G4TV launches iPhone app, crashes under severe E3 traffic
By Aulia Masna Macworld
The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is underway in Los Angeles and we’ve already seen some hardware revisions and new products come out from Sony, Microsoft, and of course, Nintendo. As E3 is now largely a media event, there’s increased pressure on media sites to provide the latest news.
Gaming network G4 launched a quite comprehensive iPhone app just in time for the start of the big gaming bash, in order to keep you updated on all things gaming including news, reviews, tips, tricks, trailers, and more. You can find out all about any game you’ve ever wanted to know with screenshots, videos, and reviews in the game library section. If you need help beating end-of-level bosses, there’s always the Cheats section, but keep it to yourself—don’t want to let people know you’ve lost your mojo, do you?
Aside from gaming news, you’ll also find schedules and clips from G4’s TV series so you’ll know when to set up your TiVo, and additional coverage from other events such as Comic-Con and CES.
With the massive interest in E3, hordes of game enthusiasts who were unable to get in to the show were scrambling to grab every bit of news and live coverage of the keynotes at the start of the event. The thirst for the latest out of E3 pushed the app quickly into the App Store’s top ten list of free apps and it’s now sitting pretty at number 3 of the Entertainment category.
However, this surge ended up taking out G4’s website right around the start of E3 and, because the content of the iPhone app is sourced from the there, the app was also knocked out of commission for a while. Things have returned to normal by now, so you can continue to peruse the app whenever you wish, although for now you can only get it from the U.S. App Store.
Macworld, of course, has its very own Chris Holt on the scene at E3 till the end of the week.