The Angry Joe Show

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A gamer with an off-the-wall reviewing style and a mite too much energy, "Angry" Joe Vargas got his start by submitting a video review for Army of Two giving constructive criticism that was surprisingly what the developers really wanted to hear. Angry Joe now does reviews and other videos on his own website and is a major contributor for That Guy With The Glasses.

Back in November 2010, he and the other video games segments of TGWTG were spun off onto their own separate website, Blistered Thumbs, with Joe as the site's executive leader. Now, however, he has left Blistered Thumbs to create his own site, The Angry Joe Show, located here. In addition, he is a member of The Game Station.

A list of stuff from his show can be found here.

Tropes used in The Angry Joe Show include:
  • Acting for Two: Used in many of his reviews, such as his Dragon Age: Origins review as Darkspawn!Joe and Warden!Joe. Also used heavily in his review of reasons why Empire Total War rocks, forming a two opposing regiments from just two people. He also plays Corporate Commander, though you wouldn't be able to tell ordinarily what with CC's mask.
  • Angry Fist Shake: "Damn you, Chick-Fil-A!"
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Near the end of his review for Mind Jack.
    • Cut Short: His video on the forthcoming 3D re-release of the Star Wars films begins with one.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: He hates Fable 3 because of most of the bullshit it has in the game (like Co-Op, easy, unbalanced battles, an Anticlimax Boss, etc) yet the 32nd reason why he hates it is because his ingame son and wife died in the cutscene after the fight against the king.
  • Author Appeal: For some unfathomable reason, and very unlike what you'd expect of him, Joe loves dancing games.

Joe: What's that!? You think this is a game? This isn't a game! It's the way of life!

  • Badass Mustache: Pointed out in his Final Fight review: Mike Haggar has a Badass Mustache, and so does he.
    • In "Hotel Awesome Season 2, Episode 4" we see that his mustache is so badass that if someone else tries to tear it off, he can magically grow a new one. It seems it's now made of Adamantium
  • Bad Bad Acting: Other Joe isn't really an actor, and doesn't try to be. It's pretty funny seeing him in contrast to the Large Ham of Angry Joe.
  • Berserk Button: Try to make Joe watch a movie in 3D. I dare you.
    • Or you can try to make him play Kane and Lynch any full-price game () that can be beaten in under 12 hours.
    • SONIC FREE RIDERS! This game is the absolute worst game that Joe has ever reviewed. The entire review is one giant tangent about how horrible it is.
    • Mind Jack sure as hell came close to outsuckying SFR for him, and while SFR could be given a pass for being a bad implementation of new technology, Mindjack is in a firmly established genre, which has no excuse.
    • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime made Joe so unbelievably mad that, instead of just doing a review, he first did a Let's Play to show just how bad the game is THEN did an angry review.
    • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3's existence led Joe to do an Angry Rant that tore apart the lack of new features and price tag. He didn't even bother with a review.
    • Mass Effect 3 and its shoehorned conclusion. So bad, that Joe had to write a separate video, detailing the main reasons why he thinks it sucks so bad.[1]
  • Big Bad: Corporate Commander.
  • Big No:


    • Realizing it's Sunday, so Chick-Fil-A is closed.
    • He lets out the Darth Vader one when seeing the dance mode in Kinect Star Wars. It even blows up Admiral Ackbar's ship.
  • Big Word Shout: "GOOOOOOOOOOOO!" in The Stinger.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Especially in crossovers with other TGWTG contributors.
  • Bunny Ears Lawyer: Joe may be hammy, crazy, and more energetic then a room full of five-year-olds, but he's great at analyzing games and movies and providing insightful criticism.
  • Butt Monkey: Other Joe.
  • The Cameo: He's the only person who can give Linkara a run for his money in terms of appearing in other people's videos.
  • Captain Ersatz: As yet another obvious (but welcomed) Shout-Out to G.I. Joe, Corporate Commander is basically Cobra Commander if he was a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
    • The "new" series has The Overlord (essentially Doctor Claw with a teddy bear instead of the Mad Cat) as Corporate Commander's superior.
  • Caption Humor: Sometimes employed on the right-side caption.
  • Casanova Wannabe: In one of the 1-year anniversary crossover videos, he goes around delivering horrendous pick-up lines to all the women on the site.
  • Caustic Critic: Despite the name, he's usually pretty nice. Nowhere did this become more apparent than when he teamed up with Spoony at E3 2010, where the two practically became a Good Cop, Bad Cop comedy duo. When Joe does lose his temper, it's usually over something most people would be frustrated about, and he manages to get control of himself quite quickly. He even always takes the time to point out things he likes in games he doesn't like, and makes the reviews funny whether or not he makes fun of the game.
  • Chewing the Scenery: UNLIMITED POWAAAAAH!!!
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Weaponized as the cuss cannon.
  • Cosplay: Joe sure likes to dress up whenever a game might call for it (even as a geisha...).
  • Did Not Do the Research: Often a factor in his videos.
    • In his Red Dead Redemption review, Joe lauded the game for being an original game in a market saturated with sequels. Although he is justified in this point of view given that "Westerns are an unproven genre in the games market", Redemption itself is a sequel.
      • In more recent videos, he has referred to Redemption as a sequel, but he has not stated that his initial comments were incorrect.
      • It is a sequel in name only, though; there are no characters in common and the play style is totally different.
      • In a D&D session with Spoony and on Twitter he mentioned he finally watched the series and loved it (though he was distressed by the lack of guns), which made him only hate the movie even more.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: His initial reaction to Bayonetta, getting himself some "Private Time" near the end.
    • When Lisa Foiles complains about the Iron Man 2 video game, and gradually loses clothing as she gets angrier, Joe forgets that he was supposed to be reviewing the game becomes fixated on Lisa, even remarking "I think I'm in love!"
  • The Ditz/Malaproper: While he's not excessively dim, Joe's limited vernacular is treated as a running joke by his peers on the Channel Awesome podcast.

Joe: I'm going home! Oh, I am home... Well, I'm gonna play my (board) game!
Computer: By yourself, Joe? LOL!

"It's the best part of the movie, and it isn't even in the actual movie!"

"There is no way the cartoon is this bad! There is no way a series this popular can be like this!"

"Assault in the First Degree: To knowingly inflict bodily harm"

    • The only other game he's given a 1/10 to, Mind Jack, was so bad it left him a Stephen-Hawking-like shell unable to speak or move without mechanical assistance; it probably would have been a lot less offensive if the game hadn't had such a cool initial concept married to such a broken execution. Its one good point? Monkeys.
  • They Just Didn't Care: Corporate Commander's Raison D'etre.

"Don't need it!"


  1. He admits though that the rest of the series, and 90% of ME 3 is still damned good