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The Angry Video Game Nerd (2004) The Nostalgia Critic (2007) Internet Critics who tackle Nostalgia Filter by accentuating the negative and using high levels of profanity. They both started off by posting their reviews on Youtube. Eventually their popularity soared to the point of creating websites around their work. In Real Life, James Rolfe and Doug Walker are good friends, and actually collaborated several times to lampshade their Fandom Rivalry. Tied for a long time. Both are still going as of December 2019,note . Both were initially well-received and seen as innovators of the internet critics, but have also suffered from Seasonal Rot. In 2018-2019, Critic's reputation took two major hitsnote  — though he still has a fairly large fanbase, the AVGN is more popular and seems to be more well-regarded.
The Angry Video Game Nerd (2004) The Irate Gamer (2007) Internet Critics who discuss bad games by accentuating the negative and using high levels of profanity. Both started as Youtube reviewers, then created official websites for their work and released licensed games based on the series. Had a notorious Fandom Rivalry between them, with their audiences tending to attack each other for perceived similarities/ripoffs. The Angry Video Game Nerd. Many sites see his works as of better quality, his videos are more popular (to the point of him having a Wikipedia article) and his game was better received (although perhaps still flawed). The Irate Gamer was highly popular for a while, but he also had a sizeable Hatedom and was frequently accused of ripping off the AVGN. His popularity faded, and the series ended in April 2016. It was rebooted as Chris NEO in March 2018 to little fanfare and lasted less than seven months. As of 2019, the AVGN is still doing well.
Salad Fingers (2004) Don't Hug Me I'm Scared (2011) Psychedelic horror web series. Salad Fingers is the more darker, and agreed to be the more scarier, while Don't Hug Me I'm Scared can be considered scary as well, it has some comedy moments. Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, while Salad Fingers can be considered kind of important in terms of internet horror, and being positively recieved as well, Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is the more popular out of the two.
Mike Nelson's RiffTrax (2006) Joel Hodgson's Cinematic Titanic (2007) Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni do their best to Hollywood's worst RiffTrax started the post-MSTie film commentary revival by making audio-only downloads that take aim at more mainstream films than MST3K had access to. Soon after, Mike's predecessor started his own similar project, but as DVDs that stick more closely to the original formula: more obscure (and license-able) B-movies, silhouettes in front of the films, and sketches. RiffTrax has a larger catalog (due to its head start and faster production process) and more mainstream appeal, while Cinematic Titanic seems aimed at old-school fans. Many say that there's room for both to be winners.
Bad Movie Beatdown (2009) The Blockbuster Buster (2010) Internet critics who thrash bad movies that people were unfortunate enough to see. Coincidentally, both shows were on the Channel Awesome website. Blockbuster Buster handles big-budget US releases, while BMB does to same for UK movies, while also tackling lower-grade straight-to-video releases. BMB has been around longer, but has been put on the back-burner somewhat in favor of Film Brain's other review show Projector. BB is newer, but releases episodes more frequently.
Two Best Friends Play (2010) Game Grumps (2012) Two gamer friends Let's Play video games in a comedic fashion more than for sheer skill or information. Game Grumps would have ten minute videos of a video game playthrough, though it is rare for them to actually finish a game. The Best Friends began with weekly episodes dedicated to showing highlights from. Later the Best Friends moved on to full LPs and moved to a daily schedule, though they still produce the occasional fifteen minute video highlight video about one game like the old days. Both shows have spinoffs in similar veins, with the players going against each other (Super Best Friends Brawl, Friday Night Fisticuffs, and Saturday Morning Scrublords compared to Game Grumps VS) and Animated Adaptations (Two Best Friends: Funtime Adventures and Game Grumps Animated). Also, Two Best Friends Play is a Machinima affiliate while Game Grumps is a Polaris affiliate. Best Friends came out first in 2010 and has multiple seasons behind them. Game Grumps, while debuting in 2012, has amassed a massive backlog of videos a few short months after its creation. As both groups were popular and co-existed in relative harmony, viewers were the real winners until December of 2018, when Two Best Friends Play announced they would be immediately ending the channel due to Matt and Pat's friendship falling apart. It appears that Game Grumps wins by default.
RebelTaxi (2010) The Mysterious Mr. Enter (2013) Animation-focused Video Review Shows with hosts who don't display their faces. The two shows are near opposites with a Technician vs. Performer dynamic when put together. Pan Pizza (host of Rebel Taxi) is very easygoing, jokey, and puts more effort in going behind the scenes. Mr. Enter is far more Byronic, straightforward, and astute in his critique, yet very opinionated and occasionally prone to flying off the handle. Rebel Taxi edges out here, having been on longer and having a more solid fan-base. Mysterious Mr. Enter is indeed a skilled critic, but also a very polarizing figure in the Animation community.
Midnight Screenings (2011) Sibling Rivalry (2011) That Guy with the Glasses contributors see movies out of character and give their initial thoughts on them. Sibling Rivalry is styled after Siskel & Ebert and features Rob and Doug Walker giving twenty minute discussions on films they just saw. Midnight Screenings is much more casual, and features half-hour to hour long video reviews by Brad Jones and other members of Team Snob discussing films. Brad and company review a wide variety of films, while Doug and Rob do videos on the bigger releases. Midnight Screenings is the "winner", running continuously since 2011 and usually featuring two or three videos a week. Sibling Rivalry by comparison has been running since 2013 and has only released a dozen or so episodes.
Game Theory (2011) Gnoggin (2013) Web Series that engages in Wild Mass Guessing by analyzing video games to provide answers to theories. Gnoggin once uploaded 3 videos attempting to invalidate some of MatPat's theories. They also have a notorious Fandom Rivalry with each other, with their audiences tending to attack each other for perceived similarities/ripoffs. Game Theory wins in viewership, Gnoggin wins in critical reception. Virtual Tie.
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