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The Angry Video Game Nerd (James Rolfe)


The one, the only, the man who made Internet reviewing a genre singlehandedly--the Angry Video Game Nerd. A bespectacled man in a white button-down shirt with a pocket protector, the Nerd sits in his basement and vents his impotent rage over terrible video games of days gone by. He has a perennial rivalry with The Nostalgia Critic.

  • Adult Child: A grown man who takes video games very seriously.
  • Acting for Two: The Nerd and James Rolfe once appeared side-by-side.
  • Adorkable: When he's not in a rage.
  • Angrish: Occasionally, when he runs out of curse words.
  • The Alcoholic
  • Anti-Hero: Type III
  • Badass Bookworm: A nerd who can take on Jason Voorhees himself in a fist fight and win.
  • Badass Normal: While most of his enemies have superhuman powers, the Nerd is, in the end, just a guy who owns some light guns that function like the real thing.
  • Basement Dweller
  • Berserk Button: This is what he's known for!
    • Excessively long passwords, and using any other key besides A to jump are his two main ones.
    • Games without the pause features, such as Ghostbusters 2 on NES.
    • Seeing the LJN logo on a game cartridge has also caused him to snap.
    • Goddamned Bats!
    • The Medusa Heads in Castlevania have reportedly given him a pathological hatred of wavy lines.
    • Movie sequels that don't follow a logical numbering system.
    • Games with NO CONTINUES!?!? after you die. Turned Up to Eleven if the game combines this with One-Hit Kill or only having one life throughout the entire game.
    • Game cartridges with no end labels.
    • In Batman Part I, when he explains the utterly ridiculous controls of the SNES Batman Forever game, which was designed with the Mortal Kombat engine. He actually seems to have strained his voice by the end of the review.
    • AC adapters with built-in prongs (which tend to preclude the usage of the two adjacent sockets) also greatly annoy him, as seen in the Sega 32X and Dracula reviews. Related to this, ancient consoles which force the player to make use of an RF connector box for television hookups as opposed to just plugging a cable into a much simpler coaxial converter.
    • Loading times. His annoyance with them is most pronounced in the Superman (Commodore) and Zelda's Adventure reviews.
      • Also seen in the Batman Forever review, which ironically was a cartridge game.
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Nerd: ...Whenever you access a new part of the game, it says "Hold On". Hold on for what? It has to fucking load?!

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The Bullshit Man (James Rolfe)

A frustrated gentleman who vents his annoyance at modern life. Eventually revealed to be a giant turd with glasses.

The Guitar Guy (Kyle Justin)

(The one on the left.)


Motherfucker Mike (Mike Matei)

It's a moniker he wears with pride, funnily enough.


The Ninja Master (Kevin Finn)

The Game Glitch Gremlin (Kevin Finn)

Shitpickle (James Rolfe)

Super Mecha Death Christ 2000 B.C. v4.0 Beta (James Rolfe)

Nerdy Turd (James Rolfe)

R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy)

Death Kitty (Boo)

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