AVGN: The Making of The Angry Video Game Nerd

Mike / July 6th, 2011


  • Soren

    July 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Thank you for all of your hard work. Been a fan since the birth of AVGN.

  • wolfemanxd

    July 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    James you the man. Great work I didn’t know it was so hard to make videos.

  • harrisrhcp

    July 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    OMG! Havent watch it yet. but im sure is a master piece.
    Thanks for this videos

  • Koga

    July 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm


  • July 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    how do you record the game footage?

    • NeverTooOld

      December 17, 2013 at 4:51 am

      watch the fucking video!

  • Furydeath

    July 6, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Woot been waiting a long time for this one and it’s a long one time to go get some chips and dip and a nice cold drink!

  • July 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Very nice look at raw behind the scene production.

    BTW there are many websites that are dedicated to ripping game music, which would save a lot of time.

  • joliet_jane

    July 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Oh James, you’re the best. <3 <3 <3

  • kaykeyser

    July 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    If you want to see this game in full go to TGWTG and look up the Let’s plays by Paw, Todd in the shadows and pushing up roses.

  • rossbosstx

    July 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Now THAT’S what I’m talking about.that was a unbelivably great video.from start to end a masterpiece.that’s something all your fans have allways wanted to see.Thanks James.

  • July 6, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    love itttt !!!

  • benjigoenitz

    July 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Fucking awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jaybe

    July 6, 2011 at 11:58 pm


  • Critic

    July 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Good job, man!

    Request: Wrestling video! So many old WWF Nintendo games!

  • zmakingmagic

    July 7, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Awesome video James! I really respect all the hard work you put into making each and every one of your videos. You rock bro.

  • J1a8son

    July 7, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Holy shit!!! I had no idea how hard it is to make a single nerd video. James you are the man to keep doing this for your fans, thanks for your patience! Also I was wondering for episodes where a lot of shit gets pretty fucked up, like the posters in crazy castle or the game cartridge in dick tracy, do you have back ups so that when you fuck something up its not gone or do you just say fuck it because you don’t think you’ll ever use it again?

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Wow, great video. That makes my Nero Vision editing software look like shit haha.

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Hey James! Great work! I’m an audio engineer from Mexico! If you need some help with the audio tracks I’ll be glad to help out! Try using a Compressor to save time in the automation of the audio levels! It helps a lot! 😉

  • Xsane

    July 7, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Awesome – Always a pleasure James . ..

  • TheValsalvaManeuver

    July 7, 2011 at 12:09 am

    That was a very interesting video. It’s pretty amazing to see all the work that goes into just an average AVGN episode. I imagine the more complicated episodes must be a nightmare to put together and sync everything up. I do think that emulator recording would make the process a lot easier, but I can understand that it doesn’t capture the classic feel of being frustrated with a shitty game on your console (although they do make USB converters for NES controllers). I’m curious about how the special effects are done in Photoshop. According to Quicktime, this video was saved at around 30 FPS, so even a, say, 3 minute special effects sequence in a video like SMB3 must have involved individually editing a ridiculous number of frames. I know that Mike inks the title cards, but does he also do most of the artistic special effects for videos?

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Thumbs up on the Maiden CDs. lol

  • ezekiel2517

    July 7, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I really enjoyed watching the whole backstage. Thanks!

    There was something I was going to ask, but I forgot what. I hope I will remember later.

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:12 am

    This was awesome. Loved getting to see what happens in the making of The Angry Nerd videos. Bonus score for liking Metal so much. Keep it up and good luck with all the projects including the Movie and the regular AVGN vids.

  • nate64

    July 7, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Long live the NERD and company!!!!

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Are you planning on upgrading to Final Cut Pro X?

  • DFABro

    July 7, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Haha good stuff. Up the Irons! 😀

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:20 am

    not only i was impresed by all the work behind, i was impresed by the iron maiden discography

    keep up the good work james 😉

  • TheLHP

    July 7, 2011 at 12:20 am

    That video was inspiring, thanks for all the work you do, nerd. Oh and your collection of games, dvds and tapes was intriguing lol

  • NellieTheHeartless

    July 7, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Pffft, I love how Aqua Teen Hunger Force just happened to be on while I was watching as soon as you mentioned Dave.

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Hmm, I can see why it took so long to get a new AVGN episode….this one is half an hour!!! Awesome stuff!

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I’m so excited, you’re my inspiration, I want to be a video producer, I’m still being an amateur, I really love your job, I admire you and respect you, I’m from Mexico, my english is really bad, but when I see an AVGN episode I understand it from the first second to the credits, I really love your work, thanks for being my inspiration, You Are The Fucking Best Ever!!! as we say here: “Eres el Chingon de Chingones” XD… Long Life to the Nerd…

  • jsney20

    July 7, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Hey James I’m a novice film maker and I’m wondering if you can go into more about the effects and editing parts of the video

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:32 am

    about the emulators, I use a usb to SNES converter (that I bought off of Amazon for like $10) for all my emulated games. it’s pretty legit.

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:32 am

    James, I’ve always appreciated your videos for what they are, I love the nerd video and pretty much every other one you have made. This makes me appreciate you so much more, for all your work and effort you put into these videos to keep us (your fans) entertained for all these years. Thank you! You have such a talent I hope you succeed in everything you do!

    p.s. I used to own that Barbie game when I was younger, I cant even explain how much I hated that game, it didn’t make sense at all!

  • daggersandhackers

    July 7, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Thanks for finding time to do all the stuff you make for us, not just the nerd reviews, but the Overanalyzers, the tmnt stuff, board james, and even the you know whats bullshit stuff. I would just like to say that you are one of the most awesome people i know. Oh and thanks to mike as well. His game glitch videos are awesome.

  • Steven Jielburg

    July 7, 2011 at 12:35 am

    That’s awesome!

    Your database of game footage literally made my jaw drop.

    It’s amazing that you have such devotion to this. 🙂

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Love you James!! Thanks for putting so much effort into entertaining us!!!!

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:36 am

    You know, I’m always determined to try and make a show for my site, but seeing how much goes into what you do really discourages me from feeling like I’m going to approach that level of professionalism. I just use a simple capture card and a piss-poor microphone. I hear you on music keeping you sane, though. When I’m writing scripts or drawing stuff I have to listen to music. It doesn’t work any other way.

  • Gammis Setiren

    July 7, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Once again a splendid episode, I am impressed at how difficult it is to make even one though, my thanks for all the work you’ve done over these years, good work.

  • Little Lemon

    July 7, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Great stuff as always bro! Been a fan since ’06, looking forward to more of your work as always James!

    Up the irons! \m/

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:42 am

    You Rock! I could listen to you talk about anything all day lol

  • shenmoki

    July 7, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Awesome episode! I think you should take some of the questions from here that you think are best and make a Q and A video answering them. Just a suggestion

  • wendyclearftw

    July 7, 2011 at 12:42 am

    it’s great to finally see everything you have to put into one episode, you do great things for us fellow nerds 😀

  • You Can Just Walk Over It

    July 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Wow, this is GLORIOUS. I remember the previous post about asking what people would want to see in a “making of an entire episode” but I didn’t anticipate this being so comprehensive and come so soon as the next nerd video.

    All the comments about the Crazy Castle or the Halloween episodes taking upwards of 100 hours to make now have a better sense of every tiny detail that goes into making these. I think most people take for granted just what it takes to keep the series ‘fresh’ after so many years. Many people would have stopped short or failed to really keep as many fans around. Can’t wait for future content from Cinemassacre.

  • bgardner104

    July 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

    loved your bts of a avgn. you should post barbie as a avgn video

  • Reputator

    July 7, 2011 at 12:49 am

    This is a really cool, fascinating video, and was way more detailed and insightful than I expected. Fantastic work!

  • JetsterDajet

    July 7, 2011 at 12:50 am

    James, I knew there was a lot of work that goes into each of your videos, but wow! To think you do the majority of the work yourself. I was sure you had a small team of people that helped, but this is a real testament to your talent. Thank you so much for all your hard work. The sooner you get involved in mainstream film making, the sooner the world will be a better place.

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:53 am

    hmmmmmm……could this Barbie video possibly be AVGN episode 103? is this actually a preview of AVGN’s return in disguise? curiouser and curiouser…

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Great video, James =D

    I love learning about editing, legit.
    It’s great seeing you explain it all.

    If I could request one thing though, it would be a video similar to your NES collection video, but of all of your video game stuff.

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Loved the insider view on behind the scenes. Would love to see some archival (or current, doesn’t matter) footage of you and Mike shootin’ the shit thinking of some funny stuff to use/say/have in the latest video while playing the game.

  • benjigoenitz

    July 7, 2011 at 1:06 am

    now i can see how much you love what yo do, is a lot of work!! but is worthy. Great!!!

  • overtheunder1993

    July 7, 2011 at 1:06 am

    That was an epic and awesome video. Very interesting. loved it.

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Iron Maiden?! EXCELLENT!!

  • sw204me

    July 7, 2011 at 1:11 am

    You should do a live session, where you talk on a webcam while fans are talking to you in a chat room, like on uStream. Would be a pretty sweet little Q&A session.

    Couple things from me, first off, this is probably my most favorite video, and I’ve been following you since day one. Secondly, your archive section and your organization for EVERYTHING is amazing, your records make banks look pathetic. Third, how much money do you have invested in everything? All those games, systems, equipment, that’s gotta be over $100k right? Forth, I expected Mike to run into the room at the end there and slap you in the face, I have no idea why. LoL. Keep on rockin man.

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:12 am

    woops, never mind my earlier comment. hehe ^^;

  • thebruegg

    July 7, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Wow its crazy to think how much work goes into making the episodes. Thanks for your awesome work!

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:14 am

    I have a few questions but if you ever do a Q&A i have a few questions so ummmm. yup

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Awesome James! This really helps a lot!

    Thank you very much for this video.

    Just one more question… Did you recorded your time spended on this video too?

  • You Only Live Thrice

    July 7, 2011 at 1:18 am

    ka ka yeah! cool shit!

  • Cryage

    July 7, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Thank you so much for this video. I have a great admiration for the amount of work video makers put into their art, its nice to see a break down on how you work things out!


  • Supertrekkie4

    July 7, 2011 at 1:23 am

    I make videos as well, and it was a treat to watch this video. I was wondering if you used timecodes when you captured the raw game footage, i figured you must. I typically don’t when I make videos and it always bites me in the ass. I’m amazed that you keep all the footage you do archived and I’m amazed all those systems are plugged into one dvd recorder… that’s insane, I’ve got 5 systems plugged into one tv and that’s already a pain, much less doubling the cables to add a recorder. Keep making vids, I love everything you do, you’re the best James.

  • Mariorock09

    July 7, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I have a question. IS it rare that you play a good game? I only remember Super Mario Bros 3 video that you made that was a good game. Keep up the awesome work and if you give up, i’ll come to your house and make your NES rape you

  • Rushkid2112

    July 7, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Wow James, I had no idea how much work went into your videos. Thanks so much for all the hard work! One question I just thought of. In the action 52 video, how many hours of game play did you have recorded? Like, that was 52 games! Did you play each game very long? I know you said if you had to talk about Action 52 again, you’d staple your ball sack to the ceiling but, I was just curious! haha. Also, I think Monster Party for NES would make for and awesome video!

  • Rizzilla

    July 7, 2011 at 1:34 am

    james you are a legend .. we thank you for all your efforts.. keep up the good work mate.. long live the nerd!

  • sockmonkey

    July 7, 2011 at 1:37 am

    photoshop makes the world go ’round

  • zrmcc

    July 7, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Something that will really help out your sound problem is using a standard microphone. The microphone you have on your boom pole (the pole with the microphone on it) is using a shotgun microphone. A shotgun microphone is the same type microphone that is on the front of a camera, and if you have ever use one to film you will know that they pick up a lot of background noise, such as wind, or the sound of a motor inside of machine. I work at a local tv station and we film a sitcom that is mainly filmed in a small room such as the nerd videos, and we get a lot of ambient noise when we use a shotgun microphone. We have found that using a standard microphone like the one you use for the voice overs with the little fuzzy thing on the end of the microphone, they do not pick up as much ambient background noise and it would make it so much easier to manage when editing. I hope you will take this in consideration and i hope it helped.

    -Jake Mckinsey

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:48 am

    I have 4 years following the series and I love AVGN, and I would like to pretty much thank you for this episode, as it has nice tipson how to make our own projects. James, you’re an awesome person and I want to thank you for all the effort you put in every video you make of this series only to entertain us.

    Regards from Mexico.

  • mcdude910

    July 7, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Was this episode 102, or not? Either way, it was fantastic.

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Do you really destroy games that you destroy in films?

  • July 7, 2011 at 2:02 am

    YES! An AVGN episode that caught me off-guard

  • July 7, 2011 at 2:04 am

    This was awesome James! really enjoyed watching this man. great work.

  • July 7, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I really enjoyed watching this video James! It was really interesting to see your process in making a nerd video. Give all of us fans a new appreciation for what it is that you do for us whenever you release a new video!

  • July 7, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Well that was quite the awesome as fuck video. After this, nobody has the right to complain about a video taking too long. I love how organized you are with everything as well, thanks for the episode guys 🙂

  • July 7, 2011 at 2:15 am

    I loved it!!!

    Thanks for a behind the scenes, and loved it when you got the line at the end haha

  • handsome pete

    July 7, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I’ve always been frustrated with people who think being the Nerd is easy. This is the answer to my prayers.

  • Sojiro Seta

    July 7, 2011 at 2:23 am

    YOU ROCK MAN!! \m/
    Keep the hard work!
    \m/ AND UP THE IRONS!! \m/

  • July 7, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Well… wow. That was very interesting, I must admit. I knew the episodes weren’t easy or quick to make, but I had no idea you were that much of a perfectionist! It’s great to see that you take such pride and professionalism in your work. Thanks for sharing that with us.

    As a long time fan since your Angry Nintendo Nerd days, I really enjoyed this video. The Barbie mini-episode was fun too! 😀

    Hmm, now perhaps… the people that were complaining and asking where the episodes are at might humble themselves and quiet down a bit? Probably not, but we can only hope!

  • lostless

    July 7, 2011 at 2:39 am

    James, to help you under stand interlacing and field dominance, i learned from this website.
    Basically the original recordings are done in 30FPS with 60FPS of information where each field contains 1/60th of a second. When deinterlaced, you are essentially throwing out half of the motion data. NES games flickered at 60FPS when a character got hit, so when deinterlaced, either you will get an invisible guy or one that does not flicker at all.
    Any who, keep up the awesome work.

  • July 7, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Thanks for taking the time to make this behind the scenes episode, I really enjoyed it. I have been watching your videos since the beginning and have have enjoyed all of them. I knew you worked hard on these videos but I didn’t know just how much went into each one. No I have appreciate them even more. Keep up the great work!

    P.S. Thanks for suggesting “It’s a mad mad mad mad world” I watched it recently, amazing. My all time favorite movie.

  • hajpermegaman

    July 7, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Wow, way more time is going into these than I thought. I guess I’m kinda disappointed that it wasn’t more “live”, like actual reactions when raging at the TV. But I guess that makes you a pretty good actor on the other hand.

  • iReem

    July 7, 2011 at 3:06 am

    A mac 🙁

  • TehJedicake

    July 7, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Simply incredible, James. You are truly fucking awesome.

  • July 7, 2011 at 3:09 am

    James, as a two year film school student, I’ve encountered many of the same problems, but I’ve mostly used the same process you did. The big difference being that I used Avid. Haven’t edited much since, so your vid made me nostalgic for old times. Should get back into movies…

    I applaud you for making this video. I’ve always been curious what you, specifically, do for an episode. I imagined it was something like my experience, but a bit different.

    What I’d like to know is, since this is a full time job, do you get to make your own hours? Also, does your wife enjoy your videos when they are still in the editing stage? Thanks!

  • Zuka-Zama

    July 7, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Damn it’s so cool to get a view behind the scenes of a AVGN video. Thanks for the videos you made, I hope there will be lots of more videos.

  • July 7, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Oh, and AMAZING wall of Maiden albums, man! Up those irons!!!

  • M7NS17Y3R

    July 7, 2011 at 3:13 am

    yess i was waiting for the review of Barbie

  • Chompobar

    July 7, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Wow! I’ve learned so much about your editing and such from this video. Also, you have kick ass taste in music. 🙂 Love Maiden and Judas Priest. I make and write movies for my own benefit and watching this video made me remember what a tedious process it is. But we do it because we love it. 🙂 I’m also curious as to what your wife thinks of your videos. You seem like such a nice guy when you’re not acting, so I wonder if she approves.

  • July 7, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Did you self teach yourself how to use the editing software or did you have some type of assistance? I myself making videos im always looking for better ways to edit and it just seems like I have no idea where to turn.

  • July 7, 2011 at 3:24 am

    You do not mention the cat… you should introduce it to us more often !!! The cat is important ! Other than that, great video !

  • July 7, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Youre the shit call 6108046690

  • nella

    July 7, 2011 at 3:35 am

    i have a question what software do you use leave it in youre comments

  • July 7, 2011 at 3:49 am

    With the emulators, you do not skip parts of the game. But there are save and load states that allow you to save just in any moment you decide. That can really come in handy for you
    1 – you could beat any game you’re reviewing way quicker
    2 – if there are some moments in the game when you have to make a choice, you can just save the game before the choice, see what happens when you make choice A, then quick load and make choice B to see what happens

    As for the keyboard part, well you can always find some device that plug your controllers to your computer

    But hey, I know you have now a certain way of doing things and I don’t think you’re gonna change that.

    Oh and I didn’t know you were an Iron Maiden fan


  • fool84

    July 7, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I admire your patience and devotion. Very interesting! Thanks for all your videos and other stuff.

  • July 7, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Great video, James. I can really appreciate all the time and hard work that you have put into all these videos. Your process is spot on with how a lot of the work that goes on in the industry. Hell, your skills would be amazing in reality television (the few good ones there are, like the one I work on). One thing I hope you haven’t done is switch to Final Cut Pro X. Talk about something that is being trashed upon on a constant basis. Avid tends to be the industry standard, especially since it still supports multicam, unlike the newest FCP =/ But as I said, your skills could be put to great use over here in LA. If you do end up shooting anything out here, let me know. I would love to help you out with locations, story, editing, whatever you might need.

    • July 31, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      New may not always be good but when it comes to FCP, come the fuck on, did you use it all the way yet. That was my first one and editing like a boss has never been any easier than it looks, talk about a perfect update on a constant log.

  • chibiHyruleHero

    July 7, 2011 at 4:00 am

    I just thought I should mention that I’ve been a fan since day one of AVGN, and you’ve been my favorite thing to watch on the internet ever since. Keep up the good work man. Much respect

  • Dresden

    July 7, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Very interesting episode.

    I’m not sure if you were explaining it or didn’t know what caused it (I’m too lazy to go back and look), but when you were talking about the flickering TV problem, that happens when your TV has a different refresh rate than your camera.


  • Shcha

    July 7, 2011 at 4:16 am


    Did you even watch the video, dumbass? He clearly explained it in the video.

  • Detrian

    July 7, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Excellent work. Probably one of most enjoyable videos I’ve seen.

  • DaXiang

    July 7, 2011 at 4:41 am

    What is the size of your video? per 10min?

  • July 7, 2011 at 4:41 am

    At around 25:41, you’re talking about recording a solid music track and/or sound effect track. This is an instance where emulators would be a boon to you; most of the ones I’ve used have the capability to dump raw audio and video.

    To be more specific, I mostly use emulators tailor-made for the creation of tool-assisted runs, which show games pushed to their theoretical limits if human skills were not a factor. For information on these particular brands of emulator, check out http://tasvideos.org/EmulatorResources.html

  • July 7, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed this “making of” James, it’s the best I’ve even seen you do on a “behind the scenes” episode. I never knew you used to do voice overs for corporate videos. I’m sure that’s something you probably don’t miss at all, lol! Music is my saving grace as well. It’s why I am back in school at the age of 28. I figure if I can’t play on a professional level I might as well be a writer of it and a documentarian about it as well. Thanks again, James, I hope that everything you do makes you happy in your life. I know just watching your videos makes me happy. : )

  • Erotic Toaster

    July 7, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Wow James, I really appreciate all the time that you put in the making of your AVGN episodes and all the other videos you do for the fans on Cinemassacre. I just don’t see how in the world you can keep up with the AVGN series while you’re working on the “AVGN movie”, “You Know What’s Bullshit”, etc. The making of the episodes were very interesting and I’m glad to watch anything that you post on Cinemassacre, James. Thank you very much for keeping up with the AVGN series and all of your other videos.

  • July 7, 2011 at 5:16 am

    U’re an enormous inspiration James. Thanks for the steady stream of killer content. I couldn’t admire u more. U’re one talented dude.

  • July 7, 2011 at 5:42 am

    This was pretty insightful. After seeing all 101 episodes a couple of times, this was pretty cool to watch. You have a great summer James!

  • d-2000

    July 7, 2011 at 5:44 am

    You rock.
    Big fan

    Daniel from Holland

  • Razgriz

    July 7, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Awsome making-of James, really shows how much time and effort you have put into the AVGN project. Awsome database you’ve got there by the way, being good organized saves up a lot of time.

  • M3n747

    July 7, 2011 at 5:58 am

    That was really informative, thanks a lot for this video!

