Mrs Nerd’s Top 20 AVGN Episodes

James / March 22nd, 2012

Many people wanted to know what my favorite AVGN episodes are so here ya go. Now, before you get your panties in a twist, I will tell you flat out that my list is probably completely different from yours as my choices come from a very different place. Aside from having a strange sense of humor that may skew my preferences, I also take into account my fond and/or not so fond memories of the experience of making the actual video. And again, as stated before, I don’t play games so the game being reviewed isn’t really a factor in why I like an episode or not. Regardless, I think there are some good choices and I’ve added stories, fun facts and explanations as to why each particular episode stands out for me that I hope you enjoy!

#20 Sega 32X:

- This is one of those cases where a personal story makes me like a particular episode. You see, that was my Dad who shot the flaming arrow. My Dad is big into hunting, fishing and outdoorsy stuff so when James had the idea of shooting a flaming arrow into the 32X he knew just where to go to get a bow and arrow. That’s a real bow and arrow for hunting so its tough to pull back. We were all really impressed that James was able to pull it back successfully. He’s actually quite strong for a nerd.

#19 Indiana Jones:

- This episode stands out for a few reasons. One is that James bought an actual jacket made by the same company that made the jackets used in the actual film. I thought this was cool and I love this jacket on James. He wears it all the time. He also has a real deal bullwhip and hat to go with his jacket and used this ensemble as a costume for Halloween. He made a great Indiana Jones. This episode also has one of my favorite title card drawings by Mike Matei.

#18 Atari Jaguar, Part 2:

- So as you know, I’m a sucker for my cats so of course this would rank up there with one of my favorite episodes. I love the part where Boo is the actual Jaguar and the song that goes with it. That cat got tons of exercise in this episode chasing the laser pen. He’s my little internet star.

#17 Christmas Special 2010:

- This one got me with concept. I absolutely loved the idea of a completely animated episode in the style of the old “Grinch” Christmas special. Mike Matei was the perfect guy to pull this off and did an amazing job adapting the animation style. I was completely won over by the fact that he replaced the dog from the original cartoon with Boo, my cat. Again, sucker for those felines of mine. This episode also led us to our friend Bear McCreary, who is an awesome, talented, prolific composer and all around cool dude.

#16 Spiderman:

- Because most of the people are my personal friends, I’m a big fan of “guest” appearances in episodes and such is the case with this one. Fun fact, Kyle Justin got the job of playing Spiderman because he was the only one comfortable enough to wear the crazy tight costume. I think he did a great job with this part. A few of the gags in this one were definitely up my comedy alley. I particularly loved the web coming out of his dick, the pizza delivery gag and the failed attempt at switching the Nerd’s beer choice to Yueungling.

#15 Wayne’s World:

- Wayne’s World is one of my favorite movies of all time, so of course I would love the AVGN rendition. I’m also proud of the fact that the Wayne’s World hat James wears is from a Halloween costume where James and I went as Wayne and Garth. I was Wayne and I painted that hat by hand.

#14 Christmas Carol Pt. 2:

- Again, those “guest” appearances get me. I thought it was super funny to have Craig from ScrewAttack as the ghost of Christmas past. Particularly since he still has his hat on over the sheet. As we all know he never takes that hat off. I also love most any incarnation of “A Christmas Carol.” Dickens = good literary shit. Using the concept of James’ personal gaming history for the past, present, future bit was really clever. Plus, baby James is so cute! James dancing around as an old man is pretty cute too.

#13 Battletoads:

- This is one of those instances where my strange sense of humor plays a part. For some reason one of my absolute favorite AVGN moments is when Kyle is bopping his head along to the beat. I just think it is hilarious and I still cannot watch this part without laughing out loud. Kyle living behind the couch is also one of my favorite running gags in the AVGN videos and this is the beginning of that.

#12 Nintendo World Champions:

- Loved the story line of this one. There is some real back story to this episode. Pat Contri “The NES Punk” is also a sweetheart and a serious game collector. The fact that he flew across the country with game cartridges worth a huge dollar amount made us all nervous, but the episode proved to be worth it.

#11 Nightmare on Elm Street:

- Of the slasher genre of horror films, The Nightmare of Elm Street franchise is probably my favorite so by default I was interested in the AVGN version of it. I was not disappointed. I loved the way James brought the dream qualities of the Elm Street movies into the theme of this episode. Really well done. I’m pretty sure this was the first time I helped with an AVGN episode also. As mentioned before that is my hand in the Freddy glove reaching over the couch. That was my tequila also. Fucker drank my tequila.

