YMMV / The Irate Gamer

  • 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 midst 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. Although he did upload several of his Skylanders videos on this channel as of November 2015, but still uploads new ones on his regular Irate Gamer 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 Thunder Cats 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: The Irate Gamer has done many bad things:
    • In his Back to the Future review, he goes back in time and murders the creator of the game to erase the game from time.
    • In his Kool Aid Man review, he murders the Kool Aid Man near christmas time because he kept destroying the walls in his room.
    • In his E.T review, he blows up a U.F.O taking back the games because of how bad they were.
    • In his X-Men review, he kills Wolverine for talking back to him, Cyclops for revealing there is a bonus level, and Iceman for saying the bonus level could be considered a cool easter egg.
    • In his Gi Joe review, he kills the creator of the game.
    • In one video, he blows up Ubisoft because he couldn't get in.
  • 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, it's undermined by how utterly incompetent they are at it.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Growing the Beard: The very first seasons were for the most part just like the AVGN, but season 4 and 5 show that he found his own style with skits and editing jokes.
  • 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: His reply towards Justin Carmical's passing.
  • 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:
  • Never Live It Down:
    • People will make sure he NEVER forgets that he ripped-off the AVGN. Even when he does something different.
    • Nobody's willing to cut him any slack for a bad release schedule, "reviewing" a game in a manner that's incredibly lazy, or generally making the humor take more prominence over the actual material in the review, whether the humor makes sense or not.
  • 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. What makes the scene worse is he pops in a time stamp of 13:00 and then has his General character order to wake the President, at 1:00 PM(13:00 military time)! It doesn't get better if you try to assume that he is using 13:00 ZULU AKA GMT either 1:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 9:00 AM in Washington, DC. That is one late sleeping US President!
    • 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.
  • Seasonal Rot: If you thought his show was bad before, You ain't seen nothing yet! After coming back from his "retirement", he began shifting his focus on tearing apart games that are legitimately good, such as DuckTales, Punch-Out!!, Kid Icarus, and that's just to name a few.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: Early in his run he stated he was inspired by The Angry Video Game Nerd. It shows. Badly.
    • Similarly, the side series, Haunted Investigators, is glaringly inspired by Ghost Hunters.
  • 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: Has its own page. Yes, it's that bad.
  • 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.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The Irate Gamer Game was torn apart for its buggy controls, dull level design, and overall lazy design. To make things worse, the game actually had a fake positive review from Bores to make people buy the game.
  • 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.
  • Vindicated by History: Well kinda. While the amount of audiences has dropped over years, so did the detractors and there are more people getting among their way to defend the show and Chris Bores himself.

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