  • Edwood

    July 7, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Excellent work!

    I was wondering: after the release of your videos, did any developer involved in one of the shitty games you reviewed contact you? Answering the classic question “What were they thinking?”.

  • Bamahut

    July 7, 2011 at 6:02 am

    And we get an exclusive inside the making of the nerd videos.

    2 pointers for James, for the loud parts and music volume editing, you should try a compressor plug-in, this could end up saving you a lot of times instead of manually changing the volume every-time.

    The other would be to use Sound-chips files from the Internet. They usually have the whole game sound/music library, you just use a player eg: winamp with the right plug-ins and just save is to a file and presto you got your music file in less than 5 secs.

    Keep the videos rolling James, the wait makes it better in the long run for me.

  • Tompa

    July 7, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Really awesome episode there! It was all very interesting to know the steps to make these videos, and the huge effort you put into the projects.
    Thanks a lot for making these videos!
    Long live the Nerd!

  • RahSTephon

    July 7, 2011 at 6:20 am

    This episode was simply amazing!
    My respect towards you and your work reached new heights now!

    Big fan from Belgium.

  • July 7, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Awesome work, James. I really enjoyed learning about the process behind the videos. Keep up the good work, the community’s behind you!

  • Ragnarock50cal.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:27 am

    DooD your Maiden collection RULES!!!! Nice priest shirt too. METAL!!!!

  • Crust

    July 7, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Fantastic stuff, James. Thanks for all your awesome work.

  • July 7, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Great video. Just a question: I always wondered how do you record game boy games. Obviously you can’t hook them up to DVD recorder.

  • Ronin

    July 7, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Awesome video! Really enjoyed everything about it. Just wondering why you record everything to DVDs instead of going straight to a computer and using hard drives to store everything? There’s probably a good reason I can’t think of, but it just seems like it might be easier to sort through later on.

    Keep up the great work James and thanks for keeping the site booming with material while you’re working on the movie!

  • Matthew_Of_Wales

    July 7, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I wonder: What size in megabytes are the videos once they’ve been finalized and finished?

    By the way, epic video! Very informative

  • July 7, 2011 at 7:15 am

    That’s awesome James! As usual that is brilliant work, the effort you put into them clearly shows and it’s very appreciated. The entertainment value is way above the generic crap on TV.

  • TheBals

    July 7, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Well done James! It was awesome seeing how much effort you put into your videos. You’re a real professional. Thanks for all the great entertainment.

  • Luchtenstein

    July 7, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Amazing video, totally didn’t realize how much effort gets put into the videos, you are the man James!

  • July 7, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Thank you for the detailed insights, James! You are our hero.

  • Scy

    July 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Maiden <3

  • Lanlost

    July 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Thank you James. I know this was something that fans had requested for y ears. Having all that extra time, what little there actually is, seems to definitely paying off.

    I can’t imagine doing an episode while recording how you do an episode. It seems like the world should explode or something. I just picture you editing clips of showing how to edit clips. With all the normalization and such going on, it seems like this would be compounded.

    Now you just need to make a video showing how you make a video showing how you make a video. 😉

    *KaBoooOooM*, I just pictured that game (Missile Command, arcade?) that John Connor or his friend is playing in the arcade in Terminator 2. You know:

    “*KaaaBooOooM* THE … END”

    Anyway, keep up the fantastic work. I think you must be one of the hardest working people making media on the internet. Bruce forcing your way through videos yet while striving for the utmost in quality, I commend you for this kind sir and look forward to many more years of your videos, Nerd and beyond, Nerd or not!

    — Brent

  • crycis

    July 7, 2011 at 7:58 am


  • Jenslyn87

    July 7, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Wow, had to comment on this! GREAT documentary and the short AVGN episode was really the icing on the cake. Made my day!!

    This really makes you appreciate the work that goes into just a single episode. It’s easy to forget just how many hours just one aspect of this can take when you are just watching and taking it in as a whole…

    I’d like to thank you, James, for doing what you do, and I hope you know that you make a lot of people happy with your work; AVGN or not. I personally hold the AVGN videos as something special, probably because I love video games and your review style, but pretty much all content here is quality.

    This doc only makes me look forward to the next AVGN episode more. And the movie ofcourse!

    Keep doing what you do 🙂

  • JtK

    July 7, 2011 at 8:21 am

    First of all. Great video, I love this stuff and seeing behind the scenes footage and have it all explained for you is awesome. Secondly, James. You’ve real great taste in music, Judas priest shirt and listen to Iron Maidens discography while editing videos (Just saw the yesterday for the second time in a week)? I just started to like what you and Cinemassacre do a little bit more.

    Up The Irons!

  • Jon the Revenant

    July 7, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I already knew video editing was time consuming, to see all the things you do to make an episode and how dedicated you are to not only the AVGN project, but to all your other projects aswell and how you balance that with your personal life surley is inspirational James.

    Keep up the good work and I wish you luck with your future endeavors.

    – “Jon”

  • Kilgore

    July 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

    nice i always wanted one of these demos, ive been thinking of getting into reviewing shit. great video james =D

  • lvxvidebis

    July 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

    My sincere respects for this awesome video. After watching this, I admire your work even more than before! It’s incredible how one childhoof hobby can become a profesional job through experience and creativity. There is barely a day where I don’t watch at least one of the old AVGN episodes.

    Keep up the great work man and please continue doing AVGN stuff. In the end, this is what probably 95% of your audience originally came from.

  • R-E-U-S

    July 7, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I’ve been puzzled about the cartridges you destroy. Are they genuine spare copies of the games you happen to own, or has editing taken place? I’m curious.

    Looking back at your ROB review, a massive collection of Gyromite and Stackup games were displayed. So editing cartridges and stuff like that so well is possible? Unless of course you actually had that many copies of the games…

    Not that I mind, you have all the right to bring REAL judgement on all those shitty games.

  • July 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

    What’s the recipe for your fake shit?

  • dbbuu

    July 7, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I would like to see at tour of your house :>

  • Warrax

    July 7, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Awesome episode! That was very interesting. I cannot believe how much time you put into this, it’s crazy! no doubt you want to listen to music while you work!

  • martindg77044

    July 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Awesome video really, its really great to see a new video and to see the whole process. I dont know why but even with the four volumes that i have of your episodes i love watching the special features. Its the same with just about every dvd that i buy. For me its more important to see the process. I try to buy every new DC animated movie that comes out and if i cant have the special features, then its not worth buying. Hey james i wanted to ask if you ever thought about including some of your other stuff from the site with the AVGN volumes. Just put it in a section called “Also from Cinemassacre” Another thing i wanted to ask was on a seemingly unrelated note. In the realm of merch…I was curious to ask if anyone considered offering the T- Shirts in alternate colors than black? I live in texas and with the god awful heat the last color i want to wear is black. thats about it for now. Keep up the good work and i cant wait for volume 5 to be released, which i have no idea when you put them out.. Thanks for giving me something to laugh at when im feeling bored. You guys are awesome.

  • Ryan

    July 7, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Great video James! It’s awesome to see things from your view, I’ve always been a huge fan and can’t wait for more nerd videos in the future!!

  • Metaljoe1977

    July 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Awesome video James. Nice Maiden collection too. Looking forward towards the movie!

  • lileggo96

    July 7, 2011 at 9:09 am

    great stuff james! i was looking forward to seeing you make a video like this and you executed it perfectly

  • July 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Really like it, but to nip pick, i would have liked to see beer/ water or ice tea. And the title cards

  • xdeathknightx

    July 7, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I loved it, it was a perfect mix between just really technical stuff like the lighting, sound and camera and the other things that go into it. Gives a person new respect for the amount of work that goes into a simple AVGN episode.

  • July 7, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Wow I remember you posting about this a while ago. I didn’t expect it so soon! Thank you James, between this the movie, your cameos in things like Suburban Knights, other projects, etc. — it’s amazing that you’re able to keep up.

    I can’t wait to check this out when I get home later.

  • xdeathknightx

    July 7, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Oh and your Judas Priest shirt is boss. I think I have the same one or similar one in my closet 🙂

  • SaMPLeMaSTeR

    July 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Really, really awesome video.
    Got me wondering, what exactly goes into making the making of The Angry Video Game Nerd video?

  • July 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Wow a really interesting episode and i like it so much like all others 🙂 Keep up James !!

  • jerseys

    July 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Why don’t you turn off the music in the options and record the footage with just sounds then add music later? You don’t need to add sounds that way.

  • James Cobra

    July 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Great video!
    I was wondering what kind of storage devices you use for all your stuff?

    I seem to be unlucky with my external hard drives because they just die. So I wanted to know if you have any suggestions on what I should get.


  • fdsdfg

    July 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Great episode, really nice to see all the effort, and things I wouldn’t normally think about.

    Question: You mention the ‘point of no return’ once you decide to review a game – has anything ever happened that made you abandon a game past that point? I’d love to hear stories of the like

  • encey

    July 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

    That was epic as shit. Next, we need a “Making of ‘Making of AVGN'” video :-p Thanks a ton for your generous efforts!!

  • Crisis_Charlie

    July 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Love the Behind the scenes really shows how much work you put into every video. You should do a live Q & A via ustream, then you could squash all the questions viewers have in one shot. Anyways glad you are taking a break and working on different things it probably gets tedious working on only AVGN all of the time. Thanks James!

  • July 7, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Interesting documentary about what goes on behind the scenes. I have some experience with video editing, and definitely appreciate the hard work you put into these meticulous projects. Interesting to see how it all comes together.

  • JamesRolfe

    July 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Love this video, thanks James!

  • Nightmare19

    July 7, 2011 at 10:08 am

    This gave me some good information about editing, thanks James! My buddy and I do improv reviews every now and then and I’ll be honest, they are crappy. It’s very basic stuff considering that we use my android smartphone to record what we’re playing. Its more of a fun thing to do when we hang out, but i would love to take some steps into putting some real work into it and posting it online!

  • July 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Nice video. It’s cool to see all the work that goes into an episode. It’s easy as a viewer to not see how much work actually goes into a project, as they only see the final result. A lot of the things about production are similar to my hobbies, game design and photography.

    Keep on rocking James!

  • Howie222

    July 7, 2011 at 10:16 am

    James are you going to make the monster madness because judging on how long it takes to make a nerd video it would take a long time making the monster madness.And i know me and all the other fans would like to see the angry video game ned movie and if thats stops the prodution totally i dont think i want a monster madness.i hope you got to read this and please get back to me on this.

  • thatonewhiteguy

    July 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Wow, I never knew just how much it took to make one avgn episode, it really makes me appreciate the work you put into them thanks and keep up the great work.

  • Jair Moncada Rugama

    July 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I wonder when you decide to use an extra actor to help you on the review? Like in Batman where you used mike as the joker or the wizard of Oz with mike as the lion……….. do you both write the script for those episodes?….
    Anyway amazing work and holy shit!, does it really takes that many work to do a video??.. I will consider this the next time I see a nerd video…….

  • ddt_Eagleeye

    July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I am truly thankful for this video, James. Keep up your amazing work!

  • July 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I really liked that you sort of peeled back the curtain and showed the machine. As a filmmaker myself, I like seeing how the pieces come together.

  • July 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Dear James, please read this.

    Being a hardcore fan since your, 4th or 5th video, I just have to tell you how much I admire your work. There are so many times I have just laughed, and laughed at your videos (I think I’ve watched them all like 10 times each, really). One of the things that makes your videos so interesting, and funny is that you and I are both kind of in the same age – I also grew up with all the Turtles-stuff, and I played and owned the same system as you did when you wore a kid, so I can really relate to you.

    What I want to say with this is kind of like, even when going through tough times, you’re always there for me (in a non-gay way). Watching this video made me realize just how much work and effort you put into this, and all I can say is – thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

    Thank you for all the laughter James! We all love you! I know you won’t read this whole thing in the next video, so here is a short question:

    If you wore to watch ONE AVGN video from this day, till the end of time, which one would it be?

    /Robin Uffe Niklasson – Sweden

  • redren

    July 7, 2011 at 10:49 am

    This episode made me appreciate all your videos much much more. I am not into filmmaking or game review or anything, but James you always inspire me and motivate me with your hardwork. Thanks a lot!

  • zmakingmagic

    July 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Even though I’ve already left a comment, I feel the need to reiterate again how much I respect and appreciate the work you put into all of your projects. The care you put into making each and every one of your videos really shines through in all of your work. As an actor and screenwriter, watching this video truly inspired me to work that much harder on honing my craft. Again, you rock James.

  • Horror_Fan_4_Life

    July 7, 2011 at 10:59 am


    This is your best video to date, in my opinion anyway. It shows all of us techies the background to how you do your thing and how it all comes together..

    Thanks a lot for putting this type of video up, and it has sincerely motivated me to continue to work on my video editing and putting videos up online.

    Keep up the good work!

  • bgrieves

    July 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

    This is one of many reasons why I am a fan of James Rolfe and Company, they connection with fans!!

  • Customhobo

    July 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I like the real James more then the NERD.

    Thanks for this. Loading up a James Rolfe movie to see 35 min of content made my week.

  • conspiricy

    July 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Hi James, here’s a great tip from someone who’s been editing for 20 years. When you do a bad take on audio recording, clap twice after the mistake. This will show up as two distinctive spikes on your audio bar when editing and you can quickly delete the section. If you do more bad takes then good then you could reverse this and do the two claps at the end of a good take instead. Hope this helps. Keep up the great work!!!

  • penumbra

    July 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I love this and really appreciate getting to see how everything is done. Great job!

  • FreeNarcotic

    July 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for the video and for actually answering my question!
    The most amazing fact I saw is that you are even keeping track of a time you spent on making the episodes.
    And for the next Q&A, here is my question. It is sort of a personal one.

    I wonder if you are fond of travelling. And if yes, what countries have you been to?

  • Nathan B

    July 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Awesome vid! I’ve looked forward to this for a long time.

    I agree with you on the writing. I think you’re certainly skilled at it, but it isn’t your strongest point. Sometimes you have a joke idea that doesn’t quite get realized to fullest potential. I would suggest you actually attempt to train yourself in this area to become better! Read some novels on how joke theory and such. I bet you’d find it informative and inspiring!

    I have to say, I enjoyed that video where you forgot to color correct. I think it’s my affinity for the warmer tints as opposed to the bluer cooler tints. I think warm works well with your skin and the overall setup of your shots.

    But these are my humble observations. You’re a professional who has proven his skills.

    I enjoyed the barbie review. It was short and sweet. Like the old reviews. If you’re trying to churn out vids you should consider a rotation where you have shorter episodes then finish off a set with a extra HQ video. That would give your seasons some rhythm and pattern. Also it might tax you a little less and not force you to put more than you want to on a game that you’re not into but are doing for the fans.

  • July 7, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Thank You very much for making this video 😀

  • July 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Thanks for the video. You showed in a very humble and logical way stuff that normally takes a lot of money and patient to be learned from a moron in any sort of college. I like how you start taking notes and organizing them before trying to be funny or creative, although maybe the organize thing is part of the creative process as well.

  • lonegunman5

    July 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I had no idea this much work went into each video. Thank you for an inside look at the videos we all love.

  • asnaes1981

    July 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

    James, you’re cooler than I imagined! Also, I’ve always been afraid of Barbie. Those big saucer-like eyes, unblinking and emotionless, haunt me in my nightmares! Hell must be run by Barbies, they’re so frightening!

  • tFighterPilot

    July 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Isn’t there an option to turn off music in NES games?

  • yolei

    July 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you James 🙂
    I was really fun to see the process of making the AVGN episodes.

  • van_foitte

    July 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I’m a recent fan, think I’ve started watching your videos about 2009.
    Since the first one I watched I was promptly transported to my happy days on the 80’s and 90’s and could not stop watching all your earlier videos.
    For some reason I was pretty curious about your production scheme and your personal background, and I was not surprised by your video-editing formation and how professional you really are, besides the comedy involved with the nerd.
    I’ve been waiting for this video for some time and, let me tell you, it is fucking great. Thanks for all your effort and for remindering us, kids of the 80’s, how special we are!
    Kisses from a Brazilian geek girl fan

  • Guide_Book

    July 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe how much effort goes into these videos. In some ways I’m not surprised, they are awesome after all. Can’t wait until the film comes out.

    PS. If you ever come to Glasgow/Edinburgh I owe you a pint for all of your work.

  • u8qu1tis

    July 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    The video doesn’t work for me, when will this be up on YouTube or some other site?

  • Handelbaroque

    July 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Entertaining AND informative episode James. Loved it.

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Loved it! Your truly a under-rated artist James. Just one more question, but its not about AVGN, but about Mike’s glitch show. Does he Play the games till he find some glitch’s? Or are they something he remembers from his youth?

    Keep up the great work

  • Juho L

    July 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    One tip for balancing the levels of voice-over tracks: Compressor and/or limiter. Manual adjusting is pain in the ass. You could drive the voice-over track through an audio compressor plugin to flat out needless dynamics. No need for manual editing, just set the threshold and compression ratio and you’re ready to go!

  • Ramz133

    July 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Seeing your passion is really inspiring. You have a great unique style of editing and producing your videos. These really aren’t just reviews of games. It’s not just game footage with some dull voice over and dull reactions like every over review.. they are amazing works of art and always so entertaining to watch. This was a great treat for the fans. And i am really looking forward to the movie. Watching your videos never gets old.


  • July 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Awesome video! Love the behind the scenes stuff! So are you switching to Final Cut Pro X? 😉

  • GasparXR

    July 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Hey james, this was a great episode. I didn’t imagine a good amount of the stuff you did to prepare for these episodes! You seem very efficient at planning these for us.

    After hearing you mention Super Metroid, I would like to request that perhaps after the movie is finished, you do a review of the original three metroid games, or at least Super Metroid. It’s definitely not a bad game, but the Nerd did review Castlevania after all.

    Thanks for the videos!

  • July 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Great video… but the question I want to know more than anything else: How much money does Gametrailers (or whatever company hosts your videos) pay you? Can you earn a living just from your online videos or do you have another job? What type of annual income are we talking? 40-50k? More? Do the pay you by the video? Per view? Any long nights in hot tubs with nerd groupies, Dom P, and mountains of peruvian marching powder?

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Nice video James, massive creds for keeping on doing what you do!

  • retrotails

    July 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    The differences from the compressed version and the original footage is most likely always the frame rate. Older game systems usually run at 60 FPS, and to simulate transparency, they flicker quickly back and forth. So, the game system, the DVD recording, the preview window, and the final compressed video may all have different frame rates. Youtube is around 24FPS i believe, as is most web streamed content and even blu-ray movies.
    Also, with the sound effects, you or I could use an emulator to extract sound effects and music very easily by eliminating sound channels. I can also rip original game characters and animations so you don’t have to photoshop the DVD recording.
    Sorry if any of this was already posted, there are too many comments to flip through.

  • DiceGamer

    July 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Ever since i saw the CDi episode i wanted to see how you make these episodes, this is by far my favourite AVGN related video.
    Thanks for making this!

    By the way: Iron Maiden is the best!

  • cerberus

    July 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    i always had respect for you since the day i discovered you. this job take lots of times and effort, but you seem to enjoy it a lot ^^ . thank you for all those videos and movies and i hope you’ll entertain us for a long time 🙂

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Great to know so much about how you work! Although, I’d like to know how do you import the videos, from DVDs to the computer.
    Also, beware of the shit moutain! With so many “shitty” games, you might get drown in the dump 😛


  • July 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Really cool. Thank you for making this. This should be required viewing for anyone who wants to make a serious go at creating internet videos. I’m so sick of sub-par BS attempts on youtube.

    Also, I like your trick of using different audio levels for highs and lows. I actually do corporate video too and often run into people maxing out the audio.

    Thanks for putting so much effort into this and all your vids.

  • Davers

    July 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    This was awesome, James. Nice to see the man behind the camera so to speak. The dedication, time, and money put into these episodes was actually a lot more than I thought. Keep up the hard work!

  • MasterOfOtaku

    July 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Its great to finally see the master in his element Keep up the good work James !

  • HotelSoap

    July 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Was that picture of Captain Spaulding signed by Sid Haig? And I’m also very jealous you met Dave Willis. But I loved the video. Very interesting to see how AVGN videos are made. Also liked to see you just be yourself and not in character for a change.

  • PhobosTau

    July 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Great video, James. I really enjoyed watching it.

    I can’t imagine recording entire audio tracks and doing a soundcheck recording on all of the effects. Keep up the awesome work, been loving the videos for years.

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks a for a great and informative video James! You are way more profesionnal with film-making than me when I make some of my vids. I gotta say too that music is also what keeps me sane when I work on my MegaMan fan-game. Music and videos like yours! They help me a lot ^_^ It’s actually one of the reasons why I don’t like to work on sound or music that much because I can’t listen to music while I’m doing it. : P If you ever need help with some Photoshop effects or Flash animation, let me know! ^_^

  • L33TDAWG

    July 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I really enjoyed this video, seeing the process gave me great insight into how some/most people who make weekly/monthly videos, go about making them (not to say the process is exactly like yours for everyone). I am wondering if you get the chance to play recently released games at all. Some people who do part time weekly/monthly videos, as well as go to work, don’t have time to play anything recent, so do you?

  • RetroGamerK91

    July 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I always knew how much work went into this videos. I mean, you can just tell by watcing them (even though they’re the final products). It’s great seeing the process of how an AVGN episode is made, really cool stuff, man. And thanks for all you troubles and efforts that went into making these videos.

