Frédéric Molas, a.k.a. le Joueur du Grenier ("The Attic Gamer") is a French retro video-games tester who plays mostly horrible (and mostly licensed) games, but also a few merely Nintendo Hard games, with his sidekick Sébastien Rassiat (a.k.a. "Seb"). The JdG team received a third member (Karim Debbache, host of Crossed) in the beginning of 2013, who mostly serves to write the video scenarios (he occasionnally appears as an actor).He is basically the French equivalent of The Angry Video Game Nerd (although he later developed his own style as the videos went on). Prone to getting very, very mad at his video games, he still goes through almost all them, much to his chagrin and to his viewers' amusement.In 2012, he started a Spin-Off series titled Papy Grenier ("Attic Grandpa"), in which he plays an old bearded storyteller who humoristically revisits classic cult games in a 5-6 minutes format.A comic book telling his childhood by Piratesourcil came out in 2012.
He tested Aladdin (Megadrive) on New Year's Eve, to demonstrate why only bad games are reviewed. Since this is actually a good game, he acted like he was insulting it but shouted genuine compliments instead.
Four videos about the late '80s / early '90s anime and cartoons broadcasted in France (including one video only focused on girly cartoons and another one focused on cartoons that were aimed at boys), and some early '90s French sitcoms.
Several adaptations of video games into cartoons and TV series.
Interesting bit of information: In 2012, Fred and Seb made four informative videos about Dragon's Dogma. While these videos aren't technically part of the series, they use the same humor that's featured in their more well-known videos.
The Joueur du Grenier videos provide examples of the following tropes:
0% Approval Rating: Got kicked out of office in Rulers of Nations for increasing the retirement age by one year, resulting in the entire 60-million-strong French population taking to the street. At 3 AM.
Doesn't happen as much as you'd expect from an angry video game reviewer; when he gives harsh criticism, then it is deserved. Although he does state that the only good moment in the Batman & Robin movie is the end credits.
A notable aversion in his Atari games review video: he believes calling E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial the worst game ever made is an exaggeration, and that the video game adaptation of Strawberry Shortcake on the same console is a much worse buy.
In-Universe: Fingers/arms coming out from holes in the wall in the Total Recall (1990) game? And looking like... something else due to the NES graphical limitations? Cue the Ding Dong Song by Gunther !
Earlier, in the Dark Castle review, the same song played when he encounters the whipping torturer.
The NES Home Alone review. Two men chasing a young kid, then placing themselves behind him once he's caught. (cue Psycho Strings)
JdG: RUN KID! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! RUN FOR YOUR ASS!
Discussed in his "JdG answers your questions" video, when talking about Assassin's Creed. While someone playing Altair runs away, a guard (Seb) starts to run after him. They turn a corner, and Altair sits on a bench. The guard's reaction? "No it's not the same. That one is sitting."
Very much demonstrated with GIGN Anti-Terror Force. The bad guys in this game can ignore the player even if they have a straight line of sight, not react to a comrade getting shot right next to them, get unable to move from any obstacle (like a table), or can't hit the player if he's crouching too close, since they can't crouch at all themselves.
The LOTR A.I. is very bad about this, be it with enemies or allies.
JdG: I had him in my party for twenty seconds before he got eaten offscreen by a shit-ass wolf because he was too DUMB to LIVE!
Aside Glance: Gives a very panicked one towards the camera when faced with an impossible obstacle in Airwolf, complete with the caption "IMPOSSIBLE" popping up in front of him.
JdG: Give me one fun activity involving entering and exiting holes? (beat) Seb: Errr... Speleology?
In the Airwolf review, he notes that the NES version can be finished in 10 minutes, and since it costed 500 Francs (about 82 US dollars at the timenote According to this the exchange rate in late 1988 was 6.0935) when it came out, the game basically cost 50 francs per minute.
JdG: For fifty francs per minute, you can buy something much more interesting, if you know what I mean... (cut to a creaking bed) JdG: Like renting a creaky bed! (camera pans to JdG, reading a comic book and bouncing alone on the bed) JdG: ... What did I do that for?!
Ironically, JdG (or rather, Duck-Man) makes one such deduction himself in the DC Comics games episode. Since the least awful of the games tested by Seb was Aquaman, then Joker!Seb must be hiding... under the sea.
In the special episode about sport-themed cartoons, JdG is squicked by a scene of Kangoonote a French animated series which protagonists are humanized kangaroos (they talk and they wear clothes) playing basketball in which a (human) woman is flirting with a (kangaroo) male character.
JdG: Perhaps I lost my childhood mind, but don't you have hundreds of gross pictures popping in your head when watching such a scene?
BFG: For the final action sequence of the Platoon / Metal Gear video, JdG carries an MG 42. He clarifies in the comments that it was a real one, and damn heavy.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Invoked. In the second level of Back to the Future III, in which Marty flings plates at ennemies, a few ducks suddenly appear. Fred immediatly goes like, "I haven't see anything. I must be tired."
At the end of his rant about how the music in Airwolf gets really annoying really fast since the "mute" function cancels itself every time he loses a game, which happens pretty much every five seconds.
Blatant Lies: During The Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil review, JdG says he broke his CD-i controller, the other one he had he lost, and Seb finally got him one, after which he thanks Seb. During the speech, a Photo Montage is shown, where JdG deliberately throws the other CD-i controller away and when Seb finds him one, JdG runs after Seb with a rifle and tries to shoot him.
Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In his Looney Tunes game review: When talking about bad Looney Tunes games, he mentions that there's "games with shitty controls, games that are impossibly hard, and games with shitty controls that are impossibly hard."
When reviewing The Addams Family, he states that the sound which is played each times the protagonist is hurt (which is "often") is very annoying and sounds a bit like a dog whistle. A few minutes later during the test, two dogs appears in the room.
Brown Note: "If my ears could vomit, they would do it!"
When he adds Elite (the company behind Dragon's Lair and the Airwolf games) to his list of enemies, you can see a picture of Cryo (the company which made Virus and Timecop, two games he reviewed), a picture of Infogrames, one picture of Ariane Carletti (who did a very poor French opening theme for Dragon Ball Z) and an another one of Hashizo from Ai Shite Night, whom he describes as a creepy and sociopathic stalker in his special episode about animated shows for girls.
