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->''"Proud to be an American,''
->''[[ProudToBeAGeek Prouder to be an American geek]]"'' - The motto used at the beginning of each segment.

Bob "Moviebob" Chipman, also known as "The Game Overthinker", is a self-proclaimed "Z-list internet celebrity" who maintains a pair of vlogs on [=YouTube=] and a [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/ Blogspot site]], and also contributes to both [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/profiles/view/MovieBob The Escapist]] and [[http://screwattack.com/ Screw Attack]]. He rips apart bad movies, but his particular shtick is giving analyses of gaming culture and the industry, in a style closely reminiscent of college-lit-class style "close reading", overlaid with appropriate (and sometimes humorous) images. Bob's analyses are very much like you would see from a troper. Indeed, [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/7190-Trope-a-Dope he's written an article]] that refers to "a genuinely wonderful website called TV Tropes".

Bob loves what he loves and hates what he hates, and between his (admittedly) abrasive "UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} guy" attitude, his [[NostalgiaFilter unapologetic love of '80s and early '90s gaming]], and his tendency to [[HePannedItNowHeSucks belittle franchises with large fanbases]] ([[FanHater and those fans]]), he can be somewhat [[LoveItOrHateIt divisive]]. As a result, the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment is in effect. However, agree or disagree with him, his videos often invite discussion.

His shows include:
* ''The Game Overthinker'': Originally focused on video game analysis, it grew into a more story-driven series about the line between the worlds of humanity and gaming getting blurred, to the point where Bob created another series, ''Overbytes'', to focus exclusively on such analysis. Airs on Screwattack.
* ''Overbytes'': Basically, ''The Game Overthinker'' minus the story-driven segments.
* ''Escape to the Movies'': His film review show for Website/TheEscapist, new episodes released every Friday.
** ''Intermission'': A written column accompanying the week's ''Escape to the Movies'' episode. Sometimes it's a further discussion of a particular element from that week's film, sometimes it's a discussion of older films or a trend in filmmaking, and sometimes (if more than one film came out that caught Bob's interest) it's another review.
* ''The Big Picture'': A weekly show on ''The Escapist'' in which Bob talks about whatever the hell he feels like talking about. New episodes come out every Tuesday.

He's also written [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/ a book]] titled ''Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick-by-Brick'', an analysis of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' in the form of a "novelized LetsPlay" that also goes into the history of the franchise and his experiences with it.

