Dethroning Moment / The Angry Video Game Nerd

We all like James Rolfe a lot, but every once in a while, he puts out something that makes us all wonder: What was he thinking?

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The Angry Video Game Nerd
  • bobdrant: I'm a fan of The Angry Video Game Nerd and I can usually look past whenever he uses toilet humor and just enjoy his reviews. However, that was not the case for his review of various Star Wars games for different systems. Long story short, towards the end of the review, James begins talking about all the Star Wars games he didn't review (mostly because there's so many of them), and, for no reason whatsoever, a buffalo just takes a crap and breaks his window. I consider it to be the DMOS for the AVGN, because, well, it's pretty much the laziest writing I've seen from him. The joke makes no sense, there's no buildup to it, and it has nothing to do with the subject matter he's reviewing. It's like he just randomly threw in over-the-top toilet humor just for the sake of having over-the-top toilet humor. C'mon, James, you're better than this. You're The Angry Video Game Nerd, not the "Random Jokes About Poop Nerd".
  • Johnnytherock: The Schwarzenegger Games review in one scene, James flatly delivers three of his catchphrases in succession and takes a swig of Rolling Rock, all in about five seconds. The quality has declined since the old days, and previous reviews had parts that dragged, but this seemed all too perfunctory to be entertaining.
  • Purple Shirt: For me, it was the last half of his Castlevania reviews. The main reason was he made a huge Critical Research Failure twice. Castlevania 64 has its share of flaws, but what he calls a "Fatal Flaw" is in fact his own inability to press the "interact" button. What makes this even more crazy is that he somehow never thought of trying that button, given that he made it that far in the game. Maybe he's saying it's what happened when he was a kid, but even then, he never states it, nor does he try to correct this flaw when he's an adult. What's also bad is he's shown using the "interact" button earlier on, so he clearly knows it's there. His second one was where he says "... In Dawn of Sorrow, Dracula's Castle appears over Japan." That's Aria of Sorrow. Maybe it was a slip of the tongue, but he kind of shows he didn't really bother to play Dawn of Sorrow much. He's normally pretty good about doing his reading, but honestly James, I'm disappointed.
    • darkrage6: Agreed, you'd expect this kind of blatant error from The Irate Gamer, not from James of all people (the joke at the end of the Star Wars review is also the kind of random pointless joke you'd expect from the IG).
  • Fofa: Those weren't the only instances of Critical Research Failure those videos had, though those examples do stick out like a sore thumb. Castlevania 64 doesn't have any music when it actually does (which you can actually hear in the video) and the majority of the games mostly happened inside the castle since the beginning, when he said that the games started doing it after Symphony of the Night.
  • Kuuenbu: In his "Super NES vs. Sega Genesis" video, he lets his bias get the better of him and says that, unlike with the SNES controller, you can only press one Genesis gamepad button at a time. Anyone who has ever held a Genesis/Mega Drive controller for 10 seconds knows you can press two (or even three, though it's difficult and counter-intuitive) buttons simultaneously by adjusting the angle of your palm. Given how much he seems to be attempting a fair analysis, this egregious offense makes his self-admitted bias just plain facepalm-inducing. You'd think this would be something so obvious that no one could possibly fall for it, but if James Rolfe could be this ignorant, it wouldn't be that big a stretch to see pre-teen Nintendo fanboys watching that video and saying "You see, you can't press more than one button on Sega like you can on Nintendo! I told you Nintendo is what Genesisn'tnote !"
  • bisonx: Kind of a minor one, but he never calls the Konami Code as the "Konami Code", just as the "Code", or the "Contra Code" or the "30 Lives Code".
  • awdur: In his Seaman review, after the Seaman start mating, the Nerd says "I didn't know one of them was female!". The problem is, he does. During the evolutionary proccess of the Seaman, at one point they will pick a gender and inform the player. The Nerd blatantly ignored an important part of the gameplay just so he could make a joke.
  • Bauglir 100: The AVGN's Superman 64 review, on its own, is fairly satisfying... if you didn't actually know how the game was played. First, he complains that the game doesn't have the Superman theme from the movies. Well, of course it doesn't have the movie theme: It's not based on the movie! It's based on the animated series. If anything, he should've been complaining about the game not using the show's theme.

    Second, the bulk of the review is spent complaining about how hard it is to fly through the rings. However, it's possible to switch the rings off by changing the difficulty setting to "Easy" so that you just need to follow the compass. If he did that, he could've gotten to the rest of the game without losing his cool. Yes, there is more to the game than just "flying through rings and picking up cars". In fact, you actually do start fighting enemies once the third ring/compass stage is cleared, which is where the Nerd gave up. And what we saw was just the first level; there's still a LOT more to the game that he could've commented on.
  • Space Hunter Drake Redcrest: I'm not a huge AVGN fan, though I'll occasionally watch his reviews out of interest or nostalgia. One of his most recent reviews caught my interest: a review of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). I was quite interested in it, since the game is so infamous for a number of reasons. I wanted to hear his opinion on all the bad things, from how glitchy and unfinished the game was to the romance between Elise and Sonic note . Suffice to say, I was let down. It seems to me that he only played the first level and based his entire review off that. It just feels incomplete. No mention of the Shadow or Silver levels, the story at large, etc... Rather, he ends it after the boss fight with Silver, gives it a So Okay, It's Average review statement, and ends the review there. I suppose with an 11 minute review, I shouldn't have expected an in-depth review, but I'd expect something more than what he gave us. He wasted a perfectly good review.
  • multibrawlr: Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie was this for me. Overall, it just came across as excessively self-congratulatory and egotistical, as if James was flaunting his success and popularity; the Nerd is depicted as a worshipped deity of sorts, to the point where a fan excitedly buys a game because he spat on it. Granted, perhaps this was all Played for Laughs, but to me the portrayal of Jamesís fans as mindless sheep backing him up religiously went too far. There was also another moment where the main villain cringes at the Nerdís friend Cooper doing an online game review of his own, which came across as a middle finger to those doing online gaming reviews out of inspiration of the original AVGN show.

    Thereís also the fact that fans who supported the filmís crowdfunding campaign weren't entitled to getting a free copy of the movie, and moreover had to buy one in the end, which is ridiculous considering how generous James' fanbase was to him in the campaign. And at the end of the day, the movie itself didnít live up to the hype for me. The plot was convoluted (despite sounding interesting), some of the characters felt tacked-on, and many of the jokes and gags failed to hit the mark. This was quite the disappointment for me, because I was hopeful the movie would turn out great. Instead it just seemed too egocentric and demeaning to fans.

Other Cinemassacre productions:
  • Midna: Since I can't just say "all of 'Minecraft with Gadget'", I'll just point to Gadget's "I love building brown bricks with Minecrap" spiel. It would have been mildly amusing, if infantile, if it was only said once... but then he just keeps saying it over and over for almost half a minute. One gets the impression that Matei thought the scene was comedy gold and wanted to milk it for all it was worth.
    • SenorCornholio: Agreed on this video; it was so bad that it makes you wonder of this is seriously the same guy who plays most of the characters in the Nerd's videos. But I wish to put a different moment from the video: Gadget looks at a user's hard work and calls it "stealing" and when Mike tries to argue against it, Gadget kills him and is implied to steal his i-pad. This isn't funny, it's just jerkish. But yeah, the Minecrap thing was pretty bad too.