|When TechTV and G4 merged in March 2004 to become G4TechTV, many knew that change was coming. And for awhile, everything seemed to stay somewhat stable. On February 15, 2005 TechTV was removed form the network name and in September, G4's longtime CEO was replaced and everyone had felt the change. With the addition of The Man Show to the network, everyone knew that a network once concentrated on video games and technology would soon become something different.|
Icons had been dedicated to providing the back story to all things video games. Each episode concentrated on someone or something important or influential to the culture of video games. However, that trend changed in October 2004 when in it's third season Icons aired it's first non-game related episode covering Mark Cuban. Some argue that this was an experiment for the future, while others don't even consider it an official Icon's episode. (Others would argue that Dungeons and Dragons from Season 2 was it's first, but that did tie in the video games it had influenced and created) Then one year later, after the CEO change Icons again went against the video game grain by airing an episode devoted to the films of horror director George A. Romero. While the following two epsiodes covered video game systems, the final episode of the season covered the movie re-remake of King Kong. While the movie was made into a game, the episode concentrated on the movie and movie history.
Also during 2005, the same group that produced Icons worked on 9 episodes of a show called Game Makers. These episodes while similar to Icons in that it covered the video game industry, they were different in that each episode took you behind the scenes on the creation of the game. Most Icons episodes occasionally discussed this detail in process while concentrating on the history and public impact the topic created. Game Makers gave the audience the blood, sweat and code that went into game creation. Some beleive that this would be the eventual direction that the show would head in that Icons would concentrate on the pop culture while Game Makers would continue to cover only video games. These rumors were never confirmed or denied.
In it's shorest season ever, Icons was beginning to lay it's foundation towards it's totally different future. Old time fans would eventually become angry at the eventual change, while the new direction would add a few new viewers to it's fanbase. At least G4 allowed fans to enjoy the old Icons episodes being repeat under it's new name Game Makers, while the original Game Makers have yet to be seen again.