Irate Gamer Avgn Comparison Essay

You know there’s one thing I never quite understood. Why does being anti-someone mean having to align with others who also don’t like that person? For example, why is it necessary for people who hate AVGN to side with Irate Gamer? It’s like comparing apples and oranges, they just don’t actually have anything in common (well aside from the plagiarism that Irate Gamer did). But if you do consider the plagiarism there’s still no reason why the two should be in a competitive bracket. Angry reviewing comes in so many shapes and forms that there’s no reason to even care if someone swears a-lot in their review. Heck given that the AVGN fanbase hasn’t been recording attacking anyone lately and there hasn’t been any unprovoked attacks by them since 2007. And yet Chris Bores and others just want to keep comparing themselves to AVGN or rope him into their petty squabbles as if to say “YEAH I’m a competitor against this guy”. Let’s take a good look at the two things Irate Gamer has tried to do and couldn’t actually get away with while AVGN actually got away with (for the most part):

1. Make research mistakes
Whether you know it or not, AVGN has made quite a few research mistakes in his reviews. Had TV tropes not decided to go on a “negative means deletion” principle (which I don’t necessarily disagree with but I guess its an okay policy as after all negativity does breed edit wars), you would still be able to find a “didnotdotheresearch” page for AVGN. While its shorter than Irate Gamer’s page, there’s still glaring research fails like refusing to press the other button in the ghost buster’s run and gun sequence and then complaining that you can only shoot up. Recent years have shown that AVGN can’t see a flashing message denoting prisoners left that is intermittently shown with the timer in his aliens review. Other baffling decisions being that AVGN didn’t realize he was supposed to hold the buttons in road avenger (you’re a driving car JAMES!) or the several other things that people have pointed out over the years. What I’m trying to point out here is that the severity of mistakes is on par with Irate Gamer’s (note severity… not quantity). What helps AVGN not get flak is the fact that he doesn’t censor criticism though I should note that he hasn’t made any videos denoting any of his mistakes. Another key factor is that his mistakes tend to come in reviews where the mistake occurs as a result of lack of focus. In the ghostbusters review its clear he’s running briskly through the game; similarly in the aliens review, its fairly obvious he wants you to focus on the monstermadness material and the aliens video is just there for filler. It also helps that AVGN doesn’t use his own mistakes as basis for why the game sucks compare and contrast to Irate Gamer’s “this game sucks because I can’t remember to press the goddamn A button”. Or as MrKillultra would say (and he’s helping me proofread these) “His ‘hypocritical pacifist’ morality prevents him from attempting to kill beings who can actually fight back”.

2. Shifting focus away from the main material and taking a long time to make content
Okay hands in the air, how many of you think AVGN’s material has taken a drop in quality lately? Odds are you probably raised your hand. The reviews are shorter, they contain less jokes and in several cases, the entirety of the video was ad-libbed. Yet somehow this hasn’t caused that much of a backlash. Are people convinced that AVGN will get material back to par? Or is it more likely that don’t care as much because they like the other content that AVGN makes? For anyone who’s been following Irate Gamer lately, you’d almost certainly be aware that Irate Gamer gets a lot of flak for not producing any irate gamer episodes or heck any real worthwhile content. But what about AVGN, you know his name is angry video game nerd, so obviously he should have a lot of AVGN episodes? Well that would true for any other year than this one. AVGN has produced so little content this year in stark contrast with other years. It’s roughly one episode every 2 months and unless you count the ET episode released yesterday (oct 10, 2014), then there’s roughly 4 months where there was no content and still no content in sight. But people don’t seem to care that AVGN episodes have almost completely become phased out. Why? well they can still watch the movie reviews and “Jame’s and mike’s mondays”. And of course, Mike Matei is also making his own reviews. Let’s see how Irate Gamer decided to shift his content; he first started by not making any announcements and making shows that there were no fan support there (i.e ghost investigators, irate the 80s, scotties greenscreen adventures,etc) finally culminating in a completely unannounced venture into skylanders. Each of the new shows were made as lamely and cheaply as possible. Ghost investigators consisted of pretending to be dramati… no I mean melodramatic and irate the 80s took way too long to produce. The history of video games was also poorly produced with more crap over substance and of course stolen footage. When it came to AVGN, the main content may have dropped but the effort stayed the same. But with Irate gamer, the main content not only plummeted but the effort did too.

And yet here Chris is, still complaining that AVGN is somehow oppressing him and trying to sabotage him. Would you be more likely to make a break for it if you stopped mentioning AVGN Chris? The plagiarism might still sting but at least you could get away from that. I mean you practically did, your show has a long drawn out plot that goes nowhere and is childishly immature; you as a character are as immoral as possible and you have no support from the gaming community. That’s about as far away from AVGN as you can get. Heck throw in some stupid spiritual bullshit that is so offensive it clearly shows your delusional and you’ve succeeded in making yourself incomparable to AVGN (http://irategamersucks.blogspot.ca/2014/04/something-i-feel-needs-to-be-addressed.html). Yet the claim Chris has made still stands. To him, AVGN hates his guts for daring to be original and that he never intended to hurt AVGN but AVGN started and so he must win or there’ll be 1000 years of darkness or some really unbelievable shit. Yet given by the thumbs on this recent video at least 2k people have fallen for this utter stupidity. I’m not sure which amount of these people are giving the thumbs to encourage Irate Gamer to get himself into deeper shit but I can say that in a world with 6 billion or so people, its pretty obvious you can trick at a good portion of them. You can even do so if they know better too.

Here’s a little report I’d like to share with you:

“Vaccination can, as has been proven, cause encephalitis.”

Dr. med Steintl, Berlin writing in an article ‘International Medical Policy’

Wait What? you mean those vaccinations you get every winter can cause encephalitis? And this was said by a real doctor! Holy shit this must be real and you know what it is, that doctor did in fact say that quote. And there’s dozens of website and thousands of people who tell the doctors to take their vaccines and shove it because they know the truth… “that vaccines kill people“!

HAHAHAHA. Oh I’m sorry I can’t keep misleading you like this. The doctor did in fact say this, it is true… but in 1932.

“Vaccination can, as has been proven, cause encephalitis.”

Dr. med Steintl, Berlin writing in an article ‘International Medical Policy’,1932

notice how I didn’t include the date in the block quote. Also I didn’t define what encephalitis is. Encephalitis is a inflammation in the brain caused by viral infection. A vaccine is a drug that contains the dead bits of the thing you are trying to defend against and is injected to let the immune system auto detect and immunize against that virus. So a vaccine that causes a viral infection would be damn near impossible because then it wouldn’t be a vaccine if it had living bits of viruses in it. This was also said a long time ago, meaning that sanitation and a lack of context on the findings would make the claim very dubious. In short, what you’ve just experienced is gaslighting, the presentation of false information to make you doubt the information you already have or even better, mislead you on an issue you didn’t know about. Gaslighting is highly effective when there are few people contradicting your claims. The key to gas-lighting is to claim anyone who tries to contradict you is a liar (or in it for self-serving reasons) while trying to pretend as if you really do care about the people you mislead. Every year there are thousands of babies and young children who are killed by viruses and diseases that the modern world has vaccines for. Their parents are convinced that taking a vaccine isn’t worth the risk but fail to consider that things like encephalitis and down syndrome have naturally occurring rates and thus fail to take into account third confounding variables simply known as luck.

