Irate Gamer reviews video games, with a Video Review Show hosted on YouTube. He plays the game while offering lots of very interesting history on both the game and the console, peppering his reviews with emphasis on the game's flaws, perceived or real, as well as a healthy dose of profanity and audacity.Besides his series, Irate Gamer has uploaded several other mini-videos, including Haunted Investigators, and occasional non-video game-related videos.You can watch his series and other videos here.
Chris plays every character on the show except for the Wise Sage and the Genie (the latter has had only one appearance).
When the Genie finally returns in the Silver Surfer video, Brad Harp, the genie's original actor no longer plays the genie, as Brad was no longer available, so Bores had to play him himself. This continued in the X-Men review.
American Accents: He has one of the thickest Ohio accents ever, mixed with a slight speech impediment. The accent is most noticeable in the way he sometimes sticks L's where they don't belong (e.g. "bolth" instead of "both", "Jawls" instead of "Jaws", "drawlback" instead of drawback").
Arc Welding: In his Gyromite/Stack-Up review, R.O.B. tried to kill him. In his Predator review, a Predator tried to kill him. The Monster Party review revealed that both incidents are connected to the Evil Gamer.
The freaking boss life bar in his Sonic Unleashed review, never mind there have been hundreds of games before this that have that.
That Kirby's Epic Yarn was intended for kids. Well yeah, the Kirby series was always intended for younger gamers. How is this any different? Besides, being intended for kids doesn't mean it's bad.
The green circles. Very often he would circle things that are in plain sight. Notably main characters, enemies, and items that everyone can see. In the Kool-Aid Man review, he circled the playable characters, the objective, and the power-ups.
You could create a drinking game for each instance where he complained that the game's later levels get harder.
In the Guitar Hero: Van Halen review, he complained about how there were other artists beside Van Halen, such as Weezer, Foreigner, Third Eye Blind and Billy Joel. The game doesn't have Billy Joel, it has Billy IDOL.
In his 2008 Top 10 Summer Movies video, he called the Hulk's alter-ego Rex Banner instead of Bruce Banner (or even David Banner, which was his name in the TV show). Rex Banner was a one-time character on The Simpsons.
He complained about the fact that Nintendo supposedly never said anything about the whole real SMB 2 thing in America even though it was all over Nintendo Power when Super Mario All Stars was released as a major selling point of that game, and it was even mentioned before that, in a feature on the history of the Super Mario Bros. series Nintendo Power ran during the lead up to the launch of the SNES (and its launch pack-in title, Super Mario World).
In his Kool-Aid review, where he killed the Kool-Aid man for constantly destroying his wall. Yeah, it doesn't sound like much, but the fact that he killed a character for doing what he's practically known for. He's the Kool-Aid man, of course he's going to do that!
IG couldn't get into Ubisoft's E3 2011 conference, so what's his response? Blow up their office with a fake special effect.
When he releases remastered versions of old videos, he'll explain the sexually explicit jokes, such as when a masturbation joke went from "Uhh, that doesn't look quite right" to "Wow, way to jack off, cheerleader pervert!"
Probably the most blatant example is in the Monster Party episode, where at the beginning, Chris explains that lots of people have been coming to his door asking for directions to the big Halloween Party that he isn't even invited to, and the whole gag keeps happening throughout the course of the episode. This gag would have actually worked if he didn't explain it.
The Face Palm running gag from his Kirby's Epic Yarn video. When he does it, he adds a voice and caption to make sure we know what he's doing. He does this again in his Marvel vs. Capcom 3 review, but mercifully, doesn't add the voice and caption.
After calling R.O.B. "ROB-o-Cop" after RoboCop, he proceeds to show both names in text in case we didn't get the pun the first time.
One of his main complaints about Mario is Missing & Mario's Time Machine, never mind that the games were made to teach kids about history. This conflicts with the below trope where he constantly whined about games being too hard.
His main criticism with Kirby's Epic Yarn. People quickly called out his hypocrisy.
One of his complaints against Contra Super C is the cheat code for extra lives doesn't give out as many as the code in the original Contra (whereupon he stops the review to announce he's falling back on his Game Genie).
