YMMV: The Irate Gamer

  • 8.8: Most of the games he reviewed less than favorably (Ghosts N Goblins, the SNES Aladdin, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Super Mario Bros. 2, Sonic Unleashed, G.I. Joe) are very much considered to be classics or at least decent.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • His E3 2010 and 2011 videos started a week after the expo ended, and went on for an entire month. Most of it was released in July, when many other sites already had plenty of good coverage. What makes this worse is that most of the games he previewed were already on retail shelves at the time.
    • The "Shadow Overlord" story arc ran for a long three and a half years (October 2010-April 2014).
  • Author's Saving Throw: Attempted this with his Tekken 6 review. In the original version, he never talked about the main game, just the Scenario Campaign mode. In the YouTube upload, he added a part where he reviewed the Arcade mode thing and said it was good. It backfired when he forgot to remove the scene where he said it sucked. Or he didn't forget. He gives an arguably flimsy justification (that he prefers games like Mortal Kombat) possibly so he didn't need to edit it out.
    • During the mist of Bores' Skylanders obsession, he did attempt at creating a second channel exclusively for Skylanders videos. At first it worked, but then the plan fell apart as Bores continued to post Skylanders videos on his main channel, likely abandoning the Skylanders channel.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Very prevalent in his reviews.
    • IG going into the world of Donkey Kong at the end of his review of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES.
    • IG shooting the dog from Duck Hunt at the end of the Jaws review.
    • Most of Satan's appearances qualify as BLAM, notably in the Odyssey Light Rifle video where he offered a light rifle for his soul (only to get turned down since he already had one).
    • The scene with the zombie in the Zombies Ate My Neighbors review. He tried to get rid of it using a Proton Pack, failed, then said he's "gonna need a bigger gun." Afterward, the actual review starts but the zombie is never seen again. In that same video, he listed off the ways of dying. When he gets to electrocution, for no explanation whatsoever, he gets hit with electricity.
    • Eggplant Wizard's appearance in the Tetris review. He appeared out of nowhere, gave IG Dr. Mario, and was never mentioned again.
      • You're supposed to assume he's a hallucination, since at that point Chris was freaking out like a drug addict.
    • The two separate Galaga sprites randomly appearing in the Contra review attacking Chris. They only appeared twice and were never mentioned again.
    • Two from the second part of his Robocop review: The Hamburglar popping up in the bonus game and Megatron appearing at another point.
    • The ending to the Madballs video. He gets beaten up by the Madballs and suddenly he's in the music video for "Take On Me" by A-Ha, which was most likely a reference to Family Guy which had a very similar joke with the same video.
    • The first part of his Robocop review starts with him watching a television show starting Ronnie the Skeleton before he complains he's already seen it and starts the review, then later on interrupts it to reminisce about his college days. Neither are commented upon or mentioned again.
    • In his Colorforms Video he tries to show off the ThunderCats Colorforms box in 3D only to have Snarf leap out. He is then promptly swatted away and is never mentioned again.
    • During his Muscle review, a Piranha Plant sprite pops out of a pot in the background. This is never explained or even acknowledged during the video.
    • In his Star Trek review, he throws in several unnecessary Zelda references.
    • During the Kirby's Epic Yarn review, in his standard usage of Rule of Three, he places his hand on his face while a booming voice yells out "Facepalm" over a "stupid" moment in the game. Once reaching the "Triple Facepalm" joke, a gorilla hand provides the third hand. We are never given a reason as to why it appears.
  • Bile Fascination: To some, who watch him for the blatant research errors, plagiarism, and crappy special effects.
  • Bizarro Episode: The Order Up video, the Evil Gamer hosted the review. Then he vanished for a while. When he reappeared, the Order Up review was never mentioned.
  • Creator's Pet: Ronnie the Skeleton. He is either a Jewish stereotype or a parody of Woody Allen. He was hated by many from his first appearance, where he was given an extremely long gag regarding his non-stop talking on the telephone. It seems not too many people like him, yet Bores is attached to him so much that he'll put him in any possible place. Bores even has this already-hated character do things like host a Christmas Special and save his life.
  • Critical Research Failure: His common theme in his video.
  • Designated Hero: From murdering the Kool-Aid Man to blowing up Ubisoft for petty reasons, the Irate Gamer does more horrible actions than his "evil" counterpart.
  • Designated Villain: The Evil Gamer and Shadow Overlord, though the Evil Gamer in particular. The worst he does is threaten the Irate Gamer, who is hardly innocent himself (although they are trying to take over the world).
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • Tony in the RoboCop review shows more sociopathic tendencies, including beating up freshmen in high school, as well as pounding his neighbour. Some of these jokes struck a nerve with people. In the same video, a lot of people were bothered by his breezy use of the word "retard".