#10 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Re-Revisited:

- Speaking of helping with videos, this was definitely the most physically demanding “help” I’ve ever given on an episode. I was basically the one puppeteering the skeleton. That thing is a medically accurate, very heavy skeleton that James bought from a medical supply company. I got quite the work out holding and pulling fishing wire from behind the black fabric. It ended up being an awesome idea though. I was a big fan of having the author of the classic novel, Robert Lewis Stevenson, be a part of the theme of the episode.

#9 Halloween:

- Halloween is my second favorite slasher franchise helping make this a good one for me, but the part of love most about this episode is the memories of making it. The Mulvey boys are some of my favorite kids on this planet. They were such good sports about this and so much fun to work with. I remember we had just gotten Boo, the cat, so he and I kept the boys entertained during shots they were not in. Like when James was cursing, they were not in the room. They are getting all growed up now though but “Uncle” James and I are very proud of them. This episode is also an example of movie magic at its finest with the use of two completely different houses and neighborhoods made to look like all one place.

#8 Mario 3:

- Finding satanic messages within the game and the exorcist bit as a theme to this episode was one of the funnier gags James has come up with. Having Campbell’s split pea soup all over my apartment, however, was not so funny. Worth it in the end though, but man, I mean it was like EVERYWHERE. Funny story, James was recovering from a really bad cold and was just starting to get his voice back and he sounded like the devil when he spoke so he was able to use that to his advantage and recorded the satanic voice over for this video. Unless he gets a really bad cold again, I don’t think he could ever recreate that voice.

#7 Bugs Bunny’s Birthday Blowout:

- Forget pea soup, this was one of the most invasive episodes I can remember. I’ll preface by saying that I am not complaining at all and it is ALWAYS worth it in the end, but my memory of this episode is tainted by the chaos that went into making it happen. For instance, Mike’s Bugs Bunny feet kept peeling paint, so he used my art supplies (I was in senior year of art school at the time) to keep painting where it chipped away. White paint got all over the hardwood floors of the apartment and we didn’t get our security deposit back because of that. The “that’s all fucks” gag at the end, required James and Mike to use more of my art supplies to create a wall of paper for James to bust through. Mike and I each held a side while he broke though the paper. I remember that being really tiresome and we had to do like ten takes before we got it right. Not to mention that the wall of paper was blocking my living room all night. The pile of boxes for the box gag blocked the door to my bedroom so I couldn’t get in my there for hours either. Oh and coming home from work to see a huge mess of fake shit in the kitchen was just magnificent also. Mopping that up was a nightmare, but again, years later, totally worth it.

#6 Batman Part 2:

- My clearest memory of this episode is that it was first time in the new house that a video got a little crazy. As you can see from my story about the Birthday Blowout episode, invasiveness used to be a big problem in our small apartment, but in the new place, there is much more room and I typically am not effected by filming anymore. This video was a little different though. It was so friggin hot the day they filmed that Mike’s make-up was everywhere, all over sinks, walls, towels, etc because it was literally melting off his face. I felt so bad for him in that heavy Joker suit and make-up. It was worth it though because this is the first time we kinda see Mike’s face and how funny he is. This lead to him eventually playing a much larger role as himself on other Cinemassacre projects. It was nice to see his hard work and dedication come to the forefront. YAY Mike! . Lastly, Batman is my favorite super hero. I would never claim to be a comics expert in the least, but I do love Batman. In high school I used to carry a batman backpack as a purse. I still have it and it is amazing.

#5 Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle:

- Ok, I’m on a bit of a “this episode was messy” streak, but this one was by far the most out of control and invasive of any AVGN episode. James got punched in the head and knocked out cold. The basement “nerd room” was absolutely fucking destroyed. The futon was broken, ceiling tiles were broken, there was whipped cream and black paint and kool-aid blood everywhere. It was the mess of a century, but it was pretty fucking funny. Again, Kyle’s futon bit gets me every time and Mike’s Bugs Bunny voice is spot on. As for my contributions, I remember having to buy the grocery items needed. Finding a carrot with long green stem proved to be more difficult then you’d think and having a shopping cart full of about 10 tubs of whipped cream, 5 containers of red drink mix, 6 tubs of chocolate frosting and 100 ping pong balls makes people look at your cross eyed. How bout those ping-pong balls covered in chocolate frosting as bunny terds… hilarious. I wrapped the birthday gift also seeing as how none of the boys could wrap a damn present properly.

#4 Fester’s Quest:

- This episode came out in September 2007 just 2 months before our wedding and I hated the mustache James had to grow to play Gomez. I was worried he’d keep it for the wedding but thankfully he shaved it off. I also came home from work one day to a horrid smell of cheap cigars because he smoked one for real when filming the Gomez part. Neither of us smoke, so this was true method acting. Aside from that, this is one of my favorite episodes. I think it’s so funny that he dressed as and played each of the characters from The Addam’s Family. I love The Addam’s Family show and I’m a sucker for episodes that adopt the style or theme of the topic being reviewed. With the black and white filming and costumes, this episode did this beautifully.