Taking a look at the Irate Gamer’s recent video on his current predicament. It becomes very clear that Irate Gamer is trying to gaslight his way out of his situation. Let’s take a look at the video shall we?

First the description:

Yes this video was a long time coming. I finally open up about my rise in success on Youtube, I address the whole Avgn James Rolfe controversy and more. This is the first and last time I will be so candid on the subject. It’s been 8 years since this all went down so I am moving on after this.

Archfiends original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFTQo…
Archfiends Follow up video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUbXl…

“long time coming”

Yeah Chris all your videos are a long-time coming. You tend to not put any real effort into your work and take weeks to produce a days worth of effort. Considering it took you 8 years to make a video that actually details your own personal ethics when it honestly shouldn’t have taken you a year, I’m not exactly sure why you’d make this video now aside from egotism.

“rise in success on Youtube”

You mean your decline in success. You were only successful for about 6 months, at which point you hit the 145k you still have now because youtube’s subscriber count glitches had the admins lock it at 145k minimum. You haven’t done anything relevant lately and there’s really no sign that you’re making any real progress. If anything, the fact that Chris has abandoned the the Irate Gamer show in turn for more skylanders shows how desperate he is for some views.

“I address the whole Avgn James Rolfe controversy and more”

And more? There’s not much here at all. You committed plagiarism, continue to feud with James Rolfe for no fucking reason and act as if AVGN is trying to shut you down. I don’t get why he writes “AVGN James Rolfe controversy” as if James Rolfe is more reputable than the term AVGN is. Did he need to specify AVGN’s name?

“This is the first and last time I will be so candid on the subject”

You haven’t ever been candid on this subject. As irategamerfanboy345, you decided to pretend that AVGN stole material from you and hacked his own account to have his start-date be earlier than yours. As ladybuggin777 you’ve done so much to redirect anger towards yourself in the hopes of making your career as a professional victim. Chris, you are the last person to claim to be serious about this subject.

“It’s been 8 years since this all went down”
So the backlash was so terrible that you can’t hide anymore. *Very slow clap*

Well the description was short and lazy, let’s see how lazy the video is.
0-0:46 Chris decides to keep repeating himself over and over again by saying how he wants to talk about things. He mentions that he’s doing these as a response to archfiend, not noting that both the videos he has listed in the description have ridiculously low amount of views. So essentially Chris is inspired to make a response to something almost nobody has seen. Chris must have learned from the Asalieri style of video making, have a really long and repetitive intro that goes no where and has very little relevance to the actual video. Don’t worry Chris, throw in some “angry reviewing is dead” bullshit too. You’re clearly trying to imitate Asalieri now.

0:47 “many times in the past I’ve wanted to do a video like this and talk about… some of the things I want to talk about in this video”

GET ON WITH IT. Goddamn this is lazy. Talk about what? This going to be 39 minutes of stumbling isn’t it?

0:52 -1:07 “One of the reasons is that I don’t feel as if I’m really good just riffing it in front of the camera. I personally feel its not my strong point, so I’ve never really done it. But… I guess… his [archfiend] video really lit a fire under my butt to actually make one of these things”

Oh great, Chris is essentially admitting that the only reason he’s doing this video is because archfiend asked him to do it. You know at one point I actually said Archfiend demonstrated responsibility, now I’m absolutely sure he doesn’t have that. For those of us that believe Irate Gamer’s crusade against AVGN is is a coordinated effort, well now Chris has essentially admitted it. The entire reason why Chris is going to gaslight his way to damsel in distress is because Archfiend asked him to do it. Remember folks Chris is the victim in all this, its not like he committed plagiarism and continued to commit plagiarism or silences and attacks critics or anything. Heck Chris hasn’t even run a fake contest like a deal dash scam or rigged giveaway contest.

1:14 “and maybe talk about the stuff I’ve been so hush hush on for so many years” Two things. Chris, you haven’t been hush hush on. You’ve made it very clear that you have a multitude of stories on why AVGN hates you. You’ve claimed you were friends, you’ve claimed he stole from you first and you’ve claimed you never stole anything AND that’s before you claimed you did steal stuff but changed your ways. Chris has been anything but silent on this issue. Do I need to mention his attempt to say all haters can’t make sandwiches? How about his own statement that said all haters have no lives?

“Specially if you’re one of those no-life haters that takes a microscope to the show”
Heck what about your superiority complex in ghost hunting where you went on an interview, barely said anything and then told everyone you owned them? (http://irategamersucks.blogspot.ca/2014/09/ghosts-are-not-real.html)

Its very clear to just about anyone that Chris believes he is better in every way than AVGN. He doesn’t care about doing a decent job considering he uses an emulator and consistently cheats through every game he’s played. There’s been reports that Chris is a griefer in left 4 dead and there’s clear cut signs that Chris has lied about things pertaining to his education and girlfriend status. Chris has been highly egoistical and vocal, so there’s no way he’d think that we’d be surprised by what he has to say. He’s obviously going to play the victim and act as if AVGN hates him. This might sound like character assassination, but Chris isn’t exactly subtle or capable of not making it clear that he has issues pertaining to not looking like a sociopath.

1:17 “but yeah, in this video I’m gonna talk about a lot of things…”
GET ON WITH IT.

I’m just gonna start skipping the parts he doesn’t say anything important. Expect minutes to get skipped

1:17-1:30 FILLER FILLER FILLER! FILLER FILLER FILLER! FILLER FILLER FILLER! It’s the filler congaline!

1:32 “so let’s rewind this thing all the way back to 2006, so that was what? 8 years ago? And *very high pitched* BACK then what I was doing… I was doing these videos called haunted investigators. It was a ghost hunting show that I was uploading to youtube. They seemed very interesting to me”

Yeah they were only interesting to you Chris.

1:32 – 2:00 hey look the filler conga-line is back. FILLER FILLER FILLER! FILLER FILLER FILLER!

2:02 “Back in that day, there were these things called angry reviews of old video games. I mean it was, the IN thing, that I just stumbled acrossed!”

First off, acrossed? Really Chris? That’s not a word! And yeah, you totally stumbled across angry reviewing in 2006 on youtube… like all one AVGN of it. Here comes the gaslight!

2:20 “I really found, something that I was inspired by”

Yeah I know, it was so influential you took direct content from someone… er I mean “200 other guys doing the same thing”.

2:23 “Yeah of course James was doing it, there was a host of others, I found armake, I think its how you pronounce that”

Oh that’s great. Chris stole from armake during the predator review but can’t be bothered to pronounce his name properly. That’s just great! Can’t wait to see how much gaslighting we’ve got here.