  • RetroGamerK91

    July 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    *these (not ‘this’: Just correcting my last post, not trying to spam or nothing.)

  • GoldRoger

    July 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Absolutely amazing video, James.

    I have a question: once the video is done, how long do you take to release it to Gametrailers ?

  • SinisterAssas1n

    July 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    So I had this weird thought as I was driving home from work today to finish watching this video. What if you held some kind of contest, Idk what it would be about. I didn’t think that far into it but I did think about the prize. The Nerd Cave, I wanna see it and all its video game glory. Your basement is so bad ass I’d actually donate to your site just to hang out for an hour or so. I’m a long time follower since your myspace days and I just wanna say thanks for making all these video’s for us. Keep up the great work bro

  • Jaybe

    July 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I bought the IPOD app right after seeing this.

  • dieseldog09

    July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I have a quick question. How many video games do you have? It looks like a lot from a video standpoint, but how many do you have? It doesn’t have to be an exact number, just an estimate.

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Take a drink everytime James says UM…or UH..lol

  • Nu Blanco

    July 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    No wonder your videos are amazing, you put a LOT of effort into making a nerd video, i don’t imagine other reviewers would work that hard to create such great quality, most of their videos sound bad (I mean audio quality), not scripted, even video quality is bad.
    you are truly gifted, James.
    Can’t wait for the nerd movie

  • ZangoGr

    July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I admire you and thank you for making this documantation. Not many people decide to share their “secrets” and techniques for developing their projects. Especially when they are on their way in making their first major big title. You sir surpassed them all. This video will always be a milestone for me whenever i’m in need for tips and hints. You also made me remember that nothing is easy or hard, and that it depends on how good someone wants the outcome to be. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Absolutely loved it! I also work alot with video-editing, and recognized the whole process as I tend to do it the same way. Also I loved that you’re very structured, since that seem to be my biggest problem. I overlook some details and just place material in random folders or such.

    Keep up the good work! It’s very noticeable that you love to do this, and you should really do what you love 🙂 hope to get stuff going on my own aswell.

  • John.D

    July 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    NO thank you James for making all of your videos and inspiration young filmmakers in pursuing their dreams. I have to say you are the main reason I wont to be a film maker, because each day I go on your Website and see if a new video came out and when it does it is soo awesome to watch. YOU are my IDOL JAMES

  • Guru88

    July 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Love the vid! Keep it up James!

    Oh and props on the Iron Maiden collection… UP THE IRONS!

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Great video James. It was really informative and enjoyable at the same time. I really appreciated how you talked to us the viewers in a 1 on 1 sort of way, instead of trying to mystify your work like a lot of artists do.

    I hope the movie works out for you and you can continue to make films and persue your filmmaking dreams. 🙂 I know i’ll continue to watch your future work.

    If you do another Q&A session I’d really like to hear what you have to say about online video, and if you think it’s the future for filmmaking.

  • ajax5405

    July 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    hey thanks a lot for posting this. i had always been curious how these kinds of videos were made and never attended any film school so this was mostly new. thaks again

  • Tempest

    July 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Great video! I’d like to know about what planning and collaboration James and Mike have when making title cards.

    P.S. Nice Godzilla painting behind you around the 30 minute mark!

    (I was there when he got it!)

  • Solitary

    July 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I have one question (maybe someone already asked, don’t know) … but you showed us your camera (and told us what you had before), those are very decent peaces of hardware… what is the reason that you don’t produce videos of higher picture quality? Except Bible Games 2 review which is 720p, all other videos are only 360p or 480p max… well, I can imagine that if you have slow computer where you edit your videos, 720p is probably pain… I’m not some “must-HD” kind of guy, don’t take me wrong… just curious

  • Ato0theJ

    July 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Am I the only one thinking, “Thank god James didn’t go and make movies instead of creating the Nerd”? (Not that I am not excited for The AVGN movie, buts that isn’t a stand alone film) Imagine a world where there was no AVGN, because, let’s face it James likely would have to drop his potty humor to become successful and reach as many people as he has on his site.

  • CTaylo

    July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Watching the editing portion of the video gave me flashbacks to the Computer Graphics class I had in high school. Nothing nearly as difficult as the Super Mario 3 episode. Back when a coneflower blue iMac, hockey puck mouse, Mac OS 9, and Avid was your entry point to the world of movie making. Great video.

  • dasfonzie

    July 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I think Barbie would be dreaming of the balls she WISHES Ken had!

    Great video James, I always like behind the scenes stuff of my favorite indulgences (videos like Penny Arcade TV, yours and Spoony’s, as well as the radio industry)

  • van_foitte

    July 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I’m a recent fan, think I’ve started watching the nerd videos about 2009. Since the first one I watched I was promptly transported to my happy days on the 80′s and 90′s and could not stop watching all your earlier videos.
    For some reason I was pretty curious about his production scheme and personal background, and I was not surprised by his video-making formation and how professional he really is, besides the comedy involved with the nerd.
    I’ve been waiting for this video for some time and, let me tell you, it is fucking great. Thanks for all your effort and for remindering us, kids of the 80′s, how special we really are, James!

  • Kalki

    July 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm


    looked too much himym?

  • Pilgrimm1981

    July 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm


    I’ve been a fan for a long time but I never left a comment. This was a great episode. It’s so cool to see how much work actually goes into making an AVGN video. So I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work, and as always I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Great job James!

  • viJilance

    July 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    dear god….i’m afraid

  • Reath

    July 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Very interesting video. I wasn’t expecting the making of video to be made along with a review, but that was actually a really good way to show the process. Seeing the video being made from beginning to end, then seeing the final outcome was neat. I’m impressed that James does all that work by himself.

    One request for James, could you post a list of the hours spent making each episode? Some of them were shown in the video, but I’m curious to see how long the rest of them took to make.

  • Otaku4Life

    July 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Eventhough your review is only a couple of minutes, it’s still a big relief to see a new ANGN video.

  • anon242

    July 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Quality job with the video. Always enjoy them, etc.

    As my word of feedback… Personally, I enjoyed the older videos more. The TMNT one and even the first one, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde are good examples. I feel as though you’re spot on when you say that the facial expressions and voice acting makes the video. I feel as though you could have shorter, simpler videos on games and really get into it like your older videos and they would be more appealing to more people. Spend more time on a good script, and less on effects. It would take less time to make each episode as well.

  • July 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Damn, that’s amazing!
    Thanks for taking the time to make this video, im a AVGN lover till i DIE!

    Keep em coming!


  • July 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm


    I never thought that this much work went into the videos. I mean, I knew that a lot of work went into them, but not this much. It’s awesome that you’re so dedicated to do all of this work! I mean, yeah, you get paid, but I’m sure the amount of money you make from them will never be worth as much as the sheer amount of hard work and love you put into them.

    I always see people complaining in the comments section of videos, whether it be on YouTube, Gametrailers, Cinemassacre or here on Facebook saying things like: ‘Gee, took long enough for him to get this one out’ or ‘Damn, he’s not making these quickly enough. He’s getting lazy’. I just hope they watch this so that they could understand that this is no easy task.

    I also always thought that Mike would help out for the majority of the videos and was with you all the time, but seeing that you do a good part of the work alone just impresses me… A lot.

    So don’t thank us, man. We should be thanking you.

  • kebabkillaz

    July 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    tell me, James. i see the ring on ur hand, u married? 8|

  • Jakabok

    July 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you James for answering my questions! You made my week happier, LOVE YOU MAN 🙂

  • Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    July 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Great video James. I definitely appreciate the work you put in. It shows in everything you do.

  • evets90

    July 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    What do you think of the new Final Cut Pro X? A lot of pro filmmakers really hate it because of all the features removed from Final Cut 7 and Final Cut Studio 3.

    Great cameras btw, we have them at our university TV station. Why don’t you do more HD nerd videos?

    • July 31, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Keep dreaming, it’s been moved but judging by the new one, I find nothing wrong, it got much more simpler, movies today are still moving forward because of fcpx, think about it again!

  • NinjaSPEED

    July 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I’m surprised you don’t use an HD PVR to record, saves money on discs.

  • Venkman

    July 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    this was a great video, I really enjoyed the look behind the scenes . thnx brother.

  • July 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Awesome video, thanks James!

  • Davifflaelan

    July 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Damn thats a lot of work put in to making a vid, I thought it would be alot but not that much.

    I myself love that Barbie Game it was thought for my younger sister but I love that game and she through it was ok.

    I must of been one crazy kid.

  • wheezyrevamped

    July 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I like watchin’ making of videos. I’m thinking I wanna do this kind of stuff , and it helps to see what it takes to do it. And by that, I mean making videos, not necessarily game reviews.

  • July 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Great, I missed AVGN. I’ll be honest with you, I stopped coming to cinemassacre since the last AVGN episode, Im not a fan of TMNT (and Im 28 years old so they used to be on the tv all the time when i was a kid) and I, personally, dont like the Overanalyzers idea. Dont take it wrong, I just love the work you do but by yourself or with Mike, but no other. Too many people get the impression that you cant keep the work by yourself and you need the ideas from someone else. It was like Tales of the Crypt, did you ever saw the Crypt Keeper with someone else hosting the show?
    Im sure it will be some troll posting an answer, but as I said before, this is my personal opinion and I just wanted to post it for James. Keep the exellent and impressive work. Fan since 2006 – Regards from Mexico.

  • misiekpierozek

    July 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Well, I never thought is that hard, like advanced voice recording and audio assembling. Althought I knew that you’re spending so much time on making this really amazing videos!

  • reedserna

    July 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    My question to you is simply, where do you get all this money!?

    Also I feel like everybody who’s ever whined to you for a new video, has officially lost the ability to do so. 122 hours? holy shit

  • July 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Awesome work man. That gives us a lot of details of how your style is a mixture of home brew filmmaking and really cut rate pro style equipment. I’m very impressed and a little jealous, but ultimately I will say this: since you have invested so much time and money and effort to this creative outlet, i imagine you’ll stick with it for a long time which makes us, the fans, all the more blessed. thanks for the details, thanks for your hard work, and thanks for burning the midnight oil so many times to crank out this great stuff.!! I think we all owe you a Rolling Rock.

  • SpeedyEric

    July 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Awesome BTS video, James. I’m one of those people who are interested in making videos and putting them on the internet.

    Also, great review. If I want to play a game based on a toy line, I’ll stick with the recent Transformers games.

  • disabledpika

    July 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    That was totally fucking awesome. I enjoyed every minute of it- insanely interesting. I love seeing how you work, your methods, and how it is produced. Thank you for making this, it is so appreciated.

    I personally would ADORE a video/series of videos where you look at your collection. Where you go through an entire library of games and look at the box art and packaging, maybe of the consoles themselves, too, and recall your memories of that game from your childhood and what they meant to you. Where you look at controllers and hardware things like that. I loved your Nintendo Power video.

    When your videos explain how passionate you are about these things, what they meant to you, and why they truly disappoint or interest you, it is enthralling viewing. Heres to many more. Well done James, you should be truly proud.

  • July 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    The best part was the Iron Maiden collection

  • July 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Great video and very informative.
    It’s always interesting to see how other people do what they do and how. There’s alsways somehing that you can pick up for yourself or that can inspire you in one way or an other.
    I appreciate that you took the time to show us how you do things. Thanks.
    Good luck on everything you’re working on too =)

  • dsmattj

    July 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm


    I registered just so I can say this: this is now my favorite AVGN video. I’ve been video editing for a while, though no where near professional level. Seeing how you do things gave me a lot of ideas on organization, editing, compressing, etc. So, thank you for the video.

  • raphael2pie

    July 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    hey dude grait vidio but r u going to show the episode on this website i would love to see how everything terns out and watch the barbie episode

  • sirp0p0

    July 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow. This makes me appreciate the AVGN videos that much more.

    Keep up the fucking great work James.

  • andre_adonis

    July 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    It’s very generous of you to explain all your working procedures. I always felt that you should be a great guy, but this proves it, once again. Thank you for all the enjoyable videos you upload and for your dedication and generosity. I sincerily hope that the movie goes for the best, and I’ll surely support it. Compliments to all the crew (mike and overanalysers)

  • July 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    As an IT admin with a film degree, I approve of your cabling setup and organizational chart. Very well done all around.

    That said, you NEED a better project management system. Seriously. Try teambox.com – it’s free and has a time tracking feature and integration with google docs for easy collaboration.

    Oh, and your iOS app is the first one I’ve ever spent money on.

  • GoldenFrog

    July 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Wow, very detailed and informative video of everything you do in preparation for your nerd videos.
    I can now truly appreciate every nerd video you release and have released already to the fullest.
    Your great at what you James, keep at it.
    Btw the archives are damn insane !!! Nothing gets scrapped or tossed away for sure.

  • July 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Awesome video, James! Thank you so much for so long and interesting tour to the making of AVGN! There’s huge lot of work as I see! It was interesting, keep going!

  • hauntedpixel

    July 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Awesome look behind the scenes, James. Thanks for taking time to make and post this.

  • preying4war

    July 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Man…what a process. I once read an article that discussed trival points in the making of Revenge Of The Sith, & the author wrote, “Editing man, it’s a bitch”. Just watching as you changed the pitch of your voice & the game music made me exhausted.
    I’m flabbergasted that your camera is so expensive…& used to boot. I’m very impressed that you are a one man crew. My guess would have been you had someone operating the camera, someone tweaking the lights, someone operating the boom, & so-on.
    I thought you would’ve mentioned the use of Rolling Rock in your videos. How many actual beers are you drinking as oppossed to empty beer bottles filled with ordinary water? Is there an art to pretending to be drunk on film?

    I didn’t say it last Tuesday, but your TMNT comic review is awesome. I wanna get those graphic novels.
    Mad props on your Iron Madien collection…& Love the Angel Of Retribution t-shirt!

  • Rasengan999

    July 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Dude, this video was freaking awesome. Thanks man. It could even be used as a how-to video for people who want to start doing reviews. James, you are awesome. ‘Nuf said.

  • July 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    That was such a joy to watch. I have a new respect for what you do! Keep on rockin!

  • Akezzon

    July 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I am very impressed of what you have accomplished. Been doin some short clips with myself fooling around ( like interviewing myself ) to raise the spirit and mood of the guild in Wow I had a few years ago. Even did some short ones with lightsabres and similar FX. So I kinda know the work behind it. But I was always curious of how you planned it all and what you did first etc. Got my answers here and this video was just as good as your others. I am surprised though that you often are a one man crew. I was under the impression that you always had atleast one more buddy there to help you out. So that impressed me even more.

    In a way I am kinda envious of you though or should I say your friends. You seem like such a cool guy, and professional ofc, that spending time with you making these episodes must be a blast. =)

    So if you ever get your ass to Sweden….

    Anyway, keep up the good work J.
    Rock on!

    / Morgan Åkesson

  • Tkallion

    July 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Awesome James. I’ve always loved your video’s but I think I have a new appreciation for the work that goes into them. All the hack copy cats should really watch this video to see how it’s done. AVGN rocks Pat NES Punk rocks and the rest is LJN.

  • Snejku

    July 7, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    This was an absoloutely incredible behind the scenes feature, incredible because you hardly ever even get this depth of detail on bonus material for movies. Usually it’s some 40 + minute documentary that mostly has interviews but not a whole lot of substance, but you really nailed it in this thing. Keep up the good work, and hope we won’t have to wait too many years for the AVGN movie.

  • Lesley M.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm


  • lucktacular

    July 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Nice video James!

  • emman1234

    July 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I have a question: in some video you break the cartridge of the game you play, but in real life, you’re not actually breaking the game right? How do you do this?

  • July 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    amazing vid james! i respect you so much more now! i wonder how long it to make this video. i’ll bet a long ass time. thanks so much!

  • July 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Unbelievable amount of effort. Pure passion that is much anticipated, appreciated, and loved.

  • July 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    It was kind of neat to see that your approach to starting these reviews is fairly similar to what I do with my own. I agree, you have to play through a whole game in order to catch everything.

    That was really informative, thanks for making it!

  • BassmentStudios

    July 7, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Hey this was really informative in showing all the mechanics that go into what some may think is a simple process.

    You said you didn’t have any pricey audio equipment and that your mic was plugged directly into your camera’s audio input. But you also complained about having noise level consistency problems. Just a tip, there’s a product out there called a compressor that compresses the difference between to two extremes of audio volumes. In other words quieter sections will appear louder, and louder sections quieter to the point where volume wise (although the tone of your voice would appear as a quieter voice or louder yelling voice) the entire audio recording would be at a relatively consistent volume. You can get one of these for about 200$ and it just rests in between your microphone signal and the camera audio input. Just a thought, it’s a simple solution to leveling out your volume. A lot of audio recordings use it so that when you’re listening to an iPod on the bus or something you won’t have to constantly adjust the volume for louder and quieter sections of whatever song is playing.

    Hope that helps, just wanted to let you know you don’t need super pricey audio equipment to solve simple problems. Your solution of course works perfectly, just figured this might be easier for you. Product suggestion: “FMR Really Nice Compressor”.

    You can also use digital ones in your computer that would act like an audio effect plug in, and those you can easily snag for free.

    Just a simple solution! Love the work, keep it up!

  • July 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I never thought you actually had everything stored in dvd, i mean, just thinking about looking for some specific footage on a cd, and having to reference that cd in a specific carpet… it makes my head feel dizzy. I’ve always appreciated the amount of effort you make for these videos, but I actually never saw how much it was. Thank you nerd! 😀

  • July 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I already loved the videos, but now I have a huge amount of respect for the work you put into them. Thanks for this backstage video!

  • July 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Everything is so complicated! I feel much more appreciative now of your videos.

    Anyway, when I was a little girl I rented the Barbie game. I bet you can imagine how excited I was to play it and all. Well, the game was so crappy that I don’t think I even could figure out how to get past the first stage. The way that first stage looks has been imprinted in my mind….20 years later I still remember it. I haven’t seen it since I first played it so seeing footage of it now was really weird. I bet that game broke so many little girls’ hearts. It sure did mine.

  • toxikhiro

    July 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Wow! This is seriously impressive, James.

    To me, the Nerd videos have always had this impromptu feel, like it was just you and me (or whoever your audience is) sitting down and talking about a game, so to learn that you have such an organized system for making these videos and are still able to capture that feeling makes it even more impressive. A lesser director/writer/actor/producer would make this kind of video feel clinical and soulless, but your videos feel like you’re a man who lives in my computer, constantly battling shitty games.

    In short, you’re super awesome, and keep up the great work. Can’t wait for the AVGN movie.

  • marky60

    July 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    AWESOME MAIDEN COLLECTION. I listen to music every time I’m writing scripts, got through Beatles collection one time. That was a trippy ride. Amazing video by the way

  • July 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Being a video editor myself, I already had a lot of respect for the work you do, but to see everything together like that and all the hours you spend, that is some dedication! Keep up the great work!

  • AssholePotatos321

    July 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    At first, i was like, “Damn, 35 minutes..? Way too long.” But after the video, i wanted more! Awesome video!

    One thing i would like to know is how do you record the handheld games?
    Thanks and Nice sideburns!

  • likalaruku

    July 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks James, it helps us appreciate your videos even more ^_^

    Strange but you look 5 years younger with those sideburns.

    Ever since someone broke into the Cinema Snob’s last house & stole his DVD collection, I’ve always worried about the safety of your collection room.

  • Carpizo

    July 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    hey guys it would really mean a lot if you could check out my zelda video i just posted on youtube. add this to your browser:


    thanks a lot for the support!

  • Joe N

    July 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    James thanks for that video. I’m not in any sort of filming but I always figured it had to be a ton of work. I have cousins that work in in the film industry working on TV shows and movies and I always enjoying talking to them about what they do.

    I hope you keep it up for as long as you can even though you do a lot of the work by yourself.

    Thanks for all the hard work and the great videos.

  • Duranz

    July 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    That was awesome, I didnt know it could take so much time to make a video, thanks for keeping the great job !!!

  • lurchman6969

    July 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    WOW! You rock James!

  • ejp022791

    July 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Amazing making of James! I have a newfound respect for your reviews now. I had no idea it was that complicated. Now I understand why you only wanted to do one a month now. I have no idea how you finished these in two weeks. Really hoping there’s more AVGN coming before the movie which I’m anticipating. I remember you saying the new episodes were gonna be more simple. I think that’s actually a good thing. Your simple ones are the best imo. BTTF was your first review I ever saw and it’s the one that got me into AVGN (or ANN at the time) way back in 2006.

  • kriziz2k3

    July 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    james eres la mamada !!!!!! u are the best hahahaha sorry , best regards from a mexican fan !!!!!!

    my question is

    how do u pay for all ur stuff cameras mics etc !!!!!!!!

  • WillWill

    July 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Is this the best Nerd episode ever??? I think it may be. It’s definitely my favorite. It’s just so cool to see what you do behind the scenes, and the thought you put into each and every child (vid) you throw out for us to enjoy!

    It also makes me think it must be tough when people critique your work harshly sometimes.

    James, your work is awesome. I’m so glad I’m aware of your stuff, and so happy you continue to produce films. I’m a real fan, man. Kudos!