The list of the FilmsDiscussedByMoviebob got so long, it's been moved to a separate page.
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!'''Tropes used:'''
* AcclaimedFlop: The ''Big Picture'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/3281-The-Numbers "The Numbers"]] was about how this trope leads to studios making safe, formulaic movies pandering to the LowestCommonDenominator. Specifically, it describes how {{Universal}} experiencing a number of these (particularly ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'') caused them to fling Creator/GuillermoDelToro's adaptation of ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' into DevelopmentHell.
-->"When great movies fail at the box office, other movies will suffer because of it."
* ActingForTwo: He plays every single (talking) character in ''The Game Overthinker", with his brother helping him as a double.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: He actually found the AscendedMeme Spartan-1337 in ''HaloLegends'' pretty clever.
* AlternateRealityGame: Seemingly parodied briefly (possibly specifically the SlenderManMythos) with references to Wario's Woods and cryptic text after making an announcement proclaiming a realization that would change everything. The following video (while still showing brief influences from films like ''TheBlairWitchProject'' and possibly MarbleHornets) however, confirmed it as an EvilTwin storyline. Also qualifies on kicking off a StoryArc.
* AmericanAccents[=/=]HahvahdYahdInMyCah: He can slip into his native UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} accent at various times, most notably in his earlier videos and when he's angry (such as over ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' not receiving any Oscar nominations). He also puts on an exaggerated version of it as his default portrayal of LowestCommonDenominator types, such as the Game Antithinker character and the people who went to see ''Film/BlackSwan'' for the [[GirlOnGirlIsHot lesbian scene]].
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: His ''Film/BlackSwan'' review begins in a much more sophisticated tone.
* AntiClimax: After watching the first episode, he felt the controversy over ''[[WebVideo/FeministFrequency Tropes vs. Women in Video Games]]'' to be this, stating that he wished Anita Sarkeesian had been the rabid StrawFeminist attack dog that her critics were calling her simply to justify all the hype.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking / TakeThat: ''For the benefit of my international viewers, we're having a touch time in the good old US of A. The middle of the country is being ripped apart by [[DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud tornadoes]], someone sent poison letters to the President, the trajectory of our economy is still somewhere between [[Film/TankGirl Tank Girl]] future and [[HellComesToFrogtown Frog Town]] future, there are giant snakes in Florida, high profile supreme court cases are polarising civil discourse like nothing since the mid '60s, a bunch of shady crap is going down with the IRS, [[TakeThat and someone let]] MNightShyamalan [[TakeThat release another movie]].
* AsYouKnow: The definition of this appears on screen while he's talking about ''{{Surrogates}}''.
* AuthorAppeal:
** Boobies! "[[Creator/ScarlettJohansson Scarlett Johheeehh]]... Scarlett ''Johansson''!"
** Lesbians. [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Even more than you expect]].
* AuthorFilibuster:
** He opens his review of ''Jennifer's Body'' with a two-minute rant about how much MeganFox sucks as an actress and is completely boring and generic even as a sex symbol.
** In his review of ''{{WesternAnimation/Rango}}'', he pretty much admits that this is the only way he can get that review over two minutes.
** Many of his reviews are this.
* BerserkButton:
** "[[StopHavingFunGuys What he thinks of as Hardcores]]"
--> "You heard me, you half-cocked message board fuckheads, the {{Wii}} ''is'' part of ''this'' console generation ... so can we ''please'' stop it with this tired shit about [[NintendoGameCube GameCubes]] and duct tape!"
** Tyler Perry also counts, as does Creator/SamRaimi's departure from the ''SpiderMan'' films and the series' upcoming reboot.
** He also '''Hates''' the new ''{{Transformers}}'' films, as well as the bulk of Creator/MichaelBay's output for that matter.
* BrickJoke: His Do The Mario videos on the Escapist, the first one having a [[TheStinger stinger]] showing SMB: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen and saying it's a story for another time (as in, not the week after the first). Two weeks later, Do the Mario PT. 2 was featured (showcasing said aforementioned Mario anime).
* BreatherEpisode: If you follow all of his shows, the Game Overthinker episode ''Bat-Slap'' comes out with Bob stating he doesn't believe gaming culture as a whole is ready/deserves to be taken as seriously as it so-often claims to want to. Come the following Tuesday, the Big Picture episode ''Science'' has Bob making mostly non-serious statements like "Space guys, if you don't want to pretend you've discovered oil on Mars to trick some funding out of the Government, how about telling Glenn Beck there's gold on the moon and not letting him come back?"
* CatchPhrase: "I'm Bob, and that's [[TitleDrop The Big Picture."]]
* CerebusSyndrome: Somewhat. Early reviews felt slower, but they developed a more mature, and contemplative pace, dealing with more analytical subject matter.
* ChannelHop: To ScrewAttack & The Escapist.
* CompensatingForSomething: In his review of ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'', he described Creator/TomCruise's career trajectory as a string of reactions to insecurity. He started out as an ActionHero in films like ''Film/TopGun'' despite being one of the shortest leading men in Hollywood, then took on meatier roles in films like ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'' and ''Film/JerryMaguire'' once people started writing him off as a pretty boy, and now is returning to action movies like ''Literature/JackReacher'' and the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' sequels as he enters middle age.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in his review of, appropriately enough, ''NinjaAssassin''.
** Also invoked in Episode 56.
* ContinuityPorn, ContinuitySnarl: Discussed in the ''Big Picture'' episodes [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/2568-Continanity "Continanity"]] and [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/4132-Continanity-Rebooted "Continanity Rebooted"]]. While he feels that focusing too much on continuity has a habit of producing a KudzuPlot over time, he doesn't feel that it's the big thing keeping new readers from getting into comics the way that many others do; rather, he feels that they need better marketing.
** Also discussed in the episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/6074-Worlds-Within-Worlds "Worlds Within Worlds"]], which examined the late Dwayne [=McDuffie=]'s [[StElsewhere Tommy Westphall]] hypothesis of television, and its criticism of comic books being too strict with continuity.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73toAMJ7rqY&feature=related This picture is painted for this video to show the mentality of Nintendo's hugest, almost literally, cult supporters.]]
* CrazyAwesome: In-universe, when [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/ The Escapist]] made him start doing [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture The Big Picture]], he used a bit of the first video to officially dub his bosses as such.
* CreatorThumbprint:
** While he admits their obvious flaws, he has a love of Nintendo games and often uses Nintendo characters in the BRollRebus.
** The word "douchebag" pops up heavily when regarding hardcores or Michael Bay, becoming his mainstay word to describe someone/something he really hates (naturally people call him this).
** Discussed [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/7367-Stuff-Bob-Likes here]]. To be specific: [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Monkeys]], [[ABoyAndHisX Dogs]], Monsters, [[{{Kaiju}} Giant Monsters]], [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Dinosaurs]], Lesbians, Music/HeavyMetal, Awesome Fight Choregraphy, {{Insufferable Genius}}es as protagonists, TheFifties, TheEighties and strangely enough HonorBeforeReason.
* CurseCutShort
--> Ah, finally. Just a good old-fashioned straight-up revenge movie. No [[TheBookOfEli post-apocalyptic bible salesman]], no [[{{Legion}} angels with guns]], no connection to anything remotely spiritual, religious, church-related or anything else that gets people's [[InternetBackdraft panties in a twist]] whenever I mention it. Ah, good. Good. ...Hey, who's in this again? *Shot of Creator/MelGibson as he appeared in Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist* Aw, Mother F- *Theme Plays*
** Repeated in his ''[[Film/IronMan Iron Man 2]]'' review:
--> I'd love to tell you all the thoughts that went through my mind about Scarlett Johansson and her performance in this movie... but this is a family show, so I'll have to summarize. HOLY-- *end credits*
* DarkerAndEdgier: "Violence is Golden", "Complex Issues" and "Building a Better Gamer" focus on more complex issues than most of his usual Game Overthinker episodes.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DirtyOldMan: Shows tendencies of this sometimes, and says that's [[TakeThatMe he is a lecherous pig]] in his review for ''Love & Other Drugs''.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The production of ''{{Salt}}'' foundered when it lost its star, but then Angelina Jolie signed up for the action, which is great. Really great. Mmm-hmm. Yeah...weren't we reviewing a movie?
* EasyModeMockery[=/=]ItsEasySoItSucks: Strongly critical of these tropes, feeling them to be signs of an insularity in gamer culture that is locking non-hardcore gamers out of enjoying the medium. His opinion is that, if there's also a "normal" mode, then people shouldn't be complaining. He feels that gamer culture's obsession with difficulty as a measure of a game's quality is a relic of the arcade era, when games were designed to be difficult so as to suck down quarters.
* ElementalPowers: Obtained from the gems acquired by [[MegaManning defeating]] [[PlayingWithFire Pyrothinker]] and [[KillItWithIce Cryothinker]]. The [[DishingOutDirt Earth-oriented]] gem can raise zombies. The [[BlowYouAway Air gem]] was the power source for Robothinker.
* EvilTwin: The Antithinker.
* FalseDichotomy: Separating people into the IfJesusThenAliens groups in a recent episode, labeling people as either 'thinkers' or 'believers.' There's a bit of dodgy research with using Lisa Simpson to represent the 'thinkers' group.
* FairyCompanion: [[SdrawkcabName Ivan]] the fairy intern. Occasionally doubles as ExpositionFairy.
* {{Fanservice}}: The hot model pics.
** In his ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' review, he notes that this was the ''only'' reason the movie was worth watching at the time, since boobs were hard to find back in the early 80's, let alone cartoon boobs.
* FastForwardGag: He sometimes speeds up part of his voice-over in order to make the video fit the standard ~10-minute length while still including all the [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness BIG WORDS]] he wants to use. It is usually accompanied by a graphic of a chipmunk and a cup of coffee.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: InUniverse example; in the ''Intermission'' editorial [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/9521-Consequences "Consequences"]], he cites four examples of great films that he feels started some of the more annoying and/or problematic trends in various film genres, and in moviemaking as a whole.
* FreudianExcuse: He admitted once that he was bullied in high school, and his comments seem to give away that his resentment from that era is one, if not the main reason behind his criticism to certain things. Like the "douchebag" video game crowd that came with the Play Station generation (especially XBox Live FPS users), his hatred towards the 90's (the decade in which he went to high school), and his fondness for {{Magneto}}-like villains. He's also specially done a ''Big Picture'' episode about nerd reactions to such actions and the mindset that if one was bullied, they can't in turn be a bully themselves. He admits that he's talking to himself as much as he is to the viewer.
* TheFutureIsShocking: The Retrothinker's arrival in the present day sees him shocked by what gaming has become, [[spoiler:leading to his FaceHeelTurn into the Necrothinker]].
* TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996: ''Game Overthinker'' Episode 11, titled "''Can It Happen To Us?''", pointed out similarities between the current game industry and the pre-crash comic book industry.
* TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983: In the episode [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/2013/04/episode-83-next-crash.html "The Next Crash"]] (episode #83, fittingly enough), he compares the situation of the gaming industry today to that of 1983. He concludes that a second crash is inevitable, but probably won't be as bad as the first, partly because of the existence of alternatives to the AAA gaming scene that didn't exist to the home console scene in 1983.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Yes. Every female character in every movie gets ranked based on how much she appeals to Bob's carefully explained tastes.
* Music/HeavyMetal: Bob uses the metal fandom's rejection of neo-Nazi skinheads latching onto them as a model for how gamers should react to their medium's association with fringe whackos (like the Oslo killer) and disgruntled youth.
* HistoryOfHollywood: He's done a series of episodes on this subject for ''The Big Picture''.
* HypocrisyNod:
** In the "Building a Better Gamer" video, Bob acknowledges the hypocrisy of a fat man telling people to get in better shape.
** In the ''Intermission'' editorial [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/10042-I-Wrote-That-Crap "I Wrote That Crap!"]], he talks about the phenomenon of film critics who, when given a chance to [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter make their own movies]], often turn in products that are as bad as the films they criticize so venomously. Proving that he's not immune to this, he then describes a pair of film scripts he wrote in his younger days that, in hindsight, are just downright ''awful''.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha:
-->'''Bob:''' A slew of material came out of this premise. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it from Japan and featuring giant robots and therefore awesome.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Inverted. He calls himself out on insulting Creator/MichaelBay:
-->"I said that the movies of Michael Bay were made by a douchebag for douchebags, and that wasn't fair. I don't know Michael Bay, for all I know he's a perfectly nice person. Oh, his movies are still made for and primarily enjoyed ''by'' douchebags, but there's no reason to stoop to personal attacks."
* IWantMyJetpack: Devoted an entire ''Big Picture'' [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/4936-Science episode]] to this subject.
* {{Irony}}: Discussed the "modern" definition of the term (namely, the "ironic" enjoyment of old SoBadItsGood GuiltyPleasures) in the ''Big Picture'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/7373-Dumping-Irony "Dumping Irony"]].
* JitterCam: One of his {{Pet Peeve Trope}}s, along with [[FoundFootageFilms the "found footage" genre]] that makes heavy use of it, though he sees why they're so popular nowadays. He feels that, for the generation that grew up with camera phones and [[Website/YouTube social]] [[FriendingNetwork media]] as ubiquitous parts of their lives, this style of filmmaking is associated with realism, i.e. something that looks like it was shot on the street by random passerby rather than by a professional film crew.
* JukeboxMusical: Does not like the genre, and discussed his disdain for it in his reviews of the film adaptations of ''MammaMia'' and ''Theatre/RockOfAges''.
* LampshadeHanging: Most of the time, less pointing out the tropes he uses, and more acknowledging them.
* LaughTrack: The Retrothinker's appearances after the Necrothinker arc have all been done in a {{sitcom}}-style manner, complete with this.
* LighterAndSofter: Escape to the Movies is done in less serious and less acknowledging tone than The Game Overthinker.
* MetaGuy: Bob himself obviously by the nature of his job, also Ivan the Intern frequently fills this role in the Game Overthinker segments with frequent [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]]
* MeaningfulName / SdrawkcabName: Ivan is a fairy companion who's name backwards is Navi.
* MurderSimulators: Like most gamers, he rejects the idea that violent video games (and, by extension, other media) are responsible for violent actions, noting that ''DuckHunt'' and ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'' didn't contribute much to violence. If anything, he thinks it's the other way around, and that the reason why so many modern games are so violent and fixated on shooting things is because they come from an American culture in which guns, masculinity, and rugged individualism factor heavily into the national mythos, and that it's this culture that is more to blame for America's rampant gun violence.
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Commissioner Bunnyface... sorry, ''Buonofacio''. ([[DontExplainTheJoke He's a rabbit.]])
* NoEnding: MovieBob[=/=]The Game Overthinker doesn't really find a conclusive point in "Who Will Be Remembered?" other than you will never rid the world of VideoGame/{{Kirby}}, and that he wouldn't have it any other way.
* NostalgiaFilter: Bob is a decidedly old-school-centric gamer, and has admitted as much on multiple occasions.
** Played straight and averted, respectively, with his treatment of TheEighties and TheNineties. Bob is ''not'' a fan of the latter decade, frequently accompanying mentions of it with a stock photo of [[Film/TheWrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson]] with the caption "The '90s sucked" (fully aware of the irony of quoting a DiscoDan character to prove his point), and while he's willing to admit that there was quite a bit of good stuff in that decade, he has little love for most of the pop culture trends of the time ({{Nineties anti hero}}es, [[PostModernism post-modern]] teen horror, et cetera). On the other hand, he loves the '80s, cheesiness and all. He states that this was because the '90s were his awkward, schlubby teen years that came in between his wondrous childhood in the '80s and his present-day success as an internet personality.
** He's also [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/6962-The-90s-Didnt-Suck examined]] pop culture's treatment of the '90s as a cultural dead zone and its inability to sum up what exactly the general "theme" of the decade was (like how it associates TheFifties with social conservatism, TheSixties with the counterculture, and TheEighties with materialism). He finds the answer to this in Francis Fukuyama's famous treatise ''The End of History'', stating that the West's victory in the ColdWar had produced [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell a sort of ennui]] that, in turn, produced a culture of nostalgia and introspection. [[TheWarOnTerror 9/11]], of course, quickly shattered that culture.
** Averted with [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5140-The-Simpsons-Is-Still-Funny-Pt-1 his treatment]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. While going over the older seasons, Bob noticed that most of the episodes he thought were comic gold as a kid didn't age well in his eyes, while the episodes he thought were boring when they first aired became much better now that he was [[ParentalBonus old enough to appreciate the humor]]. He concludes that ''The Simpsons'' didn't [[JumpingTheShark jump the shark]] like its fans thought it did, but rather, its fans grew up and their tastes in humor changed, and ''The Simpsons'' didn't change with them. Plus, there's the fact that the show, a broad satire of the greater pop culture, is a relic of a time stretching from roughly 1950-2000 when pop culture was largely monolithic[[note]]As in, most mainstream Americans, apart from those on the cultural fringes, watched the same three or four TV {{networks}} and the same movies, received the same news, listened to the same music, read the same books, et cetera.[[/note]] -- the early '00s, the time most commonly cited as when ''The Simpsons'' "stopped being funny", is also the time when the internet and cable television fragmented pop culture into a million little shards and {{subculture}}s.
** Examined with his treatment of the infamous ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' storyline "ComicBook/OneMoreDay", specifically in comparison to the then-recent "Superior Spider-Man" arc that was being compared to it. It's a bad storyline, to be sure, but it's nowhere near the worst thing that ever happened to Spider-Man. Instead, having gone through Marvel's DVD box set of every ''Spider-Man'' comic from TheSixties to today, he concludes that it's merely the worst thing to happen to Spider-Man ''in the age of internet fandom''; had the internet been around for such events as the "black costume", then "One More Day" wouldn't be seen as the nadir of the ''Spider-Man'' comics.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer:
** For ''{{Devil}}'', and emblematic of the whole movie's stupidity:
--> A character who we're supposed to regard as the grounded rational and moral centre of the entire story proves that they're in the presence of the Devil [[YouFailLogicForever by throwing a piece of toast in the air and seeing if it lands butter-side-down]]. [Reverb] '''I. AM NOT. MAKING. THAT UP.'''
** Done constantly during his review of ''[[StreetFighter Street Fight-]]'' uh, [[FanFilm "Future Cops"]] because of the film's over-the-top nature.
* NotSoDifferent:
** States this between ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' and ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: ModernWarfare 2''.
** At times, Bob himself can come off as this in relation to "hardcore" gamers.
* OccidentalOtaku: Discussed. He feels that childhood rebellion is part of the reason why so many young people in the US embraced Japanese culture in the form of video games and, later, anime and manga. As he sees it, back in TheEighties (the time in which this trope first began to develop), most kids' parents viewed Japan as [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld America's economic rival]], while their grandparents still remembered Japan as having been [[WorldWarII America's enemy]].
* OneOfUs: Has heard of Wiki/TVTropes, as even references it in his review of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Forever After''.
** From his {{Twitter}}: "[[https://twitter.com/#!/the_moviebob/status/167889226552193025 It'd be the HEIGHT of gauche to edit one's own TV Tropes entry, right?]]"
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: He usually maintains a [[AmericanAccents Newscaster / Midwestern]] accent, but sometimes his native UsefulNotes/{{B|oston}}awstin accent slips through or he just doesn't bother hiding it.
* OscarBait: He has accused ''TheKingsSpeech'' of being this, even going so far as to make his video review of it into a "How To Make Oscar Bait" instruction video.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: He listed ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} 2'' as the best movie about a talking tow-truck you'll see this year.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad:
** Inverted. Bob ''hates'' people who use "PC" as a [[TheWarOnStraw strawman]] to defend themselves from accusations of sexism and bigotry, and has frequently [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/2783-Correctitude called them out on it]]. If anything, he feels that it's political ''in''correctness[[note]]specifically, assholes using "political incorrectness" as a cover for being assholes[[/note]] that's gone mad.
** He also takes this view [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/2008/05/episode-eight-mississippi-pwning.html in both of his]] [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/2009/05/episode-twenty-three-mississippi-pwning.html "Mississippi Pwning"]] videos.
* PopculturalOsmosis: Bob peppers his videos quite liberally with geek culture references, and figures we'll get them.
* ProudToBeAGeek
* {{Qurac}}: Uses the term "[[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed Noniraquistan]]" when describing the plot of the original ''Modern Warfare'' game.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The big showdown between [[spoiler:Robothinker and Necrothinker]] that was planned for episode 82 had to be delayed due to the New England Blizzard of 2013. In-universe, this was attributed to Cryothinker.
* RealMenWearPink: [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/2734-MovieBob-FAQ He stated that he bakes.]]
* RecycledInSpace: He [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/6552-Original-Geek-Girl described]] the early {{Supergirl}} comics as ''Literature/NancyDrew'' with superpowers.
* RedundantParody: He [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/10212-Calling-a-Kid-the-C-Word feels]] that ''Website/TheOnion''[='=]s crude Tweet about nine-year-old Oscar nominee [[Film/BeastsOfTheSouthernWild Quvenzhané Wallis]] being [[CountryMatters "kind of a c**t"]] wasn't pure rudeness like many people were claiming, but rather, [[StealthParody an attempt at satire]] that fell flat because it too closely resembled the snarky, insulting tabloid culture that it was trying to make fun of, without any indication that it was a parody (hard to do when you're on Website/{{Twitter}}).
* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: The Game Antithinker StoryArc is more satirical than MovieBob's newer episodes. The change has produced a bit of a BrokenBase.
* RuleOfCool: Reviewing ''Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes'', he admits "I'm probably predisposed to liking ''anything'' that has a scene of a gorilla beating up a helicopter."
* RunningGag:
** Shigeru Miyamoto showing up when God is mentioned. Although he also uses [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy Princess Rosalina]] for this.
** There are loads of {{Visual Pun}}s (see below), and a number of other running gags.
** '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis COMICS! ARE! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIIIIIRRRD!!]]'''
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: {{Discussed|Trope}} in the ''Big Picture'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5685-Wrongs-Rights "Rights & Wrongs"]] as it pertains to why {{Spider-Man}} and the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} won't be showing up in the MarvelCinematicUniverse anytime soon, and why Sony and Fox are churning out new entries in those properties (and others).
* SelfDeprecation:
** Bob believes fat people to be amusing... citing himself as an example.
** "I'm well aware that there's at least already one of you out there itching for this to end so you can run to the forums and get busy firing off some oh-so-clever missive about how film geeks only like to shit all over [[HollywoodHypeMachine marginally talented hot actresses]] like [[Creator/MeganFox [Megan] Fox]] because we're using them as proxy punching bags for all the women who wouldn't fuck us back in high school. Well, to you sir or madam, I say... So?"
** A pretty big example in "The Prophecy of ''Freakazoid''", when talking about the expectations of the internet in the mid-90's;
--> While the promise remains, the internet has become a vast ocean of [[MemeticMutation memetic self reference]], funny cat videos, pop culture revivification, and droning videos where embittered 30-something men re-frame their own nostalgic detritus in quasi-scholarly verbiage in a desperate attempt to recast their youth as something other than misspent. *ahem*
** His ''Intermission'' editorials [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/10042-I-Wrote-That-Crap "I Wrote That Crap!"]] and [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/10150-I-Also-Wrote-That-Crap "I (Also) Wrote That Crap"]], in which he discusses the past film scripts that he had written. They include [[BMovie B-grade]] monster movies, a SlasherMovie about geek/Comic-Con culture, a ''Creator/{{Troma}}''-[[BloodyHilarious esque]] spoof of the War on Drugs, and an AuthorFilibuster with a MartyStu protagonist; looking back, Bob regards all of them as SoBadItsGood ''at best''. He also discusses the stereotype of film critics being aspiring filmmakers who washed out on the road to realizing their dreams.
** He seems perfectly aware of his long-windedness, and has pointed it out or lampshaded it on several occasions, including the recurring appearance of a "Hyperactive Chipmunk" [[note]]Where Bob speeds his voice up to condense a long analysis, thereby sounding like a chipmunk in the process[[/note]], and at one point saying, "This is the Game ''Overthinker'', not the Bob-Gets-Right-to-the-Fucking-Point Show."
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: Ends his Big Picture segments with "I'm Bob, and that's The Big Picture."
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Usually accompanied with the graphic "Big Words".
* ShapedLikeItself: Describing the performances in ''Film/{{Thor}}'':
--> And AnthonyHopkins as Odin is...[[LargeHam Anthony Hopkins]]. ''[[CoolVsAwesome As Odin]]''.
* ShoutOut: While revisiting ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', he points out the first rule of internet gaming culture is to never disagree with the mass opinion. The second rule is to never do a [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Let's Play of]] ''[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Bart's Nightmare]]''. (With a little subtitle saying he thought it was funny.)
** In in episode 73, [[SdrawkcabName Ivan]] loves [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Navi]]. Very funny, MovieBob.
** During the credits of his ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' review, Bob compares the NiceHat and red outfit MilaKunis wears in the film to that of the [[FinalFantasy Red Mage]]. The fact that the film also features a woman in white and a woman in black makes this analogy even funnier.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Falls in the middle. While he'll deal with serious issues, or serious opinions, he'll usually be more serious, with some jokes thrown in. When he deals with something more silly, the jokes are more prevalent. His movie reviews usually fall under silly, with him giving his opinion in a easy-going tone, but can be more serious when going into complexity about the film.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Notes that one thing that ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' and ''ModernWarfare 2'' had in common was a lack of female figures, though the former wins for having two notable female characters (Princess Peach and Wendy O. Koopa)
* SpoilerOpening: Episode 73 of The GameoverThinker introduced a new intro, the intro said "featuring" but included [[spoiler: several villains he already defeated]]. [[spoiler:Episode 78 saw the return of the Cyro and Pyrothinkers]], [[spoiler: Antithinker]] also returned an episode after the intro was introduced, but this had already been alluded to. The very same intro averted this by initially excluding [[spoiler: Omegathinker]].
** And the spoiler opening finishes out in episode 81 when [[spoiler: Retrothinker grabs the earth gem and becomes Necrothinker again]]
* StealthPun: In his review of ''Film/GreenLantern'', when Bob says that Warner Brothers "struck out" trying to make a superhero movie that's not Franchise/{{Batman}}, he shows a picture of baseball player Jim Reynolds striking out. [[note]] Hal Jordan is played by RyanReynolds.[[/note]]
* TheStinger: In his "Escape to The Movies" series.
* StopBeingStereotypical: The entire point of #33, "Building a Better Gamer".
* StoryArc: [[spoiler: Episode 43 had Game Overthinker's EvilCounterpart come in and [[HostileShowTakeover take over the show]], by teleporting Game Overthinker. Many have noticed the FollowTheLeader to the plotline based elements in Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses's shows.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: He freely admits to this, saying that he likes to pick on on big names because it makes him feel big. Reading his twitter feed or blogs demonstrates this.
* StrawCritic: Of a sort. Bob is frequently guilty of making insulting generalizations about the people who disagree with him or criticize his output.
* TakeThat: LOADS. Each major antagonist of the Overthinker series is a take that to parts of the video game community that Bob dislikes - The Anti-Thinker (hardcore gamers/the "douchebag" audience of recent pop culture), Strawman (the fans that criticized Bob for introducing story arcs to his show), the Pyrothinker and Cryothinker (those who abandoned game arcades), Retrothinker / Necrothinker (hardcore gamers who only play old school games) and the Robothinker (Xbox Live trolls).
* TemptingFate: "Don't worry commissioner, everything should be OK as long as there isn't one more... elementally... powered... ninja..."
* TransparentCloset: Invoked for [[StreetFighter Cammy]] in ep 14, complete with appropriate graphic.
* UnconventionalLearningExperience: His in-universe general opinion of video games in Ep. 16.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Lampshaded. "Fuckin' Squaresoft!"
* UnusualEuphemism: "Over the heels".
* ValuesDissonance: [[invoked]] [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/6552-Original-Geek-Girl Discussed]] in relation to the early {{Supergirl}} comics of the '50s and early '60s, with him noting that [[TropesAreTools it had some upsides]] as to the quality of the writing. Paradoxically, by having Supergirl conform to the era's rigid gender roles, the writers produced stories that were often better than the Franchise/{{Superman}} comics of the same era, with Supergirl being a flawed hero who often had to fix her mistakes as opposed to always being on the side of what's clearly right and just.
* VerySpecialEpisode: "Violence is Golden" & "Building a Better Gamer" respectively deal with the MediaWatchdog nature & portrayal of video games and the demonization of them in the media and getting & developing better habits for gamers. [[TropesAreNotBad They are both some-what well done.]] "The Revolution" is also this, to a lesser extent, trying to convince people not to shop at [=GameStop=] for better retail.
* VideoGameMoviesSuck: [[invoked]] {{Discussed|Trope}} in the ''Game Overthinker'' episode [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/2012/08/episode-73-return-aka-going-hollywood.html "Going Hollywood"]]. He feels that the reason for this trope is because many of the "great" games, especially many of the classics from the early days of gaming, either have {{Excuse Plot}}s and more of a focus on gameplay, or have certain story mechanics that work well in games but would translate poorly to a film (he cites ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'' as an example of the latter). He feels that the solution to the problem of "how to make a great video game movie" isn't to adapt the story of a game, but to try and adapt its gameplay mechanics -- for example, a ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' movie filmed entirely in first-person, or a ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' movie that's built around the main character exploring the alien world around her.
* VisualPun:
** The word "but" will show a picture of [[SoulSeries Ivy's]] ass, the word "thing" will be a picture of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]], {{God}} will show a picture of Shigeru Miyamoto, among others.
** Sometimes played with. In ep6 he mentions "D-cups" and shows [[IncrediblyLamePun a cup with the letter D on it]]; the image then quickly changes to a photo of breasts with the caption "Just kidding. Here's boobs."
** "Polarising": A polar bear. On the polar ice, you see.
** Often when posing a question, he uses an image of TheQuestion.
** In "OVERBYTES on Tropes vs. Women": "Oh no she's come to attack our man things!" then an image of ManThing appears accompanied by a roar "No, not that [[IncrediblyLamePun man thing]]..."
* WildMassGuessing: He's responsible for the WMG/SuperMarioBros "Rosalina is God" Guess.
* XMeetsY: Subverted when he describes the [[{{Metroidvania}} gameplay]] of ''ShadowComplex'' as "''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' crossed with ''Metroid'' divided by ''Metroid with a remainder of ''Metroid''." He also describes ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' as "''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'' crossed with ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers''."

