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Irate Gamer reviews video games, with a Video Review Show hosted on YouTube. He plays the game while offering lots of very interesting history on both the game and the console, peppering his reviews with emphasis on the game's flaws, perceived or real, as well as a healthy dose of profanity and audacity.

Besides his series, Irate Gamer has uploaded several other mini-videos, including Haunted Investigators, and occasional non-video game-related videos.

You can watch his series and other videos here.



  • Accentuate the Negative:
    • Just like AVGN with M.C. Kids, Irate admitted that he didn't hate the Yo! Noid game despite its being a licensed title to Domino's Pizza.
    • Bores has stated in interviews that: "It doesn't matter if the game is good or bad, I just look for flaws to exploit for comedy".
  • Alternate Timeline: His reviews of Mario's Time Machine and Mario Is Missing!.
  • Anachronism Stew:
    • IG goes back to 1987 to "prevent" the Back to the Future game. Apparently LJN had access to cordless phones and flat-screen monitors in the 80s.
    • In a joke, IG claimed one obstacle to dodge in Space Race were Imperial TIE Fighters. Space Race came out in 1973, Star Wars came out in 1977.
  • And This Is for...: In his review of Jaws, he repeatedly strikes the final blow on the shark for the movies' sequelitis, and realized he got carried away when he brought up Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
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  • Animation Age Ghetto:invoked According to his thoughts on WALL-E and Toy Story 3, Bores heavily believes this.
  • Arc Welding: In his Gyromite/Stack-Up review, R.O.B. tried to kill him. In his Predator review, a Predator tried to kill him. The Monster Party review revealed that both incidents are connected to the Evil Gamer.
  • Art Evolution: Tony went from being a MapleStory sprite to being hand drawn.
  • Ascended Meme: He seems to notice much of the memes associated with him, like "Bores n' Doors".
  • Aside Glance: Used very often.
  • Author Appeal: He could not make his obsession with food more obvious.
  • Big "WHAT?!" & Flat "What": The Genie's memetic line from the Aladdin episode.
  • Bowdlerization:
    • Done in a revision of the TMNT review, where he censored some of the cussing.
    • Done again with the remastered version of History of Video Games Part 1 by removing the foul language.
  • Captain Obvious: See the Quotes page to read his Captain Obvious sayings.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The Evil Gamer. He constantly uses the word "evil", he lives in "The Castle Of Evil", and he asks to do an "evil Aflac Duck" in the Aflac Duck audition sketch.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Evil Gamer in his first appearance.
  • Continuity Reboot: What he's seemingly been doing ever since the show went HD.
  • Comedic Sociopath: Tony in the RoboCop review.
  • Curse Cut Short: Used at the end of his Monster Party review. Yet, he dropped plenty of f-bombs in this video, it doesn't make sense why he would do that.
  • Cutaway Gag: Irate Gamer had done a number of these, like the time his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review ended with a random scene of him battling Donkey Kong.
  • Dan Browned:
    • An example of this is found in his Super Mario Bros. 2 video. He claimed the reason Nintendo didn't release the real SMB 2 due to the game being a Mission-Pack Sequel, neglecting to mention the real reason was the over-the-top Nintendo Hard difficulty.
    • He complained about the fact that Nintendo supposedly never said anything about the whole real SMB 2 thing in America even though it was all over Nintendo Power when Super Mario All Stars was released as a major selling point of that game, and it was even mentioned before that, in a feature on the history of the Super Mario Bros. series Nintendo Power ran during the lead up to the launch of the SNES (and its launch pack-in title, Super Mario World).
  • Dem Bones: A recurring character is Ronnie, a chatty skeleton who spoke in a stereotypically Jewish way. Unfortunate Implications or just a bad Woody Allen impression? You decide.
  • Demonic Spiders: In-Universe: One of his complaints about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He seemed to think that they cause you to think your game is glitched at first.
  • Department of Redundancy Department
    • His review of the last episode of The Sopranos is called "The Sopranos Final Last Episode review"
    • See the Quotes page to read his large list of Department of Redundancy Department sayings.
    • He would often say "NES System" when talking about that console. So he's playing the "Nintendo Entertainment System System?"
  • Difficulty by Acceleration: He attempts to demonstrate this when reviewing Kool-Aid Man for the Atari 2600. However, all he actually did was speed up the gameplay footage.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • In his Kool-Aid review, where he killed the Kool-Aid man for constantly destroying his wall. Yeah, it doesn't sound like much, but the fact that he killed a character for doing what he's practically known for. He's the Kool-Aid man, of course he's going to do that!