#3 Game Glitches:

- Can I just say that I love Kevin Finn’s acting. He’s a master at improv and has comic gold coming out of his ears. For those who don’t already know this James scripts out everything. Kevin Finn and his spontaneity, however, bring out some of the most genuine and hilarious acting from James. These two are a winning pair. I believe this is part of why the AVGN movie (co-writen, directed and produced by James and Kevin) will be a masterpiece. *shameless plug* My favorite story about the Game Glitches episode though is from when they were trying to land on a style choice for the gremlin. Kevin was standing in the living room with no shirt, pointed ears and torn up shorts. We had the windows open because it was a warm day and I clearly remember neighbors walking by and giving Kevin the strangest look. It’s not everyday you see a glitch gremlin in your neighbors window. I also remember having to run to the store for a red broom so it would contrast with the green screen. Red brooms are not easy to find. Fun fact: the vest that Kevin wears is James’ old vest from when he worked at K-mart as a teenager. “I got glitches in me britches” – classic.

#2 Ninja Gaiden:

- The ultimate “guest” appearance. Again, that Kevin Finn is a funny motherfucker. The whole training montage gets me every time. Comic genius! I mentioned before that I love blooper reels and outtakes, well this episode has hours of shit-your-pants hilarity. Just take after take of crazy off the wall improv. Kevin actually had the flu while they were filming this so maybe part of it was the medication he was on, but he was certainly in rare form when we shot this episode. To me, this is the funniest of all the episodes. Interesting tid-bit, all the “red” parts of the ninja costume were made from a blouse of mine that they stole and cut up because it was the only bright red fabric we had in the house. Talk about your found materials. No biggie, I don’t look good in red anyway.

#1 R.O.B. the Robot:

- And finally, my #1 pick! Not only do I truly find this episode to be well written and really funny, it is an episode that I personally worked hard on and as the 100th episode it symbolizes years of hard work and success for the AVGN franchise. As a stand-alone episode it’s got everything I like about AVGN. Its hilarious, it shows back story, it has a guest appearance (even if it is a plastic robot), and it’s just epic. I’ve always said that R.O.B. is the creepiest thing in James’ collection and I was so excited when he said that he was going to be the center of the 100th episode. James did not disappoint in his execution of a much anticipated topic. From the minor, slapstick gags like the gyro sandwich (which I made from scratch and as authentically as possible) to the overall A.I. theme, the whole fucking thing is fantastic. The 4 or 5 hours that I helped James with the stop motion part of the episode (where the controllers trap the Nerd to the ground) is only a drop in the hat compared to the countless hours James put into making this episode. I, for one, think it was completely worth it. It couldn’t be a better representation of a series that had lasted 100 episodes (and more since) and that’s why its my #1.

-Mrs Nerd

Comments

  • stoney_1

    March 22, 2012 at 10:13 am

    i love all these videos! can’t wait to see the film!! I’ve made all my friends and family watch AVGN, they’re all fans now too! I hope the Nerd and crew come to a convention in Canada some day!

  • stt32m

    March 22, 2012 at 10:18 am

    all are classics!

  • Olivania

    March 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

    After reading the comment about the top 20 I expected a big surprise. But it’s nothing too special. Only thing that surprised me was the episode with Pat being in the Top 20.

  • TheShervinator

    March 22, 2012 at 10:44 am

    That same spot in Battletoads (where Kyle and the Nerd are bobbing to the beat) is my Achilles’ Heel of AVGN videos. They crack me up EVERY TIME!

  • MikeDaWiz

    March 22, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I agree with Mrs. Nerd 100%. All these episodes are favorites of mine. Especially the 32X, SMB3, and R.O.B. videos.

  • Yowza

    March 22, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Surprised that the mustache and cigar were real from Fester’s Quest.  Also, James used to sport a mustache a long time ago in old videos, I wonder if Mrs. Nerd is the cause of him going clean shaven? :P
     
    Also good to finally know Mrs. Nerd had a lot more involvement in these episodes than expected.  With almost no reference to you in the videos many fans likely thought you were a typical spouse that hated ‘videogames’ and wanted nothing to do with making videos about them.

  • encey

    March 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    That’s awesome that you made the gyro from scratch! I’d like to place an order. :)

  • Planters_Peanuts

    March 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I personally love all the episodes, but a lot of these are probably up there for me too!
    Nice to hear from you again! I still am trying to convince my friends that it would be a good idea to make the “Mountain Dew Cupcakes” from your recipes post. :-)

    • Inspector Butters

      March 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

       @Planters_Peanuts
       The Mountain Dew Cupcakes are awesome. You need to make them!

