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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.

A character page for ''The Game Overthinker'' can be found [[Characters/{{Moviebob}} here]]. A YMMV page for his works can be found [[{{YMMV/Moviebob}} here]].

!! 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; however, episodes are generally related to news in geek culture. New episodes come out every Tuesday.
* ''American Bob'': A political vlog on Website/YouTube. Currently on hiatus.

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. For an episode and story arc guide to the ''Game Overthinker'', see the [[Recap/BobChipman recap page]].

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* 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) and even at normal times when he starts noticeably dropping the Rs in words. 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. This is juxtaposed against a clip from the movie in which Natalie Portman and the titular [[TheVamp Black Swan]] [[GirlOnGirlIsHot go to town on each other]]. Bob didn't feel a overwhelmingly-positive yet fully sincere review would be taken seriously unless he praised the lesbian subtext last of all.
* 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. As it was, he found it to be a dry (and somewhat boring) academic presentation, with at least some merit behind its assertions.
* {{Anvilicious}}: InUniverse he's discussed it a few times. He feels that movies can have a message to them and deliver it fine, subtlety isn't always required, however he takes issue with whether or not the film can be smart about it. He feels the Film/RoboCop1987 film gives a very unsubtle but smart message about business, and capitalism, and does so in a morally blurry and intelligent manner. Other films like Film/ThePurge and Film/RoboCop2014 he feels lack the sophistication, and thus the films suffer for it by talking down to their audience and fail to address the complexities of the issues.
* 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'' 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}}''.
* UsefulNotes/TheAuteurTheory: Discussed in the ''Intermission'' editorial [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/moviesandtv/columns/moviebob/11536-Wrights-Wrongs-Caught-in-the-Middle-of-Marvels-Ant-Man-Backlash "Wrights and Wrongs"]], which was about the backlash against Creator/{{Marvel}} over the departure of Creator/EdgarWright from ''Film/AntMan'' over CreativeDifferences. He feels that, while the auteur theory makes a lot of solid points, it's not applicable to every film, especially not big, studio-driven blockbusters like the films of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. He also argues that, while it's produced a lot of great movies in both the '70s NewHollywood and in independent cinema, it's also led to the undue, premature elevation of filmmakers who are more about style than substance (citing Creator/TimBurton and Creator/MNightShyamalan as examples) and the passing over of talented directors who don't have a particular "style" (such as the Russo Brothers).
* AuthorAppeal:
** Boobies! "[[Creator/ScarlettJohansson Scarlett Johheeehh]]... Scarlett ''Johansson''!"
** Lesbians. [[YuriFan Even more]] than [[GirlOnGirlIsHot you might expect]].
* AuthorFilibuster: Many of his reviews are this.
** 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.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Did a two-part ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/8978-Destined-for-Disappointment-Part-1 Big Picture]]'' [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/9004-Destined-for-Disappointment-Part-2 episode]] claiming that this trope has been overused in recent Hollywood blockbusters. He also cites the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy, of all movies, as a {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion of it.
* UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest: Devoted [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/8695-Blecch-Dull-Tests an episode]] of ''The Big Picture'' to it. He feels it to be a poor and shallow measure for how well women are represented in fictional media, blaming its popularity on geek culture's love of categorization and black-and-white facts, while noting that it originated as a joke in ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'' that its creator intended more as a thought exercise about Hollywood in general than as an actual test to be applied to specific films. He notes that a lot of sleazy {{exploitation film}}s and formulaic {{chick flick}}s pass the Bechdel Test despite an otherwise questionable portrayal of women, while films like ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' and any film about JoanOfArc fail it despite having very strong, multi-layered female protagonists. He proposes an alternative that he calls the [[Film/PacificRim Mako Mori]] test, in which a film passes by having at least ''one'' major female character who gets a fully-developed story arc that doesn't revolve around a man -- in other words, simply writing a good character.