  • Parry Hotter

    July 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I laughed when I saw one of the final edits from Final Cut. I can’t imagine what a Block Buster movie edit would look like. I remember just adding a laugh track (well… hundred variety of luagh tracks) to a Star Trek TNG episode. I thought maybe… a couple of days to edit the whole episode… with just the audio… It took me several months!! Some scenes that were only a minute long took me a 2 hours! The fact that you get an entire AVGN episode done in 40 hours or less is impressive. In my opinion, your efficiency is probably the most impressive thing I didn’t know you had. Thanks for the behind-the-scenes glance!

  • JackeeLee

    July 7, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I loved this video. Ive always wondered when and if you were going to do the barbie game. Oddly enough the first thing I noticed was that your wearing a wedding ring. I know, a wierd thing to pick up on but this video showed your fans about your life behind the scenes of the nerd and thats part of it I guess. Im not even in school for filmmaking and this made me want to make a video, if it wasnt for the cost of all that equipment. Which brings me to my only question. What do you do for a living. Do you have a job or is this your job? Ive always wondered this.

  • NPigeon

    July 8, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Wow! This is awesome! I knew AVGN episodes took work but there was a lot more than I thought. Very cool process, one myself probably couldn’t commit to doing so it’s great you can take the time to make such entertaining videos. Good job! Still want an actual AVGN normal episode soon though.

  • krazyzark

    July 8, 2011 at 12:06 am

    great video. It’s very informative and fun. I was wondering if there was some significance to the wall of Iron Maiden when it first popped up. Then again, you never really need a reason for Iron Maiden.

  • huddle12

    July 8, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Great video, just shows how much of a genius you are and how much work you do to entertain the masses. Cant wait for your movie to be out, its gonna be epic.

  • Typeomaiden

    July 8, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I really enjoyed watching this episode. I love making-of’s and comentaries on videos/movies. There really is a lot that goes into making one of these videos and this all just small scale stuff, imagine how much will have to go into the AVGN movie! It was a nice trip down memory lane to see James working on Final Cut, it’s been years since I’ve used it….fun times, fun times.

    James I have to say that you have a fantastic taste in music. The Angel of Retribution shirt and wall o’ Maiden CDs may be my favorite parts of this video. Seeing as you listened to all the Maiden albums I have to ask, which is your favorite?

  • thingerss

    July 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

    First I want to say that you really do an amazing work with all the videos you have made. Even though you make it sound simple and you use tools that any person could get, no one can ever do videos as good as you make them, for lack a very important factor: You ARE the Angry Video Game Nerd! 🙂 You made the 80’s live forever! ^^

  • Mariusz69

    July 8, 2011 at 12:23 am

    An Epic Masterpiece! Hey James when you do your movie, you need to have a 2nd crew with an HD camera/DSLR documenting the whole “making of” process. I was watching the DVD extras on “Pink Flamingos” and John Waters — even way back in the early 70’s — was smart enough to have a 2nd crew with a 16 mmm setup shooting him as he made Pink Flamingos. He was a visionary, and so are you! Also remember to have the DSLR guy take hi-rez photos so you have hi-resolution Stills that you can send out or put on the Blu-ray disk 🙂

  • Daner

    July 8, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Thanks for doing this video, James. It was very informative and answered many of the questions I’ve had over the years about the process of AVGN. Great stuff, keep it up!

  • Sabin

    July 8, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Thanks for the video! I really enjoy when you play as “the real you”, I must say that you really proof that you are not only a gamer, but also a great and unique filmmaker (well…we already know it but anyways…). I really hope that you can tell us about your life, i mean your daily basics, your job, something about your family or anything that you want to share. I must say that you are an icon for all of the gamers in the world and for all who enjoy the cinema’s culture.

    BTW, Im from Chile and i must say you have big fans here in my country and in Latin America so keep up the good work and good luck with all of your projects!

  • Zipperman2000

    July 8, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Question for the Q&A: What sort of external hard drives are those? And have you ever had any problems with them, such as crashes and losing all your data?

  • Revakkyh

    July 8, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Hi james!
    Great video, really fun to see what´s going on behind the scenes, i could never imagine how much work you put into the nerd videos.

    Just one question: I noticed the ring on your finger so i take it you are married, is there any room left for your family with all your equipment and games? 😀

    I would love an answer to this question! Keep it up!

    //One of your Swedish fans.

  • July 8, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Hey James, I’m sorta doing the same thing you are, review sucky and good games as the Vintage Video Game, a neutral nerd not Happy not Angry, yet I have a question. How do know the script makes sense and that everything follows like its suppose to?

  • honkytonk

    July 8, 2011 at 3:12 am

    You’re a douche james, a 30 minute long spoiler before the episode!? 😛

    I really enjoyed this episode, it was informative but still funny and really entertaining. I would appreciate every future installment like this with more info on the show.

    Can you actually laugh about your show?
    Do you have any games left, that you really want to review besides E.T.?
    Did you ever cut something out after you showed the video to others before releasing it, because they told you something was too offensive? 😀
    Do your parents or wife watch the show and what do they think of it?
    And how do you fell about making these episodes? Is it more fun or chore?

  • Wigglezz

    July 8, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Good work James,

    As a published author myself, I know how hard it can be to write creative ideas and to actually make it sound right. Not many people have this trait, and I’m glad that you have decided to show it to us. I tried making a video myself from time to time but never had the right equipment or knew what to do most of time so it was nice to give us a little walkthrough of how you do it.

    I really have no questions to ask you but if you ever need help with writing, just give me a shout and I’ll see what I can do to assist.

    Until then,

  • ADAMPwns

    July 8, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Hey James, this isn’t a question regarding the video, however as a fan and collector of music, I would love to see more of your music collection perhaps in a future side video. I’m also curious as to whether or not you collect vinyl.

  • Vicious357

    July 8, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Awesome video man, Thanks for taking the time to make this special episode. My only other real question is about Mike. Is he like a childhood friend or did you meet him somehow through making Nerd videos? How did he become so involved with so many other projects. BTW, he’s funny as hell.

  • astraton

    July 8, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Great to see some behind the scenes James. A lot of people just don’t realize the work involved especially the time involved.

    Had to laugh to myself at the mecca death christ edit timeline.

    Well done. Hope the film is progressing.

  • physicskid

    July 8, 2011 at 6:27 am

    James, awesome insight! Thank you very much for making this video. It gives me some insights about video production as a whole. There’s so much work done behind the scenes to produce movies such as Transformers 3, I guess this is one reason why Hollywood hates it when people download shows and movies illegally through means such as BitTorrent. Thanks again!

  • Sebalol

    July 8, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Awsome video James,

    Very enjoyable

  • koel700

    July 8, 2011 at 6:37 am


  • Gorlokk

    July 8, 2011 at 6:58 am

    This may be one of my favorite videos! Its awesome… It really makes me appreciate episodes more now, seeing how much work is being put into it. I love your videos, don’t stop anytime soon!

    This is also very informative and inspiring in ways because I want to animate someday (you know like cartoons and stuff) and this video… It puts a smile on my face. Thank you for so much entertainment James.

    Good luck with the movie that I already know will be amazing!

  • Abstrakt

    July 8, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Cool episode James, nice to see how much work actually goes into making an AVGN episode.You are really good at making the cuts so it actually seems like you are playing the game while talking about the level of shittyness. It all seems so fluent and natural, good work!

  • July 8, 2011 at 8:21 am

    James, I hate to knock a video, but you clearly have shown you know nothing about emulators to think the only way to play is on the keyboard.

    You can output into a large high def tv and plug in any classic console controller and be good to go. You save tens of thousands.

    • July 31, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Let’s not forget iTunes, nothing but a weak excuse just to assume shit and compare to old school, that’s bullshit.

  • July 8, 2011 at 8:47 am

    @Nicholas Reichart
    You “”save tens of thousands” of what? Not money that’s for sure (since you have to buy the actual extra controllers or adaptors if you want to use the real controllers), and you still miss the experience of playing on the actual console. Also, recording off an emulator generally sucks compared to recording from the actual console (if you have a proper capture card or recording equipment).

    As for the actual episode… The making off portion was nice, it’s good to see you really put effort into making your videos, even your crappy ones (such as the R.O.B/Crazy Castle episodes), it’s clear to me that you have some passion for it (even beneath all the bad shit jokes). It’s kinda sad that the actual review in the video was really bad, but I know that it wasn’t really the point of this video, you just wanted to show how making an episode worked for you, and you did that well.

    Hopefully your next episodes will be good… I wonder if you’ll ever go back to good-old AVGN style where you weren’t acting as much as you are now, but rather you were speaking your mind on the subject (see: Powerglove review), that was when you were at your best (AKA when AVGN wasn’t as much of a character as he is now).

  • July 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

    That actually worked out pretty good.
    Dang, making videos sure does take a lot, especially if you really get into it. Crap, I use to do this years ago and it’s starting to feel very ghetto.

  • lewism882

    July 8, 2011 at 9:30 am

    james you are one rich motherfucker 🙂
    and i noticed a ring on your left ring finger, are you married? :O

  • jazibk

    July 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

    He’s been married years.

  • jazibk

    July 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

    *for years

  • imposter

    July 8, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I enjoyed the making of one of your episodes.

    What kind of advise could you give to those who’d want to make videos about game reviews, or even video in general?

    One thing that weighs on people’s mind when they want to make videos is fear rejection; so I’m wondering, is it something that you just do because you love to do, and just hope for the best?

  • July 8, 2011 at 10:14 am

    thank you sooooooo much for posting this. I knew alot went into each video and now hopefully some of the folks who have been giving you poo on its being infrequent lately can hush up a bit. Its one thing to say you are busy, but when you show how busy you are and how much you have to be, it really puts it into perspective.

    Us hardcore fans thank you and all your creative team at cinemassacre films for your hardwork and dedication to your craft and the way you entertain us and will continue to entertain us. I look forward to the future!

    Cheers, T

  • July 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I loved this, just so you know. It answered a ton of questions, and it was really cool to see some more behind-the-scenes @ Cinemassacre.

  • Mr. Vermin

    July 8, 2011 at 11:33 am

    thanks so much for this James. It sucks that for how much work you put into these videos there are still so many people that write them off and say they “suck” or whatever, but I’m sure you can also see how many fans really appreciate what you do and will ways anticipate the next episode.

    I too have recently switched to mac and will never go back. I use garage band a lot, I never thought I would be able to figure out how to record music and add effects, but mac is super-user friendly. Final cut seems like a badass program.

    Once again, thank you so much for the Nerd as well as everything else you have given us. I will always continue to be a huge fan and can’t wait to see what the movie brings!

  • July 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

    For some reason I can’t watch the video. I can hear it, but the video has some serious lag.

  • TomM

    July 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Wow I never realized how much work it took to make a video like AVGN. That was pretty amazing. I don’t know how you do it, James. It looks complicated even when you’re explaining it. Anyway, thanks for posting, I always wanted to see what happened behind the scenes. By the way, I loved the rant at the end 🙂

  • crivers

    July 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I have a question about the theme for the AVGN. When you first wanted to become the AVGN or Angry Nintendo Nerd, how did the song/lyrics start out or develop?

  • fatu

    July 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

    you’re the man James!

    thanks for the video as always and keep on rocking in the free world!

  • snes16

    July 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

    i like this episode it was great to learn how his videos are made to me it was a little confusing because im not really good with this kind of stuff would like to learn how though XD

  • Mister Buckethead

    July 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks for this video James, i loved it, , it seems like you answered the questions that were the most important. And the Barbie review was really cool too ( maybe too short, but i guess the video was more about the making of an episode, than an episode itself), i laughed a lot.

    Anyway, there is some other questions, :
    So , for what i understood, you make your effects with photoshop, or After Effects. In which cases did you have to use the blue/green screen technic ? Is this technic accessible for beginners ? I’m going to study cinema next year, so that’s why i ask some advices. Thank you 🙂

    Oh and by the way, how did you get all those old school consoles, and all those costumes ( bugs bunny, leatherface….) ? It’s gotta be fuckin expensive ! xD Are some of these costumes homemade ?

    Greetings from France ! 🙂

  • disabledpika

    July 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Oh and please don’t use emulators like the cheap imitations of you on Youtube. Your footage looks so much better thanks to being recorded properly, it has an organic feel..

  • rickymees

    July 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I concur, as a long time AVGN watcher(from the early reviews of Castlevania/Double Dragon) the editing/filming quality has risen exponentially, however at the same time I think the humor/entertainment has degraded in the process little by little.

    Compared to how the show first started off and now, I think the humor was at it’s best when it was witty and more relevant to how the game mechanics worked or how it actually plays. For an example, in this episode, you made some joke about Barbie and balls, which I thought was somewhat in bad tastes(my personal opinion) and was pretty irrelevant to the game itself, besides the apparent visual aesthetics of the gameplay, which shouldn’t really come off as surprising from a typical NES game built for little girls or little kids in general. Of course this is far from a great example because this episode was made intentionally to explain the how the episodes are produced, but I think you get my point.

  • July 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks a lot, James!

  • SuperGamer1021

    July 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Nice video… didtn i see that barbie cartridge in crazy castle? anyway, nice job

  • Paken

    July 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    i actually would like to see your house 🙂 i know that your games are in basement and dvd.s are in livinroom? or are they? becouse some videos you have different room what looks like old room but isnt and jada jada jada… This was a nice video 🙂

  • July 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Hi James, i have a question for you. What do you do to get that amount of money to buy the consoles, videocameras, microphones, etc. I know you spend a lot of time in AVGN / Bullshit man / location tours, and stuff, but, what it´s your job? what do you do for a living?

  • mrmischief

    July 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    thanks James i have been a fan for some time now. ur awesome the work is worth the effort. its like looking forward for the office episodes!
    keep it up man! much success!

  • dannodon

    July 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Heeey! Where can I get that awesome intro-remix in the beginning?

  • Lock3Bon3

    July 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    and anybody else with an opinion on how james rolfe should run james rolfe’s website.

    Your stupid. Yup. He’s a trained PROFESSIONAL. Has a degree and everything. You really think your retarded internet trolling, wise ass, mediocre opinion really matters. NAHHH. So good game on being the guys who post that kind of stuff.

    BTW I am super bored at work on my last half hour waiting to leave so………….YOUVE JUST BEEN TROLLED.


    Keep it up. You entertain me. I would pay for your entertainment. And i have before (dvd’s) so Good Game.


  • SlipperyCharacter

    July 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    First post here, long time AVGN fan.

    I enjoyed your making-of, and it reminded me a lot of making videos back in highschool.

    I was very impressed with the equipment and methodical process. In my opinion, the production values of AVGN episodes are what separate them from all the me-too videos out there.

    One request I have is maybe making an equipment chronology? pointing out what improvements it made on the videos post-introduction.

    Also, all the games/gear/props must have cost a ton. Its a touchy subject but i’m curious as to when these video’s became profitable. (maybe a segment about the distribution side of the videos (youtube->Screw attack->Gametrailers->Cinemassacre.com…etc) , (DVD/merchandise/Sponsors?) Its not often you see a solo website thrive after veering away from youtube and I (hopefully others) would like to see the behind-the-scenes. However I completely understand if you want to avoid financials.

    As always, I enjoy your work and look forward to future videos.


  • Overste Hatti

    July 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I liked this episode, it dosent matter if the nerd episodes is going to be this short in the future, i understand its hard work, but as long as you make them for a while longer i think its just fine. Ignore the critism you get from people who say: “The Nerd isnt what he used to be, he has to much character”. Just keep doing it your way, to me you can never go wrong with the nerd, its always good!

  • Kodex

    July 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    James, I made this account just to say how much respect I have for you and Mike, you make loads of brilliant vids for free and they are hillarous
    thank you very much 🙂

  • July 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Standing near an Iron Maiden wall around 30:00
    Holy shit, the nerd just got even more awesome!
    Great episode, keep up the good work and up the irons from Israel!

  • Mox_Demon

    July 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I thought magical bottles of rolling rock flocked into your basement and started secretly recording you.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    July 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Very interesting. Thanks for this.

  • July 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    What a great episode. I’m completely ignorant when it comes to most of that stuff, but, like anything, it interested me.

  • coasterlove

    July 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Long time reader and viewer, first time commenting. I knew your videos were more than you sitting in front of a camera playing a game for 15 minutes but I had no idea how much time and effort you put into it. For that, I felt I needed to sign up just to say thanks for doing this. I always look forward to your videos, whether it’s AVGN or your other pursuits. Keep up the great work!

  • goodcap

    July 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    This is my question: Do you have a girlfriend?

  • goodcap

    July 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Could you please do a live stream of playing a game or watch a movie and review it?

  • July 8, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    This was hugely fascinating!

  • bigsmead

    July 8, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    hey james, awesome video, i thought it was great you took time to really sow how much work goes into a video, i mean, hours of hard work and sometimes you hardly hit double digits for your elapsed time, but the real reason i thought it was great is because i constantly hear i should do something like this but i know i would never have the actual patience to sit and edit and all that good stuff, i am a huge fan and that’s where i’d like to stay lol, but hey, if you need any recipes or want a nice cost effective romantic meal for your better half just shoot me an email, for the nerd, my services are free =)

  • bigsmead

    July 8, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    and that goes double for MF mike lol =)

  • July 8, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    awesome! i found this really interesting 🙂 i thought it would have been a lot easier than this D: your charts are a really good idea, i dont think id have the patience for all this… this video made me appreciate your videos more, and i already appreciated them a lot! keep doing what you do! ♥ legend!

  • Nintoaster85

    July 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Great to see some more of you, begin ‘You’ at work. Just got the iPad app to enjoy this work on the road!

  • z

    July 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks, Really appreciate all the work you do,, Very cool video, neat to see some of the work envolved in making a nerd video.

  • bearbear

    July 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Hey james, ive been a big fan of your videos ever since 2006 when i saw someone post your powerglove video on the nsider forums when they were still open, just wanted to say how much i appreciate the time and effort you put into your videos and how generous you were to show everyone how you put these master pieces together. Just got an odd question for you what kind of car do you drive? BTW your the man

  • July 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Great vid James.

  • smackalack

    July 9, 2011 at 12:11 am

    This was a great video! Very informative. Quick question, what software do you use when you key your greenscreen shots?

  • July 9, 2011 at 12:18 am

    My favorite videos have always been the ones where you just slog through a game, no gimmicks. Sometimes the gimmicks are pretty funny, like Jason repeatedly forcing you to play Ft13th but I like it more when you just stick to it because quitting would just make you madder than playing the game itself.

    Hoping the actual “relaunch” of AVGN has videos that are a bit longer, just because I’d like to see you comment on more aspects of the games and show more levels but the style was dead-on. The video itself was pretty interesting too. I’ve got the DVDs, so I’ve seen that stuff but more behind the scenes is awesome.

  • Elvenking

    July 9, 2011 at 12:28 am

    NEERD!! Man..excellent stuff. I write music and do videos sometimes too and just loved seeing how we come together on how all that is done. Compression might help you with volume issues..lol..just something I saw..but your method is solid..nice. Anyway…super sweet video…loved watching. The episode was short..but who cares..loved being side by side for the ride. IRON MAIDEN. Man…my number one band of all time. I need to come out there and meet you have dinner or something..caht about all this. We are too parallel. Would be fun times.

  • inFamous777

    July 9, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Hey James, I’ve watched your videos for a long time, but just now created an account to tell you how much I really appreciate your work. You are an inspiration to me, especially since the “The Dragon In My Dreams” video. It showed me that following your goals really has its benefits. Since this is something that you enjoy doing, I sincerely hope you make it as a big-time movie director/producer someday. I’d love to see a feature film shot by you! I have questions though. First, where do you get all the money from? You’ve never really gone into depth about a real occupation or part-time job. Second, you have yet to mention your family. What are they like? Are they proud of you for doing this? Do you see them often? We’ve been really kept in the dark about your personal life; I think it would be really interesting to hear about!

  • PretO

    July 9, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Great vid! Im a big fan since the first one
    Pls keep up with your awesome job! I watch every video on Cinemassacre and you rock!

  • bmgag19

    July 9, 2011 at 12:51 am

    hey AVGN, you often mention you have a “personal life” to worry about. My question is: do you have a real life job besides making videos? If so, what do you do? I know you mentioned something about doing sound-overs in the the film making field, but you said you “used” to do this.

  • July 9, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Been a fan ever since the TMNT episode and I’ve got to say that I’ve always respected you and Mike. You guys keep making consistently entertaining AVGN / YKWB / Board James episodes and I keep on watching! It was very interesting to see what goes into a Nerd episodes. I had no idea how organized you have to be to produce even one episode, and my respect for the Nerd has reached a whole new level. Please keep making videos! I fully intend to buy the DVD set in order to support your amazing work. I only wish that I could do more.

  • Schizima

    July 9, 2011 at 1:39 am

    That was just awesome. I almost feel like you’ve revealed too much, now all your imitators are going to have methods to steal!

  • Helioscore

    July 9, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Awesome video. In your video you make it seem like your not satisfied with your older videos as you are with your newer ones. I actually like your older videos a lot. They have a very natural authentic gamer feel to them. specifically the TMNT video that was mentioned. I remember playing that game as a kid and having the same reaction. To me, that is the video that IS AVGN or ANN (Angry Nintendo Nerd) at the time.

    Just have to say, after the years of following your videos, they still impress.
    Keep up the good work.

  • July 9, 2011 at 1:58 am

    Awesome video! I love the “behind the scenes” look at your work. It’s great learning the process you came up with tho do it all and then seeing a final product. I am yet again impressed!!

