Sessler at TGS '07
|Born||Adam Donovan Sessler
August 29, 1973
|Occupation||Video Game Journalist|
|Known for||Former co-host/managing editor of X-Play, current editor in chief and host for Rev3 Games|
Adam Donovan Sessler (born August 29, 1973) is the executive producer of Revision3 Games, and best known as the former co-host of X-Play with Morgan Webb and editor-in-chief of G4's game content for the network. He was the only remaining television personality on G4TV from ZDTV until he was fired by G4 on April 25, 2012.
Sessler was born in Berkeley, California. He graduated from El Cerrito High School in 1991 and is a graduate of UCLA with a bachelor's degree in English literature. He was previously a credit analyst for ABN-AMRO in San Francisco, and an actor on the San Francisco Public-access television show Chip Weigh Magnet Down, which he also helped to make. Adam admits that he is grateful to no longer work for Fortune 500 companies, saying in The X-Play Insider's Guide to Gaming that he was "very sad" about the job. Sessler currently lives in San Francisco, California, and is married.
Some of Sessler's known favorite game series are the Halo series for its first-person shooter qualities; the Japanese version of Rez for its Trance Vibrator feature; the Banjo-Kazooie, Rayman, Ratchet and Clank, and Sly Cooper series for their unique platform qualities; Resident Evil 4;. He also stated during the broadcast of E3 2010 that Uncharted 2 was his favorite single player experience of all time.
His favorite cabinet video game is Ghosts 'n Goblins, which he has stated on several occasions on older episodes of Extended Play and X-Play. "When I was 9 years old I used to scam quarters from my parents and sneak out to this local bowling alley that was so seedy Hubert Selby Jr. would get the creeps there. It smelled like personal abandonment. That's what I think of when I play my favorite game"[this quote needs a citation] he said.
Sessler has a younger brother, Jonathan, who appeared as Adam 2.0 (in X-Play's 2005 April Fool's Day Episode), a "clone" of Adam who claims he's much better-looking than the original Adam with a "special USB port" (a reference to the Game Boy Advance SP succeeding the original Game Boy Advance).
Sessler was the last remaining personality from the ZDTV network, surviving the network's progression from ZDTV (1998–2001) to TechTV (2001–2004), and subsequent transition to G4. Sessler was one of seven TechTV personalities, with Morgan Webb, Sarah Lane, Kevin Rose, Chi-Lan Lieu, Blair Butler and Brendan Moran, to survive the massive layoffs resulting from the May 2004 merger of G4 and TechTV.
In addition to co-hosting X-Play, Sessler also appeared semi-regularly on Attack of the Show! as a video game correspondent. On April 1, 2005, Sessler confused many by announcing he was leaving X-Play to host a late night talk show on G4 entitled Meet the Sess. A trailer of the new show aired on X-Play, showing Sessler verbally and physically abusing his guests until they released information about upcoming video games. Despite being extremely over-the-top and obviously fake, many viewers began flooding the G4 forums asking when the show would air and if Sessler was really leaving X-Play. Sessler has since publicly announced on several occasions that the show was in fact an April Fool's Day joke. However, he had a podcast called "Sessler's Soapbox", as well as "Feedback", where he discussed various gaming topics with other G4 correspondents and guests until late 2011, when he was replaced by Blair Herter.
- Brian Crecente (December 17, 2008). "Adam Sessler Gets the Boot... Up to Editor-In Chief".
- Adam Sessler: "Now that G4 has officially become a Men's channel..."
- "THE INDOOR KIDS: GAMING SCHOOL WITH ADAM SESSLER". Nerdist.com. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- IMDB - Bio - Adam Sessler
- Sessler's Soapbox - Gateway Gaming
- IMDB - Jonathan Oliver Sessler
- X-Play Classics: Meet the Sess
- Sessler's Soapbox
- G4tv.com - Feedback Blog
- "Adam Sessler Out at G4". April 25, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
- "Viral Video Showdown". Retrieved October 27, 2012.