YMMV: Gaming In The Clinton Years


  • 8.8:
    • Go on YouTube and see how much bitching there's about the rating given to the game.
    • Even back when the show was still on the air, viewers were incensed by his unfavorable review of Final Fantasy VII. There's even a video rebuttal where the host responds to the viewers' complaints!
  • Gushing About Shows You Like: There is absolutely no attempt at providing an unbiased review of Donkey Kong Country.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • He once proposed that Eidos give the star of Tomb Raider cancer in the hopes of giving vulnerability, and by extension, meaning, to her character. Cue Metroid: Other M (weakness and vulnerability as character enhancement) and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (coping with disease as character enhancement), the most notorious Base Breakers of their respective franchises.
    • Made even more hilarious by the reboot of Tomb Raider which aims to move Lara in Wood's proposed direction (minus the breast cancer, of course). Amazingly, it seems to have worked for the most part.
    • In his GoldenEye review, Wood claims that "No one buys a game specifically for multiplayer." The multiplayer aspect of GoldenEye went on to be the most beloved part of it. And then cue modern FPSes who's multiplayer gameplay eclipses the single player campaign, or are all multiplayer.
    • In his segment about the movie version of The Mask, George Wood says "Look for Mask 2 in a couple of years. This has the potential for a franchise for Dark Horse and New Line." It took over a decade for something resembling a sequel to appear, and when it did with Son of the Mask, it quickly ended any potential for further sequels.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • This is a man who can claim It's Hard, so It Sucks and It's Easy, so It Sucks about the same game.
    • His review of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is infamous for this.
    • His review of a Formula One has him complaining about the game being realistic without any crazy track gimmicks, and then suggesting a game where the player has to drive his pregnant wife to the hospital while obeying the speed limit.
    • He's complained about a game being too easy when he's turned the difficulty all the way down.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    "Donkey Kong Country is truly perfect. If you do not get this amazing new generation of Donkey Kong Country madness, you are stupid. Yes, I know it's insulting, but that's also the truth. If you're a true video game fan, you will not hesitate in the slightest bit to buy this piece of gaming history."
    • Usually, people take the two quotes and fill in their own blanks.
    • That, and a spiel he rattles off about how racing games should have both waterfalls to be driven through and police who stringently enforce traffic laws as you struggle to get your pregnant wife to the hospital.
    • "Front-loaded anvils". Really, there's at least one (and often more) from every review covered on Retsupurae. The extremely brief reviews of Contender and Buster Brothers, respectively, have "A nice fat K.O." cutting to a shot of Tifa from Final Fantasy VII flaunting her chest while on top of a moving train for no particular reason, and Wood's bizarre "pissing mannequin" aside. The most minor one is probably Wood expressing unfamiliarity with the Repeat Cut ("What is this, some funky new directing style?")
  • So Bad, It's Good: Despite its horrific quality, the absolute stupidity of George Wood's statements, along with his robotic acting and false enthusiasm, the show manages to come across as hilarious.
  • They Just Didn't Care: The whole production reeks of it. Especially when things happen like the GoldenEye review explicitly not including anything about multiplayer because they only have one N64 controller and don't care about multiplayer.

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