During the FAQ video, when talking about the first Assassin's Creed, he demonstrate how stupid it is for stealth-based game guards to not be recognized the hero they chase if he sits somewhere (even in plain view). In the Platoon / Metal Gear review, one of the minor characters is a guy dressed like Ezio, who is constantly "sitting anywhere, believing nobody saw him".
His Platoon / Metal Gear video ends with an appearance by Doug Walker.
In the Road Runner / Taz-Mania video, French Let's PlayerBob Lennon appears as a "useless cameo" who shoots himself in the head when asked to testify on how bad the Road Runner game is. Coincidentally, Bob Lennon also appeared along with JdG and Seb in an episode of Noob.
JdG: Ah! Sacrebleu, I hate this game! Yes, I'm a French stereotype.
His Papy Grenier episode about SimCity is full of cameos of French video testers.
At the end of the girly cartoons special, when the magical girls crossover suddenly feature a tentacle monster, you naturally have Pedobear leaning in from the edge of the screen.
Doug Walker again, Bob Lennon, and Frédéric Zolfanelli (Sparadrap from Noob) in the Elite Force Navy Seals / GIGN Anti-Terror Force video.
The 2013 fighting games video features most of the NESBlog team, Antoine Daniel, and Benzaie and Bob Lennon (only in the multiple ending).
The DC Comics adaptations video opens with Seb (dressed as the Joker and seconded by a Harley Quinn Expy) torturing Marcus, while Duck-Man is fighting against Usul and Karim Debbache, respectively dressed as Spirou and Tintin. This is lampshaded shortly afterwards.
The Home Alone review has vocal cameos, from Brigitte Lecordier and Benoît Allemane, known as the French voices of Son Goku and Morgan Freeman respectively.
Canis Latinicus: Fittingly, the intro to the Road Runner review, where the game is identified as "video gamus pourritus" ("rottenus"), and the Joueur du Grenier (in Wile E. Coyote's role) as "testeuris enervus".
Canon Defilement: invokedLOTR part one features, among other things, a long Fetch Quest just to get out of the Shire, the elves demanding six amulets to prove Frodo worthy of bearing the ring in the first place, Aragorn not joining until you give him a flower, fighting the Balrog, and Gandalf walking out of Moria with the others.
JdG: Breaking into Tolkien's tomb and pissing on his bones would be less insulting than this game!
Chaos Architecture: Never lampshaded, but justified when in an out-of-character video, Frédéric mentions that he was moving out of the house where he first started making videos. His new room is decorated so similarly to his old room however, that to an uninformed observer, it appears that his room suddenly went from having a wall on the right to having a wall on the left.
JdG: (dressed as Santa, doing the Santa voice) Ho-ho-ho, hi everyone! It's Christmas time as you know, and to celebrate I decided to make a video (removes hat and beard, uses his regular voice) which has nothing to do with Christmas.
Clingy MacGuffin: The Super-NES cartridge of Ultraman comes back to Grenier no matter how many times he throws it away.
Clothes Make the Legend: His flower-adornated yellow button shirt. He decided to wear it to make the visuals more cheerful, and also as a homage to (now gone) French singer Carlos, who was also a portly bearded man in flowery shirts.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: JdG wears a yellow shirt when he reviews bad games, a blue-white shirt when he reviews cartoons and other non-game media, and an orange shirt when he is playing a good game (or pretending to). Two more shirts made brief appearances: a black one (when he's terribly depressed) and a green-gray one (when he's out of character). He sometimes "magically" changes his shirt when he switches topics to keep this theme consistent.
Combat Tentacles: How do you beat the tentacle monster in Resident Evil? Why, throw a Japanese schoolgirl at it, of course!
Content Warning: Subverted. In the Valentine's Day episode, JdG says that since they're about to discuss adult topics, the children watching this video have ten seconds to... go grab a beer, since he knows they won't leave no matter what he says.
The anti-sexist joke counter from the Barbie (NES) review appears again in one scene in the Jurassic Park games review.
His duck weapons from the review of Batman & Robin returns for the intro of his short review video (the next one).
The salami from that latter video becomes his weapon for the Link: Faces of Evil review intro and ending.
In the RPGs review, when he's starting to play Drakkhen, at the moment the Infogram logo appears on screen... That moment is priceless but it refers too to his previous reviews of games made by Infogrames.
The Papy Grenier features items from the previously reviewed games (Pokéball, SimCityCommissar Cap) on the mantlepiece.
At the end of the Back to the Future II and III review, Grenier goes back in time to prevent himself from testing the games. As a result, he ends up testing My Little Pony on Game Boy Advance instead (the Youtube picture even shows that he is wearing the "good game" shirt). At the beginning of the following episode, he's shown reviewing (and praising) that same game with an idiot smile before coming to his senses.
In the opening of the DC Comics adaptations video, Duck-Man is fighting against Tintin and Spirou, which have both a videogame adaptation of their adventures reviewed by JdG (and made by the dreaded Infogrames).
Corpsing: During the Taz-Mania review, JdG laughs very shortly while explaining that the sound of Taz's jumps are quite similar to a cat becoming angry.
Crossover: The Infogrames studio musical sequence in the Disney video, which features several members of the Crossed team. Crossed is a series of Web videos dealing with films about video games (adaptations or films in which video games are the main theme, depending of the episode). Oh, and the animator of Crossed is Karim Debbache...
Cry Laughing: In the episode about simulators, Seb ends up testing Toilet Tycoon (which is, yes, a management game about building toilets).
Seb: See? When you click on the menus, it makes a fart noise! Funny isn't it? Ha ha ha ha ha... uuuuh...
Cultural Translation: Refered in the Last Battle video. It is supposed to be a Japanese video game based on the Fist of the North Star franchise and named Hokuto no Ken: Shin Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu. The game has been released in Europe and North America under the title Last Battle, with a lot of alteration in the dialogs and character names (and a few in their appearance), making it totally unrelated to its original material.
Curse Cut Short: A few times, either by a transition to a different scene, or some other kind of censorship.
