Review: Angry Video Game Nerd

Posted by – May 19, 2009

ANgry Video Game Nerd Logo

Angry Video Game Nerd Logo

That’s right I’ve decided to tackle some web series videos just for fun, and also to give credit to the good ones.  Truth be told though, I find it hard to write a review for a bad series, so expect only good ones.  I also have plans for reviewing some oldschool movies, as I have renewed interest in them in part because of the fellow I’m going to talk about here.

Alright, so if you aren’t aware of the Angry Video Game Nerd (now referred to as  AVGN) it’s a character created by a James Rolfe who reviews old nostalgic games (good and bad) and tends to get angry and make up curse words.  It might not be for everyone though as not only does the nostalgia have to be there to enjoy the videos, but the excessive swearing by the character can be a bit much.

James Rolfe fighting alongside "Super Mecha Death Christ 2000 B.C 4.0 Beta" in The Wizard & Super Mario Bros 3

James Rolfe fighting alongside "Super Mecha Death Christ 2000 B.C 4.0 Beta" in The Wizard & Super Mario Bros 3.

If you were like me, you were one of the lucky ones who grew up with Atari, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Sega Genesis, and all those other great consoles of yesteryear.  I also remember renting many of the titles that I see the AVGN review, and not only does he call it like how I remember, but it also shocks me how not-well these games hold up to today’s standards.

The special effects, and cameos of many characters such as Spider-Man, Jason Voorhees, or even Super Mecha Death Christ 2000 B.C 4.0 Beta make the episodes quite varied, even if it is just to expand the video length as some games are just too horrible and bland to keep it interesting.  One thing I’d like to see is a side-by-side video of the pre-production and post-production to see how the effects are done.  I assume it’s pretty basic effects in place, but a few other webseries I follow have done this for the fans, and I loved it.

James also does a lot of reviews of old (and recently some newer films, but only when they are sequels to an epic series such as the new Star Trek movie or the newer Star Wars movies).  However these are done under his film production company “Cinemassacre” and are NOT the AVGN character.  Which are definitely worth a look perhaps more-so than the AVGN.

So really, if you’re a fan of gaming or remember playing the old SNES and NES or almost any of the older systems (he has pretty much EVERYTHING) I think you’d really enjoy his videos.   My only real fault I find in James Rolfe’s website a bit hard to navigate for videos, as some have images you click on, others have links to different versions, and some are interweaved in a comment about something else.  It’s a minor nitpick which can easily be resolved by using the rss feed.

You can find James’ Work at:

Cinemasssacre’s RSS Feed:

Here’s a few random videos for a taste of the AVGN and Cinemassacre reviews:

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