Questions for “The Making of AVGN Episodes”

James / June 18th, 2011

For many years now, lots of fans have been requesting that I do some kind of documentary on what goes into the making of a typical AVGN episode. I’ve finally decided to try it out. Any questions about the writing, shooting, editing? Anything you want to know about. Leave your comments here. I will be checking them for the remainder of this weekend.

UPDATE: Thanks! I’ve gotten hundreds of legit questions that show genuine interest. The “Making Of” video is in the works. I’ll show the production of a basic Nerd episode from start to finish. I’ll try to address as many of the questions as possible. I don’t think I can fit them all in one video, so maybe at some point in the future, I’ll do another Q&A of some kind. For now, topic closed. Thank you very much.

Comments

  • greedo

    June 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I have a question. How long does it take to make a typical Nerd episode, from start to finish? Also, take us through the process of making an episode. Thanks!

  • greedo

    June 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Sorry, I wanted to add: What does a typical work day look like for you?

  • June 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    How much time do you spend playing the games on average? Do you really spend hours and hours trying to play the really bad games or just enough to get the footage you need?

  • Ave2007

    June 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Here is my question, how many people does it take to make an episode or is it just usually you and Mike?

  • June 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    How many fights do you get into with motherfucker mike during the making of an episode? πŸ˜›

  • June 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    What goes into planning what insults you will make; is it simply random swearing off of the top of your head?

  • Ppontes64

    June 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    What software do you use for capturing video, editing, and recording voice?

  • skablotin

    June 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Do you go on website like gamespot for all the walkthrough, since you play so many game…? And all the documentation before playing…

  • June 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    How do you capture video from old systems such as the Atari 2600, NES, etc. for use in the episodes?

  • June 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    What is the average cost to produce one episode?

  • Shcha

    June 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    When the movie comes out, what do you think the MPAA rating is going to be?

  • darkknightdetec

    June 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    How many buffalo diarrhea dumps need to make their way into your ear canal until the awfulness of the experience outweighs playing shitty games?

  • redmonth123

    June 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    What goes into writing an episode? How long does it take on average? How long does a shoot take? Equipment used? Do you sometimes just talk in front of the camera by yourself? Is there any budget to the episodes? You edit by yourself? Does this shirt make me look fat?

  • Urso

    June 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Have you ever abandoned an episode before finishing it, because it was too hard, or it lacked potential?

  • abakereins

    June 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    How do you keep things fresh? And how do you decide which game your going to review for any particular video?

  • Sonowake

    June 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I would love to see the equipment you use, capture gear, cameras, mics and lighting.

    Post a script (or a sample)

    generally behind the scene items, like your production team, production etc etc

  • Nick Williams

    June 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    How do you decide which game you would like to review for an episode? Do you just play a few from your collection or do you look online for notoriously shitty games that perhaps you weren’t so aware of? Also will the length of shorter AVGN episodes have an impact on your choice of games to review? For example will you be reviewing shitty games that you perhaps don’t have as much to say about when compared to some of the games featured in the much longer reviews?

  • June 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Do you go completely based off the script, or do you use the script as a jumping off point for improvisation?

  • supatann

    June 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    How much time do you spend in from of your computer editing videos and researching the games? Is it stressful to keep the videos fresh? What do you enjoy most about the entire process of making a video?

  • RyanThunder

    June 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    1. What kind or brand of filming equipment do you use in a typical AVGN episode?

    2. What type of editing software do you use for a typical AVGN episode?

  • TristanV

    June 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I’m interested in doing game reviews and I really need to know how you capture video perfectly from your television.

    Also I’d just like to add that I registered on here just to ask that. And that I fucking love everything on this site, especially James and Mike. You guys are such an inspiration, and I know this sounds ridiculous, but the Angry Video Game Nerd and James as a person have changed my life. Thank you so much.

  • darkknightdetec

    June 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    What are your personal favorite AVGN episodes?

    How scripted is the show? Like is every single line in the script or is there a lot of ad-libbing?

    What’s your total production crew for one episode of AVGN? I’m assuming it’s no more than 3 or 4 right?

    Do you prefer shooting on film (like 8 or 16mm) or digital video? I know its not directly AVGN related, I’m just curious because I know you’re a big film fan.

    Oh and totally random question (but I figured you’d look at this) is I was wondering if you’ve answered any of the requests for help on the AVGN movie that were sent to your email yet? I sent you an email around the beginning of the month. I’m assuming that you’re still trying to figure things out and/or are getting completely swamped with emails, so it’s totally cool. I just want to make sure you’re actually getting the emails and I’m also very curious about how pre-production is progressing.

  • June 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    How do you record gameplay? Which device do you use? I tried it but pc’s tuner doesn’t takes it, since consoles have some other kind of signal.

  • Skeletonz

    June 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    My qustions are do you always play the game, or do you sometimes have to get someone who is really good at it to play behind the camera? Also, what device do you use for gameplay? Thank you

  • Vader Jacobs

    June 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Which program do you use for special effects?

  • kartoffelkuchen

    June 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I have always been curious,since you do so many videos and spend lots of time with the website, what is your full time job?

  • sirdraco7

    June 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I’m curious how you write and come up with the script. is it all you? do you co-write with others? How many revisions do you have? do you have a roundtable with people to come up with ideas or edits or changes? Ever have a lack of ideas? how do you deal with such writers block? etc.

  • Kid_Icarus

    June 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Or to add on to kartoffelkuchen’s question, what WAS your full time job towards the beginning of AVGN and Cinemassacre? Since I understand this is nwo a full time gig? (and well should be)

  • Piroshok

    June 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    1.How does your relatives refers to this show?
    2.Is it hard to work with your cat?
    3.How much good cartridges(cassetts) were destroyed during the show?
    4.How often do you pisses off when playing games for the show?

    And some wishes to the show: make more specials(like chronologically confused & nintendo power) and make quality, not quantity. And keep it coming, James.

  • sockmonkey

    June 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Is the room with all the games, TVs, etc that most of the AVGN videos take place in a constructed set, or an actual room in your house?

    When you made the ROB video did you actually track down a bunch of copies of Gyromite and Stack Up, or make mock ups?

  • Johnny-19

    June 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Have you ever gone to sleep after making an episode, and had a strange dream related to AVGN or video games in general.

  • RAMON

    June 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    would you ever use your wife in any of the videos? And do you really ever destroy the games like in the super mario bros 3?

  • thesockninja

    June 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    -Is there a particular place you get all your gaming stuff, or is it lots of different places?
    -Besides the infamous Jaguar CD problem, were there any other consoles that just refused to work when you needed them to?
    -When you record yourself playing, do you use an emulator or do you have a video-in option?
    -Have you ever considered older PC games, for instance, ones that use DOSbox?

  • TectonicImprov

    June 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    How do you find these shitty games?

  • Edwood

    June 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Did any developer, involved in one of the shitty games you reviewed, contact you?

  • Analbag Thats Me

    June 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I always wonder about the costs of production. A lot of the games you have are in the box and brand new, and then you destroy them, or destroy the systems. The Atari Jaguar episode where you dropped the chocolate peanut butter into the toilet of a system and then closed it…that thing cost you $250 bucks. I assume a lot of costs like that exist when you destroy stuff (posters on your wall during crazy castle, blowing up the 32x etc). I’d like to know more about that, and whether you’ve ever destroyed something that had meaning to you (like nintendo power posters).

    Also I’ve wondered about the Gyromite and Stack up boxes for a while. Did you use editing to do that or did you track down dozens of copies of those games.

    Where do you get all your games? I know alot are fan donations, but I assume you buy a lot of them too. Do you use Ebay? What is the percentage breakdown between stuff you buy and stuff that is donated?

  • TristanV

    June 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I actually have some more personal questions:
    How much revenue do you get from AVGN sales and does your wife like video games as well?

  • TristanV

    June 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    @Edwood
    He says in one of his interviews one of them and and it was about Doom for the Atari Jaguar. A person that worked on it contacted him and told him the reason the games was silent was because they had to pay the musician for the rights to all the music.

  • Destro

    June 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    What do you do for a living!!!And also does your wife let you do the nerd videos or she is like “what a shitload of fuck is this nerd”?

  • Butch Bitch

    June 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    –What were your main inspirations for the AVGN character, in terms of how he looks, how he acts, etc.
    –What was your family’s initial reactions when they found out you were cursing all over the internet and destroying shitty games?
    –What was the most time consuming episode you ever filmed?
    –How does Mike get his ideas for the title cards? Do you suggest them, or does he come up with them on his own?
    –Between breaks, how do you guys pass the time? Do you come up with new ideas for the videos, or do you just party and drink a shitload of beer?
    –What is the longest time you have gone without sleep because of making AVGN?
    –Do you ever worry that you will be typecasted for this?
    –If there’s anything you would change about your earlier videos, what would it be?
    –Have I asked way too many questions?
    –Should I fuck off now?
    –Should I leave room for the people who want to ask the same unoriginal questions over and over again?

    Ok, I will shut up now and let the lowest common denominator speak.

    Sincerely,
    Butch Bitch

  • June 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Did you ever contact people who made these games so you could ask them what they were thinking?

  • ithica3782

    June 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    hey james i was wondering how much help do you get from others? like kyle justin did he just do the song for you and appear a few times or does he play a bigger behind the scenes part? and mike, how large of a role does he play with everything?

  • June 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve always thought “Title Cards & Help” is a really obscure credit for Mike. What does he help you with, normally?

    Do you write the episodes as you are playing through the game? Do you record yourself talking while you play it or stop and take notes before going on?

    About how much of what ends up in the episodes is improvised vs. how much is scripted?

  • goldeneye007man

    June 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    what i would like to know is how often do your games/consoles break down,cause ive gone through like five playstations and playstation twos,scratched up every game and broke the controllers,but all of my old consoles,atari 2600,nes,snes,genesis,dreamcast,n64 work perfectly…man does sony suck

  • Ante

    June 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I don’t know if this will fit in this movie, but…

    I have always wondered how you did to eat your own “shorts” in the Simpsons movie. I would be very thankful if you would share with us how to perform such a trick.

    It would save me hours of restless nights to come. Also I would like to thank you for the hours of entertainment that you have produced over the years. Thanks James!

  • avgnsbiggestfan

    June 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Have you ever thought of reviewing more color dreams games?

  • thomasbuster

    June 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    who does the filiming?
    where did you get the Bugs Bunny costume?
    if you ever find more Looney Tunes game, would you do one more brawl with Bugs Bunny?

  • June 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Have you ever had any real injuries on set?

  • June 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    -What is you daily schedual like?

    -Whats your family think of the work you do like your mom or dad or relatives?

    -What was your most important purchase for the show?

    -How many people usually work on epidoes with you?

    -How many times you can say you get a day off?

    -Was there any special episodes you had not made that you did have ideas for but cancelled?

    -How much would you say your gamr room is worth with all the sutff you got now?

    – what are odds of celebrities being on an episode lol

    -How much money do you blow on props and games for an episode you estimate??

  • scarmullet

    June 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Tell us everything that goes into making an episode, some troubles you come up with in making one, etc.

  • Jenslyn87

    June 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Already so many question, so I’ll just state that the video sounds like a great idea and I’ll be looking forward to it!

  • xdeathknightx

    June 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I would want to know the more technical sides. Like:
    *What camera do you use
    *What microphone
    *Which program do you use to edit video and which one sound.
    *What you use to capture videogame images
    *If you use a storyboard or not
    *Making of costumes

    So a bit of a ‘behind the scenes’ if you will.