2:32 “But yeah, there was a host of others that I subscribed to, and watched… and um… you know I didn’t start right away. I didn’t start doing reviews in 2006”

Because you were late to the bandwagon Chris. You didn’t realize you could get views and money with plagiarism until 2007. Would be very interested in how you weren’t watching mostly AVGN reviews and how you can claim to be fans of other angry reviewers when you can’t even name them. Chris is trying to gaslight here, he’s trying to pretend that he didn’t look towards AVGN as his main influence, even though that’s so obviously the case.

2:47 “I even emailed james and armake and say, I love how you review this stuff.. of course they never wrote back to me but in my own mind I thought man it’d be cool to kinda get popular on youtube one day and do a collab with these people because they they do a great job”

Uh huh. Yeah Chris I’m not buying this one. At this point, Chris sounds like a kid who just got caught and wants to look as innocent as possible. At what point did Chris think he could steal content from these guys, claim to not know them and still become great friends who work together on things? Uh no Chris, that’s not reality works, you don’t steal content to get respect. Heck if you even tried to contact armake I’m sure the internet community would have heard about and considering the letter you wrote to James which essentially said “I may have committed plagiarism but is A-okay and I won’t do it again” followed by doing again, I’m fairly sure you hate these people for not letting you have your cake and eat it. Sorry Chris sit back down, your gaslight is denied.

3:07 Changing the subject eh Chris? “And uh I was doing the ghost videos and uh for the longest time, I did want to do these types of reviews, but I didn’t want to step on any toes. I didn’t want to do what everybody else was doing. I just didn’t want to because I knew it would lead to all the crap that happened over the next few years. But actually there was one catalyst, one thing that I ran across on youtube that told me ‘hey it wouldn’t be a bad idea to do just that'”
So what was the catalyst Chris? Keep in mind you’re gonna have to explain why it made you think plagiarism was okay and sockpuppet abuse was acceptable.

3:37 – 4:00 filler conga-line. FILLER FILLER FILLER! FILLER FILLER FILLER! FILLER FILLER FILLER! Oh and pointless flashing of videos that are unreadable at 3:38. Yes Chris keep repeating that there are many angry reviewers… but do your best not to name any of them. Because that’ll help your case right?

4:03 “and one person asked him [AVGN], do you mind that you have so people doing the exact same thing, that you’re doing. And James replied to this video, I mean this email, saying ‘yeah I find it very flattering, I don’t care if a bunch of people do this, its awesome'”
Yeah except he meant people working the same field, as in people using the formula but with their own talent set. Not people who are in it for the money, clearly don’t care for their audience and try to troll people as much as possible. The plagiarism didn’t help either. I don’t think anyone would be happy to have their work used to make money without their permission. There’s a fine line between imitator and no talent hack Chris.

4:29 “I’m seeing this and I’m like ‘*barely comprehensibile stumbling* I want to do one of these things” So that was your catalyst? AVGN said he would be okay if people tried to do schtick. That’s it? Oh I’m sorry I was kinda expecting AVGN to also say that he was okay if other people tried to steal his act, claim they were better than him and tried to harass his fans and other people. Because that would be the catalyst I would be expecting.

4:36-4:50 The filler conga line is back! FILLER FILLER FILLER! FILLER FILLER FILLER! Okay seriously, propagandists repeat themselves less than this. Did Chris just suddenly lose track of what he was talking about only 4-5 minutes in?

4:55 “back to the future, I always hated this game, let’s do back to the future. So that was my first review, and alot of the jokes in there, yeah they were corny, they were stupid, some stuff I borrowed from other reviews; because I didn’t know what else to do *forced laugh*”

Okay so your first idea on how to do anything… is to immediately steal something and claim it was your own. Keep in mind that Chris did not admit any plagiarism of AVGN for years now and in fact, he’s only indirectly admitting he’s stolen material from AVGN here. He did not say “I took stuff from AVGN’s reviews”, he said “from other reviews”. This would be equivalent to a drunk driver saying he was sorry for driving drunk but not sorry for the family he killed while driving drunk. There are some things you should prioritize in your apology Chris and it doesn’t help that by not mentioning these things, you’re essentially trying to gaslight people in thinking that you’re merely inspired by AVGN, when you’ve directly stolen things from him. I don’t even get why it has to be this hard. Chris is clearly trying to be humble here, how much more humble can you get then by admitting your own mistakes? Bonus points for not saying you were sorry for taking the material to make that review. EVEN more bonus points awarded for later claiming that AVGN stole stuff from you using your irategamerfanboy345 account.

5:13 “I posted it [back to the future review] online. Maybe five people watched it. *laughs* I mean it wasn’t really popular.”

It was popular enough for you to keep ripping of AVGN for several more reviews. It was popular enough for you to make 3 seasons of utter crap before you stopped due to ADD. This is what I mean by gaslighting, Chris Bores is not a humble person. He did not have a humble beginning. He started with youtube false flagging of any critic who spoke against him, he’s ran and continues to run troll puppet accounts to harass people and his abandoned irategamerfanboy345 went around accusing every other youtube channel of plagiarism and began advertising about Irate gamer for his channel.

5:22 “but me and my circle of friends. Hey look at this, I think its fun, you know its in the same vain as everybody else is doing. you know I laughed at it they laughed at it. I made a couple of other videos. you know it just it… waldo, you know where’s waldo I did, goonies. It was all done in the same type of manner. You know work in the morning. do the stuff in my free time, post it online. you know me and my friends would laugh at it”

Okay STOP! Who’s your friends (I can only guess its Brad Harp or Eric allen? What do you mean by work in the morning (Chris clearly wasn’t working a full-time job, because if he was then there would be no reason to be so aggressive with his marketing)? Are you seriously attempting to steal AVGN’s origin story? This is literally the same story that AVGN made and the same one that he uses when people remind him that simon’s quest is not a horrible game (it is a confusing one however). For those not in the know, James Rolfe claimed that his first video, simon’s quest was simply made to entertain his friends, he never expected a public approval. In fact his work was circulated via VHS tape for quite some time in 2004!

“This is the #1 most often asked question I get. I made videos where I commentated on Nintendo games back in the late 80’s/early 90’s when the games were actually current. But back then, I was just pointing the camera at the TV screen and talking while I was playing them. (You can see that footage on the AVGN volume 2 DVD bonus content.)But the whole thing started as a little joke in May 2004 where I recorded an angry video game review for Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest. The whole joke was how in-depth I picked apart flaws and how mortally obsessed and angry I was over a game that was nearly 20 years old. Then I made a second video for the game Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde where I took the joke a step further by actually appearing on screen in my “nerd” persona. At the time, I didn’t even have a high speed internet to upload the videos online, so they only existed on VHS tapes, circulated around to my friends who all thought it was hilarious. Later, after YouTube was invented, I began uploading the nerd videos and they rapidly gained a fan following which prompted me to make more. It got so popular, that I decided to make it a steady series. As much as people enjoy watching, I enjoy making them and that’s why it still continues.” – AVGN FAQ… hmmm how similar is this to Chris Bore’s story?