  • undertaker91

    March 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    some nice classic Nerd episodes, i loved watching all of them. glad to see a list of all your favorites

  • TerrifyerX07

    March 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Good list, i actually watched a handful of those today at work on break. since i grew up with sort of a similar childhood to james (or so it seems) I think my favorites are where he captures the feeling of certain eras…like the atari 5200 episode where he mentions the sound effects and playing in the middle of the night, nintendo power where he sort of gives a general overview of events that took place throughout nintendos history…I remember reading the same things he mentions and feeling the same way! as well as virtual boy, atari jaguar, and other console episodes where he paints a good picture of the time, our feelings, and really lives up to the theme song by taking us back to the past.

  • TAPETRVE

    March 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Hats off to you, Madame.

  • KatelynJewel

    March 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Those are some of my favorite episodes aswell. Most (if not all) the episodes mentioned are ones that make AVGN feel more like an actual tv show rather than just a series of videos made on the internet.

  • SalNicchia

    March 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    While that part of the Battletoads episode is hilarious, you guys need to get the DVD and see the outtakes! James’ voice cracking while trying to deliver the “we shouldn’t have to stand for it” is the funniest extra AVGN material.

  • theretrogamer14

    March 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    thanks for telling me what the hell those bunny terds were made of (I would never have found out)

  • March 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I always wondered how James acquired that bow in the 32X episode, and the story behind it. (Was it a hobby? Money to burn, etc) But thanks to your list I now understand. Thanks!

  • metalcommand

    March 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    A good list, not really surprising as the Rob the Robot episode was probably his most time consuming episode. Not my favorite one, but it really deserves some praise. I just can’t understand however why the NWC episode is on this list; in my honest opinion it was the worst AVGN episode by far and the only one I just won’t rewatch again and again.

    • digitalnova0

      March 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

       @metalcommand personally it’s one of my favorite episodes… love the music, execution, well… everything

      • digitalnova0

        March 22, 2012 at 9:24 pm

         @metalcommand i mean NWC…

    • JamesSmith1

      March 23, 2012 at 4:41 am

       @metalcommand hahaha you comment on every post here, dont you, faggot?

    • RyanSanders

      March 23, 2012 at 5:39 am

       @metalcommand That one and “Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties”. Both episodes seem quite boring to me and are the only videos that I have watched only once.

      • metalcommand

        March 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

         @RyanSanders Well, Plumbers don’t wear ties gets really boring really fast. It starts out fun, but then it just becomes the same over and over again. 

      • RyanSanders

        March 23, 2012 at 10:41 am

         @metalcommand Much like the game, which I had the misfortune of actually playing.

      • metalcommand

        March 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

         @RyanSanders Poor you! :O

  • Khameleon

    March 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Ah, the woman made the sandwich in the R.O.B. episode, excellent.

  • March 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Ghostbusters is a classic, I also would put Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties on my list, lol

  • PatrickDoyle

    March 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    “ Now, before you get your panties in a twist…”
     
     Sheesh, why so defensive right off the bat?  Give us some credit! We (for the most part) totally respect your opinion, and are glad you’re posting here.
     
    There’s not a bad episode on your list. My favorite is the first Ghostbusters review. I crack up every time at the part when he prank calls the vacuum store.

  • JeremyJones

    March 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Our top 4 are the same. After the first 4, my order changes just a little. I can’t wait for the movie. Seem like when every James and Kevin get together some of the best Nerd eps get pushed out. So this movie is going to be fucking epic!
     
    I hope you will have a premier somewhere that is open to any and all. I don’t care where it will be, I am going to hop on a plane and get my ass there. This is the most anticipated movie in 20 years!
     

  • FadedG

    March 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    What ever happened to Kyle Justin? I haven’t seen him in any episodes since Crazy Castle.

    • ToniMiller

      March 22, 2012 at 7:05 pm

       @FadedG yeah ive been asking myself that for a while now …after battle toads and crazy castle you would think we’d see more of hime but then he disappeared…i wish he would come back :(

    • Thrashing Deth

      March 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm

       @FadedG 
      Probably he got pissed off at the nerd for breaking his guitar and his home (the couch) so he left in pursue of music! (No I don’t actually mean that, but it does make you wonder.)

    • MartinHarder

      March 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

       @FadedG As much as I like Kyle he always seemed a little awkward in front of the camera to me.  Maybe he just decided that he’d rather hang back a little and just do the music.  Plus Mrs. Nerd pointed out that they moved house at one point so maybe getting there became an issue.

  • Arcade

    March 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    “Fucker drank my tequila.” haha, that was awesome! I loved reading these.

  • KeithEllwood

    March 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Excellent top 20! So hard to choose. I came p with a top 10!! .. 
     
    10 – STREET FIGHTER 2010 – I love Street fighter HILARIOUS
    9 BATTLETOADS – Got in many fights with friends back in the day. LOL!
    8. WAYNE’S WORLD – Any non gamer will laugh histarically
    7. DRACULA – “Fred Fuchs!!?? OOOHHHOOOO Fred Fuchs” Ohhhhh Fred Fuchs”
    6. BATMAN – Motherfucker Mike deserves a medal for that performance
    5. POWER GLOVE – It’s so bad ..
    4. NINJA GAIDEN – Epic
    3 ACTION 52 / CHEETAHMEN – Was in tears watching him suffer,
    2. DR. JEKYLl AND MR HIDE / Revisited – Get the Patrone and tell ‘em that it’s on!
    1. TMNT 3 MOVIE REVIEW – The first video I seen by The Angry vVdeo Game Nerd.

  • Doogrisa

    March 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Thanks for all your hard work Mrs. Rolfe. We the fans love you for it :)

  • ZigTheHunter

    March 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm

     good list, but I would actually like to point out something; you said that Craig never takes off his hat, well he does now. It was a part of their big charity thing and if they got a certain amout he would start taking of his hat from time to time.

  • ZigTheHunter

    March 22, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    A good list, but I would actually like to point out something; you said that Craig never takes off his hat, well he does now. It was a part of their big charity thing and if they got a certain amount he would start taking of his hat from time to time.

  • MrNoName655

    March 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    My top three have to be:
     
    3. TMNT Movie Review
    2. Back to the Future Re-Revisited
    1. Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties

  • KohlDayvhis

    March 23, 2012 at 12:06 am

    No particular order but these are probably my favourite ones-Plumbers don’t wear ties-Bible games-Nintendo Power-Atari 5200-Battletoads-Double vision 1 & 2-All the revisited episodes-NWC

  • SeanFrye

    March 23, 2012 at 3:25 am

    This was quite a joy to read.  It’s kind of hard to come up with a list with how many good videos there are so I imagine it took some time and thought for you to make this.  I have a list of my own, but I am not completely certain on it either.
     
    My top 15 probably are:
    1) Superman 64
    2) Power Glove
    3) Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties
    4) NES Accessories
    5) Silver Surfer
    6) Batman
    7) Atari Jaguar
    8)Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hide Re-revisited
    9) Dick Tracy
    10) Back to the Future Re-revisited
    11) Ghost Busters
    12) Bible Games
    13) Nightmare on Elm Street
    14) Phillips CD-i, especially the Zelda games
    15) Star Wars

  • ZdendaCZ

    March 23, 2012 at 5:29 am

    My favourite episodes are: Action 52, Sega CD, Sega 32x, Silver Surfer, Atari Jaguar, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Castlevania part 1 – 4, Chronologicaly Confused, Virtual Boy, Battletoads, Back To The Future Revisited and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Revisited :-)

  • Sisselphan

    March 23, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Mrs Nerd.
    All your posts have been a joy to read so far, keep it up!
     

  • RyanSanders

    March 23, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I like pretty much all of the episodes, in fact, I have more than half the garbage James reviewed sitting in boxes in my attic, except for the few rare and/or extremely expensive items.

  • JamesKuhns

    March 23, 2012 at 8:41 am

    My favorite is the unreleased A BOY AND HIS BLOB review that James promised for leaving me out of his movie.  (psych)

  • JelwynnKain

    March 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Good choice of episodes !

  • TheShervinator

    March 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Am I the only one who loves the Nintendo Power episode!?

    • metalcommand

      March 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

       @TheShervinator No you’re not. That episode is awesome.

    • Sisselphan

      March 23, 2012 at 10:39 am

       @TheShervinator It’s one of my favorites as well, somewhere in my personal top 10 at least.

    • Starcraft39

      March 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm

       @TheShervinator That was the first episode of the nerd I ever watched and by far one of my favorites. I got nintendo power for a really long time and it was fun to hear things I thought i’d never hear again like counselor’s corner, lol.

    • KeithEllwood

      March 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

       @TheShervinator I was thinking of putting that one in my top 10. So hard choose favorites when they’re all so well done.

      • TheShervinator

        March 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm

         @metalcommand @Sisselphan @Starcraft39 @KeithEllwood You’re all badasses.
         

    • Devil_Rising

      March 26, 2012 at 5:36 am

       @TheShervinator No way. That episode was bad ass, for a variety of reasons. I’m James’ age, and I remember back when Nintendo Power was like that (IE awesome), and I actually had (and still have) some of those magazines he shows in the video. Plus, the song is bad ass, and it’s just a good piece of pure nostalgia.

  • March 23, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Some of these are my favourite too, with the Ninja Gaiden as the n.1 Some of these are my favourites too, but there also are other ones I like a lot, like Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties and Bible Games. Anyway I see most of the ones on this list are the movie-like ones, less about the game(s) and more about the plot. The ones you’d show to your not-so-nerd friends for fun.

