Recount the moments of videogaming insanity on the Giant Bomb website!
Endurance Run: Persona 4 Endurance Run: Deadly Premonition
Both teams dying to the exact same enemy in the exact same places for the exact same reasons. Yes, it happens more than once.
The teams have different reactions. Jeff and Vinny respond with maniacal laughter while Brad and Ryan respond with initial shock then admiration.
Ryan: "Bravo, SWERY. Bra-fucking-vo."
While looking at their toolbox:
Jeff & Vinny: "Panda Bear?"
In retaliation for his attempted murder, the Mysterious Capitalist backs into Jeff & Vinny's car.
The guys space off while interviewing the twins... in favor of staring at Emily's ass.
Their reaction to York's character is awesome too, he's the gift that keeps on giving.
Vinny and Jeff spy on Thomas while he's at home.
Jeff: "Work it."
Many references are made to the previous Endurance Run.
Before fighting the killer, the guys joke about the boss being melee-only (having neglected melee weapons for most of the game). When they're given a shovel, they posit that the final boss is going to be a hole they have to fill in. And then this happens:
The killer, ranting about his "immortality": "That's no use, York!"
Jeff: "You have to fight me with a shovel!"
(Vinny cracks up)
And then immediately as the pre-boss cutscene ends, Vinny starts wiggling the control stick like in all the Raincoat Killer chase segments.
Much like in the Persona 4 ER, the guys show a remarkable amount of prescience when they joke about future "plot twists" and hit the nail on the head. At one point they even hit on the Word of God revelation that Willie was Kaysen's handler.
At one point, Vinny jokes about how Deadly Premonition is actually a novel being written, referencing Alan Wake. But in doing so he says "his name [York] is actually Zach."
At one point, there is a door that York has to strain to push open, something that hadn't happened in the game previously. Vinny tries to have York do his standard crash-through-door technique... hilarity ensues.
It happens again in the endgame.
Vinny lampshades the fact that York always seems to be found alone with the murder victims when the cops arrive
Vinny: "Well . . . I bet you think I did this."
They even manage to turn York's father killing himself into a funny moment:
Vinny: "...did not summon his Persona."
After beating the game, the guys go and check out the bonus features, including a mysterious locked door that they manage to figure out the puzzle to... except for the necessary trading card, which they lack. How could they have gotten the card? A quest from Polly that they had completely blown off earlier in the run.
Brad's increasingly profanity ridden declarations of his hatred of the game, and Ryan's utter delight in his suffering.
To the point where he tells his critics to GTFO.
Ryan singing to the racing theme.
Brad and Ryan doing X-Factor during the lounge bar sequence.
Brad: (with a fake Cockney accent) "That was complete utter shit!"
Brad and Ryan freaking out on seeing a giant demonic dog bashing around their car.
Ryan: "Man, Greenvale gets weird at ni-THERE IS A GIANT DOG IN THAT INTERSECTION!"
Brad and Ryan encounter fire in the Other World Galaxy of Terror.
Brad: It's all on fire! Everything's on fire!
Directly after that, Brad and Ryan discover, to their dismay, that the fire does nothing to the zombies. Keep in mind that, up to this point, the fire was a guaranteed insta-kill.
Ryan and Brad: (at the same time) OH GOD!
Brad: That is not fair!
Ryan: *laughs* Since when can they do that?
Brad: I am calling foul on that.
Ryan: I call shenanigans. Jerk-ass, just hoppin' over the fire.
Brad and Ryan's reaction to a room full of fire and zombies in the Other World Police Station:
(Zombies start running through the fire towards York)
Ryan: OH GOD! JESUS CHRIST!
Brad: WHAT IS GOING ON?!
Ryan: *starts laughing*
Brad: Oh god...
Ryan: That was awesome. I mean, it wasn't awesome but it was awesome.
Brad: I'm not sure... what that was... oh Jesus...
The New Super Mario Bros. Wii is one CMoF after another. From Vinny's constant deaths to Brad's ever increasing determination to take revenge on Ryan, this Quick Look is almost an hour of hilarity.