In fact this story seems so similar that its practically plagiarism! Heck it doesn’t even make any sense. When he started he was pretty much going full overdrive with his irategamerfan345 account jumping onto people’s channels to advertise for him. I’ve received word that Jennifer Schippel (Chris’s cousin) has claimed that she was harassed by Chris Bores and she is now married to someone else and most importantly, that ladybuggin777 is a real person. Unfortunately, looking at the comments themselves, the lack of any real or identifiable form of identity (clicking to check the ID leads to a blank AOL id page) means that this is totally unreputable and has no real means of being true or false. This is what I mean by gaslighting, You don’t even have to use information that’s true or even verifiable, just saying it and trying to be sympathetic is enough for most people to believe you. Because if you don’t believe them then apparently it means you’re making fun of their tragic turn of events. This is an attempt to revise history that literally makes no sense. if its true, then we’ll have to explain how their IP address’s are the same and how Chris could read an IP logged article without leaving an IP log while simultaneously giving the worse and most non-explanatory excuses as to why their IP’s match. If its false, then obviously the occam’s razor wins again (the simplest explanation is often the correct one).

Chris seems to have realized that given recent trends, playing the victim is both profitable and does in fact work. Hence why we’re seeing Chris pretend that he never meant any harm when anyone who was there saw clear how he wanted to hurt people. This is akin to what Anita Sarkesian is doing right now, claiming that all video games need to be changed to make them “inclusive” and she’s being harassed because gamer’s aren’t “inclusive”. She doesn’t mention the fact that she took money and spent none of it on her show. She doesn’t mention that she admitted to not really playing games and she doesn’t mention that her research is totally borked. Likewise Chris has not addressed his claims that he’s a gamer, and in fact seems to not mention it all in this quote in quote “candid discussion”and he is heavily down playing his attempt to say he was the only credible source on gaming facts and news. He hasn’t mentioned his bullshit claims of not plagiarizing AVGN when he first confronted with it and hasn’t addressed his total lack of gaming skill or research. Yet somehow we supposed to buy that all the hate and animosity he has built up over the years against him, is all just one misguided belief and Chris just wanted to make a show for he and his friends and we’re not supposed to ask who his friends were or why he did all the nasty crap we know he’s done and apparently he’s brave for continuing to harass AVGN for his own damn problems and we’re supposed apologize and leave him alone and let him do his own thing (which has never worked in the past). An action plan built on a false narrative will give bad results and opens up further opportunity for stupider actionplans, its a tried and tested road paved with blood and is the reason why Science’s “do things and see if you can do them again before you make it fact” approach is the prevailing action plan we have today. If you accept a theory based on broken logic, you open yourself up for even stupider logic. The sad ironic thing is that Chris’s attempt to gain favor is to plagiarize AVGN’s origin story and to plagiarize other more successful professional victims. If Chris is going to make this discussion work, he’s going to have to go alot more indepth about his origins then “I had some friends, I did stuff and they encouraged me to do more stuff”

6:00 “There was this thing on gametrailers called out the uh the out nerd the nerd contest. At this time I had maybe 100 fans, subscribed to my channel. A lot of these fans were in the know *uses quotation mark gesture*. They knew everything that was going down. And uh They told about this out nerd the nerd contest. And they are like hey you should do… you should enter your stuff into the contest because you’re really… ummm you do a great job with editing and all this stuff… you’re skilled maybe you will get more views that way, my videos had like 200 views at this point. ”

Okay full-stop we’ve hit bullshit central. First off Chris, you claimed this was a candid discussion… at what point was it acceptable to give about 30 seconds to your origin story. You’re supposed to tell us about yourself not about other people. You’ve spent more time talking about fans and friends you won’t name or describe and have not said anything concrete or real. Chris I sure hope you know what the quotation mark gesture means, because you just implied that all your fans don’t know shit. In fact this literally gaslighting, when Irate Gamer started the flamewar took off like a B-17 bomber. He was not small time when he made where’s waldo and Back to the future. Those are TO DATE his most successful videos in terms of views. This was the point where he skyrocketed to 145k subscribers and to say that he had only 200 views at this point is pure gaslighting! Irate Gamer hit the ground RUNNING… for a year before poor work ethics, stumbling blocks like plagiarism and common sense slowed him to crawl. These days Chris is lucky to get 100k views on a video usually getting only less than 400 views on a video but do not let Chris fool you into thinking his progression took the shape of a bellcurve, he started out strong and dropped from there; never to recover. Likewise the 100 fans is also pretty bullshit and considering that people still hate Chris now and seem to only give encouraging advice to trick him into doing something stupid (kind of like the people who try to enable Chris Weston Chandler), it’s pretty clear that he’s never really had 100 fans (lurkers who subscribe do not count). Heck given how Chris treats his fans (scam contents, mass censorship, flat out lies to them constantly) I don’t think he has 10 fans let alone a 100 (viewers sure, but not fans as in people who actually interact with you on a daily basis). Making this more dubious is the sheer fact that Chris never follows the advice of his fans and is very escentric when it comes to the things he changes. Using an obvious example, many fans have made it clear that they do not like or even want to see Skylander videos on his channel. After A LOT OF prodding Chris finally made a new channel called skylanderC but then proceeded to not make use of it, continue to publish skylander videos on his irate gamer channel and then finally abandon the account and continue to make shitty content. Going on to other examples, many people pointed various research fails in Chris’s videos and Chris has demonstrated that he can re-edit and redo his videos, he has only once removed a critical research error; in his zombies ate my neighbours review he added a line where he says the game is not bad except he forgot to remove the lines later on where he says the game is a piece of shit. Chris does not listen to his fans and its no surprise that his subscriber count has been locked and not reflective of how many people actually give a shit about his content. This makes it all the more disingenuous when Chris says the reason why he entered the contest was because fans asked him to. It’s not because he’s always trying to out-compete AVGN or seek some form of validity or that he’s a glory hog who wants attention, NOPE apparently Chris Bores has fans, none of which could be bothered to show up in a video or actually listened to the thousands of other times they’ve asked for something. He provides no evidence, not one comment or inbox mail letter, and expects us to buy this. Pure unmitigated GASlighting. Perhaps my favorite part is how Chris is literally unable to say anything substantial about his own work primarily because he blocks all criticism; “editing and all that stuff indeed”.

6:50 Chris says that someone from gametrailers emailed him and asked him to enter the contest. Okay two things wrong with this, #1 it would not be professional for the contest holder to specifically ask people to enter the contest, that’s preferential treatment and won’t happen simply because contests are supposed to be equal opportunity, otherwise its a scam. #2, Chris does not bother to list or even keep the invitation letter, because that would take effort. Where is this going exactly, this has nothing to do with your current situation Chris.

7:05 “A lot of my videos were quickly banged out that summer”
Oh I get what your’re trying to do here, you’re trying to explain why there were so many stupid, short and off topic videos on the channel… something you do every freaking year with or without a contest. Do I even need to check your list of videos Chris, this flat out lying. Just say the obvious Chris! You make those videos because they’re short, take little effort and you don’t really care about your fans or maintaining a quality standard. How is this a “candid” discussion when you’re not going to discuss things and make excuses that don’t even work?

