The 2000s game show gets a makeover
G4 TVs Arena was a popular television game series featuring two teams competing in multiplayer video games. Now the show is apparently back. In a recent LinkedIn post from G4, the network said the reboot is underway. In a graphic that also promotes give me your price and the brand’s recent partnership with Smosh, Arena is displayed with a photo of Xavier Woods (aka Austin Creed), the WWE superstar who is also one of the personalities on the rebooted network. While WWE and G4 previously revealed they would be working on a show together, it’s unclear if Arena is this show. No other information about the Arena reboot is available.
The show’s format featured teams playing against each other in the era’s multiplayer video game in the form of a LAN party, with episodes of the series featuring an ongoing tournament format. In some cases, video games overlap popular games such as Unreal Tournament 2004 and Call of Duty. Members of each team also had the opportunity to chat about themselves and explain the inspiration behind their team names. Game buffs might be happy to hear that the show, which aired from 2002 to 2005, is making a comeback. The original show was hosted by Wil Wheaton and Travis Oates. Both hosts left due to disputes with the program’s producer, Jim Downs. Wheaton in a Slashdot had no problem publicly discussing their creative differences. They were eventually replaced by Lee Reherman and Michael Louden Louden would then be replaced by Kevin Pereira.
All of the hosts had their own level of popularity before they got the hosting gig on the game show. Wheaton is best known for playing Wesley Crusher on the TV phenom Star Trek: The Next Generation. Reherman played one of the “Gladiators” named Hawk in the original 1989-1996 version of American Gladiators. As for Pereira, he animated the G4 Attack of the show!, and possibly when to host the show’s current reboot and spinoff Vibration check and The loop. He was also the host of the gaming competition series Ask America and the truTV show hack my life.
Ask America was a game show where players used Skype and webcams to compete for a cash prize by answering questions posed to people across America. There were three rounds, plus a bonus round. Apart from airing in the United States, there was also a version that aired in France, Arabia, and the Philippines. A local show also began airing in Cincinnati, Ohio beginning in 2014 by Bob Goen.