James "Caddicarus" Caddick is a British YouTube personality who hosts a Video Review Show, which specializes in video games from the Playstation One era of gaming. His show can found on Youtube and on the website Hidden Block. The channel offers five different shows. Caddicarus (the main reviews), Top 10 Lists (Self Explanatory), Current Quickies (rapid-fire modern game reviews), Caddy's Retrospectives (Caddy's opinions on the first three games of a franchise) and Tinker Time (whatever Caddy feels like reviewing at the time). In 2013, he opened a second channel called Caddy's Conundrums where he uploads videos that wouldn't fit on his main channel.Find his main channel here, and his second channel here.List of Episodes:
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Caddicarus (Main Channel)
Caddicarus is Caddy's main (and self-titled) show, where he reviews a game (usually a retro game, specifically for the PS1) every episode in his own comic style. His first and longest running show to date, Caddicarus is full of Running Gags, Caption Humor, and oh so many Funny Moments.
Caddy: Greetings and salutations, my beautiful people, and welcome to the Caddicarus show, where I always have to do the dirty deed of deciding whether or not a game deserves to be slaughtered or salvaged!
Rascal Racers Review (Pilot episode, title given as Caddicarus PROTOTYPE)
Everything Can Stop Mr. Domino * (No One Can Stop Mr. Domino)
Top 10 Lists
Caddy's second show, his Top 10 Lists. They are... Well... Top 10 Lists. However, instead of just reusing the cliched format, Caddy decided to make his Top 10 Lists a bit more interesting by having some more unique topics, so instead of Top 10 Best Games or Top 10 Saddest Games, we have Top 10 Merchants!, and Top 10 People in Games that Probably Stink Like Sh*t!
Caddy: Top 10 Lists, which, if you're stupid... They're Top 10 Lists.
Top 10 Merchants in Video Gaming!
Top 10 Moments in Video Games I Couldn't Take Seriously!
Top 10 Most Depressing Games!
Top 10 Badasses in Video Games!
Top 20-11 Favourite PS1 Games Of All Time! (Part 1)
Top 10 People in Games That Probably Stink Like Sh*t!
Top 10 Games That I Don't Like... But Everyone Else Does!
Top 20-11 Games that I Liked from E3 2014!
Top 10 Games that I Liked from E3 2014!
Today's Special* (Cancelled)
Today's Special was originally planned to be a show that would review a new release in great detail, but ended up being cancelled after one episode. What's more, that one episode was criticised by him in a later video (Top 10 Games That I Like... But No-One Else Does!), with him calling it 'horribly outdated'.
Caddy: Bonjour, everybody and welcome to Today's Special! Yohohohohohohohoho!
Current Quickies is a series of rapid-fire fast-talking reviews. It has gone through many changes since it's first episode, and was originally called by Caddy himself an "Indie Game Spotlight", but now reviews Triple A titles as often (if not more often) than indie games. While the show keeps its insanely rapid pace during the review segments, it has lost the near constantbleeped out swearing that featured in the first episode. In addition, the "macho" voice used in the first episode is only used in the intros and outros of the videos now, with the actual review sections in Caddy's normal voice.
Caddy's Retrospectives is a series where Caddy reviews the first three instalments in any video game franchise he feels he wants to cover. Despite only having four entries into the series (so far), each entry contains three videos, one for each game he covers. Because these series involve non-stop videos back-to-back for three weeks, they tend to be more infrequent than Caddy's other shows. However, they are beloved by his fans, and have started many Running Gags of their own.
Tinker Time is the show in which Caddy reviews games in a fashion that wouldn't fit with his main show. They aren't so much comedy videos as they are more traditionally-styled reviews. They show Caddy sitting in front of the camera and giving his opinion with a screen showing gameplay footage. He then ranks them on a ranking system that goes from "Flammable" to "Unbelievable". The only exception is the infamous (amongst fans) review of The Stanley Parable, in which he gives the rating a minute into the video, and the rest of the video is a loop of half of the opening cutscene, again and again and again. He also called his review of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes one of the most difficult reviews he has ever had to make though.
Caddy: Hello everybody, and this week I've been having a little bit of a tinker around with... [Insert game name here]. So can I please get an intro... Now!
Caddy has also confirmed that he will cover the Spyro games at some point in time, in some form or another (most likely through a Caddy's Retrospectives series).