    • IG couldn't get into Ubisoft's E3 2011 conference, so what's his response? Blow up their office with a fake special effect.
  • Don't Explain the Joke
    • When he releases remastered versions of old videos, he'll explain the sexually explicit jokes, such as when a masturbation joke went from "Uhh, that doesn't look quite right" to "Wow, way to jack off, cheerleader pervert!"
    • In the Monster Party episode, where at the beginning, Chris explains that lots of people have been coming to his door asking for directions to the big Halloween Party that he isn't even invited to, and the whole gag keeps happening throughout the course of the episode.
    • The Face Palm running gag from his Kirby's Epic Yarn video. When he does it, he adds a voice and caption to make sure audience knows what he's doing. He does this again in his Marvel vs. Capcom 3 review, but doesn't add the voice and caption.
    • After calling R.O.B. "ROB-o-Cop" after RoboCop, he proceeds to show both names in text in case audience didn't get the pun the first time.
  • Dull Surprise:
    • His reaction to the third boss in Contra.
    • His reaction to a genie appearing in his house in the Aladdin review. "Whoa, a genie!"
    • The Genie himself is a walking Dull Surprise, at one point something is thrown at him and he doesn't even flinch.
  • Every Episode Ending: The Irate Gamer destroying/getting rid of the game in some way or killing the main character.
  • Evil Is Petty: The Evil Gamer has nothing better to do than try to steal The Irate Gamer's show.
  • Evil Twin: The Evil Gamer.
  • Expy: The Evil Gamer's design is recycled from "Past Bores" from the Back to the Future video.
  • Face Palm: Has a facepalm related Running Gag in the Kirby's Epic Yarn video.
  • Flanderization: The Kool-Aid man is depicted as always saying "Oh YEAH!," "Oh kay," and "Oh no." But in the commercials and comics, he actually speaks in full sentences.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: The mugs in the Monster Party review are clearly filled with apple juice.
  • Gag Dub: Done when he's pissed about the whole "No English Voice Acting" in Tekken 6 — which is completely untrue, the characters speak their native tongue.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In his Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom review.
  • Halloween Episode
  • Hostile Show Takeover: The Evil Gamer does a review of Order Up after locking the Irate Gamer out of his house during an episode of Irate Gamer NEO.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    Irate Gamer: "It’s unclear as to why they copied [Doki Doki Panic], but some speculated that [Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels] was too much like the first game. I guess that’s understandable since having two of the same thing can get stale and repetitive."
    Evil Gamer: "Yep, stale and repetitive."
  • I Am Not Shazam: invoked
    • He refers to Pit as Kid Icarus during the Super Smash Bros. Brawl review, even when the game itself announces Pit's name.
    • When talking about Gyromite in his R.O.B. video, he keeps calling the main character, Professor Hector, "Professor Gyro".
    • In the MUSCLE review, the original cartoon that the game was based on was called Kinnikuman (translates into Muscleman) after the main character, not MUSCLE as he claims.
      • He finally figured this out in his look at the original toys, at least until No Pronunciation Guide kicks in.
  • I Meant to Do That: His justification for some of his errors.
    • When someone pointed out that he landed on a 6, not a 9, in the Odyssey Roulette game. He said "Shhh, don't explain the joke."
    • He used this excuse for not knowing about the parachute cloth in Aladdin.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY":
    • Chris tries to make it clear that his last name is pronounced "Bor-is" not "Boars," though in some videos (Such as the 2011 E3 Ubisoft video) he pronounces it as "Boars."
    • While looking for a game to play in RoboCop, he sees Rygar but pronounces it "Ray-gar".
    • He's among the many that pronounce Ninja Gaiden as "Ninja Gay-den". Post-E3 2011 he's finally figured out how to pronounce it.
    • Sometimes, he pronounces "Irate" as "Ar-rate" and in another video pronounces "Armake" as "Ar-mak".
    • In his video on Kinnikuman toys, he pronounces it "Kenny-Kooman"
  • It's Easy, So It Sucks!: In-universe:
    • One of his main complaints about Mario Is Missing! & Mario's Time Machine. This conflicts with the below trope where he constantly whined about games being too hard.
    • His main criticism with Kirby's Epic Yarn.
  • It's Hard, So It Sucks!:invoked He has a very low tolerance for hard games:
    • One of his complaints against Contra Super C is the cheat code for extra lives doesn't give out as many as the code in the original Contra (whereupon he stops the review to announce he's falling back on his Game Genie).
    • He complained that the Resident Evil 5 amateur setting is still too difficult and actually asked "Why couldn't they make the easy setting easier?"
    • He also complained when Home Improvement didn't have Game Genie codes.