* BerserkButton:
** "Hardcore" gamers; in his definition a VocalMinority of StopHavingFunGuys types.
--> "You heard me, you half-cocked message board fuckheads, the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} ''is'' part of ''this'' console generation ... so can we ''please'' stop it with this tired shit about [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCubes]] and duct tape!"
** Tyler Perry also counts, as does Creator/SamRaimi's departure from the ''SpiderMan'' films and the "Amazing" series. He will NOT give them a chance.
** He also ''hates'' the new ''{{Transformers}}'' films, as well as the bulk of Creator/MichaelBay's output for that matter. Though he did enjoy Age of Extinction, and even called out fellow critics for not hating the movie, but hating Bay himself.
* 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?"
* 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).
* BrokenPedestal: His opinion of Creator/KevinSmith, which he did a [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/9522-The-Fall-of-Kevin-Smith three-part]] ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/9546-The-Fall-of-Kevin-Smith-Part-II Big Picture]]'' [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/9568-The-Fall-of-Kevin-Smith-Part-III episode]] on.
* 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.
* ChivalrousPervert: He agrees with feminism, and is one of the few ''vocal'' members of the gaming and general media community who are aware of how women are still given the short end of the stick when it comes to society and representation. He also considers the constant male harping on works like Film/{{Twilight}} to be unfair, because women should also have fanservice directed towards them as well. That being said, if fanservice is done tastefully, he will revel in it.
* 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.
* ContractualPurity: He opened his review of ''Film/{{Getaway}}'' with a brief rant about this in reference to Music/MileyCyrus' then-recent performance at the 2013 [[Creator/{{MTV}} Video Music Awards]]. He says that this phenomenon has been going on since Music/ElvisPresley's hip-shaking performance on ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'' in TheFifties, and that it's time to stop being shocked about [[TeenIdol teen pop stars]] trying to become more "adult" as they get older.
* 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
* DespairEventHorizon: His review of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', which lead to his HeroicBSOD mentioned below. Just listening to his voice when he says "They broke something in me" is nothing short of heartbreaking!
* DirtyOldMan: Shows tendencies of this sometimes, and says that's [[TakeThatMe he is a lecherous pig]] in his review for ''Love & Other Drugs''.
* DistaffCounterpart: The ''Big Picture'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/9260-She-Hulk-Shaming "She-Hulk Shaming"]] mentions how Creator/{{Marvel}} created a bunch of these in TheSeventies, focusing on ComicBook/SheHulk in particular. Contrary to popular belief, these characters ''weren't'' created solely as {{Affirmative Action Girl}}s; rather, the success of ''Series/BionicWoman'' made Marvel realize that, according to their licensing deals with the networks running shows like ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' and ''Spider-Man'', they could create {{spinoff}}s starring [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] versions of the characters without paying Marvel a dime. As a result, Marvel created precisely those characters to avoid such a situation.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The production of ''Film/{{Salt}}'' foundered when it lost its star, but then Creator/AngelinaJolie 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 [[PowerCopying 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.
* FictionIdentityPostulate:[[invoked]] Discussed. Bob believes you can make a good movie out of anything, "but [[{{Literature/Twilight}} sometimes]] you have to [[AdaptationDecay rip out its guts]] [[TropesAreNotBad to do it]]."
* 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]].
* GenreKiller: [[invoked]] In his review of ''Film/{{Noah}}'', he stated that the rise of [[MoralGuardians the Religious Right]] as an organized force and the downfall of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode both killed the Hollywood religious epic. The former, in his view, created a divide between secular and religious viewers, with the conflicting demands of the two groups being impossible for Hollywood to satisfy, while also creating the stereotype of religious films as being [[TheMoralSubstitute Sunday-school proselytizing]]. The latter, meanwhile, eliminated the main justification Hollywood filmmakers had for making religious films -- claiming that the material in one's film came from Literature/TheBible made it easier to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get the censors to allow gratuitous sexuality and violence]].
* UsefulNotes/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.
