This is the most normal part of any episode.
From the weird, to the wild, to the WHAT, Weird Video Games
is a video game review show by "Heisanevilgenius" (real name Tom White), where only the most asinine and mind-breaking games are showcased to the masses. The show is a result of Tom's self-appointed quest to find the oddest of the odd and get the good word out for the funkiest and wackiest games in existence. From blocks finding magical goblets and avoiding duck-like dragons to tomatoes who shoot fists at household objects, Heisanevilgenius has you covered.
Heisanevilgenius is also (he claims) the genius behind the patron saint of bad fanfic, Peter Chimaera
, and created the Rom Hack Super Mario TKO
, one of several popularised by ProtonJon
The show's Web site can be found here
This show contains examples of:
- Accidentally Accurate: In "Rock 'n' Rage", after expressing disbelief at the random weirdness of the first Ancient Egypt level (such as Cleopatra giving you a forcefield powerup) he sarcastically suggests that the next level, Mediaeval Great Britain, will include Dracula as an enemy. It actually turns out to have Nosferatu as an enemy...
- Nonetheless, he is still right about it being Dracula, if you take into consideration that the Nosferatu film is an adaptation of the original Dracula novel.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: Running Gag in the "Rock 'n' Rage" video.
- Anachronism Stew: Pointed out in "Rock 'n' Rage", whose Ancient Egypt level's enemies includes both mummies and modern Arabs throwing grenades.
- Ancient Grome: In "Rock 'n' Rage" he notes that the game's idea of Ancient Rome is if anything more like Ancient Greece.
- A Rare Sentence: In "Rock 'n' Rage", "I never thought I'd have to say this, but these are the most hardcore trees I have ever seen in my life".
- Badass Decay: Tom notes this in the reveiw for Yume Penguin Monogatari, as Penta has somehow gotten fat.
- Badass Normal: Judging by Tom's reaction to the enemies in Bazooka Bill, the "men-in-adult-diapers" are possibly the most powerful enemies in the game, where a bomb just takes off one HP while these guys can cost you a life.
- The Cameo: His Monster Party review had a host of cameos from other Blistered Thumbs contributors.
- Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball had several other members from Channel Awesome as well as Doug Walker and Linkara.
- Yume Penguin Monogatari featured Jew Wario from You Can Play This.
- Canada, Eh?: Tom is from there, though it rarely comes up.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks: In-universe, Tom's opinion of how the roster of players in Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball was considerably toned down for the North American release compared to the wacky original Japanese version.
- Cool Versus Awesome: Often shows up, especially in the fighting games.
- Crossover: He once swapped shows with Roo from Clan of the Gray Wolf for one episode, doing a "16-bit Gems" while Roo did a Weird Video Games.
- Roo himself breifly appeared in Rock'n Rage.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He provides a short written synopsis for each video describing the game in question, with emphasis on its weirdness. Some examples:
: Weirdness Rating: 7/10 – Fight an oppressive new order alongside Aerosmith with a magic machine gun that shoots music.
Michael Jacksons Moonwalker
: Weirdness Rating: 7/10 – Michael Jackson dances at gangsters, zombies, ghosts, and vacuum cleaners to save kids from Joe Pesci.
Mahjong: The Lady Hunter: Weirdness Rating: 7/10 – A shameless superhero ripoff hunts down female jewel thieves so he can play Mahjong with them and then strip them naked.
- Four Point Scale: The "Weirdness Rating" is measured out of 10, but rarely dips below 5. Justified, in that if a game wasn't at least that weird then it wouldn't be on the show anyway.
- Goshdarn It To Heck: Except for one or two cases, Tom relies on several unusual phrases and euphemisms to get his points across instead of relying on cursing.
- Grand Unifying Guesses: Discussed Trope. In Momoko 120%, Tom points out that the bonus levels imply that the game is a prequel to Donkey Kong. He explains it as DK being the one rolling the barrels at Momoko, the building durns down leaving the girders behind, and then Mario arrives and expects the worst. The cream of the crop of this theory? He points out the Trouble Bugs that are enemies in both games.
- Gratuitous English: Discussed Trope in Momoko 120%, with him particularly dwelling on Japanese game titles' fondness for using the word 'panic' inappropriately.
- Heroic BSOD: This tends to happen when the game being reviewed gets a little too weird. A good example of this is during the host's Revolution X review.
- The ultimate example is Beat'em and Eat'em for the Atari2600, where he spends a majority of the video writing and typing his thoughts as just talking about it froze him and removed his speech.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: In Penguin Adventure, accompanied by original art depicting the penguin if he really was trying to wear three pairs of boots, two mediaeval helmets and much more all at once.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer
- Rant Comedy: Averted, unlike most web review shows. Tom's style is more an easygoing befuddlement with each weird factor in the game he's reviewing as they start to mount up.
- Shout-Out: Subverted in Di's Baby, where it looks like he's going to do the Monty Python "And now for something completely different" transition, (as the game in question is British) but it cuts to the intro before he can open his mouth.
- Super Speed: Penta the penguin from Antarctic Adventure and Penguin Adventure, who is capable of Mach 58.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In one video he discusses how people just accept weirdness without question if it appears in a popular mainstream gaming series, such as Super Mario Bros.—it's the less popular and one-off games where it stands out more.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: [invoked] He reviews games that invoke this.
- Widget Series: As well as these.
- World of Chaos: Many of the games he reviews are set there, especially the Japanese ones.
- Wunza Plot: His description of Captain Commando:
A superhero teams up with a ninja, a mummy, and a baby. Who cares what they fight?