7:10 “And I submitted all these into the out nerd the nerd contest”
WAIT WHAT? This contest happened in 2007 as seen by HVGN starting and submitting his reviews at that time (I can’t find the real contest rules though, so if any of you readers can find it please link it in the comments). Those weren’t the random and stupid videos… THIS is why you don’t be vague when talking about your own personal experience. I literally have no idea what videos Chris is talking about. The only eligible videos he could be talking about are “Ghost and goblins, Sopranos, Mission impossible” as these were made in june and july. Goonies 2, where’s waldo and Back to the future were made before june and thus couldn’t have taken place. Again, Chris knows that people are unlikely to understand what the rules of the contest were, what it even entailed or even how long it ran. Is he going to bother explaining this so people can actually believe him, Nope it wouldn’t be gaslighting if you didn’t lie!. Heck I’m not even sure if those 3 videos even count either as HVGN’s videos were released in september!

Thus there can be two conclusions here:
1. Chris has no fucking clue what he’s talking about and is trying to randomly interject some sort of tragedy into his narrative to fool people
2. Chris is trying to explain why he makes a lot of content for the first year and then immediately stopped making thing at anywhere near an acceptable rate (Kinda like me=) though I’m actually really sorry about that). This fails because it means that Chris has just stated he will only work hard if there’s a chance he could beat AVGN, considering that he’s not working hard right now… well its pretty obvious who the loser of the AVGN-Irate Gamer feud is.

7:12 “of course I used some of his [AVGN] umm, well I should say a lot of his personality traits and what not and threw those into the video to uh out nerd him basically, because that’s what the rules of the contest were”.

So let me get this straight… to beat the nerd aka AVGN, you’re gonna commit plagiarism and essentially be him. So to counter the rock in rock paper scissors, you’d use rock.

HOW DOES THAT OUTNERD THE NERD?What were the rules of the contest? Its been fucking seven minutes and you haven’t answered one question in a satisfactory manner. Chris is essentially trying to gaslight the reason why he plagiarized in the first place, he’s trying to trick people into thinking that he did not plagiarize to steal someone’s act and get famous for doing nothing but instead because the “contest rules” he won’t define said he should. I should note the winner was happy video game nerd (HVGN) and its written on HVGN’s bio, so clearly the rules were to be unique and (according to other people who know more about the event) to review a horror game. Not only that but those reviews sucked, I mean seriously, the Ghost and Goblins like to dislike bar is at 1/2 dislike. What poor sap are you trying to fool Chris?

7:29 Okay this next line was SO BAD, I have to put comments in [] and it is bolded too.

“You know I submitted them, I had people from gametrailers be like ‘OH MY GOD [These videos suck] These are great [for keeping my kids in check] you’re gonna win, if you enter [wait what?] and this other… all this other stuff”

HOLY SHIT SLIP OF THE TONGUE. Was this live stream or something, why didn’t you fucking edit that out!? “You’re gonna win IF you enter”? Why don’t you just put up a sign in the background that says “I’m having a delusional fantasy right now”. What kind of fucking contest runner would tell you that and even then why would they say “IF you enter”. So you’re telling me they watched the video before you even fucking submitted it?The icing on the cake is that Chris seems to realize that he’s lied to much and starts stopping himself after he realizes he just said that the contest runners didn’t actually watch his video (because they weren’t submitted yet) and that he’s deluded himself into thinking he was going to win. I’m sorry folks if he keeps this up I’m just going to start skip to a point where he stops talking about the contest.

And now a break from the madness:

Train stop 7:30 am.
“Hi you waiting for the 7:31 evidence train” – Earl
“Yeah I’ve been waiting since 12:00am, had to take a potty break because man that train conductor keeps shitting all over the place” – Tim
“I don’t think the evidence train is coming” – Earl
“It’s got to come, otherwise why make a ‘candid’ discussion about yourself and then proceed to make nothing but unwarranted self-contradicting claims” – Tim
“All I know is that if that train conductors keeps shitting like this, we’ll have enough bullshit to feed the masses” – Earl

We now return to “holy fuck what is this?” Chris Bore’s edition.

7:37-7:47 The filler conga line has come back. FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER FILLER! WHOOOHOOO why bother being actually constructive when you can repeat yourself before mentioning something really obvious

7:48 “I found out that another guy won”
Oh god please don’t tell me you’re gonna play the sore loser card. I really don’t want to see that. Please PLEASE PLEASE don’t do that.

7:56 “And I watched the video *stupid cutaway to himself looking at computer screen* and I said to myself, you gotta be kidding me, this is what won the contest? It was nothing like the nerd”
You know… you could tell people what the rules of the contest were. In fact the title was “out nerd the nerd” and you can’t do that by being the nerd. According to the HVGN “it was a contest to see who could make the best video in a style similar to the AVGN’s” (http://lophatjello.com/history/) so I’m honestly surprised that Chris didn’t realize that he was supposed to oh I don’t know, REVIEW THE GAME and not make stupid cutaway gags that suck and aren’t funny. Had to play the sore loser card didn’t you Chris?

8:06 “and uh I was kinda miffed by that”
Oh great here comes the inevitable “HVGN won a rigged contest” crap isn’t it? Let me guess are you going to explain that you ran your own rigged contests to get back at gametrailers?

8:09 “cause I put a lot of hard work and energy into this”
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8:12 “I thought I was a lock for the winner”
So much so you delusion-ally thought the contest runners scoped you out, exclusively invited you and then repeatedly told you that you would win and they liked you so much they watched your videos without them EVEN BEING submitted. WHAT THE FUUU-

We now take a break from the madness:
Meanwhile at the trainstop
“Hey Tim look, the trains here, its 8 hours late but its here!” – Earl
“Sweet merciful god, I knew it, it was too lopsided to be true, Chris Bore’s evidence train is finally here” – Tim
“It’s not stopping! It’s not stopping!” – Earl
“Get out of the way its tipping over” – Tim
*SCREECHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH CLANK POOOM
“Oh god, there’s shit everywhere”- Tim
“Who could have predicted that Chris’s anecdotal evidence train would be filled with nothing but bullshit?” – Earl

We return to the madness of the never ending diarrhea, now in 720p.

8:19 “Well I later found out that contest was rigged and uh I’m sure James had a hand in picking the winner”
Hmmm sore loser card, check. Contest was rigged check. targeting innocent people and setting them up for harassment, check. Gaslight is a go. So let me get this straight, a contest which you didn’t win constitutes as rigged despite the fact that your material does in fact suck, is no where near good or anything really like AVGN’s work if you don’t count the plagarism and contains childish and completely amateur work that literally is terrible. I keep hearing that Chris is good at editing, but editing a video isn’t that fucking hard, its not hard to arrange the bits of a video into a coherent movie. The special effects he uses is amateur and stock. Chris Bores cannot review a game let alone understand the gaming community and yet somehow he’s claiming this contest must be rigged with no evidence or any real proof. Chris… since you were aware that the contest was rigged and have been in the possession of this information for over 5 years now, you are no longer entitled to pursue or claim legal action. You should have something earlier when you found out it was rigged and thus you are essentially attempting to stir up shit for the sake of stirring up shit. Let me tell you what Willy Wonka would tell anyone stupid enough to find selfish “retribution” for your own mistakes.

