Series: Gaming In The Clinton Years
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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 Forever
, had Wood not joined a video gaming association called NAViGaTRnote
, 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
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 / Critical Research Failure: 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.
- Author Existence Failure: Possibly. See Faking the Dead.
- Bias Steamroller: Wood loves Donkey Kong Country. He really loves Donkey Kong Country. He loves it so much, that he thinks that if you don't play it, then you are stupid! We know, it's insulting, but it's also the truth.
- Complaining about People Not Liking the Show: Wood believes that if you don't like Donkey Kong Country, then you are STUPID!
- Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: Wood apparently believes that the live-action Street Fighter movie is canon to the series, as during the Street Fighter Alpha 2 review he complains that Dhalsim looks nothing like he did in the movie, and claims that Charlie is Blanka in the past.
- 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:
- 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 than 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. To this day, NAVIGatR is still very "nudge nudge wink wink" about his supposed death and it's hard to get the actual truth of the matter out of them.
- 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'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...
"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.
- 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.
- Totally Radical: (on Donkey Kong Country's soundtrack) "Play it loud in stereo, DUUUUUUUUUUUDE!"
- Unusual Euphemism: "Front-loaded anvils."
- Video Game 3D Leap: Wood criticized Final Fantasy VII for being a presentation upgrade rather than a total upgrade, in contrast to his expectations.
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