan thought you were the scum of the earth and had not been enlightened to the games they find better. Shown especially when they reviewed the first DBZ Budokai game. They basically said that they didn't care what the DBZ fans think.
    • Likewise, they did occasionally play an anime-based game that's actually decent. Sometimes they spend the entire review mocking the game but still gave it 3 or 4 stars. In one episode, they said, "We don't actually hate anime games. We just hate games that suck, and it just so happens that most anime games do suck."
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Judgement Day, another review show that ran on G4. Both sides would argue which show is funnier or has a better review format and they can be pretty heated.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The show did April Fools' episodes that involved format changes, and other things that fans in general would fear, like the time Adam and Morgan did the show from the Tech Live newsdesk, or the time Adam "left" to host a show called Meet the Sess, and Morgan tried to go through a few replacements. In 2008, the show did eventually change formats, much to the fandom's dismay, Adam would abruptly leave in 2012, and the show would die shortly afterward.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks!:
    • Just imagine the state of Adam's inbox after he did the segment entitled: "Your Childhood Sucks: Final Fantasy VII." The primary reason it was scorned by viewers was because they chose ludicrous and superficial reason to trash the game, like the graphics and music (despite being made in 1997), the random battles (even though it's a JRPG, and if they hate the frequent encounters, they could get Materia to reduce it), and the translation (while a fair judgment, is not the game itself's fault). Then Adam went full Fan Hater by threatening to assault anybody that said they cried when Aerith died. A lot of it boiled down to It's Popular, Now It Sucks! and it's clear they just wanted to piss off Final Fantasy fans. There's probably a reason they haven't done another segment like that since...
      • Before, they got trashed for giving Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII a 2 out of 5. Like Final Fantasy VII above, it was mostly due to their superficial reasons. Particularly, they complain about the game being too easy, and then complain about dying and having to sit through an unskippable cutscene. Another problem was the the review only showed footage from the early parts of the game, leading some to speculate they didn't even finish it. There were even some accusations of Xenophobia when Adam kept taking pot shots at Japan, saying that stupid dialogue is completely acceptable to them. Adding fuel to the fire was when they mocked the viewers that criticized them in an April Fools episode where they "re-reviewed" the game, leading some to accuse them of being unable to take criticism, despite being critics themselves.
    • It's pretty much guaranteed that any bad review of an anime or manga-based title will get mountains of hate mail regardless of its quality, even as they've repeatedly pointed out The Problem with Licensed Games applies to Japanese products as well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Early on, Adam and Morgan would bash the hell out of Los Angeles quite often, especially Morgan, who hated the city she grew up in so much, she was quite open about her resentment towards it on this show and her old show The Screen Savers. Fast forward to late 2004, and both Adam and Morgan eventually moved to Los Angeles to continue hosting the program. While Adam moved back to San Francisco in 2012, Morgan has since stayed in Los Angeles.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The interns.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Around 2006, give-or-take, many have complained that the show dropped in quality when they became over-reliant on sketches, became more-and-more of fan haters, and started having a bias against Sony games while praising anything made by Microsoft. This lead to some to believe that the writers were on Microsoft's payroll.
    • The rot became more evident once G4 got rid of almost all of its original video game and tech based programing save for X-Play and Attack of the Show!. Stuff like Cheat!, which was originally its own show, became a segment on X-Play and the show itself became less focused on reviews and comedy and more on sneak peeks, interviews, E3 buzz, and various other things. It all felt like everything video gaming was cramped into this one show, making it feel cluttered. Once Adam was fired, it completed the rot and practically signaled the show's imminent demise.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The fandom reaction to the 2008 retool. Of course, making a video game review show into something else entirely would naturally tend to ruffle up some feathers here and there.

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