Matt Ezero, better known by his stage name Cygnus Destroyer and more commonly known by his spinoff name, The LJN Defender, is a game reviewer whose distinguishing qualities involve giving many bad games the benefit of the doubt, reviewing homebrew games, or listing his personal top 10s. As the LJN Defender, he does his best to find the silver lining in LJN's licensed games. In his other series, Innocent Until Proven Guilty, he reviews other poorly-received or polarizing games and finds arguments for and against those games.
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Cygnus Destroyer in general provides examples of:
- The Idealist: No matter how terrible or unfairly frustrating a game he reviews can get, Matt will always keep his cool when describing his experience, and always tries to find the good in the bad. One of the most notable examples of this are his judgements on maligned educational games like Crystals Pony Tale and especially the particularly hated Captain Novolin.
- Lighter and Softer: Than most game review shows, which often involve dramatic plots, foul vocabulary, and self-inflicted torment. Throughout all his shows, Matt keeps things at a PG level (and sometimes puts in some content warnings where a game deals with some not-so-PG level content).
The LJN Defender provides examples of:
- Big Bad: Bits is to the LJN Defender as LJN as a whole is to the Angry Video Game Nerd, given their atrocious efforts on some Terminator and Spider Man games.
- Everyone Has Standards: Not even the LJN Defender could defend Spirit of Speed 1937, and admitted that defending Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (on NES) would be daunting. When he finally managed to get to Bill and Ted on NES, while acknowledging its positives, he felt that people should still avoid the game.
- Spiritual Antithesis: To the Angry Video Game Nerd. While the AVGN lists LJN as his Arch-Enemy, the LJN Defender (almost) always finds a way to spin the LJN games he reviews in a good light.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty provides examples of:
- And Now For Something Completely Different: He had a month where he looked at movies for the show instead of games. He still had the same format for them, though, and reassured viewers he wouldn't stop looking at games.
- Angrish: Uses footage of Nicholas Cage doing this in Deadfall in the Sonic the Hedgehog: Genesis and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation episodes.
- Audience Participation: Fans requested his review of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.
- Chiptune: Has a short chiptune opening.
- Courtroom Episode: As you'd expect, it takes place in a courtroom.
- Darker and Edgier: Than his other two staples. Here, Matt isn't afraid to point out significant flaws and criticisms in games. Any game he deems deserving of its reputation is considered "Guilty".
- Extremely Short Intro Sequence: It's only 6 seconds long.
- Instrumental Theme Tune: Has a short chiptune opening.
- Rage Breaking Point: He's had to try and repeatedly calm himself down when discussing Dragonball Evolution, but being a fan of the franchise, he couldn't defend the film due to its Adaptation Decay, and even skipped the "innocent" arguements after stating how it's guilty, and went right to the verdict. Arguably the most notable time he lost his cool is when he was enacting the punishment for the previously declared guilty Dark Castle. "Burn in hell you despicable sob!" Probably some of the strongest language he has ever used.
- Take a Third Option: Sometimes a game has enough virtues and vices to not be considered Innocent or Guilty, so Matt came up with "Guinnocent". Examples that fell under this are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Plumbers Don't Wear Ties and Ride To Hell Retribution.
- Title Drop: He usually says that the games are innocent until proven guilty.