8:30 “That was kinda the first time he kinda ‘snuffed’ me”
This is the epitome of lying and speaking in bad faith. It takes a special kind of sociopath to deliberately lie knowing that thousands of people will be hear it.

I said earlier in the article that I’m gonna start skipping the video if it becomes clear that Chris is just plain lying and yelling out random and completely made up bullshit. However Chris doesn’t really say anything more important after this part and just seems to rant about random bullshit I don’t care about. He mentions being featured on youtube which he claims was a big deal but it honestly isn’t. He mentions the letter he sent to AVGN and claims he had talked to AVGN a lot and then claims AVGN tried to extort him. Considering he hasn’t made any follows up you already know what I’m going to say (No evidence = no argument Chris Bores). Thus I think I should consider this article done because there’s no much more to say about Chris’s Gaslighting. At this point he’s given up all pretense of a “candid” discussion and is just flat out lying to the audience using things you can’t even verify. In addition I’ve just decided to read what Batdan has written on the matter and it turns out the contest was in august, so literally he didn’t even increase his production to do the contest leading to the high probability he didn’t even fucking enter especially if the claim that a horror game had to be reviewed as criteria is true (again I can’t prove that to be the case). Chris repeatedly claims there’s an aristocratic group deadset against him and my will to give a shit is sapped by my paperwork (which has been increased because of an increase of certain “incidents” within the city I live in) and also sapped by the fact that he’s done this already. Its not big news that Chris Bores has pretend to be a victim for a long while now. It’s practically a trend with egotists, professional victimhood. He even lies about Ladybuggin777 and despite this “candid” discussion, he couldn’t be bothered to bring his supposed mother in to share her thoughts on the matter.

So essentially
1. I did something
2. EVIL VILLANIOUS AVGN was there to do something… EVIL and stuff
3. Woe is me. (hey Chris try advertising your patreon account, its about the only thing you missed in professional victim-hood)
4. Some really weak potshots at “haters”
Repeat for 36 minutes

It literally takes me an hour for every two to three minute that passes in these videos because of how much I need to type and how much is wrong with what Chris writes. Hence the slow progress. As such I’m gonna leave poll here for whether or not you guys want a sequel article that covers the next 8 or minutes or the entire episode or something.

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The Angry Video Game Nerd
Also known asBad NES Games (pilots)
The Angry Nintendo Nerd (season 1)
AVGN
GenreInsult comedy, review, rant
Created byJames Rolfe
Developed byCinemassacre Productions
Written byJames Rolfe
Directed byJames Rolfe
StarringJames Rolfe
Mike Matei
Kyle Justin
Theme music composerKyle Justin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes155 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)James Rolfe
Mike Matei
Producer(s)James Rolfe
Location(s)Newark, New Jersey(seasons 1–3)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania(seasons 3–present)
Editor(s)James Rolfe
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time3–26 min. per episode
35 min. (episode 102)
Production company(s)Cinemassacre Productions
DistributorYouTube(2006–present)
ScrewAttack(2007–2013)
GameTrailers(2007–2013)
VRV(2018–present)
Release
Original networkCinemassacre (2004–present)
YouTube (2006–present)
ScrewAttack (2007–2013)
GameTrailers (2007–2013)
Picture format4:3480i(original quality: episodes 1–45, 49, 57–58)
4:3 240p(YouTube episodes 1–8)
4:3 360p(YouTube episodes 9–45, 49, 57–58)
4:3 480p(480i remasters, episodes 46–48, 50–56, 59–61, 63–99)
16:9 480p (episodes 100–104)
16:9 720p(episodes 62 & 105)
16:9 1080p(current)
Original releaseMay 25, 2004 (2004-05-25) – present
External links
Website

The Angry Video Game Nerd (abbreviated as AVGN, and originally known as The Angry Nintendo Nerd) is an American comedy retrogamingweb series, created by and starring James Rolfe. The series centers on Rolfe's character "The Nerd", a short-tempered and foul-mouthed video game fanatic who delivers commentary on retro games he considers to be of poor quality. While the series began with Rolfe simply playing games while delivering a running commentary, the show would eventually grow in scope to encompass sketches featuring guest characters, reviews of gaming consoles and peripherals, and short lectures about video game history and culture.[1]

Starting out as an independent filmmaker, Rolfe intended for his earliest videos of the Nerd character to be a joke privately shown to his friends.[2] In 2004, with collaboration from his friend Mike Matei, Rolfe put the Angry Nintendo Nerd videos on his website, Cinemassacre.com. In 2006, Matei persuaded Rolfe to put his work on YouTube, where it gained in popularity. In 2007, the series became a program on ScrewAttack and GameTrailers, where it was renamed The Angry Video Game Nerd to avoid trademark issues with Nintendo, and to allow Rolfe to review games from non-Nintendo consoles.[1] From there, the series became a cult success, and Rolfe began appearing as the character in various other media such as a feature-length film and video games, and many public appearances.

Angry Video Game Nerd is considered one of the pioneers of internet review videos, being highly influential on the style and format of subsequent video reviewers as well as being responsible for helping to bring the concept into the mainstream.[3]

Premise[edit]

Main article: List of Angry Video Game Nerd episodes

The show revolves around the Nerd's commentary of retro video games which he deems to be of particularly low quality, unfair difficulty, or poor design.[4] Rolfe's character, "the Nerd", is a short-tempered and foul-mouthed video game fanatic who satirically reviews old video games in the form reminiscent of insult comedies such as Mystery Science Theater 3000.[5] The Nerd plays the game while talking about its various problems, technicalities and imperfections, mixed with profanity,[6] in an effort to warn people against playing the game, and sometimes with a short lecture about the gaming era's history.[7]

Dressed up as a stereotypical nerd in his basement, the Nerd reviews the game with his trademark eyeglasses and white collared shirt with a pocket full of pens, high khaki pants and white socks and loafers, while sometimes being bombarded by guest characters from video games and popular culture as well. These guests often provide additional commentary on the games, mock the Nerd's anguish, and act as parodies of the characters from which they had been derived. In response to them and to the games, the Nerd derives comic appeal from excessive and surrealistic use of fantasy scenarios, anger, and consumption of Rolling Rock (in addition to Yuengling in later videos) while reviewing video games.[5] His anger and profanity over these bad games would sometimes climax in him destroying whole game cartridges, or simulating defecation on, burning, and sometimes even crushing entire video game consoles.[5]

In many cases, the Nerd dresses up as other popular characters while reviewing their games, such as Batman and Indiana Jones. Other characters in the show include Shit Pickle (an earlier character created by Rolfe), Guitar Guy (played by Kyle Justin, co-worker of the show's theme song), the Game Glitch Gremlin, Super Mecha Death Christ 2000 B.C. Version 4.0 Beta, and an assortment of others, while also the occasional guest appearance by other video game reviewers such as Pat the NES Punk.[1][8]