!'''Games discussed:'''
* ''Barnyard Blast'': The only actual review.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'': "''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' [-[[RecycledInSpace with Batman!]]-]", though that's hardly a bad thing. In fact, Bob considers that a very ''good'' thing, since using the established, solid template of the ''AC'' games meant that the developers could focus more on building the game's setting and characters.
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'': Loved it. While he disagreed with the idea that it carried sexist undertones, he felt that the gaming community's reaction to this idea was incredibly immature, and used it as a jumping-off point for a discussion about what he felt was a broader lack of maturity in gamer culture.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'': Restricted himself to a detailed analysis of Bayonetta's character design. He describes her as the first game character specifically designed to be sexually intimidating (and pulling it off successfully) rather than [[{{Moe}} childlike]] or an IceQueen.
* ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' ([[VideoGameRemake the remake]]): Hated it, and holds it up as an example of bad video game design in this generation.
* ''Blackwater: The Game'': Absolutely disgusted at the very idea of it, comparing it to ''Rapelay'' and ''Custer's Revenge'' in terms of vile premises for video games.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'': Argues that the early installments in the series (along with those of ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'') became popular not because of realism, but because it was a SpiritualLicensee of movies like ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' and ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', capturing their feeling of quasi-realism and their heroic WorldWarII action. The lack of real innovation between installments is one of his big problems with the series, but he rejects the idea that this is because the gameplay mechanics haven't changed much since the fourth game. In his mind, the fundamental shooting gameplay has been pretty much perfected as far as it can be this console generation, and any major changes to that formula just for the sake of it would anger the series' multiplayer fans -- and besides, ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'', ''Franchise/MegaMan'', ''Franchise/DragonQuest'', the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Batman: Arkham]]'' games, and other classic game series frequently recycled gameplay templates. Rather, he feels that the series' real problem is that it takes that smooth gameplay and uses it to tell the same "''Film/BlackHawkDown'' by way of Creator/TomClancy" story over and over, to the point where it's gotten cliche.
** ''ModernWarfare'': Representative of everything that he dislikes about shooters, once referring to the sequels as "map pack delivery systems". In particular, he is greatly put off by what he perceives as the series' (and other military shooters') gung-ho militarism and weapons fetishism, which he feels attracts whack-jobs like the Oslo killer and [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic fringe militia types]] to gaming, thus inadvertently giving it its association with [[MurderSimulators real-life violence]]. He argues that the series became popular chiefly as a form of post-9/11 WishFulfillment for Americans who wanted revenge against al-Qaeda.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'': Finds it funny that {{Activision}} managed to beat Hollywood to the punch with what he thinks of as a technophobic, "our war machines turned against us and we need ''real men'' to fight!" action vehicle. On a more critical note, he felt that the advertising department's hiring of Oliver North -- a man who he considers to be a KarmaHoudini war criminal and traitor -- as a pitchman may have been the most tasteless thing ever done in the name of video game advertising, and fears that it could needlessly drag gaming and game culture into a broader culture war.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'': Felt that its "your mom hates this" ad campaign was distasteful, as it was directly marketing a violent, M-rated game to children and, thus, giving ammunition to MoralGuardians who accuse the games industry of corrupting children's minds.
* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'': In the ''Intermission'' editorial [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/10304-It-Never-Ends "It Never Ends"]], he used the controversy over the game's [[ThirdPersonSeductress highly-sexualized Sorceress character]] to discuss the clash between his own pro-feminist views and his enjoyment of cheesecake characters, arguing that both sides in the controversy had a point. He feels that overtly {{fanservice}}-y characters like the Sorceress have the right to exist in games, but that they shouldn't be close to the only female representation in gaming like they currently are.
* ''Franchise/DragonQuest'': Uses it as a counterpoint to his main problem with the ''Call of Duty'' series, and as an example of how it could get out of its current rut. Instead of trying to constantly one-up themselves on the gameplay front by adding new mechanics, the games stuck with gameplay models that worked and instead focused on telling great stories.
* ''{{Farmville}}'' and other browser games: Doesn't get why people view it as killing gaming, nor does he get the dichotomy between "casual" and "hardcore" games in general.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'': Likes the series overall, with ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'' being his favorite. However, he hated ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', viewing that game as having jumped head-first into the sort of ''Film/{{Scarface}}''-esque [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster gangster machismo]] that ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'' had parodied. He also laments the inherent limitations of the genre.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': Much like ''Call of Duty''/''Modern Warfare'', he views it as Exhibit A for every problem that Bob has with modern {{First Person Shooter}}s, particularly the genre's focus on online multiplayer. He also argues that there are UnfortunateImplications in the differences between the Covenant and the UNSC.
** ''Halo 4'': In the ''Big Picture'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5654-One-Day-in-November "One Day in November"]], he discussed the conspiracy theory that the timing of the game's release on November 6, 2012 -- Election Day in the US -- was an attempt to get Mitt Romney elected President by distracting the youth vote (which pulls strongly for Obama) with a major entertainment release, thus reducing turnout by them. His conclusion: the theory has little to no basis in fact (even if the general idea was theoretically possible), though the mere fact that people even considered it just serves to highlight how gamers should be more involved with the world around them and be active participants in its processes.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': "Love it, kinda getting impatient for another full-scale console version."
* ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}} 64'': Lamented that his homophobic teen years caused him to miss it the first time around, and encourages viewers not to let biases keep them from things they might like.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Loves the series, like most of the "big" Nintendo franchises. He feels that, for the next game, Nintendo should seriously consider [[GenderFlip making Link a woman]], noting that he's already among the most gender-neutral and least masculine of the "big" gaming icons, that his relationship with Zelda isn't necessarily romantic (in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' the two were portrayed more as siblings than anything), and that, if nothing else, it would be a bold move that would garner a ton of press beyond just the gaming media.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': His favorite ''Zelda'' game.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': Apart from believing that Fi will never appear in the franchise ever again, he comments about how the game treats the themes of romance and sexuality through several plot points, "like Nintendo's development teams just now discovered sex and they're really excited to tell everybody."
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'': Overall found it to be the equivalent of "digital junk food," but he did enjoy it, particularly its absurd parody of the ThirdPersonSeductress ActionGirl archetype. He likes how Creator/{{Suda 51}}'s games embrace their "gamey" aspects rather than take themselves too seriously and try to be like movies.
* ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'' (and other [[ElectronicArts EA Sports]] titles): Dislikes how EA charges $60 a year for what usually amounts to a roster update and minor gameplay changes, things that, in an age of DownloadableContent, he feels should be done via that route. On a lighter note, he also uses the series as an example of how he feels games should be focused on engaging players as opposed to just immersing them, arguing that the ''Madden'' games are more about recreating the experience of watching football as opposed to actually playing it.
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart Wii'': Not talking about the game itself, but about gaming romantic also-rans, inspired by the statue of Luigi dancing with Daisy on the Daisy Circuit.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': Having admittedly never played any of the games[[note]]He later watched the endings on Website/YouTube, and found them to be [[SoOkayItsAverage "neither awful nor great."]][[/note]], he feels that the InternetBackdraft over the ending, specifically the demands that {{Bioware}} change it, went way over the line, comparing many of the more vocal fans to Annie Wilkes from ''{{Misery}}'' in terms of their sense of entitlement. In his opinion, being a fan of a property does not give you the right to claim control over its creative direction, and outbursts like this do nothing to help the image of gamers and geek culture in general. In the process, he makes an argument in favor of the idea that a more linear plotline makes for more compelling storytelling, and that this is the reason why it's so difficult to tell a conventional story through a video game -- the very same elements that traditionally make for a good story in other media also make for boring, unimaginative gameplay.\\
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This one frustrated him so much that he devoted two ''Game Overthinker'' episodes '''and''' part of a ''Big Picture'' episode to it. During the second ''Overthinker'' episode he did on the subject, he felt that Bioware's caving to the demands of the "Retake ''Franchise/MassEffect''" movement set a terrible precedent for the relationship between gamers and developers -- a developer may be a lot more reluctant to take [[TwistEnding narrative]] [[DownerEnding risks]] after seeing what happened to Bioware. He used ''Film/IAmLegend'''s FocusGroupEnding as exhibit A for the chilling effect that this could have on creativity in games.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan'': Did an ''Overthinker'' episode discussing the various literary, historical and pop culture sources (particularly ''Anime/AstroBoy'') that the series drew its influences from.
** ''Mega Man 9''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'': Said that the demo was "fucking awesome," and mourns the fact that his lack of free time means that he probably won't get to play the full game for a good while.
* ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}''
** ''Super Metroid'': His favorite ''Metroid'' game.
** ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'': Controversially defended the game from many of its more common criticisms. He believes that game's portrayal of Samus Aran, while {{unfortunate|Implications}}, was due chiefly to a failure to translate old-school narrative mechanics to a modern game, [[HanlonsRazor rather than any deliberate malice or misogyny]] on the part of Team Ninja or Nintendo. He also states that trying to associate the game's perceived misogyny with broader gender issues in Japanese culture carries a ton of unfortunate implications in itself, going as far as to call it flat-out racist.
* ''VideoGame/NintendoLand'': Views it as Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s attempt to turn the last generation of "casual" {{Wii}} gamers into long-term Nintendo fans.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'': Used in his inaugural episode as an example of good, creative character design in modern games.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': While he has not directly focused on Pokemon, Bob has stated he was in junior high when it came out and never got into it, but respects it as a franchise. It did have some significance in Episode 27 "Who Will Be Remembered?" where he ponders whether or not Pikachu will become more recognised than Mario.
* ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Patriots'': Upon hearing about it and watching the trailer, he found its attachment of [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic militia overtones]] to anti-corporate movements (at least in the marketing) to be very off-putting, and emblematic of what he feels to be a disturbing right-wing tendency in the FPS genre.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'': Finds the fourth game to have been the best in the series. He also feels that fans are raising too much hay about the changes that [[Film/ResidentEvil the films]] made to the series -- in his opinion, the plot of the games was never much to write home about, often veering close to flat-out awful, and chucking a large amount of that out the window for the movie was necessary to avoid getting laughed out of theaters.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'': Gave {{Capcom}} the benefit of a doubt after the debut trailer raised controversy with [[UnfortunateImplications its racially charged imagery]]. When he actually played the game, though, he changed his tune rapidly and argued that the developers went way too far, particularly with Sheva's unlockable FurBikini costume and the level where you have to [[DarkestAfrica battle spear-chucking, grass skirt-wearing tribesmen]]. He argued that objections to such content, and calls for greater diversity in gaming, shouldn't be automatically dismissed as PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad. He points to Hollywood's alienation of black viewers, and the resultant success of indie filmmaker Creator/TylerPerry (whom he regards as a hack and one of the worst things to happen to black cinema), as a potential consequence of what could happen to the game industry if it keeps hyper-focusing on young white men as its target audience.
* ''VideoGame/SimCity'' (the 2013 game): Says that the game's much-publicized {{DRM}} problems are "the chickens coming home to roost" for all of Creator/ElectronicArts' problematic business practices, and the fact that it had single-handedly produced such a disaster is a very bad omen for its viability as a thriving corporation. He questions whether an urban planning game needed online multiplayer in the first place, and says that the debacle with the game's broken DRM was something that everyone should've seen coming.
* ''SonicTheHedgehog'': Did a two-part ''Overthinker'' special on where he felt that the franchise had [[FranchiseZombie lost its way]], and how it could get out of its DorkAge.
* ''SoulCalibur'': Bob doesn't find the cheesecake outfits worn by the female characters to be as sexist as other people do, noting that the entire franchise runs on a hyper-stylized, fantastic aesthetic that such fetishized outfits fit right in with. What he ''did'' find to be sexist, however, was a Japanese poster for the fifth game that featured [[SexSells literally nothing]] but Ivy's AbsoluteCleavage with the {{tagline}} [[DoubleEntendre "Go big or go home."]]
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'': The game that made Bob curl up in a corner for a week after playing it. He called it one of the most important games of this console generation, and the game that he feels to be the last word on military shooters. Its genius isn't that it does anything new gameplay-wise, but rather, that it uses dyed-in-the-wool gameplay mechanics nearly a decade old to tell a unique story and challenge gamers' preconceptions.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Loves the games, as well as classic side-scrolling platformers and Creator/{{Nintendo}} games in general. In the ''Big Picture'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5929-Junk-Drawer-Rises "Junk Drawer Rises"]], he addressed what a lot of viewers felt was cognitive dissonance on his part (and regarding game journalism in general) for loving games like ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' for deliberately throwing back to vintage gameplay mechanics while simultaneously chastising more "modern" games for not changing between installments, as well as the commercialization of nostalgia in general on the part of game developers both mainstream and indie. He feels that the ''Mario'' series, after 25 years of innovation, has earned the right to do a bunch of retro revival entries, comparing it to Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/RingoStarr playing greatest hits at their concerts rather than continuing to innovate.\\
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More recently, though, he's expressed concern that the series has gone too far with its retro revivalism, and that it may well be turning into a FranchiseZombie relying on the NostalgiaFilter to get gamers to ignore its lack of innovation. The games are still good, mind you (especially in comparison with ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''[='=]s [[DorkAge fall from grace]]), but there's a growing risk that Nintendo cranking out installments with regularity could lead to oversaturation and creative stagnation diluting the brand and turning it into something like MickeyMouse -- better known as a mascot than an actual character.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'': Feels that it doesn't deserve its reputation as the BlackSheep of the series. If anything, it's better than the game that the Japanese got as ''Super Mario Bros. 2'', known to Westerners as ''The Lost Levels''. It was the game that established the overall aesthetic of the Mario franchise, Luigi's status as a separate character, Toad as a character at all, Princess Peach as someone who could hold her own rather than just play a DistressedDamsel, and the series' ability to switch up its gameplay with new installments -- all things that he feels don't get enough recognition. He also discusses its roots as a reskin of the Japanese platformer ''VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic'', which Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto had more input on than with ''The Lost Levels''.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels'': Finds it to be the worst of the old-school Mario games, due to [[PlatformHell its famous difficulty]] coming less from creative level design and more from [[FakeDifficulty just being cheap]]. The fact that Miyamoto had relatively little input on this game compared to other Mario titles is obvious.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'': Considers it the greatest video game ever made. He later [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/2013/04/got-this-covered.html wrote a book]] analyzing every aspect of the game, along with his own personal experiences growing up with the franchise.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'': Probably the only classic Mario game that he considers to be overrated, in the sense that it wasn't an improvement over the last game.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2SixGoldenCoins'': His personal favorite game in the franchise.
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'': Liked it, but didn't love it, and used it to prove his point about how he feels that the ''Mario'' franchise is getting worn out. With only minor changes made to the ''Mario'' formula, it felt like the game that should've come out right after ''Mario 3'', not seventeen years later when the entire platforming genre, including other games in its own series, has passed it by.
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'': Devoted an ''Overthinker'' episode to pointing out the surprising similarities it has with ''ModernWarfare 2''. In a later episode, he contrasted it to its DS counterpart, ''New Super Mario Bros.'', to hold it up as an example of a game that moved the ''Mario'' series forward while remaining in touch with its old-school roots as opposed to stagnating.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'': Describes it as "happiness on a cartridge", and feels that it made the $250 Nintendo3DS worth the money. His only regret is that he had to stop playing it in order to review ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Breaking Dawn - Part 1]]''.
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU'': Thinks it's very cool that one of the premier launch titles on the console kicking off the next generation of gaming is a 2(.5)D side-scrolling platformer.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'': Loves it, and finds it a shame that Creator/SquareEnix's ludicrously high sales projections may [[FranchiseKiller prevent it from getting a sequel]], though he did make fun of Lara Croft's penchant for [[SayMyName shouting Sam's name]] at every opportunity.
* ''{{Uncharted}}'': Describes the series as, basically, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' with Dane Cook playing the protagonist.