    • Inverted in his review of Ninja Gaiden 3 where he constantly praised the easy gameplay and button-mashing, an issue that almost every other reviewer has with the game.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: In Yo! Noid:
    "Shit! Shit! Shit! Shit! Shit! Shit! Shit! Shit! Shit! Shit! Damn it, this game is the biggest piece of... crap!"
  • Let's See YOU Do Better!: Inverted in his Watchmen film review when he said "If I was directing this movie I would cut an hour off and put the flashbacks in linear order." This makes it painfully obvious that he never read the book. He did admit that with "I'm not really sure how the plot was revealed in the comic book," though.
    • Also in his Zombies Ate My Neighbors review when he said the title should have been Monsters Ate My Neighbors because it had enemies other than zombies.
  • Manipulative Editing:
    • A variation of this is found in his Super Mario Bros 2 review, when complaining the star is too slow. Not only did he do it in the area where it would naturally take the most time, but he actually slowed down the footage.
    • In his review of Aladdin for SNES, when Abu ate some apples at the end of a level, he edited it to make it look like the apples were actually deducted from your ammo. He admitted in the comments that he passed the flying carpet stage on his first try, so he purposely killed himself to make the stage look harder than it really is.
    • He said that once you get to level fifty in the Kool-Aid man video game, the enemies move impossibly fast. But it's obvious he sped up the footage; pay very close attention and you'll see that the Kool-Aid man is moving exactly as fast as the Thirsties even though he said they get faster. You'll also be able to note that the sound effects get higher and the timer at the top started moving extremely fast.
    • In his Sonic Unleashed review, when complaining about the cut scenes and hub worlds, he walked up to the Ice Cream Man NPC, talked to him and whined "Great, more shit from the Ice Cream Man". He tried to pass this off as the game's fault.
    • In his Cool Spot review he said that you have to collect 30% of the red tokens to open the cage. But when he's finishing the game and he opened the final cage it clearly showed he's only got 29%. Even worse, later on when he finished the game for the 'proper' ending it's the same footage as before.
  • Nominal Importance:
    • Not once did he refer to the main character of Brütal Legend, Eddie Riggs, by name.
    • He never referred to Bert by name in Monster Party, just calling him "The Monster".
    • "Tetris was created by a guy in Russia" You mean Alexey Pajitnov?
    • During his Iron Man 2 review, Rhodey was reduced to "Tony's friend".
  • Orphaned Series:
    • Chris and Scottie Road Trip
    • I Rate the 80s and Haunted Investigators were originally considered this, but the former came back in a big way with a multitude of episodes and Bores announced the return of the latter.
  • Orwellian Editor: If he makes a mistake in a video, he will sometimes reupload the review with said mistake eliminated. Sometimes. Other times, he just explains jokes more.
  • Pac Man Fever:
    • Whenever the camera is on IG, he shakes the controller all over the place, similar to TV shows that portray game-playing as "violently shaking the controller without pressing buttons."
    • He was button mashing while playing Mario is Missing. A game where you can't die and nothing hurts you.
    • A particularly bad example in his Tetris video had him intensely Button Mashing the NES controller in a couple montages. He was button-mashing Tetris.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Tony is supposed to be a pro wrestler, but he surely doesn't dress like one. The remastered version of the review changed him to a "wrestling fan".
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: His in-universe reaction to almost every licensed game.
  • Product Placement: Parodied in his Yo! Noid review.
  • Revisiting the Roots: The Irate Gamer, since the jump to HD, had an ongoing storyline. Close to the end of the storyline, a non-sequential episode on the Die Hard NES game was released, and it was closer to the earlier videos (the only remnant from the storyline is a cameo appearance of the Gamer's R.O.B. sidekick). Word of God is that after the storyline is finished, there will be more episodes like this.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin:
    • "The Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde Princible"
  • Ruined FOREVER: His in-universe reaction in the breakfast rant, and the I Rate the 80s episode on Kool-Aid flavors.
  • Rule of Three:
    • Played straight in the Tetris review (the Tetrimino, the Thwomp, and the bomb), subverted in the Kool-Aid review (the Kool-Aid Man burst through his wall four times).
    • Rule of Three gags are used rather often in Neo videos.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: invoked
    • Happens quite a bit, but his Odyssey review particularly stands out. He complains about age-old technology being "rare" and doesn't think about what looked good in 1972, calling the console very crude in design. He also says "It might have been possible that they were trying to market the Odyssey as a board game rather than a video game."
    • This continued in his complaints about the Fairchild Channel F, saying that every game on it sucks.