    • His reaction to not being able to get into Ubisoft's E3 section was blowing up their headquarters.
    • His reply towards Justin Carmical's passing.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Sage seems to be a rather popular character, even to the non-fans. For proof of his status, go to his channel. The comments seem to confirm this. Another reason people may like him better is because his acting's slightly better and even he acknowledges Bores' mistakes. Though, this status may slightly decrease, due to possibly being involved in a contest scandal.
    • Tony to some. Several fans of the show have been known to quote his saying "bang a lang" in the comments. When his new design was shown, several fans stated that they preferred the old one.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: He gets this a lot, but the most notorious example would be his Aladdin review.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • One review from the "Third Rate Gamer" was of the game Cool Spot, parodying IG's abuse of auxiliary characters that have no relevance to the review by having a Spot sprite appear at random times. Bores later reviewed that exact game, and the exact same thing happened.
    • In his Q-bert review, he states that if he doesn't post a video a month, Youtube would fire him. He's gone for many months on end now not doing reviews.
    • If you thought Chris' "Rob-O-Cop" joke was bad, don't worry. Jon Stewart did a funnier take on it, just before interviewing Joel Kinnamen.
    • He said in his Brawl review that he hoped Mega Man would be in the next game. Come 2013, and...
    • During his review of the Turtles in Time remake, Chris said that when updating something, some elements have to remain the same, and then made a Take That against Michael Bay. Bay would later go on to produce a Ninja Turtles movie.
  • Internet Backdraft: Wonder why the main page was locked?
  • Marty Stu: The Irate Gamer, with the most blatant example being his X-Men review.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The Irate Gamer getting visitors during his Monster Party review (GET THE FUCK OFF MAH PROPERTY).
    • The scream from History of Video Games Part 1 (covering Spacewar!)
    • Bores needs more fiber in his diet. note 
    • See the Quotes page to read his Memetic Mutations.
    • "Face it, ______ is ruined!" Used especially by members of That Guy with the Glasses.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Irate Gamer himself murdering Kool-Aid Man for doing what he does on Christmas.
  • Narm: GET DAH FUCK OFF MAH PROPERTY!
  • Never Live It Down:
  • Padding: Lots of it. He stated in an interview with a French gaming website that he tries to make fun of the games "at least 10 times".
    • One of his favorite tactics is to name and show every single enemy in a game, even if there's nothing especially outlandish about them.
    • If he isn't listing enemies, he'll do a montage, even for games that don't require one. Including Tetris, Dr. Mario, Q*bert, and Cool Spot.
    • There's also his use of side-characters, even if they have nothing to do with the game.
    • One of his worst instances was during his Contra episode, where he speculates what the story is and cuts to some imaginary situation at the Pentagon, then attempts to show an 8-bit rendition.
    • In his History of Video Games Part 4, there was a section over the game, Steeple Chase. He spent ten seconds covering all the information we need over it (what its about and how to play it). What then followed was a minute long skit (out of an eleven minute video) of a reenactment of the gameplay with the Irate Gamer as the horses.
    • His complaints about Abu in Aladdin. He spent over 90 seconds (in a video that's only 11:35 long) complaining about something that has zero impact on the overall game, the fact Abu follows Aladdin around.
    • His Goonies II review is even worse. He starts off by complaining about the II in the title and how it apparently doesn't make any sense. He goes on to theorize about it and compare it to Castlevania and Donkey Kong, only to conclude by revealing that there was indeed a first Goonies game, thus rendering all his hypothetical explanations moot. It isn't until 2:40 (of a 7:40 video) that he finally starts to review the game itself.
    • The complaints about RoboCop not using his gun.
    • All the E3 videos where he shows an entire trailer. This wouldn't be so bad if he didn't record it using his camcorder. It feels like watching a bad Let's Play.
  • Rooting for the Empire:
    • Subverted. To some, the villains can be just as boring or idiotic as the Irate Gamer himself.
    • At least one video that snarked on the Irate Gamer's History Of Video Games series, while they were somewhat annoyed that Chris doesn't know much about the film he's from, rooted for HAL to kill him.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Ronnie the stereotypical Jewish Skeleton. He's pointless, only pads the review longer, and he's just annoying.
    • The Devil as well. He too is a pointless character who acts as padding, and he doesn't do anything funny.
    • Some consider pretty much every character to be this except for the Sage.
    • People have been getting quite annoyed with Bores' Skylanders obsession, even fans of his show. Particular examples include, but are not limited to: many posts on his blog being about the game, a 22-minute interview about it when all the other games didn't even get that much, and producing a stop motion video with them. His obsession over Skylanders was present because, according to him, "my Skylanders videos out perform my regular IG videos''. However, any good look at the video statuses will show they tend to get a large amount of dislikes.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: Early in his run he stated he was inspired by The Angry Video Game Nerd. It shows. Badly.
