Series / Gaming in the Clinton Years

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gamininthclintyrs.png
We have a challenge to EIDOS. In Tomb Raider III, create a storyline in which Lara gets breast cancer. Imagine the drama of a vulnerable Lara Croft still persisting on her worldly adventures despite her illness. It needs fleshing out, no pun intended, but we guarantee the gaming world would be shocked, stunned, and moved by the effort to make Lara's character more meaningful.

In the mid-1990s, a man named George Wood created a TV show dedicated to video games on a Maryland public-access channel, called Flights of Fantasy, much to the uproar of the gaming community. The show gained quite a few detractors; Wood was not known for his playing skills, research or good taste, was something of a poor man's Adam Sessler, and the production was rather cheap. He would also tend to go off-topic, sometimes markedly so, in a very fervent manner.

It had a small following, being a local public-access show, but would have been lost, had Wood not joined a video gaming association called NAViGaTR,note  who archived the entire series, edited each episode and put it onto YouTube as renamed Gaming in the Clinton Years. This is how most people know of Wood.

It can be seen either here, or in its original unedited format here. Some of his videos have also been the targets of Retsupurae as well.

He is, shall we say, a polarizing sort, and something of an easy target, so please follow the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement.


This cable show has examples of:

  • Artistic License Law: One of Wood's trademark "great game ideas" - having to drive your pregnant wife to the hospital while she's in labor, but obeying traffic laws and the speed limit because if the cops catch you it's game over. In reality, if a cop pulls you over for speeding and sees a woman in labor in the car, they'll escort you to the hospital themselves.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: George Wood seems to live in his own universe, making random remarks and jokes that come out of left field.
  • Complaining about People Not Liking the Show: invoked Wood believes that if you don't like Donkey Kong Country, then you are STUPID!
  • Damned by Faint Praise: The fact that this show compares Plok to Bubsy would be saying something, if not for the fact that the writers absolutely loved Bubsy.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In his Super Metroid review.
    "The station is completely deserted. No one is in the building."
  • Double Entendre:
  • Driven to Suicide: George infamously said he'd kill himself if Final Fantasy IX didn't have voice acting.
  • Dull Surprise
  • Faking the Dead: According to NAVIGaTR, Wood allegedly died between 2006 and 2008. However, in 2009, a video showed up on YouTube showing George Wood on a local talk show talking about President Obama. Not to mention that NAViGaTR had been making a huge fuss about George Wood in anticipation for their big Halloween cruise party, in such a way that if he isn't alive then it's pretty disrespectful - not to mention how NAVIGaTR publicly and loudly claim his cause of death was a drug overdose, which is something you wouldn't really want to publicize regardless of whether someone were dead or alive. For the longest time, NAVIGatR had been very "nudge nudge wink wink" about his supposed death and it was difficult to get the actual truth of the matter out of them. However, in April 2015, they released multiple videos proving Wood is still alive.
  • Filler: Wood frequently shows clips from games he's reviewing with no commentary or editing.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY":
    • Pronounced Konami as "Konammy" in a few reviews.
    • "Tahtooin" and "Maleenium Falcun" in his Super Star Wars walkthrough.
  • It Will Never Catch On: From his GoldenEye (1997) review: "No one buys a game specifically for multiplayer options." Little did he know then that the game would become a turning point for the First-Person Shooter genre, especially multiplayer FPSes.
  • It's Hard, so it Sucks: A common criticism for a lot of games, where the host complains that the only way to beat certain games is by using cheat codes... invoked
    "Beating [GoldenEye] is impossible on the higher difficulty levels. Do yourself a favor: Don't even try them!"
  • Mood Whiplash: Wood concludes his bias-loaded gush-a-thon of a Donkey Kong Country review by showing the Game Over screen. Even better, it's after showing footage of Diddy defeating Very Gnawty.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: The theme to Gaming In The Clinton Years is a song from the NES game Shadowgate (specifically, the hall of mirrors theme). It predates Clinton's presidency, although the depicted game (Battletoads in Battlemaniacs) does not.
  • Repeat Cut: Wood is utterly baffled when one of these shows up in a GoldenEye cutscene.
    George Wood: The camera is all screwed up! He jumps! He jumps again, from a different angle! What the heck?! Is this some new funky directing style, or what?
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The end of this GoldenEye review.
    "Okay, enough of Bond."
  • Stock Footage: Many of his four-minute reviews end with the intro cinematic of the game he's reviewing, with no commentary.
    Slowbeef: So wait, did he like this game or not? I kinda missed it.
  • Story-to-Gameplay Ratio: One of Wood's complaints about Final Fantasy VII is that the game had too much gameplay to story. One wonders what he'd think of Metal Gear Solid 4.
  • Take That!: The Tail of the Sun review uses the back-of-the-box recommendation from PSX Power as conclusive evidence to not read said magazine.
  • This Is Going to Be Huge: Wood apparently believed that the Virtual Boy would be more successful than the PlayStation. Hilariously, if you remove the Virtual Boy from the top spot of the equation, he otherwise accurately predicted how well the consoles in question would do for that generation.
  • Totally Radical: (on Donkey Kong Country's soundtrack) "Play it loud in stereo, DUUUUUUUUUUUDE!"
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Front-loaded anvils."
    • "Angle of the dangle."
  • Video Game 3D Leap: Wood criticized Final Fantasy VII for being a presentation upgrade rather than a total upgrade, in contrast to his expectations.


TV Tropes is truly perfect. If you do not browse this amazing new generation of wiki madness, then you are stupid. Yes, I know it's insulting, but that's also the truth. If you're a true trope fan, you will not hesitate in the slightest bit to binge on this piece of entertainment history.

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/GamingInTheClintonYears