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Dethroning Moment: The Angry Video Game Nerd
James Rolfe, we love you to death, but every once in a while, you put out something that makes us all wonder: What were you 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 biasget thebetterof 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 yes, there really was a SNES ad that used this phrase!"
Other Cinemassacre productions:
Midna: Dealing with the character of Motherfucker Mike: for me, it was probably 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.