Jack Black et al. Pick TOP 100 VIDEO GAMES OF ALL TIME on G4 Today, 6/15
What began in arcades, pizza parlors and shag carpeted living rooms has grown into a multi-billion dollar business that dominates the entertainment landscape. Whether it's addictive Facebook games, iPad apps, MMO's, or console blockbusters, everyone has a connection to video games. G4 spoke with the world's biggest stars, hottest athletes, gifted musicians and the most influential names in video games to help the experts of G4's video game show, X-Play, crown the greatest games of all time. The five-part series narrated by the gaming industry's most accomplished voice artist and actor, Nolan North ('Uncharted' series, 'Batman Arkham City'), THE TOP 100 VIDEO GAMES OF ALL TIME, will air Monday June 11 through tonight, June 15 at 8pm PT/ET.
Watch Zach Braff recall his early years with the Atari 2600, lifelong gamer Jack Black reveal his first experience with Activision classic 'Pitfall', 'Community' star Danny Pudi discuss the nuances of playing as Bo Jackson in Tecmo Bowl, and Felicia Day share her World of Warcraft addiction. Additional celebrities in the countdown include Nick Cannon, Michael Clarke Duncan, Milla Jovovich, Chris Klein, Sara Paxton, Aisha Tyler, Brian Posehn, Paul Scheer, JB Smoove, Morgan Spurlock, Robin Williams, Matthew Perry and many more.
While they play games professionally, many athletes also will chime in on their favorite gaming hobbies, including Andrew Luck and the rest of the top ten draft picks from this year's NFL Draft who reminisce on their favorite titles and gaming moments. This year's Madden cover model, Calvin Johnson, as well as other notable NFL stars including Rob Gronkowski, Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Barry Sanders and Terrell Davis also appear in the special. Additional athletes include Tony Hawk, Phil Davis, Carlos Condit, Shaun White, Al Harrington, Daequan Cook, Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy.
Musicians also take time out of their busy schedule to plug in and play. Soulja Boy will discuss his tyrannical side when playing The Sims and Common describes his love of DJ Hero and Call of Duty. Alice Cooper, Digital Underground, Metallica, Megadeath, Dee Snyder, Soundgarden and Steve Vai also sing their praise of their favorite video games.
Joining X-Play's gaming experts Blair Herter and Morgan Webb are a wide array of the biggest names in the video game industry including Ken Levine ("Bioshock"), Will Wright ("The Sims"), John Romero ("Doom"), Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuck ("Mass Effect", "Dragon Age"), Shigeru Miyamoto ("Mario" and "Legend of Zelda" series) Hideo Kojima ("Metal Gear" series), Todd Howard ("Elder Scrolls," "Fallout 3"), Ted Price ("Ratchet & Clank," "Resistance"), and Cliff Bleszinski ("Gears of War" series) and many more.
Viewers will also be able to get in on the action by logging in to G4's Top 100 Video Games of All Time app on Facebook. Users will be able to select their top five video games and then share and compare with their friends.
Will Zelda top Mario? Can Master Chief conquer Kratos? Find who is number 1 during the Top 100 Video Games of All Time, Monday June 11 through Friday June 15, 8pm PT/ET.
G4 offers the last word on gaming, technology, animation, interactivity and "geek culture" for the male 18-34 demo. The network, which is available in 59 million cable and satellite homes nationwide, has given young guys of today's digital generation a television home. G4tv.com is a top web destination for video game news and information. The network's popular original programming includes "Attack of the Show!," "X-Play," "American Ninja Warrior" and "Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan." G4 also continues to expand its live event coverage at CES, Comic-Con, E3, Tokyo Game Show and more. G4's digital platforms include G4tv.com, G4 Mobile, G4 Podcasts, G4 on Demand, G4 Video Player, G4 Wii Portal and G4 PS3 Portal. G4 is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.
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