The Price Is Right for the Wii is another long string of CMoFs. Dave's indignation at the cost of the flat screen TV and Jeff talking about cooking meth in his "Brand New Trailer" are some of the highlights.
Dead or Alive: Paradise and Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust are two terribly juvenile—and just plain terrible—games, made almost worthwhile by hearing Jeff and Ryan's utter revulsion at having to play them.
In their Quick Look of Darkest of Days, the frequent bugs, the boring scenery and overall spottiness of the game literally reduces them to saying "So Yeah! Darkest Of Days!" several times, in a matter reminiscent of a certain MST3Kfeatured movie. Presumably that's the reason why said game didn't even get a review.
Ryan was so disgusted by the phrase "What the Foxtrot is going on here?" in the Jurassic: The Hunted Quick Look that he got up and left. Brad had to fill in for the rest of the QL.
In the Shaun White Skateboarding QL, we have Jeff's reaction to the PC using his magical skating powers to turn a propaganda poster from the 1984-ish government into a Stride Gum billboard:
Jeff: Oh my God. The billboard went from saying "No Chewing Allowed" and then you freed it from the shackles of The Man and turned it into an advertisement for Stride gum. This game is already the worst thing I've ever seen!
The Tony Hawk: Shred QL: As the gang runs out of things to say about this crappy game, Vinny shows us all sorts of antics you can get up to when you combine a green screen with a green body suit.
With an honorable mention to Vinnie's head-on-the-board: "PLAY ME!"
And some time later, they received this◊ in the mail.
Morgan Fairchild's endless "Cards?" loop.
Quick Look: The Fight: Lights Out: their reactions to the entire tutorial sequence starring Danny Trejo giving an intense performance as a tough as nails trainer...while holding and gesturing with the colorful Move controllers and yelling at you not to move your feet otherwise you'll break the game.
The Test Drive Unlimited 2 Quick Look has Vinnie, Brad and Alex MS Ting the game's non racing related elements such as the superfluous first person navigation inside buildings ("How do I go to iron sights?"), the ridiculous cutscenes and the painfully awkward rationalization for the player receiving money for doing tricks; making the player avatar look like a gay bar fugitive with nothing more than the two starting outfits and their desperate attempts to start a multiplayer race ("I WANT TO BE YOUR FRIEEEEEEEEEEND!")
Patrick: If your Tetris lasts longer than six hours...
In the Hulk Hogan's Main Event for Kinect Quick Look, Jeff's created character KID MONEY from PARTS UNKNOWN enters the ring by jumping on to the hood of a truck and screaming, "I'M GONNA MAKE SWEET LOVE TO 'EM . . . FROM THE BACK!!"
The Self Defense Training for Kinect QL has their reactions to the Hurricane of Euphemisms for Groin Attack ("Genital Triangle" in particular) as well as the announcer's incredibly clinical demeanor while discussing the subject:
Announcer: [completely deadpan] Deliver a kick to the genitals.
Family Feud 2012 Edition. One word: HORSEBACK
Ryan: Wait. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait...
Also, after their answer of "Declaration of Independence" wasn't accepted, only to be one of the answers on the board.
Ryan: We SAID Declaration of Independence!
Brad: Turn this fucking game OFF.
And their coverage of another Jeopardy game, with special guest star Brad Muir.
During the Roller Coaster Rampage Quick Look, Vinny notices that the top of the leaderboards for several levels is occupied by a user named Bigjeffrey. The rest of the video alternates between Jeff playing the role of the drunken sex offender and amusement park owner Big Jeffrey, and he and Vinny laughing at the game's busted physics engine.
"Big Jeffrey": And remember, Big Jeffrey always says.... drop 'em!
The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav Quick Look has Ryan and Vinny immediately hating and mocking the Manic Pixie Dream Girl character Nuri (Ryan even explicitly calls the trope out at one point). When another character tells them she has to be killed, they're instantly on board, despite the protests of the main character.
At the end of the video, Vinny skips through the characters' dialogue, and asks Drew to play them out. Drew then plays a dubstep rhythm, creating a stupid statement dance mix of sorts. Ryan remarks that it was the best thing Vinny showed him during the entire quick look.