  • Alvin2Z

    July 9, 2011 at 3:46 am

    do you research the game your certain you want to do ? like if you can’t figure out what to do, or anything that made it popular among other people ? or some secrets or rumors you heard about the game ?

  • Tebeg

    July 9, 2011 at 4:36 am

    The best part of this video is to know that you had to do all these things you showed here to make that episode, I mean voice edtiing etc. Strange thought 🙂

    This is probably the best time to come up with such a video – some fans, like me, could have got a little impatient due to lack of AVGN, so you made them impressed by showing how much effort you give each time making an episode. Good one, now I’m ashamed 😀

  • Horrorfreak

    July 9, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Thanks for the video James 🙂 and I would like to follow these tips and all, but the only problem is is that I’m afraid that when I do my Golden axe review (ONe of my favs :D) people will say that I’m a copier. What should I do, cause you’re inspiring alot of people, and I’m one of them but just need some help. Hope you respond soon. thanks 🙂

  • sammydave

    July 9, 2011 at 6:15 am

    It’s not baseballs, it’s tennis balls

  • The_ShadowWw

    July 9, 2011 at 7:55 am

    great video, I’v missed the AVGN videos
    p.s. aren’t those tennis balls?

  • Megas

    July 9, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Do you know that in France (i’m French), someone is making the same kind of videos? He is called “Le joueur du Grenier” (the player of the attic by google translate).

    Maybe you can see his videos if you can understand french ^^

  • Dudesidedwhat

    July 9, 2011 at 7:59 am

    wow thats alot of money on equipment. whare as my videocamra is only 150$ and my mic is 60$ i have bad equipment compared to yours

  • jivebob

    July 9, 2011 at 8:06 am

    First, let me say I enjoyed the video. I knew you put a lot of time into these things already, but it was cool too see the equipment, etc… and see just how technical you guys get. With that being said, I wouldn’t classify this as an avgn episode…perhaps a “avgn related” video…but not really avgn. I would be cool if you did the making of video…and then did the Barbie review (perhaps longer than 2 minutes) as an avgn video. Thats my only complaint. For those who like to say “thanks for all these free videos” and get pissed at people for having requests, etc…let me just say, and it’s been said before, these are not free. There are advertisements all around. If people stop coming to the site, advertisers see it and pull their funding. Also keep in mind by keeping the fans happy, they are more likely to buy things (as I have) such as ipod touch apps and videos. So, one way or another, you pay. Once again, I enjoyed the video, but I also enjoy the process of video making. My friends who also watched it…they didn’t think this should be considered avgn and were not as positive. I do agree with them however this is more of a “related” video than avgn video. A 2 minute Barbie review…I mean that doesn’t count. I suppose they could just make their own accounts and say it though huh? With that being said, I personally look forward to future videos. Keep up the good work

  • binaryfruit

    July 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    You said that you really liked your NES game reviews because they seemed to come out best— I disagree. I think my favorite episodes are probably the Sega CD and 32X reviews, and that one with the glitches in that fighting game where the guy looks like a bag of floating zombie meat (Can’t remember which that is off the top of my head). But I do agree with you on the Atari games- Though those Porn games are hilarious, there’s just not enough content on an atari game to comment on. I do have one question, or more of a request: I would love to hear some of these corporate voice-overs you mentioned. And also, what happened with that remake of Plan 9? I never really saw anything else about that.

  • July 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I tried to make a film with my friends a few years ago, but we never had the time or planning to do so. Now I am hoping to go to college and learn cinnematography and buy better equipment to finish.

    Thanks to you James, you’ve influenced me in so many ways in your videos, now that I know more about filming and editing.

  • Nick Williams

    July 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I really enjoyed watching that 🙂 was both interesting and funny.
    you the nerd James! we all think your a legend

  • July 9, 2011 at 11:05 am

    i also have final cut pro with a mac pro tower and a 30 inch cinema display. i use two cameras for multiple camera angles so i don’t have to reshoot a scene. the canon HF s10 and the $6500 canon XF300. i used to shoot a lot of game footage but recently due to personal life (i am now shooting supercar footage and learning to drive porsches on race tracks), now shoot more varied footage. i KNEW how time consuming and “ginormous” the time-investment was in james’ episodes. no one else came close with the special effects and clear audio quality in production values. comedy is an opinion but these things are pure hard work, no matter how you cut it.

  • drtheng

    July 9, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Thank you James for your hard work. Great video!

  • Slade

    July 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Classic making of video, it is really pleasant to see how you work on your script, editing and shooting scenes.

    Oh and thumbs up for your Judas Priest T-shirt, this is why I only registered on Cinemassacre now. \m/

    Keep up the good work, James !

  • ejb009

    July 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Nice work! Another masterpiece! Since it’s my first comment on this site, got to give an awful game for you to check out. Hercules on the Nintendo 64. It gave me heartburn! Keep up the good work. You’ll get support here w/ whatever you do!

  • July 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    You keep making cinema 101 using AVGN episodes and it won’t matter the 3 month wait. This was really great! Reminded me of my old student films, I remember thinking how ahead of my class I was with a huge 30gb finished film but I couldn’t load it anywhere or do an appropriate backup except for VHS.

  • romein138

    July 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Great episode. Regarding technical issues like frame rate issues when exporting in different programs/formats, I hope this issue is addressed neatly in the AVGN movie. Since the game in the Nerd movie has finally been confirmed by James, I think it would be appropriate for this to be the first game to be viewed by emulator. Would a game on one of the first platforms ever – originally meant to be viewed on an old wooden TV cabinet telly – actually look okay blown up to a big screen? Perhaps some video upscaling via emulator would be appropriate for this if the game is to be shown in full screen, or perhaps the game would need to be redrawn entirely!

    I have also hoped that some day we will see HD versions of AVGN, but I realize the CPU cycles are very intensive for something like this and the gameplay footage would still be letterboxed. Although, since James Rolfe is very old school, I doubt this will come any time soon. Please, James, bring your future projects rise to high definition medium!

  • Landofunk

    July 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    lol as soon as I thought “There’s Toucan Sam” you said same thing! 😀

  • NESterminator

    July 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Really interesting to see behind the scenes of AVGN videos.

    I’m curious to know how the intros are made. How do you choose the game clips and things like that, or what version of the theme song you use, etc.? I’d love to see this answered!

  • Joker83

    July 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    This was an incredibly interesting video, THANK YOU James!

  • Oropher

    July 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    After knwowing every nerd video and seeing many with just plain ol’ james rolfe, it’s weird seeing james in the nerd costume without doing the nerd, like seeing schwarzenegger at a election party in terminator garb…

  • KronicCrusader

    July 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Your shirt rules! haha

  • JudasBear

    July 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    ohhhh cool a new episode cant belive it^^

    thanks sooooo much ^^

    i just found your website this year and im already a big fan of your work.

    the style of the avgn is so funy keep it up 😀

    ah and good luck with your movie project and also with your personal life dude!!!

    greetings from the good old germany^^
    (i like your OktoberFest t-Shirt ;- )

  • July 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Goddamn no wonder it takes u a life time to make an episode

  • July 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Excellent behind the scenes, James. And the fact that you’re a Priest fan makes me respect you even more. Keep it up man!

  • Kadama

    July 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Hello James, I’m from Brazil and I watch your videos since 2008, and already laughed a lot even with them! This was by far the less funny, but the coolest!
    When I was a kid I always dreamed of having a video camera to make short films, but I never got one. When I see your videos, I always remember that! This was a great job. Congratulations from Brazil!

  • monumentalbasser

    July 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I’ve been watching your vids since 2006 and have always been anxious for the next one. I’ve never posted a comment until I saw this video and saw just exactly how much effort you’re doing just so I can laugh my ass off. I just wanna say I couldn’t tell you how much I really appreciate it, and please please please never stop. Can’t wait for the movie.

  • RX_79

    July 9, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I only have one word: WOW!

  • GreyFox

    July 10, 2011 at 2:09 am

    That was awesome! It’s always cool to have some insight on how things work behind the scene. Keep up the good work!

  • July 10, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Thanks for the behind the scenes look! I don’t think a lot of people realize all the time and details that go into these. Great work and very interesting view of the process.

  • July 10, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I always love watching behind the scenes footage of things I love watching. Thank you for taking the time to make this for us. I loved every second of it and I truly appreciate all the work you do just to make your fans laugh.

  • Schizima

    July 10, 2011 at 4:03 am

    I’ve been watching your videos for years,and there’s something addicting about them that I can’t explain, along with the nostalgia that they provide, that I think rightfully has earned you such a cult following on the internet. I think in many ways thing such as channel awesome wouldn’t even exist without James Rolfe’s influence.

    When I watch a lot of your older videos and then AVGN and even the Board James, it becomes pretty obvious that film has been a lifelong passion for you. It sure does take commitment to spend 120 hours creating something. As someone who dabbles in all the arts, I’ve never spent that much on a single project. I think what we can all most learn from this video, as film makers, artists, or any kinds of professionals, is that the key to success is dedication. I can film a screencap emulator of myself playing Alfred Chicken for NES and complaining about how mediocre it is, but it simply won’t- and can’t, be as good as anything AVGN related because I don’t take the time or have the commitment.

    You also show that you have a proven model that you follow to create an episode. I always figured that it involved a script and a lot of editing, and yeah, it sure does. Editing must be the heart of good film-making, in the end, because it creates the exact impressions, frame by frame, that are onscreen. I never went to film school myself so I don’t know this stuff. Stuff like overlaying game music and adding in sound effects blows my mind.

    My only other question is how you can focus on one single thing so willingly and not get distracted, but I guess it’s up to the individual to answer that. Thanks for this vid.

  • papatango

    July 10, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Excellent work, James! Really enjoyed the video and getting to know about all the hard work that goes into it.
    I’d say you really deserve some holidays. But I guess you probably wouldn’t really enjoy them because making these videos is your passion and you can’t just switch to `leisure-mode´.
    Anyways, you found something to do that you’re really good at and that you can be proud of. Your hard work is very much appreciated, thanks a million!

  • July 10, 2011 at 7:29 am

    My only question is when you destroy games, are they built props or the real deal?

  • CoreyW2011

    July 10, 2011 at 7:42 am


  • July 10, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Sir, I have a recommendation for the game audio.

    You say you would have to record all of it, but it has already been done –

    There are audio files, called NSF for NES games, SPC for SNES games, and … well, I don’t recall the names for Genesis and PSX, but they also exist, that have the whole audio of each game, and can be played (with the right plugins) through winamp.

    Any time you would need to loop audio from a game, you could simply use Winamp to make a .WAV output of the game file’s actual sound, its purest form, and use it in your audio editing.

    I hope this helps.

  • July 10, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I was thinking about those time-consuming issues with keeping the audio smooth. I’ve done quite a bit of sound editing and I know how frustrating some of this can be. However, don’t a lot of those games have the option to mute the music but keep the sound effects? If they do, you can basically do what you said, only in reverse and without having to sync anything up (because the music plays regardless of what’s going on in the screen) i.e. record the sound effects during play and add the music in afterward. Also, because the music was made with trackers in all those older consoles, they’ll be perfectly in time (you can get pretty good at working out the tempo with some practice) so editing it is really easy. In addition to that; it loops, so just record a single loop of the music and use your editing software, rather than the game itself, to loop it. All this requires that you can mute the music during gameplay but IMO this seems like the easiest solution for games that have that feature.

    Anyway, I love your work and always look forward to anything you’re doing. Well, anything creative or informative, anyway.

  • Horrorfreak

    July 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Oh yeah and one more question, do you know ow to convert a dvd recording onto your computer? I recorded game footage, but it won’t let me paste it onto my desktop. PLease help thanks 🙂

  • July 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    One question is this.

    How many years or semesters did it take you to learn all the acting you perform in your recordings?

  • July 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    This video as awesome. But there’s something I would like to put here, in case you may find interesting.

    About emulation of games, you can actually hook up the computer to a TV set and play using controllers. Most controllers will need adaptors, of course, but the XBox 360 controller can be plugged in directly on a Windows PC. I have my PS2 controller on my PC.

    But I don’t think you would need to hook up one for recording, since they already usually have DVD recorders.

    An emulator can also be used to recording games and filtering sounds. It’s possible, on the majority of the emulators, to disable sound channels and you could, if you wanted, to play a game without any music but preserving the sound effects, no matter the game options.

    You may even pause the game and continue later, with save states. Since you seems busy sometimes, it may help you fit playing games inside your calendar. The cheating part is only up to the one playing, so you won’t need to.

    And there’s a better way to get game music than recording them. It’s actually possible to download these musics on their oficial sound format and play them using Winamp or even foobar2000 using plugins. Since you get the audio on a music program, you can export them on any sound format, with loopings and all.

    For example, if you want the Super Mario World music, you’ll download the Super Mario World package of SPC files and then open the desired track on Winamp, foobar2000 or any other music player with a SPC plugin and voilá, you’ll have the music, with preserved sounding and it’ll loop automatically like in the game. These files are usually quite small because they’re actually extracted instructions from the ROM game.

    So here you’ll have it: playing games without music and putting the music later on the video may make it sound even better, without any continuity issues.

    The only shortcome of using emulators are that they may not behave exactly like the machine, so you may get a little more bugs or a bug may not be present on the emulator. But I think it would make your work of editing a game for your series a hell lot of easier.

    By the way, emulators allow you to get screen footage of handhelds. Only the two newest generation of console games, Sega Saturn, Nintendo 3DS and really obscure systems aren’t emulated nowadays. It’s quite troublesome to emulate Nintendo 64 too, but hey, if you’re playing something not older than the SNES, you’re well served.

  • July 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I loved this. Not only informative but also very inspiring. Like your 200th Cinemassacre video, I’m sending this to all my movie-making friends.

    Waiting on that movie!

  • theCount

    July 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    nice to see a behind the scenes
    btw: I’m studying media computer science and we’re using the same camera as you do
    so I guess you must’ve spent quite a bit on your equipment (500 bucks for the mic isn’t little money)

  • junglekunt

    July 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    For some reason, this is one of my favorite episodes of “the nerd.” It just shows how much time and effort goes into all of your episodes and at the end it even shows your sample nerd episode. No clue why I decided to sign up just to say what EVERY other fan is going to say but, good work man. Also when your like 70 if you sold all of your games you would be a millionaire, think about it 😉

  • damone0181

    July 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Great behind the scenes James ive found this really helpful as i am starting to review films myself inspired by you ofcourse =)

  • Shreddertype

    July 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I have two questions. How long did it take to make “The Making” vid and how long did it take to make the short Barbie clip.

  • jsd1982

    July 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    You really need to use an audio compressor (plugin effect) for the voice-overs! It makes loud parts soft and soft parts loud, basically like how you were manually doing while editing your voice-over tracks, except it does it for you automatically depending on certain parameters. Using this tool properly marks the distinction between professional and amateur quality voice-overs.

  • jsd1982

    July 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Oh, and that part where you manually ramp up the background track when your voice-over goes silent; that’s where you’d want a side-chain input to a noise gate plugin. You set the noise gate to attenuate the background track while the voice-over track’s volume is above a certain threshold. Then when the voice-over goes silent or below that threshold, the background track will come back up to a normal volume. Check out my YouTube music cover videos! Hopefully you’ll see I know what I’m talking about RE: audio mixing :P. I’d love to help you out!

  • jsd1982

    July 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    FYI my YouTube user account is the same as my account here: jsd1982. Also, I signed up on your site just to tell you all this. 🙂 Lastly, I second both Xerdo Pwerko and Alexandre Pereira suggesting usage of NSF (for NES) or SPC (for SNES) game music dump files to get the pure, unadulterated music tracks and sometimes even sound effects from these classic games.

  • Katharsys

    July 11, 2011 at 1:17 am

    This was really fascinating, James. I can’t thank you enough on behalf of all the AVGN fans all over the world for your dedication. You really are devoted to your fans and take pride in your work, and it clearly shows in every episode. (I hope those ingrates who bitch and complain about a lack of new episodes every three days will watch this “making of” vid and STFU!)

    Anyway, thank you again for the videos. I’m a huge fan of yours after seeing the material on your site, and wish you all the success in the world in the future! LONG LIVE THE NERD!!!

  • Hydebrent

    July 11, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Cool video I’m a big fan and about that emulator thing if you homebrew your Wii you could download emulators onto it and us a controller to play and there are even adapter to hook up NES,SNES,N64 and even genesis controllers to your wii

  • MikeyNewJin

    July 11, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Can you talk about your introductions. Btw Thank you for this episode

  • July 11, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Good stuff.

  • Fei Wong

    July 11, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I have a VHS with an entire A link to the Past playtrough from when i was young and played it to death on SNES, so kinda reminded me when i was younger haha!
    It was very very nice James to see this, and the detail of doing a mini AVGN of that piece of shit it was refreshing!

  • July 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

    @ nerd, look into ‘side-chain compression’, that way you can have your overdubbed voice duck the volume of the game music every time you’re speaking. It’ll save a lot of tedious editing in your software.

  • Stonen

    July 11, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Woah,. This is fucking awesome!

  • JamesRolfe

    July 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Whatever happened to Kyle Justin?

  • PorkFrydRice

    July 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Oh boy, I thought I was never gonna be able to watch this video. I don’t know if anybody else has this problem but it seems if a video is over 10 mins. My computer and the GameTrailers video player just do not get a long. Still a great video.

  • July 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I can only think of a few very personal questions:

    Do you make a living out of making this videos?

    Does it affect your social life?

    When you make a episode. How do you feel if its gonna be a good episode or not? (wich episode are you most proud of and wich one do you hate most?).

    I hope youll have the time to answer my questions. I would also like to do an interview by twitter with you once (twinterview) for my blog.

  • July 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Loved the video!
    I never really knew how hard it actually was to make these videos.
    My appreciation for what you’re doing has increased ten fold!
    Also, I’m pretty jealous of your Iron Maiden collection, their one of my favorite bands!

  • RMBowie

    July 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Watch all 33:05 mins great stuff.

  • kynrek

    July 11, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks for another great video keep up the hard work!

  • The Doctor

    July 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Great video James!

    Also I was wondering if you ever thought of doing a review of Earthbound? I know its not at all a bad game but given your knowledge and perspective it would be a very great video to watch. If you need it I could lend you my copy via mail? (Also a resident of NJ)

  • July 12, 2011 at 7:08 am


  • Managor

    July 12, 2011 at 8:03 am

    You propably had a Script for this too XD

  • avgnfan82

    July 12, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Hey James and Mike. I’m just wondering if you could do a review on the old Nintendo/SEGA breakfast cereals they used to have, as well as, the old nintendo commercials from the 80s and early 90s.

    As for some shitty games worth reviewing, I suggest these ones:

    Time Lord (NES): Would be good for a New Year’s episode:)

    Gauntlet (NES): Decent game, but hard as heck

    Alone in the Dark (PC): Hard as heck, bad controls, and pretty much gives you a heart attack every couple of seconds

    The Grape Escape (Board Game): Just play it and you’ll know what I mean about shit.

    Paperboy (NES): Awesome game, but would be good for a review

    Kid Icarus (NES); Awesome game, but unrelentingly hard.

    Toobin’ (NES): Very rare game that’s crazy weird, frustratingly hard, confusing as heck, and jumps to random levels. As you can tell, I hated this game!!! However, it’s one that you just want to keep playing to make sense of. It would make for probably an awesome review. Maybe the best on yet.

  • avgnfan82

    July 12, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Just a follow up. For Alone in the Dark on PC, I mean the original DOS version. I think it came out in the early 90s.

  • July 12, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Thank you James, this was really inspiring and eye-opening, especially when you’re into producing some content yourself!

    Incredible, how tedious my workflow was on my Famicom-video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S89YMDBMu1w) compared to your streamlined version 😀

    And I bet there went least 30 hrs of work in this Making-Of video. Thank you for feeding the masses 🙂

  • TheAceofSpadez

    July 12, 2011 at 10:38 am

    13:51-13:53 lololololololololol

    But great video, James. This was very interesting, and I wouldn’t have the patience to do all that! So I respect you a lot for putting up with all that!

  • TheAceofSpadez

    July 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Okay, I’ll ask a question. I see that you have very good taste in music. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest. But what is your favorite metal band? Or is it one those two?

  • SOAD008

    July 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

    nice video, really helped me out in understanding all this video recording and sound editing stuff. this is the kinda thing i wanted to get a job in after high school/college, if that’s possible. question though, whered you get the money to buy all of that equipment??

  • psyonikx

    July 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm


    Also, I have “Switcher 3”, or as I call it, a Modulator. The one I have is Silver though. It’s definitely a handy piece of equipment!

  • bigbuck64

    July 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    thats pretty cool.

  • July 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with us …
    I learn a lot !! XD
    I got a question How do you film when you play portable consoles ???

  • felon

    July 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Man, now i apriciate even more your work. You’re just great. Keep it up, there are so much people around the world that will thank you for your work and great humor. Long live AVGN!!

    Greetings from Chile!

  • Immattdamon

    July 13, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I like the picture of Captain Spaulding hanging in the voice over room. Devil’s Rejects FTW!

  • thejam216

    July 13, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Yeah this video makes me respect your work even more! Especially the fact that you sit down and play each of the games LIKE A MAN! Haha. Instead of using ROMS. That’s awesome! It’s always exciting to see that you’ve posted new videos up on here. Not just the Nerd ones, but all of the different types.