  • Self-Deprecation: Bores made a joke in which he called for his friends to play the 2-player mode of Contra, and was met with dead silence.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep:
    • As part of an experiment, the Irate Gamer posted two versions of his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review where one of them had all the swearing bleeped out.
    • In a sketch video, he bleeped out Satan saying "motherfucker".
    • In RoboCop Part 2, he lets out a long string of bleeped cursing.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: His theme song, as well as the music he used in his video trailers, are rather serious and "epic" considering they were for a video game review show. A good example is his review Home Improvement review trailer, which has a deadly-serious orchestra and Ominous Latin Chanting.
  • Special Edition Title: The title sequence in the Order Up review is played backwards to reflect the Hostile Show Takeover. The Zombies Ate My Neighbors episode also had a special Halloween Theme Tune.
  • Spin-Off: Irate Gamer NEO, which reviews more recent games, among others.
  • Take That!:
    • In his review of TMNT: Turtles in Time ReShelled, he said that when updating something, some elements have to remain the same, or else "they’ll be shitting all over the source material. Right, Michael Bay?" Cut to a photo of Michael Bay photoshopped into his room going, "Uhh..."
    • He has one towards his haters in the Top 5 NES Games video. When he mentioned that he liked using Game Genie while playing Kid Icarus, he brought up that "some elite gamers" will likely criticize him for cheating and responded "You know what? Fuck 'em!"
    • He has another on his haters in his Cool Spot review, saying, "These idiots can't even make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without ruining it!"
    • It's unclear, but one of the "characters" shown in peril in his RoboCop review appears to be dressed up to look like AVGN.
    • When talking about a Dick Tracy wristwatch toy, he says The Nostalgia Critic shouldn't be let near it, otherwise "he'll probably make another dumb 50-minute-like Pink Floyd tribute video to it" without actually reviewing it, a reference to the Critic's infamous review of The Wall movie adaptation. At the end of the review, the Critic leaves a comment on YouTube advertising a 133 minute video on the wristwatch, calling it his "love letter to Warren Beatty".
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: All the time.
    • A notable example is at the end of his Mission: Impossible video. He says he's really pissed off, his head is spinning and he's losing his mind. Yet he sounds completely normal.
  • The Teaser: The "Temple of Doom" scene in the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom game review is treated as such in the DVD version (the early episodes were produced before the Title Sequence was introduced). Subsequent episodes sometimes have their own teasers.
  • The Tetris Effect: The Irate Gamer suffered this during his review of Tetris.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In one review The Irate Gamer had a gas line in his room. And in one timeline in the review it caused his death.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Often the things he says about games and movies are not true at all.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • He says "pretty much" in pretty much every review. And that's pretty much it.
    • Just about any time he announces a new video/review, that announcement will begin with something like "a lot of people have asked me to review this game," or "a lot of people have asked what the next review will be."
    • Alright!
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Complaining in the Mission Impossible video about his characters being arrested when innocent people are killed by the bombs he's setting off in the street.
  • Video Review Show
  • Viewers Are Goldfish:
    • You see the cracked pipe labeled "Gas Line"? Bores showed it again and again and again to make sure you get the joke. From the same episode, whenever the scene switched between timelines, Bores reminded us what game he's playing. He shouldn't be doing this since it gives the idea that he's aware there are two timelines going on, which he shouldn't.
    • In his video on Microsoft's E3 2011 conference, most of the video is highlights from the conference and the last minute of the video is him recapping said highlights he just showed us.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma:
    • "Fustrated" is one of his egregious mispronunciations, along with "emenies," "a-static," "fustrating," etc. He is also prone to double negatives ("they don't even make no sense at all", "I can't take it no more!"), and grammar failure ("Most hardest games for the NES"). Other times he uses the wrong word, like saying "infamous" for "famous" and "predecessor" for "successor."
    • In The first episode of Chris And Scottie's Road Trip, he says "designation" instead of "destination".
    • In RoboCop, he says the ED-209 "does not go down with a fight". Huh?
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?:
    • A strange in-universe example of this in his Dante's Inferno review. He warned parents watching (just go with it) that this game might not be for kids due to some nudity. So, it wasn't the immense bloodshed, the religious symbols, or the screams of the damned that warned him it wasn't for kids, it was the digital tits. Seemed like he didn't know about the ESRB.
    • In his God of War III review. He dedicated a good chunk of this already short review telling "parents" that this game had violence, harsh language, and sex. It's Rated M for Mature, that meant it wasn't intended for people under the age of 17.
  • Wrap Around Background: He noted this in his review of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom before throwing the cartridge away in frustration. The cartridge then reappeared on the opposite side of the screen.


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