Cut the Juice: Grenier pulls the plug of his NES in the Valentine's Day special when he learns that one of the games' title, "177", refers to the Japanese law against rape.
Darker and Edgier: During his girly cartoons review, he talks about My Little Pony: Battle for Ponyland, a grimdark movie based on My Little Pony featuring deaths and epic battles. Not.
Dawson Casting: Invoked when mentioning the bad French dubbing in the intro to Blaze & Blade (known as Legend of Foresia in Europe). When a teenage girl starts speaking with the voice of a woman clearly more than twice her age, the message "Casting Error Detected" flashes on the screen.
In the Zelda-CDi video, he puts a bomb next to a cracked wall in his house, blows it up Zelda-style, and enters what appears to be a secret room...
JdG: What is this place? There's a lot of stuff in here! A cellphone, a phone bill with my neighbor's name on it, a picture of my neighbor and his wife... where am I?"
In the Papy Grenier video about Pokémon Red and Blue, he states that most of the NPCs who stand still outside die en masse when winter comes. He also notes that, during a duel between two Pokémon trainers, the winner takes the money of his opponent... he notes that this could be called "racketeering".
In the Papy Grenier video about SimCity, the transposition into reality of a way to play the game makes him (as the Mayor) acting as a Stalin-like dictator with supernatural powers who sometimes unleashes disasters on his town For the Evulz.
In the simulators video, during Seb's review of Toilet Tycoon, it is noted that the player can build golden or emerald toilet bowls with silk or mink fur toilet paper. Which leads to this sentence:
JdG: Argh, it's cold... Ouch, I just cut myself with the emerald toilets! Yuck, the paper is full of hairs, it's gross!
Later in the same video, during the review of the ambulance simulator game, after noting that no matter how bad the player drives the ambulance, it doesn't affect the patient health:
Seb: I just brought you a patient, he's suffering from several broken bones and a cerebral hemorrhage. JdG: What? He was supposed to just have an appendicitis!
The Papy Grenier episode about Zelda focuses on Link's strangebehavior, and the negative effects it has on everybody's lives... except for the potter, whose business boomed ever since Link arrived in Hyrule.
The Resident Evil video may in fact have been Papy Grenier slaughtering his way through a big house filled with stoned hippies. Not that he cares.
In the sport cartoons video, JdG notices how the recurring and long flashback scenes during the soccers parts of Captain Tsubasa are distracting, by showing JdG (dressed as a soccer player) having a flashback while running... and eventually leaving the soccer field without noticing it.
In the second FAQ, Fred states that he stopped playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim before finishing it because his player character became too powerful and he finally got bored. He then states that after killing all those dragons and absorbing their souls, digesting dragon souls probably becomes painful. Cue a sequence with Seb dressed as Dovhakiin and slaying his 500th dragon, then absorbing its soul... and becoming sick (complete with a distorded version of the game's main theme, while Seb is vomiting).
In the Final Fantasy VII themed Papy Grenier, he comments how dumb the "victory dance" concept is (at the end of the fights) by showing Cloud unintentionally beheading his squadmates with his BFS while performing it.
Narrator: The Temple of Elder Sages, home of... the Elder Sages!
Depth Perplexion: A common complaint of JdG for 2D games, with either background elements made to look like platforms, or platforms nonsensically hidden in the background. One section of Bart vs. the Space Mutants turned tricky because of this almost makes him quit in rage.
Difficulty Spike: Mentionned in the review of Beauty and the Beast in the Disney special. Grenier doubts that any of the little girls this game was aimed at was able to beat it at the time.
JdG: This video was made for the Pix'n'love magazine, and will probably be pirated and put on YouTube before the end of this very sentence. (someone off-screen reloads a gun) JdG: (looking off-screen) What? What did I say?
And again, at the beginning of his Heavy Nova review, as soon as he mentions the video is DVD-exclusive, Seb says "Too late", the camera pans out, and the video is in fact on YouTube uploaded by someone else, causing JdG to exclaim "What?! Already?!"
A more discreet (and maybe unintentional) aversion: when he plays My Little Pony (GBA) on his Nintendo DS, it has a flashcart plugged in.
Dirty Old Man: The Greybeard (played by Seb) in the second RPG review is first seen in a strip club, and then reading porn mags.
JdG: It kind of looks like Desert Strike, except you control a trimaran instead of a helicopter and you shoot jet-skis instead of Iraki soldiers... yeah, it's nothing like Desert Strike actually.
Don't Explain the Joke: An extended joke starting with the Amélie Poulain: Montmartre Killing Spree gag. Seb butts (huhu) in to say "So you could say she's hilling in Montmartre!" which he elaborates on at the end of the video (Butte, hill; Bute, kill; Amélie Poulain: Montmartre Hilling Spree).
Dope Slap: He does this to a Greybeard towards the end of his RPG review when he rewards his "quest" with a hammer.
Double Entendre: Apparently, the reason there isn't a Marsupilami review is because it would be impossible to avoid these with the Marsupilami's tail ("tail" being a colloquialism for "penis" in French).
Drill Sergeant Nasty: In the GIGN Anti-Terror Force review, JdG impersonates one, chewing out a soldier (Seb) for... not recycling properly.
Sarge JdG: Your mother must be dying of shame, you beta-tester of Carambar jokes!
Drinking Game: Attempted to do one with the following rules: pick a random video game and take a shot for every outright lie on the cover box. He got Rise of the Robots. He had to take out several more bottles.
During the girly show special, after witnessing footage of Ai Shite Night. Not the anime, but the diabetes-inducing Italian live series.
(splashes gasoline all over himself and takes a matchbox) Seb: Wait, don't you have other series to review? JdG: What's next? Seb: Err... I think it's Lady Georgie. (JdG frantically starts to strike the match)
Some way into The Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil, Grenier idly ponders what Nintendo could have thought of this game. Cue a clip of a samurai committing Seppuku.
In the Batman: The Movie review, after the "porpoise incident" (and a long series of Beats), the scriptwriter (Seb) shoots himself in the mouth.
Drop-In Nemesis: In a parody of the unpredictable Game Overs in Alex Kidd in High-Tech World, clicking on a flowerpot causes Alex Kidd to be run over by a TGV.