    Much appreciation on behalf of Australia!

    Also, can’t wait for the AVGN film!

  • Nexusflame

    July 13, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Omg.. FINALLY a new episode. Thank you James.. I was going through withdraw.

  • July 13, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Just to clarify, Grimace isn’t actually from McDonald’s, as you put it. He’s from McDonaldland.

  • BeThor

    July 13, 2011 at 3:40 am

    WOW… All I have to say is, those who work really hard like you do James, deserve the life your having and keep it up because I’m very sure you will be seen in theaters hopefully soon.

    Thanks for all the time you made and have done making all these collection of treasures.

    I’ve been watching you since the “Karate Kid Review”. Me and my girl loves to watch your videos, it completes a perfect night. Not to mention I also watch it with my bro and friends. (Punky) does it rings a bell? in any case ask Douglas (he knows).

    Take care.

  • kakeroo

    July 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    wow. thanks nerd (james). it was really entertaining and informative. thanks for sharing the techniques and tools of trade so others can do some web videos. also, thanks for showing us all the work involved so we appreciate more the effort and time you took to entertain us. i hope this series popularity brought you some cash for the work.

    for a new time consuming project may i suggest you cataloge all those games, media, music, movies, and your archive for house insurance… get back to us on the hours needed to do that 🙂

  • July 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    AVGN is back BAYYYYBEEEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • linkfan3

    July 14, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Hey James when you show footage of you playing the game on the nintoaster are you really playing the game on that thing or is it just a joke

    • July 31, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Doesn’t look fake, but if you remember seeing the part before the intro showing this, it’s quite obvious for the answer.

  • m00neye

    July 14, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Love this episode James! You are the best! But I sure hope that Mike or someone else helps you with all that not just the writing notes part.

  • Seimann

    July 14, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Awesome dude! Kool to see some behind the scenes;) Can’t wait for the movie or another AVGN review!

  • Sephiroth40000

    July 14, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Mr Nerd, I fucking salute you !

  • ACPilot66

    July 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Yeah, looks like Capt. Spaulding, Ernie Hudson… Who else is back there on your wall of fame, James?

  • July 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I’d sent an e-mail with a question but didn’t get an answer. I understand that the Nerd is very busy and might have seen it but didn’t respond, or just plain might have ignored it. I figure I’ll ask again since it’s a related question that wasn’t answered here.

    I’m a big fan of old videogame merchandise. Posters, figures, foodstuffs, obscure peripherals, and you have an insane amount of all of this. Matter of fact, when I watch the insane / silly / violent stunts you do in your episodes, the big thing I notice is the damage you do to your memorabilia, intentional or not. The cheap stuff like bargain NES cartridges I understand, but some things are expensive or nigh irreplaceable. Taking a “dump” in the $250 Jaguar CD, throwing or banging up the rarer games, spitting up “blood” and getting whipped cream on your posters while fighting with Bugs Bunny the second time. Do you take measures to make sure these don’t get ruined?

  • Augie Creighton

    July 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Wow i thought this angry video game nerd show was easy for him but its umm hard cause he has to film the recordering on the games and then go back to recordering himself and script it and edit wow i support this motherfucker with his work. I have splice editor and since i watched this the editing software he uses is high quality then the ipod touch splice editor but atleast i can edit with stuff but ya i support your work the fucking nerd PEACE DUDE.

  • July 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Simply AMAZING, James! Thank you for taking the time to create these vids for us to enjoy.

  • Seblecaribou

    July 15, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I love these videos where you show us the backstage. Like The Dragon in my Dream. This is officially one of my favourite videos you made! I linked it for the french fans on my blog http://www.gameblog.fr/blogs/seblecaribou/p_43379_aujourd-hui-je-suis-fan-de-6-le-retour-d-avgn . You’ve all my support from France!

  • Felix125

    July 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Wow, that’s some serious effort put into your videos. I can’t imagine working all those hours making them at such a high quality.
    And if you’re planning to make a AVGN MOVIE, with all the time it takes to make a single video, then it’s gona be AWESOME!
    You should then take a 3 month holiday for all your hard work. Jesus christ give yourself a break James! You deserve it!

  • Jeff Chen

    July 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Epic video, EPIC!!! This documentary is so valuable to us nerd fans. Thank you so much, James!

  • Mohi

    July 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Sick, good to know how hard you work to make the great vids.
    Can’t wait to see the ET gameplay

  • July 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    did I see xbox 360

  • TheDudeWithTheGames

    July 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Man I grew up with james the first video game review I saw was “A Nightmare on ELM Street (NES) In 2006 he will always be my favorite.

  • July 16, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Thank you so much for this making-of, James. It really was interesting to watch, as well as inspiring.

    I have one question, and I hope you can answer it.
    What is your method (if any) to dust all your stuff in the AVGN room, be it the consoles, the games, the shelves… Does it take a lot of time?

  • MikeDaWiz

    July 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Great Job, James! Like Others have already said, it helps us appriciate all you do more, and also inspires to try these type of things for ourselves.

    Keep up the work, and can’t wait to see more.

  • AuraFox

    July 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Amazing vid as always, James. I knew you put a ton of work into your vids, but awesome to see just how much more there was to it than I thought! Your work is awesome to see, from AVGN to Board James to even movie reviews. Been thoroughly enjoying your work from the first time you posted years ago till even today. Heck, I find myself going back and re-watching several episodes very often. They’re all a blast!

    Keep up the awesome work dude, you’ve got some serious talent here!

  • joseevildead

    July 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    DUUUUUDE!!!! I’ve been a fan for a couple of years now, but I’m glad I registered so I could leave this comment. A lot of the time, people take what you do for granted. I mean, we take maybe half an hour to watch these videos online and move on with our lives without realizing there’s someone behind them spending all this time making them!!! I just wanted to tell you, aside from evrything else, that I am thankfull and gratefull that you actually take the time to make these videos because, at leat for me, they are an escape from the hectic life I lead. And I wanted to thank you for all the years you’ve been commited to this. Thanks man, it’s really appreciated. And, you rule!!! 😀

  • heartofiron

    July 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    That was very educational. That was very informative and gives a lot of insight into what it takes to make these videos. I knew it took a lot of work to put a video together, but this is more then I had imagined. As a big fan, I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work!

  • daz

    July 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    probably a stupid question but, I’d like to know what you use when destroying the games or systems, like the 32X video was it an empty shell, the one from the video or a faulty one you had lying around? and what about when throwing cartridges around, who catches them?

    and as a side note, in another video when complaining about the lack of end labels, all I could keep thinking was “why would keep them out of the box in the first place?” but that’s me, I know boxes get damaged over time but the Mega Drive II game boxes where plastic

  • July 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Awesome Priest t-shirt, I just saw them a while ago for the second time. And I have all the same Iron Maiden albums you have, great video, most of it I already knew because I’m also a video editor. Great work you do, keep it up! I’ve been watching since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode, the first one of course.

  • TheTempleKnight

    July 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I have been following you since the beginning, and I finally decided to make an account here to leave a comment.

    I have to give you a standing ovation, James. Absolutely brilliant, and I loved this video on all the behind the scenes stuff. It was well worth the wait.

    You must get tired of putting on the Nerd persona time after time (Not a Cyndi Lauper fan boy, ha) and I am so glad you have stuck with it for so long.

    You (or the Nerd) bring absolute enjoyment to my day once a month, and I don’t know what it would be like without ya.

    Thank You James, from all of your fans!

  • CCCP

    July 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I’ve got to say, it’s an — ahem — “interesting” decision on the part of James to essentially cancel the bread and butter of this site in place of some ambiguous musings about a potential film project that may or may not ever see the light of day.

    Look James, I understand that you’ve accomplished pretty much everything that you originally set out to do with AVGN and that making further episodes has become something of a chore for you. But as a casual fan for the past few years, I would prefer an acknowledgement that AVGN is officially in hiatus status and will only be returning in the form of special occasions. It’s better than leaving everyone hanging.

    Let’s face it, the only reason people are still checking back with your site at this point is to check if a new AVGN episode is out…

  • DAMN

    July 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    @CCCP this counts as an Episode and also he has stated that he will make AVGN Eps but they will be like in 2006 where he didnt add many effects and calm down this was the July ep the August Ep will come…..well in August!

  • DAMN

    July 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    @James(AVGN) I disagree with some things in this vid like about the PC Gaming you do know you can use a Controller in PC right! Also you can plug your PC to your TV(well you cant XD since there’s alot of cables in that TV but you get what i mean).Also gaming on Keyboards isnt that bad once you get used to it i kinda got offended when you said “Who would wanna play with a keyboard” since when i was a kid i only could play in the PC(and therefore in a Keyboard) )=!

  • SliZeD

    July 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Awesome to watch, amazing that you will try to do both the AVGN movie and all this shit. Great job James, as always

  • Raoul Duke

    July 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm


    I sincerely want to thank you for taking the time to produce this video and educate all of us on the hurdles that need to be dealt with when creating the Nerd videos.

    I’ve never commented on anything on this site before, but felt as though it was appropriate to do so after checking out this particular video.

    I’ve been watching your stuff for several years now and I’ve constantly referred back to your earlier work whenever I needed to take a break from reality.

    I’m a multimedia journalist and have created short feature videos for web consumption using Final Cut. The process gets to be agonizing at times, so I can sympathize. The difference is, my vids run for only about three minutes, while yours average about 30 or so. It’s pretty mind-blowing.

    Anyway, keep up the good work, man. Looking forward to seeing what your newest endeavors hold in store for us. And good luck.


  • carlwinslo

    July 17, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Thanks for the dedication James. Quick question. Do you have back ups of all your hard drives stored away somewhere? like what if your house caught on fire would you lose everything? just curious dont want to sound like a psycho arsonist or anything.

  • AsianVideoGameNerd

    July 17, 2011 at 8:57 am

    That was a great episode James, you really showed us how many things that you do in order to create a good video. Quick Question: When you started AVGN, how was it like the first time? Also, do you play any present day consoles? (Like 360, PS3, Wii I know you play it and the ds from one of your videos)

  • July 17, 2011 at 11:13 am

    After watching this episode, I went back and watched the entire ROB the robot episode. I picked up on all of your sound and video editing techniques you mentioned from this video. Greatly appreciate the hard work put into these videos, thank you.

  • psyhodelik

    July 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Hello from Paris so excuse for my poor english 🙂
    I looked your video from the very start. Thanks you soooo much to entertaine us through all this year.

    You have done so much a great work dude !

    As we say in french !

    “Longue vie” for your show 😀

  • olavtheman

    July 17, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I have watched your videos since about 2007, and I enjoy them awfully alot each time. And as a fellow movie-maker myself, I must that this episode was very interesting. It made me appreciate the videos a lot more.

    It was only one that came to my mind as I watched this, and I think you should try it as well.

    If you record the game while you play it (as you do), why not get in to character as the Angry Video Game Nerd and act it out spontaniously to get better ideas for the script and better reactions from the game (like you did in this video)?

    So, record yourself playing the game (as the AVGN), and at the same time record the game. Record both at the same time to keep track at what you’ve said in what place.

    I hope you like my proposition, and try it. Please answer if you’ll try.

    Greetings from Norway 🙂

  • pennjersey1983

    July 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you James for all your hard work and years of laughs you have given me. I’ve been all around the world in the military and your videos have been watched wherever I go.

  • handsome pete

    July 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Editing a clip of you editing a clip must be a real head trip.

  • MierzejX

    July 18, 2011 at 9:38 am


    First I have a question. Was this episode also scripted or you just shot it live with only little editing? 😉

    This episode showed how much work you put into makeing those videos. It really worked for me as a good motivator.

  • exiram

    July 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

    When are you going to review the Neo-Geo?

  • July 19, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Hey James I’ve been a fan since 2006 and may I say you’ve done some amazing work and I really appreciate the time, money and effort into these videos. I check your site all the time when I get the chance to get online and I watch episodes I’ve seen a million times because they are just so good. I also want to say break a leg on the AVGN movie i can’t wait to see it! And as always have a great day, Semper Fidelis
    sincerely, Trev Kuch

  • July 19, 2011 at 6:48 am

    James i love all of your videos 😀 Got a Question/Request for you. Talk about the beer 🙂 its really famous on your videos. James thanks for all the hard work you do for your fans. Really, a huge thanks 😀 Also can you do a video of The Firemen (Super NES). I played it alot but i never got past the 2nd level. Thanks again

  • ruisisks69

    July 19, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Man you´re just awsome and i really love all of your videos. I´m commenting just to let you know that Portugal Loves you man. Keep on with the Nerd! XD

  • ApacheMan2K

    July 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I always wondered how you made your episodes. I’ve been thinking about making my own game history videos, so I’m thankful for the tips. Unfortunately, though, I’m more of a PC person, so I’d more likely use Windows Movie Maker.

  • Mike Portnoy

    July 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Listening to those Iron Maiden CDs must’ve been awesome!!

    • gamers_love_sprite

      February 8, 2012 at 1:43 am

      Are you really Mike Portnoy

  • Cannibal Iglu

    July 20, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Rob the robot episode was awesome.good stoner fun.
    this on the otherhand was a piece of shit.
    It took like 2 fucking days just to watch thru this shit, and Barbie,
    what a fucked up game, first I was like yeah a NEW AVGN episode, fantastic and then, FUCKINGBLAAAM what a fucking disappointment.
    I´m a long time fan, seen Castlevania and TMNT episodes like 20 times but this educational fucking boring shit is just fucked.
    You don´t see great musicians for instance explaining how they put their awesome pieces together, there should always be a bit room to mystery and magic in every creative event you put your mind in to.
    So, continue making great episodes where you go apeshit and drink beer and curse and shit and leave that fucking nursing of your emonerds fans to someone who gives a shit.
    that´s the main reason I started to like AVGN.
    He doesnt seem to give a fuck about anything.
    And you cunts who wanna know how to make/edit videos, GO TO SCHOOL you fuckfaces

  • cwelsh68

    July 20, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Great video James, I for one found it interesting seeing how you make the videos, especially how you recorded your games, always wondered how you did that. I also gotta commend you on your choice of laptop, Macbook Pro, nice man. Keep up the good work!

  • Nintendo_Master

    July 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I loved watching this James, but I do have one question. How long did it take you to complete this video? I know you didn’t rehearse it or anything (apart from the Barbie section) but it’s still interesting to know.

  • xenomorph

    July 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I finally know! I finally know your equipment and your process. yay! thank you james, thank you so much.
    amazing, simply amazing.

  • thormario

    July 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

    First, to Cannibal Iglu: How can you claim to be a fan, or to like James’ work at all when you show no gratitude for his work. As a fan who have watched not only the Castlevania and TMNT (lol), but also the other episodes over and over again, I really enjoyed watching it.
    Fine, you didn’t enjoy this as much as the real fans who cares about his work, but why not just appreciate that he’s still going? I guess what I’m trying to say is; shut up.

    Thanks for spending so much time on making videoes, James. I’ve watched you ever since The Angry Nintendo Nerd “was born” and I really liked seeing how the work gets done.
    You’re always so grateful to your fans, but believe me: we’re grateful to you as well.

  • TheLifeOfJames

    July 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I had no idea it was this difficult when you made the videos! Pure Genius!

  • ghty43

    July 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks James for an insight into how you do what you do. You’ve always entertained me with your videos and I think you have an amazing talent. Keep up the good work!

  • Unshelledturtle

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Damn dude I never thought there was so much work behind the set. Keep up the kick ass shows. even if they are short and shitty there still funny as fuck.

    Good Work james.

  • Unique Girl

    July 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    that was amazing..marry me jimmy..you’re the BEST!

  • xblindguardianx

    July 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    So I’m a longtime fan, and it was great to see how you create your episodes… But the reason I started to like this series, is because it was just a dude drinking beer, bitching about shitty aspects of a game. The past year, I feel like it has just been how you displayed your improve playing barbie. I think your trying to hard, before it looked like you had fun. Your talking about grabbing a thesaurus to find ways to react? it doesnt sound natural anymore. Magic=ruined.

  • Valjur

    July 21, 2011 at 1:16 am

    You should do a 3 hour video on how to make these videos, or making videos in general. I know I would watch it at least twice.

  • riddleguitarist

    July 21, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Appreciate this vid James. I have 2 questions.

    FIrst is about the theme song. How did you and Kyle Justin know each other abd write the song?

    Second is about your game and console collection. I know a good amount of your NES games are donations from fans, does this also apply to the consoles and other games? If not, where do you find/buy everything?

  • AVGNfan95

    July 21, 2011 at 7:18 am

    will the barbie nes review up after the filming of your movie

  • WestBuiltAMountain

    July 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

    @ Cannibal Iglu

    Cool story, bro.

  • WestBuiltAMountain

    July 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I’m impressed by the amount of games with boxes James has. I tossed ALL my old games when I was growing up and now i’m rebuying games and it seems getting the box costs a good bit more with most games these days. Most people (like me) just tossed the boxes away and left the games in piles.

    Watching these videos makes me wish I’d kept my old games and that I hadn’t tossed my Nintendo Power magazines too.

  • Mike514

    July 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

    In response to Cannibal Iglu:

    AVGN makes fun of games that we played as kids. When AVGN plays and critiques games like Castlevania and TMNT, it does two things:

    A) it evokes nostalgia / memories of our youth spending hours playing those games, and

    B) we look back and laugh, because AVGN highlights all the absurdities that we may or may not have noticed as kids (“Oh yeah, I remember killing Rocksteady with Donatello, by sitting on that crate, ducking and hitting!” for example).

    The problem is that after years of mocking games that we played as kids, the Nerd is running out of those games.

    Therefore, he’s resorting to games such as Barbie, which none of his viewers have probably ever played. It’s hard to have any sense of nostalgia when he’s playing Barbie, and that’s the main problem. There’s no connection between the games he’s playing, and our experiences. It’s all new to us, and frankly, not as interesting.

    I also hope he continues to make great videos, but the fact is that he’s running out of games that his viewers can connect to.

  • July 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Hi, James, question for you about audio:

    i was wondering why you don’t use a compressor/limiter for your dialog (and then also ducking for the game sound)? It seems it would be a lot less work than manually adjusting the levels!

    Thanks for this glimpse into the process. i hadn’t realized just how much a character the Nerd really was. i figured that at least part of him was you 😉

    i’m not at all bothered by the “magic” being given away either… i watch special features on DVDs (making-of, effects and what not), and still have no problem suspending disbelief.

  • Hepodix

    July 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    @Cannibal Iglu
    Pidä ny jo vittu se turpas kiinni ku et vitu tiedä saatana mistään mitään …

  • Schloss Ritter

    July 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

    James’s DVD recorder looks exactly like mine, but it’s a different brand. Strange.

    Playing through an emulator no longer necessarily involves being hunched over a keyboard. There are adapters to hook up real controllers and ways to hook up your computer to a big TV.

    Speaking of Iron Maiden, they were used for some music in Carmageddon 2. Too bad James never got into PC games, as he’d probably like all the pedestrian splatter in that game too.

  • fraglessone

    July 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Cannibal Iglu, I registered an account here just to call you out on your complete and utter stupidity. First of all, just because you’re not interested, doesn’t mean other people are. The whole reason he did this video was BECAUSE his fans requested it. 2nd of all, you do see great musicians talking about their setup and how they get their signature sound etc. Just about all the great classic bands have documentaries released all about the making of their most popular albums, and it costs money. So keep bitching about how you don’t like a free video that nobody forced you to watch.

    Lastly, do you really think James acts the same in real life as he does in these videos? Grow up, not everyone is as much of a whiny asshat as you are… and since that’s about all you have going for yourself right now, you can take that as a compliment.

    James.. Thank you for providing the most simple website registration ever! If anyone is reading this and isn’t registered, do it. It takes less than 60 seconds.

  • levan

    July 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Great work mate! Really gives a whole new perspective on your work. Cheers!

  • Aurgelmir

    July 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    @Cannibal Iglu so wait, it took you 2 days just to watch something that isnt even half an hour long….and how does that make you feel?

  • Rex12321

    July 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Wow, I never knew that so much time & effort went into making just ONE episode. It’s clear that you take pride in your work, and it shows. Every one of your videos are memorable masterpieces. Mike does an awesome job aswell doing all the title cards. Thanks for producing such amazing videos and sharing with us a little bit of what goes on behind the scenes!

  • Segajunkie

    July 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    First off I want to say; Thanks James for the Behind the Scenes of AVGN. I had a rough idea of how it worked in post, but I didn’t know about the frame rates changing in post as well as recording all your live play to a DVD or VHS recorder. I just assuming you did play the game, but just captured footage from an emulator.

    I’m in the same boat as Fraglessone where I registered an account today to also comment in iglu’s commentary. Not only was this informative, it was also more informative than most musician behind the scene videos I’ve seen. I’ve watched a video where a very haggard David Bowie just punched in a set of words into a random lyric generator to create songs and it was godawful. Schools don’t teach you how to get by on a budget, schools just teach you to work with equipment that’s been PROVIDED.

  • Game Breaker

    July 22, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Great stuff! Cool to see how this comes about. Also funny about the Maiden CDs. I noticed them right away since they are my favorite band. When you said you listened to all of them, I understood the magnitude of that. AWESOME!