He whined that the Resident Evil 5 amateur setting is still too difficult and actually asked "Why couldn't they make the easy setting easier?"
If you look in the right places, it's blatantly obvious that he cheated.
Examples include suddenly skipping to the last level (Goonies II, Super Mario Bros 2), infinite lives (all the Contra games, TMNT III: The Manhattan Project), invincibility (Monster Party), max stats (Final Fantasy III), or other methods of cheating (TMNT II: The Arcade Game, Cool Spot)
Lets See YOU Do Better: Inverted in his Watchmen film review when he said "If I was directing this movie I would cut an hour off and put the flashbacks in linear order." This makes it painfully obvious that he never read the book. He did admit that with "I'm not really sure how the plot was revealed in the comic book," though.
Also in his Zombies Ate My Neighbors review when he said the title should have been Monsters Ate My Neighbors because it had enemies other than zombies.
A variation of this is found in his Super Mario Bros 2 review, when complaining the star is too slow. Not only did he do it in the area where it would naturally take the most time, but he actually slowed down the footage.
In his review of Aladdin for SNES, when Abu ate some apples at the end of a level, he edited it to make it look like the apples were actually deducted from your ammo. He admitted in the comments that he passed the flying carpet stage on his first try, so he purposely killed himself to make the stage look harder than it really is.
He said that once you get to level fifty in the Kool-Aid man video game, the enemies move impossibly fast. But it's obvious he sped up the footage; pay very close attention and you'll see that the Kool-Aid man is moving exactly as fast as the Thirsties even though he said they get faster. You'll also be able to note that the sound effects get higher and the timer at the top started moving extremely fast.
In his R.O.B. review, he said there's a party button. There is none; the first time is obvious, where he deliberately adds a sticker to the controller that says "P" as in party, but then the word "Party" is added to the second game when it wasn't there a second ago. There's no real defense for it; he was telling a joke, but tried to mislead the viewer.
Often watching the screenshots of him playing and dying to show how "hard" the game is are painful to watch for anyone who has actually played the games. It's pretty obvious that he's either not bothering to TRY not to die, or he just really, really sucked at the game. The TMNT review is one of the worst culprits. He seemed to believe that the best way to play both of the first two games is to simply walk straight at enemies and randomly swing his weapons, with no attempts to dodge, jumpkick, or use any other style that might make it harder for them to hit you.
His Contra reviews are worse. Most of the time he's not firing his gun and purposely jumped into enemies to emphasize the "this game is so fucking frustrating" complaint.
Two of the six "never-before-seen" games shown in the third History of Video Games video were created by Bores himself.
In his Sonic Unleashed review, when complaining about the cut scenes and hub worlds, he walked up to the Ice Cream Man NPC, talked to him and whined "Great, more shit from the Ice Cream Man". He tried to pass this off as the game's fault.
In his Cool Spot review he said that you have to collect 30% of the red tokens to open the cage. But when he's finishing the game and he opened the final cage it clearly showed he's only got 29%. Even worse, later on when he finished the game for the 'proper' ending it's the same footage as before.
A blink-and-you-miss-it instance during this four-player game of Spot the Video Game on NES. At the end the screen announced "Player One Defeated" in obviously fake text. What kind of four-player game would say "Random Player Loses" instead of "This Player Wins"?
When playing the Arcade version of Ghosts 'n Goblins, he tried to pass off that he was playing the NES version by using the NES controller.
During the "killing That 70's Show cast members joke" in RoboCop, the game being used is Hogan's Alley, not the bonus stage. He couldn't even use the right game!
In his Aladdin review, he created a plot hole just to tell a terrible joke. IG said he's going to review another game, and the Genie responded "don't take too long, my rug is double parked outside". It should be noted that not even one minute ago, they teleported home after Bores found the Genie in a video game cartridge. Where did the magic carpet come from?
In his Mario's Time Machine / Mario is Missing review, when he switches time lines, he'll say "now after doing this in Mario is Missing," or "after doing so-and-so in Mario's Time Machine," which would imply that he knew about both time lines when he shouldn't.
In his MUSCLE review, he attempted a Continuity Nod to his first video exclaiming "I'll have to go back in time again, and take care of business". He shouldn't remember doing that because he was erased from time.
It's clear that IG keeps trying to establish a storyline between his videos, yet he screwed that up when the Kool-Aid Man somehow comes back to life (as seen in his Cool Spot review).
In the same video, Chris was willing to give away his Magnavox Odyssey for a free pizza. However when he saw it was his evil twin he told him to go away. Either that was a really good pizza or Bores never proofreads his scripts.
In a flashback, it was revealed him, Wise Sage, and Tony went to High School... The Contra review is where they actually first met.
The Irate Gamer refused to read the Contra instruction manual for the story during his review of the game in question (even if the US localization suffered from Cut-and-Paste Translation), so he believed the game took place in a straight modern war setting in the likes of Rambo. He is then caught by surprise once the aliens started showing up later in the game.
Happens in the Goonies II review. When he gets to the end of the game, he expresses surprise that Damsel in Distress Annie is a mermaid. Never mind that this is mentioned on the very first page of the manual. Not having the manual isn't an excuse, as the whole thing's been posted online.
Revisiting The Roots: The Irate Gamer, since the jump to HD, had an ongoing storyline. Close to the end of the storyline, a non-sequential episode on the Die HardNES game was released, and it was closer to the earlier videos (the only remnant from the storyline is a cameo appearance of the Gamer's R.O.B. sidekick). Word of God is that after the storyline is finished, there will be more episodes like this.
Happens quite a bit, but his Odyssey review particularly stands out. He complains about age-old technology being "rare" and doesn't think about what looked good in 1972, calling the console very crude in design. He also says "It might have been possible that they were trying to market the Odyssey as a board game rather than a video game."
This continued in his complaints about the Fairchild Channel F, saying that every game on it sucks.
Self-Deprecation: Bores made a joke in which he called for his friends to play the 2-player mode of Contra, and was met with dead silence.
Serious Business: Considering that the AVGN/IG controversy revolved around crappy NES games, the fans of both sure take it seriously.
Shown Their Work: Claimed this in the History Of Video Games, despite the reviews showing otherwise.
As part of an experiment, the Irate Gamer posted two versions of his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review where one of them had all the swearing bleeped out.
In a sketch video, he bleeped out Satan saying "motherfucker".
In RoboCop Part 2, he lets out a long string of bleeped cursing.
Soundtrack Dissonance: His theme song, as well as the music he used in his video trailers, are rather serious and "epic" considering they were for a video game review show. Probably the worst offender is his Home Improvement review trailer, which has a deadly-serious orchestra and Ominous Latin Chanting. It's Home Improvement on the SNES! How serious could it possibly be?
In his review of TMNT: Turtles in Time ReShelled, he said that when updating something, some elements have to remain the same, or else "they’ll be shitting all over the source material. Right, Michael Bay?" Cut to a photo of Michael Bay photoshopped into his room going, "Uhh..."
He attempted one towards his haters in the Top 5 NES Games video. When he mentioned that he liked using Game Genie while playing Kid Icarus, he brought up that "some elite gamers" will likely criticize him for cheating and responded "You know what? Fuck 'em!" This immediately backfired when he followed-up with "even with a Game Genie, this game is really difficult".
He tried this on his haters in his Cool Spot review, saying, "These idiots can't even make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without ruining it!" Few actually saw this as a good comeback.
It's unclear, but one of the "characters" shown in peril in his RoboCop review appears to be dressed up to look like AVGN. Except with an eyepatch. This has been commented on several times in the YouTube comments.
A notable example is at the end of his Mission: Impossible video. He says he's really pissed off, his head is spinning and he's losing his mind. Yet he sounds completely normal.
The Teaser: The "Temple of Doom" scene in the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom game review is treated as such in the DVD version (the early episodes were produced before the Title Sequence was introduced). Subsequent episodes sometimes have their own teasers.