  • Nemmex

    June 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I want to see those awesome cats

  • June 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Hi James,

    I am not a filmmaker; I am in another genre of the arts.
    I find that large projects can be daunting because they require many individual tasks to be done well, each of which usually take time and energy. Do you work from any sort of schedule? How do you determine when something is good enough and move on to the next area? How do you keep away distractions? How do you maintain energy and excitement for your work and balance that with life?
    I remain inspired by how amazing your movies and videos are despite all of the challenges that I mentioned above. I would love to get a glimpse into the artist’s life (not personal life, but life as an artist.)
    Thanks!

  • June 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    There’s something I’ve been wondering ever since you made the “Ninja Gaiden” episode. The ending of the episode was you decided the game was too hard for you to beat and you gave up. So, when you review a hard game like that, do you always have an ending in mind, or do you sit yourself down and try to beat the game and base the ending of the review on your success or failure?

  • zabimaru1000

    June 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    -How often does Kyle Justin do music work for your episodes?
    -How did you and Kyle come up with the theme song?
    -What was the process like during the making of the feud between the Nerd and Nostalgia Critic?
    -Is it tiring to continuously keep making new content for the AVGN series?
    -What special effects software do you use (SMB3, Game Glitches, etc)?
    -What was it like working with different people for Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre?
    -Was it annoying when fans continuously requested a review for E.T?

  • imafunguy

    June 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Don’t focus on the technical details like all the morons are saying “LOL WHAT MODEL OF MICROPHONE DO YOU USE?” who gives a shit. Just make it funny and interesting and stay away from technical jargon.

  • NunoSJS

    June 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Hi James.

    Throughout the years, many times while watching the AVGN videos I always thought about something… does your wife put up with you while you’re shooting? I mean while you stay in front of the camera for hours shouting all the curses there are to a video game and smashing things against the walls, does she leave the house or does she just listen to you?

    Also, ever got any complaint from the neighbors or something? I know that by now everybody there knows your work but in the first years, must have been weird for the ones passing by.

    Cheers,

    Nuno

  • Peterson

    June 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    What kind of editing program do you use? And I would want to see how a typical AVGN episode is made.From first step to the end step.That would be great!

  • Mr. Arkadin

    June 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Hmmm, how about FX sequences, like the battle with Super Mecha Death Christ, the stop-motion animation, and the weird virtual world the Nerd discovered. That stuff on a home budget is intriguing.

  • June 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Where do you keep all your video memory?
    -How much space does each episode take up?

  • denestygg

    June 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    what I’ve always wanted to know, how unrelated this however might be, is how you find time to be with your wife.. and what she looks like.. let”s all see the lovely mrs. April Rolfe ^^

  • June 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Hey James, thanks for asking us for suggestions!

    My question would be in regards to post production. How much of a given AVGN episode is created in after effects and what kind of a program do you currently use?

  • ZidaneTribal

    June 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Where can I find the typical explosion sound you use from time to time?

  • June 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I think it would be cool to see you making fake shit.

  • Salculd

    June 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    It seems every episode has a completely new title sequence. How long do those usually take to make? For that matter, you also seem to have a huge amount of “stock footage”, for lack of a better term, of various games. How do you manage and organize all of that? Do you just record almost everything you play? What would be your estimate of the total length of all the footage and the amount of space it takes up?

    This is more of a personal question, but it has been bugging me for a while anyway. It’s clear that you’re a big fan of horror movies, but I can’t remember hearing your opinion about horror video games. So… what is it? I ask primarily with the PS1-and-on era in mind, since it seemed that around that time developers started to have significant freedom in regards to content and didn’t have to self-censor nearly as much anymore. I’m especially interested in your take on some of the more widely well-received ones, like Silent Hill 2 or Eternal Darkness. Yeah, I guess the scope of this question is largely outside your primary focus, but like I said, I’ve been wondering about it.

  • Jake9315

    June 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    What’s the highest budget you’ve had for an AVGN episode, and which one was it?

  • EliteDeath

    June 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    This might be a better question for the movie, but does the AVGN have a name? Is he just AVGN, or is he James, or is he something completely different?

  • Schizima

    June 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    How many takes does it take to get a live scene correct?

    How many takes does it take to get a gameplay capture correct, or do you record all the footage beforehand and just pick the parts you want to mention?

    What does the actual script look like, how do you take notes while playing the game, what do your notes look like?

    I think that’s all I got.

  • shane7951

    June 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    When you review a game do you try to play the game all the way through or until you get to a point where you can’t get any further?

    What’s the most Rolling Rock you’ve ever drank during the filming of an episode?

  • Gavie

    June 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I often wonder: Do the episodes always turn out exactly the way you scripted, or do you often catch new brilliant ideas during the production process.

    And as Dave Hunt said; make us some fake shit please πŸ˜›

    Cheers!

  • videogamehunter

    June 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    What capturing device do you use? I know how you do your recording process but never mention what capturing device your using on your computer.

  • June 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    How do you choose a game (method)?
    How long does a basic episode take to make?
    Is there much improv in the filming process?
    Does Mofo Mike have much input? (ie directing or lines etc.)?
    Hardest part about making an episode?
    Do you “sit” on episodes that you didn’t want to release for whatever reason?
    Do you get tired of making AVGN?
    Do ideas come to you before you fall asleep and you cant sleep til theyre written down?

  • Mariwa

    June 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    How do you choose the game to review??
    Does your childhood frustrations have any incidences in the game selection process?

    Greetings James

  • June 18, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I would love to see costumes and your makeup techniques revealed.

  • June 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts about the business side of things —

    What it’s like to run a web-series, just how “famous” you really see yourself as, and if you think that the web is really the future for independent filmmakers to make a name for themselves. Do you think your other content, such as more traditional films could work online as well?

    A closing section on that would be very appreciated even if it was only 30 seconds long or so with some general thoughts! πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to see this either way.

  • June 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    You posted an image about the thought process on the Frankenstein video. I wanna see that kind of thing explained on a video. I want to know how enthusiastic you are when you start a video, and if it goes just as you expected.

  • gnsquared

    June 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    AHHH I FINALLY HAVE A CHANCE TO ASK JAMES SOMETHING AND I CAN’T REMEMBER MY QUESTION. AHSDFLKASJDF

    You seem to be a fairly private guy. How much of yourself do you put into the Nerd Character? What is your biggest difference between the character and yourself?

    And, how hard is it to check your various email accounts (for donations, business matters, etc.)? How often do you sit down and attempt to read your email?

  • June 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    You have alot of stunts in some of your episodes that involve alot of physical movement in them, like your Die Hard video where you were jumping around like a madman or your videos that have you fighting somebody, like your Bugs Bunny videos. Have you or anybody else gotten hurt during the making of an AVGN episode?

  • Mig144

    June 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    you been doing a great job of this avgn so when are you making some new nerd episodes and how do you pick a game to review to see if it’s bad?

  • JustApollo

    June 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    What is your favorite part about making these? What is the hardest part?

  • JustApollo

    June 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    What do you think about the Happy Video Game Nerd?

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve always wanted to know, where do you get all those costumes that Mike wears in the videos? Do you rent them at a store or make them yourself. Also, what do you use to make the fake shit lol it always looks pretty realistic.

  • RetroGamerK91

    June 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I have quite a few questions for you, but right now, they currently escaped my mind. So, intill I can remember what those questions were, maybe I can give you suggestions of what I’d like to see, but it doesn’t matter anyways, as your work as turns out great. I basically just wanna see how an episode of AVGN is made, from chosing the game and sitting down to play while taking notes, to the final steps like editing it and uploading it up online. Also, any interesting secrets or tricks that you use to pull certain effects off, that’ll be cool, because I’ve always wondered how you do some of this stuff. I can tell you put your all into every video that you made, even it’s not that big of a video. A ‘making-of’ feature is something I always wanted to see, so as a fan, I’m very exciting that you’re gonna finally do for us. I’ll post again if I think of anything else. Think, brain, think…

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    How do You met Nostalgia Critic?

  • JustApollo

    June 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    How do you choose the games?

  • 237crazy

    June 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Can we see the layout of your place like where you filn

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    How did you get into retro video game collecting? Any tips for other game collectors?

  • ctu

    June 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I’d love to know about what you think of when you write the script and how you do the special effects (both in acting around without them and adding them in later on. I would also love to know about the video capture for the games and how you pick spots and record the video.

    I don’t know if you ever mentioned it before, but I would like to know what equipment and software you use.

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I like to know what kind of equipment you use, also, whatΒ΄s the order odΒ΄f your creative process, thanks james

  • FunnyBoo

    June 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    How long does it take to edit a full episode?

  • Aristotelles17

    June 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I really enjoy and love your episodes and I never get tired of watching them! I want to know the words you say, do you make it up or is it 100% from the paper? One thing I wonder is what happened to the “Dick Tracy” game? You never showed us what it looked like after you smashed it. Another request is why don’t you have an “Ask James/Mike” episode once a week, like the other youtubers do? You know, ask you questions and you just answer them, It would be interesting getting to know you and Mike and you personal life.

    Keep doing what you are doing and we the fans loves and appreciate your hard work!

  • RetroGamerK91

    June 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    @Xsore I’ve heard it from James himself in a video of a AVGN Q&A that the ‘shit’ rescipe is chocolate syrup and chunky peanut butter. For runny poop, use more syrup, for more solid poop, use more peanut butter. I’ve made some once to see what I could come up with.

  • JustApollo

    June 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Why isn’t there a category where the videos are separated by date? Just newest to oldest.

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    when you are getting footage for the games, do you use your own collected footage, or stuff off of the internet

  • Callum Morrison

    June 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    What software and device do you use to recorded gameplay and do you have a plans to do more recent games, not brand new but just say ps2 or n64 kind of games?

  • vadont

    June 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    i would know how he choose his game????

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I know that normally, you record your voiceovers while watching the pre-recorded game footage. But in a couple of episodes such as Spider-Man and The Power Glove, you recorded your reactions in real time while playing the games. Have you thought about doing more episode reviews in this style?

  • wespaul

    June 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I find the whole process intriguing.

    I say document everything. From the initial stages of deciding on a game, and what goes into the decision, to the process of playing the game, making notes, collaborating with Mike, deciding on the premise of whatever theatrics could go into the video, and all the way to throwing it all-together with the editing process.

    It seems like it’s a long process, though, so I would imagine a project of documenting everything would probably be split into two or three parts. It would be cool to see every little step, and would really showcase the amount of effort that’s put into these videos that most aren’t aware of.

    Glad to see a project like this come into fruition.

  • Jumic

    June 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    As far as game footage is concerned, how many outtakes do you have and how much does the equipment cost in total? I know you mentioned it in one of your AVGN videos, but can you be more specific?

  • innovaciones

    June 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Where comes from your obsession with shit? and I mean real poop, no shitty games!

  • Cory Power

    June 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Try to avoid the really obvious stuff you’ve covered before like making fake shit (which you’ve had at least 2 videos of). It’s not exactly an all-important part of the process.

    I’d like to see some of the business side of it with Gametrailers if you’re able to and that doesn’t go against any contracts you have.

    The process of picking a game obviously.

    I’d also like to see all the other people who work on the videos like your various cameramen you’ve had and Mike obviously.

    I’d also like to see how much you plan out and how much you make up as you go. Like do you plan out all the different shots and the different angles or do you just let it flow and see what happens?

    You should also talk about your attention to detail you have. You don’t see many other people like you who actually show shots of the controller as you play and different camera angles and shots of you actually turning the system on and stuff. Other people who try and do what you do are often just sitting in front of a single unmoving camera and talk with footage cut-in. You make everything a lot more dynamic.

  • jazibk

    June 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Which episode(s) are you the most and least proud of?