In the Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in North Point quick look, they find themselves unable to progress through the game for some reason. They spend middle third of the video fooling around while they verify the game files, like watching ThunderCats outtakes, checking Patrick's Twitter feed, messing with DOS Box, and playing Law of the West, which is filled with its own funny moments, like "This is basically Mass Effect", "Did you shoot her?", "No, she tripped", "I can try to shoot myself". They do look at the DLC proper, though, and they conclude it by shoving a guy into the trunk of a car then driving that car into the ocean.
During the Quick Look of Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, seeing Oswald in the TV immediately leads to Persona 4 jokes from Jeff and Vinny. They interpret Mickey's willingness to go save Oswald as an attempt by him to escape an abusive relationship with Minnie Mouse. Also, Jeff reads Uncle Scrooge's lines in an Irish accent.
The last half of the WWE '13 quick look has Jeff and Vinny messing with the story tools. They first create a story called Time Rock, which has The Rock messing with time. They then look at a story called Ghost Problems. That both stories are So Bad, It's Good make them hilarious. In the following TNT, they show the sequels to both stories, which are just as funny.
In the Kinect Sports quick look, the track & field awards ceremony gave Ryan and Jeff some control with their victory movements. Ryan does some regular waving... before doing repeated crotch chops, with his in-game avatar mimicking his motions. You can hear someone completely lose it off-camera.
Euro Truck Simulator 2 is two-plus hours of absolute hilarity, as Vinny manages to jam a car underneath his truck within the first fifteen minutes, tips over on an exit ramp while grooving to Adele, rams other trucks on the road at random (and pays for it every time) and delves into the darkest recesses of the internet to find a mod to remove the speed limiter.
During the SimCity Quick Look, the crew creates a new region, and Jeff asks for a name. Vinny says "Oh, uh, geez, I don't know. Regina." Jeff proceeds to enter exactly that... or would have, if the character limit had not cut him off.
The remarks in the Child of Eden Quick Look about Space Whale, pretending that it's a drunken friend at a party, and Vinny giving a hilarious voice to it.
In their Quick Look of the Star Trek Into Darkness game, their "Oh." upon seeing the CBS logo, proceeding to shamelessly promote their parent company...and then pointing out that they, of all gaming websites, didn't get a copy to review. They had to buy the game at Best Buy.
Kirk's body accidentally clips with Spock's, allowing Kirk to stand inside him:
Ryan getting fed up and leaving in the middle of the Quick Look after seeing the late title card, forcing Vinny to come fill in.
Kirk dies, clipping through a dead Vulcan scientist's butt as he falls:
Jeff: "Just gonna...sleep in this guy's butt."
Despite Vinny's joking admonishment to Patrick to "lay off the goofing" at the start, the Cry of Fear Quick Look degenerates into janky anarchy pretty quickly, beginning with Patrick's game locking up and leaving his character model frozen mid-action, and reaching its peak with Vinny being chased down a hallway by an enemy and looking, as Patrick puts it, "like a fucking Tom and Jerry cartoon."
The Quick Look of Motorbike, a thoroughly terrible Trials knockoff, culminates in Jeff and Vinny struggling with the hilariously buggy co-op mode. The lesson: precision maneuvering, two bikes with collision detection on each other, and a dodgy camera don't mix.
The whole Quick Look of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F, in which Jeff, Vinny, and Brad are thrust unceremoniously into the world of Vocaloid with no prior knowledge whatsoever. Of particular note, when Jeff accidentally shifts the model pose in the Photo Studio to just the right spot, causing the game to actually make the model disappear to prevent him from getting a look under her skirt. Brad and Vinny break down laughing at the bluntness of it all, and Jeff expresses displeasure about it.
Jeff: "THIS SHOULD BE, LIKE, A WARNING ON THE THING WHEN YOU BUY IT. 'WARNING: NOT WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.'"
Vinny: (while Jeff rotates the model and it disappears while on the upskirt view) "NAW SON. NAW. CHANGE SOMETHING. NAW, THAT AIN'T RIGHT."