  • July 23, 2011 at 1:37 am

    that sure it’s a huge job to make all that done the way you do james… im a big fan of your work, not just the AVGN but all the stuff you made. Greetings from Chile, South America…. BTW give Mike my regards as well 😀

  • NesirtualGamer

    July 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Oh my god what an amazing video the making of the Angry Video Game NErd, what a delight and a treat. Whilse James was making the AVGN movie I was playing toons and keeping up with the turtes TMNT on this Vizzed website and it is grat. I know James does not endorse it I think. bTu the leader avideo7 loves the NES and created a whole retro game room and toon room completely for free and you ever own the games on your computer but play them virtually. http://www.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/retrotoons/toon.php?id=320&ref=65348
    I watched this dozens of times on Screwattack which opens in a separate window and cannot beleive how lucky we are for knowing and having James as our leader.
    This is a great video to see what goes into the making. The Barbie doll on the cover put me off but once I watched it I thougth it ws great.

  • NesirtualGamer

    July 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Oh my god what an amazing video the making of the Angry Video Game Nerd, what a delight and a treat. Whilst James was making the AVGN movie I was playing toons and keeping up with the turtes TMNT on this Vizzed website and it is grat. I know James does not endorse it I think. but the leader avideo7 loves the NES and created a whole retro game room and toon room completely for free and you ever own the games on your computer but play them virtually. http://www.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/retrotoons/toon.php?id=320&ref=65348
    I watched this dozens of times on Screwattack which opens in a separate window and cannot beleive how lucky we are for knowing and having James as our leader.
    This is a great video to see what goes into the making. The Barbie doll on the cover put me off but once I watched it I thougth it ws great.

  • metadragon142

    July 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Wow, simply amazing. I had no idea how much work goes into a simple 20 minute internet video. Great work AVGN. You have a real talent for making videos, don’t ever stop.

    Also, it’s great to see another MAC user 😛

    Anyway, it was fun looking at behind the scenes for a nerd video, and I’m excited for more videos you have coming up.

  • Kriegshetzer

    July 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Most impressive.
    Even though I knew making a movie takes time and hard work I could not imagine the enormous work behind it. Well done!

    Btw I just finished Ninja Gaiden (or Shadow Warriors, EU-name) ;P
    It expanded my vocabulary like 100 times with new and amazing swedish curse words.

    Keep up the good work!

  • -1up

    July 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

    The reason why a grown man would play a game meant for little girls is because they would also watch My Little Pony.

    Now onto my real comment…I have to say, this is really quite amazing. Putting all that work into a video that’s usually no more than maybe 20 minutes long. I mean, I know it’s not an easy thing to do, but that’s a pretty big production that you’ve got going. Thanks for saying what programs you use, it’s really helpful. This is also pretty funny because your pointing out all of these things that I didn’t even notice in the other videos.

    I am a tad upset to find out that you’re a Mac though. :\

  • SkulCrusher657

    July 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Wow that’s alot of work for 1 episode but i wanna kinda be like you but i don’t have much money

  • Javas

    July 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Great work!!
    I love behind the scenes episodes, it´s interesting and fun to watch how the job is done.

  • AVGNrocks2903

    July 26, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Good episode!

  • Foxinbox

    July 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

    That’s weird, you’re always thinking “Is that da best video in da world ??”

    And, in fact, it can be even better, just by showing the making of !

  • thebgd

    July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    i learned some editing tricks AND got to see a new nerd episode…… it was a good day

  • Ninjabox

    July 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    u should make a tour of your video game room

  • Steveee

    July 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    As far as gaming casually outside of AVGN footage, how often do you do it?

  • July 28, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Absolutly Awesome! The end-credit-music always gives me goose-skin, thinking about all the fun I had all the years watching your (nerd-)videos.
    Thanks for all your effort! Just never stop, it’s awesome!! 😉
    Greetings from Germany! 🙂

  • Thesimsguy

    July 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    my favourite avgn episodes are the ones that review consoles and games that no one has any idea about that werent very popular

  • ZzZimmy02

    July 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Best nerd episode so far and sure answers a lot of questions 🙂


    July 31, 2011 at 1:48 am

    my brain almost exploded

  • Strazdas

    August 1, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Poor James, You have snacked the poisonous apple and now you are Mac slave. No wonder editing takes so long.

    • July 31, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Poor fanboy, still shattered deep in the heart by a shattered glass microscopic junk, no wonder your comment is too fed up, delusional crap like them, now you’re a PC-poor crap concentration camp prisoner.

  • August 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    As a brewer, I’ve wondered about:

    1. How much beer do you actually drink when making an episode?
    2. Do you really like Rolling Rock, or is it just comically bad beer to go with comically bad games?
    3. What is your favorite non-nerd-video beer?

    Keep up the great work, I hope you do these until every bad game is exhausted (i.e. always)!

  • jivebob

    August 2, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    So…I cant access this through the cinemassacre ipod touch app…I can get older videos…just not this one…hmmm.

  • August 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Hey James, whats your gamertag? (If you have one)

  • sucidalspree

    August 4, 2011 at 5:05 am

    where is the review to this?

    and if there is one why is it not listed?

  • pedrovay2003

    August 5, 2011 at 12:02 am

    My God… You’re insane. You’re an insane genius.

  • chromemax

    August 5, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    does anyone else notice the ring on his finger? is he engaged? :-/

  • August 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    22:50 I really want those hard drives 😀

  • frozenintiime

    August 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    You should totally do a video tour of your whole house.

  • Telereactor

    August 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    im really glad that you made this video. i have an entirely new appreciation for what you do.

  • August 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    To think people complain about you only doing one a month, now they know why. props James.

  • kaceroner

    August 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Dude i’ve been watching your videos for years. i’m either watching movies playing home consoles or watching James. Props to you man! real talk.

  • August 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Fantastic video, James! Love the Priest shirt and the Maiden wall of doom! \m/

  • Ruppy

    August 10, 2011 at 7:27 am

    This was truly a great insight into how much work you need to put into these videos, no matter how short or simple they may seem. I’ve used Final Cut Pro before and know how much work needs to be done in it when you shoot something and go to edit it. Still, it’s awesome getting to see some behinds the scenes stuff for AVGN.

    I did have one question though that’s really stuck in my head ever since the first AVGN episode I ever watched. I don’t know if it’s anywhere on a DVD somewhere (don’t have enough money to get those sadly) but I’ll ask anyway since you said to leave comments asking questions: I know that sometimes when the Nerd destroys a game it’s not really destroyed because it got shot with a laser or something, but what about the games that we actually see you dismantle (like Winter Games)? Do you have an extra copy of the game you don’t need anymore and destroy it while keeping one to play later? Or do you actually destroy the game and never deal with it again or just go buy another copy? I’d love to hear the reasoning behind that.

  • chrisRAWRZ

    August 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    wow thats alot of work james. never really knew it was that much. gj

  • August 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    amazing work you do every month James!! luv it!

  • Luka1184

    August 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    YAY! My question made it to the screen 😀

  • August 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    philips makes an automatic switch box. i use two of them daisy-chained together for my n64, ps1, ps2, gamecube, xbox, and dreamcast. all i do is turn on the system i want, and the switches detect the input and switch automatically (no charts required!). they are ~$25 online, but i got them for like, $10 each at Job-Lot (a chain of discount stores).
    Here is a link to the philips website: http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi-bin/dcbint/cpindex.pl?ctn=US2-PH61150&scy=us&slg=en


    August 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Hey James im a big fan of your work. i have one question for you have you ever desided to get like a contest and to the guy who wins can make a episode whit you. That would be real awsome

  • Belovedunderground

    August 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

    hey avgn think you can promote my website http://www.nes-rom-lovers.webs.com

  • Shire2Mordor

    August 15, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Do not do a video tour of your house. This video was long and stupid. Unless your videos have a billion dollar budget, it’s just uninteresting. This isn’t fucking Lord of the Rings.

  • dylstew

    August 17, 2011 at 4:03 am

    I still don’t really get how you make the music sound fine….
    if you cut a bunch of parts,the music will sound messed up but when you put sound from the deleted clip in you’ll hear the sound effets from the wrong clip and not hear the right sound effects…

  • echris56

    August 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I have a question. Is the beer and booze you drink in the videos real?

  • echris56

    August 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Not trying to be a kiss-ass, but I just noticed we have at least two things in common. We love games, and music keeps us sane.

  • greendayrock92

    August 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Where’s the show located? Can’t believe the amount of games that you have in the room!!!

  • xenomorph

    August 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    why don’t you use digital p2 cards on your HVX to go HD?
    I guess it’s because p2 cards are expensive, you can’t record long, the files are really big, and/or your prefer a hard copy (the mini-DV).

  • jasondixon360

    August 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I have a question, when you record your games to a DVD, which speed mode do you use or which one do you recommend? (even though the quality doesn’t have to be perfect)

  • TigerCatBrandon

    August 23, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Great Vid. I am curious about video making. Thxx for the tips. I’ve used Windows Movie Maker, but that is certainly more sophisticated.

  • September 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    impressive! you make me really want to try making my own videos of some sort now. nothing serious or fancy, but i just wanna give it a try.

    i didnt really think before it was that much work. i just thought you had a simple camera, and just played the game. but now i see, its not that easy! but the fact you’ve made so many, along with tons of other kinds of videos… amazing!

  • connor64

    September 6, 2011 at 9:18 am

    this is a good making of episode james but i got a question … where did you get your boom mic cus i cant find anywhere that sells them

  • connor64

    September 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

    hey frozenintiime ? damn right he should be on cribs or something it would be helarious if mike was in the nerds lair when there filming and he gos batshit insane

  • DanaFitzwater

    September 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    For a simple episode it sure seems like a lot of work. Glad you are passionate enough to keep ’em coming. I can’t wait for your movie either. By responses here I’d say you have 50,000 tickets sold already. Not blockbuster status but better than Gigli. Anyway, keep up the great work, you never fail to bring enjoyment to me.

  • Dana

    September 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Great episode. I’ve always enjoyed seeing behind the scenes features. I must say for a simple episode that is a lot of work. It really shows you have a real passion for what you do and it’s really appreciated on this end of the experience because it shows. Looking forward to the movie.

  • ljngamessuck

    September 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    i always wonder if you actually smash the games on ground

  • _Sp1ke_

    September 13, 2011 at 3:19 am

    It’s interesting to see that you’re manually adjusting the volume of your vocal tracks to keep them consistent with each other. Have you tried with a compressor? It would save you a LOT of time

  • beez1717

    September 13, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Although a compressor does work, sometimes the best solution is to do it by hand. It always (at least to me) sounds better. As for the other editing pieces. I think that the most interesting thing you’ve got going for you would have to be what happens after you compress the video! I sometimes have wondered if you might make a reference to the fact that when you compressed the video the game refused to behave correctly because it was AFRAID of being shown how shitty it really is!

  • JoshGriffiths

    September 14, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Great video, really. I didn’t realize how much work goes into just making a simple review. Its a shame some people have to completely rip you off and make you look bad. But anyway, best of luck to you in the future.

  • A young gamer

    September 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Q: when are you playing Et for 2600 , not Et go come the real shit nugget

    • NeoShinryu

      September 19, 2011 at 12:19 am

      according to certain announcements (i forgot where he put it), he is working on an AVGN movie and he will be reviewing ET there. no announcement as to WHEN it will arrive but that is where he said he will review the game

      @A young gamer

  • NeoShinryu

    September 19, 2011 at 12:14 am

    hi there nerd. this is related to your listening of Iron Maiden. seeing as that is your music style, check out Hammerfall, Black Majesty, and Stratovarius. they will give you some awesome editing time musicand of course i cannot actually

  • NeoShinryu

    September 19, 2011 at 12:18 am

    hi there nerd. this is related to your listening of Iron Maiden. seeing as that is your music style, check out Hammerfall, Black Majesty, and Stratovarius. they will give you some awesome editing time music

    and of course i cannot actually end the comment without mentioning how awesome you are (about 18 months ago a friend of mine and i did a history project and YOU were the theme). Yep, i check every day to see if there is a new episode. So visit the Bay Area in California sometime (and announce it here) so I can meet you personally. yeah, so… you are awesome, live long and prosper, hooray nerdness/nerdism, etc

  • NeoShinryu

    September 19, 2011 at 12:18 am

    hi there nerd. this is related to your listening of Iron Maiden. seeing as that is your music style, check out Hammerfall, Black Majesty, and Stratovarius. they will give you some awesome editing time music

    and of course i cannot actually end the comment without mentioning how awesome you are (about 18 months ago a friend of mine and i did a history project and YOU were the theme). Yep, i check every day to see if there is a new episode. So visit the Bay Area in California sometime (and announce it here) so I can meet you personally. yeah, so… you are awesome, live long and prosper, hooray nerdness/nerdism, etc

  • NeoShinryu

    September 19, 2011 at 12:18 am

    hi there nerd. this is related to your listening of Iron Maiden. seeing as that is your music style, check out Hammerfall, Black Majesty, and Stratovarius. they will give you some awesome editing time music

    and of course i cannot actually end the comment without mentioning how awesome you are (about 18 months ago a friend of mine and i did a history project and YOU were the theme). Yep, i check every day to see if there is a new episode. So visit the Bay Area in California sometime (and announce it here) so I can meet you personally. yeah, so… you are awesome, live long and prosper, hooray nerdness/nerdism, etc

  • Rhetticus

    September 29, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Amazing! I had no idea so much went behind making an AVGN epidode! I’d love to see scans of the documention and photos of your archives and equipment ^___^b

  • sneakypreacher

    October 2, 2011 at 5:53 am

    I would have never thought so much work would go into the making of just ONE video! You must have patience of STEEL! I think if I were to make videos like this, I”d pull a Phillip DeFranco and just hire a team of motherfuckers to do all the technical work…lol. I would never have the patience to do it myself.

  • z-byte

    October 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Man. That video was AMAZING.

    What I think you should do at the very beginning is to make it super-appealing to those who haven’t experienced the game before, especially at the game-startup.

    StarTropics and StarTropics II would be my best pick for you to review after watching this. I think it would be best if it were in two videos. You will bring this game to fame.

  • SolidSnake2003

    October 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing how you create your videos Mr. Rolfe.

    I do have a question about your gameplay footage. I am the webmaster of a site dedicated to Solid Snake. I have recorded gameplay footage, as well as cutscenes from the game. I record the footage to DVD, then I rip them using ImTOO DVD Ripper to get them into my computer. My problem is that they mostly come out dark. Do you have any tips for me to improve their quality?

  • strawberryriddick

    October 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I have no interest in doing any kind of editing but I watched it because you obviously put a lot of time into it. Even though I won’t use it, it’s still interesting to know…kind of like documentaries on space travel. Thanks for being so loyal to your fans.

  • seedub

    October 22, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Too bad I can’t watch AVGNs anymore like the old days when you posted them on youtube. Gametrailers is a nightmare for older computers (and I’m not talkin stone age either)

  • November 8, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Awesome! It is just unbelievable the. Amount of time and effort you put into these videos. I love your work James, and am relatively new to the AVGN series and have been watching only since Jan 2011. I have seen ALL of your videos nonetheless. You have helped me a great deal. I was going through tough time in my life and no matter what was going on I could put on AVGN and laugh my problems away. You may have inadvertently saved my life. Enough about me though. Thank you so much for everything yoh do. You must have a great sentimental value in everything you have to keep it for that long. Most people throw away all their childhood toys and games but yoh still have a lot of them. You don’t just see a game you see the memory that comes with it. Once again I appreciate your videos and can only wish to emulate you in the way you are passionate about your work. In your song you say ” He’s gonna bring you back to past” and it seems back then when we were kids ( as I am only 2 years younger than you) things made more sense. Well you have brought me back and It feels great. Thank you sir

  • connor64

    November 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    great video james, but if you want a good bit of software check out movie storm, its a awesome program that lets you make 3D storyboards and films. it is very useful to me because it helps me plan my shots and my actors movements.

  • n3

    November 20, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Awesome video. I like the idea of showing the tech side of these videos. For a newer game reviewer, like myself, this is REALY helpful.

  • PaulAshford

    December 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Wow! I was so unaware of the effort that goes into these.You sir are a machine! How you manage to do ALL that in a short space (looking back twice a month blows my mind) is unreal!So organised and so professional! This is why all the other youtube channels attempting the same idea fail. Massive respect James.

  • DominicMarciano

    December 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    AVGN you should use a compressor with the condenser microphone for the live recording. It will balance out the sound. A compressor raises the quieter volumes and lowers the louder volumes automatically. Also, you should use the condenser mic for the voice overs instead of the cheap dynamic mic and it will make the voice overs sound clearer and less muffled. Love your videos anyway and thanks for the behind the scenes look!

  • DominicMarciano

    December 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Also, you could probably use a compressor for the sound editing as well. If you had the game music set at a lower volume than the speech, the compressor would automatically raise and lower it according to when you were speaking over the music track.

  • Bazzeman211

    December 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Hi James could not help but notice all the great music that u listen to 🙂

    well if u ever need a vacation u should come down to sweden and come to the sweden rock festival, grat festival whit good people and great music not to say the least!!!

    Well keep up the good work, i love ur videos man and i wish u luck in the future 🙂

  • MichaelHerrling

    December 9, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Funny enough I grew up alongside my niece and one of the few games she had for the NES was Barbie. I grew up playing that game whenever my sister was babysitting us. The first stage isn’t a nursery, it’s supposed to be a department/clothing shop. If it had been a more long-winded review there could be a ton that could’ve been said about the later levels; more specifically the mermaid stage with the jellyfish and the music stage where you had to jump on music notes that were as small as Barbie’s feet.

    • ShockzOddishGlodekova

      January 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

      @MichaelHerrling The episode is not really about the game itself, more to show how to makea review for it. But wow, it sounds like a damn annoying game stage… Also, James didn´t mention it, so what the hell is up with that tennis ball attack? It looks very unusable…

  • ChillCherry

    December 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I have a question for you, James (if you’re reading this, of course): is your IMDb page real?

  • catsslashgnats

    December 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    So… TAVGN is a character?

    • Doogrisa

      February 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      @catsslashgnats AVGN and James Rolfe are two completely differant people. kinda like the character in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • ViperXeon

    December 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Is that a picture of John Wayne Gacy in the background at 9:45?

    • rogerdodger1998

      December 30, 2011 at 5:47 am

      @ViperXeon It’s Captain Spalding next to Winston Zeademore.

  • AdamSee

    December 12, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Awesome video James. Love your work!

  • bigpike54

    December 17, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Love the music choice 😀

  • lyken456

    December 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm


    i know there might be a movie but im just wondering if you could have an audition in Des Moines Iowa cuz if i can i would like to audition for the nerds son. I love avgn and have been waching cince the verry beginning… i would be verry happy if you could that would be awsome

  • ashxu

    December 24, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I wonder why James doesn’t just download the music for these games. A lot of sites including youtube have downloads for raw music from a lot of NES games.

  • ashxu

    December 24, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I wonder why James doesn’t just get the music for these games off the internet instead of manually recording it. A lot of websites like youtube have raw music for NES games and stuff.

    • Morso

      December 31, 2011 at 10:00 am

      @ashxu There still are copyright issues so he would have to ask permission each time he needs to use some song

  • ColtonGreenlee

    December 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Lmao, you actually have footage of the Atari Porn games? Don’t lie, I saw it in the archives;)

    • Morso

      December 31, 2011 at 9:46 am

      @ColtonGreenlee Well, considering he has done an entire episode about them it’s not that odd that he has the footage recorded…

  • drandall42

    January 6, 2012 at 2:44 am

    i’d love fx, video/sound editing and various of simular stuff but i have nothing to do it on nor the programs or the budget……………….. ps how can i get a nintoaster?

    • dwarf365

      March 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      @drandall42 you build it. look up stickyfingers on you tube. he shows him building james’ nintoaster

  • drandall42

    January 6, 2012 at 2:44 am

    ***id love to be able to do fx (correcting my last comment)

  • Funeralfog

    January 7, 2012 at 5:51 am

    you’re wearing a Priest shirt, and have all the Maiden Albums. hell yes. up the Irons

  • 64nicnak

    January 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    how exactly do you create the visual effects, like……… wat do u use to create the visual effects from scratch?

  • pullen8

    January 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    is there a cheaper way to make a good video i dont want to spend 3,980 dollars

    maybe more

  • ChrisLucciHerrera

    January 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    This made me appreciate AVGN beyond the entertainment value. My deepest respect for you, you have created something that millions have enjoyed and probably more will. Keep doing what you do, i’ll be a loyal fan and watch what you have to bring to the table.Sincerely, from a thankful fan.

  • ShockzOddishGlodekova

    January 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I assumed it takes a lot of effort to make a video like this, but I never imagined it takes this much of it. All the time you have to sacrifice and all of the things you have to do, maybe even redo if you forget (it happens)… just wow. I really admire you, James, wish you the best of luck with your future projects and hope there will be a lot more awesome AVGN and other videos from your production to come.

  • P_A_Vincent

    January 14, 2012 at 2:58 am

    as a video editor myself (and not so much of a gamer) I always enjoyed your clips. Not only for the humour and the badmouthing but also because it’s well done.

    Now that you’ve given us the secret path to your studio I feel like we all are more close to you and your work.

    If I don’t always agree with some of your technical choices (that’s actualy only a mather of preferences and tastes) I actually admire your dedication to your work and the professionalism that you put into it.