  • MortalMaxx

    June 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I would like to join Cory Power about the question: How do you pick your game to review?

    Extrapolating that question is obvious, but do you ever think you missed a console/computer that you would want to have to review? (I’m thinking of the MSX2)

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    What do you use to catch the tv screen? I mean, do you use a dvd recorder or what?

  • gaminggod7

    June 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    James,
    How exactly do you..
    1. record your recorded video footage from the consoles
    2. take the recorded footage and put it on your mac for Final Cut Express/Pro (whichever you happen to use)
    3. Determine the kinds of topics to cover while reviewing a game.

    Thanks for all the inspiration you give me. I live out in California and am trying to work on a game review the way you do it.

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    1. Do you always know what game you want to do or do you sometimes find out about a game and decide to do it? Like a more obscoure game like Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties how did that come about?

    2. Do you storyboard your shots or just decide how a shot will look as you go?

    3. How many crew members does it take to create an episode? How much work load do you need to take on yourself?

    4. How much game footage do you record for an episode? I’m guessing you need a lot to get good edits to use. How long do you need to play a game to pull this off?

    5. Are there any techniques or things you learned about the episode making process that you use now to make it better or easier that you didn’t know or maybe you have better equipment now that makes things easier?

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    (Forgive my english) This is the first time ever that I try to reach you. Before my questions, I just want you to know that you’re one of the reasons why I want to be a film maker.

    What is your favorite AVGN episode? Did AVGN change’d your way as a film maker? What did you learn from it? What is your favorite part in making an episode? Do you really destroy the games or do you use…let’s say…decoys…?

    And lastly, please explain some of the effects like when Spiderman “is” on the ceiling…I’m guessing you’ve putted the posters upside down as well.

    Keep up the amazing work James!!!

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    What is your connection with Mike Matey. In the past, were you childhood buddies? Have you grown together, played bad games together and overall did everything together since you’ve known each other? What’s the story behind him appearing more and more in AVGN content.

    Where did you meet Kyle Justin for the first time? Was it in a pub? Were you drinking Rolling Rock when you heard his material for the first time?

    Basically what I wanna know is how did you get to know your recurring guests and possibly a little funny stories about you guys hanging out and stuff.

  • Peppercorns

    June 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    How long do you think AVGN will last? Do you still see yourself making these episodes in another 5 years time for example?

  • tb78

    June 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    How many people are on the crew that is required to make these episodes and how many Camera’s are needed to shoot the clips with you and your guests?

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Why was R.O.B. your 100th episode?

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    When will your next “Basic” game review come out?

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I have a couple questions!

    #1. I know it’s the theme of the show and all, but how much do you REALLY hate playing all these shitty games? Is it often a challenge to make yourself play them?

    #2. Now that it’s a couple years into the show, can you give us like a top 10 list of the shittiest of the shitty games?

    #3. There are a lot of very oversensitive people out there, do you ever get feedback from people who are offended by things like Supermegadeathchrist or the bashing of bible games?

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    How many cams do you use? do you use tripods? How do you capture in game footage? Do you write a script ? Do you use any green screen?

  • AikoujOi

    June 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Hmm…how about…did you ever though of giving the character a backstory like where was The Nerd borb or what kind of family he had growing up or something like that?

  • Nesasta

    June 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    What’s your favourite colour? D:

  • Nesasta

    June 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    and yes, that was the first thing i posted on this site ^.^

  • June 18, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Have you ever cheated to complete or continue in a game but haven’t told it in a video ( like the street fighter 2010 incredibly hard last level) ?

    If not the nerd has more skill than I ever taught !

    And is there any games or systems that you don’T (or didn’t) want to review for any reason ?

  • Cowboy

    June 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    How many times do you write and re-write a script?
    I’m a movie maker and every script I’ve made have always been up to, at least, 25 different copies. Even if they are just for a short film.

    And also, how long do you plan ahead? Do you know what game you’re gonna review three episodes in the future and writing scrpit for that, or do you focus on one episode at the time?

    Sorry for my english. It’s not my native languish.

  • JohnnyUsername1987

    June 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    What software do you use for creating/editing your videos?

  • Linkoblivion

    June 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I would love to see the title card art done in time lapse or something. How do you add the special effects like explosions (BOOOOOMM!!!) or you in the year 2010 in the street fighter 2010 episode. I would also like to see the writing process like Williams Street team did with Space Ghost, ie. do you write everything alone or is Mike involved and do you test the jokes out with Mike and / or Kyle?

  • AVGNfan95

    June 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    For your reviews how do yo do the voice part for when you show the games and how much games do have ?

  • stuartlynch

    June 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Hey James,

    How do you choose games to review? Do you have a system or is it completely spontaneous?

    Unrelated question, but do you play LA Noire? In your Dick Tracy video you said you wish a game could be developed that is LIKE Dick Tracy, but actually… you know, good. If you haven’t played LA Noire yet, I’m sure it would be right up your alley.

    stuartlynch

  • jordanomac

    June 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    It seems as though that even while you hate all the shitty games you review, you obviously tend to talk about and review older games. What about older games appeals to you more than the modernized games of today?

  • AustinThePro

    June 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    1. What camera do you currently use?
    2. How long does it take to edit an average AVGN video?
    3. What goes into the process of creating a script?

  • Mister Buckethead

    June 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Hi James !
    Well , i know you probably use basic animations tricks in your video, but i’d particulary like to see the making of the tricks and special effects, you know, maybe just a quick look on how you make things like the hadoken / sonic boom, from the top gun video, or how you make the cartdridge hop from the console all by itself ( or with the whip, in the indiana jones review ) and stuff like that. Maybe it’s a stupid request, but it’s not like you should do the whole thing on it, just a quick look would do it, just ” how you do your special effects, CG effects, and real effects”.
    Maybe some anecdotes about the writing, or the shooting, the laughs behind the scene, or even the outtakes ( like the ones your published from the Ninja GAYYYDEN video, those were hilarious).
    Good luck with all the work you got, can’t wait for the movie ! πŸ™‚

  • Jake Browning

    June 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    When it comes to writing an episode, how do you plan a balance between information about the game and the jokes, characters, dialogue, and other distinctly AVGN stuff? Does one come before the other?

    Also, do you play a game, capture all the footage, and then write the script based on your experience? (ie. play and die repeatedly, and use that captured footage to write a segment specific to the game’s difficulty) Or do you write the script based on your previous knowledge of the game, and capture only the parts you need to demonstrate your criticisms?

    Thanks for all of your hard work in making the best series online, and I can’t wait for the premiere of this special! Best wishes on the production of your movie as well!

  • June 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Hey James, this sounds like a kick ass idea. I apologize if my questions have already been asked, but i’ve always wanted to know…

    1. When certain things are destroyed or thrown, do you ever use a duplicate or editing tricks so that the actual item isn’t destroyed? for instance, you decimated the tv 4 fourway video game pong console by throwing it off-screen on the ground and I always wondered if maybe you threw it onto a soft surface and edited in a recorded sound effect? I like the fits of rage and destruction a lot, but I always get the sense that you wouldn’t destroy a piece of your collection just for the video.

    2. When certain consoles are broken or certain games crash, are they ever just for comedic value or to keep with the script? What I mean is, are the crashes during game footage authentic or were they planned? are certain deaths/situations scripted or authentic?
    and as for consoles, I guess I have more of a specific question and this may be the only chance i get to ask. I don’t want to take away from the movie magic aspect of it, or to ruin any of the comedy if this were true, but I’ve always wondered if the track ball controller for your atari 5200 is actually broken or if it being “broken” was a scripted event…during the episode, after you ask “the ultimate question is does it work. well does it?” you cut to footage of a game (i think it’s breakout?) where the paddle just jitters back and forth, but through headphones on high volume, I can hear what sounds like you rocking the ball back and forth to create the jittery motion. A second later, you cut back to you rolling the ball in bigger strides attempting to get a response, and the sound of the ball rolling seems to match the sound i hear when you cut back to the screen. Its hilarious regardless, but goddamn Ive been wondering forever if I’m right man!!

  • June 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Do you ever use game emulator software to review a game? do you have any emulators? what are your opinion on game emulators?

  • June 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    1.In some of your videos you break your games, do you really break them or is it fake or do you have copys of the game?
    2.In your nes accessories video, the power pad what did you put on it when you said cat’s piss on it and did it stilll worked?
    3.did you have fun making avgn videos?
    4.when you talk bad about some games did the game desiger of any of the game contact you?

  • June 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Do you do anything to get into character as “The Nerd”?

    How do you decide which game(s) you’re going to review? Do you have a list of games that you plan to review in the future?

    How long does it take to produce a typical episode?

    I’m looking forward to the “behind the scenes” video!

  • Dore

    June 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I’d really like to know how you record and transfer your game footage, and what software you use along the way. Like, a step by step process sort of thing.

  • Furydeath

    June 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Woot about time you made one for this πŸ˜€

    Hmmm about the only thing i’d want to know is what goes into it like how you just come up with what game, how you’ll make the video and what all will go into the video. LIke do you just come up with it or have a little meeting with everyone and talk about what could go with this game.

  • FireEagle

    June 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Dear James,

    First i just want to say dude i love your reviews i’ve been a fan of your videos since 2009 and just can’t stop watching them.Anyway my question is how long does it take to make one of your AVGN episode since you have to record it use props (like the shit you took on bugs bunny) and take time to edit it with special effects.Hope you answer and i look foward to your future videos.

  • Calavera

    June 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    You don’t have time to make a new AVGN video, but you have the time to do a documentary about the AVGN. Mind = Blown. What are you smoking crack up your ass? lol

  • JdStat

    June 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    On average how much does it cost you to make an episode?

  • June 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    How does a game come to mind? We want to see you and Mike sit through hours and hours of games before deciding =)

    Also, some improvisation under script reading that goes into the real movie. Like that old crappy game you showed us a couple of years ago, that supposed to look like Tennis or whatever. It’s just two blocks on a blue wall. You made it take a shit =) That was awesome.

    Maybe you started writing a script for a game that you later on decided to cancel, because it didn’t have so much funny stuff. That shit is always interesting!

    I wish you all good luck with your feature film. I will surely see it several times as AVGN is my internet idol when it comes to videomaking and reviewing.

  • wotan

    June 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    James,

    1.) Were there any moments that come to mind that seemed impossible to film, etc but just ultimately “worked” in the end?

    2.) What was the most difficult skit that you’ve worked on for AVGN? Difficult as in hard to shoot, hard to write, hard to prepare.. take your pick. How did you ultimately overcome the problems you faced?

    3.) Any possibility of doing more work with Brett Vanderbrook? I miss the old Captain S crossover and certainly the Ghostbusters video you both worked on (It’s been over a year since it was aired, wow..). You guys seemed to have a really good working relationship together.

    And a question for Mike, if I may:

    1.) You’ve been a long time costar of AVGN, initially starting in the background with the titles, but as time has progressed, you’ve spent more time on screen as well (which is great). Could you give us some comments on how your working relationship with James has developed over the years and how you feel about the AVGN series (directions its going, so on and so forth).

    Thanks guys, keep up the good work!

  • Jackred89

    June 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Hi James,
    I am a long time fan and I got a few questions about your show that might be interesting.

    1. What is your personal rating system for video games?

    2. Ever since you were asked about doing bad Sonic games did you find some more you might?

    3. Out of all the episodes directly following each other which one is your favorite and why?

    4. Besides Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde what ever games do you absolutely hate?

    5. Do you plan on doing bad Mortal Kombat games in an future episode?

  • June 18, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    James, thanks for continuing to make me laugh. Two questions.

