Cinemassacre Productions LLC, or Cinemassacre.com, is an American website hosted and created by independent filmmaker James Rolfe, owned by Cinemassacre Productions, LLC. The website focuses on independent filmmaking, film, and video game reviews by Rolfe, and primarily hosts the web show'sfirst gaming show Angry Video Game Nerd Cinemassacre's Monster Madness and Board James. The website was launched in 2000. On the Cinemassacre Extra channel, we will find re-uploaded HD episodes of The Angry Video Game Nerd and live game streams with Mike Matei and other members of the Cinemassacre team
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. 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.
HistoryJames Rolfe's first videos were intended as "just a joke", with no intentions of making them public and showing them only to his friends. After two years, collaborative friend Mike Matei helped to publish the videos online. Since then, the show has increased substantially in quantity and production valueThe 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. The videos were produced and published on Cinemassacre.com and released outside of the website as "The Quickies" tape, part of a four VHS tape set called the "Cinemassacre Gold Collection". They soon made a YouTube channel which reached 1.5 million subscribers in June 2014. 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 and MTV segment called "Viral Videos Infect the Mainstream". 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 The Angry Nintendo Nerd to The Angry Video Game Nerd to prevent trademark issues with Nintendo. 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.
As of December 22, 2011, Rolfe focused most of his efforts on producing Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, though while continuing to produce Nerd episodes. For more details on this topic, see List of The Angry Video Game Nerd episodes, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie.
The Angry Video Game Nerd (abbreviated as AVGN , and formerly known as The 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 The 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 series currently has 135 episodes.
- He considers Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the worst video game ever made. However, there are other games, such as Big Rigs: Over The Road Racing, Crazy Bus, and Desert Bus that he considers even worse, but that he dosen't even count as games.
- He feels that most terrible games produced by Nintendo were the result of being produced by LJN, (A major producer of movie-based games) and that LJN has only ever produced one game "that is not sh*t".
- He also consideres Silver Surfer for NES to be the hardest game of all time.
- He has had many games based off of him, most of which were reveiwed by him in his episode, A.V.G.N. Games. He thinks they all suck.