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Angry Video Game Nerd
Angry Video Game Nerd's logo
Angry Video Game Nerd logo
Also known as Angry Nintendo Nerd
Genre Insult comedy, Dark humor, review
Created by James Rolfe
Developed by Cinemassacre Productions
Written by James Rolfe
Mike Matei
Directed by James Rolfe
Starring James Rolfe
Mike Matei
Kyle Justin
Theme music composer Kyle Justin (music)
James Rolfe (lyrics)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 134 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) James Rolfe
Producer(s) James Rolfe
Mike Matei
Editor(s) James Rolfe
Mike Matei
Location(s) Newark, New Jersey (Season 1–3)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Season 3 – present)
Cinematography James Rolfe
Mike Matei
Liam Mulvey
Matthew von Manahan
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 3–35 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Cinemassacre
Distributor GameTrailers
YouTube (re-releases)
Original channel Internet:
YouTube (2006-present)
Picture format 240p (2004-2006) / 360p (2007-2008) / 480p (2008-2012) / 720p (2012) / 1080p (2012-oggi)
Original airing May 16, 2004 (May 16, 2004)–present
Preceded by Bad NES Games (Cinemassacre Special)[1]
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Angry Video Game Nerd (abbreviated as AVGN, and formerly known as Angry Nintendo Nerd) is an American web television series of surrealistic 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 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.[2] 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 D. Rolfe as the Nerd

James Rolfe's first videos were intended as "just a joke", with no intentions of making them public, showing them only to his friends.[3] 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.[4][5]

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.[1] The videos were produced and published on[3] and released outside of the website as "The Quickies" tape, part of a four VHS tape set called the "Cinemassacre Gold Collection".[1]

They soon made a YouTube channel which reached 1.5 million subscribers in June 2014.

Lloyd Kaufman guest stars in the Toxic Crusaders episode of the show.

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".[6] 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 Angry Nintendo Nerd to Angry Video Game Nerd to prevent trademark issues with Nintendo.[3] 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.



Year Title Medium
2004 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
2015 Angry Video Game Nerd, volume 8 DVD


Year Title
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.[7]


Year Title
2013 Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures

In 2013, an official video game titled 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.[8] 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 Patronizing 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), both Jason Voorhees and an oversized version of Freddy Krueger's right arm (references to the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street games respectively) and more.[9]

On July 12, 2014, it was announced that the game would also be released on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.[10] The Wii U version was released in North America on April 2, 2015; a European release, as well as a 3DS release, is planned for a later date.[11]

There have also been some unofficial Angry Video Game Nerd games including Angry Video Game Nerd's Angry Video Game, 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 and AVGN K.O. Boxing, both for the Atari 2600. The Nerd touched upon these games in the episode AVGN Games.[citation needed]

The Nerd character also appeared as a playable character in the game Texting of the Bread, produced by ScrewAttack.[citation needed]


According to Rolfe, the initial pressing[quantify] of the Angry Video Game Nerd DVD sold out in less than a week.[12]

The Angry Video Game Nerd was voted Best Online Web Series in Mashable's 3rd Annual Open Web Awards on December 16, 2009.[13]


On February 4, 2013, the character, along with Nostalgia Critic, made a background cameo appearance in the anime Zettai Karen Children: The Unlimited.[14]

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  1. ^ a b c James Rolfe (2007). What Was I Thinking?: The Making of the Angry Video Game Nerd (DVD). ScrewAttack. 
  2. ^ Guzman, David (March 3, 2011). "Top 20 Angry Video Game Nerd Freak Outs". 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. 
  3. ^ a b c "Cinemassacre FAQ". The CineMassacre Productions. 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ Weprin, Alex (June 2, 2008). "Spike TV Revamps Web Presence". Broadcasting & Cable (Cahners Publishing) 138 (14–25): 28. Retrieved March 10, 2011. The new 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. 
  5. ^ Carrasco, Carlo. "Do you play?". Sun.Star Publishing, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2007. [dead link]
  6. ^ MTV (September 12, 2006). "Viral Videos Infect the Mainstream". MTV. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie". 
  8. ^ "Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures". Steam. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Let's Play AVGN Adventures - Part 4". YouTube. September 24, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Wii U & 3DS Announcement". Twitter. July 12, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ . April 2, 2015 Retrieved April 4, 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ James Rolfe (November 25, 2007). "AVGN DVD SOLD OUT!". Cinemassacre. Retrieved November 25, 2007. 
  13. ^ Cashmore, Pete (December 16, 2009). "Open Web Awards 2009: The Winners". Mashable. Retrieved December 16, 2009. 
  14. ^ Saabedra, Humberto. "AVGN and Nostalgia Critic Cameo in "The Unlimited: Hyobu Kyosuke"". Crunchyroll. 

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