    1. Are there any genres of shitty games you prefer to do reviews of? Any you dread doing?

    2. Do you ever get writers block when writing the episodes or do they just flow spontaneously?

    Thanks.

  • June 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    In your Christmas Carol video, you’re sent back to the past. Is the kid really you playing Mario back then, or is it just some random video footage of a kid you found on the internet?

    Since when and how long did it take you to get all these games, consoles and accessories? Do you own every of them or are some just lent for the video?

    Like many, I’d like to know if you break, burn or pour some shitty substance on your games for real.

    Do you own all the costumes used in your videos (Freddy, Jason, Leatherface, Michael Myers, Bugs Bunny,…) ? Or do you buy/rent/borrow them for the purposes of the videos?

    How many people are involved in creating an episode of AVGN?

  • GameCubeFan2001

    June 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Hello, James.
    I’ve seen every Angry Video Game Nerd video ever made, and I’m a huge fan of yours.
    QUESTIONS:
    1) Do you ever plan on reviewing shitty modern games?
    2) Do you actually break anything you show destroyed in your videos.
    3) Will Mike or any other of your associates do a review or co-review with you?
    4) Did you play any of the games in previous (and in perhaps future) reviews in your childhood, and if so did you show equal agression toward them then?

    I apologize for any questions that have been previously stated.

  • June 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Do you what?

  • superleft4deadguy

    June 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    dear james what is the hardest part of trying keep the show original and funny?

  • Captain-Slusho

    June 18, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Are you going to make a horrible piece of garbage game in a weird way to promote the movie, like LJN used to do?

  • Whang

    June 18, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    How did you and Kyle Justin meet?

  • TheeHawkwind

    June 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    How do you record games from a television?

    and

    What do you use for editing software?

  • imthedids

    June 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Q: What video editor do you use?

  • Rathalos888

    June 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Do you ever add lib in your episodes?

    Approximately how much footage have you shot that you haven’t used in a review, would you guess?

    In some of the intros we see footage that looks like review episodes that we’ve never seen before. Is that just spare footage, or are their full reviews that you’ve finished but never gotten around to editing?

  • UcpTeddy

    June 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Hai, First question wich aren’t rly avgn, But, Mike’s game glitches, does he like Google em & then tries to get them to work for the video. or is it just so that hes a real glitch gremling? ;p & 2: the effects like consoles & games comeing to life, Attacking / wraping around ya, how are they made?, guessing rewind / stop-motion / strings. 3: on the Pong console vid, the part with ya throwing the “box thing” in the floor, since ya couldnt replace it since it was stuck in the console & that one of the forks where off, Ya do know that it’s easy fixed right? ;p.,Well that’s all i can think of..

  • June 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    1. Can you tell us a little about the people you work with and what they do in regards to making AVGN videos?

    2. Can you tell us a little about how ideas are used in a typical AVGN episode? Who comes up with the ideas, is it a team effort, or are they mostly your own?

    3. How do you choose a game for an episode? Is it from your personal experience, or is it a game that other people hate and not you specifically? Or does it depend on how good the ideas are for a particular game?

  • 14yearoldvintageelectronicscollector

    June 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    as my username suggests, i am a vintage electronics collector and a huge fan of yours! i have some questions that i hav e been wondering for a LONG time :

    1. are all of the systems in the “game room” yours?
    2. do you collect vinyl? (records)
    3. do you own a reel to reel tape deck?
    4. do you own an 8-track player?
    5. is it a difficult process to make A.V.G.N. videos?
    6. what is your full name?
    7. can we have a tour of your house?
    8. is the “game room” in your house?
    9. how do you manage to be so amazing? πŸ™‚

    BONUS: are these questions BULLSHIT? πŸ˜›

  • Panhead86

    June 18, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Do you do all the editing yourself or do you have anyone help you?

    After you release a video and watch it afterwards do you ever see anything you wish you did differently?

    Do you film by yourself or actually have a small crew with you?

  • Flee

    June 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    -Do you think you’ll ever get a working Jaguar CD to review in the future?
    -What do you plan on doing with your stuff when you kick the bucket?
    -How much video game related clothing/other memorabilia do you own?
    -How much ebaying do you do?
    -Do fans ever bug you or have you had any instances of fans violating your personal space?
    -Is there a reason at all you chose “nerd” over “geek” as your moniker?
    -What are your favorite comics/graphic novels?
    -What modern games do you play, if any at all?

  • June 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    1. In one episode you pull out Barbie for the NES, then put it back. Does this mean you will never do a full Barbie Games episode?

    2. Has there ever been an episode you started filming on, but then for some reason decided to scratch the idea?

    3. Do you usually play through games before the initial filming to think up material for your episodes?

  • brucespringsteen

    June 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    1. How much friggin hardrive space do you have???

    2. With all of your videos are you operating under the auspices of Fair Use or do you/ScrewAttack obtain certain permissions?

    3. Finally: when are you going to review ZOMBIES ATE MY NEIGHBORS for SNES/Genesis? Although it’s far from a shitty game, this seems like the ultimate AVGN no-brainer for a fun episode.

    Thanks for making this video. I’m sure all your loyal viewers will really appreciate it πŸ™‚

  • Sam the Beast

    June 18, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    1. Can we see your house?
    2. Why havent you done a wizards and warriors review yet
    3. How footage do you have of the game you are reviewing
    4. can we have another my nes collection video, but about the games and systems you have , and get to see everything in the room?

  • June 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I remember you mentioning in your videos that you used to do all your editing by hand with 2 VCRs. Obviously times have changed, and I’m wondering what software and equipment you use for editing. Also, what do you use for special effects?

    Thanks!

  • June 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    What state do you live in? And if you live in Massachusetts, would you ever consider doing either a live episode involving a small audience or even just filmed in front of a live audience? I’d totally go!! Your videos are fuckin awesome! Even my ex who hated playing video games thought your videos were really great and funny.

  • ThatGermanDude

    June 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Do you still have the same motivation and fun in making the episodes or does it become some kind of thing you have to do because your fans wanΒ΄t them?

    Also, do you think about using an emulater or any kind of program for gameplay footage? Or is it really better to record the footage from the actual consoles?

    And an other question. Are you aware of your huge fan base in Europe and around the world? In my city (as an example) there is a huge fanbase.

    Damn these arenΒ΄t questions for the making of the episodes but who cares πŸ˜€ And sorry for the bad english :3

    Good luck with your movie,
    That German Dude

  • June 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    How much research do you do when you review a game?
    Do you base all your data in childhood memories or do you use some information gathered from the internet?
    You’ve reviewed plenty of games, did you play them all when you were a kid?

    Thanks, and great work man.

  • BrianViper

    June 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I always wanted to know the process. I’d wanna see everything from start to finish like..you pick the game and then what? You record yourself playing the game through? Then write the episode with the nerd and then record and shit? Like I really don’t know the process you do so I’d like to know your routine from start to finish.

  • Swarley

    June 18, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Not sure if my last comment went through. Where is Kyle Justin these days? Also, will there be more system reviews? Any videos like the Swordquest one on the way?

  • June 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    What do you use to capture gameplay footage?
    How long does it take to write the episode?
    How long does the editing take?
    What’s your favorite finished episode?
    What was your favorite episode to work on (as in, what was your favorite experience)?

  • June 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I’d love to see a behind the scenes documentary of your work. Things to consider:

    Is it true the AVGN gets all the girls? (http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt213/evilkinggumby/AVGN-group-photo.jpg) ?

    Do you actually live, eat and breath this website and both the AVGN and your other creations, so much so you can survive off the residuals comfortably? (I.e. are you really a rich celeb? )

    What is the typical budget for a AVGN episode? How much has that changed over the years?

    Have you ever started an episode and gotten so frustrated or annoyed you decided to scrap it and we never saw the game reviewed?

    Do you still game much or have you been forced to abandon it except for AVGN episodes?

    Who’s behind the camera? Getting a nice introduction to the entire film staff would be awesome.

    What kind of lighting rig do you use?

    Are the episodes filmed typically in 1 day or over the course of several ?

    Why are there never any women in the episodes? I know you kind of joked about it in one of the “sex game” episodes but… seems strange.

    Considering how much AVGN obsesses about feces… will we ever see him tackle the N64 and maybe Conker’s Bad fur day? To see AVGN vs The Great and Mighty Poo? lol…

    Keep up the great work and I look forward to catching your first major motion picture!!! (well after the Plan 9 remake)

  • TitanAura

    June 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Do you consider yourself a character actor? And if so; Do you stay in character for extended periods of time before, during, and after filming?

    If not, what form of method acting do you follow to get a satisfactory performance from yourself?

    Who gives you input and immediate feedback from behind the camera (beyond pointing out obvious flubs)? By extension, how many people are behind the camera at any given time during an average shoot?

    How often do you rely on ad-libs?

    Mrs Nerd, how strange does it feel to constantly have full-grown man-children in the house playing video games whilst getting chocolate syrup and peanut butter all over the floor?

    *That last question was just for fun. Thank you April for supporting/indulging your husband and his thousands of fans for these past few years. I’m sure the Nerd is much better off thanks to you.

  • Aarmed

    June 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    If we donated money, would you make more AVGN episodes?

  • June 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Hey James, Brazilian fan here!!!

    Do u live here? i mean, this place is your house???
    or u`r in a Studio?

    can u show in the Making of? make a tour!!!
    ahahah

    http://www.youtube.com/arcadeunderground

  • TomM

    June 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Hmmmm I think I’ll end up copying other people or what ever. Anyway these are my questions:
    I heard that you had kids, is this true?(Sorry not AVGN related)
    Did the kids in the Halloween episode ask you to be in it or did you want them to be in it?
    Where did you come up with all of these crazy swear words?
    Will you ever show a video tour of your house/studio/game room?
    In the Godzilla episode, what was the made up word?
    Do you and Mike play the games together or do you do it mostly?
    Finally, how is the old guy in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre episode related to you(how do you know him because he was awesome!)?
    I doubt you will get to my questions but that’s OK.

  • June 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Is Rolling Rock your personal beer of choice or is that the choice of the Nerd character?

    (I loved when Spiderman hands the nerd a Yuengling and says “Stick to the local brew”)

  • June 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    At the end of the Indiana Jones Trilogy review, you try to whip the game in mid-air, but then something breaks and you say “Oh shit”. What did you break?

  • June 18, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    How does your wife feel about the Angry Video Game Nerd?

  • Butch Bitch

    June 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I`m LOVING all the personal questions! So I will thorw one in for my own amusement, although I would understand if you guys never answered it.

    This one is for Mike: Do you get any fan pussy?

  • killteck

    June 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    How much nudity gets cut out?

  • Butch Bitch

    June 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    throw*, damn, I HATE when I make mistakes like that!

  • Duke Jaywalker

    June 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for making these great, entertaining videos!

    I’m sure a huge chunk of production time for each episode is simply spent playing the games. Some of the games you actually finish so we can see the ending. But other games are obviously too difficult and frustrating to play all the way through.

    At what point do you decide to give up on a seemingly impossible game? What games did you spend the most time playing to get the necessary footage? Do you ever recruit other people to help play the games and get footage?

    It must really suck to spend all that time playing through such shitty games, so thanks. I appreciate your sacrifice!

  • June 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I don’t know if any of my questions were asked or not since I didn’t bother to read the other comment because at the time of this post there were was a whopping 174 posted, yeesh, lol! Well here goes.

    1. Why did you make the transformation from New Jersey to Pennsylvania; and more particular to Philadelphia.

    2. Do you really feel Sega is inferior to Nintendo, I feel they were equal just so we’re clear, or were you just putting down Sega for comedic affect?

