The Angry Video Game Nerd
|The Angry Video Game Nerd|
The Angry Video Game Nerd logo
|Also known as||Angry Nintendo Nerd
|Genre||Insult comedy, black comedy, review|
|Created by||James Rolfe|
|Developed by||Cinemassacre Productions|
|Written by||James Rolfe
|Directed by||James Rolfe|
|Theme music composer||Kyle Justin (music)
James Rolfe (lyrics)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||121 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||James Rolfe|
|Location(s)||Newark, New Jersey (Season 1–3)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Season 3 – present)
Matthew von Manahan
|Running time||3–35 minutes per episode|
|Picture format||480p / 720p|
|Original airing||May 16, 2004–present|
|Preceded by||Bad NES Games (Cinemassacre Special)|
|[Official website Website]|
The Angry Video Game Nerd (abbreviated as AVGN, and formerly known as The Angry Nintendo Nerd) is an American web television series of surrealistic black comedy themed retrogaming reviews, created by and starring James Rolfe.
The series began on his website, Cinemassacre, in 2004. In 2006, it moved to YouTube, then became a program on ScrewAttack Entertainment, and then moved exclusively to GameTrailers and Cinemassacre. The show was renamed The Angry Video Game Nerd to prevent any trademark issues with Nintendo, allowing him to also review games from non-Nintendo consoles such as Atari and Sega. Rolfe's feature-length film, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, was released in 2014. The series has had success online and has gained a cult following.
The show revolves around the Nerd's commentary of old and typically commercially unsuccessful video games which he deems to be of particularly low-quality, unfair difficulty, or poor design. Rolfe's character, "The Nerd", is a short-tempered and foul-mouthed video game fanatic who is sometimes besieged by guest characters from video games and popular culture. These guests often provide additional commentary on the games, mock the Nerd's anguish, and act as parodies of the characters from which they had been derived. In response to them and to the games, he derives comic appeal from excessive and surrealistic use of fantasy scenarios, anger, profanity, and habitual consumption of alcohol while reviewing video games.
James Rolfe's first videos were intended as "just a joke", with no intentions of making them public, showing them only to his friends. After two years, collaborative friend Mike Matei helped to publish the videos online. Since then, the show has increased substantially in quantity, production value, and fandom.
The idea for what became the Nerd series began in 2004 with Rolfe's short review of the NES game Castlevania II: Simon's Quest under the title of "Bad NES Games". He then decided to make another video about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The videos were produced and published on Cinemassacre.com and released outside of the website as "The Quickies" tape, part of a four VHS tape set called the "Cinemassacre Gold Collection".
They soon made a YouTube channel which reached 1.5 million subscribers in June 2014.
On September 12, 2006, Rolfe's series received mainstream attention when his review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles went viral on YouTube. It was reported in an MTV segment called "Viral Videos Infect the Mainstream". On November 2, 2008, his videos and personality were featured on the nationally syndicated radio show Opie and Anthony.
Rolfe later changed the name of the program from The Angry Nintendo Nerd to The Angry Video Game Nerd to prevent trademark issues with Nintendo. Rolfe diversified the reviews of platforms and products such as the Atari 2600, Super NES, Sega Master System and Sega Mega Drive/Genesis video game consoles, the Power Glove and U-Force peripherals, films such as The Wizard, and the Nintendo Power magazine.
As of December 22, 2011, Rolfe focused most of his efforts on producing Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, though while continuing to produce Nerd episodes.
|Cinemassacre Gold Collection||VHS|
|2007||Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 1||DVD|
|2008||Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 2||DVD|
|2009||Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 3||DVD|
|2010||Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 4||DVD|
|2011||Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 5||DVD|
|2012||Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 6||DVD|
|2013||Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 7||DVD|
|2014||Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie|
Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie is an independent film based on the series. James Rolfe serves as director, producer and co-writer and reprises his on-screen role of The Nerd. The film was released July 21, 2014 in limited theatrical releases and is scheduled for release online, on DVD and Blu-ray by the end of the year. The film's budget of more than US$300,000 came entirely from crowdfunding.
The story centers around the alleged burial of over 1 million copies of the proclaimed "worst video game of all time", E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600, as The Nerd embarks on a quest to prove that there is nothing buried there after being pressured by fans to review the video game, while being pursued by federal authorities who believe he is investigating Area 51 and the crash of an unidentified flying object.
|2013||The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures|
In 2013, an official video game titled The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures was announced. Developed by FreakZone Games (creators of Manos: The Hands of Fate), it was released on September 20, 2013 on Steam. The game follows the Nerd attempting to rescue his friends, all of whom were sucked into the Nerd's television set (done in a Cheetahmen-esque style). The Nerd uses a NES Zapper as his main weapon, and a character known as Naggi the Patronising Firefly, a parody of Navi from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, guides him through the tutorial. Throughout the game, he faces zombies, Mr. Hyde, Custer, The Giant Claw, Fred "Fucks" (Fred Fuchs) and both Jason Voorhees and an oversized version of Freddy Krueger's right arm (both references to the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street games) and more.
There have also been some unofficial Angry Video Game Nerd games including The Angry Video Game Nerd's Angry Video Game, The Angry Video Game Nerd in Pixel Land Blast, AVGN Game Over, AVGN Game Over 2, and AVGN Planet. There is also the Angry Video Game Nerd for the Atari 2600 and AVGN K.O Boxing also for the Atari 2600. The Nerd touched upon these games in the episode AVGN Games.
He also appeared as a playable character in the game Texting Of The Bread produced by Screw Attack.
|This section requires expansion with: actual sales figures and reviews. (July 2014)|
- James Rolfe (2007). What Was I Thinking?: The Making of the Angry Video Game Nerd (DVD). ScrewAttack.
- Guzman, David (March 3, 2011). "Top 20 Angry Video Game Nerd Freak Outs". AllMediaNY.com. Retrieved March 10, 2011. "Ever since James Rolfe – the filmmaker who brought the Nerd to life – started posting tirades about awfully ancient video games on YouTube in 2006, the following he’s gotten there has become pretty big."
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- Weprin, Alex (June 2, 2008). "Spike TV Revamps Web Presence". Broadcasting & Cable (Cahners Publishing) 138 (14–25): 28. Retrieved March 10, 2011. "The new Spike.com features a high-resolution full-episode video with the ability to embed episodes of Spike programming on outside sites, social-networking features and exclusive original content from YouTube stars such as "The Angry Video Game Nerd" and established entertainment brands such as Playboy Enterprises and Ultimate Fighting Championship."
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- MTV (September 12, 2006). "Viral Videos Infect the Mainstream". MTV. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
- "Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie".
- "Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures". Steam. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
- "Let's Play AVGN Adventures - Part 4". YouTube. September 24, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
- "Wii U & 3DS Announcement". Twitter. July 12, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- James Rolfe (November 25, 2007). "AVGN DVD SOLD OUT!". Cinemassacre. Retrieved November 25, 2007.
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- Saabedra, Humberto. "AVGN and Nostalgia Critic Cameo in "The Unlimited: Hyobu Kyosuke"". Crunchyroll.
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