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  • Approval of God: Ed Annunziata retweeted Johnny's Ecco the Dolphin video.
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  • Ashcan Copy: His review of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogynote . He says at the start of this video that he didn't feel it was really necessary to make the video, since he had already stated most of his thoughts on the game in the Caddicarus video, but that he had to make it, since the early review copy he received came with terms and conditions requiring him to make a video on his own channel about it.
  • Big Name Fan: Caddicarus, to the point where John made a cameo appearance in his Bubsy 3D review and did a collab review with him on Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy.
  • Creator Backlash: Many of the earliest SGB reviews done for the channel, such as the original Sonic Adventure review that had all of its in-game footage recorded with a camcorder, are no longer available on the channel due to Johnny's opinions on the videos (and even the games themselves) changing with time due to him improving as a content creator.
  • Doing It for the Art:
    • Johnny prefers to record video game footage directly from the original source (NES, Sega Genesis, etc.) because he feels that it captures the authenticity of the game point for point. Johnny isn't above using an emulator if it's not possible for him to record the original source, such as recording the Famicom version of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse on an emulator because he doesn't own a Famicom.
    • Johnny is willing to do Let's Play of games that are either Nintendo Hard or bad in order to show people that he's willing to put up with something difficult or bad so that the better games in the series are appreciated even more. As Johnny's friend, Matt, said once, "You have to take the good with the bad."
    • All of Johnny's reviews and Let's Plays are done sorely for the art and entertainment for his fans. In the rare moments where Johnny can't do any games he had scheduled with Elliot and/or Matt, he comes up with a random game to play for the channel so that his audience will have something to watch instead of waiting for the schedule to get back on track.
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    • Most of the games and series Johnny does reviews for are ones where he either genuinely wanted to take a look at or received numerous fan requests to do. He's done occasional sponsored videos or received early review copies from developers, but he always makes sure to mention this in the video so that fans can be assured the rest of his videos aren't the same way.
  • Executive Meddling: A minor case of it for his review of Resident Evil 2 (Remake). Originally, Johnny did have some small gripes with the game, but he still sang high praises overall. Capcom, who gave Johnny a review copy, wanted him to tone down the criticisms since they felt he was either being a bit too harsh or wanted him to make the game look good.
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  • Milestone Celebration: 2018 is the tenth anniversary of Johnny's channel so he posted a special video where he and Elliot visit their old room where they used to film and proceed to look back at the videos they made through the past 10 years.
  • Missing Episode: The original Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing review got taken down due to alleged copyright infringement note , and by the time it got sorted out, even the original video files got lost to dying harddrives. Johnny and Elliot did eventually re-review the game, however.
  • Old Shame:
    • Johnny admitted in his 2017 review of Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood that he regretted his words about the game being good at the time.
    • Johnny also admits in his review of Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! that calling Bugsy from Pokémon Gold and Silver "it" (due to Viewer Gender Confusion) during his review of Gen 2 several years ago came off as transphobic and is ashamed for making the joke.
    • Johnny has admitted he feels this way about most of his old videos during the first two to three years of his career, due to the low production quality and his opinions on certain games (like the aforementioned Sonic Chronicles) having greatly shifted since then. Although a few of them were taken down due to copyright claims, he also stated that he personally either deleted some of them himself or decided not to reupload them afterwards due to thinking they really were that bad.
  • No Budget: Most internet reviewers don't have a lot of money for their shows, and Johnny is no exception.
    • Back in the old days of the channel, Johnny not only used his old phone to record footage of him talking, he didn't even have enough for the tripod; he just put his phone on a shelf. As for game footage, Johnny had to use a crummy $100 camera and point it towards his TV after turning off the lights.
    • The SAW video had a blue tint that was added in post-production. Johnny and Elliot didn't even use rope to tie around themselves; they instead used an extension cord they found outside their house.
  • Promoted Fanboy: He was a fan of the Angry Video Game Nerd who was his inspiration for doing reviews. A screencap of his review of "Shadow the Hedgehog" was shown in the episode about magazines. By the time the Sonic film came out, Juan became a guest with James Rolfe in a crossover review.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • Uh....
    Johnny: Okay, ladies and gentlemen, time to end this. And once again, I apologize for taking so long with this.