  • KnucklesOwnsGC

    March 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Some good picks here, and interesting to learn some behind-the-scenes info. Cool stuff!

  • 64jamesbond

    March 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

    aawedwadwddaw
     
     

  • 64jamesbond

    March 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

    great
    ive bin wondering it would be great if mrs nerd made a cameo in the avgn movie or in one of the episodes?

    • Doogrisa

      March 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      @64jamesbond She probably wont.

  • jktomas

    March 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I knew you’re going to say the R.O.B episode is your favorite. Afterall, it was dedicated to you. Needless to say I love that episode too, just like every other you mentioned.
     

  • Starcraft39

    March 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Lol, I can only imagine how crazy things got during the Crazy Castle review. I remember watching it and thinking ‘it’s all over the walls… they’re destroying their own room!’

  • Jenslyn87

    March 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    It’s really hard to make a list from memory, but some of my favorites were
     
    The Ninja Gaiden episode
     
    Great humour, loved the ninja movie references and the awesome music in the game is the icing on the cake. Always a joy to watch!
     
    Little Red Hood
     
    A somewhat simple episode, but the game is so craptacular and James’ reactions so good that it gets me every time. The ending of the game is also amazing!
     
    Silver Surfer
     
    Old-school rage in this one, and James does a great job of explaining just how damn tough the game is. I haven’t played it, but I feel like I have after watching the video.
     
    The Batman two-parter
     
    Mike really shines as the joker, and the constant back and fourth between games and a funny setup makes for a couple of great episodes. Again, brilliant ending :P
     
    Battletoads
     
    I remember how hard this game was myself and could really relate to the ranting. Also great performance by Kyle. 
     
    The first Christmas Special
     
    This one introduced me to several obscure games that are just hilariously bad. It also has one of my favorite moments in all of AVGN history – when James reviews a minigame laconically stating, “It’s BAD”.
     
    Those would have to be the most memorable episodes for me perosnally :D

  • OlaviPössi

    March 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I know im gonna get hate on me for saying this but… I really hated the spiderman episode! The production value just looked kinda downgraded from the other episodes & i didn’t find the jokes funny (except for the last song) AND I thought Kyle Justin was awful! I mean I really love the theme & all, & Kyle is  good in music, but as an actor he isn’t too good… I did find him really funny in the Battletoads review so I don’t know what went wrong. But really the main problem with this episode was that it felt really rushed. The audio & quality (again) were much poorer than in the previous episodes & I’m not sure, but James seemed like he’s drunk…. This video almost seemed like a let’s play with just spiderman, like there wouldn’t be anything special about it & that would had been funny if it was done like that, but instead it like a normal AVGN episode with a boring spiderman. I do really love AVGN tho :D ! In my opinion the Halloween episode is the best or the ninja gaiden episode. 
     

    • Devil_Rising

      March 26, 2012 at 5:34 am

       @OlaviPössi Not “hating on you”, but I think critiquing acting or production values in AVGN is kind of counter to the point of them. They are cheaply done, both by need but also design, as James is a self-avowed lover of “cheesy and schlocky” humor. Everyone has their own taste and opinions, but I’m just saying.

  • TiagoJMonteiro

    March 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you, Mrs. Nerd, for the analysis and the stories. Very insightful. I congratulate you and James for all the success, and wish you all the best for the future.

  • March 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Enjoyed reading it all and relating to things I liked from the episodes that you also loved. ROB the robot was the first AVGN episode I ever saw so it has a lot of sentimental value to me and was glad to see it as your #1. Thanks so much.

  • 19Szabolcs91

    March 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    My favorite is the Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties episode. Love the reactions, and just the fact that the game is so crazy and fucked up. PDWT is the ultimate guilty pleasure, “so horrible it’s awesome” kind of game and I actually bought a CD of that :)
     
    If James ever comes to Hungary, that’s the one game I’d love to get his signature on.

  • March 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    By the way, the AVGN recently starred in this game trailer’s vid about cheetahmen. http://www.gametrailers.com/video/episode-22-pop-fiction/728331

  • LicaWolf

    March 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    This makes me apreciatte a little more all the effort put in the episodes. I can’t make my own list from the top of my head, but I agree with many of your choices, I also agree that  the running gag about Kyle living behind the couch is freaking hilarious :P … now I disagree in something: Gomez mustache, I actually thought James looked really handsome with it.
     
    Thank you so much for sharing these stories with us! :)

  • Dolly Dagger

    March 23, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    “Fucker drank my tequila.” 
     
    I can’t fully describe in words how much I heart this. <3

  • Kaleidoscopic God

    March 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I feel a “top 20″ is almost too big a percentage of episodes at this point in time. Good read regardless.

