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For the video game featuring the maneuver after which the company is named, see Metroid (video game).
ScrewAttack Entertainment LLC
Type Subsidiary
Industry Video games
Genre Video game reviews and entertainment
Founded February 15, 2006
Founders Craig Skistimas
Thomas Hanley
Headquarters Flower Mound, Texas, United States
Products Web shows
Parent Independent
(2006-2014)
Fullscreen Inc.
(2014-present)
Website ScrewAttack.com

ScrewAttack Entertainment LLC, is a company that creates video game entertainment, including original content, on their website: ScrewAttack.com, which launched February 15, 2006.

The site features various original content as well as a variety of third party content from partners. The name and logo is derived from a spinning jump attack of the same name in the Metroid video game series.[1]

History[edit]

ScrewAttack was created in 2006 by Craig Skistimas and Thomas Hanley. The first show featured on the site was an audio podcast called SideScrollers. Viacom Media Networks acquired rights to some of ScrewAttack’s programming (Top 10's, Video Game Vault and the Angry Video Game Nerd) adding it to their GameTrailers service.[2] Since working with GameTrailers, ScrewAttack's features have been downloaded over 245 million times from 2007 to 2009.[3] Overall ScrewAttack's content has been viewed over 1 Billion times through its website and various syndication partners including YouTube, GameTrailers, IGN, Revision 3 and EscapistMagazine.[citation needed]

In September 2011, ScrewAttack.com launched its new version, "The New ScrewAttack", which features several overhauled interfaces and designs to the website. Another website version, "Phase 2" was officially launched on May 22, 2012. Some of the new features of Phase 2 include the ability to customize profiles and the ability to "subscribe" to other members. Also included is the ability to create shows by uploading videos from the user's preferred video player. On the new profile is the "wall" (similar to the Facebook "wall"), allowing users to post items or comments in a similar manner to social networking sites. There is also a "feed" tab, showing the recent activity of other users that the user has subscribed to.

On March 28, 2014, ScrewAttack was acquired by Fullscreen Inc.. With the acquisition, Fullscreen rebranded its gaming-focused hub, Fullscreen Arcade, to ScrewAttack Network.

Current shows and featurettes[edit]

Partner Shows[edit]

  • The Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN) - a series of farcical retro gaming reviews by James D. Rolfe, an independent filmmaker and professional video editor.[4]
  • Cinemassacre Mailbag - James Rolfe (The Angry Video Game Nerd) reads fan e-mails.
  • Talking Classics - mockumentary that follows video game fan Keith Apicary, starring and created by comedian Nathan Barnatt. Keith Apicary (called the "Borat of the gaming world")[5] is a 28 year old gamer who favors Neo Geo, Virtual Boy and Sega. Barnatt has stopped making the series since 2012, but will continue to use his Keith Apicary character in future projects.
  • Brentalfloss - a New York-based musician who makes videos for ScrewAttack. His most famous creation is his "with LYRICS" series, where he takes a classic retro gaming song and gives it lyrics, typically referring to the subject matter of the game itself.
  • Game Theory - Coined as "Mythbusters for gamers", Matthew Patrick's goal of Game Theory is to separate fact from fiction in video games and support topics in video games that may seem fantastical with real world facts.
  • Game Overthinker - Bob "moviebob" Chipman rants and speaks about video game phenomena purposely in too much depth. Chipman also has shows titled Escape to the Movies and The Big Picture, hosted on The Escapist . In his show, the Game Overthinker chooses to talk about topics ranging from how originality in modern games are more of an exception than rule, violence in video games, the longevity of video game characters, racism in games and more.
  • Black Nerd - André "Black Nerd" Meadows rants or has opinions on pop culture, news, current events, geekdom, and 80s-90s nostalgia. The show features ScrewAttack appropriate rants on the website. The show has a lot to do with Nintendo based stuff since André is a big Nintendo player.
  • The Completionist Jirard Khalil reviews classic games, placing heavy emphasis on their replay value, what getting 100% completion on a game gets the gamer and whether or not its worth it to complete the game, ending each review with a rating of Burn it, Look at it, Play it, Finish it, or Complete it.[6][7]
  • Free to Play Weekly brings viewers the most important news of the week about free-to-play online games and the latest releases.
  • Extra Credits
  • Death Battle
  • Five Fun Facts - A weekly series, bringing viewers facts about various popular video game franchises.

Prior shows[edit]

  • GameJew - a former ScrewAttack series featuring Jonathan Mann, a Jewish fan of Mario. In the story, The GameJew dons his red Mario hat and his red overalls, all while existing in real life situations and composing songs relevant to games.[8][9]
  • Captain S - Sega enthusiast Captain S (a parody of Captain N) goes through a series of misadventures in Video Land.[10]
  • ScrewAttack Europe - Introduced in late-2006, ScrewAttack Europe, located in Northwood, London, United Kingdom, was the name used by video game enthusiasts and TV presenters, Guru Larry (Larry Bundy Jr) and "UK" Wez (Wesley Lock), for voluntarily-created, video game-related content for ScrewAttack.com. ScrewAttack Europe was the first official international feature and the only outside group to have "ScrewAttack" in their title. Alongside The Angry Video Game Nerd, ScrewAttack Europe was one of the longest lasting associates of ScrewAttack and second most popular partner provider after the AVGN.
In September 2010, Lock and Bundy resigned from ScrewAttack due to contractual problems and Screwattack Europe was closed. As of November 2013, they broadcast the same shows for Channel Awesome.

Events and other media[edit]

SGC[edit]

Formerly known as "ScrewAttack Gaming Convention", SGC is a live event ScrewAttack produces annually for its fans. SGC was originally held in 2009 and 2010 and after a three year hiatus to allow ScrewAttack to focus on other business opportunities the event returned after being successfully Kickstarted[clarification needed] by the ScrewAttack community. SGC 2013 was held at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas in June 2013. Its attendance topped 3500. SGC 2014 took place July 11–13, 2014 at the Sheraton Dallas with nearly 5000 in attendance.

ScrewAttack Games[edit]

ScrewAttack Games is a separate brand within ScrewAttack that focuses on digital titles.

In 2010, ScrewAttack Games released a game for iOS called Texting Of The Bread.[11] The object of the game is to type words which will kill incoming Gingerbread men. The game includes the Angry Video Game Nerd as a character and will soon include another ScrewAttack personality, brentalfloss. An Android version was originally planned, but was eventually cancelled.

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