"Now technically speaking, this is all opinion-based. But I have an online show which automatically means that my opinion is better than yours. Na-na-na-na-na."
Today, in the era of Internet, basically everyone can write and publish a review
. So what do you do if you want to distinguish yourself? Why, make a Video Review Show, of course (although even this won't necessarily distinguish yourself, given how many of these now exist on the internet).
This concept is similar to Review Blog
in that the author only reviews works that fall into one media type. There are, however, several main differences: That these reviews are made in video format
, that they mainly focus on bashing the worst works ever
, and that the "Show" part is integral to the idea.
The reviewers rarely get in front of the camera as themselves, instead they act as the show's main character (though some amount of Alter Ego Acting
is usually evident). When James Rolfe picks up the controller and gets ready to break his record in most swears in one minute
, he's not James Rolfe
, he's The Angry Video Game Nerd
. When Doug Walker sits behind his desk, suicide gun at standby, he's not Doug Walker
, he's The Nostalgia Critic
. Because of this, it is common for these people to assume multiple personas for multiple different shows. But the show goes beyond that. They often have their own theme songs, and aside from simple reviewing, the hosts also act out sketches of their own, always related to the work in question, and generally act in a manner usual reviewers don't.
An important aspect of this trope is the Review-to-Show Ratio, which can be projected onto a Sliding Scale of Review versus Show. It expresses how much time any given show spends actually talking about the product being reviewed. Shows on the Review end of the scale (e.g. Confused Matthew
) tend to be little more than a written review read aloud. On the other hand, shows on the Show end (Awesome Video Games
) only use the reviewed item as a framing device to tell a story. However, most shows lie in the scale's center, maybe with a Mid-Review Sketch Show
, usually a little off to the Review side.
- The Agony Booth joined the fray with Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd
- Animated Analysis
- The Anime Zone
- Another Dead Hero
- The Autarch
- Blonde Guy Gamer
- Books Vs Movies
- The Angry Video Game Fag: Largely a parody of video game reviewers in general.
- Context Sensitive. Armake21 also used to have done the more bluntly titled Games that SUCK!, Games that ROCK! And Strange Games.
- Cheap Arse Film Review reviews films purchased for £1 or less.
- Christian Fauteux. But then again, his name isn't important.
- The Cine-Masochist: Positive reviews of exploitation movies, trash cinema and other obscure and underground cult films.
- Classic Game Room, one of the few internet reviewers that isn't a Caustic Critic, and quite a bit older than most.
- Confused Matthew
- Dark Side of the Toon
- The DesuDesBrigade: Various anime and manga reviews.
- The FanFiction Critic
- Frequenczy is a reviewer on YouTube that generally gives good reviews.
- Friendly Neighborhood Librarian, a video review show based around literature critique.
- Frothy Pint Of Metal features an immortal viking who reviews metal bands.
- The Game Fucking Fuck Fuck Fucker Fucking Fuck Fucker: A parody of the average foul-mouthed videogame reviewer.
- The Gaming Pixie
- Gay Comic Geek takes a look at current comics, both mainstream and independent, adding his own unique, gay perspective into the mix.
- Geekvision showcases several review shows.
- Generic Reviews
- Grumpy RPG Reviews: A series of reviews focusing on table-top role playing gamer material, as hosted by a cranky fictional character who knows he is a cranky fictional character.
- Hadriex Fan games, online comics, and he seems to like making trailers for obscure indi games. And now he's begun making Let's Plays.
- The Happy Video Game Nerd
- The Hardcore Kid, who isn't actually a kid. Does reviews on shows aimed at younger audiences, but has deviated to doing Robot Wars and A Nightmare on Elm Street sometimes.
- Horndog TV
- The Idiot's Lantern
- Infamous Animation
- "Infamous Sphere": Has three shows - Infamous Queer, which focusses on LGBT movies in general, Period Drama Drama, which is about period dramas, and Gender Hipster Reviews, in which a genderless/androgynous alter-ego reviews media featuring gender transgression
- The Irate Gamer
- JonTron: Jon and his Robot Buddy (and pet parrot) Jacques talk about video games, play candid camera pranks, and generally goof off and act weird.
- Josh Scorcher
- Joueur du Grenier
- The King Of Hate has his review series The Hateful Truth which looks current video game releases.
- Lazy Game Reviews concentrates on Amiga, ZX Spectrum and PC games (both old and new). Reviews are actually very extensive and not lazy at all.
- Lenny And Shinkos Disney See
- LittleKuriboh couldn't get hold of Yu-Gi-Oh! Season Zero, so started reviewing the manga, explicitly ripping off The Nostalgia Critic and Linkara.
- Mattwo's Random Reviews
- Media Hunter
- Midnight Phil, who covers a wide variety of topics, but mainly known for his reviews of music by Hard Rock bands such as Aerosmith and Van Halen.
- Mockbuster Mockery makes quite insightful and exhilarating reviews of low-budget b movies that try to cash in on the publicity of a major film with a similar title or theme a.k.a mockbusters. Affiliated with Cheshire Cat Studios.
- Moviebob makes Escape the the Movies and The Game Overthinker.
- Mr. Coat And Friends is an internet review show site similar to That Guy with the Glasses in that it hosts other shows as well. Well worth a look.
- Mr TARDIS Reviews, who mainly reviews Doctor Who, but also covers films, other television shows and video games.
- The Music Video Show is an Internet video game where one music video is reviewed once a week.