    • CGBongsmoke

      March 25, 2012 at 7:34 am

       @Kaleidoscopic God That’s less then a quarter of the givin episodes. I’m sure she has plenty to go on considering she’s fairly new publicly to the site, I’m sure most of the people here thought James and Mike were a gay couple before she showed up. jk.

      • Kaleidoscopic God

        March 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

         @CGBongsmoke I know what the percentage is.  It’s like making a top 10 when there’s a total of 50, and I really do feel that’s a bit high number. Not that top lists have to be challenging, but it’s almost like it’s too easy, or something.Let’s agree to disagree, shall we?

  • Swow_tittybang

    March 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Do you have any desire to try out gaming to see if you like it? Or is there a game that you do like to play from time to time? 

  • micro4

    March 24, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Mrs. Rolfe I tip my hat to you. Not only do you love the work and toil but you justify the sacrefice of personal space for the greater good.. Awesome. I still find it hilarious that Mrs. ROle swears more then James out of  character, fucking Classic!

    • micro4

      March 24, 2012 at 12:56 am

      sorry a key got stuck…. ^ Rolfe

  • March 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    To all AVGN fans Thistrailersucks.com is something you would want to check out. If you want someone who is funny, rude and doesn’t give a shit check her out. Coming from a AVGN fan myself she is worth looking at.

  • virilevocalist

    March 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    This was an incredibly enlightening post, and gave us a glimpse of the amazing amount of work that goes into making these productions. Thank you Mrs. Nerd for filling in some of the background for us fans.

  • wilhitewarrior

    March 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I agree on a lot of these episodes, Mrs Nerd. I was honestly expecting Ninja Gaiden to be your #1 episode but I completely forgot about ROB. I cant believe I forgot that episode lol! I was waiting for it ever since the NES accessories video and I forgot it?! But yes that would be my #1 too :D
    Really interesting trivia too! Thanx!

  • CGBongsmoke

    March 25, 2012 at 7:32 am

    “For some reason one of my absolute favorite AVGN moments is when Kyle is bopping his head along to the beat.”
     
    My thoughts exactly!! My brother always gives me a weird look when I laugh my ass off at this part.

    • March 26, 2012 at 12:19 am

       @CGBongsmoke my cousin gives me a weird look when i bop my head with him xD

  • ultimacj

    March 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

    “And again, as stated before, I don’t play games so the game being reviewed isn’t really a factor in why I like an episode or not.” Funny how she keeps telling us this makes you wonder ;)

    • Devil_Rising

      March 26, 2012 at 5:31 am

       @ultimacj I would think she is clarifying for the purpose of trying to avoid people asking obnoxious “But what about THIS game” questions when it comes to her choices. I’m pretty sure she does play SOME games. Most people do, and being married to a gamer, and surrounded by gamer friends, there is pretty much no avoiding playing sometimes. I just think she wants to clarify that she’s not a “gamer”, and doesn’t play regularly or know a lot about it.

      • ultimacj

        March 26, 2012 at 11:34 am

        @Devil_Rising @ultimacj Not true at all. 3 types of girls A: Love’ems (very rare) B: are ‘understanding’ about them (thats mrs nerd) C: are the haters with a passion(common).She keeps ‘reminding us’ about this just tells me otherwise.

  • Kain

    March 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I was wondering Mrs Rolfe if James had you help in any of the recent episodes?

    • Isaiah Fuller

      March 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

       @Kain The 100th episode isn’t recent enough?

  • kensterken0420

    March 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Has MrsRolfe ever been in a episode?

    • Doogrisa

      March 25, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      @kensterken0420 Her hand has.

  • BAM2012

    March 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    No Mr Bucket?!!!

    • Doogrisa

      March 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      @BAM2012 That in the Board James Series. This is her favorite AVGN episodes.

    • Doogrisa

      March 25, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      @BAM2012 That’s in the Board James series. This is her favorite AVGN episodes.

  • Simon Belmont

    March 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    That gyro looked so tasty! Kevin Flynn played the glith goblin?

  • KirklandJames

    March 26, 2012 at 1:35 am

    I have to ask…. Has James by any chance mentioned anything about being a “windrammer” lately?  Just curious……  ;p

  • RaaceJEwing

    March 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I was kind of thinking that the Castlevania episodes would be in here. Since he loves them so much.

  • zhekazlo

    March 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Well, what can I say, Mrs. Nerd, live like a windrammer as you fuck.

  • Carlozero

    March 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Bleh the 2006-07 episodes are the best, may favorite is dick Tracey

    • Carlozero

      March 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Whoop de fucking doo 2004-06-07 mah*

  • apkinj

    March 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Didn’t really like the Rob The Robot episode. It used too many elements from the Irate Gamer episode (oh irony).

