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We all like James Rolfe a lot, but every once in a while, he puts out something that makes us all wonder: What was he thinking?

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The Angry Video Game Nerd:
  • bobdrant: I'm a fan of The Angry Video Game Nerd and I can usually look past whenever he uses toilet humor and just enjoy his reviews. However, that was not the case for his review of various Star Wars games for different systems. Long story short, towards the end of the review, James begins talking about all the Star Wars games he didn't review (mostly because there's so many of them), and, for no reason whatsoever, a buffalo just takes a crap and breaks his window. I consider it to be the DMOS for the AVGN, because, well, it's pretty much the laziest writing I've seen from him. The joke makes no sense, there's no buildup to it, and it has nothing to do with the subject matter he's reviewing. It's like he just randomly threw in over-the-top toilet humor just for the sake of having over-the-top toilet humor. C'mon, James, you're better than this. You're The Angry Video Game Nerd, not the "Random Jokes About Poop Nerd".
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  • Johnnytherock: The Schwarzenegger Games review in one scene, James flatly delivers three of his catchphrases in succession and takes a swig of Rolling Rock, all in about five seconds. The quality has declined since the old days, and previous reviews had parts that dragged, but this seemed all too perfunctory to be entertaining.
  • Fofa: Those weren't the only instances of Critical Research Failure those videos had, though those examples do stick out like a sore thumb. Castlevania 64 doesn't have any music when it actually does (which you can actually hear in the video) and the majority of the games mostly happened inside the castle since the beginning, when he said that the games started doing it after Symphony of the Night.
  • Kuuenbu: In his "Super NES vs. Sega Genesis" video, he lets his bias get the better of him and says that, unlike with the SNES controller, you can only press one Genesis gamepad button at a time. Anyone who has ever held a Genesis/Mega Drive controller for 10 seconds knows you can press two (or even three, though it's difficult and counter-intuitive) buttons simultaneously by adjusting the angle of your palm. Given how much he seems to be attempting a fair analysis, this egregious offense makes his self-admitted bias just plain facepalm-inducing. You'd think this would be something so obvious that no one could possibly fall for it, but if James Rolfe could be this ignorant, it wouldn't be that big a stretch to see pre-teen Nintendo fanboys watching that video and saying "You see, you can't press more than one button on Sega like you can on Nintendo! I told you Nintendo is what Genesisn'tnote 
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  • awdur: In his Seaman review, after the Seaman start mating, the Nerd says "I didn't know one of them was female!". The problem is, he does. During the evolutionary proccess of the Seaman, at one point, they will pick a gender and inform the player. The Nerd blatantly ignored an important part of the gameplay just so he could make a joke.
  • Trialman: In his follow-up review of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), I wasn't too bothered by the first review, but the follow-up was the real disappointment for me. He continues the game, and he does go a bit more in-depth on some things, but not enough to make me satisfied, personally. The real nadir though, is when he gets to the last story. He briefly mentions the infamous scene where Sonic dies, and then basically goes straight to the even more infamous Elise kissing Sonic scene. He just notes how dumb that moment is, and then stops the review there. He barely even implies that there is a certain Disappointing Last Level between those cutscenes. Considering that infamy of End of The World, you'd think the Nerd would have something to say about it, but the most we got was a throw-away line about collecting the Chaos Emeralds, which was so vague, someone unaware could easily think that they were collected in a cutscene. Quite frankly, the scarred Sonic 06 box seemed to have more effort put into it than the review itself.
    • Bobg: My dethroning moment for him is when he gets to the part where Sonic and Silver use their Chaos Emeralds to go back in time to prevent Elise's death. He asks why they don't use their Chaos Emeralds to go back in time and kill Eggman when he was a baby. Yeah, because that's totally something the heroes would do. Forget the fact that he would be a helpless infant at the time, murder is still murder. Are Sonic or any of his friends murderers? No.
  • Teleport_Ted: In the Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi episode, he mocks the Nerfed Lightsabers — in a skit where Darth Vader's fails to behead Chewbacca, leading to the former's Curb-Stomp Battle via Neck Snap. But even without a Lightsaber, isn't Vader still a deadly Cyborg and Kung-Fu Wizard? Given James's fanboyism toward the franchise, you'd think he'd avoid such a Critical Research Failure. Thankfully, it doesn't ruin the rest of the episode (which is still good); but still...
  • multibrawlr: The portrayal of the Nerd in Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie as a worshipped deity of sorts — a fan excitedly buys a game because the Nerd spat on it — was likely Played for Laughs, but to me personally got old and felt excessively self-congratulatory.
  • Gaucelm: I feel like the Nerd has been getting increasingly stale over the years and it's obvious James is not as much into it... many of his later episodes felt extremely lukewarm, downright boring to me. But one moment that especially struck me as agressively lazy and creatively bankrupt was the conclusion of his Dirty Harry review; he makes the most predictable and obvious joke you'd make, which is - you guessed it - destroy the game cartridge with a gun while quoting the famous - and itself overly-referenced - "bullets" quote from the first movie. He puts no originality, no twist into it whatsoever. It felt like "This parody is obligatory, I guess". This is the kind of stuff you'd see in a 2007 The Irate Gamer video, not in 2018 AVGN.

Other Cinemassacre productions:

  • Midna: Since I can't just say "all of 'Minecraft with Gadget'", I'll just point to Gadget's "I love building brown bricks with Minecrap" spiel. It would have been mildly amusing, if infantile, if it was only said once... but then he just keeps saying it over and over for almost half a minute. One gets the impression that Matei thought the scene was comedy gold and wanted to milk it for all it was worth.
    • SenorCornholio: Agreed on this video; it was so bad that it makes you wonder of this is seriously the same guy who plays most of the characters in the Nerd's videos. But I wish to put a different moment from the video: Gadget looks at a user's hard work and calls it "stealing" and when Mike tries to argue against it, Gadget kills him and is implied to steal his i-pad. This isn't funny, it's just jerkish. But yeah, the Minecrap thing was pretty bad too.
  • PutYaGunsOn: The sexual jokes in Mike Matei's review of Elmo in Grouchland all sound like something written by an attention-starved 14-year-old. The fact that he actually went out of his way to draw a cartoon picture of Cookie Monster walking in on Gordon and Susan having sex purely for the sake of a cheap contrived gag is the cherry on top of all of this.


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