    Ted: It's been more than a month, John. I didn't know that this was the month plus one week of Pokemon.
    Johnny: Will you shut up-ugh, you see, this is why doing a month of RPG's is a bad idea.
    Ryan: Johnny, the only RPG you actually did this month was Pokémon Red/Blue and Yellow, and the rest of them were, you know, short N64 spinoff games, plus the Trading Card Game, which I still have better cards than you, so you really have no excuse.
    Johnny: Well, I'm trying to start this review up, but you assholes just have to keep rubbing it in, do you.
    Ted: Yeah.
    Ryan: Of course.
    Johnny: Fuck you both.
    • Several game reviews were thrown off schedule from their intended release due to many reasons and unfortunate situations. Take Batman: Arkham City: It was supposed to be reviewed around the time it was released, but, well, he'll tell you.
    • The Month of Mario had to be extended from April into June 2011. Kinda screws with the name, which is why John ultimately stopped naming his themed marathons "Month of X".
    Description of the Super Mario World & All Stars review: The time has come to end Month(s) of Mario.
    • Probably the most famous of which is the Sonic Interview Sequel. It was delayed indefinitely after the Christmas 2011 deadline flew by, and the process of making it ended up creating a month-long hiatus for the Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) LP.
    • As he's said twice now, he finds that it's best to not set a deadline for himself.
    • The month and one week of Pokémon.
    • Averted in the Sonic 06 review: he posted at the beginning of a week that it would be uploaded "sometime this week," and it was uploaded on that Saturday.
    • Ha! He told you he'd upload the ''Zelda II'' review by the end of Feburary!
    • Once again, he made the deadline for uploading the Bastion by the posted date, 6/09/2013.
    • Some difficulties in March 2015 forced Johnny to put both Ratchet & Clank and South Park: The Stick of Truth on hold and delay the planned Sonic Heroes commentary.
    • The review of Star Fox: Assault was delayed due to the releases of Metroid Prime: Federation Force and Another Metroid 2 Remake, leading to reviews of those games being posted in the interim, along with his recording device frying up when recording footage for Assault.
    • The Kingdom Hearts Marathon was a victim of this as every other game from the franchise had Johnny review a different game. The first game after Kingdom Hearts was Knuckles Chaotix (admittedly a video created for the Too Many Games Expo) and the following two were games from franchises he loved as a kid (Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Sonic Mania). He even jokingly lampshades this when goes from Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days straight to Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. However, this streak was short-lived as the Birth by Sleep review was followed up by another unrelated game, Metroid: Samus Returns.
    • The Second Donator's Marathon got hit by this as Johnny was moving to a new place which ate up a lot of time behind the scenes. Because of it, Johnny made an update video stating that he will have to cut the marathon shorter than expected due to his schedule for that year.
    • After Ted won a bet, Johnny had to review a Dragon Quest game before the end of 2016. Still hasn't done it.
  • Series Hiatus: Both channels have been on break at one point or another, mainly due to each member of the team needing to shift focus on other priorities.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Johnny was originally going to do another Zelda marathon that would've covered every Zelda game after The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask in October in order to celebrate the new Zelda game that was going to be for Wii U. Unfortunately, since it got delayed, Johnny decided to scrap the idea. Though it's now averted as he finally got around doing the reviews once the game was released for the Switch.
    • For the Second Indie Showcase, Johnny was going to do a collab review of Castle Crashers with Honest Biggums as a way to give his channel a little love. Unfortunately, scheduling problems occurred and the game wasn't reviewed for the Indie Showcase. He decided to instead replaced with with Papers, Please. They would eventually review the game together 3 years later.
    • Johnny originally wanted to place the "Twin Snakes" review with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty as it included features from that game, but deiced to placed it in the prequel as he figured it would be better that way.
    • Johnny was originally going to become a teacher, but ultimately became a Let's Player and reviewer. Let's just say it being one is probably a more fulfilling job.
      • Some people have thought of an Alternate Universe where Johnny DID become a teacher, with his catchphrase still there.
    YouTube commenter: "Hello, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Mr. Juan Ortiz. But, please, let's keep it casual. Some call me Johnny.


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