Some of the music tracks in the games he reviewed, most particularly the theme of Dragon Ball for the NES (its European version, to be precise) are those. He even shows how this theme will never leave your brain.
When reviewing The Addams Family (NES), he notices that the only music track of the game is a 8-bit fex seconds loop of the series' theme. To show how it is annoying, he uses a short loop of the Joueur du Grenier opening theme during the following minute.
Easy-Mode Mockery: Finishing Pugsley Scavenger Hunt in a low difficulty level grants a A Winner Is You ending suggesting to beat the game in a higher difficulty mode. The true ending is also A Winner Is You, with a different short text.
Eat the Bomb: In Taz-Mania, Taz automatically eats any interactive object he steps on, including bombs (it hurts him but is not an insta-kill). What annoys JdG is where the developers chose to put the bombs: behind pillars and right where you're expected to land when jumping (not unlike the invisible coin blocks in Platform Hell games).
The Smurfs (by the same people as the two Tintin games mentioned above) features not only Black Smurfs, zombifying flies, ghosts, etc., as enemies, but also rabbits, hurting leaves (yes, leaves), falling apples, unkillable butterflies, and lightning bolts randomly falling from the sky.
In Alex Kidd in High Tech World, JdG complains that turning a computer on or wearing an armour trigger a Non-Standard Game Over. He then tells that it is absolutely too random to be discovered by another way than Trial-and-Error Gameplay, while the video shows a poorly edited sequence of the game in which Alex Kidd is smashed by a train because he touched a flower pot.
He explicitly states that some sections of the Excalibur 2555 A.D test are intentionally this, because each second of filler is a second not spent playing this game.
Invoked, and lampshaded in the intro of the Silent Assault / Raid 2020:
Narrator: And now, like in all the series after a big cliffhanger, here is... a filler episode! (a view of Seb and JdG looking at the camera) Seb: Er... what's a filler? JdG: It's when you make a big cliffhanger but haven't planned what to do next.
According to him, the LOTR game has more filler in the opening sequence than Naruto.
Fingore: During the opening of the bad DC Comics adaptations video, Joker!Seb cuts (offscreen) the fingers of the videotester Marcus and replace them by sausages.
Fireball Eyeballs: In the Dragon's Lair review, when JdG has had enough and asks for the game's password, Seb protests that it's way too soon. Cue Grenier glaring at the camera with fire in the eyes and demanding again for the password in a very deep voice.
Firing One-Handed: The character of Trespasser uses only one hand to do anything, including firing handguns or rifles, but also carrying heavy objects like rocks or iron bars.
Franchise Killer: invoked When reviewing them, he mentions that Bubsy 3D and Virtual Hydlide killed their own franchise.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: At the start of the Home Alone review, JdG looks at something on the right page of his notebook, which is centered on the screen. If you look at the left page, it's written "Plagiarize the AVGN"note A nod to Mike Matei's accusation of JdG being a copycat of James and "Kill Antoine Daniel".
Funny Afro: JdG wears one for the '60s-themed intro in the Superheroes special.
Funny Background Event: When phoning the ancient sage in the RPG episode, we see the others dancing in the background.
Gag Dub: Does this to a few games to accentuate the points he makes. There's a particularly funny one during his Spirou review, when he thinks that main characters in games made by Infogrames all seem to have agoraphobia, and illustrates his point by dubbing over a level from a Tintin game, where the latter is running through a crowded museum (where the goal is to avoid touching people):
JdG as Tintin: Oh Lord, where on Earth am I, oh God, look at this, there's even a man with a beard (touches the said man, gets hit) ouch, get out of my way, Osama, I don't want to get close to you, oh what a horror this is, you all make me sick!
Ghost Lights: In "JdG answers your questions", when seen through the "specs that reveals souls", JdG has a black shirt and is surrounded by blue flames, as a result of testing the Spirou game.
Goddamned Bats:invoked A major pain in the ass in most of the platform games he reviews.
JdG: Let's just say that if Hitler were a video game developer, he would have participated in making this game.
The opening of the Dragon's Lair video shows a few historical pictures, including one of Hitler holding a cart of the game.
Right at the beginning of the Fantasia review:
JdG: I'll say it right away, this game equals nazi! (cue Godwin point logo appearing) Now that this is out of the way, I can proceed.
Green Aesop: The Waterworld review ends with his throwing the game into the ocean where a sperm whale chokes on it. An oceanologist's letter is then read on the news, asking people to "stop throwing your fucking trash in the ocean, goddammit!"
Groin Attack: In the Sword of Sodan video. The more practical way to dogde enemy attacks is to fight while crouching. On the screen, it looks like the player character is repeatedly stabbing them in the testicles.
Grotesque Gallery: JdG finds Téléchatcreepy. Which is understandable, considering that many items in the show have an Uncanny Valley-esque human face (most notably a clothes iron, a phone and a microphone).
The Guards Must Be Crazy: An explanation is offered for the GoldenEye guards: they're just going along with a guard's friend's fantasy that he's a secret agent.
JdG gets stuck at the beginning of the last level in Astérix and the Great Rescue. The way to get past the wall is quite wall-banging, indeed.
The enigmas in Excalibur 2555 A.D. are non-logical, meaning if a single little item is missing or you don't know its use, you can't finish a level. And some of them require combining items.
This happens to him a lot because in a lot of retro games, most of the plot was explained in the manual, but since he lost/lacks the manual for most of his games and the games themselves rarely give any indication as to what the player is supposed to do...
It gets particularly bad in the first level of Platoon on NES, where you must find your way in a forest where every sceen is nearly identical, and there is absolutely no indication on which way you're supposed to go. The actual path is so complicated that it's literally impossible to find it without a guide.
Alex Kidd in High Tech World seemed especially infamous to him. For example, the last Plot Coupon of the first level is hidden in one of the clocks hanging from the ceiling in each floor of the castle. Also, the third level (in which Alex Kidd must find a way to receive a coupon to enter an arcade game room) features two seemingly coherent way (by speaking to several NPCs to acquire items), but both eventually trigger a Non-Standard Game Over when the coupon is given to the guard at the end of the level. The correct way to receive the coupon is to pray one hundred times in the village temple.