Bombcast, Thursday Night Throwdown, and free Happy Hours
Ryan abandoning the rest of the invited players on the Red Dead Redemption TNT to find and eventually fight a bear with only a knife. He won.
The 2010 E3 Day 3 Bombcast was shot to levels of epicness by guest Leigh Alexander and her sassy drunken interruptions. People are divided as to whether it was so bad it's good or so bad it's horrible but none can deny how funny it was when she announced the recent Activision party cast $775 million dollars straight out of the organisers' own pocket.
The Sims gang sign (a diamond over the head) being flashed by the guys every time she went on for too long. <>
And the callback to that Bombcast while talking about Skylanders:
Jeff: I got Dark Spyro, Legendary Spyro, Spyro-Ass Spyro...
During the Bad Company 2 Throwdown, "inspired" by the games inclusion of the term "Epic Fail" for suicides Jeff, Ryan, Vinny and intern Matt go off on a united rant against the current generation of net speak. For the win, indeed.
The whole Big Live Live Show Live. Special mention to the Tested boys who, after a slow start, stole the show with their "As seen on TV" product tests and John Drake for his (near)tireless and enthusiastic work promoting Rock Band 3 and Dance Central.
The After Party stream also gave us Drunk Will and Rorie, Dave's sister and side-scrolling Ana.
Jeff Gerstmann's answer to a Email question about being taken camping with one's dad:
Ryan, Jeff and Brad trying some Swedish candy given to them by the guys at now-defunct developer GRIN. On the same note, Jeff's visceral reaction to some hockey powder on the 03/23/09 podcast (starts at about 32:00 in) featuring GRIN is priceless.
Jeff joking about "crap nap" during a discussion regarding possible terms for being able to beat a previously impossible section of a game after taking a break.
The first free Whiskey Media Happy Hour has quite a few of these (and severely tempts people to go ahead and become premium members to enjoy the entire backlog of them). Among them is Dave Snider playing Gran Turismo 5 while getting more and more drunk... for science.
Jeff playing Gal*Gun on Happy Hour, accompanied by a "Creeper Cam" of his face while he plays. Naturally, his coworkers and the various callers don't let up in calling him out on the perverse pleasure he gets from playing.
The pre-E3 2012 Bombcast with Adam Sessler. Mcgruff and E3 Mysteries!
Their bit on Professor Layton and Layton Brothers: Mystery Room. They decide Herschel Layton's brother should be named Herbert, and that he's a used-boat salesman:
"Herbert Layton": Hey, I'm Herbert Layton. Come on down to Herbert Layton's, if you're lookin' to buy a boat, come on and see me on a boat sale down at the fairgrounds, we'll be down here all weekend...YOU WANT TOP HATS, I GOT TOP HATS. Got great deals on boats— YOU NEED MATCHSTICKS I GOT MATCHSTICKS. These boats do not come with matchsticks, I can guarantee no matchsticks. But if you solve this matchstick puzzle, you get 10% off your boat.
"Luke Triton" (super high-pitched voice): Professor, what's wrong with your brother?
"Professor Layton": He's drowning cause he's not wearing one of my lifejackets!
"Luke Triton": Oh! Take me home, professor!
"Herbert Layton": I'm the professor of boats! Se habla espanol.
Ryan: Yeah, his brother...clearly not a professor.
On the TNT where Jeff plays Injustice: Gods Among Us, he gets a really good streak going as the Flash. The connection holds... until Jeff goes up against another Flash and the game suddenly experiences immense lag. The guys lampshade how the battle between two Super Speed characters is the one where that happens.
On the 03-05-2013 Bombcast, the crew talks about an oatmeal bath. Vinny wonders about the difficulty of one, to which others explain that the tub is not literally filled with oatmeal. The kicker comes when Patrick mentions that he took a tomato sauce shower once, to which Vinny asks how Patrick got the sauce to come out of the shower. There is a moment of silence before Ryan exasperatedly yells "HE POURED IT OVER HIS HEAD!" and the room erupts with laughter.
The next half hour of the podcast is a slow descent into the mad genius of invention as Jeff runs with this and, with Patrick's help, devises an idea for a showerhead that has the option of spraying tomato sauce (it has a reservoir) and his own concept of an oatmeal bath, with the sales pitch of a cucumber shower for housewives.
These usually occur during the live videos, whenever the video person (usually Vinny) gets bored and messes around, like superimposing goofy pictures on top of people. A great example of this is during the Starhawk TNT, when Vinny randomly displayed a picture of Brad with a rather funny expression, and superimposed Ryan's mouth and eyes over it. Ryan playing along by making ridiculous eye and mouth expressions helped too.
In the Arma II - Day Z video, Drew and Vinny start off normally, showing off the mod and trying to meet each other. However, after many failed connections and betrayals, they eventually go "screw it" and start playing Minecraft. After having trouble getting onto a server in Minecraft and disconnecting, Vinny eventually quits out of that as well and just starts playing Minesweeper.
On the 11/17/2011 mailbag, they receive a smoked turkey. Two moments come from this- Brad producing a freldora de papo eléctrica para interlores... er, indoor electric trukey fryer and contemplating how a fried smoked turkey would be like, and Jeff giving Ryan the turkey while he was in the middle of shooting a quick look. The completely nonchalant expression he had while holding the turkey sold the moment.
The 2012 GOTY videos, especially their parody of The Office.
Day 3: Their "Best Use Of Skrillex" award being switched to "...Use of Skrillex".
Also on Day 3, during one of the Cop Show parody segments, the cops, played by Jeff and Brad, walk into an interrogation room and prepare to grill the suspect, played by Dave. One of the cops even does the tossing the chair aside thing. The suspect, of course, says the usual "not talking until I speak with my lawyer" line... and the cops agree that it's a good idea, and just walk out. The cop that threw the chair does the same to another chair before leaving.
Day 4 was "CollectShun", a parody of Hoarders where Ryan and Dr. Brad try to get Jeff to stop collecting games, consoles and game-related junk. The highlight was this exchange:
Ryan: You're organizing a nightmare!
Jeff: YOU'RE MY NIGHTMARE!
Day 5 was a parody of sitcoms with Ryan as the straight man, Jeff as the quirky-Kramer type and Vinny as the sagely coffee shop owner. In this episode, Brad's old barber college buddy, Patrick, comes into town and impresses the guys with his Galaga playing skills and ability to get Harlem Globetrotters court side seats. The episode included the typical sitcom tropes like cheesy one liners and a canned laugh track.
Their I Love Mondays 11/12/2012 video is done entirely with the WWE '13 story creator. Highlights include Mike Tyson warping in and punching Kevin Nash in the head, and Ryan Davis getting hit repeatedly with a car.
While it's somewhat melancholy when you remember why it was released, the That's So Ryan! collection of B-roll footage contains some absolutely hysterical moments, including Ryan and Vinny discussing the diarrhea faces of various tennis players, and Ryan's reaction to Vinny's mangling of Ray Liotta's name into "Killian Rayne Smith."
The intro of the August 16, 2013 Unprofessional Fridays. Jeff pretends to be utterly helpless without a teleprompter and has some extremely awkward conversations with everyone else. After about a minute, Vinny helps Jeff out with an overblown introduction... and Jeff morphs into a over-the-top Totally Radical host, talking about bikini girls telling you what happened this week, Headshot City, and airplanes and shit, what the fuuuuuuuck?! An amped-up version of it is here.
During Breaking Brad: Volgarr the Viking 01 Vinny's leg goes stiff and the typical "well, some people call it my leg" joke follows. It's pretty funny already but then Brad joins in with "Max (Vinny's son) doesn't count." The shocked laughter and Brad's immediate and repeated apologies that follow are a thing of beauty. Vinny's instant "What fucking line did you just...?" makes it even better.
A few minutes later Jeff turns up; "I got an email from HR about Brad?"
During the PS 4 Launch Livestream, the guys are playing Madden NFL 25 and discover an interesting bug and decide to seize the opportunity to show off the PS 4's instant replay functionality. The result is this video being posted.