* HeroicBSOD: His review of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', he wasn't exactly a fan of the first one (so much so he had to do two reviews: An initial one and a another going in-depth why he didn't like it). But the sequel made him so depressed, he released the review early (on a Wednesday rather then a Friday), lead the show in with no theme music (something he normally only does when extremely pissed)... heck, he even replaced the normally red background with a black one to reflect his mood. But the worse of it was that the movie was so bad to him, he talked of rejecting the Spider-Man series and ''his own film reviewing gig'' just because. Wow.
* 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''.
* IncestYayShipping: Occurs with his audience InUniverse when he reviews ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''.
--> '''Bob:''' And the first thing that makes it a different kind of Disney fairy tale is that it's fundamentally a love story between two women. \\
([[LesYay cut to a poster]] of ''Film/BlueIsTheWarmestColour'') \\
'''Bob:''' No, not like that, guys. C'mon, cut it out. They're sisters. \\
(cut to a poster of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister_My_Sister Sister My Sister]]'') \\
'''Bob:''' I said, cut it out!
* 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.
* 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 UsefulNotes/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 [[UsefulNotes/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.
* PanderingToTheBase: [[invoked]] When the JISM guard in the episode "Titanfoul" accuses him of doing this with his opening monologue about games being ever-lasting, he replies "that's not pandering, ''this'' is pandering" and cuts to Ivan singing [[Disney/{{Frozen}} "Let It Go"]]. (With the caption "Here you go, Website/{{Tumblr}}.")
* 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.
** In the ''Game Overthinker'' episode [[http://gameoverthinker.blogspot.com/2013/10/episode-87-gtav-is-not-satire-probably.html "'GTA V' Is Not A Satire (*Probably)"]], he also discussed a related subject, that of [[VulgarHumor "shock value" comedians]] attempting to justify their racist and sexist humor by claiming that [[ParodyRetcon it's actually satirizing racism and sexism]].
** He did, however, [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/moviesandtv/highdefinition/11218-The-Colbert-Retort take issue]] with the #Cancel[[Series/TheColbertReport Colbert]] campaign on account of this trope, claiming that the people criticizing Creator/StephenColbert had missed the context of his joke[[note]]Making fun of the owner of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Washington Redskins]] for defending the team's controversial name[[/note]] entirely. He attributes this to what he feels is an inability on the part of social media, by its very rapid-fire nature, to "get" the sort of long-form satire that ''Series/TheColbertReport'' revolves around.
** He also notes that he dislikes what the heavy [[TheFundamentalist religious mindset]] did to old Bible Movies, turning them from "Sexy, sprawling spectacle" to "strident moralism and eschatological doomsaying".
* 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.]]
* RealWomenDontWearDresses: His Big Picture video "Pink is not the Problem" is essentially a takedown of this trope.
* 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!!]]'''
* {{Satan}}: Did a two-part ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/8735-The-Devil-You-Know-Part-I Big Picture]]'' [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/8754-The-Devil-You-Know-Part-II episode]] on the history of Western culture's idea of Satan and how it evolved over the centuries.
* 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."
** After a growing number of fans started calling him out on his constant plugging of ''Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick-by-Brick'' at the end of his videos, he made the plugs [[ShamelessSelfPromotion shameless to the point of parody]], consisting of him literally waving the book in the air while yelling "BUY MY BOOK!" repeatedly. Which itself is a reference to WesternAnimation/TheCritic.
** He opened episode 87 of ''The Game Overthinker'', a TopTenList of the best games of the [[TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]], mocking how such lists were everywhere at the moment, used as meaningless filler, before concluding that he might as well make one of his own.
* 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: Episode 43 had Game Overthinker's EvilCounterpart, the Anti-Thinker, come in and [[HostileShowTakeover take over the show]], by teleporting Game Overthinker to Wario's Woods. Many have noticed the FollowTheLeader to the plotline based elements in Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses's shows. Bob is revealed to have superpowers to a degree and kills the Anti-Thinker, who returns several times after.
** The Overtinker series continued having this trend. He becomes a vigilante fighting video game mooks for the local police chief Commissioner Bunnyface and ninja Senator Lieberson. He battles elemental ninjas Pyrothinker and Cryothinker who are demolishing arcades as payback after Bob killed their dad Strawman. He then meets Retrothinker, a time-displaced 1980s TV host who became a HumanPopsicle to see the future of video games. He was turned evil by the show's mysterious BigBad, becoming Necrothinker, who resurrects an army of forgotten game characters to destroy modern gaming, but is saved by Bob. The most recent arc involved the [[Film/TheTerminator Robothinker]], a renegade android who is destined to destroy the world, but a Dragonball-parodying time traveller named the Omega Thinker comes to the past to find a way to defeat him, with the Devil himself being introducd for further shenanigans. The arc ended with Robothinker's destruction, but Bob is housebound by Bunnyface when he learns who Retrothinker is, and Lieberson forms an anti-gaming Tea Party. The Anti-Thinker returns, frees Retrothinker from prison, and reveals to the Overthinker that the mysterious badguy who employed him, Retrothinker and the ninjas is called the Ultrathinker, a cosmic entity who needs the four elemental stones collected during the arcs to gain his own corporeal body.
* 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.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: InUniverse. After looking through and hating the entire Film/{{Twilight}} film series, he admits the last one, Breaking Dawn Part 2, falls so far into SoBadItsGood that it's a genuinely good movie experience
* 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..."
* TonightSomeoneDies: Episode 47 ends with such an announcement, and sure enough, Strawman is killed in the following episode.
* 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 Comicbook/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''."
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[[folder:Games Discussed]]
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'': Did a ''Big Picture'' [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/8946-Scarlet-Unity-What-Assassins-Creed-and-Batman-Have-in-Common episode]] on it. Specifically, he used the then-just-released teaser for it to discuss ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'' and its influence on a lot of 20th century pulp fiction, referring to its protagonist, Sir Percy Blakeney, as [[UrExample the first]] {{superhero}}. He finds it interesting that ''Assassin's Creed'' was going to the well of UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution for its next game, given the debt it owes to the works that were themselves inspired by ''The Scarlet Pimpernel''.
* ''Barnyard Blast'': For a long time, the only actual review he'd done. He bought the game solely on the basis of its crazy cover art, which he found reminiscent of a lot of the video game covers of the late '80s/early '90s, and the fact that its story was a parody of ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' and ''VideoGame/BadDudes''. Playing it, he loved the game's visual aesthetic and its sense of humor about both itself and other games, feeling that they made up for its FakeDifficulty and occasional gameplay glitches. It's not a great game, but it's a very good one, especially for a budget title.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'':
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'': "''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. It would've been an amazing title even without the Franchise/{{Batman}} license on the strength of its gameplay and aesthetics, but by vividly bringing to life one of ''the'' great superheroes and the world he inhabits and making players feel like they were truly Batman, it went over the top. It was for this reason that he named it the best game of the [[TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]].
** ''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.
* ''Franchise/BioShock'': Named [[VideoGame/BioShock1 the original game]] and ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' a tie for the tenth best game of the [[TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]], only holding off on giving the spot to the entire series because he hated ''VideoGame/BioShock2''. They're far from perfect, but they successfully made the case that [[FirstPersonShooter first-person shooters]] can be a lot more than just escapist entertainment, telling deep stories and taking on a lot of challenging philosophical themes without winding up with their heads up their asses.
** ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'': In addition to the above, he discussed the ending of ''Infinite'' in the ''Big Picture'' episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture/7124-Shock-Treatment "Shock Treatment"]], outlining the reasons why he loved it. Not only was it absolutely nuts in how it went [[GainaxEnding all-out crazy]] in the last fifteen minutes, but he greatly enjoyed what he felt to be a masterstroke of [[NeverTrustATrailer misdirection]] on the part of Irrational Games, taking people's expectations for a ''[=BioShock=]'' game and turning them upside down.
