This time, Pig-Min did an e-mail interview with James Rolfe, who does AVGN(Angry Video Game Nerd).
is extremely famous all over the world, for his Retro-but-Bad-Games
review. Started with Youtube, and now with Gametrailers. Especially, he
became very famous even in Korean internet, and that's why Pig-Min
decided to do e-mail Interview with him.
Thanks for his answer, even if he gets THOUSANDS e-mails per day. :)
1. First of all, please introduce who does AVGN(Angry Video Game
Nerd). We all know AVGN itself very well, but not sure who does it.
Hi. My name's James. I write, record, and edit the Nerd videos as
well as star in them.
Most people on the internet now know me as the
foul-mouthed Angry Video Game Nerd, but I'm a film buff,
independent filmmaker and retro video game fan. I've made nearly 200 short
videos, ranging from horror to comedy.
2. AVGN(Angry Video Game Nerd) became
extremely popular among Korean gamers, because some people did Korean
Subtitle for [Silver Surfer] few weeks ago. After that, lots of AVGN
videos are fan-subbed & spreaded, and became tremendously famous.
However, [Silver Surfer] was NOT your first AGVN work, and you have made
tons before that, but Korean people don't know about them yet. Could you
please let usknow, when you started AVGN (or older name Angry Nintendo
Nerd), what game you reviewed in the first place, and brief history about
In 2004, I made the first two angry game reviews, "Castlevania
2: simon's quest" and "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde". It was only meant for a
little joke to share among close friends.
2 years later, in 2006, I made
a third one "Karate Kid" and posted the three of them as a trilogy on the
internet calling them the Angry Nintendo Nerd trilogy. Soon I began uploading
them to YouTube.com and Myspace.com where they catapulted to internet
I teamed up with ScrewAttack.com who also produce comedic video
game reviews and together, we both got a deal with MTV's GameTrailers.com
at the beginning of 2007. To this day, there's about 47 Angry Video Game Nerd
(AVGN) episodes, as referenced by Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avgn
AVGN is extremely famous, but that's NOT the only 1 project which you do.
You're doing 'Cinemassacre', and AVGN is just the part of that. Could you
please introduce us what 'Cinemassacre' is, and what kind of other stuffs
you have made?
I appreciate the mention!
Cinemassacre is the name
of my one-man production company. The name refers to massacring cinema,
just doing it your own way and throwing away the rules. I've been inspired by
movies, comedy, horror, action, all kinds, and since childhood, have been
making my own home-made movies.
From there, it just grew. Ironically, the
Nerd has taken away time I would be focusing on my other videos. But the
Nerd is also bringing more attention to my other work. Soon, I hope to get
started on another big project of my own.
4. When we see AVGN, we
could see also the name of 'GameTrailers' & 'ScrewAttack'. We could
assume they are all connected to AVGN franchise, but not sure exactly how
they are connected. Please let us know about them. And sometimespeople mistook some other 'ScrewAttack'
series as 'Video Game Vault' for 'AVGN' series, because you are doing
few (or some) of them. Please make clear about them, too.
okay. I understand it can be a bit misleading at first. Wish I read ahead
with the questions, I seem to have accidentally answered it already. But I
can elaborate further.
ScrewAttack is another website, separate from
CineMassacre. They produce the Video Game Vaults and Top 10 series. I now
work together with them. I still produce the Angry Video Game Nerd totally
independent, but I feature it on the same site with theirs.
is paying ScrewAttack and I to host the videos on GameTrailers
exclusively which makes it possible to produce these videos on a more
routine basis. Sometimes ScrewAttack and I appear in each others' videos or
help each other out when necessary.
5. AVGN has very cool title song,
and it's re-played as several genre, as Hair Metal - Electronic - ...
etc. Please let us know who did the original title song & other
re-played songs, and what you think about them.
Kyle Justin at
KyleJustinMusic.com is a friend of mine from college. He's a musician,
although his own work is very different from the AVGN theme song, he
also has a humorous side and was willing to do the song for me. I wrote
the lyrics, he composed the song to music and sang vocals.
To this day, its a
tradition to open the videos with the song and many people all over
the internet have been doing their own covers of the song. In fact, I
think it's been done on every instrument imaginable.
6. You do review
every game with ORIGINAL PACKAGE, NOT Emulation. They are very old titles &
could have hard time to get, and even need 1-200$ in ebay. How do you get
all of them? Purchased when it's released, hunt Goodwill or Flea Market,
get Donation of games, ... etc. And do you have any reason to review all
of them with ORIGINAL PACKAGE, NOT just downloaded emulation?
never use emulation. I always use the original games, because I feel that
makes the videos more authentic.
I spent about $200 for the Halloween
Atari game which doesn't even have a proper label. But fans have been
donating. I have a Paypal donate button at AngryVGnerd.com which helps out.
I'm now becoming quite a retro video game collector.
7. You reviewed A
LOT of bad games, but not reviewed real fames as [Cheetahmen 2] - [E.T.]
yet. And you don't review recent jewels as [Big Rigs], nor you do review
any PC Games. Any reasons about that?
I'm all about the consoles, so
I don't have any PC games, except Doom 1&2 which I play on a laptop
from the 1990's. So my show is also all about the games from your
E.T. is always referred to as the worst game ever, which is
just about as true as Plan 9 from Outer Space being the worst movie
ever. It's just reputation, and not necessarily correct by any means.
There's much worse games, and much worse movies out there.
But I'll continue
to let E.T. be my biggest request until I eventually review it.
Please recommend 5 GOOD & 5 BAD (Really BAD) games, and the
It can be a little biased, I was always a
GOOD 1. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) 2.
Castlevania 4 (SNES) 3. Super C (NES) 4. Super Mario Bros 3 (NES) 5.
Super Metroid (SNES)
BAD 1. Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde (NES) : makes no
sense 2. Dragon's Lair (NES) : insane difficulty 3. Ghostbusters (NES) : bad
gameplay, bland design, boring 4. Jaws (NES) : redundant simplicity,
impossible ending 5. Wizard of Oz (SNES) : Terrible layout, glitch where you
fall through anything you try to jump on. impossible to play.
you try some Korean games, or even heard or experienced about them? If
so, please share your thoughts about that.
I don't think I have
10. Please leave some message for Pig-Min
readers, especially for newly added Korean fans.
Enjoy the videos.
Don't take them too seriously. They're just for entertainment. I'm glad
you're fans. Keep watching.