Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Nightly Frights: Mushroom Kingdom Massacre
Before there was JonTron, before there was the Angry Video Game Nerd, and even before there was YouTube, there was a cable television channel called G4 TV that was dedicated to video games. One of their most popular shows was X-Play, a video game review show that mixed reviews with comedy sketches—you know, like most modern day internet reviewers!
Back when I was in high school and early college, this channel was my favorite next to Cartoon Network. The fact that there was an entire channel dedicated to video game news and reviews was simply golden for me, and I watched it religiously.
Sadly, with the advent of high-speed internet and video streaming services such as YouTube, G4 TV, and X-Play respectively, began to sink in the ratings, and both are no more (though both of their hosts, Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb, remain active in the video game community). The void the channel and show left have since been filled by online video game reviewers, which, you could say wouldn’t be able to make their craft possible without X-Play making the review-mixed-with-comedy-style popular.
One of the sketches created by X-Play was a horror movie trailer spoof with Mario as the serial killer. It’s ridiculous, to say the least, but still rather humorous. This time, Mario is rated M for Murder!