Production[edit]

James Rolfe's first videos were intended as "just a joke", with no intentions of making them public, showing them only to his friends.[2] In May 2004, Rolfe created his first on-camera game reviews just for fun; utilizing insult commentary with exaggerated bewilderment to two games; Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde under the title of "Bad NES Games", which would later become the signature of the Nerd character.[7] Rolfe explained later in an interview for Daily News that the joke was just how upset one obsessive gamer could get over these games that were already 20 years old.[7] Although the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde review was intended to be the last, Rolfe’s friends, who enjoyed the previous “Bad NES games” reviews, encouraged him to create another. Collaborative friend Mike Matei helped in producing and publishing the videos on Cinemassacre,[2] and released outside of the website as "The Quickies" tape, part of a four VHS tape set called the "Cinemassacre Gold Collection".[9]

In 2006, Rolfe began making the episodes available on YouTube. Soon, Rolfe released a review of The Karate Kid game which was the first episode where Rolfe’s character is introduced as “The Angry Nintendo Nerd.”[5] Naming these videos “The Angry Nintendo Nerd Trilogy”, Rolfe posted them on Cinemassacre. The success of the show made Rolfe branch out into other gaming systems, and would later change the title into the Angry Video Game Nerd to prevent trademark issues with Nintendo.[2] Rolfe diversified the reviews of platforms and products such as the Atari 2600, Super NES, Sega Master System and Sega Genesisvideo game consoles, the Power Glove and U-Force peripherals, films such as The Wizard, and the Nintendo Power magazine.[1] He also reviewed Sonic '06 on Xbox 360 and Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing on PC.

On September 12, 2006, Rolfe's series received mainstream attention when his review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles went viral on YouTube.[10] In an article by writer Alex Carlson, he explained that before 2004, video gaming criticism was mostly reserved for the larger game magazines and websites. These already established names were made up mostly of professional writers and journalists that were seldom challenged, and doesn't entirely correspond to the opinions of the average gamers.[11] Video portals and online videos were at its infancy. Carlson stated that the Nerd popularized independent viral video reviews made from the perspective of an average gamer. It was a purely independent in nature, from the simple and old-school cinematography right down to the camcorder-based video editing. He stated that afterwards, "everyone with a webcam and Fraps can now become a critic and don a characterized mentality, spouting profanities at will without getting censored."[11] Since then, the show has increased substantially in quantity, production value, and fandom.[12] Rolfe began infusing various episodes with emphasis on homemade special effects and narratives. The first of these cinematic episodes was review of Friday the 13th game in October 2006, featuring expressive lighting and camera angles to emphasize its horror film-themed narrative in which the Nerd is attacked by Jason Voorhees for disliking the game.[5] Later episodes have alternated from straightforward game reviews to those with a narrative focus resembling a documentary, with Rolfe pointing out information about the game or gaming console under review. When asked if the Nerd is going to make reviews in the current generation of video games, Rolfe replied that the “show is all about nostalgia,” adding that he's “mostly a retro gamer."[5]

In late 2007, Rolfe halted the production of the series after suffering from a break in his voice.[13] On March 17, 2010, he publicly announced that he was suffering from burnout as a result of stress from his constant work, and that the show would be entering a brief hiatus. The show was resumed a month later; however, only one episode is released each month, as opposed to two episodes per month due to Rolfe's other projects.[14] In late 2011, Rolfe announced the show would be put out of production for a short while so he could work on the AVGN movie. The show eventually resumed production in late summer 2012. Since then, he has self-released Nerd videos on his Cinemassacre website and YouTube account in a very sporadic manner in order to balance his personal life with the other projects he continuously works on. By 2013, the show garnered more 900,000 subscribers and over 400 million views on YouTube.[15] By 2014, Cinemassacre already had 1.5 million subscribers. Rolfe stated that the show "got popular right around when YouTube got popular."[7]

In January 2013, the YouTube channel was suddenly shut down due to claims of severe violations of YouTube's terms of service.[15] YouTube later reinstated the channel.[15]

In March 2016, the channel reached 2 million subscribers, 10 years after the channel's creation and first uploads. Rolfe made a short video to thank all the people who subscribed, watched the videos on the channel and for supporting himself, Mike Matei, and everyone who made Cinemassacre more popular.

Videography[edit]

YearTitleMedium
2004Cinemassacre Gold CollectionVHS
2007Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 1DVD
2008Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 2DVD
2009Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 3DVD
2010Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 4DVD
2011Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 5DVD
2012Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 6DVD
2013Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 7DVD
2015Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 8DVD
2015Angry Video Game Nerd, X CollectionBlu-ray
2016Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 9DVD
2017Angry Video Game Nerd, X2 CollectionBlu-ray
2017Angry Video Game Nerd, X3 CollectionBlu-ray

Other media[edit]

Rolfe's review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game was reported in an MTV segment called "Viral Videos Infect the Mainstream".[10] On November 2, 2008, his videos and personality were featured on the nationally syndicated radio show Opie and Anthony.[16] The Nerd has also become the subject of Howard Stern and David Arquette in an episode of Stern's Sirius XM show, in which Stern commented negatively on the show's format as well as the gaming community in general during a TooManyGames 2011 convention in Philadelphia.[17] James Rolfe himself appeared as the Nerd in various gaming and internet conventions.[18]

In September 24, 2008, Rolfe collaborated with another famous internet reviewer Doug Walker to create a fictional feud between the two's most famous characters; the Angry Video Game Nerd and the Nostalgia Critic. The feud began when the Nostalgia Critic posted a video online where he expressed his disgruntlement towards the Angry Video Game Nerd due to their similarities. He objected to comments, supposedly written by the Nerd's fans, that made "unfair comparisons between the two of them". This would later escalate into a series of tongue-in-cheek video responses between the Nostalgia Critic and the Angry Video Game Nerd, with the two daring each other to review certain materials. The feud culminated when the Nerd and the Nostalgia Critic crossed paths in person in a video game store in Clifton, New Jersey called Digital Press. This feud, which would be released as a special for both shows, was a huge hit.[19] Both characters would finally fight their last battle in October 10, featuring a lengthy fight scene, parodying popular films and clichés, such as The Matrix Reloaded and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. In ThatGuyWithTheGlasses's first anniversary special, the Critic and the Nerd begin to settle their score once and for all, eventually joined by other contributors to the website, in which gamers sided with the Nerd and reviewers sided with the Critic. The two sides called for a truce and the two finally put their differences aside.[20] The Nerd would later guest star in various Channel Awesome shows, even appearing to review the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie with the Nostalgia Critic.[21] The Angry Video Game Nerd, along with the Nostalgia Critic, made a background cameo appearance in the anime Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited.[22]

Together with Pat the NES Punk, the Angry Video Game Nerd has collaboratively hosted Cinemassacre's yearly NES marathon; a charity event to raise money for children's hospitals.[23]

Film[edit]