At the beginning of the Sports Games Review, Grenier doesn't even wait for his mysterious caller to tell him something to do.
JdG: What? You want me to play some awful old sports games? Ooooh noooo... (leaves the phone and rushes to the games)
During the Taz-Mania review:
JdG: Ha ha ha... You're laughing, aren't you? Have you no shame? Seriously, haven't you noticed something shocking in this series? Taz's family can speak perfectly: his parents, his sister, his brother. They even wear clothes. And look at Taz... Look at him. (the picture turns in black and white with a sad music) He is the only one to always be naked and not to be able to speak. It's true, Taz is mentally disabled. So, stop making fun of him because... ha ha ha, this sod is funny!
During the Platoon review, when he reaches the civilian village:
JdG: After several hours, I eventually discovered the way to the village. The morale meter is used there, because when you kill innocent villagers, you understand that our morale decreases. Because we, Americans, we are here to protect populations.
We immediatly see the Rambo-disguised Joueur du Grenier posing on a photograph reenacting one of the photographs taken by American soldiers during the infamous Abu Ghraib scandal (warning — wikipedia page not fully SFW) during the American invasion of Iraq.
During the Pokémon video:
Papy Grenier: I don't understand this issue, all these people saying that we didn't take care our Pokémon, it is not true, it is totally wrong! [...] We brought them to the hospital thirty times per day. If that's not taking care of them...
During the Superheroes special, he rants about Captain Planet and its Green Aesop, saying we don't need that to be environmentally responsible. And then he blows his nose with leopard skin.
During the Kasumi Ninja review, he complains about the exagerrated Asian-sounding accent of the ingame voice:
JdG: It's just shameful. We would never use such clichés in our show. (cue a montage of all the Asian-themed racist jokes appearing in the previous Joueur du Grenier episodes)
I Am X, Son of Y: In his RPG games review, he is addressed by the Greybeards as "Joueur du Grenier, child of Juron" ("Juron" meaning "Swear word" in French). In the French version of Skyrim, "Dragonborn" is translated as "Enfant de dragon" (litterally: "child of dragon"). Here, JdG is called "Enfant de juron" ("child of swear word"). Cue wearing a horned helmet and shouting (French) insults like Thu'ums.
Ignore the Fanservice: In one particularly difficult segment in the Captain Planet game (see That One Level), he says there's a bigger chance of a bus full of naked Norwegian ladies stopping in front of your house than getting through. After finally giving up and going to run naked on the highway, he angrily shoves the nudist Norwegian ladies who pulled up in a bus in front of his house out of his way (offscreen).
"Jeopardy!" Thinking Music: This music is used during "waiting" periods, even though it's not really its typical meaning. Obviously, JdG is not familiar with the show (its French equivalent was only aired in France for a short time) and more with the parodies used on the Internet.
Invoked in the sport cartoons special, where he mentions how the main character of Attacker You! is a lot nastier than people remember. Case in point: she scolds her six-year old adopted brother for having a Potty Failure in front of a large crowd of people instead of comforting him, and later on, she harshly and loudly reminds him they're not really siblings. And if that wasn't enough, he at one point starts whining that he doesn't want to go to school, since everyone laughs at him for not knowing how to swim. Her response is to dangle him one-armed from the window of their high-rise apartment until he agrees to go to the pool.
Earlier, he is appalled how there's only one person in Captain Tsubasa (JerkassHot-BloodedCombat Pragmatist Hyuuga Kojiro) who gives a shit about the player (Glass Cannon Misugi Jun) who had a friggin' heart attack during the match. To the point that Hyuuga Kojiro is then blamed by the coach because he was the only one to stop playing after said incident.
According to him, the fatalities in Tatoo Assassin were nothing but this. All 2196 of them.
Literal Metaphor: A French one: during the Airwolf review, Grenier claims that the developpers must really "en tenir une couche" (i.e. be really stupid), an expression which can be understood as meaning "holding a diaper"note The accurate translation for this expression is "possessing a layer", probably related to the English expression "being thick".. Cut to a scene where Seb is playing the game developper, typing on a computer... holding a baby diaper.
Seb: Seriously, you ever tried to create a game while holding a diaper? (cue losing horns and a "Joke failure" message in the bottom of the screen)
Long List: The Valentine's Day episode ends with a (sung) Long List of porn games. Which would probably have been even longer if JdG hadn't been arrested by a cop in the middle of a sentence.
At the end of The Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil review, after finding out the game didn't save the previous day, Grenier's frustrated yell causes a building to collapse.
An extended gag features him as a Skyrim protagonist, whose Thu'ums are powered by swearing.
Man of a Thousand Faces and Voices: Seb, JdG's Sidekick and cameraman, frequently disguises himself to play a second actor on screen. So far, he played: Zordon, the CEO of Mauvais Jeux Inc. (Bad Games Inc., the Mafia-esque company behind every crappy game in the JdG universe), the four Greybeards, the clown who programmed Dragon's Lair, The Grim Reaper, Merlin, Zeus and many other roles. Every time you see someone on screen that isn't JdG or young JdG (a kid wearing his shirt), it's Seb disguised. Although the more recent episodes tend to feature more and more frequently the 3615-Usul team (a fellow French podcaster), thus they can afford a decent cast.
Mid-Review Sketch Show: No surprise for a show inspired by the AVGN. Most usually an End-Review Sketch Show when JdG try to get rid of the game of the day. Very often with a Beginning-Review Sketch Show too as introduction. The Papy Grenier episodes are pretty much Full-Review Sketch Shows.
Morally Ambiguous Ducktorate: His alter-ego, Canard-Man ("Duck-Man", a parody of Batman) and his motto "Another victory for a duck!", which is also the slogan of Canard WC, a French brand of toilet-cleaning products.
Nerds Are Virgins: Used as a reason for the superiority of video-game RPGs to the tabletop version: the NPC asks a question to the female party member (Fred in a Girlish Pigtails wig), who answers, "I don't know, I'm on my period, teehee!" Awkward silence ensues.
No Ending: His special episode about video games' adaptations on TV. A "Low Battery" icon flashes a few times (as a reference to an earlier joke), then the video is cut short .