When talking about Hellboy II: The Golden Army, he was excited to see David Hyde Pierce reprise his role as Abe Sapien. Actually, a little research would show Pierce refused to do the sequel and Abe was voiced by Doug Jones (the man in the costume).
The IG NEO review of Mario And Sonic At The Olympics claimed that "Sega released the Genesis to compete with the Super Nintendo.". The Genesis was released before the SNES everywhere. (In North America the Genesis was released in 1989 and the SNES was released in 1991. Two years does not equal "same time.") He also called the game Mario vs. Sonic.
In the "pilot" of Chris & Scottie Roadtrip, he said that Metropolis is the hometown of Superman. Except Smallville is the hometown of Superman in most incarnations. He also said Death Valley is in New Mexico. It's actually on the border of California and Nevada.
In his Cool Spot review, he mentioned that the NES game Spot: The Video Game is based off Othello. Actually, it's based off Ataxx.
His History of Video Games had many problems.
This line: "It's also a good example of how Magnavox might have been trying to market the Odyssey as a board game, rather then a video game'. Of course they were marketing it as a board game; video games were still in the early stages, plus they technically didn't even exist in 1972. That one line alone debunked his claimed "hours of research."
He also claimed Tank was created by Atari. Actually it was created by Kee Games. While it was a subsidiary of Atari, that detail was kept secret until after Tank came out.
He claimed it was speculated that Nolan Bushnell attended a demonstration of the Odyssey and nobody knew if he was really there. Except for interviews with Atari founders PROVING that Bushnell did see the Odyssey, including this.
In his Back to the Future review, he had the LJN CEO saying on the phone, "You tell Mr. Silvestri I'll handle all the Back to the Future games." Alan Silvestri, the person he was referring to, was the composer to the film's music, not the producer.
In the MUSCLE review, he claimed that there was only one arena, when there were actually three.
In his review of Dante's Inferno he said that it was accurate to the book it was based on, even though it wasn't a book and it butchered its source material. It didn't help when he claimed to have actually read it. He also thought the original poem was called Dante's Inferno; when in fact, the Inferno was one section of the longer work which was called Commedia until Boccaccio added Divina to the name some years after Dante's death.
In the second part of his Mario's Time Machine review, he says that there are 1 or 2 alternate endings, when there are actually 3 endings.
He says "pretty much" in pretty much every review. And that's pretty much it.
Just about any time he announces a new video/review, that announcement will begin with something like "a lot of people have asked me to review this game," or "a lot of people have asked what the next review will be."
You see the cracked pipe labeled "Gas Line"? Bores showed it again and again and again to make sure you get the joke. From the same episode, whenever the scene switched between timelines, Bores reminded us what game he's playing. He shouldn't be doing this since it gives the idea that he's aware there are two timelines going on, which he shouldn't.
In his video on Microsoft's E3 2011 conference, most of the video is highlights from the conference and the last minute of the video is him recapping said highlights he just showed us.
"Fustrated" is one of his egregious mispronunciations, along with "emenies," "a-static," "fustrating," etc. He is also prone to double negatives ("they don't even make no sense at all", "I can't take it no more!"), and grammar failure ("Most hardest games for the NES"). Other times he uses the wrong word, like saying "infamous" for "famous" and "predecessor" for "successor."
In The first episode of Chris And Scottie's Road Trip, he says "designation" instead of "destination".
In RoboCop, he says the ED-209 "does not go down with a fight". Huh?
A strange in-universe example of this in his Dante's Inferno review. He warned parents watching (just go with it) that this game might not be for kids due to some nudity. So, it wasn't the immense bloodshed, the religious symbols, or the screams of the damned that warned him it wasn't for kids, it was the digital tits. Seemed like he didn't know about the ESRB.
In his God of War III review. He dedicated a good chunk of this already short review telling "parents" that this game had violence, harsh language, and sex. It's Rated M for Mature, that meant it wasn't intended for people under the age of 17.
Wrap Around Background: He noted this in his review of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom before throwing the cartridge away in frustration. The cartridge then reappeared on the opposite side of the screen.