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Adam Michael Sessler (born August 29, 1973) is an American video game journalist, television personality and consultant. He is best known as the former co-host for the video game review series X-Play and the editor-in-chief for G4's video game section.[2] Upon his departure from G4 in April 2012, Sessler was its longest tenured television personality, having originally been hired by its predecessor ZDTV in 1998.[3]

Adam Sessler
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Adam Sessler during the Halo 3 launch in New York City. September 24, 2007.
Adam Michael Sessler

(1973-08-29) August 29, 1973 (age 45)
OccupationVideo Game Journalist
EmployerTheoryHead, Inc.
Known forFormer co-host/managing editor of X-Play, Former editor-in-chief and host for Rev3Games
Amber Sessler (m. 2004)

After his departure from G4, Sessler became the editor-in-chief and content producer for Rev3Games. He left video game journalism in 2014 to become the president for TheoryHead, a consultancy firm for entertainment and media.[4]



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,[5] 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,[6] with his wife[7] Amber.[8][1]

At SGC 2013, Adam clearly states that his middle name is Michael and not Donovan, even mentioning Wikipedia by name.[9]

Some of Sessler's favorite game series' are the Halo series for its first-person shooter qualities;[10] the Japanese version of Rez for its Trance Vibrator peripheral;[11] the Banjo-Kazooie,[12] Rayman,[13] Ratchet & Clank,[14] and Sly Cooper[15] series for their unique platform qualities. In 2010, Sessler stated his top 5 games of the decade were, in order of release: Deus Ex, Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Shadow of the Colossus, Fable II, and Uncharted 2.[14] He also stated that Uncharted 2 was his favorite single player experience of all time.[16] In his review of BioShock Infinite, he stated that it is in the "rarefied company of titles like Half-Life 2 and Uncharted 2", intimating it to be a new personal favorite.[17] Likewise, he has recently expressed affinity towards titles such as Gone Home,[18] The Last of Us (calling it one of the finest games he's ever played),[19] and L.A. Noire (referring to it as a "watershed moment in gaming").[20]

Sessler's favorite cabinet video game is Ghosts 'n Goblins, which he has stated on several occasions on older episodes of Extended Play and X-Play. He stated: "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".[21]

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).[22]


Sessler was the last remaining personality from the ZDTV network, surviving the network's progression from ZDTV (1998–2000) to TechTV (2000–2004), 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.[23] 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. On several occasions, Sessler has since publicly announced that the show was in fact an April Fool's Day joke. However, he had a podcast called Sessler's Soapbox[24] 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.[25]

On April 25, 2012, Sessler's employment contract was terminated by G4TV.[3][26] No reason was given for his termination.[26] As of October 2012, he is listed as a judge on Syfy's reality competition Viral Video Showdown.[27]

On November 12, 2012, Sessler announced that he was joining Revision3. He remained with the network as Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of games content at Rev3Games[28] until April 2014, when he announced his departure to "explore new opportunities" within "gaming that help further the medium".[29]

On April 2, 2014, Adam Sessler announced he was leaving Revision3 and would pursue a career outside video game journalism.[30]

On June 9, 2014, Sessler appeared as a panelist on Spike TV's coverage of E3 2014.

On June 19, 2015, he was featured as pre-show and post-show host of the Bethesda Game Studios E3 event alongside his past co-worker Morgan Webb.


  • Orland, Kyle (October 17, 2006). "Gaming's Top 50 Journalists". Next Generation. Retrieved January 2, 2007.
  1. ^ a b Schreier, Jason (March 20, 2013). "Internet Killed The Video Star: The Extraordinary Journey Of Adam Sessler". Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Brian Crecente (December 17, 2008). "Adam Sessler Gets the Boot... Up to Editor-In Chief".
  3. ^ a b "Adam Sessler Out at G4". April 25, 2012. Retrieved April 25, 2012.
  4. ^ Kain, Erik (April 2, 2014). "Adam Sessler Leaving Rev3 Games To Pursue 'New Avenues' In Video Games". Forbes. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "THE INDOOR KIDS: GAMING SCHOOL WITH ADAM SESSLER". Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  6. ^ IMDB – Bio – Adam Sessler
  7. ^ Roche-Sowa, Patrick (October 22, 2008). "Sessler's Soapbox - Gateway Gaming". Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  8. ^ Jack (October 27, 2013). "Adam Sessler: Is There Really Any Meaning to Life If I Can't Do Video Game Journalism?". Archived from the original on July 17, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  9. ^ "Adam Sessler @ SGC speaking on his middle name". YouTube. June 22, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  10. ^ Yodapollo (October 11, 2007). "Sessler's Soapbox: Dear Halo Haters..." Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  11. ^ "Undersold, but not underloved: Rez". Siliconera. September 25, 2007. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  12. ^ "The French-Canadian Connection: Ubisoft's Watch Dogs, Far Cry, and AC3 – SESSLER'S SOMETHING". YouTube. May 13, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  13. ^ "Sessler's Soapbox: Rayman Origins and the Classic Platformer". December 6, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Games of the decade: G4's Adam Sessler". USA Today. February 1, 2010. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  15. ^ "Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time REVIEW! Adam Sessler Reviews". YouTube. February 5, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  16. ^ D'Alonzo, Mike (September 29, 2009). "Adam Sessler's Uncharted 2 Review". Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  17. ^ "BioShock Infinite REVIEW! Adam Sessler Reviews". YouTube. March 25, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  18. ^ "Adam Sessler's Games of the Year for 2013". YouTube. December 19, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  19. ^ "The Last of Us REVIEW! Adam Sessler Reviews". YouTube. June 5, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  20. ^ "Sessler's Soapbox: LA Noire". May 16, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  21. ^ "Adam Sessler –". Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  22. ^ IMDB – Jonathan Oliver Sessler
  23. ^ "X-Play Classics: Meet the Sess". June 18, 2008. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  24. ^ "Sessler's Soapbox". Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  25. ^ "Feedback Blog". Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  26. ^ a b "Adam Sessler: "Now that G4 has officially become a Men's channel..."". Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  27. ^ "Viral Video Showdown". Retrieved October 27, 2012.
  28. ^ "Adam Sessler joins Revision3 as editor-in-chief". Destructoid. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  29. ^ "In Tangier the Parade Bar is closed..." Adam Sessler. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  30. ^ George, Daniel (April 2014). "Noted Games Critic Adam Sessler Leaves Rev3Games". GameSided. Retrieved June 16, 2014.

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