No Export for You: Saint Seiya for the NES was never sold in the USA. Understandable as the anime was much more popular in France than in the US. invoked
Non-Indicative Title: Commented in the first anime special, where he notes that the French titles of Captain Tsubasa ("Olive & Tom") and Attacker You! ("Jeanne et Serge") contain the names of minor characters that barely ever appear in the shows.
No Sense of Direction: According to JdG, Batman himself in the Batman Forever adaptation game, leading to yet another parody sketch.
JdG: Note we are in one of those many games where the devs thought "Yay, cool, I'll put stuff on the foreground, it looks so pretty!" Okay, listen to me, devs: no, putting things in the foreground that block your view isn't cool, it's stupid. When showing the movie Fantasia, you won't splash an audience member's face in the middle of the screen.
By the Batman Forever review, it has clearly become one of Grenier's Berserk Button, reducing him once again to Angrish (well, in French).
Off Model: To a degree. The "2D to 3D" episode's image quality was suddenly different from the other ones, as JdG and Seb started to use a new camera and weren't used to it. This was even referred to in the following episode.
Press X to Not Die: He parodies how this game mechanic has gotten too easy in recent games in the Dragon's Lair review: Jdg shows himself being threatened with a gun by Seb, who is about to shoot him and yells. The on-screen text says "Press X to avoid the bullet", but Seb keeps on yelling without shooting, and is even taking out a Cubitus comic book to read, waiting for JdG to react.
Previously On: Parodied to all heck in the episode following the Platoon / Metal Gear review, with at first clips from it (since it is indeed a follow-up), but which soon segue into unrelated skits, still with the dramatic voiceover.
In his Simulators games review, after Seb tested a game about toilets (Toilet Tycoon, to be exact), JdG draws the short straw about making an awful one:
JdG: Hey, your game about toilets... It smells like shit, doesn't it?
Queer People Are Funny: In Jeux de baston 2ème édition, when Fred is ranting about the fact that in the original Street Fighter there's no boobs but men's chests, a guy can be heard saying that it doesn't bother him. Fred asks who said that.
Rated M for Manly: "Nothing like the death of a Magical Girl to start this video, because this one is for you, for Men. Real men, hard men, hairy men, those who have something in their pants, who have a meat-and-two-veg, a wiener, a johnson, a loaded cannon. Welcome aboard, Men, this video is for you." Accompanied by the Terminator theme.
Rebuilt Pedestal: JdG is a big fan of The Angry Video Game Nerd. So when James Rolfe's friend Mike Matei accused JdG of plagiarizing AVGN (comparing him to The Irate Gamer and calling him a "fucking bum" in the process), he was reportedly rather bummed out. Later, JdG posted a comment on one of his videos saying he talked it out with Mike, and that Mike's not a bad person after all. The reconciliation was officially confirmed when JdG made a humorous cameo in Mike Matei's video "Mike Looks at Some NES Hacks".
Record Needle Scratch: Sometimes used when he finds something which is both unexpected and incredibly stupid.
Recycled in France: He is like The Angry Video Game Nerd with much less profanity. In fact, some of hs viewers' tendency to label him an AVGN ripoff is lampshaded in the Home Alone game review, where one of the things that is written on his "to-do list" is "rip off the AVGN".
Redheaded Stepchild: JdG is guilty of this in the 2013 fighting games video, when he tells that Ryu being redhead is one of the numerous flaws of the first Street Fighter game.
Relax-o-Vision: When Grenier mentions that one of the objectives in Brad Stallion is to hump a sheep, the action is censored by a montage of flowers, as Grenier's horrified screams can be heard.
Scrappy Mechanic: In-Universe. The gravity factor in Airwolf is one of the main reasons why the game is nigh-impossible to play in an enjoyable way. The helicopter keeps going down at all time, and since it explodes almost instantly by hitting ANYTHING, JdG has to constantly give light taps on his joystick to keep the copter from crashing on the ground or going too high and crash on the ceiling.
JdG: It's like doing archery on a fucking trampoline!
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the Papy Grenier episode about the first Resident Evil game, after Wesker gives his colleagues one stupid piece of advice too many regarding zombies:
JdG: So, Taz is told that somewhere exists an egg bigger than my ass...
The 2014 FAQ video contains a sequence in which the meeting between the JdG and the NESBlog teams is played as a reenactement of the Jurassic Park scene in which Grant, Sattler, Hammond, and Malcom (respectively played by Fred, Seb, RealMyop, and Usul) are flying toward Isla Nublar, with Malcom rewritten as a far-left economist.note Usul is often blamed for expressing far-left political convictions in his own videos.
After playing through Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III, he goes back in time to steal these games from himself so that he would never have played them. In the timeline he created, he has reviewed My Little Pony on the Game Boy Advance instead.
Shell-Shock Silence: When after a lame and badly-timed joke from Seb, an enraged JdG pulls the boom mike down and screams in it. It is not complete silence though, we can hear Seb complaining about his ears hurting, and JdG saying he had it coming.
Seb's voice gradually evolved into this. A Q&A special even asked if that was his real voice...
Seb: (in a young female voice) Haha... of course not, THIS is my real voice.
During the Lion King part of the Disney video, JdG makes the whole review with this kind of voice.
A Sinister Clue: In the DC Comics adaptations episode, there is a flasback during which JdG reminds that Seb holding his boom pole with the wrong hand should have been a warning that something was wrong. The episode began with Seb dressed (and acting) like the Joker.
JdG doesn't find "Life in the City" to be fitting to Sonic R. He thinks it'd rather suit a Rhythm Game at a seaside nightclub.
The Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil: "If I was in 1984, in a nightclub called 'The Macumba Night', I could eventually maybe think the music is good. Tough luck, I am playing a video game about Zelda right now. And I think it is slightly off-topic"!
In Airwolf, he notes how the music in one of the game's versionsnote Airwolf II on Amstrad CPC sounds awesome but only plays in the most boring parts of the game. He compares it to putting epic music in an elevator, cue a skit with him going in an elevator that has "Dragon Rider" playing in it.
Excalibur 2555 A.D has a kind of techno-ish soundtrack making the levels sounds like every part of the game was happening in the immediate surrounding of a night-club.
Asterix and the Great Rescue set to techno music.
Played for laughs in the video where he reviews Timecop among other things: JdG demonstrates how music should fit the situation by showing a counter-example: Aerith's death scene set to Les Musclés' "Merguez Partie". The music pops up once again later in the video, when JdG starts talking about how horrible diabetes is.
In the Smurfs video, when he flips a switch and the ominous music switches to "La Cucaracha" inside the bomber flying to the Smurfs village.
The GIGN one has hilariously inappropriate music, which he thinks would be better suited to a commercial for insurance or dog food. Especially the Game Over screen.
JdG: Yeah, don't laugh, the special effects are made by a French company.
Spin-Off: Papy Grenier, where he plays an old storyteller who revisits classic games in a humorous way.
Spiritual Successor: The Dragon's Dogma ads. They aren't released as Joueur du Grenier episodes (the title of the series is Dragon's Dogma - Fred and Seb, Fred doesn't wear any of the iconic shirts) but are filled with the same snarky humour that the Joueur du Grenier and Papy Grenier series.
Stealth Hi/Bye: Subverted in the Airwolf review, where The Grim Reaper disappears from his sight but then comes back, claiming he was just packing his stuff. Then JdG himself pulls one on The Grim Reaper for no particular reason.
Stock Control Settings: JdG is not pleased that the Start button, instead of pausing, switches the type of punches in Rise of the Robots. He has his reasons, since it means there is no longer a Pause feature.
JdG: Start, is PAUSE! Ever since it existed, the Start button was always meant to PAUSE!
JdG: Winners fight drugs. Except him. (cuts to a photograph of Lance Armstrong)
On the simulation special: "Well no, I'm a train driver. I'm on strike." (Train employees are extremely notorious for going on strike in France.)
In the same video, to introduce Rulers of Nations:
Seb: Hey, you're cheating! JdG: (suddenly in a suit, imitating Nicolas Sarkozy's voice) Well, what should I have done? Giving this money to young hooded punks who sing islamic rap? Seb: You're taking me for a fool, aren't you. JdG: ... You're right! I've become a politician!
In the FAQ video, regarding road maintenance and repair: "Look at how realistic this is! You got one guy busting his ass doing all the work and the other three doing jack shit! Just like in real life."
In the first RPG episode, he says that fights in Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance are more boring than an episode of 7th Heaven. Cue a Gasp and Fred insisting he said that.
Has a big Take That towards the American army in the Platoon / Metal Gear episode: he tries to show that having a Karma Meter in a game where you are an American soldier at war is hypocritical... because of the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal. Yeah.
In the "Thanks" part of the closing credits for the Superheroes special, he thanks "The NESBlog Mafia". NESBlog is a French videogame-themed network of videomakers, of which JdG is part (as most of the regular characters appearing as cameos). "The NESBlog Mafia" is not a Take That addressed to NESBlog but to the vocal minority already targeted in the "we're squatting your video" joke (see above): the "NESBlog Mafia" phrase comes right from them.
In the DC adaptations review, he sums up his opinion of Batman Forever with a scream. When he notes that the game itself, however, may not be that bad, he is told that it uses the same engine and gameplay as Mortal Kombat. Cue another scream.
Tastes Like Diabetes: invoked In the special about girly shows, the first thing JdG asks Seb is to add a very... special effect on the screen (which mercifully doesn't last the whole episode).
JdG: So today, we're gonna have animated shows for girls. Seb, turn this show into something pink and boring for chicks, please! (cue a blur effect appearing) ...Ah, it's not enough. Add more cute things. (cue Seb throwing kittens in the fire) Okay. It's pink, blurry and disgusting. We're in a girly show alright.
Twice in the Excalibur 2555 review, when he comments on how cliché the enemies are:
JdG: Seriously, the only way to make this game more cliché is to put in a mad scientist and Frankenstein's monster. (those two enemies appear with the "1-Up Sonic" jingle)
And after finding a bar in a cave:
JdG: Stupid game, a bar in a cave... Why not a strip-club for transvestites while you're at it? Seb: Actually, that appears later in the game. (footage of said level is shown) JdG: I hate my life.
In the girly shows special, when discussing the use of the Almost Dead Guy trope in Lady Georgie.
JdG: Good God, we all know he's gonna kick the bucket before spitting out her father's name! (when that happens) Damn! Is it possible to have something more silly than that?! (My Little Pony's theme rolls) ... NOOOOOO!
In the 2013 fighting games video:
JdG: (to Seb) Why are you looking at me like that? I hope you aren't thinking about creating a montage of all our racist jokes with a Lord of the Rings music! Seb: I'm not. (said montage was shown right before these lines)
JdG: The Jaguar tried to penetrate the market with its 64 bitsnote "bit" is pronounced the same as a French familiar word for "penis"... (video reeling back) That console presented itself as the first 64-bit console.
JdG: Yes, the The Passage, you know about The Passages, every hard game has one, that hard part of a level which makes you want to headbutt your girlfriend and run naked on a speedway!
There Are No Therapists: Averted; JdG consults a therapist in the Smurfs episode to help with all the stress the horrible games inflict on him. Though he's probably not too useful, considering he's doodling or playing crosswords while JdG tells his story.
Zeus: For your punishment, you shall review Dragon's Lair! JdG: No can do, I did it two months ago. Zeus:Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? JdG: I did it a while ago! Zeus: Uh, Dark Castle? JdG: Already done. Zeus: Damn, you really have a shitty life! Uh, E.T.? JdG: Aw come on, it wasn't that awful! Zeus: And Barbie? Barbie, don't tell me you've done Barbie! JdG: Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh... Zeus: Wah, you really had it rough.
Twice — one at the end of his sports games review, and one at the end of the Platoon and Metal Gear review.
Parodied in the First-Person Shooters review, with this dialogue at the end, over the credits.