    Thank you and God Bless the AVGN !!

  • Bex13

    January 17, 2012 at 1:42 am

    If you can play a shitty game like Barbie, why not E.T. ??

    • Havik385

      January 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm


    • Havik385

      January 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      @Bex13 Are you retarded? Are not aware of the fact that he’s reviewing E.T. for the movie?

      • GarrettMcPhee

        January 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        @Havik385 @Bex13 I don’t think he’s * reviewing* E.T

        Reviewing it is redundant…when can James say that hasn’t already been said?

    • July 31, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      For the movie duh, worst game ever made, saving the worst for last.

  • DaBun

    January 19, 2012 at 12:38 am

    You know, that trick with recording both a “loud” and “quiet” version of the audio simultaneously by splitting up the stereo track is so goddamn clever I can’t believe nobody’s ever thought of it before. Ingenious!

  • JordanWalters

    January 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Look at all that Maiden! I wish I could like hang out with you in real life and fucking jam to some Maiden and play Double Dragon. Up the irons! m/

  • Daniel Ferguson 69

    January 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Hey Angry Video Game Nerd , Im a huge fan of your movies i love every single one of them . When you drink the beer in your movies is it real beer or do you use something else ? As after doing a lot takes you would be pissed lmao . Saying that i bet your funny as fuck when your pissed . Keep up the good work i will be watching

    • TheShadowluigi

      February 16, 2012 at 12:23 am

      @Daniel Ferguson 69 no because when he drinks he is FIRING HIZ LAZOR BLAAAAAAARRRRRG

  • JaysonGeronca

    January 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Didn’t expect it was that tedious especially the script. James seems very natural in the AVGN videos!

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  • talk2nite

    February 1, 2012 at 11:44 am

    no download? 🙁

  • kresocorlukic

    February 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    James, are you aware that you can connect a controller to a PC, and then connect the PC to the TV and play video games sitting back on a couch on a PC?Not to mention that you get such things as mods, better graphics, trainers, emulators etc.

    • metalcommand

      February 13, 2012 at 7:09 am

      @kresocorlukic He dislikes trainers, emulators, mods etc. etc. Have you seen this episode?

  • Dreamer355

    February 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    draming of kens balls ahahahah

  • SoulStealR

    February 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Hey, do you have any shitty games you want to review to your GameCube?

    • TheShadowluigi

      February 15, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      @SoulStealR not to be offensive,but isn’t the AVGN character stuck in the 1980’s….isn’t that why he only reviews OLD shitty games???

      • muckspreadmadness

        February 25, 2012 at 12:44 am

         @TheShadowluigi yes, its in the song …. “he’s going take you BACK to the past”.    🙂 

      • TheShadowluigi

        February 25, 2012 at 9:49 am

         @muckspreadmadness  well i was an idiot……i remembered,all the game consoles and games he reviews are not being commercially sold,correct?the gamecube isn’t having any new games being released anymore,i thought he would “discover” the gamecube.

      • July 31, 2014 at 10:38 pm

        And some games from a few years back even before 2005.

    • TheShadowluigi

      February 16, 2012 at 12:16 am

      @SoulStealR wow i am stupid,i realized i found a perfext template to this.

  • FulmerCharles

    February 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Thank you for making us so happy and spending your own money. this has been so fun over the years. thanks a lot for showing us bad games and things we never noticed in games we played

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    February 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

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  • TheShadowluigi

    February 16, 2012 at 12:18 am

    here is a request.because the nintendo gamecube is not making any new games,i think it’s time for the nerd to “discover”the gamecube.here’s a template,

    ok,the nerd wants a break from shitty games,so he looks on his shelf and finds Luigi’s mansion.( a launch title for the gamecube.)This is a good game,but the twist is that it is SO underrated.it would be funny for a good reference to mario is missing.

  • TheShadowluigi

    February 16, 2012 at 12:21 am

    oh by the way james,have you ever heard of The Super Gaming Brothers???they are hilarious.

  • muckspreadmadness

    February 25, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Great game choice!   I was always curious about this Barbie game ever since you showed us it briefly in the bugs bunny/woody woodpecker crazy castle episode.  …. barbie what a bitch.   lol 

  • corygunn7

    February 26, 2012 at 6:26 am

    I loved this episode It was amazing, thank you james, and mike.

  • KleZ

    March 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Greatest video of all time!It’s nice to see that you take so much effort in making these videos! And you also have skills so ..+1- for sacrificing time and patience +3- for knowing how to do, script, edit, special effects, play, etc+100- for having the most awesome basement in the history of the world+5- for listening to Judas Priest-10 – for prefering mac hahaThanks nerd! Your fans appreciate it.

    • KleZ

      March 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      (after writing the comment, it’s nice to see that the “endlines” are not in the final comment and it just becomes a fucking mess)

  • JaysonGeronca

    March 3, 2012 at 3:01 am

    KINECT for Xbox 360 – sets World Record
    *No controllers or remotes “You are the controller”
    *the Kinect sensor recognizes your gestures and movements
    *connect with just the wave of your hand
    *play games, watch TV, movies, & music 
    *Kinect works with every Xbox 360 console
    Kinect sets World Record as the fastest selling electronic device in history
    (sells faster than Apple products and other gaming consoles)
    Own it now
    *No controllers or remotes “You are the controller”
    *the Kinect sensor recognizes your gestures and movements
    *connect with just the wave of your hand
    *play games, watch TV, movies, & music 
    *Kinect works with every Xbox 360 console
    Kinect sets World Record as the fastest selling electronic device in history
    (sells faster than Apple products and other gaming consoles)
    Own it now

    • July 31, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      They forgot to mention how much returned back for a wii u ever since it released, setting a new world record for best console ever made to mankind
      (Sells faster than samshit products and as fast as Apple products)
      5 players
      Watch tv on the gamepad while others play on the tv or other way around
      View streets and move around like you’re more in it in street view of google maps
      They forgot to mention how much returned back for a wii u ever since it released, setting a new world record for best console ever made to mankind
      (Sells faster than samshit products and as fast as Apple products)
      5 players
      Watch tv on the gamepad while others play on the tv or other way around
      View streets and move around like you’re more in it in street view of google maps

  • JaysonGeronca

    March 3, 2012 at 3:01 am

    KINECT for Xbox 360
    *No controllers or remotes “You are the controller”
    *the Kinect sensor recognizes your gestures and movements
    *connect with just the wave of your hand
    *play games, watch TV, movies, & music 
    *Kinect works with every Xbox 360 console
    Kinect sets World Record as the fastest selling electronic device in history
    (sells faster than Apple products and other gaming consoles)
    Own it now
    *No controllers or remotes “You are the controller”
    *the Kinect sensor recognizes your gestures and movements
    *connect with just the wave of your hand
    *play games, watch TV, movies, & music 
    *Kinect works with every Xbox 360 console
    Kinect sets World Record as the fastest selling electronic device in history
    (sells faster than Apple products and other gaming consoles)
    Own it now

    • July 31, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      They forgot to mention how much returned back for a wii u ever since it released, setting a new world record for best console ever made to mankind
      (Sells faster than samshit products and as fast as Apple products)
      5 players
      Watch tv on the gamepad while others play on the tv or other way around
      View streets and move around like you’re more in it in street view of google maps
      They forgot to mention how much returned back for a wii u ever since it released, setting a new world record for best console ever made to mankind
      (Sells faster than samshit products and as fast as Apple products)
      5 players
      Watch tv on the gamepad while others play on the tv or other way around
      View streets and move around like you’re more in it in street view of google maps

  • musickun

    March 11, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I’ve always wondered if you accidentally (or purposely)  break things, such as when you throw your controller or game cartridge, have you ever broken it? and when you show clips of burning games… is it the real game?

    • TommyO'Neil

      March 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Yeah, I wonder that too. In the Indiana Jones video, when he whips the game, you hear something crash and him saying “Oh, shit…” like he really DID break something by accident. Turns out that was one of the funniest parts of the video for me! XD

      • Evans90

        March 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

         @TommyO&amp;#39;Neil I saw that yesterday when I was rewatching it and I burst out laughing. Cuz he says “Oh shit” and then tentatively moves toward whatever it was. I’m guessing it was a lamp or something lol

  • pro thizz

    March 16, 2012 at 9:13 am

    you can buy a usb controller to play emulator games.

  • 64jamesbond

    March 24, 2012 at 5:11 am

    james has fuckd up comercials in his site there is fucking porn sites &gt;

  • Evans90

    March 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Your voice acting is OUTSTANDING. The one I always go back to is Fester’s quest (when you’re cornered by those weird frog things). The voice over there is great. It always reduces me to tearful laughter. You mention in this video that you learned from your experience doing corporate advertising (I’m sorry, I don’t remember exactly what you said). But you had said that you learned from people’s mistakes. What are some of those? I’m just really curious for some reason!

  • JoshSilvis

    March 31, 2012 at 5:08 am

    I love this episode so much. By far one of my favorites.

  • kamakazi geek

    May 1, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Nerd, when i saw the bit about the Iron Maiden albums, i shit my pants. Iron Maiden Rock! great taste in moves, games and music nerd! way to go.

  • miniforti

    May 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    HI JAMES!, I have a question, how do you make to record a screen in a gameboy, do you use emulators? Good Luck with your film!


    May 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Hi, i noticed you mentioned the emulator’s. for the majority of consoles they are not to bad, you can even enhance them a bit to make them look better graphically as well as being able to play them online too, which is a BIG plus for me and many other’s i know, always hopping on an emulator then kicking each other’s ass’ online while in a video chat 😀
    you also don’t get the graphical glitches like in your episode “AVGN: GAME GLITCHES” as far as I’ve ever seen. BUT i have noticed that some SNES Games glitches that you could do, either don’t work or are harder to do on the emulators, but this may vary on the emulator being used.
    Now as for the tools and options for “Cheating” easier on the emulators, yeah that’s true, but just like the actual consoles, using some codes or game genie codes on the games will usually make is crash, not start, or even screw the whole game up, so it’s not even worth it for me. but i stopped trying to cheat on games for about 5 years now, i’ll be cheap here and there, but the whole cheating concept is the same thing as lying, there is NO benefit out of it… like playing on the PS3 for instance, for the leader boards for games are usually completely crap because all any one does is cheat their way up there by glitching online, pulling, lag switching, quitting, and so on. so any one should know that usually the top 10 to the top 100 are usually fakes and actually completely suck(because i go against MANY top ranked people and usually do suck ass…) any way’s, there is ways to cheat, but to me it’s not much more than the consoles.
    For the controls, well, you can actually use just about anything as a controller for the emulators, usually just have to get a USB converter for the controller you are wanting to use, which usually can cost between $2-$30. i mainly use my PS3 controller on ALL the Emulators since it’s the easiest for me. but i also use my PS2 controller but i like the sensitivity and how the well the PS3 controller plays, feel’s and works. and as i said before, it’s easier to use because all i have to do is plug it in, start the emulator up, pick the game and start playing, this is because the PS3 hooks up through a USB Mini-B port.
    Now some emulators don’t work as well as other’s, especially the newer consoles, but i’m sure this would not be an issue if more people got into them and knew how to program them, but it seems like VERY few are still on the emulators now days, which kinda upsets me… as well as some NOT having online play to them, which is a main reason i love playing them so much too. granted some of them are usually a pain in the ass to work online, but once they are good to go it’s awesome, being able to play against random people all over the world, friends in other states and countries. it’s pretty awesome to me. I’ve been addicted to online play since the late PS2 days when i FINALLY was able to get internet.
    Also, another thing that I’ve kinda found interesting and neat at the same time. is that some people re-edit some games, touch them up, fix screw ups and so on. and that alone can make the original game awesome. I’ve seen some who have made a game by them self’s as well. it’s pretty sweet.

    I’ve noticed that it should be more open about is the whole “Home Brew” thing. which i kinda find pretty sweet, specifically the PSP for example. people “hack” their PSP’s and then make their own PSP games(home brew). that’s pretty awesome if you ask me. since now days games seem to kinda suck… granted the graphics are awesome, but what’s the point when the game play sucks, the story sucks, the game mechanics suck and so on… the problem i find now days is that they are just ripping each other’s idea’s off, same thing OVER and OVER or Copy & Paste(Call Of Duty being one of those…) and another problem i find is that the games are not even hard… and not very long… most PS3 and XBOX games I’ve played any one can run through it in the matter of 10-30Minutes… i guess people are just too simple any more or something… trying to run through a game on the NES, SNES or SEGA can take about 2-4 hours… anyways, point is, it would be kinda cool to make your own game or even have some one make it for you… since it’s apparently PURELY for money when it comes to game companies anymore… i’d add more but this is an already a long ass comment… normal for me, but most hate me for it.

    any ways. i like the emulators for many reasons. but some need to be worked with,some need a LOT of work, some need a touch-up, some NEED Online added on, and some are perfect.
    sorry for the huge comment and the ranting. but what ever, that’s me.
    i love your Video’s, i think they are funny as shit and the expression’s i can’t help but laugh at, but it also does get to me because of the memories of some sweet old games and the times playing them that seem to be already long forgotten except by those who’ve already played them…

  • adamL

    June 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Music keeps you sane? Iron Maiden is a bad choice, lol! : D
    But seriously, a great choice. Nice shirt, too.

  • ZeldaRocks

    June 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    You F’n ROCK
    Awesome video!

  • orochi_kyo

    July 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Somethink that pissed me off from this video is that James thinks PC gamers are sucking keyboard players sitting just 1/2 feet from the Monitor. Makes me think that all propaganda that $ony and Micro$oft is working, giving PC gamers the look of weirdos that just play MMO or FPS. PC players have all the advantages that console gamers have. As a retro gamer I find in my humble PC the chance to beat all that games i never was able before in the original consoles, or play rare games like Zombie Nation for nes. I dont like the idea of buying a console to use their store for playing retro games cause they just buy the licence and dont give a penny to the developers. Steam sounds better for me, I bought Earth worm Jim collection in 20 dollares, so Interplay receives on the sales of the game and not for a one time selling license.

  • Paul Dower

    August 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    If I were to use a green screen do I have to use lighting for it to work? Like the big theatrical lights?

  • mingkey

    August 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I have a lot of game play on my dvd disks.Problem am having is.I can’t save it on to my computer.I have 20mins on my dvd and it only shows 19 secs on my Vegas movie studio.this is really fustraighting.Can anyone help?

  • Akuma26

    August 30, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I bought that shirt after seeing this

  • annonymouscoward

    September 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    James, thanks for making this behind-the-scenes video, I really enjoyed it. Halfway through I had to watch that Lester review, and almost crapped my pants while you were running through the caves and dropping to your death.

  • likalaruku

    September 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Is that a daybed? It looks like a comfy place to nap.

    I can’t console game…Unless the joypad has soft rubber buttons instead of hard plastic ones.

    7-14 hours of Zelda CD-i…You poor masochistic bastard. lol.

  • TonyThBrony

    October 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    when you have the footage on DVD, how do you put it on your computer. I know you can play it on your computer, but how do you put it in the video editor.

  • animalcolm

    November 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I am really impressed with the level of quality that you bring to your videos with such a fast turn-over. Being able to balance quality against a demanding production schedule and still produce something of virtue is the mark of a truly great director! And thanks for being so open about your creative process, and thanks for making such fantastic, hilarious videos. Despite the fact that they’re almost always set in your basement they are a breath of fresh air.

  • erik37

    January 3, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    WOW Fucking WOW cant believe all that you go throu fucking crazy, thanks man for the hard work of entertaining us an making me laugh good job man keep it up :}

  • January 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Something you might be able to do about the music is make a long loop of the audio and reverse its phase.

    Play it simultaneously with the game footage, and voila, clean music-free game footage.

    You might have to find a plugin that will allow some tolerance if it sounds funky.

    You’d have to resync between levels or pauses, but it could be easier than what you’re doing 😀

  • February 1, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Hey James, just wanted to tell you that emulators are pretty cool. See you can hook up an HD tv to an HD laptop or computer and display the screen on your tv, and then just use a PC controller and there you go, sit back on your couch and play. $1,800 for cheetahmen 2 on ebay? Shit, I downloaded it 🙂 Anyway, of course the avgn needs to have the physical consoles and games. Can’t really take a shit on a computer file lol. CAN’T WAIT for the avgn movie. It’s gonna suck for us who can’t get to a film festival and have to wait for the dvd. Is there a way to have a paid special online streaming screening? That would be awesome. Have a great 2013

  • Jacob Ashby

    February 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm


  • tribe fan

    February 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Absolutely amazing video. Thanks for this.

    Here’s a question. Since you shoot the live action in HD, what do you do about upscaling the game footage from standard def? I’ve always appreciated your authenticity and am thrilled you use the actual games and systems. I would be so tempted to cheat, though, and screen capture an emulator set to HD resolution.

    Don’t know if you or Mike will see this, but I’m genuinely curious about how you deal with SD footage interspersed with HD.


  • TheClayTon

    February 19, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I thought this video was amazing and inspirational. I wish i could figure out how to get my footage from dvd to computer to edit a little bit. Just for fun for friends and family. lol

  • the-pieman

    February 26, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Wait… a golden band? On his ring-finger of his left hand? Does the AVGN have a SO? That’s a mix of ‘awwwww’ and ‘AWESOME!’ I’d like to see the lucky girl.

    Or I’m reading too much into it and he’s just wearing it because he likes it.

  • April 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Something told to me during my Final Cut Master cert test,”Videos are never finished, they are abandoned”.

  • Deth Dude

    April 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    James, just a thought but, I would love to see you play more of your favourite classic games, similar to how you played the Castlevania series. Maybe not as a nerd episode but I always feel so bad for you having to play the crappiest games, and pondered how much fun it is to relive childhood memories. Just a possible suggestion, and I know you’re busy with the movie and all but maybe after…

  • arnold jimenez

    June 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    can you review gulp….. toy story for the super nintendo

  • arnold jimenez

    June 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    can you review gulp……. toy story for the snes

    • Nick Weingartz

      July 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      I HAVE THAT GAME, holy shit it blows

  • Nina Perry

    August 20, 2013 at 4:37 am

    As someone who appreciates filmmaking and wants to get into film making in college, I loved this video and I’m glad you took the time to make this video. This actually helped me a lot. Thank you.

  • Charles Ware

    August 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    James!!! I love all of your videos. But I have to know..what is your favorite Iron Maiden album? Got really excited when you noted that you had time to listen to all of them plus the live ones!

  • Geoffrey Heffernan

    September 2, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Big fan of the AVGN. I hope you have all those disks backed up somewhere off site? Would hate to see a house fire wipe out all you work!

  • Nikita Shelomencev

    September 30, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for your job

  • October 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    my dear James, you get all this lovo from the people because you work hard to make your work awesome… Keep it there, you’re my idol.
    Even more, when my child borns |’ll show to him/her your work as an example of how the hard work brings you to the success. Congrats my friend and keep resembling Applejack…

  • Michael Lane

    October 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Big. Seems more like art when you see how much time goes into it. Takes at least as much time as it takes a good artist to make a beautiful picture. Keep up the good work, we all appreciate it. 🙂

  • Pokelol99

    October 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    i love avgn

  • November 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Barbie is thinking about balls))

  • December 12, 2013 at 12:20 am

    wow dude thanks for sharing how you make these episodes! Much respect! Also I can’t help but admit I was writing down some of the things you use, like the camera, boom mic and lighting :D. Thanks for the tips and thanks for doing these episodes, they are epic!

  • December 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Man making a AVGN video is hard

  • NeverTooOld

    December 17, 2013 at 4:53 am

    you sure did invest a lot of time and money in this but man! it’s so worth it!

  • Jacob Price

    December 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Atari porn games?????

  • December 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm


  • January 1, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I so agree with your facial expressions being the funniest parts. Nothing was funnier than the Odyssey episode when you get the gun out. I swear the expression on your face is freakin’ epic.

  • Film Kill

    January 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    your the man James!

  • January 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Please do a review on Earthboud if you have it.

    • rizefall

      June 19, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Why? It’s a good game.

  • July 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    That video was great! Nice to know how much effort goes into things. So was the part about the Grimace Super Street Fighter 10 mistake a mistake on purpose? It looked like Ninja Gaiden.

  • August 15, 2014 at 8:25 am

    This will probably be back logged but I just wanna say that this episode, yes this and not Jekyl and Hyde or Batman(really rough BTW) is my favorite. Its really cool how James goes through the process and explains it all. Really big fan and this gave me that much more appreciation. Thanks James and you mutherfucker Mike!!!

  • October 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    oh! look like it’s your all lives. Difficult to understand!

  • SouL Prisoner

    August 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Wow. You really work so hard to get one episode done. I thought you live recorded the voice and stuff. Good job dude.

  • May 12, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Hey James,
    You left out the part that explains how you get the DVD footage into Final Cut. As a video editor myself, that was the part I was most looking forward too because I to this day am still looking for a bulletproof way to rip DVDs.

    If you ever have time you can drop me a line at [email protected]

    Great work on this video though, I really liked it. And FUCK YEAH that’s a good Maiden collection.

  • June 20, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    This helped me realize how much work is actually put into these videos…Thank You James and Mike and all others involved!

  • October 7, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    “Words are words.” ~James Rolfe

  • raziel

    May 5, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    You are a vital part of global video game and movie culture James. I am eternally grateful to you for sharing your genius and passion with us.

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