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Classic Game Room is an online video game review show made by Mark Bussler which started in 1999, making it the first web game review show.

The first incarnation was know as The Game Room was a subscriber feature on the website "From US Alive". Presented by Mark Bussler and David Crosson, it was mostly a straight review show of then-current games and a few retro titles, with the occasional bit of silliness. Though it gained something of a cult fan base, it was a bit too ahead of its time (most internet connections were still on dial-up) and folded in 2000.

Fast forward to 2007: Mark Bussler uploads a few episodes on a little site known as YouTube to promote a DVD documentary about the show. The videos became much more popular than he expected, and in 2008, he decides to revive it as Classic Game Room HD with backing from the Inecom Company.

Other than its troubled history, it's a standard review show without much in the way of bells and whistles, with most of the humor coming from Mark musing about the inherent Fridge Logic of the medium, or just letting loose about nothing in particular. Though the show is mostly about the games, it also has reviewed consoles, accessories, game packaging, and even more peripheral stuff (like food based on games). He has since spun-off CGR Garage which reviews die-cast toy cars.

The series is hosted on YouTube here, though due to controversial changes made to YouTube's content ID system in late 2013, CGR only released new episodes on their official site, until a return to YouTube a few months later when some of the worst Content ID snags were worked out.

Compare Wiiviewer, The Happy Video Game Nerd.

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