Doug Walker: You are very good, Monsieur Grenier, but now, it is time. Meet me at the hotel. (to be continued) In 8 months. (to be continued in 8 months) JdG: Wait a sec, 8 months?! Why not right now, I'm free at the moment! Doug Walker: Well I mean, right now it's the high season, so if I take tickets, it'll be a little too expensive. Now I found a low-cost flight site, but right now it's full, and there's nothing else that— hold on a second, I really have bad reception, I can barely hear ya. JdG: Hello? H-Hello, can you hear me? Hello? Doug Walker: Yeah, it's a little better, but not that great. JdG: Yeah, hold on, I'm walking upstairs, there you go. (footsteps sounds) Doug Walker: Yeah, it's definitely better, but I can hear the traffic. So, what were we talking about? Oh yeah, the flight. So, I was thinking that— (sequence ends)
It's subverted as well, because of The Stinger that shows the two of them actually meeting.
Toilet Humor: Used during the Toilet Tycoon part of the simulators review.
Torture Cellar: He locks some of his worst games in one. It is shown in the Dragon's Lair (in which he first goes to bring the game in his room before testing it) and The Addams Family (which ends with the torture of a chained Super Nes with the Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt cart still in it) videos.
Trauma Inn: Lampshaded in (appropriately enough) the 2nd RPG special, where Fred hauls the fly-infested corpse of his weeks-dead party member to an inn, and the guy wakes up two hours later.
Troll: At the end of the Alex Kidd 3 review, JdG accuses the conceptors to have been trolling the gamers. Considering that the whole village level, with several quests and sub-quests involving finding numerous linked items, is actually completely irrelevant to finishing the game, he certainly has a point.
Unexplained Recovery: Fred shoots Seb offscreen in Sport Games. In the next video Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, when Fred asks why is he there, he just responds that a webvideo doesn't have to be logical.
In-Universe, in the FAQ video. "I will make no comment on the fact that your character [a highway maintenance worker] looks like an old Pakistani immigrant."
Another in the 2nd RPG special, where the party thief is Karim Debbache (who's of North-African descent). He promptly realizes the problem and tells the others to get fucked.
Un Installment: All game footage from his intro comes from his earliest episodes, except for the brief moment when Goonies II is shown. According to the Word of Grenier, a Goonies II review was cancelled during its production, because they felt the end result wasn't as good as the other episodes.
During his Ninja Turtles review, a fake ad for the "low hitpoints alert" sound sold as a ringtone is shown. During the ad, a line of text is scrolling at the bottom of the screen, saying, "Really? You have nothing better to do other than reading this scrolling text?"
The 2nd RPG special has "if you paused the video to read this, buy yourself a social life."
Unwinnable Joke Game: Minus the "joke" part. JdG considers Street Fighter I flat-out impossible to finish because the final boss demolishes you with next to no room to counter-attack.
Video Game Perversity Potential: In-Universe, in the Papy Grenier episode about GoldenEye for the N64. He says that he used to take advantage of the fact that bullet impacts on the walls took a long time to disappear to "draw" penises.
Visual Pun: In the Valentine's Day episode. "Warning. This video is potentially dirty, we advise minors to not watch it." Cut to a bunch of miners (played by Seb) complaining. (In French, "minor" and "miner" are the same word.)
Wanted Poster: There's one for Duck-Man at the beginning of the DC Comics games review. Then it's riped off, revealing another wanted poster for... ham. Covering a poster asking to stop riping posters.
Averted in the Alex Kidd review, where trying to get past the guard three times results in him stabbing you. Cut to a Mass Effect-like dialogue tree, where Seb talks to JdG just to end the conversation immediately, and on the third try JdG shoots him.
Also parodied in the RPG video, after the Greybeard is done delivering his information.
Greybeard: Go and accomplish your mission. And now I'm going to repeat the same line every time you talk to me. (Grenier pokes him) Hi, Swearborn! Has there been any progress in your quest? (Grenier pokes him again) Hi, Swearborn! Has there been any progress in your quest?
Discussed in the 2nd RPG video where he notes that the developers of Super Hydlide didn't even bother to do that for most of the NPCs, resulting in a lot of people answering with "!?......", which he represents with a Tim Taylor-esque grunt.
Greybeard: So, Swearborn, has there been any progress in your quest? JdG: !?......
During the Taz-Mania review, he reacts like that when presenting the show which inspired the game... with a subversion:
JdG: Ha ha ha... You're laughing, aren't you? Have you no shame? Seriously, haven't you noticed something shocking in this series? Taz's family can speak perfectly: his parents, his sister, his brother. They even wear clothes. And look at Taz... Look at him [the picture turns in black and white with a sad music]. He is the only one to always be naked and not to be able to speak. It's true, Taz is mentally disabled. So, stop making fun of him because... ha ha ha, this idiot is funny!
During one of his specials about cartoons, he shows a DVD set of My Little Pony (the older one) and angrily says to the viewers: "Look at what you made me buy!"
During the Prince of Persia 2 / Alex Kidd in High Tech World video, the introduction speech includes this:
JdG: (after talking about Sequelitis, especially in video games) So, it's why I'm here, to suffer. Because you love seeing me suffering, which makes you evil human beings.
You, Get Me Coffee: About the SNES Jurassic Park, while commenting on how the other characters keep giving Grant missions but never appear in person to help him, we see an edited caption from Hammond demanding he'd go fetch some coffee.
You Keep Using That Word: He will often use the word gameplay when what he means is controls (or rather, maniabilité). It can be explained by the fact that, in French, the sense of that word is less strict than in English language, from which it was borrowed.
You Make Me Sic: Seb as the Colonel, in the Platoon / Metal Gear review, complains that the ransom note he's reading is badly written.
JdG: This game is too hard to be beaten, so, because the situation is worsening, I decide to replace my Prime Minister François Fillon, who became unpopular, with the leader of the Beelzebub's Worshippers Sect. Leader of the Beelzebub's Worshippers Sect: Of course, it is well known that we are absolutely in tune with each other. JdG:Fuck, I'm in tune with Beelzebub, I really must be playing like crap.
You Were Trying Too Hard: In the Jurassic Park (Mega Drive) game, Grenier gets quite upset with the level where he has to guide Grant on a raft over several waterfalls, where even a small tumble means you die. Exasperated, he throws away the game pad... and the level continues, with Grant going through the waterfalls without a hitch.
JdG: You needn't touch the game pad... I hate it when a game takes you for a dumbass...
The Joueur du Grenier comic provides examples of the following tropes: