Web Video: Lazy Game Reviews
Lazy Game Reviews
This is a floppy disk. If seeing one of
these gets you excited, then have I got a treat for you! LGR: commentary, history and snark on retro computer games and more! Floppy disks, big box PC games, odd hardware and software, The Sims series, stories of tech history, first-person thrift-shopping, and Let's Plays on games that make no sense!
is an online video game review show
by Clint Basinger reviewing games mostly for PC
, Commodore 64
, ZX Spectrum
and Apple Macintosh
, as well as reviews of The Sims
series. Despite the title
, reviews are actually extremely extensive and detailed.
The channel is divided into several shows:
- The normal reviews, where he goes over some game or hardware. He goes over good and bad points and says his recommendation.
- LGR Plays: A 20 minute or so video of him playing some game. Usually doesn't play the game for another episode, except in some cases.
- Oddware: As he puts it, reviewing "hardware and software that is odd, forgotten, or obsolete".
- LGR Thrifts: Footage and commentary on his shopping sprees at thrift stores.
- Tech Tales: A few minutes on the history of a company that was around back in the early days of personal computers.
You can watch his reviews on Youtube
Lazy Game Reviews provides examples of:
- Accentuate the Negative: He is a snarky reviewer, so it's bound to happen. Aside from that, he does a good job of weighing the pros and cons of games he reviews.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Happens quite often, with a Lampshade Hanging in the Chex Quest review.
- Angrish: In the Pharoah's Tomb video, he progressively breaks down into anger as he recalls loving the game as a kid, but hating it now because of the level's Malevolent Architecture and poor hit detection.
- Arc Number: 17. Why 17? Because it's an odd number. Very odd.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In his review of The Sims 3: Master Suite Stuff:
"I've grouped the items from this stuff pack into four groups: crap, more crap, useless crap, and pajamas."
- Artifact Title: As acknowledged several times, over the last few years the title "Lazy Game Reviews" is no longer accurate in any way — his videos are highly comprehensive and not lazy, he covers topics other than games, and a large portion of his videos aren't even reviews.
- Author Appeal: He's a huge Duke Nukem fan, and tends to reference the series in his videos.
- Author Avatar: His The Sims reviews will often feature himself as a sim, toting his self-made Lazy Game Reviews T-Shirt.
- Badass Beard: Which reaches down to his chest. He shaved it off after watching The Hobbit, though.
- Berserk Button:
- He really doesn't like invasive DRM (security features in games to stop them from being pirated. An always-online requirement is a good example of this.) He actually used the fact that it was riddled with DRM as a reason for not including Diablo 3 anywhere on his list of the "Top 17 games of 2012."
- Proprietary ports also strike a nerve with him. Understandable, as this creates plenty of No Backwards Compatibility In The Future scenarios with the retro gear he acquires, and this, makes it hard if not impossible to get them running.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In "LGR Plays: The Sims 2 University"
"So if your Sims had certain points, or whatever... or no parents, or 'previously abducted by aliens', you'd get scholarships."
- Broke the Rating Scale: After playing Doom with the Thrustmaster Pinball Wizard controller, he gives it 10 stars out of five.
- But Wait, There's More!: Inverted in his review of The Sims 3's expansion pack Master Suite Stuff.
- Call Back:
- The boxed edition of Grim Fandango he mentions getting during his March/April 2013 wrap-up video makes an appearance at the beginning of his review of The Incredible Machine.
- The "Katy Perry Sweet Treats House of Pain" from his review of "The Sims 3: Katy Perry Sweet Treats" makes a reappearance during his reviews of the Sims 3 Expansions Diesel Stuff and Supernatural.
- The utopian future in the Into the Future expansion reminded him of Sweet Treats in theme. So what does he do? Set everything on fire.
- The Cast Showoff: Has a pretty good Duke Nukem impression that he'll show off at any opportunity.
- Catch Phrase:
- He starts off most videos with a hearty "Greetings!"
- Corpsing: Happens a lot in the "LGR Plays" videos:
- In the Train Simulator 2012 video, his train derails... except instead of just going off the tracks, it flies through the air as if he hit a nuclear bomb.