Caddy's Conundrums (Secondary Channel)
Random Conundrums is a collection of all the videos released on Caddy's second channel that don't really belong anywhere else. It is possible Caddy originally meant to make it a more promenent series, considering the first video he released on the channel was one. However, only two other videos have been added to the list since. The first video was a vlog-type video in which Caddy gave a tour of his room, but the two other videos were closer to short sketches.
Regarding... is the series that launched alongside Caddy's second channel. The videos basically revolve around Caddy ranting about whatever topic he feels like talking about. The topic doesn't have to relate to video games, but it often does.
[NOSTALGIACAD] was the second series of Caddy's second channel. The videos released in the series are the videos that Caddy uploaded to his main channel before his "Rascal Racers" review, which have since been deleted, and then re-uploaded here. The series ended with Caddy's final Pre-"Rascal Racers" video, How to Pull Birds, which includes the origin of the "CYOAR!" Running Gag. Within the series was what was probably his most loved Pre-"Rascal Racers" videos (judging by its appearance in the 10,000 Subscribers video), Randasong, a series of songs created by him revolving around a genre and a topic suggested by viewers.
My Old Intro
He's The Dog
Monster Energy Commercial
Randasong #01 - Country/Orange Squash
Pitch Shift Symphony - The Legend of Zelda Theme
I'm A Snake (REMIX)
Randasong #02 - Nursery Rhyme/Ostrich
A Christmas with Caddy
Randasong #03 - Rap/Bible
Sittin on tha Toilet (REMIX)
How to Pull Birds
Yungtown's Ending Rap from 'Hook'* (Uncut Edition)
Later replaced by Coronation Street: The Mystery of the Missing Hotpot Recipe
After that was Phoenix Games, as a result of Dalmatians 3, which he says is worse than Coronation Street. Hilarious in Hindsight due to it being revealed that Bratz: The Splatty Ratz That Are Gnatz Covered in Shatz was actually the one meant to be the true worst game ever made, but he found out about Dalmatians 3, and topped Bratz as the worst game ever made before he could make a video on it.
A human arch-enemy to Caddy is Ian, aka BrutalMoose in "The Poo Race".
Asshole Victim: Ross in Totally Fanny. Yeah, he was pretty much asking to be shot at that point.
Ross: Who's a little girly-girl? Caddy's a little girly-girl!
He also does this at the end of his Top 10 Games That I Don't Like But Everyone Else Does list, since he decides he's probably going to get crucified for his picks anyway.
Caddy: I might as well just fucking get it over with- (Smash Cut to closing jingle)
Big "Shut Up!": Caddy delivers one to Brainy when he gets annoyed with how Brainy narrates everything you do in the menus in 3, 2, 1, Smurf.
Berserk Button: He seems to go through phases of what presses it and how. At first, it was Rascal Racers, which caused him to have a fit every time it was brought up. Then it was Coronation Street: The Mystery of the Missing Hotpot Recipe, which causes mild anger and resentment.
The idea of reviewing the Coronation Street game had Caddy sitting in his garden ranting about the game, while smearing his face with whipped cream.
When he showed a scene from Casper: A Spirited Beginning because it had an advert for Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, it made him at least really annoyed.
Dalmatians 3 takes it Up to Eleven with him saying it's not even on the same level of badness as any of the previous games he's slaughtered, including the previously mentioned Rascal Racers and Coronation Street.
Any game with broken controls or poor draw distance.
Caddy: And [3, 2, 1, Smurf!] was also one of the only games in the world that Official UK Playstation Magazine gave a "FUCK OFF AND DIE" out of ten.note Actually, as shown on-screen, they gave it a 1/10
At the start of every review: "Greetings and salutations, my beautiful people!"
And at the end: "If it's your birthday while watching this video, then happy fricking birthday to you. And please remember to stay beautiful!"
"Jesus Christ on a bicycle!"
"Cyoar!" in Current Quickies.
During any "Caddy's Retrospective" at the end of any video he usually asks "Does (insert game here) hold up today?" while spinning the game's box into his hands displaying the front cover.
In the same series, "Fun Fact: Did ya know?", said in a Scouse accent.
At the start of every Tinker Time: "I've been having a tinker with (insert game here)...so can I PLEASE get an intro, NOW!"
Caustic Critic: Averted. He'll quite readily point out a game's good points, refuses to attack a game just for a cheap laugh if he doesn't already know it's bad, and even reviews games he knows he likes. Gets a Lampshade Hanging in his Jungle Book review where he "argues" with his (absent) viewers about being able to review things he finds fun sometimes.
Chekhov's Gag: In the first part of the Max Payne review, Caddy tells the audience to remember that the developers are Finnish.
Caddy: Also they were Finnish! Why was that important? Heh heh, you'll see later!
Caddy: But as far as the game looks as a whole, Remedy did have a lovely and extremely detailed Finnish to it. Haha, there was the important bit!
Cliff Hanger: A few times. Arguably The Parrot declaring revenge on Caddy in Bratz: The Splatty Ratz That Are Gnatz Covered in Shatz.
Fair for Its Day: Caddy firmly believes that games released today should be judged by today's standards. He picks Superfrog HD and Putty Squad apart, both of them remakes of Amiga-era games, stating repeatedly that while they may have been considered good back then, gaming standards have evolved since then and the remakes don't deserve to sail through on nostalgia alone.
Filler: In the video for the review of The Stanley Parable, Caddy decided to give the game a score, without a proper review, so he wouldn't spoil it. The video's length is about 10 minutes with the review itself being only a minute, where as the rest of the video is a constant loop of a part of the games intro, because he didn't want to spoil anything. This caused the video to be the most disliked video of Caddy's.
Freak Out: Suffers one in part 3 of his Max Payne Retrospective, where he's admiring Max's strength of character in shaving off all the hair on his head to signify a change in his life. Cut to Caddy's Traumatic Haircut within the same sentence.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: An upside-down paragraph of text appears in a joke in his Putty Squad video, in a book titled, "Mid-80s UK Game Developing Company Naming Theory", which reads:
If you're on a desktop computer or watching this on a tv, you must look fucking ridiculous right now. And what was this all for? Nothing. Why would there be? I'm just about to explain what this silly theory is in my next spoken sentence, so why on Earth would I display it here as well? You've been had. And now I have your head upside down. Looking stupid. Yep. Sorry. There's NOTHING of any relevance here. You can unpause the vide, now. Or you can take a break - your head must be very tired. Love youuuuuuuuuuuuu.
Game-Breaking Bug: He finds a literal one with Dalmatians 3; For some reason, the game made the Playstation 2's disk drive spin much faster than it usually does. Because of this, the disc got so hot that after he was done with the review, the PS2 couldn't play it again.
Gilligan Cut: In "The Poo Race", when Ian claims to have stolen all of Caddy's possessions.
Caddy: Oh, now that's just stupid. How could he have possibly— * cut to Caddy's old room, completely ransacked* Caddy: Well, shit.
Ha Ha Ha No: In The Simpsons Skateboarding, he laments the lack of any good music, and decides he could solve it by adding his own. Cue a Norwegian comedic song about recycling. His reaction is this trope.
Moral Dissonance: Caddy includes a lot of gun violence gags in his videos. This falls into Refuge in Audacity for himself and UK viewers, where gun control is much tighter and there's nowhere near the gun culture there is in the US, though it might make stateside viewers uncomfortable.
The ending to Fabuloso Sword II has Caddy cause Scarfulhu's head to explode, followed by Caddy laughing maniacally as he pictures the destruction he could cause. Immediately after is the calm, normal "stay beautiful" ending. Lampshaded when Caddy glances around the room right as the video ends.
In Rascal Racers...
Caddy: I mean, graphically I guess it looks alright- pffffffft...what is THAT!? I picked the raccoon...not the boat with the smiley face drawn on it!
Most Annoying Sound: In-universe. Caddy's bound to find some incredibly irritating sounds in games that he doesn't like, and it's usually one of the first things that he'll riff on if it's there.
Motor Mouth: Usually during his "Current Quickies" segments, for obvious reasons.
No Pronunciation Guide: Has this problem in the "Klonoa: I Can't Pronounce This Game" review, struggling with "Klonoa" and "Huepow".
"Is it Klonoa? Klone-ah? Klon-ow? Klon-oooooooooaaaaaaah?"
During the review, he cycles between each pronunciation of "Klonoa".
Old Shame: When he first reviewed Resident Evil 6 he was a bit softer on the game, giving RE 6 a 7/10 (or 3.5/5 on a five point scale) and saying he thought the game was better than RE 5. Later in his "Top 10 Games That I Like... But No-One Else Does!" video he states that the original video is "hideously outdated" and that now he would give the game 2.5 or 3 stars out of 5 (or a 5/10 or 6/10).
