And its sequel is glorious, with the most beautiful Take That to Square Enix imaginable.
Jon: Wha...wha...whazzat? Whazzat, you just want to play a game that doesn't have six meterosexual Jonas brothers in it? Well FUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOU! This is what you get, fuck you! Square Enix: Because fuck you guys!
From Gaming In Public Episode 1:
Claudio: Oi gente tudo bem?
Caption: Oye gents you're all from Maine!
His reaction to the Bafomdad from the Starfox Adventures game. Just watch.
Towards the start of the video Jacques suddenly kills himself by self-destructing, spraying Jon with blood, leading him to cry out dramatically "Oh no...oh no, Oh no, he's DEAD!" About two minutes later Jacques (suddenly alive again) comments on the speciesism in the game and Jon reacts nonchalantly thus.
Jacques: Bro, the fuck is that?
Jon: Oh hey Jacques, I thought you died. [sniff]
Hallucinatory Slippy's entire daemonic speech, and Jon's reaction to it.
Jon: [Pretending to be a stoned Sonic Team member after snorting a line of cocaine] Welcome to Sonic Team! We make games, I think!
Manager: ...What the FUCK is a "Sonic"!?
His "Reviews?", done in a slurred monotone that is rarely ever broken, talking about things very barely related to the actual game, eventually giving it an ambiguous rating that could may or may not be translated as "buy this game".
Jon: [Reviewing Sonic Colors] If you press A, you'll do a jump, and if you press B while pointing at the screen you'll shoot some star bits... And if you push A and B together you'll accidentally sleep with your boyfriend's best friend after your boyfriend bought you a $600 engagEMENT RING MAGGIE!!
"Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis received such grounding scores as RUN! RUN, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD RUN!"
From the same review, his reaction to the Youtube comments page.
"What's this blue pants? What is this blue pants?"
His response to the game crashing.
Part one of his 2010 Halloween Special.
Jon: [With an ominous tone] Welcome to part one of the Jontron Halloween Special.
After trying his best to tolerate the difficulty of this game, finally Rage Quitting when he dies to the final boss, causing him to pull up a video on YouTube where the boss was beaten and claiming he did that.
Jon: No one can say I'm not good at finishing games.
Jacques: Jon, you couldn't finish a cheese danish.
Jon Tron made a video called "Apples and Grapes" - it doesn't make much sense at all if you're a new fan, but it's still got a few funny moments. Jon plays MySims and finds himself very disappointed by it (nearly going insane, repeating the question "What do you do?" in disbelief). Jon subsequently walks all the way from California to Texas to speak to Peanut Butter Gamer, resulting in some of the most Surreal Humor that Normal Boots has ever produced.
Jon:[sobbing] I just couldn't bear it any more, PBG, I played MySims. I played MySims, PBG, I had to tell you...I came from California to Texas to tell you I know how you feel. [incoherently] Iss'a worst game I've ever played. [sobs][incoherent shouting]
PeanutButterGamer: You came here from California? [camera zooms in uncomfortably close] Like, to Texas from California? I mean, it's freaking cold out, do you need anything?
PeanutButterGamer:[holding punnets full of apples and grapes] Dude, you lucked out! [Beat]
[the two begin dancing to bass-heavy electronic music]
Pretty much the entirety of "Malkovich's Gaming Game Show." Jontron as a Cloud Cuckoo Lander John Malkovich plus Egoraptor in a dress as his "sometimes beautiful" assistant Vitalia is funny enough on its own, but the way it is acted out is just perfect.
Malkovich: Contestant number you're dead first. Tell me, has the milk gone bad?
The intro to the Monster Bash review consists of a disclaimer that Jon failed to keep up with his Halloween deadline...to the tune of the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air rap.
When discussing the various types of games that came out in the MS-DOS era, Jon shows some clips from obscure game Demon Blue when he adds "weird fuckin' games" to the list. Rather than elaborate, he allows the weirdness of the game to speak for itself.
When Jon claims that the sound of giggling, falling skulls (in the game) is music to his ears, the sound is featured with a clip from an ad for Mattress Ranch. Something about the surreal nature of this combination and the jump-cut zoom on the man's face towards the end makes this moment hilarious.
His explanation of the disappointment of Nuts and Bolts.
Jon: I mean, what if after Super Mario World Nintendo came out with a teaser trailer for Super Mario 64, but upon release day, you were greeted with MARIO CITY SIMULATOR?! AND THEN YOU TURNED ON THE GAME SHIGERU MIYAMOTO'S GHOST COMES OUT AND HE'S ALL LIKE "AW FUCKIN WHO LIKES THE OLD MARIO GAMES AMIRITE?BRB, MAKIN LEGEND OF ZELDA MODERN WARFARE!!!"
"Ladies and gentlemen, I've plucked a whale from the ocean, and he sounds like a seal!" *whale makes seal noises* *cut to Jon smiling and nodding*
Jon: What a beautiful day; wouldn't you say, Rockington?
