The Angry Video Game Nerd (abbreviated as AVGN, occasionally shortened to The Nerd) is the main character and title of a series of farcical retrogaming video reviews by James Rolfe. Starring James Rolfe, the show generally revolves around retro game reviews that involve bitter rant against games he deems to be of particularly low-quality or poor design. Such games are often associated with movie tie-ins. The series began as a feature on YouTube, and later joined ScrewAttack Entertainment, which would later have three of its features, including the AVGN, transferred to GameTrailers exclusively. The show, formerly known as The Angry Nintendo Nerd, was renamed because the show started reviewing games on other consoles, and also to prevent any trademark issues with Nintendo.
The Nerd character is a short-tempered and foul-mouthed video game fanatic. He derives comic appeal from excessive and inventive use of profanity, frequent displays of explicit gestures, and the consumption of beer, particularly Rolling Rock, and on a few occasions Yuengling. A particular characteristic, which has become something of a trademark of his character, is for him to describe, in great detail, extremely repulsive and painful, usually firmly scatological acts, and to claim that he would rather endure them than to play the game that he is reviewing. Varying amounts of physical comedy are mixed into the verbal abuses.
Rolfe first started to do reviews as a child in the late 80s to the early 90s, but did not really take off until he made a short review of the NES game Castlevania II: Simon's Quest in 2004. Rolfe decided to make another video which was supposed to be the last, because Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was his most hated game. At the time he was drinking the beer Rolling Rock, which went on to become a signature trait of The Nerd. The videos were produced and published on Cinemassacre.com. on April 6, 2006, he joined YouTube and the videos were put on YouTube under the name of "James Nintendo Nerd". He later changed the name to "Angry Video Game Nerd" to prevent trademark issues. Along with the name change, the Nerd soon diversified, reviewing games on other platforms such as the Atari 2600, Super Nintendo, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Virtual Boy, Atari 5200, Nintendo 64, TurboGrafx-16, Sega Saturn and PlayStation. Along with reviewing games, some episodes have featured other video game-related items, such as the Power Glove, the U-Force and other NES accessories, movie reviews of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III and The Wizard, and a tribute to Nintendo Power. He also references video game culture in a reenactment of the retro console wars in one video in a Wii tribute.
Rolfe has stated on his website that the first videos he made were "just a joke" and he had no intention of making them public, Rolfe's videos grew longer, soon turning into an actual series complete with title cards, an intro song and official merchandise and the AVGN Volume 1 DVD (2004 and 2006 episodes), followed by the Volume 2 DVD (2007 episodes), and the Volume 3 DVD (2008 episodes).
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