!'''Game Overthinker topics discussed:'''
# "A Matter of Character": In his pilot episode, the Overthinker discussed the lack of originality in modern gaming after playing ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''.
# "Super Mario and the Sacred Feminine": The role of women in gaming; i.e. The DamselInDistress archetype.
# "A Kirby Confession": The Overthinker admits his prejudice against Kirby as a teenager, turned over a new leaf, and advises "douchebag" gamers to be more open-minded about certain games.
# "The End of the World As Wii Know It": The success of the Wii but how hardcore gamers fear a rise of casual gamers.
# "Patriotic Games": The politics of gaming and which ones are [[PatrioticFervor possibly patriotic in the eyes of American conservatives.]]
# "[=Pr0N=]": The [[MaleGaze objectification]] and [[MsFanservice sexualisation]] of women in video games.
# "The Psychology of Nintendo Fans": An analysis of the mindsets of Nintendo fans.
# "Mississippi Pwning": A look at the controversy around ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'''s CrossCulturalKerfuffle. The topic is revisited in Episode 23.
# "Daisy, Daisy": The Overthinker discusses the ShipTease between Luigi and Princess Daisy in the SuperMarioBros universe and other possible gaming couples.
# "Not A Review of [=GTA VI=]": The Overthinker examines the release of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''.
# "Can It Happen To Us?": The Overthinker fears a second video game crash, but something similar to what happened in TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996.
# "Sir Mix-A-Lot Would Approve": The Overthinker looks at ''VideoGame/FatPrincess'' and the clash between gamers and feminists.
# "And There Came A Review": A review of VideoGame/BarnyardBlast.
# "Da Ya Miss Me?": After a SeriesHiatus, the Overthinker goes over several key gaming events in 2008.
# "The Politics of Gaming": The Overthinker fantasises how certain video game characters may have voted in the 2008 American election.
# "Holiday Show": A ChristmasEpisode where the Overthinker offers non-gamers on what to buy during Christmas.
# "Homeless": A look at why VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet was a disappointment in the sales.
# "Obligatory New Year's Wish List": The Overthinker lists some of his personal desires for games in 2009.
# "A Third Way?": A look at Shigeru Miyamoto's ideas on how to bring casual and hardcore gamers together.
# "An Open Letter To Nintendo": The Overthinker reveals his gripes about his favourite company.
# "Sonic In Crisis": A two-parter examining how to drag Sonic out of becoming a FranchiseZombie through radical means.
# "Reality Sucks": An examination of overly realistic graphics in games.
# "Violence Is Gold": The Overthinker's VerySpecialEpisode where he discusses the MediaWatchdog attitude towards video games and their violence. This earned him a spot on Screw Attack.
# "Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?": A complaint about overly designed game controllers.
# "Who Will Be Remembered?": A look at in the years to come, which video game characters will be remembered and forgotten.
# "Complex Issues": A look at the gamer boycott of ''VideoGame/ShadowComplex'' due to its creator's homophobic views.
# "Continuum": The presence of {{Continuity}} in games.
# "A Tale of Two Games": A comparison between ''ModernWarfare'' and ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii''.
# "What's the Difference?": The Overthinker ponders whether or not retro gaming is holding back from progress.
# "I Heart Bayonetta": The Overthinker praises ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''.
# "Building A Better Gamer": Another VerySpecialEpisode where the Overthinker discusses how video gamers can improve themselves in the eyes of the media, and gives an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Xbox Live trolls.
# "Waggle War": A look at motion controllers.
# "A Response To Roger Ebert": The Overthinker challenges Creator/RogerEbert's view that video games can never be a proper art form.
# "Who's Your Daddy, Mega Man?": The Overthinker examines the influences that led to the creation of MegaMan.
# "In Which I Defend the Kinect, Sort Of": The Overthinker defends the Kinect and motion control gaming.
# "The Game Overthinker's Screw Attack Convention 2010 Panel": ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
# "The Emperor Has No Clothes": A look at the Playstation's creation and the troubles surrounding it.
# "Heavens To Metroid": The Overthinker discusses the reaction to ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' and how the fanbase portrays Samus Aran. The backlash to the episode isn't pretty.
# "The Revolution": The Overthinker bashes Gamestop and how it should treat used games better.
# "Worst Person": A discussion on whether or not first person shooters have ruined video games.
# "Double Trouble": The Overthinker looks at the EvilTwin archetype. This episode kicked off the satirical StoryArc where the Anti-Thinker appears and exiles Moviebob to Wario's Woods and takes over the series for three episodes, giving his own "views" on the history of gaming, The Legend of Zelda, and Mega Man.
# "Farm Team": The Overthinker discusses ''FarmVille''.
# "The Zen of Grind": Whether or not LevelGrinding is necessary in gaming.
# "Retro-A-Go-Go": The Overthinker looks on the recent revival trend of retro gaming and its consequences.
# "War of the Thinkers": No topic, but features the Overthinker and the Anti-Thinker having a FinalBattle, resulting in the Anti-Thinker's death. The episode parodies numerous video games and 80s/90s films and television shows.
# "Putting the Cart Before the Cloud": The Overthinker mourns the loss of the game cartridge designer Gerald Lawson, leading to a discussion about how games will be saved in the future.
# "Dark Days": The Overthinker rips apart the ''Blackwater'' video game.
# "Things Learned in the Dark": The Overthinker discusses the positives of the Playstation Network blackout. The Overthinker is hired by [[TheCommissionerGordon Commissioner Bunnyface]] as a vigilante whilst new villain [[PlayingWithFire Pyrothinker]] bombs arcades.
# "Operation Rainfall": The Overthinker supports Operation Rainfall. His sidekick and FairyCompanion Ivan the Intern debuts.
# "What We Lost In the Fire": The Overthinker mourns the loss of arcades.
# "Setting Sun": A discussion on Japan's gaming industry and its current conditions. Cryothinker is introduced.
# "Supreme Responsibility": The Overthinker's reaction to the US Supreme Court's banning of California's attempt to ban violent games. The Overthinker discovers the ninja brothers' origins.
# "Heavens To Metroid Revisited": A look back on the Overthinker's controversial views on ''Other M''.
# "Bat Slap": The Overthinker investigates the apparent sexism in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. The episode's opening parodies [[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan the Barbarian]] as the Overthinker makes a sword of anti-metal to fight the ninja brothers.
# "The Mailbag Show": The Overthinker answers questions from fans whilst fighting the ninja brothers. Topics include the KarmaMeter, the possibility of a video game-based TV channel, the current status of stereotyping of gamers, Toad of the Mario series getting his own game, [[PressXToNotDie quick time events]], his views on downloadable content, game difficulty, and which countries could become major game developers. The Overthinker kills the ninjas.
# "Bells and Whistles": The Overthinker discusses how modern video games are too overloaded with features.
# "Seeing Red": The Overthinker responds to the Red Cross’ concerns about war games and the Geneva Convention. In the next story arc, the Overthinker learns of the Retrothinker, a time displaced TV host who awakens from cryosleep to find the modern day horrors of video gaming.
# "The Rose Colored Reality": The Overthinker talks to Retrothinker about the golden age of gaming. Retrothinker learns what happened to Sonic (which is odd considering canon says he was frozen in 1990 and the first Sonic game was released in 1991) and has a FreakOut.
# "Beyond [=SOPA=]": The Overthinker looks towards the future of the internet community following the defeat of [=SOPA=].
# "Open the Vaults": The Overthinker asks the gaming industry to release classic video games and treat them with respect. Retrothinker turns evil, becoming the undead Necrothinker and attacks modern gaming industries with video game zombies.
# "Why Do I Love Video Games?": Moviebob spend eleven minutes listing off his favourite memories of video games.
# "I, Zombie": A look at the popularity of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] in popular culture.
# "Crass Effect" and "After Effect": The Overthinker looks at the fanbase reaction to ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'''s endings, and then must face the angry backlash of his fanbase.
# "Fall of Duty": The Overthinker expresses his anger that Oliver North is used in adverts for ''Call of Duty: Black Ops''.
# "Eulogii": The Overthinker looks back on the seventh generation of game console and how it maybe a BittersweetEnding for the generation.
# "Necothinker the Last Stand": Another mailbag episode, the Overthinker answering fan questions whilst fighting Necrothinker, who is restored as Retrothinker. Topics discussed include why video games don't double as commentaries/discussions on life, the collapse of the rental market and its effect on the creativity of games, should Nintendo remove online discussion to avoid a repeat of the rise of Xbox Live trolls, the Overthinker revealing his favourite consoles, and Nintendo possibly putting games on phones and Apple devices.
# "Going Hollywood": A look at why video game movies suck and how classic games could be adapted into films. The show's mysterious BigBad resurrects the Anti-Thinker.
# "Rusty Pipes": The Overthinker examines whether or not the Mario games have become boring. The Anti-Thinker confronts the Overthinker, only to be killed off again by time traveller from the future Omega Thinker, who alters a doomed timeline to save the world from the Robothinker.
# "Easy Does It": The Overthinker expresses his views on Easy Modes in gaming and how others complain about them. Omega Thinker explains Robothinker's backstory.
# "Ask Ivan": Ivan has a mailbag episode, which features an interesting discussion about the possibility of a female Link in future ''Zelda'' games. At the end of the episode, the Overthinker tries to fight Robothinker but suffers a CurbStompBattle.
# "I'm Not A Gamer": The Overthinker is baffled by Nintendo's marketing campaign to make everyone equal, has a brief identity crisis, but then realises everyone can be a gamer, even if they do not use the title.
# "Press Played": The Overthinker looks at the "Dorito-Gate" scandal.
# "In Praise of Clones": The Overthinker and Retrothinker examine whether or not modern gaming has become repetitive.
# "Collect Calling": The Overthinker reveals a wish list of five classic game compilations he would like to see made.
# "Let This Be the End": The Overthinker expresses his beliefs that the eighth generation of consoles could be the last.
# "Never Grow Old": The Overthinker looks at the seminars held by Warren Spector and David Cage at the [=DICE=] expo.
# "The Next Crash": Ivan hosts this episode as the other character fight the badguys. Ivan explores the possibilities of a next video game crash.
# "Starving Artists": The Overthinker discusses how designers need to burden more responsibility for the current state of game development.
# "Reflection": The Overthinker and Commissioner Bunnyface discuss the 2013 E3 conference and the unveiling of the eight generation of consoles.
# "Stop Talking To Me About Ludonarrative Dissonance": The Overthinker talks about GameplayAndStorySegregation and the immersion of games.

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to:

->''"Proud to be an American,''
->''[[ProudToBeAGeek Prouder to be an American geek]]"'' - The motto used at the beginning of each segment.

Bob "Moviebob" Chipman, also known as "The Game Overthinker", is a self-proclaimed "Z-list internet celebrity" who maintains a pair of vlogs on [=YouTube=] and a [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/ Blogspot site]], and also contributes to both [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/profiles/view/MovieBob The Escapist]] and [[http://screwattack.com/ Screw Attack]]. He rips apart bad movies, but his particular shtick is giving analyses of gaming culture and the industry, in a style closely reminiscent of college-lit-class style "close reading", overlaid with appropriate (and sometimes humorous) images. Bob's analyses are very much like you would see from a troper. Indeed, [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/7190-Trope-a-Dope he's written an article]] that refers to "a genuinely wonderful website called TV Tropes".

Bob loves what he loves and hates what he hates, and between his (admittedly) abrasive "UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} guy" attitude, his [[NostalgiaFilter unapologetic love of '80s and early '90s gaming]], and his tendency to [[HePannedItNowHeSucks belittle franchises with large fanbases]] ([[FanHater and those fans]]), he can be somewhat [[LoveItOrHateIt divisive]]. As a result, the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment is in effect. However, agree or disagree with him, his videos often invite discussion.

His shows include:
* ''The Game Overthinker'': Originally focused on video game analysis, it grew into a more story-driven series about the line between the worlds of humanity and gaming getting blurred, to the point where Bob created another series, ''Overbytes'', to focus exclusively on such analysis. Airs on Screwattack.
* ''Overbytes'': Basically, ''The Game Overthinker'' minus the story-driven segments.
* ''Escape to the Movies'': His film review show for Website/TheEscapist, new episodes released every Friday.
** ''Intermission'': A written column accompanying the week's ''Escape to the Movies'' episode. Sometimes it's a further discussion of a particular element from that week's film, sometimes it's a discussion of older films or a trend in filmmaking, and sometimes (if more than one film came out that caught Bob's interest) it's another review.
* ''The Big Picture'': A weekly show on ''The Escapist'' in which Bob talks about whatever the hell he feels like talking about. New episodes come out every Tuesday.

He's also written [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/ a book]] titled ''Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick-by-Brick'', an analysis of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' in the form of a "novelized LetsPlay" that also goes into the history of the franchise and his experiences with it.