[Cut to the ground, with nothing in the shot]
Jon: Oh, yeah. I l- I lost Rockington. I lo- I LOST A ROCK!
Jon trying to finish the game early by running over Gruntilda with his car.
Jon: Maybe I can end the game early by killing Gruntilda while she's in the open! Get 'er! Get 'er! Kick 'er eees! HAHAHAHAH-Seriously. This ain't funny anymore. This is now called DramTron.
The way Jon brings Jacques back to life. You'd expect there to be some kind of convoluted way to do it, as this is one of the more plot-driven Video Review Shows (in the Atop the Fourth Wall sense). But then, instead, you get:
While the entire review of Birdemic is a crowning moment of funny, it's Jon's reaction to the birds finally showing up that seals the deal. Just the way his voice crackles as he reacts to the scene is utterly hysterical.
"They put FALLING DAMAGE in their motherfucking platforming game?" (Cut to a newspaper with the headline "JonTron Quits".)
"Did I say that I felt bad? Let me rephrase that: I feel bad for me."
The beginning had this gem:
Jon: [Upon realizing that he's back in his room and Jacques is ticked off] Whoa, whoa, oh no! I-I was reviewing the game the whole time, look! [Laughs nervously while putting the cover of 3D Dot Game Heroes in his SNES, Jacques just looks with flaming eyes and a red-tinted background] Jon, that doesn't go in there, you silly bitch! [Laughs nervously again]
The King's Quest V review is hysterical. From his reaction to the king flying, to the deaths (including bear), it's just an absolute joy.
Also, Jon using his Tron-Bunk kit to figure out one of the game's essential flaws:
Jon: Yeah... yes, I see... oh, that's righteous, that's good. Ah, there it is. It's clear now, I've got it. [Cut to Jon, deadpan]ev'rbuhdy mov' sfuckin' slow! Ev'rybuhdy mov'sssreally fuckin' slow!
The Continue Show crossover. Six games in a row. Adult Chocolate Milk. Hilarity Ensues.
The start of his entry on Mega Man in the Top 10 Necessary Game Sequels.
Jon's response to being fooled during his Nightshade video:
Jon: Fool me once - I'm mad. Fool me twice - How could you? Fool me three times - You're officially that guy, okay? You know him, you know the one. You go to the bar and he's like, "This suit is, uh, officially it's a Giorgio Armani, actually my dad knows him!" FUCK YOU!I AAAAAAAAAAIIIIIN'T HAVIN' THAT SHIT! *cracks a small grin*
Jon's bizarre methods of putting cartridges into their respective consoles reaches its nadir when he just throws the cartridge at his NES. And misses.
Jon Tron's priceless reaction to finding his popularity increased after killing a random policeman.
His inability to spell Sutekh's name, so he called him "HUEGH" or "HEUGH"
After announcing his panel at Magfest, Jon presents a video of himself playing the harmonica. The best part is that - although he's obviously half-assing his way through - the song turns out to be rather good; even Jon himself is impressed!
Jon's initial reaction to the Space Maze level in his Space Ace review: he yells "JESUS, WE'RE GOING IN HARD, STRAP IN," puts on a Daft Punk helmet (which makes a squeaky toy noise), and starts firing a toy laser while holding an Atari joystick as an alert sounds and screaming incoherently.
It's even funnier when it turns out that this is the part of the game that he enjoys the most, in spite of the Internet Backdraft against the mini-game.
Jontron State of Affairs, aside from being a reassurance that he hasn't stopped unannounced, also contains some funny moments, both scripted and non.
Jacques attempts to bite Jon's lip repeatedly. Once he gets tired of it, he moves him to his hand. Where he then poops. Jon moves him to the computer monitor, citing that he can't cause much trouble there. Jacques proceeds to flutter off of it and behind the computer. Jon just gives up and doesn't have him in the rest of the video.
At one point Jon is interrupted by Jacques plummeting from the monitor, next shot is of Jon's back to the camera as he says in a pseudo-baby voice, "Did ya fall down over hurr?"
"You know, I'm the little guy! I'm the Mom-and-Pop shop, that's who you're yelling at! You're going to Mama Roroso's at the corner bakery and saying 'Fuck you! Not as much pepperoni on this pizza as the other place, Pizza Hut!'"
At the start of Hercules Games, Jon is talking about Hercules. It then cuts to him playing a Disney Tarzan game.
Jon: I'm playing a game based on my favorite Greek legend, Heracles!"
[Cut to Disney's Tarzan start screen on the television, an instrumental of Two Worlds playing in the background]
Jacques: I'm glad to see nothing has changed around here.
Jon: (Singing the Tarzan theme) Two worlds, one family...
Jacques: Fuck this shit.
Jon: (Heavily slurred) SON O' MAN LOOK TOOOO THE SKY *Jacques explodes*
Also, Jacques delivering a laser-guided Take That to Jon.
Jon: I don't wanna stop playing games, or doin' the things I love to do with you, or even making this show!
Jon: I want to become immortal, too, Jacques, just like Hercules: by playing the twelve games of Herc- wait, what'd you fuckin' just say to me? [Stares]
His introduction to the first game.
Jon: So to make an example of my point, I'm gonna play a Hercules game on the Commodore 64. 'S called Hercules. What a name. Guess they didn't have to worry about names back then, it was the '80s, all they had to worry about was RONALD REAGAN TALKIN' 'BOUT GORBECHEV!"
His reaction to the shuffling skeleton enemy in one of the games.
Jon finds out Herc can eat gyros to get stronger. He goes into an epic opera-ballad about going to buy a gyro from a local Greek food stall. It then cuts to this.
Jon: Ugh...my stomach...
Offscreen: Dude, are you all right?
Jon: Dude, SHUT UUUUUUP.
Jon explaining why he doesn't want to play Herc's Adventures as Atlanta or Jason.
Jon: One's a...city in Georgia, THE OTHER'S A REGULAR NAME!
Jon's analysis of people saying they only talk to sailors:
Jon: Well if that's the case, then you're probably gonna be pretty much limiting yourself to port towns honestly, and even then they're out to sea most of the time. Why aren't you on a boat? A boat would really be a better fit for you, also what the fuck, who says that?
Jon: Okay, first of all, what kind of occupation is stroller? What kind of town is this? How did anyone learn speech if everyone only talks to sailors and thereAIN'T NO SAILORS 'ROUND TOWN?
Jon's introduction of the Goosebumps book series, listing off some of the more notable stories, such as...
Jon:The Haunted School...The Headless Ghost! Y'CAN'T SKYEH ME! DEGHEUGHEUCLAKEVDOOM! Why I'm Afraid of Bees—well, that's obvious, innit? PIANA LESSONS CAN BE MOIDAH. The Beast...From the East...? Like, are we talkin', like, Asia, or Philadelphia?
Jon: I feel like they gave this guy specific lines, but he just said "Fuck it." and did whatever he wanted and they were like "(mumbling) Lunch break, (mumbling) I don't care, just leave it."
It's even funnier if you know the hockey coach is played by Don Cherry, a real life hockey commentator in Canada known for being controversial and being difficult to censor. So Jon's theory probably isn't that far off.
Jon's growing confusion over the different alternate realities Matt jumps into.
"Jon, can you feel it? Magic is in the air. I'm going back in." *unintelligble noises*
Goosebumps, Part 2
Once again, Jon is able to watch the Goosebumps episodes by shoving them into various video game consoles; he watches My Hairy Adventure by inserting it into his Super Nintendo, and Ghost Beach by shoving it into his Dreamcast.
Jon doesn't like Larry.
Jon: (cheerfully) Oh, Larry. You jus- a- st- you're a fucking asshole.
Jon noticing how excited Larry is about the Instant Tan Lotion.
Jon as Larry: (creepy voice) MM. YEAH. 'S MINE.
Any time he gets angry or cries, it's so funny.
The Magfest 2014 video, which deals with Jon having David Tennant over for Jesus' birthdaynote There's a reason it's spoilered.... and then killing Matt Smith over what he did to David in "The End of Time".note There's also the fact that they're all cardboard cutouts.
"I also have a Kim-Jong Il one; I didn't use him for the video. (draws a Hitler moustache on it)"
He also punches him in the face.
Trying to get David to say "Allons-y!"... by smacking his crotch.
His decision to sing "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" as he begins cutting up Matt's body in the shower.
Following this, Jon's insistence that Home Alone 5: Holiday Heist is a masterpiece.
Jon's reaction to when the robbers start going exclusively after Kevin.
Jon: OH JESUS HE'S IN MY HOUSE! Okay, so that's terrifying. In the movies, the villains are in it for the valuables, but here they seem to be only interested in Kevin. Where's Chris Hanson and that suspiciously benign plate of cookies when you need'em?
After Kevin gets caught, the Game Over screen is merely a cloud that says "Oh no!"
Jon: Ah, yeah. That's just- that's just about right! That's appropriate, a boy is captured and will likely be found dead in the coming weeks, and all you got is "Oh no." That's good, it's a good message.
(A newspaper appears with horrifying music, headline reading BOY FOUND IN SHALLOW GRAVE while the picture is the "Oh no!")
"I dunno, waddya put on goiter? SAAAAAAAAALVE!? (Beat) (begins rubbing arm) SAAAAAAAAAA-
Jon's sudden excitement at being able to powerslide in-game, and getting caught up trying to name powerslide scenes.
Jon: Y'know I'd make a comment here, but I'm genuinely worried that he might actually have a disability - and then who looks like the bad guy, I mean, this guy, still a little bit, because he's the bad guy in the movie, but mostly me! Mostly Jon!
The brand-icon characters in the movie somehow travel to the "real world" - where humans are apparently hideously ugly.
Jon: Oh! Oh God! OH GOD! Real world's horrible, go back to the supermarket world!
[Daredevil Dan immediately ends up face to face with an equally hideous Brand X mascot]
Jon: I made a huge mistake, supermarket world's just as bad -