Web Video: The Angry Video Game Nerd

James Rolfe is the Angry Video Game Nerd (formerly Angry Nintendo Nerd before he stopped focusing on just the NES and realized he couldn't sell T-shirts with someone else's trademark on them,) a misanthropic, foul-mouthed, chronically ill-tempered gaming geek with a predilection for Rolling Rock beer who plays weird, old, and, more often than not, Nintendo Hard games, some of them with the worst Fake Difficulty imaginable. We're talking truly terrible here. Epic Snark Bait. "The Nerd" holds a specific torch of hate towards licensed games, especially ones published by LJN Toys, which he sees as manipulating hopeful and oblivious kids into buying complete trash.

The Nintendo Entertainment System was a landmark in the history of video gaming — it was the first Japanese console to make a splash in the US, and the first console that most members of Generation Y have firsthand memories of playing. During its lifespan of over a decade, the console introduced now-classic characters like Mario, Mega Man, and Link, and saw video games shift from thinly veiled excuses to kill bad guys to complex plots, and produced scores of truly great games, some of which remain classics to this day.

But it also produced some real stinkers, and that's where the Angry Video Game Nerd comes in.

His reviews inevitably spiral downward into a barely-coherent rant peppered liberally with Cluster F-Bombs and scatological references culminating in a violent frothing rage that puts the Incredible Hulk to shame. The Nerd gets frequent unwanted visits from the stars of the games he plays, from Bugs Bunny to Freddy Krueger.

Note, however, that a handful of episodes are not so much about a single shitty game as they are about a certain console or accessory (there are even a few that aren't about video games at all.) Aside from giving reviews, the Nerd has also given a bit of video game history, such as a summary of the infamous Console Wars.

When he isn't getting his nerd on, James Rolfe maintains a website at Cinemassacre.com where he showcases various other ventures, including his own independent films and an annual "Monster Madness" feature each October counting down to Halloween.

The AVGN had a long and violent "rivalry" with The Nostalgia Critic that came to a head with a big battle in October 2008, and another in May 2009, this time a Massive Multiplayer Crossover with his guitar guy (Kyle Justin) in the fray. See the Critic's page for more details (and TGWTG Year One Brawl for said crossover.) In Real Life, Rolfe and Doug Walker (The Nostalgia Critic) are good friends and Rolfe has even guested in several other That Guy with the Glasses projects, including Cameos in the site's following three anniversary specials.

In 2010, he cut back on episodes doing approximately only one a month for the time being, releasing each around the first Wednesday of each month. Previously he had a new one every 2-3 weeks. In September he announced his intention to make an Angry Video Game Nerd movie!. In 2011, he announced that due to pre-production on the Nerd movie, he would be scaling back production on videos further, to videos that are about as long as his early YouTube ones. The film's plot involves the Nerd, after finally being convinced to review the infamous E.T. game, traveling to the New Mexico desert in order to disprove the old urban legend of the game's landfill burial, only to get caught up in a government conspiracy. Angry Video Game Nerd The Movie began premiering in select theaters on July 21st, 2014, and later, Cinemassacre put out a digital release on September 2nd with the Blu-ray following in December of the same year (DVD release date TBA.)

On September 21, 2013, The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures was released on Steam. It's a throwback to Nintendo Hard NES platformers, developed by FreakZone Games, published by ScrewAttack, and starring the Nerd himself.


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  • Day Dreamin' Davey (NES)
  • Star Wars
    • Star Wars: The Arcade Game (Atari 2600)
    • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Atari 2600)
    • Return of the Jedi: Death Star Battle (Atari 2600)
    • Star Wars: Jedi Arena (Atari 2600)
    • Star Wars (Famicom)
    • Star Wars (NES)
    • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (NES)
    • Super Star Wars (SNES)
      • Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (SNES)
      • Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (SNES)
    • Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
  • R.O.B the Robot (along with Gyromite and Stack-Up, the only two games it could operated with)
  • Spielberg Games (includes reviews of Jaws (NES), Hook (NES), and some Jurassic Park games (NES, SNES, Genesis, Sega CD, 3D0))
  • The Making of The Angry Video Game Nerd (includes a review of the video game adaptation of Barbie (NES))
  • Ninja Baseball Bat Man (Arcade)
  • Kid Kool (NES)
  • Nintendo World Championships (NES)
  • Dark Castle (Genesis, CD-i)
  • Contra Memories
  • Bible Games 3
    • King James Bible (Game Boy)
    • Adam & Eve (Part of Caltron 6, NES)
    • Spiritual Warfare on (Genesis)
    • Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land (Genesis)
    • Joshua on (Genesis)
    • Bible Adventures (Genesis)
    • Flight to Egypt (Genesis)




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