- In the Barbie Super Sports video, he discovers a completely pointless "feature" in the in-line skating mode: a water fountain at the store. He is insanely amused by it, and laughs probably even harder than he did in the Train Simulator incident.
- It's debatable in the Goat Simulator video if he was trying to keep a straight voice, since the game is silly by nature.
- Deadpan Snarker: Oh god.
- A notable example is his review of Mario Teaches Typing. When gameplay finally began, he gave an extremely technical explanation of how keyboard input works over what he called very dull gameplay.
- Department of Redundancy Department: This is one of his main things, along with being the Snark Knight.
- Double Entendre: He will drop one whenever he can get away with it. For example in his NCR-386 review...
"It's just particular in how it likes its disks inserted. I suppose if I had big black disks stuck in me all day I would be particular as well."
- Early Installment Weirdness: Aside from his first video mentioned above, he made quite a few console reviews before finally settling on computer gaming.
- Funny Background Event: At the beginning of his Sims 3 University review, he shows a few other games in the background as he holds the cover up, as a typical opening to his videos. One of them is the 2013 SimCity reboot, with "DRM" written in Sharpie over "City." It later shows up in the review of SimCity itself.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
- The strongest words he will use in his videos are 'crap' and 'frig'. It doesn't mean his language is exactly clean.
- He does have a (bleeped) Precision F-Strike moment when finding out at the end of his Extreme Boards and Blades review there was a sequel.
- A typed Precision F-Strike pops up in his Golden Oldies review, at the end of a session with Eliza.
- Insane Troll Logic: Played for Laughs in the Depth Dwellers review.
- Hell Is That Noise:
- Invoked in LGR Plays Skyscraper Simulator, where starting a game provides an obnoxiously loud screech. Naturally, it's brought up multiple times as the main reason that This Is Gonna Suck.
- In his Creative Game Blaster review, he found playing Test Drive 2 wasn't exactly the best choice of game to play with the sound card.
- He had to turn off the sound when reviewing Vette! because revving engine was done through the PC speaker which he describes as "instant ear rape".
- Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure: Whenever possible, he measures devices using completely nonsensical items for scale. For example, when reviewing the Compaq Contura Aero, it was the same width as a PSP candy case and the length of a set of large keys, as in the kind used to open doors.
- Lame Pun Reaction:
- He groans about the 3DO's name, which is a pun on "audio" and "video".
- A reaction to the back of the "Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats" box:
- Let's Play: His "LGR Plays" series, where he plays through both old and new games for about 20 minutes or so. Unlike standard Let's Plays, he doesn't continue any series past one episode, the only exceptions being his Duke Nukem 3D playthrough and a three-part playthrough of Wasteland, if only because his party died on the third episode.
- No Plot? No Problem!: If there's a game that has this or any other unexplained aspect, Clint will create something to varying levels of absurdity and yet it'll still make some amount of sense.
- Painting the Medium: Sort of. Clint mentions before he got an HD camera that he likes the old look his original camera gave his videos as it gives it a sort of Retraux look. At least that's what he kept telling himself.
- Pop Up Video Games: He is quickly disappointed when he finds out Disney's Coaster isn't one of these even though the main menu make it look otherwise.
- Running Gag:
- Practice MOOOOOOOODE...
- Appearances from the Female Lazy Game Reviewer.
- Clint's joking love of chairs.
- Santa Clint reminding normal Clint it's December and he needs to do Christmas-based game reviews.
- Shaped Like Itself:
- When he reviews the After Dark screen savers:
Clint: And then there's "Doodles," which simulates random doodles.
- In one game review he mentions the game's "disk-shaped disk" and "manual-shaped manual."
- In the Mario Teaches Typing review he explains that inside the box you'll find...box insides.
- Shout-Out: Many.
- Shown Their Work: Most of the LGR videos are 7+ minutes long. He goes the extra mile talking about the development of the game, the people behind it, and the history of ALL its releases and ports.
- Sick Episode: The ''Donkey Kong Country' episode, where Clint had to use a text-to-speech system to provide narration.
- Slasher Smile: Starts off one video this way...
Clint: All right, enough of the Richard D. James face.
- So Bad, It's Good: He says this about Streets of SimCity.
- Theme Tune: He used a cut version of Vaxeen 4U, before he stated that he pretty much grew tired of openings in general.