* ''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/{{Braid}}'': Named it the fifth-best game of the [[TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]]. Bob finds it incredibly pretentious and blames it for importing an unbearably "twee {{hipster}} wank-fest" aesthetic to indie gaming, but still has trouble arguing that it's not a really damn ''good'' "twee hipster wank-fest", admitting that the gameplay provides a fresh take on 2D side-scrolling and that the ending is, in spite of everything, a really creative twist on the SaveThePrincess plot.
* ''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 UsefulNotes/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.\\
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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. He argues that the timing of the series' burst in popularity [[PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie in the aftermath of 9/11]] has trapped it in that pit, as TheWarOnTerror has replaced UsefulNotes/WorldWarII as the defining image of the "good war", forcing the shooter genre (which, in the early '00s, had been dominated by WWII shooters) to adapt. However, the end of WWII and the arrival of nuclear weapons marked the end of that type of "big" war ever being fought again by world powers, leading to later wars becoming a lot smaller-scale, more asymmetrical, more technological, and less "human" -- something that the shooter genre has failed to adapt to, instead treating the War on Terror just like it did WWII (a problem that it shared with the American military establishment).
** ''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]]. That said, he still named the original game, together with ''Spec Ops: The Line'', in a tie for the seventh-best game of the [[TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]]. He argues that, if nothing else, the runaway success of military shooters as a form of post-9/11 WishFulfillment revenge fantasy for Americans was the most important narrative in gaming of the period.
** ''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/CallOfDutyGhosts'': Devoted a ''Game Overthinker'' episode, "Ghosts Busted", to his thoughts on it. He felt that this was the point at which the UnfortunateImplications in the ''Call of Duty'' series stopped being implications and started to be literally spelled out, in that he found its plot (which forced him to issue a NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer) to be disturbingly similar to a popular bogeyman among radical anti-immigrant activists. He compares it to "[[CowboyCop Joe Arpaio]] remaking ''Film/{{Red Dawn|1984}}''", and to the fake minstrel show in the Creator/SpikeLee movie ''Film/{{Bamboozled}}''. The only saving grace is that the aforementioned Latin American federation is too generic a villain for the game to really come off as anti-Hispanic propaganda. This, he feels, is indicative of what he sees as a bigger problem, the fact that the series keeps recycling the same story and is starting to run out of plausible bad guys.
* ''Creator/DataEast Arcade Classics'': Named it the eighth-best game of the [[TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]], acknowledging how odd it was that he was putting a compilation of retro games on a list of games made after 2005. He feels that the old arcade games of the 20th century are as important to gaming history as the {{silent movie}}s are to film history, and the fact that this compilation is helping to preserve important parts of that history is the reason why he put it on the list.
* ''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'': Devoted an entire ''Game Overthinker'' episode to discussing his thoughts on the series, which he feels amount to "a really, really angry form of 'meh.'" He feels that the games are above-average WideOpenSandbox titles with a very powerful legacy in gaming (especially from a technical standpoint) that range in quality from decent at worst to really damn good at best, though he's never really been able to get into the series. He laments what he sees as a mountain of wasted potential in the games, and that the very name of the game is holding it back from doing anything other than keep returning to the "gangland" well for plots and settings.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'': Feels that its then-revolutionary gameplay was the only reason why it stood out from the pack, arguing that its "edgy" subject matter was fairly toothless and shallow, and that its story played out like the sort of lazy crime thriller that fills late night air time on cable TV.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'': His favorite game in the series. He particularly praises it for its skewering of '80s pop culture, the excesses of the [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan era]], and the DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster trope, and felt that it showed that Rockstar Games could do a lot more with the series than just indulge in gangland cliches.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': His least favorite ''GTA'' game, viewing it as having jumped head-first into the sort of ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}''-esque [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster gangster machismo]] that ''Vice City'' had parodied, rather than giving it any deeper exploration like ''Vice City'' had done with its setting. He does admit, however, that personal bias colored his view of the game.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'': Felt that the gaming press' glowing praise and near-perfect review scores for the game were an indication that they were still [[InternetBackdraft far too afraid of fanboy backlash]] to do their job properly. Later on, he said that this game probably had a better claim to being a satire than its successor had, particularly with its damning indictment of the AmericanDream vs. the actual experience of many immigrants to the US.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Devoted a ''Game Overthinker'' episode to his thoughts on it. He feels that it's probably not a {{satire}} like people are claiming, while arguing that too many gamers are using "it's satire" as a justification for crude racist and sexist humor (such as what this game had been criticized for) without understanding what satire actually is. However, it ''is'' definitely a {{parody}}, even if some of the humor didn't hit the mark. (He felt that its parody of social media was "stiflingly unfunny," and that its riffing on the culture and image of UsefulNotes/LosAngeles isn't particularly fresh.) He also noted that the character of Trevor seemed to be heavily inspired by ''Series/BreakingBad''.
* ''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 (he thought that 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/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'': He theorized that one of the main reasons of both why it got so popular and why it was the game that made the fans to [[EpilepticTrees go nuts with the official timeline theories for over a decade]] is because the story of the game treated the right themes for its target audience at the time: boys who grew up with the NES and SNES and at that point were going through high school. Said themes were the melancholy of nostalgia, the end of childhood and the uncertainty of the future.
** ''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 ''Literature/{{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/MegaManClassic'': Did an ''Overthinker'' episode discussing the various literary, historical and pop culture sources (particularly ''Anime/AstroBoy'') that the series drew its influences from.
** ''Videogame/MegaMan9'': Named it the sixth-best game of the [[TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]], praising how it managed to seamlessly mesh a retro throwback with enough innovation to avoid feeling like a "glorified fan game".
* ''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" UsefulNotes/{{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. He later named it the ninth best game of the [[TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]], particularly praising it for how it was one of the few Wii games to successfully utilize the console's motion controls.
* ''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/SaintsRowIV'': Named it his Game of the Year for 2013, finding it to be a much better game than ''Grand Theft Auto V''. He views it as a satire of the direction that gaming had gone in during {{the Seventh Generation|OfConsoleVideoGames}}.
* ''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, offering a vicious response to what Bob considers to be a troubling moment in gaming history. He named it, together with ''Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare'', in a tie for the seventh-best game of the [[TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]].
* ''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/SuperMarioGalaxy'': Named it the second-best game of the [[TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]]. Unlike the ''New Super Mario Bros.'' games, it managed to move the series forward with spectacular gameplay and by refining the series' aesthetic to its pinnacle, reminding gamers why Mario is still an icon and still relevant in the modern age of gaming.
** ''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/SuperMario3DWorld'': [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/reviews/10754-Super-Mario-3D-World-Review The second review he's written.]] He describes it as the video game equivalent of comfort food, in that it's fun and well-made even though it does little new to move the series forward. He loved the varied gameplay and the new power-ups, though he found the multiplayer to be superfluous and the new setting to be a bland clone of the Mushroom Kingdom. He gave it a four out of five, saying that it's chiefly a game for the fans and not a revolution like ''Super Mario Galaxy'' was.
* ''VideoGame/{{Titanfall}}'': Devoted a whole ''Game Overthinker'' episode to his thoughts on it. The basic conceit of "''Call of Duty'' [[foldercontrol]]

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* ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'': Loved it, naming it the fourth-best game of the [[TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]]. He loves how it managed to successfully reinvent Lara Croft for the modern age, making her a very well-rounded, well-written character, while providing excellent action-adventure gameplay that felt like stepping into an '80s action movie without ever becoming silly. He did, however, make fun of Lara's penchant for [[SayMyName shouting Sam's name]] at every opportunity. He finds it a shame that Creator/SquareEnix's ludicrously high sales projections almost [[FranchiseKiller prevented it from getting a sequel]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'': Describes the series as, basically, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' with Dane Cook playing the protagonist.
* ''VideoGame/WiiSports'': Named it the third-best game of the [[TheSeventhGenerationOfConsoleVideoGames Seventh Generation]]. While he himself isn't much of a fan, he still finds it to be an excellent "casual" game that's still very fun to play, and ranks it next to the likes of ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'', and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' in terms of its impact and it being a landmark for the entire medium.
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