Tasteful, Understated Nerdrage
is a series of what can best be described as a series of video essays detailing tropics relating to the video game industry with an educational intent and a twist of humor. Admitting upfront to draw a lot of inspiration from Red Letter Media
's Plinkett Reviews
, the videos are made by Bob "MrBtongue" Case and hosted on his YouTube channel
Discussing tropics ranging the from current state of gaming journalism and MMORPGs
, over the use of classic storytelling techniques in video games, to selected video games, the videos combines academic discussion with copious amounts of sardonical humor and Self-Deprecation
to achieve TUN's mission-statement: "To change the world for the better through strategic complaining."
Sometimes, MrBtongue also likes to do what he calls "reverse complaining", for that he uses the Spin-Off
series Creepy, Obsessive Nerdlove
wherein he takes a more positive look at certain titles, both films and video games.
- Accentuate the Negative: Parodied. He's so used to complaining that he can't conceive of what the opposite of complaining would be so he just calls it "reverse complaining."
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: His parody sad ending for Mass Effect 3 featured Liara getting mocked mercilessly for the rest of her life by Javik, a Salarian scientist dropping a test tube and accidentally unleashing the genophage again, and Ashley Williams changing her hair back to the way it was in the first game.
- Buffy Speak: Combined with Sophisticated as Hell, especially when he coins the terms "reverse complaining" and "talky and techy sci-fi".
- Insufferable Genius: Played for Laughs.
- Prolonged Prologue: Made almost into a Running Gag, as seen in "The Shandification of Fallout 3":
"Part Three: Okay, we get it. You like Tristram Shandy. What does this have to do with Fallout?"
- Schedule Slip: To the point where he lampshades it often. At the beginning of "#realismtalk," for instance:
So let's just pretend I didn't suddenly disappear for several months there.
- Self-Deprecation: MrBtongue often make deliberately overly grandiose claims about his own importance for the video game industry, such as styling himself a major investor in Shadowrun Returns and Torment: Tides of Numenera because he backed their Kickstarters.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Played for Laughs.