His other channel, Caddy's Conundrums, has him uploading old videos from before he became well-known (most of them non-video game related). He considers them horrid, but the fans seem to like them a lot.
One-Episode Wonder: Today's Special, meant to be an in-depth review feature of a current game. He later stated that being so critical the first time through ruined his enjoyment of the game, and the time-pressured experience resulted in a rating he later disagreed with, so he abandoned the idea.
Overly-Long Gag: According to "Fabuloso Sword 2", Scarfuhlu has a really long phone number.
Precision F-Strike: Santa Claus Saves The World and 'Regarding: Punching the Pa-Pa-Paparazzi' are the only videos in which Caddy has used the word "cunt" without censorship. (It was bleeped in SamSailsShips "I Have Never Game ft. Caddicarus" and it was cut short in "Top 10 Games I Like... But No-One Else Does")
Rapid-Fire Comedy: There's barely a time where he goes one minute without sticking some sort of joke in.
Sometimes, the reviews themselves get their own running gags...
During the Jaws Unleashed review, he makes a habit of comparing the various gameplay mechanics to other games..."BUT WITH SHAAAHKS!"
The Crash Bash review has the repeated joke of adding a suffix to both words of the title (Crash'm Bash'm, Crashy Bashy, and Crashley Bashley).
In The Simpsons Skateboarding, as a way of poking fun of the many shoddy attempts to appeal to the "hip" audience, he shows a picture of the cover with Will Smith's face plastered onto the logo playing the theme song of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, with Caddy saying "Make it more hip."
A drawing of Jesus with a huge smile being shown whenever Caddy says "Jesus".
During his Retrospective videos, anytime he tells us a "Fun Fact," he does so in a faux-Scouse accent. Oh and its usually accompanied by an image of Crash Bandicoot.
Grandpa: Sorry darling, I'm going to be brutally honest here: you look fucking hideous and I'm afraid I'm gonna have to give you a two out of ten for looking terrible and being a fanny of a granddaughter. Fuck you!
Sensory Abuse: Pops up quite a bit, usually through extensive visual effects and suddenly increased volume.
Shout-Out: Occasionally, such as using the 1980 Doctor Who theme in "Fabuloso Sword 2" as his car hurtles through space to find Scarfuhlu.
Sophisticated as Hell: Prone to making random quotes about people, such as: In the words of Gandhi, "Let's get on with this shit". And when he was a child, he hated Totally Angelica so much he "Drowned it in wine many years ago."
Sphere Eyes: When Caddy notices how everything in Croc: Legend of The Gobbos has large, disjointed eyes, he starts to wonder about the implications of this. Like how it feels to grasp the back of your eyeballs.
Stylistic Suck: His Putty Squad is a mild example, featuring no real introduction, a lampshaded No Ending, and the whole video being even more rapid-fire than usual. He explains at the start he had about four days to make the video, and despite the rushed pace of the finished product, it's still got his usual production values.
Suckiness Is Painful: The truly bad games Caddy plays tend to have this effect on him, from bouts of depression, mania, and hair loss.
Suddenly Shouting: Caddy tends to do this quite a lot, and it's usually edited to be even louder.
That Reminds Me of a Song: Subverted in his The Grinch Review, when he notes that the episode is ending on a surprisingly happy note, and then decides to sing Thankful Heart... but only gets to sing the first two lines before ending abruptly due to copyright reasons.
Threatening Shark: In the Jaws Unleashed review, Caddy keeps referring to the game as being "like [x]... BUT WITH SHARKS!", prompting a shark to jump from the side of the screen accompanied by a loud guitar chord.
This is also how he 'slaughters' games, by shooting them with a pistol. The Simpsons Skateboarding got several shots.
Unexplained Recovery: Caddy shoots his beloved PS1 in Santa Claus Saves The Earth but it returns completely intact in Voluptuous Raider (It's obviously an effect just like every other time Caddy shoots something/someone, although he does mention the "death" of the PS1 in his Simpsons Skateboarding review).
Viewers Are Morons: By Caddy's own interpretation, on occasion. Firstly in the Coronation Street "game", where the hint system is more like, "Can't find it? Here it is, you twat!". The second time is the patronizing clown he uses to state the obvious in 3, 2, 1, Smurf. The third time is the sarcastic hints in Bratz Rock Angelz.
Games aimed at kids that treat the player as an idiot are a general Berserk Button for him. He points out "Kids may be easily amused, but they are not stupid" and excessive hand-holding is just insulting to their intelligence.