  • Shallow Parody: The Kool-Aid Man can't seem to speak in full sentences; all he says is "Oh, Yeah!"... Whereas he spoke in full sentences in the commercials and comic books.
  • Snark Bait: It isn't uncommon for most web series to toss a Take That or two at this web show.
  • So Bad, It's Good: To some, who watch it for the constant research errors, blatant stealing, and bad special effects. Some of his pre-Irate Gamer video are this too, Back to the Past in particular.
    • His facial expressions are a source of much memetic humor.
  • Special Effect Failure: While we can not expect so much from a Web Video show, he still has some pretty glaring mistakes on his special effects.
    • The holes in his wall in the Kool-Aid review look like black fabric taped to the wall over all his posters. He didn't even iron out the fabric; you could clearly see the wrinkles and a hole in the center.
    • The second time the Kool-Aid man crashes through the wall, he passes through a desk and some other objects, kind of like a ghost.
    • In the Aladdin review, when the snake wraps around him, it goes into his leg.
    • The bar in the Monster Party review; outside it's an obvious Photoshop, inside it's an obvious bluescreen effect.
    • His overused explosion effect. He uses the same explosion every single time, with no variation to it. This put everyone in shock when they saw a new one in his RoboCop review. However, it became the new default.
    • Who knew blood looked so much like grape jelly?
    • Cousin Joey. He's 6 years old, has the legs of a 27 year old, and if the chair is a good judge, is approximately 2 feet tall.
    • IG attempts a joke about God of War III's sex scenes by placing a censor bar over the TV. He failed to fully cover it and you can clearly see it's just Kratos and Pandora standing next to each other.
    • When he rips off the Evil Gamer's moustache in the Cool Spot review the Evil Gamer is clearly ripping off his own moustache. The camera tries to hide this but you can tell due to 1. The hand doing the ripping changing from one shot to the other and 2. His shoulder moves.
    • The Jawa action figure in the Odyssey review.
    • Is that picture an actual DVD case?
    • During the remastered Sonic Colors video, when Knuckles spin-dashes across the table and causes it to fall. You can see Chris just knock the table over.
    • The "button" he pressed to "blow up" Ubisoft? It was clearly the camera's lens cap.
    • Whenever something is about to fall on him, it always switches to a wide angle shot, so you know it's coming.
    • The giant Kinnikuman action figure falling on him, it's really cheap looking.
    • Some of his videos (such as the end of Cool Spot, the Robocop reviews) with multiple characters on screen, they sometimes don't actually walk on, just slide on while being bobbed up and down to make it look like they're moving. Sometimes noticeable because their legs don't move.
    • When the Giant HAL-bot punches the buildings in the city, they don't collapse, but fall down like stiff trees. Also the HAL-bot feet are dress shoes.
    • Goro. Canonically, he is well over 7' tall, yet here only seems to stand five-feet-something (or roughly Bores' height.)
  • Strawman Has a Point: Some of those games he reviews really are bad, and he even mentions what Contra Force was like, such as how the ending was a real slap in the face and the gameplay having issues (though he jumbled up a bit there).
    • Regardless on how you feel on the whole "AVGN or Irate Gamer", and yeah Chris Bores does have some ego problems, but Chris is basically right that James Rolfe (well, actually it was Mike Matei) shouldn't have posted a private email on the Screw Attack message boards as a joke.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Fans have not gravitated well towards Tony's new hand-drawn design.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: No kidding.
  • They Just Didn't Care:
    • In History of Video Games 3, he starts playing Gran Trak 10 in front of a greenscreen, then suddenly he's in a real arcade (a Dave and Busters), and now he's back in front of a greenscreen. This was to hide the fact that he couldn't animate the car turning (since he created the footage rather then recording it from actually gameplay, as he did with Gotcha).
    • Many of his NEO reviews do this. It's clear in most of them that he only played the first levels of each (sometimes not even going that far).
      • The Simpsons Game: Outright admitted he only reached level 3.
      • Battalion Wars II: The only footage shown is from the first two missions.
      • Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure: Footage is only from the first two levels.
      • Final Fantasy III: A rare subversion to this as he shows the final boss. However, he clearly cheated as all his characters have 9999 HP.
      • Sonic Unleashed: Gave up after the first flying stage because "this isn't what Sonic is about."
      • Resident Evil 5: Only shows the first level. He couldn't even get past it.
      • RoboCop 2: Kept replaying the first stage because he deliberately kills (instead of rescuing) the 5 flashing hostages.