The list of the FilmsDiscussedByMoviebob got so long, it's been moved to a separate page.
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!'''Tropes used:'''
* AcclaimedFlop: The ''Big Picture'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/3281-The-Numbers "The Numbers"]] was about how this trope leads to studios making safe, formulaic movies pandering to the LowestCommonDenominator. Specifically, it describes how {{Universal}} experiencing a number of these (particularly ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'') caused them to fling Creator/GuillermoDelToro's adaptation of ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' into DevelopmentHell.
-->"When great movies fail at the box office, other movies will suffer because of it."
* ActingForTwo: He plays every single (talking) character in ''The Game Overthinker", with his brother helping him as a double.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: He actually found the AscendedMeme Spartan-1337 in ''HaloLegends'' pretty clever.
* AlternateRealityGame: Seemingly parodied briefly (possibly specifically the SlenderManMythos) with references to Wario's Woods and cryptic text after making an announcement proclaiming a realization that would change everything. The following video (while still showing brief influences from films like ''TheBlairWitchProject'' and possibly MarbleHornets) however, confirmed it as an EvilTwin storyline. Also qualifies on kicking off a StoryArc.
* AmericanAccents[=/=]HahvahdYahdInMyCah: He can slip into his native UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} accent at various times, most notably in his earlier videos and when he's angry (such as over ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' not receiving any Oscar nominations). He also puts on an exaggerated version of it as his default portrayal of LowestCommonDenominator types, such as the Game Antithinker character and the people who went to see ''Film/BlackSwan'' for the [[GirlOnGirlIsHot lesbian scene]].
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: His ''Film/BlackSwan'' review begins in a much more sophisticated tone.
* AntiClimax: After watching the first episode, he felt the controversy over ''[[WebVideo/FeministFrequency Tropes vs. Women in Video Games]]'' to be this, stating that he wished Anita Sarkeesian had been the rabid StrawFeminist attack dog that her critics were calling her simply to justify all the hype.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking / TakeThat: ''For the benefit of my international viewers, we're having a touch time in the good old US of A. The middle of the country is being ripped apart by [[DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud tornadoes]], someone sent poison letters to the President, the trajectory of our economy is still somewhere between [[Film/TankGirl Tank Girl]] future and [[HellComesToFrogtown Frog Town]] future, there are giant snakes in Florida, high profile supreme court cases are polarising civil discourse like nothing since the mid '60s, a bunch of shady crap is going down with the IRS, [[TakeThat and someone let]] MNightShyamalan [[TakeThat release another movie]].
* AsYouKnow: The definition of this appears on screen while he's talking about ''{{Surrogates}}''.
* AuthorAppeal:
** Boobies! "[[Creator/ScarlettJohansson Scarlett Johheeehh]]... Scarlett ''Johansson''!"
** Lesbians. [[GirlOnGirlIsHot Even more than you expect]].
* AuthorFilibuster:
** He opens his review of ''Jennifer's Body'' with a two-minute rant about how much MeganFox sucks as an actress and is completely boring and generic even as a sex symbol.
** In his review of ''{{WesternAnimation/Rango}}'', he pretty much admits that this is the only way he can get that review over two minutes.
** Many of his reviews are this.
* BerserkButton:
** "[[StopHavingFunGuys What he thinks of as Hardcores]]"
--> "You heard me, you half-cocked message board fuckheads, the {{Wii}} ''is'' part of ''this'' console generation ... so can we ''please'' stop it with this tired shit about [[NintendoGameCube GameCubes]] and duct tape!"
** Tyler Perry also counts, as does Creator/SamRaimi's departure from the ''SpiderMan'' films and the series' upcoming reboot.
** He also '''Hates''' the new ''{{Transformers}}'' films, as well as the bulk of Creator/MichaelBay's output for that matter.
* BrickJoke: His Do The Mario videos on the Escapist, the first one having a [[TheStinger stinger]] showing SMB: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen and saying it's a story for another time (as in, not the week after the first). Two weeks later, Do the Mario PT. 2 was featured (showcasing said aforementioned Mario anime).
* BreatherEpisode: If you follow all of his shows, the Game Overthinker episode ''Bat-Slap'' comes out with Bob stating he doesn't believe gaming culture as a whole is ready/deserves to be taken as seriously as it so-often claims to want to. Come the following Tuesday, the Big Picture episode ''Science'' has Bob making mostly non-serious statements like "Space guys, if you don't want to pretend you've discovered oil on Mars to trick some funding out of the Government, how about telling Glenn Beck there's gold on the moon and not letting him come back?"
* CatchPhrase: "I'm Bob, and that's [[TitleDrop The Big Picture."]]
* CerebusSyndrome: Somewhat. Early reviews felt slower, but they developed a more mature, and contemplative pace, dealing with more analytical subject matter.
* ChannelHop: To ScrewAttack & The Escapist.
* CompensatingForSomething: In his review of ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'', he described Creator/TomCruise's career trajectory as a string of reactions to insecurity. He started out as an ActionHero in films like ''Film/TopGun'' despite being one of the shortest leading men in Hollywood, then took on meatier roles in films like ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'' and ''Film/JerryMaguire'' once people started writing him off as a pretty boy, and now is returning to action movies like ''Literature/JackReacher'' and the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' sequels as he enters middle age.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in his review of, appropriately enough, ''NinjaAssassin''.
** Also invoked in Episode 56.
* ContinuityPorn, ContinuitySnarl: Discussed in the ''Big Picture'' episodes [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/2568-Continanity "Continanity"]] and [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/4132-Continanity-Rebooted "Continanity Rebooted"]]. While he feels that focusing too much on continuity has a habit of producing a KudzuPlot over time, he doesn't feel that it's the big thing keeping new readers from getting into comics the way that many others do; rather, he feels that they need better marketing.
** Also discussed in the episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/6074-Worlds-Within-Worlds "Worlds Within Worlds"]], which examined the late Dwayne [=McDuffie=]'s [[StElsewhere Tommy Westphall]] hypothesis of television, and its criticism of comic books being too strict with continuity.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73toAMJ7rqY&feature=related This picture is painted for this video to show the mentality of Nintendo's hugest, almost literally, cult supporters.]]
* CrazyAwesome: In-universe, when [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/ The Escapist]] made him start doing [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture The Big Picture]], he used a bit of the first video to officially dub his bosses as such.
* CreatorThumbprint:
** While he admits their obvious flaws, he has a love of Nintendo games and often uses Nintendo characters in the BRollRebus.
** The word "douchebag" pops up heavily when regarding hardcores or Michael Bay, becoming his mainstay word to describe someone/something he really hates (naturally people call him this).
** Discussed [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/7367-Stuff-Bob-Likes here]]. To be specific: [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Monkeys]], [[ABoyAndHisX Dogs]], Monsters, [[{{Kaiju}} Giant Monsters]], [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Dinosaurs]], Lesbians, Music/HeavyMetal, Awesome Fight Choregraphy, {{Insufferable Genius}}es as protagonists, TheFifties, TheEighties and strangely enough HonorBeforeReason.
* CurseCutShort
--> Ah, finally. Just a good old-fashioned straight-up revenge movie. No [[TheBookOfEli post-apocalyptic bible salesman]], no [[{{Legion}} angels with guns]], no connection to anything remotely spiritual, religious, church-related or anything else that gets people's [[InternetBackdraft panties in a twist]] whenever I mention it. Ah, good. Good. ...Hey, who's in this again? *Shot of Creator/MelGibson as he appeared in Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist* Aw, Mother F- *Theme Plays*
** Repeated in his ''[[Film/IronMan Iron Man 2]]'' review:
--> I'd love to tell you all the thoughts that went through my mind about Scarlett Johansson and her performance in this movie... but this is a family show, so I'll have to summarize. HOLY-- *end credits*
* DarkerAndEdgier: "Violence is Golden", "Complex Issues" and "Building a Better Gamer" focus on more complex issues than most of his usual Game Overthinker episodes.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DirtyOldMan: Shows tendencies of this sometimes, and says that's [[TakeThatMe he is a lecherous pig]] in his review for ''Love & Other Drugs''.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The production of ''{{Salt}}'' foundered when it lost its star, but then Angelina Jolie signed up for the action, which is great. Really great. Mmm-hmm. Yeah...weren't we reviewing a movie?
* EasyModeMockery[=/=]ItsEasySoItSucks: Strongly critical of these tropes, feeling them to be signs of an insularity in gamer culture that is locking non-hardcore gamers out of enjoying the medium. His opinion is that, if there's also a "normal" mode, then people shouldn't be complaining. He feels that gamer culture's obsession with difficulty as a measure of a game's quality is a relic of the arcade era, when games were designed to be difficult so as to suck down quarters.
* ElementalPowers: Obtained from the gems acquired by [[MegaManning defeating]] [[PlayingWithFire Pyrothinker]] and [[KillItWithIce Cryothinker]]. The [[DishingOutDirt Earth-oriented]] gem can raise zombies. The [[BlowYouAway Air gem]] was the power source for Robothinker.
* EvilTwin: The Antithinker.
* FalseDichotomy: Separating people into the IfJesusThenAliens groups in a recent episode, labeling people as either 'thinkers' or 'believers.' There's a bit of dodgy research with using Lisa Simpson to represent the 'thinkers' group.
* FairyCompanion: [[SdrawkcabName Ivan]] the fairy intern. Occasionally doubles as ExpositionFairy.
* {{Fanservice}}: The hot model pics.
** In his ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' review, he notes that this was the ''only'' reason the movie was worth watching at the time, since boobs were hard to find back in the early 80's, let alone cartoon boobs.
* FastForwardGag: He sometimes speeds up part of his voice-over in order to make the video fit the standard ~10-minute length while still including all the [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness BIG WORDS]] he wants to use. It is usually accompanied by a graphic of a chipmunk and a cup of coffee.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: InUniverse example; in the ''Intermission'' editorial [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/9521-Consequences "Consequences"]], he cites four examples of great films that he feels started some of the more annoying and/or problematic trends in various film genres, and in moviemaking as a whole.
* FreudianExcuse: He admitted once that he was bullied in high school, and his comments seem to give away that his resentment from that era is one, if not the main reason behind his criticism to certain things. Like the "douchebag" video game crowd that came with the Play Station generation (especially XBox Live FPS users), his hatred towards the 90's (the decade in which he went to high school), and his fondness for {{Magneto}}-like villains. He's also specially done a ''Big Picture'' episode about nerd reactions to such actions and the mindset that if one was bullied, they can't in turn be a bully themselves. He admits that he's talking to himself as much as he is to the viewer.
* TheFutureIsShocking: The Retrothinker's arrival in the present day sees him shocked by what gaming has become, [[spoiler:leading to his FaceHeelTurn into the Necrothinker]].
* TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996: ''Game Overthinker'' Episode 11, titled "''Can It Happen To Us?''", pointed out similarities between the current game industry and the pre-crash comic book industry.
* TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983: In the episode [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/2013/04/episode-83-next-crash.html "The Next Crash"]] (episode #83, fittingly enough), he compares the situation of the gaming industry today to that of 1983. He concludes that a second crash is inevitable, but probably won't be as bad as the first, partly because of the existence of alternatives to the AAA gaming scene that didn't exist to the home console scene in 1983.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Yes. Every female character in every movie gets ranked based on how much she appeals to Bob's carefully explained tastes.
* Music/HeavyMetal: Bob uses the metal fandom's rejection of neo-Nazi skinheads latching onto them as a model for how gamers should react to their medium's association with fringe whackos (like the Oslo killer) and disgruntled youth.
* HistoryOfHollywood: He's done a series of episodes on this subject for ''The Big Picture''.
* HypocrisyNod:
** In the "Building a Better Gamer" video, Bob acknowledges the hypocrisy of a fat man telling people to get in better shape.
** In the ''Intermission'' editorial [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/10042-I-Wrote-That-Crap "I Wrote That Crap!"]], he talks about the phenomenon of film critics who, when given a chance to [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter make their own movies]], often turn in products that are as bad as the films they criticize so venomously. Proving that he's not immune to this, he then describes a pair of film scripts he wrote in his younger days that, in hindsight, are just downright ''awful''.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddMecha:
-->'''Bob:''' A slew of material came out of this premise. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it from Japan and featuring giant robots and therefore awesome.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Inverted. He calls himself out on insulting Creator/MichaelBay:
-->"I said that the movies of Michael Bay were made by a douchebag for douchebags, and that wasn't fair. I don't know Michael Bay, for all I know he's a perfectly nice person. Oh, his movies are still made for and primarily enjoyed ''by'' douchebags, but there's no reason to stoop to personal attacks."
* IWantMyJetpack: Devoted an entire ''Big Picture'' [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/4936-Science episode]] to this subject.
* {{Irony}}: Discussed the "modern" definition of the term (namely, the "ironic" enjoyment of old SoBadItsGood GuiltyPleasures) in the ''Big Picture'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/7373-Dumping-Irony "Dumping Irony"]].
* JitterCam: One of his {{Pet Peeve Trope}}s, along with [[FoundFootageFilms the "found footage" genre]] that makes heavy use of it, though he sees why they're so popular nowadays. He feels that, for the generation that grew up with camera phones and [[Website/YouTube social]] [[FriendingNetwork media]] as ubiquitous parts of their lives, this style of filmmaking is associated with realism, i.e. something that looks like it was shot on the street by random passerby rather than by a professional film crew.
* JukeboxMusical: Does not like the genre, and discussed his disdain for it in his reviews of the film adaptations of ''MammaMia'' and ''Theatre/RockOfAges''.
* LampshadeHanging: Most of the time, less pointing out the tropes he uses, and more acknowledging them.
* LaughTrack: The Retrothinker's appearances after the Necrothinker arc have all been done in a {{sitcom}}-style manner, complete with this.
* LighterAndSofter: Escape to the Movies is done in less serious and less acknowledging tone than The Game Overthinker.
* MetaGuy: Bob himself obviously by the nature of his job, also Ivan the Intern frequently fills this role in the Game Overthinker segments with frequent [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]]
* MeaningfulName / SdrawkcabName: Ivan is a fairy companion who's name backwards is Navi.
* MurderSimulators: Like most gamers, he rejects the idea that violent video games (and, by extension, other media) are responsible for violent actions, noting that ''DuckHunt'' and ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'' didn't contribute much to violence. If anything, he thinks it's the other way around, and that the reason why so many modern games are so violent and fixated on shooting things is because they come from an American culture in which guns, masculinity, and rugged individualism factor heavily into the national mythos, and that it's this culture that is more to blame for America's rampant gun violence.
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: Commissioner Bunnyface... sorry, ''Buonofacio''. ([[DontExplainTheJoke He's a rabbit.]])
* NoEnding: MovieBob[=/=]The Game Overthinker doesn't really find a conclusive point in "Who Will Be Remembered?" other than you will never rid the world of VideoGame/{{Kirby}}, and that he wouldn't have it any other way.
* NostalgiaFilter: Bob is a decidedly old-school-centric gamer, and has admitted as much on multiple occasions.
** Played straight and averted, respectively, with his treatment of TheEighties and TheNineties. Bob is ''not'' a fan of the latter decade, frequently accompanying mentions of it with a stock photo of [[Film/TheWrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson]] with the caption "The '90s sucked" (fully aware of the irony of quoting a DiscoDan character to prove his point), and while he's willing to admit that there was quite a bit of good stuff in that decade, he has little love for most of the pop culture trends of the time ({{Nineties anti hero}}es, [[PostModernism post-modern]] teen horror, et cetera). On the other hand, he loves the '80s, cheesiness and all. He states that this was because the '90s were his awkward, schlubby teen years that came in between his wondrous childhood in the '80s and his present-day success as an internet personality.
** He's also [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/6962-The-90s-Didnt-Suck examined]] pop culture's treatment of the '90s as a cultural dead zone and its inability to sum up what exactly the general "theme" of the decade was (like how it associates TheFifties with social conservatism, TheSixties with the counterculture, and TheEighties with materialism). He finds the answer to this in Francis Fukuyama's famous treatise ''The End of History'', stating that the West's victory in the ColdWar had produced [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell a sort of ennui]] that, in turn, produced a culture of nostalgia and introspection. [[TheWarOnTerror 9/11]], of course, quickly shattered that culture.
** Averted with [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5140-The-Simpsons-Is-Still-Funny-Pt-1 his treatment]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. While going over the older seasons, Bob noticed that most of the episodes he thought were comic gold as a kid didn't age well in his eyes, while the episodes he thought were boring when they first aired became much better now that he was [[ParentalBonus old enough to appreciate the humor]]. He concludes that ''The Simpsons'' didn't [[JumpingTheShark jump the shark]] like its fans thought it did, but rather, its fans grew up and their tastes in humor changed, and ''The Simpsons'' didn't change with them. Plus, there's the fact that the show, a broad satire of the greater pop culture, is a relic of a time stretching from roughly 1950-2000 when pop culture was largely monolithic[[note]]As in, most mainstream Americans, apart from those on the cultural fringes, watched the same three or four TV {{networks}} and the same movies, received the same news, listened to the same music, read the same books, et cetera.[[/note]] -- the early '00s, the time most commonly cited as when ''The Simpsons'' "stopped being funny", is also the time when the internet and cable television fragmented pop culture into a million little shards and {{subculture}}s.
** Examined with his treatment of the infamous ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' storyline "ComicBook/OneMoreDay", specifically in comparison to the then-recent "Superior Spider-Man" arc that was being compared to it. It's a bad storyline, to be sure, but it's nowhere near the worst thing that ever happened to Spider-Man. Instead, having gone through Marvel's DVD box set of every ''Spider-Man'' comic from TheSixties to today, he concludes that it's merely the worst thing to happen to Spider-Man ''in the age of internet fandom''; had the internet been around for such events as the "black costume", then "One More Day" wouldn't be seen as the nadir of the ''Spider-Man'' comics.
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer:
** For ''{{Devil}}'', and emblematic of the whole movie's stupidity:
--> A character who we're supposed to regard as the grounded rational and moral centre of the entire story proves that they're in the presence of the Devil [[YouFailLogicForever by throwing a piece of toast in the air and seeing if it lands butter-side-down]]. [Reverb] '''I. AM NOT. MAKING. THAT UP.'''
** Done constantly during his review of ''[[StreetFighter Street Fight-]]'' uh, [[FanFilm "Future Cops"]] because of the film's over-the-top nature.
* NotSoDifferent:
** States this between ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' and ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: ModernWarfare 2''.
** At times, Bob himself can come off as this in relation to "hardcore" gamers.
* OccidentalOtaku: Discussed. He feels that childhood rebellion is part of the reason why so many young people in the US embraced Japanese culture in the form of video games and, later, anime and manga. As he sees it, back in TheEighties (the time in which this trope first began to develop), most kids' parents viewed Japan as [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld America's economic rival]], while their grandparents still remembered Japan as having been [[WorldWarII America's enemy]].
* OneOfUs: Has heard of Wiki/TVTropes, as even references it in his review of ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Forever After''.
** From his {{Twitter}}: "[[https://twitter.com/#!/the_moviebob/status/167889226552193025 It'd be the HEIGHT of gauche to edit one's own TV Tropes entry, right?]]"
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: He usually maintains a [[AmericanAccents Newscaster / Midwestern]] accent, but sometimes his native UsefulNotes/{{B|oston}}awstin accent slips through or he just doesn't bother hiding it.
* OscarBait: He has accused ''TheKingsSpeech'' of being this, even going so far as to make his video review of it into a "How To Make Oscar Bait" instruction video.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: He listed ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} 2'' as the best movie about a talking tow-truck you'll see this year.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad:
** Inverted. Bob ''hates'' people who use "PC" as a [[TheWarOnStraw strawman]] to defend themselves from accusations of sexism and bigotry, and has frequently [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/2783-Correctitude called them out on it]]. If anything, he feels that it's political ''in''correctness[[note]]specifically, assholes using "political incorrectness" as a cover for being assholes[[/note]] that's gone mad.
** He also takes this view [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/2008/05/episode-eight-mississippi-pwning.html in both of his]] [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/2009/05/episode-twenty-three-mississippi-pwning.html "Mississippi Pwning"]] videos.
* PopculturalOsmosis: Bob peppers his videos quite liberally with geek culture references, and figures we'll get them.
* ProudToBeAGeek
* {{Qurac}}: Uses the term "[[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed Noniraquistan]]" when describing the plot of the original ''Modern Warfare'' game.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The big showdown between [[spoiler:Robothinker and Necrothinker]] that was planned for episode 82 had to be delayed due to the New England Blizzard of 2013. In-universe, this was attributed to Cryothinker.
* RealMenWearPink: [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/2734-MovieBob-FAQ He stated that he bakes.]]
* RecycledInSpace: He [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/6552-Original-Geek-Girl described]] the early {{Supergirl}} comics as ''Literature/NancyDrew'' with superpowers.
* RedundantParody: He [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/10212-Calling-a-Kid-the-C-Word feels]] that ''Website/TheOnion''[='=]s crude Tweet about nine-year-old Oscar nominee [[Film/BeastsOfTheSouthernWild Quvenzhané Wallis]] being [[CountryMatters "kind of a c**t"]] wasn't pure rudeness like many people were claiming, but rather, [[StealthParody an attempt at satire]] that fell flat because it too closely resembled the snarky, insulting tabloid culture that it was trying to make fun of, without any indication that it was a parody (hard to do when you're on Website/{{Twitter}}).
* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: The Game Antithinker StoryArc is more satirical than MovieBob's newer episodes. The change has produced a bit of a BrokenBase.
* RuleOfCool: Reviewing ''Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes'', he admits "I'm probably predisposed to liking ''anything'' that has a scene of a gorilla beating up a helicopter."
* RunningGag:
** Shigeru Miyamoto showing up when God is mentioned. Although he also uses [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy Princess Rosalina]] for this.
** There are loads of {{Visual Pun}}s (see below), and a number of other running gags.
** '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis COMICS! ARE! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIIIIIRRRD!!]]'''
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: {{Discussed|Trope}} in the ''Big Picture'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5685-Wrongs-Rights "Rights & Wrongs"]] as it pertains to why {{Spider-Man}} and the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} won't be showing up in the MarvelCinematicUniverse anytime soon, and why Sony and Fox are churning out new entries in those properties (and others).
* SelfDeprecation:
** Bob believes fat people to be amusing... citing himself as an example.
** "I'm well aware that there's at least already one of you out there itching for this to end so you can run to the forums and get busy firing off some oh-so-clever missive about how film geeks only like to shit all over [[HollywoodHypeMachine marginally talented hot actresses]] like [[Creator/MeganFox [Megan] Fox]] because we're using them as proxy punching bags for all the women who wouldn't fuck us back in high school. Well, to you sir or madam, I say... So?"
** A pretty big example in "The Prophecy of ''Freakazoid''", when talking about the expectations of the internet in the mid-90's;
--> While the promise remains, the internet has become a vast ocean of [[MemeticMutation memetic self reference]], funny cat videos, pop culture revivification, and droning videos where embittered 30-something men re-frame their own nostalgic detritus in quasi-scholarly verbiage in a desperate attempt to recast their youth as something other than misspent. *ahem*
** His ''Intermission'' editorials [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/10042-I-Wrote-That-Crap "I Wrote That Crap!"]] and [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/10150-I-Also-Wrote-That-Crap "I (Also) Wrote That Crap"]], in which he discusses the past film scripts that he had written. They include [[BMovie B-grade]] monster movies, a SlasherMovie about geek/Comic-Con culture, a ''Creator/{{Troma}}''-[[BloodyHilarious esque]] spoof of the War on Drugs, and an AuthorFilibuster with a MartyStu protagonist; looking back, Bob regards all of them as SoBadItsGood ''at best''. He also discusses the stereotype of film critics being aspiring filmmakers who washed out on the road to realizing their dreams.
** He seems perfectly aware of his long-windedness, and has pointed it out or lampshaded it on several occasions, including the recurring appearance of a "Hyperactive Chipmunk" [[note]]Where Bob speeds his voice up to condense a long analysis, thereby sounding like a chipmunk in the process[[/note]], and at one point saying, "This is the Game ''Overthinker'', not the Bob-Gets-Right-to-the-Fucking-Point Show."
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: Ends his Big Picture segments with "I'm Bob, and that's The Big Picture."
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Usually accompanied with the graphic "Big Words".
* ShapedLikeItself: Describing the performances in ''Film/{{Thor}}'':
--> And AnthonyHopkins as Odin is...[[LargeHam Anthony Hopkins]]. ''[[CoolVsAwesome As Odin]]''.
* ShoutOut: While revisiting ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', he points out the first rule of internet gaming culture is to never disagree with the mass opinion. The second rule is to never do a [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Let's Play of]] ''[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Bart's Nightmare]]''. (With a little subtitle saying he thought it was funny.)
** In in episode 73, [[SdrawkcabName Ivan]] loves [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Navi]]. Very funny, MovieBob.
** During the credits of his ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' review, Bob compares the NiceHat and red outfit MilaKunis wears in the film to that of the [[FinalFantasy Red Mage]]. The fact that the film also features a woman in white and a woman in black makes this analogy even funnier.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: Falls in the middle. While he'll deal with serious issues, or serious opinions, he'll usually be more serious, with some jokes thrown in. When he deals with something more silly, the jokes are more prevalent. His movie reviews usually fall under silly, with him giving his opinion in a easy-going tone, but can be more serious when going into complexity about the film.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Notes that one thing that ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' and ''ModernWarfare 2'' had in common was a lack of female figures, though the former wins for having two notable female characters (Princess Peach and Wendy O. Koopa)
* SpoilerOpening: Episode 73 of The GameoverThinker introduced a new intro, the intro said "featuring" but included [[spoiler: several villains he already defeated]]. [[spoiler:Episode 78 saw the return of the Cyro and Pyrothinkers]], [[spoiler: Antithinker]] also returned an episode after the intro was introduced, but this had already been alluded to. The very same intro averted this by initially excluding [[spoiler: Omegathinker]].
** And the spoiler opening finishes out in episode 81 when [[spoiler: Retrothinker grabs the earth gem and becomes Necrothinker again]]
* StealthPun: In his review of ''Film/GreenLantern'', when Bob says that Warner Brothers "struck out" trying to make a superhero movie that's not Franchise/{{Batman}}, he shows a picture of baseball player Jim Reynolds striking out. [[note]] Hal Jordan is played by RyanReynolds.[[/note]]
* TheStinger: In his "Escape to The Movies" series.
* StopBeingStereotypical: The entire point of #33, "Building a Better Gamer".
* StoryArc: [[spoiler: Episode 43 had Game Overthinker's EvilCounterpart come in and [[HostileShowTakeover take over the show]], by teleporting Game Overthinker. Many have noticed the FollowTheLeader to the plotline based elements in Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses's shows.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: He freely admits to this, saying that he likes to pick on on big names because it makes him feel big. Reading his twitter feed or blogs demonstrates this.
* StrawCritic: Of a sort. Bob is frequently guilty of making insulting generalizations about the people who disagree with him or criticize his output.
* TakeThat: LOADS. Each major antagonist of the Overthinker series is a take that to parts of the video game community that Bob dislikes - The Anti-Thinker (hardcore gamers/the "douchebag" audience of recent pop culture), Strawman (the fans that criticized Bob for introducing story arcs to his show), the Pyrothinker and Cryothinker (those who abandoned game arcades), Retrothinker / Necrothinker (hardcore gamers who only play old school games) and the Robothinker (Xbox Live trolls).
* TemptingFate: "Don't worry commissioner, everything should be OK as long as there isn't one more... elementally... powered... ninja..."
* TransparentCloset: Invoked for [[StreetFighter Cammy]] in ep 14, complete with appropriate graphic.
* UnconventionalLearningExperience: His in-universe general opinion of video games in Ep. 16.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Lampshaded. "Fuckin' Squaresoft!"
* UnusualEuphemism: "Over the heels".
* ValuesDissonance: [[invoked]] [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/6552-Original-Geek-Girl Discussed]] in relation to the early {{Supergirl}} comics of the '50s and early '60s, with him noting that [[TropesAreTools it had some upsides]] as to the quality of the writing. Paradoxically, by having Supergirl conform to the era's rigid gender roles, the writers produced stories that were often better than the Franchise/{{Superman}} comics of the same era, with Supergirl being a flawed hero who often had to fix her mistakes as opposed to always being on the side of what's clearly right and just.
* VerySpecialEpisode: "Violence is Golden" & "Building a Better Gamer" respectively deal with the MediaWatchdog nature & portrayal of video games and the demonization of them in the media and getting & developing better habits for gamers. [[TropesAreNotBad They are both some-what well done.]] "The Revolution" is also this, to a lesser extent, trying to convince people not to shop at [=GameStop=] for better retail.
* VideoGameMoviesSuck: [[invoked]] {{Discussed|Trope}} in the ''Game Overthinker'' episode [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/2012/08/episode-73-return-aka-going-hollywood.html "Going Hollywood"]]. He feels that the reason for this trope is because many of the "great" games, especially many of the classics from the early days of gaming, either have {{Excuse Plot}}s and more of a focus on gameplay, or have certain story mechanics that work well in games but would translate poorly to a film (he cites ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'' as an example of the latter). He feels that the solution to the problem of "how to make a great video game movie" isn't to adapt the story of a game, but to try and adapt its gameplay mechanics -- for example, a ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' movie filmed entirely in first-person, or a ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' movie that's built around the main character exploring the alien world around her.
* VisualPun:
** The word "but" will show a picture of [[SoulSeries Ivy's]] ass, the word "thing" will be a picture of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]], {{God}} will show a picture of Shigeru Miyamoto, among others.
** Sometimes played with. In ep6 he mentions "D-cups" and shows [[IncrediblyLamePun a cup with the letter D on it]]; the image then quickly changes to a photo of breasts with the caption "Just kidding. Here's boobs."
** "Polarising": A polar bear. On the polar ice, you see.
** Often when posing a question, he uses an image of TheQuestion.
** In "OVERBYTES on Tropes vs. Women": "Oh no she's come to attack our man things!" then an image of ManThing appears accompanied by a roar "No, not that [[IncrediblyLamePun man thing]]..."
* WildMassGuessing: He's responsible for the WMG/SuperMarioBros "Rosalina is God" Guess.
* XMeetsY: Subverted when he describes the [[{{Metroidvania}} gameplay]] of ''ShadowComplex'' as "''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' crossed with ''Metroid'' divided by ''Metroid with a remainder of ''Metroid''." He also describes ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' as "''Franchise/StarshipTroopers'' crossed with ''Franchise/StarshipTroopers''."