- The Mysterious Mr. Enter
- The Necro Critic, who reviews movies, videogames, anime, etc. He is essentially a Jack-of-All-Trades reviewer. His website.
- PeanutButterGamer - Video game reviews, Top 10 lists and more from a really weird guy.
- Play It Bogart
- The Poparena: Greg "just greg" reviews old movies, lives action shows, and cartoons in a style similar to Sf Debris. He is most known for reviewing his favorite book series, Animorphs. Though he is also doing retrospectives on Alex Mac and the Hellraiser films and taking requests.
- Phantom Reviewer, specializes in media based on The Phantom of the Opera. Is often joined by Christine/Maria, voiced by Ascended Fanboy Biscuits.
- The Quarter Guy
- Reaction & Review: Emer watches a movie and records his reactions while seeing it. After finishing it, he gives a voiced review.
- Rebel Taxi: Specializes in Animated Shows, such as the ones on Cartoon Network, and certain video games that catch his fancy. Notable for avoiding the Caustic Critic route and still being humorous.
- Reviewing a Reviewer: Asalieri reviews other video reviewers.
- ReZonance Soundtrack Reviews: Video game soundtrack reviews.
- The RPG Fanatic is a Youtube Partner who reviews computer roleplaying games while harassed by a talking puppet sword.
- SCXCR brings you a handful of different shows that he keeps active.
- Five Dollar Gaming, where he reviews games that he bought for five dollars or less, including tax.
- SC On is whenever he wants to do a regular game review.
- The Bloody Roar Retrospective, where he covers the Bloody Roar games, the history and the making in each game. He even included the very lesser known manga, Bloody Roar: The Fang.
- SF Debris: Specializes in informative-yet-snarky reviews of Star Trek episodes and other sci-fi shows or films. He'll usually focus on bad ones (it's funnier) but he's got no problem with looking at good ones for comparison.
- Short Fat Otaku: A guy who is not short, fat, or an otaku. He reviews japanese animation, often specializing in relatively obscure/unknown titles.
- Shitcase Cinema: A british guy who often reviews movies in a comical manner.
- Silentwulf Thrift: A show focusing predominantly on PC gaming and technology
- Somecallme Johnny: Mainly reviews game series like Mario, Sonic, and Metroid, although some obscure games will be shown.
- Some Jerk With A Camera: Reviews Disneyland, of all things.
- Space Monkey Mafia Studios:
- Team Night Saturn: A website that has original and unique reviewers that aren't well-known on the internet.
- The Sugarcube Critic
- That Scifi Guy
- The Spoony Experiment: Movies, video games and other fannish things. Focuses on FMV games a lot.
- The Strawberry Dragon Project: Unlike the other entries on this list, this show does not focus on one media in particular. Co-hosted by the Japanese, homosexual, animated Ichigo.
- Stuff You Like has the presenter summarize what she likes about a wide variety of things.
- Taco-Man Plays A Video Game is a mix between this and a Let's Play.
- Tasteful Understated Nerdrage focuses on video games, with the occasional film review thrown in. The show learns towards a more analytical approach and sometimes tackling broader tropics related to video games, and often involves discussion of literary theory.
- That Guy with the Glasses is a site alliance for video reviewers, many with their own specific focus, and usually humor-oriented:
- Folding Ideas: An analytical review show from Chez Apocalypse discussing a variety of topics.
- That Long Haired Creepy Guy: An internet reviewer of television programs, cartoons, softcore erotica, porn parodies, and telefilms.
- The Obscure
- The DVD Shelf Movie Reviews
- The Review Team: Hosted by Sir Cinemacus and Z-Squared, this series reviews movies from all the way back to the last century.
- The Unusual Suspect: Reviews of popular movies and he tears 'em apart! Just don't kill him for it.
- They Made Me Watch This reviews various movies, but gives focus to the Barbie films his daughter makes him watch.
- Third Rate Gamer: A parody of The Irate Gamer.
- Toons These Days, which took over The Cartoon Chronicles of Conroy Cat in much the same way Strong Bad Email took over Homestar Runner.
- Urinating Tree
- Warning! Readers Advisory!: Derek the Bard reviews books (during Warning! Readers' Advisory), movies (Better off Read), and 80s cartoon shows (What We Watched)—paying attention to both the good and the bad—in an informative and funny manner.
- Watcher Of The2000s A review series on 2000s media (mostly cartoons) in the style of a third person visual novel.
- Way Or No Way Comic Book Review Show featuring the Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.
- The Webcomic Relief Riiser reviews and rambles about bad (and occasionally, good) webcomics.
- Welcome To The Basement: Viewings, riffs on, and discussions of films not yet seen by host Chad Vader co-creator and Voice Actor Matt Sloan.
- Yotobi, somewhat of an Italian counterpart to both The Nostalgia Critic and The Angry Video Game Nerd in style, although his focus are general bad movies ("nostalgic" or not) and, not as often, video games.
- Zero Punctuation, but it deviates in several points.
- From an amateur sketch site called FreshLem.com, their answer to this is Taylorem and Dill. While some of the jokes in the show fall flat, a lot of them are actually laugh out loud funny.
- Non-review example: Cracked TV is a video version of the website's trademark list articles. What makes it notable is the fact that it perfectly illustrates all the other aspects of a VRS. Its successor, Does Not Compute? Not so much.
- Some things have gone meta thanks to: