Dueling Works / Web Original

Initiator Imitator/Competitor Capsule Pitch Description Implementation Winner?
The Angry Video Game Nerd (2004) The Nostalgia Critic (2007) Internet Critics who tackle Nostalgia Filter by accentuating the negative and using high levels of profanity. They both started off by posting their reviews on Youtube. Eventually their popularity soared to the point of creating websites around their work. In Real Life, James Rolfe and Doug Walker are good friends, and actually collaborated several times to lampshade their Fandom Rivalry. Tie. Both are seen as innovators of the internet critics. The AVGN has has had a Schedule Slip due to filming a movie while Critic was retired but had to come back due to Money, Dear Boy.
The Angry Video Game Nerd (2004) The Irate Gamer (2007) Internet Critics who discuss bad games by accentuating the negative and using high levels of profanity. Both started as Youtube reviewers, then created official websites for their work and released licensed games based on the series. Have a notorious Fandom Rivalry between them, with their audiences tending to attack each other for perceived similarities/ripoffs. The Angry Video Game Nerd seems to be doing better here, with many sites seeing his works as of better quality, his videos being more popular (to the point of having a Wikipedia article) and his game being better received (although perhaps still flawed). The Irate Gamer on the other hand gets accusations of ripping off the AVGN and has a sizeable Hatedom online. Both are still fairly popular though, so it's at least not quite as bad as some of the situations listed in Dueling Films or Dueling Games.
Mike Nelson's RiffTrax (2006) Joel Hodgson's Cinematic Titanic (2007) Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni do their best to Hollywood's worst RiffTrax started the post-MSTie film commentary revival by making audio-only downloads that take aim at more mainstream films than MST3K had access to. Soon after, Mike's predecessor started his own similar project, but as DVDs that stick more closely to the original formula: more obscure (and license-able) B-movies, silhouettes in front of the films, and sketches. RiffTrax has a larger catalog (due to its head start and faster production process) and more mainstream appeal, while Cinematic Titanic seems aimed at old-school fans. Many say that there's room for both to be winners.
Bad Movie Beatdown (2009) The Blockbuster Buster (2010) Internet critics who thrash bad movies that people were unfortunate enough to see. Coincidentally, both shows are on the That Guy with the Glasses website. Blockbuster Buster handles big-budget US releases, while BMB does to same for UK movies, while also tackling lower-grade straight-to-video releases. BMB has been around longer, but has been put on the back-burner somewhat in favor of Film Brain's other review show Projector. BB is newer, but releases episodes more frequently.
Two Best Friends Play (2010) Game Grumps (2012) Two gamer friends Let's Play video games in a comedic fashion more than for sheer skill or information. Game Grumps would have ten minute videos of a video game playthrough, though it is rare for them to actually finish a game. The Best Friends began with weekly episodes dedicated to showing highlights from. Later the Best Friends moved on to full LPs and moved to a daily schedule, though they still produce the occasional fifteen minute video highlight video about one game like the old days. Both shows have spinoffs in similar veins, with the players going against each other (Super Best Friends Brawl, Friday Night Fisticuffs, and Saturday Morning Scrublords compared to Game Grumps VS) and Animated Adaptations (Two Best Friends: Funtime Adventures and Game Grumps Animated). Also, Two Best Friends Play is a Machinima affiliate while Game Grumps is a Polaris affiliate. Best Friends came out first in 2010 and has multiple seasons behind them. Game Grumps, while debuting in 2012, has amassed a massive backlog of videos a few short months after its creation. The jury's still out on who will be the victor.
Rebel Taxi (2010) The Mysterious Mr. Enter (2013) Animation-focused Video Review Shows with hosts who don't display their faces. The two shows are near opposites with a Technician Vs Performer dynamic when put together. Pan Pizza (host of Rebel Taxi) is very easygoing, jokey, and puts more effort in going behind the scenes. Mr. Enter is far more Byronic, straightforward, and astute in his critique, yet very opinionated and occasionally prone to flying off the handle. Rebel Taxi edges out here, having been on longer and having a more solid fan-base. Mysterious Mr. Enter is indeed a skilled critic, but also a very polarizing figure in the Animation community.
Midnight Screenings (2011) Sibling Rivalry (2011) That Guy with the Glasses contributors see movies out of character and give their initial thoughts on them. Sibling Rivalry is styled after Siskel & Ebert and features Rob and Doug Walker giving twenty minute discussions on films they just saw. Midnight Screenings is much more casual, and features half-hour to hour long video reviews by Brad Jones and other members of Team Snob discussing films. Brad and company review a wide variety of films, while Doug and Rob do videos on the bigger releases. Midnight Screenings is the "winner", running continuously since 2011 and usually featuring two or three videos a week. Sibling Rivalry by comparison has been running since 2013 and has only released a dozen or so episodes.
Game Theory (Web Show) (2011) Gnoggin (2013) Web Series that engages in Wild Mass Guessing by analyzing video games to provide answers to theories. Gnoggin once uploaded 3 videos attempting to invalidate some of MatPat's theories. They also have a notorious Fandom Rivalry with each other, with their audiences tending to attack each other for perceived similarities/ripoffs. Game Theory Wins in viewership, Gnoggin wins in critical reception. Virtual Tie.