      • Brütal Legend: Admitted he only played it for an hour.
      • Tekken 6: He judged the game on the tacked-on story mode (and had to be told it was a fighting game). In the YouTube version, he claims he didn't know of the arcade mode because they buried it in the menu.
      • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Reshelled: Never got past the third level going by his complaint about the "changes from the original". Since he believes the SNES is the original version, had he gotten past the third level he would have noted the lack of the Rat King fight, lack of Technodrome stage, and so on (when these things weren't in the original Arcade version).
      • God of War III: Less than two minutes long, tells us little about the game, and only reviewed it as an excuse to make a "God of War has sex in it" joke.
      • Donkey Kong Country Returns: While he gave the game a positive review, it's clear he barely played through the game when he said it was "not too hard". Despite everyone that's played it quickly claiming it's Nintendo Hard.
      • Mortal Kombat 9: Outright said he didn't finish the story mode.
      • South Park: The Stick of Truth: Less a review and more "blind first impressions". The video even shows him opening the game for the first time. It ends with him "unable to get past rats", showing he was barely into the game. Not to mention he didn't even film it in his usual set, but what looked like his family room.
      • His "down and dirty" movie review of The Hunger Games: Instead of giving us a "review", he wastes two minutes complaining about the editing and camera angles.
      • His "Video Game Roundup" video is this in spades. Covering four games in two and a half minutes, each game only getting 2 or 3 lines. No detail, no effort, no care, just "here's something I threw together in an hour".
    • He does this twice in his video for the worst movies based off video games. Firstly, while reviewing the Doom film, he admits he didn't really play the game because he got motion sickness. Secondly, while reviewing the Hitman film, he not only says he never played the games, but that "all movies based off video games suck", proving he really has no concept of video games in general.
    • It hasn't changed if his recent Sonic Generations review is any indication. In HD, his 'gameplay footage' has a watermark that says Cyberman65. Cyberman65 is a Youtuber who has a playthrough of Sonic Generations he made on his channel. That's right, Bores stole another person's gamplay footage for his own video and didn't even bother to remove the watermark.
      • One of his complaints was the inability to skip cutscenes. Except it IS possible to skip cutscenes in Sonic Generations. Implying that he didn't even bother to play the game.
      • It happens in his Tekken 6 review too. He complains it's impossible to skip the cutscenes, even though the cutscene shows a button.
    • His video on Colorforms. Previous I Rate the 80's videos has him buying entire sets of toys for the video. Here he only had a single set that he had as a kid and used that to pretend he had other ones.
    • Almost averted in his reviews of Dead or Alive 5 and Resident Evil 6 as both were released the day they came out. Only to see that the reviews are rushed with Bores barely playing the game, in DOA's case not even writing a script, and in RE6's case stealing other people's footage (the footage is zoomed in at one point, indicating a watermark is hidden)
    • This also accounts for his plagiarizing:
      • In his History of Video Games series, footage from CNBC's Game On: The Unauthorized History of Video Games was used without providing any credit as seen in this image. The difference between the two images is that the footage was cropped to keep the television's logo from being shown.
      • He copies several of the Nerd's jokes (most notably in the Back to the Future and his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review) as well as the entire concept of a foul-mouthed man who reviews games from the 80s and 90s with sketch comedy and special effects.
      • "Touch the ceiling, you die, touch the ground, you die, touch the lava, you die!" this line was copied from the Nerd's review of Silver Surfer.
      • In his Predator Review, the way he killed the Predator is performed exactly like the AVGN killing Jason, shot for shot.
      • The Kool-Aid Man constantly bothering him looked like it was taken from the AVGN's Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout video.
      • In the original Mission Impossible review, he actually says "What a shitload of fuck!"
      • During his look at Silver Surfer, he uses the AVGN's "You die you die die die die die..." joke in his own way. "Death after death after death after death..."
    • Other video game reviewers also had the problem of the Irate Gamer stealing material.
      • His review of Predator had very VERY similar jokes seen in Armake21 and wizwar100's review of the same game. Notably wizwar's "Fists of Fury" joke. It doesn't help that when he fought the Predator, he shot his head off just like The Nerd did to Jason Voorhees in his Friday the 13th review.
      • Awesome Video Games also fell victim to his unoriginality. His two part ROB video takes multiple concepts from their five part Gyromite video. Including ROB dancing, ROB "accidentally" crushing Professor Hector, ROB secretly being evil, and a fight with him at the end.
      • The drop-in appearances of Spot in the 7-Up review are timed exactly like the Third Rate Gamer's video (ironic since he did that joke to make fun of the Kool-Aid Man's drop-in appearances).
      • During his solo RoboCop review, he took SWAGshow's PETA joke from the original crossover and reused it without giving him credit.