!'''Games discussed:'''
* ''Barnyard Blast'': The only actual review.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'': "''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' [-[[RecycledInSpace with Batman!]]-]", though that's hardly a bad thing. In fact, Bob considers that a very ''good'' thing, since using the established, solid template of the ''AC'' games meant that the developers could focus more on building the game's setting and characters.
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'': Loved it. While he disagreed with the idea that it carried sexist undertones, he felt that the gaming community's reaction to this idea was incredibly immature, and used it as a jumping-off point for a discussion about what he felt was a broader lack of maturity in gamer culture.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'': Restricted himself to a detailed analysis of Bayonetta's character design. He describes her as the first game character specifically designed to be sexually intimidating (and pulling it off successfully) rather than [[{{Moe}} childlike]] or an IceQueen.
* ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' ([[VideoGameRemake the remake]]): Hated it, and holds it up as an example of bad video game design in this generation.
* ''Blackwater: The Game'': Absolutely disgusted at the very idea of it, comparing it to ''Rapelay'' and ''Custer's Revenge'' in terms of vile premises for video games.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'': Argues that the early installments in the series (along with those of ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'') became popular not because of realism, but because it was a SpiritualLicensee of movies like ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' and ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', capturing their feeling of quasi-realism and their heroic WorldWarII action. The lack of real innovation between installments is one of his big problems with the series, but he rejects the idea that this is because the gameplay mechanics haven't changed much since the fourth game. In his mind, the fundamental shooting gameplay has been pretty much perfected as far as it can be this console generation, and any major changes to that formula just for the sake of it would anger the series' multiplayer fans -- and besides, ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'', ''Franchise/MegaMan'', ''Franchise/DragonQuest'', the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Batman: Arkham]]'' games, and other classic game series frequently recycled gameplay templates. Rather, he feels that the series' real problem is that it takes that smooth gameplay and uses it to tell the same "''Film/BlackHawkDown'' by way of Creator/TomClancy" story over and over, to the point where it's gotten cliche.
** ''ModernWarfare'': Representative of everything that he dislikes about shooters, once referring to the sequels as "map pack delivery systems". In particular, he is greatly put off by what he perceives as the series' (and other military shooters') gung-ho militarism and weapons fetishism, which he feels attracts whack-jobs like the Oslo killer and [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic fringe militia types]] to gaming, thus inadvertently giving it its association with [[MurderSimulators real-life violence]]. He argues that the series became popular chiefly as a form of post-9/11 WishFulfillment for Americans who wanted revenge against al-Qaeda.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'': Finds it funny that {{Activision}} managed to beat Hollywood to the punch with what he thinks of as a technophobic, "our war machines turned against us and we need ''real men'' to fight!" action vehicle. On a more critical note, he felt that the advertising department's hiring of Oliver North -- a man who he considers to be a KarmaHoudini war criminal and traitor -- as a pitchman may have been the most tasteless thing ever done in the name of video game advertising, and fears that it could needlessly drag gaming and game culture into a broader culture war.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'': Felt that its "your mom hates this" ad campaign was distasteful, as it was directly marketing a violent, M-rated game to children and, thus, giving ammunition to MoralGuardians who accuse the games industry of corrupting children's minds.
* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'': In the ''Intermission'' editorial [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/moviebob/10304-It-Never-Ends "It Never Ends"]], he used the controversy over the game's [[ThirdPersonSeductress highly-sexualized Sorceress character]] to discuss the clash between his own pro-feminist views and his enjoyment of cheesecake characters, arguing that both sides in the controversy had a point. He feels that overtly {{fanservice}}-y characters like the Sorceress have the right to exist in games, but that they shouldn't be close to the only female representation in gaming like they currently are.
* ''Franchise/DragonQuest'': Uses it as a counterpoint to his main problem with the ''Call of Duty'' series, and as an example of how it could get out of its current rut. Instead of trying to constantly one-up themselves on the gameplay front by adding new mechanics, the games stuck with gameplay models that worked and instead focused on telling great stories.
* ''{{Farmville}}'' and other browser games: Doesn't get why people view it as killing gaming, nor does he get the dichotomy between "casual" and "hardcore" games in general.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'': Likes the series overall, with ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'' being his favorite. However, he hated ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'', viewing that game as having jumped head-first into the sort of ''Film/{{Scarface}}''-esque [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster gangster machismo]] that ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'' had parodied. He also laments the inherent limitations of the genre.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': Much like ''Call of Duty''/''Modern Warfare'', he views it as Exhibit A for every problem that Bob has with modern {{First Person Shooter}}s, particularly the genre's focus on online multiplayer. He also argues that there are UnfortunateImplications in the differences between the Covenant and the UNSC.
** ''Halo 4'': In the ''Big Picture'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5654-One-Day-in-November "One Day in November"]], he discussed the conspiracy theory that the timing of the game's release on November 6, 2012 -- Election Day in the US -- was an attempt to get Mitt Romney elected President by distracting the youth vote (which pulls strongly for Obama) with a major entertainment release, thus reducing turnout by them. His conclusion: the theory has little to no basis in fact (even if the general idea was theoretically possible), though the mere fact that people even considered it just serves to highlight how gamers should be more involved with the world around them and be active participants in its processes.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': "Love it, kinda getting impatient for another full-scale console version."
* ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}} 64'': Lamented that his homophobic teen years caused him to miss it the first time around, and encourages viewers not to let biases keep them from things they might like.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Loves the series, like most of the "big" Nintendo franchises. He feels that, for the next game, Nintendo should seriously consider [[GenderFlip making Link a woman]], noting that he's already among the most gender-neutral and least masculine of the "big" gaming icons, that his relationship with Zelda isn't necessarily romantic (in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' the two were portrayed more as siblings than anything), and that, if nothing else, it would be a bold move that would garner a ton of press beyond just the gaming media.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': His favorite ''Zelda'' game.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': Apart from believing that Fi will never appear in the franchise ever again, he comments about how the game treats the themes of romance and sexuality through several plot points, "like Nintendo's development teams just now discovered sex and they're really excited to tell everybody."
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'': Overall found it to be the equivalent of "digital junk food," but he did enjoy it, particularly its absurd parody of the ThirdPersonSeductress ActionGirl archetype. He likes how Creator/{{Suda 51}}'s games embrace their "gamey" aspects rather than take themselves too seriously and try to be like movies.
* ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'' (and other [[ElectronicArts EA Sports]] titles): Dislikes how EA charges $60 a year for what usually amounts to a roster update and minor gameplay changes, things that, in an age of DownloadableContent, he feels should be done via that route. On a lighter note, he also uses the series as an example of how he feels games should be focused on engaging players as opposed to just immersing them, arguing that the ''Madden'' games are more about recreating the experience of watching football as opposed to actually playing it.
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart Wii'': Not talking about the game itself, but about gaming romantic also-rans, inspired by the statue of Luigi dancing with Daisy on the Daisy Circuit.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'': Having admittedly never played any of the games[[note]]He later watched the endings on Website/YouTube, and found them to be [[SoOkayItsAverage "neither awful nor great."]][[/note]], he feels that the InternetBackdraft over the ending, specifically the demands that {{Bioware}} change it, went way over the line, comparing many of the more vocal fans to Annie Wilkes from ''{{Misery}}'' in terms of their sense of entitlement. In his opinion, being a fan of a property does not give you the right to claim control over its creative direction, and outbursts like this do nothing to help the image of gamers and geek culture in general. In the process, he makes an argument in favor of the idea that a more linear plotline makes for more compelling storytelling, and that this is the reason why it's so difficult to tell a conventional story through a video game -- the very same elements that traditionally make for a good story in other media also make for boring, unimaginative gameplay.\\
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This one frustrated him so much that he devoted two ''Game Overthinker'' episodes '''and''' part of a ''Big Picture'' episode to it. During the second ''Overthinker'' episode he did on the subject, he felt that Bioware's caving to the demands of the "Retake ''Franchise/MassEffect''" movement set a terrible precedent for the relationship between gamers and developers -- a developer may be a lot more reluctant to take [[TwistEnding narrative]] [[DownerEnding risks]] after seeing what happened to Bioware. He used ''Film/IAmLegend'''s FocusGroupEnding as exhibit A for the chilling effect that this could have on creativity in games.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan'': Did an ''Overthinker'' episode discussing the various literary, historical and pop culture sources (particularly ''Anime/AstroBoy'') that the series drew its influences from.
** ''Mega Man 9''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'': Said that the demo was "fucking awesome," and mourns the fact that his lack of free time means that he probably won't get to play the full game for a good while.
* ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}''
** ''Super Metroid'': His favorite ''Metroid'' game.
** ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'': Controversially defended the game from many of its more common criticisms. He believes that game's portrayal of Samus Aran, while {{unfortunate|Implications}}, was due chiefly to a failure to translate old-school narrative mechanics to a modern game, [[HanlonsRazor rather than any deliberate malice or misogyny]] on the part of Team Ninja or Nintendo. He also states that trying to associate the game's perceived misogyny with broader gender issues in Japanese culture carries a ton of unfortunate implications in itself, going as far as to call it flat-out racist.
* ''VideoGame/NintendoLand'': Views it as Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s attempt to turn the last generation of "casual" {{Wii}} gamers into long-term Nintendo fans.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'': Used in his inaugural episode as an example of good, creative character design in modern games.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': While he has not directly focused on Pokemon, Bob has stated he was in junior high when it came out and never got into it, but respects it as a franchise. It did have some significance in Episode 27 "Who Will Be Remembered?" where he ponders whether or not Pikachu will become more recognised than Mario.
* ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Patriots'': Upon hearing about it and watching the trailer, he found its attachment of [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic militia overtones]] to anti-corporate movements (at least in the marketing) to be very off-putting, and emblematic of what he feels to be a disturbing right-wing tendency in the FPS genre.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'': Finds the fourth game to have been the best in the series. He also feels that fans are raising too much hay about the changes that [[Film/ResidentEvil the films]] made to the series -- in his opinion, the plot of the games was never much to write home about, often veering close to flat-out awful, and chucking a large amount of that out the window for the movie was necessary to avoid getting laughed out of theaters.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'': Gave {{Capcom}} the benefit of a doubt after the debut trailer raised controversy with [[UnfortunateImplications its racially charged imagery]]. When he actually played the game, though, he changed his tune rapidly and argued that the developers went way too far, particularly with Sheva's unlockable FurBikini costume and the level where you have to [[DarkestAfrica battle spear-chucking, grass skirt-wearing tribesmen]]. He argued that objections to such content, and calls for greater diversity in gaming, shouldn't be automatically dismissed as PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad. He points to Hollywood's alienation of black viewers, and the resultant success of indie filmmaker Creator/TylerPerry (whom he regards as a hack and one of the worst things to happen to black cinema), as a potential consequence of what could happen to the game industry if it keeps hyper-focusing on young white men as its target audience.
* ''VideoGame/SimCity'' (the 2013 game): Says that the game's much-publicized {{DRM}} problems are "the chickens coming home to roost" for all of Creator/ElectronicArts' problematic business practices, and the fact that it had single-handedly produced such a disaster is a very bad omen for its viability as a thriving corporation. He questions whether an urban planning game needed online multiplayer in the first place, and says that the debacle with the game's broken DRM was something that everyone should've seen coming.
* ''SonicTheHedgehog'': Did a two-part ''Overthinker'' special on where he felt that the franchise had [[FranchiseZombie lost its way]], and how it could get out of its DorkAge.
* ''SoulCalibur'': Bob doesn't find the cheesecake outfits worn by the female characters to be as sexist as other people do, noting that the entire franchise runs on a hyper-stylized, fantastic aesthetic that such fetishized outfits fit right in with. What he ''did'' find to be sexist, however, was a Japanese poster for the fifth game that featured [[SexSells literally nothing]] but Ivy's AbsoluteCleavage with the {{tagline}} [[DoubleEntendre "Go big or go home."]]
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'': The game that made Bob curl up in a corner for a week after playing it. He called it one of the most important games of this console generation, and the game that he feels to be the last word on military shooters. Its genius isn't that it does anything new gameplay-wise, but rather, that it uses dyed-in-the-wool gameplay mechanics nearly a decade old to tell a unique story and challenge gamers' preconceptions.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Loves the games, as well as classic side-scrolling platformers and Creator/{{Nintendo}} games in general. In the ''Big Picture'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/5929-Junk-Drawer-Rises "Junk Drawer Rises"]], he addressed what a lot of viewers felt was cognitive dissonance on his part (and regarding game journalism in general) for loving games like ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' for deliberately throwing back to vintage gameplay mechanics while simultaneously chastising more "modern" games for not changing between installments, as well as the commercialization of nostalgia in general on the part of game developers both mainstream and indie. He feels that the ''Mario'' series, after 25 years of innovation, has earned the right to do a bunch of retro revival entries, comparing it to Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/RingoStarr playing greatest hits at their concerts rather than continuing to innovate.\\
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More recently, though, he's expressed concern that the series has gone too far with its retro revivalism, and that it may well be turning into a FranchiseZombie relying on the NostalgiaFilter to get gamers to ignore its lack of innovation. The games are still good, mind you (especially in comparison with ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''[='=]s [[DorkAge fall from grace]]), but there's a growing risk that Nintendo cranking out installments with regularity could lead to oversaturation and creative stagnation diluting the brand and turning it into something like MickeyMouse -- better known as a mascot than an actual character.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'': Feels that it doesn't deserve its reputation as the BlackSheep of the series. If anything, it's better than the game that the Japanese got as ''Super Mario Bros. 2'', known to Westerners as ''The Lost Levels''. It was the game that established the overall aesthetic of the Mario franchise, Luigi's status as a separate character, Toad as a character at all, Princess Peach as someone who could hold her own rather than just play a DistressedDamsel, and the series' ability to switch up its gameplay with new installments -- all things that he feels don't get enough recognition. He also discusses its roots as a reskin of the Japanese platformer ''VideoGame/DokiDokiPanic'', which Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto had more input on than with ''The Lost Levels''.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels'': Finds it to be the worst of the old-school Mario games, due to [[PlatformHell its famous difficulty]] coming less from creative level design and more from [[FakeDifficulty just being cheap]]. The fact that Miyamoto had relatively little input on this game compared to other Mario titles is obvious.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'': Considers it the greatest video game ever made. He later [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/2013/04/got-this-covered.html wrote a book]] analyzing every aspect of the game, along with his own personal experiences growing up with the franchise.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'': Probably the only classic Mario game that he considers to be overrated, in the sense that it wasn't an improvement over the last game.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2SixGoldenCoins'': His personal favorite game in the franchise.
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'': Liked it, but didn't love it, and used it to prove his point about how he feels that the ''Mario'' franchise is getting worn out. With only minor changes made to the ''Mario'' formula, it felt like the game that should've come out right after ''Mario 3'', not seventeen years later when the entire platforming genre, including other games in its own series, has passed it by.
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'': Devoted an ''Overthinker'' episode to pointing out the surprising similarities it has with ''ModernWarfare 2''. In a later episode, he contrasted it to its DS counterpart, ''New Super Mario Bros.'', to hold it up as an example of a game that moved the ''Mario'' series forward while remaining in touch with its old-school roots as opposed to stagnating.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'': Describes it as "happiness on a cartridge", and feels that it made the $250 Nintendo3DS worth the money. His only regret is that he had to stop playing it in order to review ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Breaking Dawn - Part 1]]''.
** ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU'': Thinks it's very cool that one of the premier launch titles on the console kicking off the next generation of gaming is a 2(.5)D side-scrolling platformer.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'': Loves it, and finds it a shame that Creator/SquareEnix's ludicrously high sales projections may [[FranchiseKiller prevent it from getting a sequel]], though he did make fun of Lara Croft's penchant for [[SayMyName shouting Sam's name]] at every opportunity.
* ''{{Uncharted}}'': Describes the series as, basically, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' with Dane Cook playing the protagonist.