Main article: Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

YearTitle
2014Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie is an independent film based on the series. James Rolfe serves as director, producer and co-writer and reprises his on-screen role of The Nerd. The film was released July 21, 2014 in limited theatrical releases and was released online, on DVD and Blu-ray by the end of the year. Development of the film began in late 2006, following the popularity of the Angry Video Game Nerd web series, with the completion of the screenplay by 2008.[24] Like the web-series, the film was made independently, as such the film's budget of more than US$300,000 came entirely from crowdfunding.[7] The movie was also created as a homage to the Nerd finally reviewing one of the worst videogames of all time; E.T. During filming of the movie, Rolfe had to balance his schedule with the ongoing series.[7] Rolfe asked for the show's fanbase to provide webcam footage of themselves fictionally reacting to the Nerd's webseries, to be used as an intro to the film featuring the Angry Video Game Nerd character.[25]

The story centers around the alleged burial of over 1 million copies of the proclaimed "worst video game of all time", E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600, as The Nerd embarks on a quest to prove that there is nothing buried there after being pressured by fans to review the video game, while being pursued by federal authorities who believe he is investigating Area 51 and the crash of an unidentified flying object.[26]

Video games[edit]

YearTitle
2013Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures
2016Angry Video Game Nerd II: ASSimilation

In 2013, an official video game titled Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures was announced. Developed by FreakZone Games (creators of Manos: The Hands of Fate), it was released on September 20, 2013 on Steam.[27] The game follows the Nerd attempting to rescue his friends, all of whom were sucked into the Nerd's television set (done in a Cheetahmen-esque style). The Nerd uses a NES Zapper as his main weapon, and a character known as Naggi the Patronizing Firefly, a parody of Navi from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, guides him through the tutorial. Throughout the game, he faces zombies, Mr. Hyde, Custer, The Giant Claw, Fred "Fucks" (Fred Fuchs), both Jason Voorhees and an oversized version of Freddy Krueger's right arm (references to the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street games respectively but their names were changed to Bimmy (Freddy Krueger) and Jimmy (Jason Voorhees) (referencing the infamous typo from Double Dragon III) to avoid copyright) and more.[28] On July 12, 2014, it was announced that the game would also be released on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.[29] The Wii U version was released in North America on April 2, 2015, and released in Europe on December 10, 2015.[30] On June 4, 2015, a 3DS version became available for download in the Nintendo eShop.[31] On July 17 of the same year, during ScrewAttack's annual SGC convention, Freakzone announced a sequel, Angry Video Game Nerd II: ASSimilation, originally due for release in Winter 2015,[32] but was delayed to March 29, 2016.[33]

There have also been some unofficial, fanmade Angry Video Game Nerd games including Angry Video Game Nerd's Angry Video Game, Angry Video Game Nerd in Pixel Land Blast, AVGN Game Over, AVGN Game Over 2, and AVGN Planet. There is also the Angry Video Game Nerd and AVGN K.O. Boxing, both for the Atari 2600. The Nerd touched upon these games in the episode AVGN Games.[34] The Nerd also appeared as a playable character in the game Texting of the Bread produced by ScrewAttack.

Music[edit]

YearTitle
2011The Angry Video Game Nerd Collection
2013Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (soundtrack)
2014Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The opening song of the show, simply entitled The Angry Video Game Nerd Theme Song, is a staple of the series since its earliest conception.[35] The song was written by Kyle Justin and James Rolfe, and performed by Justin. Over the years, the song had different variations to correspond with specials. Programmer and musician Lachlan Barclay published soundtrack album based on the web-series in 2011.[36] This earliest compilation of the show was created by Barclay due to demands from fans after he played the song on Video XYZ. Another compilation album was released in 2013 containing the music derived from the Nerd's video game.[37] Developed also by FreakZone, the album was released by ScrewAttack Entertainment LLC as a digital download. An album based from the movie was released in 2014 composed by Bear McCreary, who had previously worked with Rolfe on the webseries Christmas special. The film's music was composed of rock-and-roll, heavy metal, a symphonic orchestra, and synthesized musical elements from various gaming systems such as NES, SNES, and SEGA Genesis.[38] The album features two remixes by McCreary as well.[39]

Reception and legacy[edit]

The Angry Video Game Nerd show has a cult following, and made James Rolfe one of the most popular internet celebrities before the advent of YouTube.[7][40]The Angry Video Game Nerd was voted Best Online Web Series in Mashable's 3rd Annual Open Web Awards on December 16, 2009.[41]WatchMojo listed the Nerd as #10 in its Top 10 YouTube Celebrities, describing him as that "one guy playing video games in his parents' basement who made it a career".[40] Peggy Rajski describes the origin of the show's success stemming from the correct use of the internet as well as the crowd funding system. Rajski further said that "[Rolfe] already cultivated an audience that cared about his prior work. When he asked them to step up, clearly they were willing to."[7] Fellow filmmaker and internet celebrity Doug Walker dubbed the Nerd as the "Greatest Video Game Critic of All Time".[42] Jacob Rich of Michigan Daily described the Nerd as the "pioneering internet 'gamer' show", adding that "pretty much every major game review show online today has 'AVGN' to thank for establishing its format".[3] The French show Joueur du Grenier was based on Angry Video Game Nerd.[43]

Zach Whalen described the show's presentation of retro gaming into contemporary gamers as "a process of looking back to an unattainable past and trying to bring that past into the present".[5] Indeed, Rolfe also commented during an interview with The Guardian of the show's impact in the current generation of the video game industry, saying that they "still relate to it and they like learning of the past".[44] In the same article, reporter Luke Langlands also noted the show's influence of inspiring the creation of other independent online shows. The Nerd's success as an independent celebrity outside of the commercial mainstream of pop culture, popularized the notion of making lifelong careers online. In a survey published by Mediscape, a number of people admitted to being inspired by the Nerd to create and submit their own content in various online spaces, including YouTube, DeviantArt, SourceForge, GameFAQs and ScrewAttack.[5]WatchMojo also called the Nerd as a "trendsetter" for other gamers and amateur reviewers online,[45] influencing the likes of those such as the Nostalgia Critic, Angry Joe and others.[5][11]

In his analysis of the show and the character, writer Alex Carlson of Hardcore Gamer, dubbed Rolfe's character as "The Nerd Who Changed Gaming Culture Forever". In his written article, he described the Angry Video Game Nerd as "one of the most recognizable figures in gaming culture", adding that "if you're a gamer, it's nearly guaranteed that you've browsed YouTube and seen at least a couple of videos from the series. Nearly a decade after the series' humble inception, James Rolfe's frequently sailor-mouthed alter-ego is still spreading influence. With each new gaming channel appearing on YouTube, there's some level of inspiration coming straight from The Nerd. From the very beginning, The Angry Video Game Nerd was a giant leap forward. Whether James Rolfe knew it or not, the rise of The Nerd was a moment that changed gaming critique and entertainment forever".[11] On their video of Top 10 Retro Gaming YouTubers, WatchMojo named The Nerd and James Rolfe the number 1 Retro Gaming Youtuber.[46]

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