    3. If your contract ended with Screw Attack & Game Trailers for good; what would happen with the AVGN? Would you make a move over to theguywiththeglasses.com if a contract was offered to you? Or would you try to just fund it all by yourself here on Cinemassacre.com? Or, a 3rd option, ending AVGN all together?

  • nitroangus23

    June 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    It would be cool to see some Bloopers ect. like how many takes you go through before we see the final product.

    Maybe show some ideas you initially wanted to do,but couldn’t for lack of time/ability/funding or for whatever the reason.

    An insight what program you edit the show with and your approach to editing,like deciding what stays or goes or maybe creation of Props/Special effects.

    Basically,

    Just a showing of the “Guts” of the show, if you know what I mean, lol.

    Been a long time fan, looking forward to the future πŸ™‚

  • June 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    When working on AVGN videos where do you get ideas for the videos? Does it come from the game or just randomness?

  • WonTooMany

    June 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Okay, I’m sure my questions have already been mentioned here before, but I’m too lazy to read back.

    1) On average, how long from initial planning : to filming does an AVGN episode take?

    2) When seeing game-play footage of what you’re reviewing, is it always you who has played the game?

    3) About how many pages is the usual AVGN script? Do you usually find yourself ad-libbing, or do you leave room for this in script writing?

    4) How many different cameras do you use while filming?

    5) There is so much content in your videos, how do you choose what you keep, and how much makes the cutting room floor?

  • mocthezuma

    June 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    What % of the production budget is provided by Rolling Rock?

  • vhinfy

    June 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    what type of camera do you use for the making of avgn?

  • juggalo747

    June 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Do you and Mike ever fight during the making of the videos or do you two usually get along?

  • June 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    How are you able to do so much in such a short period of time? Seems that theres a alot of research that goes into your video/reviews. I much time to you spend doing your research? Making your videos?: Your texte, your shots? Add to that the editing, voice over, effects… For exemple, monster madness alone seems to represente alot of work, 30 videos/month. In other words do you have a life beside cinemassacre? Keep it up man

  • June 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you to do this kind of things.Where why and how do you chose the music for your episodes? Do you ask for permitions to the authors? I would like to know cuz i like to edit videos and the combination between sound and images is really cool. Also, Why did you create super mecha death christ? Sorry if you don’t understand something, I’m not a English speaker. I’m a guy from the contry of the south… Mexico =)

    I wrote it also in facebook… this is not a question for the episode but… do you read also the coments on your facabeook? =)

  • Shane

    June 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    What percent of a typical video is improvised?

    Beforehand for a video do you have set ideas, concepts, and/or jokes set in place before a video game is decided upon?

    and

    Did you design the basement in that manner or is more designed as a set location?

  • pinkyandthesheep

    June 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    How much time do you actually spend playing the games?

    and totally random question but, I’ve been wondering for a long time, where did you go to college?

    Does Mike help you out with any of the writing? and how did you guys become friends?

    How do you go about choosing games? Is it only recommendations from people?

  • Mariusz69

    June 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    DO YOU STORYBOARD?

  • Tempest

    June 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I’d like to know the planning process for the title cards. If there’s any notes James has for Mike for the title cards and how long it takes him to ink and color them. I really enjoyed the video of Mike inking the Star Wars card.

  • gonard9

    June 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    How do you decide which games to review?

  • tweej

    June 18, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    If you were stuck on a desert island with only five SNES games to play for the rest of your life, which ones would you choose?

  • Axmagic1

    June 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    How do you choose which game you’re going to review next and how long does it take to choose said game?
    -Axyl Brosseau

  • TheDers

    June 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    1) When are you going to make the jump to HD?

    2) How many hours go into acquiring your game footage on average?

    3) How much time do you spend on prep, production and post on average?

    4) How much do you actually do yourself and delineate to others ?

    5) What kind of gear do you have? Lights, tripods, etc.

    6) How many cameras/computers do you have?

    7) How much retro gear do you have? TV’s, computers, VHS, etc.

  • benjigoenitz

    June 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    i’d like how many cats u have, and their names, because i’ve seen 2 on your videos, they are very cute. The Jaguar video, your cat was the star of the show!!

  • Hatzi

    June 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    How many takes did you have to do during fight scenes?

  • greedo

    June 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I know that I’ve asked a few before, but I’ll just ask two more and that’s it! I swear!

    First of all, what does your wife think of the Nerd, and how supportive is she of your work in general?

    Second, dude, what’s with the obsession with feces? I know that there hasn’t been an episode with it since the last Bugs Bunny, but man, it’s like an obsession!

  • June 18, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    1) What applications do you use to edit your videos? I think you may have referenced this before but figured I’d ask anyway

    2) How do you acquire most of your hardware? (ex. game consoles, the actual games, misc items, etc.) Most through ebay and donations?

    3) What’s the weirdest donation you ever received?

    4) Do you acquire a lot of funds through donations?

    5) What kind of video equipment do you use?

    6) How much did it cost you for all the equipment you use for AVGN alone?

    7) When did you start to hit it big? I mean, how did you start getting invited to E3 and other related events??

    8) Do you know Spoony (www.spoonyexperiment.com) very well? How about other reviewers?

    9) Ever thought about moving to television or is that something way out of scope for you?

    10) Are you married? If so, what does your wife think about this whole thing? She all for it?

  • June 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I think most of my questions were asked already…sorry, I didn’t feel like filtering through hundreds of posts beforehand lol.

  • ezstatic

    June 18, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Well I guess a question to be asked, is your choice of is of video games. Do you walk into the room and blindly throw a dart and say, “Oh it landed on the Vectrex console, that’s what I am reviewing for this episode.”
    A second question is, where you obtain these systems, along with the games?
    The third question is about your lighting. Do you use professional lamps for your shots?
    The fourth and final question, will we see any review on Mario RPG, for the Super Nintendo?

  • duhhxxiloveyou

    June 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    how much does it cost to make an episode?
    does dvd sales and stuff cover lost wages of not having a normal 9-5 job?
    after the avgn movie is made will u continue making online avgn videos?
    how do u do all the special affects (like wat computer programs do u use)?
    is it still fun 4 u to make them 5 years later?
    do u record every second of footage from playing the game?
    if so how long does it take to pick out the few short clips of game play u use in the avgn episodes?
    what do u do when u get writers block?
    how much free time do u get bc it seems like u must work all day long on making amazingly entertaining videos πŸ˜‰ ?

    thank you for all the work you do james!!!!!!!!!!

  • nerdyguy64

    June 18, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    When your editing an AVGN episode do you do all the editing yourself, or do you have friends that help out with it?

    -Dan

  • chaoscontrol14

    June 18, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Sweet! I have a couple of queries:

    1.Throughout most of your videos, you’ve been shown to have an impressive collection of games and consoles. How long did it take you to amass such a collection and did you choose to dramatically expand your game collection to support your show or were you always such a big collector?

    2.Have any of your inconic props and costume pieces ever needed replacing? (For example, the Nostalgia Critic’s original hat was lost and he needed to get a new one.)

    3.Do you always make sure you have more than one copy of a game before you destroy or disassemble one?

    4.Who directs you when you act as the Nerd? Do you direct yourself?

    5.Was the Nerd’s character/attitude inspired by any character or person in particular?

    6.Finally, what state of mind do you take in order to slip into the Nerd’s character and faithfully portray his rage?

    That’s all I’ve got! I hope you enjoyed them! πŸ™‚

  • killteck

    June 18, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    How much help do you need to do these videos? editing, graphics, how long does it take you from start to finish on average? How much longer do you think you want to continue doing it?

  • June 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    When editing an episode, what kind of Visual FX software do you use?

  • killteck

    June 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Do you use a lawyer at all?

  • June 18, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Hey Man, since I am a fan of anime my Question would have to be would you ever do an episode on Anime Based games, cause I know there is a slew of shitty Games like that.

  • June 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    1. Do you ever accept submissions of creative uses of curse words? You have quite a large vulgar vocabulary, but there’s always room for improvement.

    2. How much influence do fans have in terms of what you review? Obviously, you have an agenda, and will want to target certain things at certain times. But would you consider a policy where fans get to pick what you review a few times each year?

    3. Do you attempt to complete every awful game, or just play them enough to get the footage you need?

    4. At what point do you think you’ll include modern systems into your lineup on a regular basis? I’m sure Duke Nukem Forever is easy pickings.

    5. How long does it take to finish a video, from idea conception to final edit? How much does it cost?

    6. Why hasn’t Jimmy Fallon had you on his show yet? I think you’d be the perfect guest for him.

    Thanks for your Nerd-dom, and keep up the good work.

  • DaRokker

    June 19, 2011 at 12:07 am

    In some of your episodes you use really cool, creative digital effects, how do you make them?

    also, what is your favorite retro console and why?

  • marc_lawson

    June 19, 2011 at 12:18 am

    How much of the writing of jokes comes from Mike? Which types of jokes tend to be Mike jokes?

  • June 19, 2011 at 12:28 am

    For coop games, who do you typically play with? Not counting the episodes where we see the person, of course. This can extend to who do you normally play games with? For instance, we know you seem to play board games with Mike a lot

  • June 19, 2011 at 12:58 am

    i want to know what you did before making these video’s, how do you survive? surely it must have been a tough living if your only income came from videos, like a a band going on the road for the first time.

    also your collection of stuff… board games, toys(figurines) and ofcourse video games how did it start? how will it end?

  • birdzilla113

    June 19, 2011 at 1:01 am

    on the godzilla episode, what was the explicit word that was soooooo bad? lol

  • CreX_NL

    June 19, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I have some,

    – Who draws the title cards shown @ the beginning of each episode?
    – How do you pull of episodes like the one featuring Rob the robot?

  • June 19, 2011 at 1:11 am

    In terms of effects and scenes, which episode of the series was the hardest to shoot and the longest to shoot? Also, When you break the games, do you really break them?

  • Steven_Danger

    June 19, 2011 at 1:21 am

    How long does a typical day of filming last?
    How long does it take to get your game footage?
    How do you get your game footage?
    What software do you use?
    Do you enjoy making these Nerd videos or do you prefer making other videos for your site?
    Do you swear that much in real life?
    Is doing the effects for some of the more elaborate episodes difficult or overly time consuming?
    Do you swear that much in real life?
    Do you get annoyed by assholes who make bad comments or who ask too many questions?
    Thanks man, your site is one of my all time favorites

  • Mihoshi20

    June 19, 2011 at 1:21 am

    I’m a bit of a technophile, so I’m quite interested in the type of equipment along with software you use to shoot, record, edit and add special FX to the videos and if its remained the same or changed through the years. I know that in Cinemassacre 200 you showed how you used to edit and title you movies and showed a sampling of the hard drives and recordable DVD discs for the game footage and episodes. Would be interesting to see the process of shooting and editing an episode and all the equipment.

  • June 19, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I love the obscure references you throw into some episodes. For example, turning into your cat was a parody of Black and White but only the extended unrated version. Do you try to make jokes that will appeal to everyone or just yourself?

    Also, what program to you use? Avid or Final Cut?

  • Dustin Ramsey

    June 19, 2011 at 2:14 am

    About how long does it take to make an episode?

    A bit off topic, but who is your favorite Street Fighter Character?

  • mrreow

    June 19, 2011 at 2:14 am

    What’s your fake shit made out of? Is it edible?

  • Tompa

    June 19, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Do you often die on purpose/play bad on purpose just to make the game look difficult?

  • June 19, 2011 at 2:16 am

    First of all, love your work and I check the Cinemassacre site every day to see if there is a new video.

    You should do some more Sega Master System stuff for AVGN. You did “Rocky” a few years back, but there are still a few bad ones. “Alf” is generally regarded as a horrible game, perhaps the worst (if you don’t count the Brazilian only “20 em 1”)

    So, my question is: Have you ever considered playing games in emulators instead of on real consoles when making an AVGN video? It would be more convenient, wouldn’t it? Also gives you a much larger selection of games to pick from.

  • DLO

    June 19, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Would the Nintendo 64 be an old enough system to where u would consider doing a review or 2 for it? It was refreshing to see a crappy 3d game like superman64 being reviewed

  • LedZeppelinGuy

    June 19, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Three questions:

    1. What is the process of making a video? What steps do you go through?

    2. Who else is evolved behind the scenes?

    3. Startropics?

  • viliger

    June 19, 2011 at 3:31 am

    In your Q&A to RetroScreamers.com you said that you most proud of beating Contra. But at the same time you beat such games as Street Fighter 2010 and Ninja Gaiden 2. So the question is does Mike help you sometimes in beating games?

  • June 19, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Even though you film yourself playing the game consoles, you use emulators to record the gameplay itself right? We had a debate me and my brother about this question.

    Also, if you use emulators, you probably just use save and load states to save the game, or do you really go like hardcore on it and play as if you’re really playing on the NES? (I think so because with save states you probably would have been able to beat Silver Surfer, or Ninja Gaiden, or Dragon’s Lair)

    And talking about Silver Surfer, do you know what his special powers are? He controls matter and therefore is probably able to pass through walls xD

  • Cascade failure

    June 19, 2011 at 3:45 am

    1. What happened to kyle justin / guitar guy? We haven’t seen him in a long time.

    2. What happened to your cat? I love that cat!

    3. Where does the nerd end and james begin? I mean, do you ever make complaints as the nerd about things that don’t really bother you, just for the sake of comedy (like the critic does)?

    4. Do you actually play the shittier games you own, just for fun, or do you only play them one to make the review then never touch them again?

    5. What is the worst game you’ve ever played?

    6. Do people recognise you in the street?

    7. A can of fish assholes? Wtf?

  • Osubosu

    June 19, 2011 at 3:52 am

    I got just one fucking question in board james Mr.Bucket how did you got it to move up to you not any where else?? Just wondering :D.

  • Osubosu

    June 19, 2011 at 3:54 am

    I fucked up there sry

  • BigBoss

    June 19, 2011 at 4:11 am

    What word did you say that got censored in the Godzilla episode?

  • Shcha

    June 19, 2011 at 4:12 am

    How are ever going to answer all these questions?

  • June 19, 2011 at 4:19 am

    what is usually the hardest and easiest about making the episodes?

  • Daniel_Fox1989

    June 19, 2011 at 4:31 am

    I have a few questions. How often do you use cheats to help you out with finishing the game or, for helping you to get to a key location in the game so it can help you explain as to why the game sucks about as much dick as a 2 dollar whore behind a 7-11 dumpster (feel free to use that, I just made it up off the top of my head right now, it all kind of has to flow naturally, but I demand credit for that if it is to be said out loud in your next AVGN video james lol)

    And I know this is more universal for all your videos, but how many projects are you working on at the same time as well as balancing your life out. I mean how do you do that?!? (it’s the love of the fans that fuel you isn’t it :-p) but you have board james, movies about other movies (like monster madness for example), videos from things of your childhood that give me a nostalgic feeling and so on and so forth yet I see them pop out here and there in a week.

    On average how long does it take to typically film the whole thing with writing and editing included? Did you ever thing about just simply reviewing a random set of games to give them a rating on if they’re horrible, pretty fun or just mind blowing, aside from just ones that would make you want to put a dildo on the end of a power drill, wrap it with razor barbed wire, lather it up with tobacco sauce, and kick it off with just a squeeze of lemon and rape yourself in the ass rather than have to deal with another millisecond of this stomach curdling video game that just happens to be a turd with a label over it that fits in your game system ever so gracefully, because all it does it spew warm diarrhea out. You know, the kind from a hot summer afternoon that causes you to suffer from a case of sweaty butt cheeks after being outside, and when you run to the bathroom it’s a photo finish moment. Then out comes a swamp-like residue from your ass that settles on top of your toilet water. That game developer decided to use you as the toilet in this case and projected that image from your TV screen and into you brain. So pretty much the developer got away with taking a full blown ass blasting shit on your face and whats left of your so called dignity and you payed for it and they got away with it. (been there before -_-” )

    Also another question, what was your inspiration for doing AVGN and did the comments come in as negative at first when you first posted the video? Because lets be honest, no one does a review on a game that makes you suffer and you’re the first to take on the challenge. Did you ever thing about just filming “A Day In The Life Of James?” so people see what your world is like outside of this? Or has this actually become your world to you and is the daily thing you enjoy spending your time on? (and I mean that in good heart because again, I wouldn’t be typing this if I wasn’t a fan, plus it helps that I know you’re from this area when you said something about Cherry Hill when watching a movie with Mike (I’m from Haddonfield, so you have that whole region support thing working for you too)

    Also because of AVGN, do you find yourself to be known to the public in random places when you walk around or do you tend to blend into society?

    Where do you start out with your video games on what to write and what to make for the scenes. Like the Frankenstein game makes perfect sense on how to start it out, the Jason one does too, and Freddy. But the other ones are creative in the sense that the viewer doesn’t know what to expect at the start while (R.O.B. for example) with the horror film ones you know you’re going to see a monsters in your films…sheesh I can write a lot. That or I rambled on for a while.

    Another one, where do you get most of your funding for the films or buying the products. I know you have the donation thing and I’m sure a collection of items saved up but you could build a fortress with all the games that you have so I’m curious where you get your funding from elsewhere? Another thing related to this topic is this. How much money did you spend on all the games, products, and other props for the movies, as well as what would an average spending fee be on just one episode.

    Also what are those mini arcade games in the background? Did you ever try reviewing them because I have no clue what they are but out of curiosity I’d love to know because I see them all the time in the AVGN reviews.

    Final one (at this point I’d have asked every possible question if I keep going) did you ever think about giving us a tour of your basement and stuff and showing us all the products, posters, and other things like that? I know you did the wall of games before but maybe….you…did a video of the whole place before 0_o? I forget >_<.

    Well James if you took the time to read this all, thanks for taking your time to look at what a fan wanted to ask. If you decide to answer any of those questions or use those random rants that I just said and made up about poop and power drills and discount hookers off the top of my head then thank you even more. Take care and we all look forward to your work.

  • BioMassive

    June 19, 2011 at 4:43 am

    How many of the video’s is scripted? Do you guys improve alot?

  • BioMassive

    June 19, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I meant improvise lol

  • Erich

    June 19, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I think it would be entertaining in this “The Making of AVGN” video to see some little tidbit interviews from people who have guest starred on the show.

    Maybe some perspectives from Mike, Kevin Finn, Kyle Justin, etc. Like how HBO does those “The Making of” documentaries and throughout them they have people who starred in the movie do little snippet interviews about their experience making the film.

    Or maybe even a mock history of AVGN like a “Behind the Music” hahaha. That’s a little out there but the idea seemed pretty funny to me. =)

  • June 19, 2011 at 5:13 am

    How do you make the footage of Gameboy games like in SpiderMan

  • BigBoss

    June 19, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Show us around your entire home :).

  • Jakabok

    June 19, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Congratulations for your work, James!

    I think this is like lottery, but I’ll give it a try:

    1. What video camera are you using for filming AVGN episodes (The recent ones ) ?

    2. What are your PC specs?

    3. The writing, whom do you show first the new script of an episode?

    4. In the end, does your episodes turn out to be the way you wanted, or expected from the script you made.

    5. What mic do you use?

    6. Do you make the intros? They look like they take some time to be made… I always watch them, I get excited like a little kid.

    7. What’s the most annoying part for you in film making?

    Get your bow ready in case for any tornadoes!

    Thanks, you asshole! Ciao!

  • croconaw

    June 19, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Who does the filming of the AVGN episodes or do you use a tripod after a specific episode, because i know that some of the episodes were filmed by people. And if you could choose (wich you obviously can’t), would you want to be behind the camera or just rather playing the nerd.

  • www.BunchProductions.com

    June 19, 2011 at 6:43 am

    QUESTION 1:
    ——————

    I always wonder how can you do this series. Because playing in that stupid games must be very annoying. How can you play so long in that shitty games to record a footage?

  • FreeNarcotic

    June 19, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Hey, James.
    Are you usually listening to your favorite music while doing some editing or do you prefer working in silence?

  • DaXiang

    June 19, 2011 at 6:54 am

    1) How do you record the video off your TV?
    2) Would be nice to see the lighting setup of your room
    3) I guess you don’t dub your voice over… how do you reduce wind
    4) Do you record in a “quite area”? How to prevent “car moving pass your house noise”?

  • June 19, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Looking forward to this! I’d love seeing how you did some of the special effects and what goes into making an episode! I have some questions for sure!

    Do you do the whole episodes on your own or is the gameplay videos a combined effort between more than one person? Like with the Odyssey episode that required two people.

    Do you use emulators and roms or record the gameplay directly off the TV?

    How much are others involved in the process of some of the bigger videos?

    Is there anyone you go to for feedback and input on the episodes before you release them?

    Are there any deleted scenes or cut stuff that you felt ended up being excessive in the episodes?

    How long does it take to shoot and edit an average episode?

    How many takes do you normally do?

    Do you create all your own special effects and sound effects?

  • iamoftheken

    June 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Has there ever been a time when you had some kind of trouble with a game that you were playing for a review that you had to find some other game to review before finishing it?

  • June 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I would really like to know how the game-recording and Nerd-recording are coorinated – do you first record the game footage and then your reaction? Or maybe in advance you know what you want to show and simply make a fitting game footage?

  • June 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

    What Camera do you use to shoot your video?

    How long does it take to finish an episode from start to finish?

  • Will Smathers

    June 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Did you build all of that shelving yourself? If so, how?

  • TiltDogg

    June 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Do you ever try to get some action from your wife while staying in “Nerd Character?”

    I know this is VERY inconsequential… but if you do… VERY funny!

  • June 19, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Do you actually feel the way you say you do about the games you review, and do you get paid for making videos?

  • guitarhero1000

    June 19, 2011 at 9:55 am

    When you shoot an episode in what order do you usually do things? Do you record the audio from the script first? Shoot the video and edit it, then put any voice overs later? I’m actually interested because I thought about doing something like what you do, only on a different subject.

  • thief

    June 19, 2011 at 9:58 am

    What kind of camera do you use and how much help does the average video require? Is it all you or do other people usually help out?

  • Sciggs

    June 19, 2011 at 10:14 am

    How long do you actually play the games?

  • Pokerfish

    June 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

    How do you add special effects such as explosions and animated characters like Shit Pickle and the Nerdy Turd?

  • Joe

    June 19, 2011 at 10:34 am

    James,

    How do you actually pick your games? What is the reason? Where they childhood disasters, or were they games that you’ve always secretly wanted to beat just to see what happens?

    -Joe

  • BrandonMP

    June 19, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I would like it if in the documentary, James demonstrated how he records his game footage and then gets it on his computer for editing.

  • Edgarmcfly

    June 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

    When you destroy the games, you do not recover them?, or they are thrown into the trash?,? for example Nightmare on elm street (when you take a shit on it)

  • MelancholyRose

    June 19, 2011 at 10:58 am

    What type of software you use would be a good thing to add, and what types you’d recommend for others to use.

  • TheDon

    June 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Hi james, here’s my question:

    Have there been moments where your inspiration for a new episode ran out? Where you stumbled upon the so called wrtiter’s block? If so, how did you solve it?

  • June 19, 2011 at 11:12 am

    How many of those games you’ve reviewed actually from your childhood, and how many of them were completely new to you, but nonetheless fun to do?

  • siko1989

    June 19, 2011 at 11:17 am

    how long does it actually take to film scenes, Edit, and add special effects take combined?

    also what is you’re most favourite AVGN episode you have ever worked on?

  • June 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

    How do you get video game footage to come out crisp? Do you use an emulator and record the video or do you have a special adapter that goes into your computer?

  • jargus

    June 19, 2011 at 11:49 am

    What capture card and recording software do you use to get your game footage?

    How long is the editing process for most episodes?

  • Friend4Dinner

    June 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Hi James!!
    Have Hollywood called you yet?

  • June 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Not sure if someone has already asked this, but when you film your videos, are you actually drinking while you shoot? From the amount of alcohol you drink on camera, it seems like you’d be pretty buzzed as you continued shooting. So, is it actually alcohol, or something else?

    Hope that makes sense.

  • June 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    have you ever considered doing something like AVGN shorts
    you know for games that are bad and or funny but not interesting enough
    to do a full AVGN on

    like for example ” space shuttle project ” the only really interesting bad part about that game is you can loose a life on the player select screen

  • apogue

    June 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Do you sit down and actually finish all of these games, or do you use an Emulator with Savestates or a Game Genie to help wade through all the muck of these horrid games?

  • Bun Sanders

    June 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Have you ever gotten into trouble from Youtube or Gametrailers from the strong language in your AVGN Videos?

  • Soldiers no one cares about

    June 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Hi James and Mike
    I have my own video game review show on you tube and I was wondering what editing software you use, because my editor sucks the diarrhea out of a crack addicted monkey

  • filipepw

    June 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    i would like to see a bit of the processe that goes into making animations like the episodes when you blow jason’s face up, supermega death christ, the nintendo transformer.
    that would be pretty sweet

  • Meru-Sama

    June 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I’d really like to know about the editing process, the effects, and what you use like camera and what not.

  • June 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Have there ever been any games that you assumed were shitty when you decided to film the episode on them, only to find that they were not really shitty, or even good?

  • Teeks

    June 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    All I really want to know is what the swear word was that you said at the end of the Godzilla review.

  • EnglishTyrone

    June 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Hows about NOT telling us what goddamn editing or audio software you use. I may be an Editor and I may be curious as to how much time it takes ect. but id like to know more about you james, not what your known for.

  • muk546

    June 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Do you enjoy making the videos? You seem to have grown tired of it over the years and i know you use Final Cut Pro but ive seen you have a legacy power mac g4 or g5 have you upgraded or do you still use the old version of Final Cut ?

  • Cruiserfan

    June 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Is there a part of you that enjoys playing the bad games, even if it’s just because you’re getting to rip them apart? And on the other hand, are there times where you’ve completely burned out on games you used to think were OK or even liked to some degree just from having to play them so much to get the footage/make the review?

    Are you sick of being asked what editing software you use?

    Did you ever abandon any reviews, even if you weren’t very far into making it? At what point do you know that an episode is going to be good/great/classic or not?

    I know some of these aren’t really technical but more general, sorry.

  • June 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Hey James,

    I was just wondering how do you and Kyle Justin meet up for videos? Are you guys near each other?

  • Flora1989

    June 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Do you Like Reviewing the games for so many people?
    Do you like being Angry?
    Ever Heard of a Show called Winx Club?
    Have you ever traveled to Canada? and would like to come to Canada?
    Did you like Dressing up like Batman and Shoving the games up Mother Fucker Mikes ass when he dressed up as the Joker?
    Why Does Justin rarely go in your Nerd Episodes?
    Does justin Really Live behind the Couch?

  • JohnR

    June 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

  • Dsimon

    June 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Hi James,

    I wonder, how much time does it take for an AVGN video to be published, from the very start of the process ?

    Thanks!

  • Snejku

    June 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    How did you come up with the design of the devil that makes an appearence every now and then? It looks so very strange to me.

  • avgnsbiggestfan

    June 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Why have you not been making episodes lately?

  • sonicshoop2

    June 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    in avgn when you have the fight sences have you ever got punches for real???????????

  • June 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Have you ever gotten complaints from neighbors about the foul language before?

    What does your wife do during filming and has she ever asked you to keep it down?

  • You Only Live Thrice

    June 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    oooooo great idea for a vid! ive had so many questions over the years. lemme try to remember some

    Who does the camera work mostly?

    How do you get all those different camera angles, yet you dont see cameras all over the place recording?

    How many gigs of footage do you usually record of gameplay / live action?

    Do you really throw those games as hard as it looks? πŸ˜›

  • malice2500

    June 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    has your wife ever been called mrs.nerd before,and if so how does she react to it?have your inlaws ever been upset with you for being recognized as the AVGN?how did you feel the first time you realized that this is something the public really enjoys?

  • mythologygold

    June 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Hi James, I LOVE THE SHOW. I still remember watching the very first video when it was new, who would have thought it would go this far.

    1/ Is it all possible to get a full tour of your house. From various episodes I have established your house is either massive with a lot of rooms, or you honestly have two houses. One that is for game storage. So many rooms. So many games…

    2/ How do you come up with the scripts? Do you just randomly combine swear words? How does any of those one liners just come natural? Do you have to do a lot of takes until they are no longer funny so you can film them with a straight face?

    3/ I understand it takes a while to film everything between game footage and yourself, but how long does it take to produce all that footage into the final product?

    4/ Not really documentary based, but any chance of seeing Kyle in an episode again? His parts are always the greatest.

    5/ Is it a lot of work doing collaborations with other reviewers like Nostalgia critic etc.? You tend to mostly do it solo. Is it just a time issue?

    6/ Considering you must get thousands of e-mails weekly, how do you go about picking games to review now? Is it a personal preference or do you just do it based on how many reviews you get for a particular game?

    7/ When you finally decide on a game, do you play through it first before reviewing it? Does it allow you to make a script based on the frustrating aspects of the game?

    8/ What kind of recording equipment do you use for both visual and sound? Seems kind of a dumb question, but I have no clue about cinematography and recording.

    9/ How much prep time goes into recording a particular scene and angle. For example if you are sitting on the couch talking for 30 seconds how much time goes into setting up microphones lighting, camera positions etc. Like is it a 45 minute prep just to shoot 30 seconds of footage?

    10/ This isn’t really a question but a good praise. You said the AVGN videos would go down in quality comparable to some of your early videos, but I find those were the ones that made you and made the show what it is. Sometimes less is more. They were simple and funny so it’s not really a decrease in quality, but returning to the roots. I can’t wait to see the Halloween episode(s) this year. They tend to be the most well planned and the best. Keep up the good work.

  • xeemo

    June 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Do you ever cheat to beat a game and not mention it in an episode?

  • Onlyusemenoobtubes

    June 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    What are your opinions on emulation and game pirating?

    also pokemon. have you even played it?

  • Ken

    June 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    i wana know how u plan each scene out and how u shot them. and the planning of special effects (especially the one with the cream in ur face from crazy castle, i wana know how u clean up ur room after. i saw ur posters were dirtied) thx james, u r, well, not amazing (srry but i dunt use this word lightly), but a great talent that deserves more than just being on the internet.

  • GabeTheGameGuy

    June 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    How do you film your game footage? Is there any easy and cheap way to do it that looks decent?

  • Yamazon3

    June 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I am excited to hear about this project. Honestly James you could easily break this apart into a one month special, releasing one ep a week.

    I know Mike is a large part of production, but I’m not always sure what his jobs are. At some point in the video, it would be great to see Mike step in and just sort of go over his roles. Aside form you (James) and Mike, is there anyone else who occasionally joins in the video production (such as a cameraman)?

    Also, how the show is made is great, but I think many people would also be interested in the how and why you acquired some of the individual tools that you use to make AVGN. Why did you pick your camera over “camera X”? Why did you use your editing software over “software X’? That sort of thing.

    As casual creative writer, I have a notebook full of small jokes and storyline that I figure I could maybe use someday. Do you or does anyone on your team keep any sort of gag-book, or list of episode ideas.

    Finally, it’s my understanding that you were under some sort of contract with gametrailers. How did being under contract effect your video making process, if at all?

  • ZoMBiSLaYa

    June 19, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    James, I have many, many questions to ask you, but I don’t want to seem creepy or freakish by asking too many, so I’ve narrowed it down to my top 3.

    1: What is your history behind VFX? How many years, what program, ETC.
    2: Would you be open to the idea of a full tour of your house?
    3: Could you show the fans a more in-depth look at all the games you own.
    For example: We’ve all seen your N64 games lined up on the shelf, but we’ve never seen what games they actually are! Maybe you could do this over a few videos, revealing all games for all consoles? I am completely aware that you are very busy at the moment, so a few episodes may not be the best idea, but honestly, I think the fans would really appreciate seeing all your video games and how far you’ve come since 2004. Thankyou for reading this, assuming you do. πŸ™‚

  • June 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Dear James: What in the hell happened that one time in the Indiana Jones video, and you tried to whip the game? It sounded/looked like a lamp or something broke! πŸ˜›

  • tragbag

    June 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Sometimes I will watch the intro of one of the videos and see a sort of preview for another episode. Some of these previews we’rent released at the time. Some of them have been made into a video and some haven’t, so I just want to ask, are all of the previews from your intro videos going to someday be in a review? Or is it just some good footage of an obscure video game.

  • codo114

    June 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Do you memorize your lines, or do you more read it, remember it, and then say it?

  • thescantronman

    June 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    When selecting a game for review, do you try to just pick ones that you remember frustrating you from your youth or do you sometimes go with games that you’d never played before?

  • Branden798

    June 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    PLAY BAD DUDES πŸ˜€

  • June 19, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Other than Mike, does anyone help you with the episodes?

  • GhostSniper

    June 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    How did you make the special effect for when you smash the beer bottle on Bugs Bunny’s head in the Bugs Bunny’s Birthday Blowout Episode?

  • RevolverOcelot007

    June 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Off topic and most likely wont be used, but what do you think of RedLetterMedia, Zero Punctuation, Nostalgia Critic (in depth) and other internet fames. Most of which proudly proclaim you to be a huge inspiration.

  • cgholds

    June 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Id really like to meet a lot of the people behind the scenes (or in the scenes) and know what they do and what their job is like. Maybe how they got into what they’re doing etc.

  • cgholds

    June 19, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Oh one more question: I notice that you own the newer systems, either that or they’re someone else’s. Anyway as a gamer, do you find time to game or is it more of a job? In other words, at the end of the day, or when you have time off, besides spending time with friends and family, do you play any current games just to check them out? As a fellow gamer, I always find time to game it up!

    I know you’re more into the classics but the current games are fun too.

  • Iceman300c

    June 20, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Do you still have that katana and the sliced copy of TMNT 3? if so, you should sign them and put them on ebay!

  • SirKnight

    June 20, 2011 at 2:29 am

    What motivated you in the first place to start capturing gameplay and/or reviewing classic games on classic consoles, and adding that “angry” twist to it?

    Thank you.

  • Josh

    June 20, 2011 at 3:35 am

    do you film with the house empty or does your wife listen to your rants?

    show whos behind the camera filming!
    is mike watching u or kevin when u film?
    please show some funny outtakes if u can at the end outtakes are awesome.
    also please show your cat and how he acts to hearing you rant lol πŸ™‚

  • ChaoticAlex

    June 20, 2011 at 3:59 am

    How do you keep a straight face from saying really difficult and funny lines such as the outtakes in Bugs Bunnys Crazy Castle? You took so many takes on one sentance.

  • WheresTim

    June 20, 2011 at 4:46 am

    How was the effects in the video A Nightmare On Elm Street accomplished? More specifically the effects of you cloning yourself. How was this done? Editing/filming in all.

  • turtle15

    June 20, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Hello james! Quick and simple question. Typically how long does it take to write your scripts for you and a possible co-star for a semi-short review?

    <3 AVGN fan girl for life!

  • Guiprazeres

    June 20, 2011 at 6:23 am

    I think it would be interesting to show us how the editing process goes.

  • Jakabok

    June 20, 2011 at 7:14 am

    How was your film school? And how many years did it take?

  • June 20, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Hey James, Kaede here! Little question that’s been bugging me :3

    From what I recall you saying once, the games you destroy in-footage are either malfunctioning ones or dummy-cartridges made to look like the one you’re playing… or it was also extra copies you own and don’t need…

    Questions:

    1) Does having extra copies of a certain game play an important factor on deciding which games you will review? Like, its easier to destroy a game which you own lot of cartridges instead of reviewing one of the games you only own one copy and have to use dummies?

    2)In the classic SMB3 review, you dismantled (totally) an SNES. Was it a broken piece of shit that you could afford ripping to pieces?LOL

    3)Was it hard to clean the fireplace after you melted Winter Games?XD

    4)Greatest question of all time! How exactly do you do if, when making the ‘destroy cartridge’ take of the shoot, you mess up the destroying and can’t re-do since you lost the cartridge already? XDDDDDDD Like, what if the power drill and hammer bit did not work out like it was supposed to XD

    5) Add-on questions: Will you ever do a review of Nintendo World Championship? When did you get married exactly? Your wife as big a nerd as you? Tell the nerds around the world your secret!!! (just kidding, I got my gf already XD)

  • J1a8son

    June 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Do you make a list of things to be repurchased or bought after some episodes. Like the ones with a lot of shit getting destroyed like posters or games?

  • notsoangrynerd

    June 20, 2011 at 11:52 am

    You had said that recording the game footage for AVGN episodes is very time consuming. How long, on average, do you play and record the games you review? And, if it takes so long, why don’t you have volunteers record the hours of footage for you? I’m sure there are plenty of people who wouldn’t mind saving you from a few hours of shitty game-play. You’ve already done us all a huge service πŸ˜‰

  • Luka1184

    June 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

    MY QUESTION: How do you record yourself and others, and what do you use to do it: Equipment (mic and stuff), software etc. ?

  • gebandit

    June 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I’ve always wondered, who gave you the idea to make that “armour” in the Super Mario Brothers 3 video? Or was it you that thought up the idea, and if so then what inspired you to wanna do that?

  • Luka1184

    June 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    MY SECOND QUESTION: When we actually see you on-screen, do you use a mic pole of a kind? A shock mount? Something?

    MY THIRD QUESTION: Which camcorder do you use. Can it shoot HD?

    LAST QUESTION(S): Have you seen my mail regarding my help on AVGN? πŸ˜› And will you use a HD camcorder and do the movie so it looks professional πŸ˜€ At least a little? And/or will you ask other people helping with the film to bring cameras or something?

  • Paulhermansen

    June 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    How do you do the explosions?
    Cheers from germany!

  • June 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    1. Have you ever been really drunk when filming an episode?
    2. Have you ever ran out of ideas for AVGN?
    3. Do you mind reviewing games for C64 and other computers in the future?
    4. Have you played the new Ghostbusters game (the new, 4-player one)
    5. Do you mind making AVGN episodes involving Mike as Mike?

  • June 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    And suggestion: drink rakija instead of beer.

  • AnimePete2211

    June 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    1. How do you do those awesome Energy beams in your Super Mario Bros. 3 review?

    2 When did you create the AVGN series?

  • wtfboom

    June 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Three things.

    1. How does your wife feel about AVGN and what does she do while you’re shooting your videos?

    2. I can kind of imagine how you record footage from regular consoles (by using a tivo sort of device to record the tv or something) but how do you record handhelds, like the gameboy and stuff? Do you lay it flat on a table and put a camera over it or something?

    3. Do you like rolling rock, or is just what you happened to have in your earlier videos and it became the nerd’s beer?

    I really like the idea of a nerd documentary, I’ll be checking for it.

  • Atokada

    June 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Have you played, and what is your opinion of the modern ‘retro’ style games that have been coming out? (i.e. Scott pilgrim and ‘arcade’ remakes.)

  • viJilance

    June 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    what is you real job? JUST FUCKING TELL US
    (oh, and show us your wife, shes a lucky woman)

  • June 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I’d like to refer many of the people asking previously answered questions to the FAQ section of this website.

    http://cinemassacre.com/faq/

    Come on, let’s ask some interesting stuff!

  • filipepw

    June 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    i’ve been looking forward for something like this
    its like behind the scenes, but less shitty

  • GrandMasterLynx

    June 21, 2011 at 2:02 am

    I know I should be asking something about the episodes and all but I would like to know what your parents think of all this?

    Do you get paid for what you do?

    Do you have any tips on being great like you?

    What did you wanna be when you grew up when you were a child?

    How long does it take for you to come up with a skit/write/set-up all that stuff?

    Will you ever stop making these shows?

  • honkytonk

    June 21, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Are you Ed Wood? No you’re not, but to you direct like him “One shot is more than enough!”?
    Do you rewatch your videos after some time has passed and think about what you could have done better?
    Do like your own videos and watch them?
    Do others like you as a director or do they think you are an assface?
    Have you ever been so unhappy with an AVGN episode that you can’t stand to watch it again?
    If the AVGN could go back in time and change one fact what would it be? Making Back to the Future from Japan available in USA, stealing the rights for every movie franchise from LJN, making the Godzilla game you wanted available in USA or what?

  • roygbiv

    June 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Can’t wait!

  • NesGamers

    June 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    way to go James, great action an so pleased you are finally fally finally working on the film.

    I played the TMNT here if helps and getting this link to play the game onine was not easy (phew) http://www.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/retro/game.php?id=768&system=nes&name=TMNT-Tournament-Fighters&ref=65348

    please leave the referall as it is when you sign up as a way of a thank you please

  • Kazya

    June 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Well i guess this isn’t fully about making but have you ever had brake downs and just wanted to quit fully. And are you happy that it was AVGN that made you lots of fans or have you ever tought it would be something else you do?

  • June 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    @MattCurtis agreed. Also James should really update the FAQ. Like the ET question or the spelling error in “what are you favorite games?”

  • SoTH

    June 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    I think this making of video will hopefully fill the gap of a lack of nerd vids, or which ever comes first. I think a “making of” vid would be somewhat less dangerous compared to forced nerd vids. Then again, they could likely reach the quality of the first avgn vids.

  • Captain-Slusho

    June 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    are you going to make a cameo of Shit-pickle in the movie?

  • zptheart

    June 24, 2011 at 7:07 am

    How muck does it take to film episode?)) When will be a new episode?))

  • technician8

    June 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Here’s a good question Mr. Rolfe, are you ever going to use my name “Technician8” in any of your videos? I don’t care if it’s a two second clip that you make. I just want a shout out. Or you can say “Micah” as well lol either one. ~ signed, Fan for years and for life.

  • Tofuninja5489

    June 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    How do you work with sound?

    Is it all the on board camera recording sound?

    What about scenes where you talk but it seems like you recorded over with a different session’s talking? Is that because the original’s sound was inadequate?

  • Jutajazz

    June 25, 2011 at 4:43 am

    Did you ever consider a fan as a guest in a video?

  • Duke Jaywalker

    June 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Hope it’s not too late to post another question!

    How do your parents feel about the AVGN? Did they ever expect that the hours and hours of playing video games as a child would actually lead to a successful career?

    And as an addendum to my previous question about how much time you spend playing shitty games: I can’t believe you played through all three CDI Zelda games. You really took one for the team there!

  • June 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Hi James, I’ve got a couple quick questions for you. When you destroy games, (referring to putting winter games in the fireplace and others) do you have other copies of them? Or do you just do not give a shit (which is understandable) I was also wondering if when reviewing some of the games, is it ever your first time playing them?

  • CSMovieDude

    June 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I’m so excited about what you’re about to do, James. I have one question though. I know that on modern day consoles there are ways to record gameplay with certain attachments to your consoles, but on older ones like the NES or SEGA Genesis, how do you get the gameplay footage?
    Anyways, good luck with the AVGN Movie. I’d like to see it whenever it comes out.

  • maylog0

    June 29, 2011 at 2:36 am

    this isn’t really a question about AVGN, but do you have any tips for a aspiring script writer?

  • Lassez

    June 30, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Definitely also interested in how your parents feel about this show. Do they get the point, or do they think it’s just some cash-in scheme of yours to fund your more serious projects?

    I’d also like to watch how you did some of the costumes and the effects, for example the controllers tying you up in the R.O.B. episode. So the effects and costumes department would be interesting.

    What does a script for your episodes read like, how much is improv and how much is predetermined?

    How much are Mike, the OverAnalyzers and any other friends of yours involved?

    And how did you get in touch with the guys who do your intro music and the great movie posters? I assume they’re all friends of yours, but who knows?

  • Lassez

    June 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I’d like to add that, since the Nerd Movie is looming in the distance, it’d be amazing if you added some serious extras to a possible DVD release of your movie in your store! I mostly buy dvds for the extras, so that would make me a definite buyer!

  • Ben57599

    June 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Hi james just wandering do you hav that flashing red light thing on your nes where the screen goes grey well if you do how did you tackle it

  • July 1, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Behind the scenes sounds great.

  • madcow

    July 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Has there ever been some kind of joke you wanted to put in an episode, but decided not to because it would’ve been too vulgar/disgusting?

  • July 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I’ll bet someone has already asked this one time or another, but here’s one question I have to ask that I have wondered for months and months:

    ***At the end credits of one of your videos, (forget which one) there is an attribution to someone simply named “Mrs.”
    Is this referring to Mrs. Rolfe having a hand in helping make the video? And for that matter, has she helped you with any of your works?***

    I’ve never seen her or heard a thing about AVGN’s other half, and honestly it has me a little curious. Maybe she’s too shy to go on camera?

  • MrKlokwork

    July 5, 2011 at 1:28 am

    AVGN FTW!!!!!!

  • ejp022791

    July 5, 2011 at 1:39 am

    AVGN, you should review Platoon.

  • July 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    So James, when will the next episode of AVGN appear here on Cinemassacre.com now that you’ve concluded the Q&A and are in the process of making this video?

  • axeman82

    July 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Loved the vid, was great to see more of the tech side of things. would love to know more on how you do the green screen special effects and more on the special effects side as well. Also can you do a review of either Caveman games or maniac mansion?

    Keep up the great work man

  • Joshii01

    July 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Can u show us a trailer of ur movie??

  • dieseldog09

    July 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Will you do reviews for more modern systems after the movie is done?

  • Schloss Ritter

    July 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    This was probably great training for putting together special features for the movie DVD.

  • Arus51

    August 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I was just wondering, how did you do that splitscreen thing in the Nightmare on Elm. Street episode were you made it look like you cloned yourself?

  • Arus51

    August 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Oh, another thing, just how the hell do you record a gameboy game?

  • Selim Selimi

    December 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Hi James, i have a question: With all the work you are doing, do you have time to play games ? If it’s yes then do you play recent games ? Like maybe on the newest gaming consoles ? And if it’s not do how do you spent your time ? Do you travel around the world or something ?

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