!'''Game Overthinker topics discussed:'''
# "A Matter of Character": In his pilot episode, the Overthinker discussed the lack of originality in modern gaming after playing ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''.
# "Super Mario and the Sacred Feminine": The role of women in gaming; i.e. The DamselInDistress archetype.
# "A Kirby Confession": The Overthinker admits his prejudice against Kirby as a teenager, turned over a new leaf, and advises "douchebag" gamers to be more open-minded about certain games.
# "The End of the World As Wii Know It": The success of the Wii but how hardcore gamers fear a rise of casual gamers.
# "Patriotic Games": The politics of gaming and which ones are [[PatrioticFervor possibly patriotic in the eyes of American conservatives.]]
# "[=Pr0N=]": The [[MaleGaze objectification]] and [[MsFanservice sexualisation]] of women in video games.
# "The Psychology of Nintendo Fans": An analysis of the mindsets of Nintendo fans.
# "Mississippi Pwning": A look at the controversy around ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'''s CrossCulturalKerfuffle. The topic is revisited in Episode 23.
# "Daisy, Daisy": The Overthinker discusses the ShipTease between Luigi and Princess Daisy in the SuperMarioBros universe and other possible gaming couples.
# "Not A Review of [=GTA VI=]": The Overthinker examines the release of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''.
# "Can It Happen To Us?": The Overthinker fears a second video game crash, but something similar to what happened in TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996.
# "Sir Mix-A-Lot Would Approve": The Overthinker looks at ''VideoGame/FatPrincess'' and the clash between gamers and feminists.
# "And There Came A Review": A review of VideoGame/BarnyardBlast.
# "Da Ya Miss Me?": After a SeriesHiatus, the Overthinker goes over several key gaming events in 2008.
# "The Politics of Gaming": The Overthinker fantasises how certain video game characters may have voted in the 2008 American election.
# "Holiday Show": A ChristmasEpisode where the Overthinker offers non-gamers on what to buy during Christmas.
# "Homeless": A look at why VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet was a disappointment in the sales.
# "Obligatory New Year's Wish List": The Overthinker lists some of his personal desires for games in 2009.
# "A Third Way?": A look at Shigeru Miyamoto's ideas on how to bring casual and hardcore gamers together.
# "An Open Letter To Nintendo": The Overthinker reveals his gripes about his favourite company.
# "Sonic In Crisis": A two-parter examining how to drag Sonic out of becoming a FranchiseZombie through radical means.
# "Reality Sucks": An examination of overly realistic graphics in games.
# "Violence Is Gold": The Overthinker's VerySpecialEpisode where he discusses the MediaWatchdog attitude towards video games and their violence. This earned him a spot on Screw Attack.
# "Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?": A complaint about overly designed game controllers.
# "Who Will Be Remembered?": A look at in the years to come, which video game characters will be remembered and forgotten.
# "Complex Issues": A look at the gamer boycott of ''VideoGame/ShadowComplex'' due to its creator's homophobic views.
# "Continuum": The presence of {{Continuity}} in games.
# "A Tale of Two Games": A comparison between ''ModernWarfare'' and ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii''.
# "What's the Difference?": The Overthinker ponders whether or not retro gaming is holding back from progress.
# "I Heart Bayonetta": The Overthinker praises ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}''.
# "Building A Better Gamer": Another VerySpecialEpisode where the Overthinker discusses how video gamers can improve themselves in the eyes of the media, and gives an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Xbox Live trolls.
# "Waggle War": A look at motion controllers.
# "A Response To Roger Ebert": The Overthinker challenges Creator/RogerEbert's view that video games can never be a proper art form.
# "Who's Your Daddy, Mega Man?": The Overthinker examines the influences that led to the creation of MegaMan.
# "In Which I Defend the Kinect, Sort Of": The Overthinker defends the Kinect and motion control gaming.
# "The Game Overthinker's Screw Attack Convention 2010 Panel": ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
# "The Emperor Has No Clothes": A look at the Playstation's creation and the troubles surrounding it.
# "Heavens To Metroid": The Overthinker discusses the reaction to ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' and how the fanbase portrays Samus Aran. The backlash to the episode isn't pretty.
# "The Revolution": The Overthinker bashes Gamestop and how it should treat used games better.
# "Worst Person": A discussion on whether or not first person shooters have ruined video games.
# "Double Trouble": The Overthinker looks at the EvilTwin archetype. This episode kicked off the satirical StoryArc where the Anti-Thinker appears and exiles Moviebob to Wario's Woods and takes over the series for three episodes, giving his own "views" on the history of gaming, The Legend of Zelda, and Mega Man.
# "Farm Team": The Overthinker discusses ''FarmVille''.
# "The Zen of Grind": Whether or not LevelGrinding is necessary in gaming.
# "Retro-A-Go-Go": The Overthinker looks on the recent revival trend of retro gaming and its consequences.
# "War of the Thinkers": No topic, but features the Overthinker and the Anti-Thinker having a FinalBattle, resulting in the Anti-Thinker's death. The episode parodies numerous video games and 80s/90s films and television shows.
# "Putting the Cart Before the Cloud": The Overthinker mourns the loss of the game cartridge designer Gerald Lawson, leading to a discussion about how games will be saved in the future.
# "Dark Days": The Overthinker rips apart the ''Blackwater'' video game.
# "Things Learned in the Dark": The Overthinker discusses the positives of the Playstation Network blackout. The Overthinker is hired by [[TheCommissionerGordon Commissioner Bunnyface]] as a vigilante whilst new villain [[PlayingWithFire Pyrothinker]] bombs arcades.
# "Operation Rainfall": The Overthinker supports Operation Rainfall. His sidekick and FairyCompanion Ivan the Intern debuts.
# "What We Lost In the Fire": The Overthinker mourns the loss of arcades.
# "Setting Sun": A discussion on Japan's gaming industry and its current conditions. Cryothinker is introduced.
# "Supreme Responsibility": The Overthinker's reaction to the US Supreme Court's banning of California's attempt to ban violent games. The Overthinker discovers the ninja brothers' origins.
# "Heavens To Metroid Revisited": A look back on the Overthinker's controversial views on ''Other M''.
# "Bat Slap": The Overthinker investigates the apparent sexism in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. The episode's opening parodies [[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan the Barbarian]] as the Overthinker makes a sword of anti-metal to fight the ninja brothers.
# "The Mailbag Show": The Overthinker answers questions from fans whilst fighting the ninja brothers. Topics include the KarmaMeter, the possibility of a video game-based TV channel, the current status of stereotyping of gamers, Toad of the Mario series getting his own game, [[PressXToNotDie quick time events]], his views on downloadable content, game difficulty, and which countries could become major game developers. The Overthinker kills the ninjas.
# "Bells and Whistles": The Overthinker discusses how modern video games are too overloaded with features.
# "Seeing Red": The Overthinker responds to the Red Cross’ concerns about war games and the Geneva Convention. In the next story arc, the Overthinker learns of the Retrothinker, a time displaced TV host who awakens from cryosleep to find the modern day horrors of video gaming.
# "The Rose Colored Reality": The Overthinker talks to Retrothinker about the golden age of gaming. Retrothinker learns what happened to Sonic (which is odd considering canon says he was frozen in 1990 and the first Sonic game was released in 1991) and has a FreakOut.
# "Beyond [=SOPA=]": The Overthinker looks towards the future of the internet community following the defeat of [=SOPA=].
# "Open the Vaults": The Overthinker asks the gaming industry to release classic video games and treat them with respect. Retrothinker turns evil, becoming the undead Necrothinker and attacks modern gaming industries with video game zombies.
# "Why Do I Love Video Games?": Moviebob spend eleven minutes listing off his favourite memories of video games.
# "I, Zombie": A look at the popularity of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]] in popular culture.
# "Crass Effect" and "After Effect": The Overthinker looks at the fanbase reaction to ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'''s endings, and then must face the angry backlash of his fanbase.
# "Fall of Duty": The Overthinker expresses his anger that Oliver North is used in adverts for ''Call of Duty: Black Ops''.
# "Eulogii": The Overthinker looks back on the seventh generation of game console and how it maybe a BittersweetEnding for the generation.
# "Necothinker the Last Stand": Another mailbag episode, the Overthinker answering fan questions whilst fighting Necrothinker, who is restored as Retrothinker. Topics discussed include why video games don't double as commentaries/discussions on life, the collapse of the rental market and its effect on the creativity of games, should Nintendo remove online discussion to avoid a repeat of the rise of Xbox Live trolls, the Overthinker revealing his favourite consoles, and Nintendo possibly putting games on phones and Apple devices.
# "Going Hollywood": A look at why video game movies suck and how classic games could be adapted into films. The show's mysterious BigBad resurrects the Anti-Thinker.
# "Rusty Pipes": The Overthinker examines whether or not the Mario games have become boring. The Anti-Thinker confronts the Overthinker, only to be killed off again by time traveller from the future Omega Thinker, who alters a doomed timeline to save the world from the Robothinker.
# "Easy Does It": The Overthinker expresses his views on Easy Modes in gaming and how others complain about them. Omega Thinker explains Robothinker's backstory.
# "Ask Ivan": Ivan has a mailbag episode, which features an interesting discussion about the possibility of a female Link in future ''Zelda'' games. At the end of the episode, the Overthinker tries to fight Robothinker but suffers a CurbStompBattle.
# "I'm Not A Gamer": The Overthinker is baffled by Nintendo's marketing campaign to make everyone equal, has a brief identity crisis, but then realises everyone can be a gamer, even if they do not use the title.
# "Press Played": The Overthinker looks at the "Dorito-Gate" scandal.
# "In Praise of Clones": The Overthinker and Retrothinker examine whether or not modern gaming has become repetitive.
# "Collect Calling": The Overthinker reveals a wish list of five classic game compilations he would like to see made.
# "Let This Be the End": The Overthinker expresses his beliefs that the eighth generation of consoles could be the last.
# "Never Grow Old": The Overthinker looks at the seminars held by Warren Spector and David Cage at the [=DICE=] expo.
# "The Next Crash": Ivan hosts this episode as the other character fight the badguys. Ivan explores the possibilities of a next video game crash.
# "Starving Artists": The Overthinker discusses how designers need to burden more responsibility for the current state of game development.
# "Reflection": The Overthinker and Commissioner Bunnyface discuss the 2013 E3 conference and the unveiling of the eight generation of consoles.
# "Stop Talking To Me About Ludonarrative Dissonance": The Overthinker talks about GameplayAndStorySegregation and the immersion of games.