  • BenjaminOstermeier

    March 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    That’s a great top twenty list!  I don’t know if I have a favorite or if I could put them in any order, but I do have fond memories of many of these same episodes, and it’s also great to see behind the scenes stuff.  We always wondered how the house and people around Jame’s were affected by making the episodes, and this definitely illuminates some of that.  Thanks!

  • Kraelich

    March 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    My favorite has always been Bugs Bunny’s Birtday Blowout.  :P

  • ShockzGlodekova

    March 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    My god, yes! When I read your comment to the Battletoads episode, I had to nod to myself. That pause music is one of my fav AVGN moments ever and I always heckle like hyena when I see it or think about it. 

  • March 28, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Some of my favorites too. “I shit on it with me glitches.” Thanks for sharing these stories, Mrs. Nerd!

  • jar

    March 28, 2012 at 8:33 am

    thanks for this, i love getting an idea of all the DIY work that goes into these videos.
     
    and here i’ve been thinking James can prepare gyros and shoot a crossbow. haha

  • pitythefool

    March 29, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Really….. friday the 13th was one of james best episodes, teenage mutant ninja turtles was good too.. in fact most of his original stuff was the best, however, I do agree with your ninja gaiden pick, that shit was hilarious, especially the outtakes.

  • cieloxjames

    March 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    That gyro looked sooooo fucking delicious.

  • Jordanv78

    March 30, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I’m so glad you are still doing these Mrs. Nerd! It’s always fun to get different insight into James’ creative process.
     
    BTW you were talking about different “Damage” done to your houses over time…and the birthday blowout episode. How about when James was kicking Bugs Bunny in the head and kicked the wall on accident? It looked like he did some pretty bad damage to the drywall. Were you able to get that patched up, or was that another reason you didn’t get your deposit back? lol

  • Fig

    March 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    No offense or anything, but I think these are my least favorite episodes. I’m not a fan of all the wacky real world stuff, it’s funny, but I prefer it when James is reviewing the game. My favorite is probably Silver Surfer, it’s a classic.
     

    • Kaleidoscopic God

      March 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm

       @Fig The Silver Surfer review bothers me, because he never mentions the fucking excellent — and I mean EXCELLENT — soundtrack by Tim and Geoff Follin. A soundtrack so freakin’ technically impressive that the game as a whole should be a renowned classic. It’s that good. I know AVGN videos are pretty much meant to be RANTS, but nonetheless I felt it got a particularly unfair treatment. How can you NOT stop for a minute or two and praise the hell out of the music? Gah, colour me a fanboy!

  • March 31, 2012 at 1:08 am

    My favourite is still Silver Surfer and I’m pretty sure it’ll always be

  • christburner

    March 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    watchin  all these in order ….lets see how this playlist ranks up.. :)

  • Stonen80

    April 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I agree the R.O.B. the Robot episode was awesome.

  • Steven

    April 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    You made it sound like so much fun to be part of AVGN.Until today I really had no idea that there was such a fallowing.I have been a fan for years but I never watched anything but the reviews.Being that I was born in 90 I bought and rented alot of these shity games,like x-men.So I rember getting really mad yealling at my tv.Such a great show, I hope youre still doing it when Im old n have kids. So I can show them how crappy games used to be in my day lol.But long live AVGN,cant wait for the movie.Maybe there could be a apperence of Mrs.Nerd,add some romance. Good idea for AVGN2?

  • GamerGuy

    April 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    THE NERD HAS A WIFE???

  • scabby

    April 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    This was a fun read. Neat to hear the outside perspective of someone who’s nonetheless in the thick of these shenanigans on a regular basis.

    And FYI, the gyro bit was one of the funniest things I can recall from an AVGN video. Had me laughing pretty damn hard, for some reason.

  • zeldaNES001

    July 14, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I really liked reading this list and was happy to see some of my favorite episodes in there too.

  • Sammit

    July 14, 2012 at 7:49 am

    That was a good looking gyro in the ROB episode! The shot of The Nerd holding it next to ROB in that episode was one of the finniest things I’ve ever seen.

  • November 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Odyssey
    Odyssey!
    ODYSSEY!

    (Jaguar commercial reference FTW)

  • karel1

    April 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Absolutely Hilarious! The information you threw in for each of these episodes was very insightful to me, I could’ve sworn it was Kyle in the Ninja Gaiden episode! I also must say that you sure put up with a lot, and with such good humour. Don’t know too many other women that wouldn’t freak out if they came back from work and found the apartment trashed.

  • skwij

    December 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    This is awesome, and it’s nice hearing from you, dear Mrs. Nerd! Thank you for being patient and supportive to James and all of his friends and co-horts so that we’ve all got years of videos to enjoy. You’re right, it’s totally worth it!

  • January 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    My personal favorite episode is the Star Wars games that was hilarious he just starts making up Star Wars games

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