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Cinematech was a clip show that launched with the G4 network in 2002. At first, it was a straightforward affair of showing then-recent Video Games, but eventually branched off into themed shows (Survival Horror games during Halloween week, for example).
In 2005, Cinematech was spun off into Cinematech: Nocturnal Emissions for G4's late-night block of programming.
This series provides examples of the following tropes:
- Bloodier and Gorier: Nocturnal Emissions
- Darker and Edgier: Certain episodes of Cinematech itself that featured such controversial games as Manhunt, Phantasmagoria, and Grand Theft Auto. Nocturnal Emissions took this even farther with even more obscure and potentially disturbing games.
- First Installment Wins: Cinematech lasted for much longer than its Spin-Off, Cinematech Nocturnal Emissions, even though they were cancelled around the same time in 2007.
- Fridge Brilliance: Often, they would show games that were at least tangentially related to the one from the previous clip.
- Specifically, there was an episode that inserted clips from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All. The last one in the episode showed Phoenix on the verge of exposing a suspect's lies. In the clip, Phoenix demands to hear what the suspect did during a 15-minute gap. This was exactly 15 minutes after they showed an earlier clip from the same game in the episode.
- Genius Bonus: A pretty nasty example. Nocturnal Emissions is a term for when a guy jizzes his pants in his sleep.
- Growing the Beard: The show eventually shaved off the excess of the transitional clips between games.
- Hotter and Sexier: Nocturnal Emissions.
- Montage: The most general way to show a game on the series. Other times, they would do a montage for a specific genre.
- Oh, and X Dies: On a 2005 episode where they crossed over with Gamespot, Jeff Gerstmann ended a summary of Final Fantasy VII with this trope:
Jeff: And oh yeah, Aeris dies.
- Refuge in Audacity and Refuge in Vulgarity: Nocturnal Emissions
- Sound Effect Bleep: Used in an episode featuring scenes from Saints Row.
- Vomit Indiscretion Montage: Nocturnal Emissions did one with games like Conkers Bad Fur Day, Breakdown, Metal Slug, and Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater.