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Classic Game Room (abbreviated as CGR) is a video game review show produced, directed, edited and hosted by Mark Bussler and formerly hosted by David Crosson. The show reviews both retro and modern video games, and even pinball machines, diecast cars, action figures, mousepads and food products. Since 2008, Classic Game Room has since expanded into different channels, including CGRundertow (reviews hosted by Mark's friends Derek and TJ), CGR Trailers, CGR Garage, and CGR Toys.
Originally titled The Game Room (hosted by Mark Bussler and David Crosson), it was the first video game review show on the internet. The series made its debut on November 7, 1999 on the website FromUSAlive. The show ran until October 23, 2000 due to budget issues.
Classic Game Room returned, this time on YouTube, in 2008. This time, the show was solely hosted by Bussler, though Crosson made a cameo at the end of the Capatain America and the Avengers review.
In 2013, CGR's screen name was changed to Lord Karnage. In late 2013, Classic Game Room left YouTube, and all future reviews were subsequently released on Dailymotion. This caused a great deal of controversy amongst fans and other video game reviewers. On May 8, 2014, Classic Game Room returned to YouTube.
On November 2, 2015, Mark announced that the show would highly slow its production following the end of the 2015 year. Changes would include the shutting down of the show store and its secondary channel CGR Undertow entirely ending production. Bussler stated that this is due to a change in his life and he would like to focus more on his writing and film making. He also said that he would continue the show as a hobby similar to how it began for him. However, Bussler later opened a Patreon for the series at the recommendation of fans in order to keep the series operating as normal, but would be renamed Classic Game Room Mark3. The first CGR MkIII was released on January 8, 2016.