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6th Aug '13 2:58:13 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'': The lack of real innovation between installments is one of his big problems with the series, but he rejects the idea that this is because the gameplay mechanics haven't changed much since the fourth game. In his mind, the fundamental shooting gameplay has been pretty much perfected as far as it can be this console generation, and any major changes to that formula just for the sake of it would anger the series' multiplayer fans -- and besides, ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'', ''Franchise/MegaMan'', ''Franchise/DragonQuest'', the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Batman: Arkham]]'' games, and other classic game series frequently recycled gameplay templates. Rather, he feels that the series' real problem is that it takes that smooth gameplay and uses it to tell the same "''Film/BlackHawkDown'' by way of Creator/TomClancy" story over and over, to the point where it's gotten cliche.
** ''ModernWarfare'': Representative of everything that he dislikes about shooters, once referring to the sequels as "map pack delivery systems". In particular, he is greatly put off by what he perceives as the series' (and other military shooters') gung-ho militarism and weapons fetishism, which he feels attracts whack-jobs like the Oslo killer and [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic fringe militia types]] to gaming, thus inadvertently giving it its association with [[MurderSimulators real-life violence]].

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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'': Argues that the early installments in the series (along with those of ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'') became popular not because of realism, but because it was a SpiritualLicensee of movies like ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' and ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', capturing their feeling of quasi-realism and their heroic WorldWarII action. The lack of real innovation between installments is one of his big problems with the series, but he rejects the idea that this is because the gameplay mechanics haven't changed much since the fourth game. In his mind, the fundamental shooting gameplay has been pretty much perfected as far as it can be this console generation, and any major changes to that formula just for the sake of it would anger the series' multiplayer fans -- and besides, ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'', ''Franchise/MegaMan'', ''Franchise/DragonQuest'', the ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Batman: Arkham]]'' games, and other classic game series frequently recycled gameplay templates. Rather, he feels that the series' real problem is that it takes that smooth gameplay and uses it to tell the same "''Film/BlackHawkDown'' by way of Creator/TomClancy" story over and over, to the point where it's gotten cliche.
** ''ModernWarfare'': Representative of everything that he dislikes about shooters, once referring to the sequels as "map pack delivery systems". In particular, he is greatly put off by what he perceives as the series' (and other military shooters') gung-ho militarism and weapons fetishism, which he feels attracts whack-jobs like the Oslo killer and [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic fringe militia types]] to gaming, thus inadvertently giving it its association with [[MurderSimulators real-life violence]]. He argues that the series became popular chiefly as a form of post-9/11 WishFulfillment for Americans who wanted revenge against al-Qaeda.



* ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'' and other [[ElectronicArts EA Sports]] titles: Dislikes how EA charges $60 a year for what usually amounts to a roster update and minor gameplay changes, things that, in an age of DownloadableContent, should be done via that route.

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* ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'' and (and other [[ElectronicArts EA Sports]] titles: titles): Dislikes how EA charges $60 a year for what usually amounts to a roster update and minor gameplay changes, things that, in an age of DownloadableContent, he feels should be done via that route.route. On a lighter note, he also uses the series as an example of how he feels games should be focused on engaging players as opposed to just immersing them, arguing that the ''Madden'' games are more about recreating the experience of watching football as opposed to actually playing it.
6th Aug '13 2:36:29 PM Evilgidgit
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# "Going Hollywood": A look at why video game movies suck and how classic games could be adapted into films.
# "Rusty Pipes": The Overthinker examines whether or not the Mario games have become boring.
# "Easy Does It": The Overthinker expresses his views on Easy Modes in gaming and how others complain about them.

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# "Going Hollywood": A look at why video game movies suck and how classic games could be adapted into films.
films. The show's mysterious BigBad resurrects the Anti-Thinker.
# "Rusty Pipes": The Overthinker examines whether or not the Mario games have become boring.
boring. The Anti-Thinker confronts the Overthinker, only to be killed off again by time traveller from the future Omega Thinker, who alters a doomed timeline to save the world from the Robothinker.
# "Easy Does It": The Overthinker expresses his views on Easy Modes in gaming and how others complain about them. Omega Thinker explains Robothinker's backstory.
# "Ask Ivan": Ivan has a mailbag episode, which features an interesting discussion about the possibility of a female Link in future ''Zelda'' games. At the end of the episode, the Overthinker tries to fight Robothinker but suffers a CurbStompBattle.
# "I'm Not A Gamer": The Overthinker is baffled by Nintendo's marketing campaign to make everyone equal, has a brief identity crisis, but then realises everyone can be a gamer, even if they do not use the title.
1st Aug '13 6:53:17 AM Viira
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This one frustrated him so much that he devoted two ''Game Overthinker'' episodes '''and''' part of a ''Big Picture'' episode to it. During the second ''Overthinker'' episode he did on the subject, he felt that Bioware's caving to the demands of the "Retake ''VideoGame/MassEffect''" movement set a terrible precedent for the relationship between gamers and developers -- a developer may be a lot more reluctant to take [[TwistEnding narrative]] [[DownerEnding risks]] after seeing what happened to Bioware. He used ''Film/IAmLegend'''s FocusGroupEnding as exhibit A for the chilling effect that this could have on creativity in games.

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This one frustrated him so much that he devoted two ''Game Overthinker'' episodes '''and''' part of a ''Big Picture'' episode to it. During the second ''Overthinker'' episode he did on the subject, he felt that Bioware's caving to the demands of the "Retake ''VideoGame/MassEffect''" ''Franchise/MassEffect''" movement set a terrible precedent for the relationship between gamers and developers -- a developer may be a lot more reluctant to take [[TwistEnding narrative]] [[DownerEnding risks]] after seeing what happened to Bioware. He used ''Film/IAmLegend'''s FocusGroupEnding as exhibit A for the chilling effect that this could have on creativity in games.
29th Jul '13 9:00:58 PM GamerFromJump
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* ElementalPowers: Obtained from the gems acquired by [[MegaManning defeating]] [[PlayingWithFire Pyrothinker]] and [[KillItWithIce Cryothinker]]. The latest gem is [[DishingOutDirt Earth-oriented]], and can raise zombies. There is most likely an [[BlowYouAway Air gem]] out there somewhere.

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* ElementalPowers: Obtained from the gems acquired by [[MegaManning defeating]] [[PlayingWithFire Pyrothinker]] and [[KillItWithIce Cryothinker]]. The latest gem is [[DishingOutDirt Earth-oriented]], and Earth-oriented]] gem can raise zombies. There is most likely an The [[BlowYouAway Air gem]] out there somewhere.was the power source for Robothinker.
29th Jul '13 9:59:20 AM Evilgidgit
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# "Crass Effect" and "After Effect": The Overthinker looks at the fanbase reaction to ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'''s endings.

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# "Crass Effect" and "After Effect": The Overthinker looks at the fanbase reaction to ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'''s endings.endings, and then must face the angry backlash of his fanbase.


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# "Necothinker the Last Stand": Another mailbag episode, the Overthinker answering fan questions whilst fighting Necrothinker, who is restored as Retrothinker. Topics discussed include why video games don't double as commentaries/discussions on life, the collapse of the rental market and its effect on the creativity of games, should Nintendo remove online discussion to avoid a repeat of the rise of Xbox Live trolls, the Overthinker revealing his favourite consoles, and Nintendo possibly putting games on phones and Apple devices.
29th Jul '13 9:43:21 AM Evilgidgit
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# "Double Trouble": The Overthinker looks at the EvilTwin archetype. This episode kicked off the satirical StoryArc where the Anti-Thinker appears and exiles Moviebob to Wario's Woods and takes over the series for three episodes before a BossFight between the two in the series' 50th episode.

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# "Double Trouble": The Overthinker looks at the EvilTwin archetype. This episode kicked off the satirical StoryArc where the Anti-Thinker appears and exiles Moviebob to Wario's Woods and takes over the series for three episodes before a BossFight between episodes, giving his own "views" on the two in the series' 50th episode.history of gaming, The Legend of Zelda, and Mega Man.



# "War of the Thinkers": No topic, but features the Overthinker and the Anti-Thinker having a FinalBattle, resulting in the Anti-Thinker's death. The episode parodies numerous video games and 80s/90s films and television shows.



# "Setting Sun": A discussion on Japan's gaming industry and its current conditions.
# "Supreme Responsibility": The Overthinker's reaction to the US Supreme Court's banning of California's attempt to ban violent games.

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# "Setting Sun": A discussion on Japan's gaming industry and its current conditions.
conditions. Cryothinker is introduced.
# "Supreme Responsibility": The Overthinker's reaction to the US Supreme Court's banning of California's attempt to ban violent games. The Overthinker discovers the ninja brothers' origins.



# "Bat Slap": The Overthinker investigates the apparent sexism in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''.
# "The Mailbag Show": The Overthinker answers questions from fans. One of three mailbag episodes, the third involved Ivan being asked the questions.

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# "Bat Slap": The Overthinker investigates the apparent sexism in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''.
''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. The episode's opening parodies [[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan the Barbarian]] as the Overthinker makes a sword of anti-metal to fight the ninja brothers.
# "The Mailbag Show": The Overthinker answers questions from fans. One of three mailbag episodes, fans whilst fighting the third involved Ivan being asked ninja brothers. Topics include the questions.KarmaMeter, the possibility of a video game-based TV channel, the current status of stereotyping of gamers, Toad of the Mario series getting his own game, [[PressXToNotDie quick time events]], his views on downloadable content, game difficulty, and which countries could become major game developers. The Overthinker kills the ninjas.




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# "Stop Talking To Me About Ludonarrative Dissonance": The Overthinker talks about GameplayAndStorySegregation and the immersion of games.
24th Jul '13 1:15:19 AM XanderVJ
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* ActingForTwo: He playes every single (talking) character in ''The Game Overthinker", with his brother helping him as a double.

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* ActingForTwo: He playes plays every single (talking) character in ''The Game Overthinker", with his brother helping him as a double.
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