Morgan Webb (2003-2013) Blair Herter (2008–2013) Jessica Chobot (2011-2013) Kristin Adams (2008–2013) Adam Sessler (1998–2012) Kate Botello (1999-2002) Lauren Fielder (1998–1999) Joel Gourdin (2007) Alex Sim-Wise (2011) Tiffany Smith (2012-2013) X-Play (previously Game Spot TV and Extended Play) is a TV program about video games that ran between July 4, 1998, and January 23, 2013.
The show in its final incarnation was hosted by Morgan Webb and Blair Herter, with Kristin Adams (née Holt) and Jessica Chobot serving as special correspondents/co-hosts (Tiffany Smith, Alex Sim-Wise and Joel Gourdin have also served as correspondents during the show's run).
The show assumed the previously rejected Extended Play moniker in 2001 after ZDTV changed to Tech TV and the partnership with Ziff Davis' Game Spot ended.
Botello left in early 2002, and Sessler hosted the show by himself up until April 2003, when Webb joined the cast and the show was renamed X-Play.
Game Spot TV, Extended Play, and X-Play all originated in San Francisco, California.
Throughout the course of the show's history, it has gone through numerous changes, in more than just name.
In the days of Game Spot TV, the show was filmed on a simple ZDTV studio set consisting of faux-brick walls, randomly positioned TV monitors, and functioning Gauntlet Legends and Rival Schools arcade game cabinets.
For the occasional special episode, filming would move off-site to another location, such as the Sony Metreon arcade, and numerous game conventions such as the Classic Gaming Expo and E3.
Each episode would start off with Game News, where Sessler or Fielder would give a brief overview of top news stories featured on the Game Spot website.
Game reviews were run in a segment known as The Grill (games were graded on Game Spot's official 0.1-10.0 system), Spotlight showcased special content such as interviews with industry leaders, and Game Breakers featured strategy guides and hints for recently released games.
New episodes would debut on weekend mornings at a.m. When Game Spot TV converted to Extended Play on February 17, 2001, the show moved entirely to the Metreon, and took on a very simple style and format. Like Game Spot TV, certain special episodes would be filmed elsewhere. After the departure of Botello, Sessler continued to host at the Metreon by himself, until the change to X-Play in April 2003.