YMMV / Gaming in the Clinton Years


  • 8.8:
    • Go on YouTube and see how much bitching there is about the rating given to the game.
    • Even back when the show was still on the air, viewers were incensed by Wood's 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: In-universe. 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 controversial moments of their respective franchises.
    • Made even more hilarious by the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, which aimed to move Lara in Wood's proposed direction (minus the breast cancer, of course). Amazingly, it seems to have worked for the most part (presumably by not going in a stereotypically feminine manner about it - like, say, breast cancer for no reason).
    • 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, it quickly ended that potential.
    • While reviewing Final Fantasy VIII, he threatens to kill himself if the ninth game doesn't have voice acting. It didn't, but number ten did, meaning if he had committed suicide, it would have been one sequel before he got his wish.
    • One short segment of an episode has him mention his high hopes for the Virtual Boy, going as far as saying that it would beat out the PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and the like. However, removing the Virtual Boy from the top slot of his predictions on how well they would do makes them hilariously accurate to how well they did do - the PlayStation was the clear-cut winner, with the Saturn doing well enough in at least its native Japan, the Atari Jaguar CD further pushing Atari out of first-party development and the Panasonic M2 never even being released as an actual video game console.
    • In general, his opinions on video games tended to be the exact opposite of anyone else's at the time. One particular case was the review of Doom 64, when he gave it a glowing review at a time when everybody else was avoiding it, figuring from its title that it was just another in Doom's then-ongoing long line of terrible ports. Come the new millennium, and more people have belated realized that Doom 64 is not only a unique entry in the series, but also on par with the originals in quality.
  • 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.
    • He's complained about a game being too easy when he's turned the difficulty all the way down.
    • His review of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is infamous for this; the Retsupurae of the review is titled "Symphony of the Night was dissapointingly enjoyable" because the duo can't make heads or tails of his opinion on the game.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • Him threatening to commit suicide if there's no voice acting in Final Fantasy IX.
    • "You can play the game with one hand, and eat pizza with the other."
    • "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 "Manneken Pis" aside. The most minor one is probably Wood expressing unfamiliarity with the Repeat Cut ("What is this, some funky new directing style?")
    • Variations of "I have a challenge for (game development company). In the next (game the development company makes), (main character) gets (terminal disease or crippling disadvantage)." Explanation 
  • Nightmare Fuel: His Donkey Kong Country review is basically one long spiel of how much he loves the game... and immediately after he finishes talking, after footage of Diddy defeating a boss to boot, the notorious Game Over screen pops up. Quite a jarring way to end a very positive review.
  • 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.
  • Watch It for the Meme: Most people who know this series know it because of the aforementioned ridiculous statements.


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