The Original Nerd Room

Mike Matei / May 21st, 2014

This month marks the 10 year anniversary since James made the Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest video. The very first Angry Video Game Nerd episode. (At the time called Bad NES Games) Here James looks at his old bedroom where the first episode was made.
-posted by Mike


UPDATE: The video states that the first two AVGN episodes were made in May 2004. Not be overly technical, but I found the script for Episode 2: Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a Word document “date modified” is June 15, 2004. We’ll never know the exact dates both videos were completed, but Episode 1: Castlevania 2 was late May. Episode 2: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was June, contrary to what’s said in the video. The first two episodes were made so close together, it can be confusing.

These two episodes were made following my graduation, when boredom began to sink in. This was during a temporary stay at my parents’ old house. In late summer 2004, I moved into an apartment, the same place where eventually in 2006, Episode 3: Karate Kid and further episodes were made.

-Posted by James




  • Hapasan808

    May 21, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Wow, ten years. Seems like yesterday.

    • Hapasan808

      May 21, 2014 at 12:44 am

      Congrats on the growth of Cinemassacre, and heres hoping it will continue to grow in the next ten years.

    • strider

      May 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      James, you are my Fucking Hero

  • LindyBum1147

    May 21, 2014 at 12:43 am

    This video made me realized how invested I’ve become with your career. All your videos are great James. Keep up the good work, no matter where your passion takes you.


    • May 21, 2014 at 2:12 am

      yeah! I have also been watching since ’04… coincidentally the same time that Pure Pwnange came out, another video game based web-series I am a cult follower of! ..TBH I’m hoping for a collaboration!

  • Griznif

    May 21, 2014 at 12:45 am

    It’s always good to go back home to see how far you’ve come, James. Keep up the great work!!!

    • Weldin Dunn

      May 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

      I agree. I remember the first time I saw Cinemassacre in 2009 right around the Terminator 2 episode. Then I really got into and watched all of them. Now I’ve watched just about every cinemassacre video. From your 1980/90s reviews of Super Mario Bros 2 and Castlevania 4, to A Shitty Title. All I can say, is conglaturations.

  • Drewt66

    May 21, 2014 at 12:47 am


  • May 21, 2014 at 12:47 am

    loved that room

  • DarkMagicianAVPFan

    May 21, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Wow, first. That’s neat. It seems weird that it was that long ago.

  • JayRam

    May 21, 2014 at 12:59 am

    In another video, didn’t you say that your mom just moved out of that house? If so, probably helps explain that last look you gave before closing the door.

  • Vanessa Smith

    May 21, 2014 at 1:17 am

    This video is extremely touching, James! Congratulations on all your success. You have put in a lot of work and long hours to make us all very happy. Keep up the great work. You have a life long fan in me, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you.

  • Conner Garcia

    May 21, 2014 at 1:19 am

    This is cool as hell because you can see you’re really emotionally attached to that room, James. I know how you feel, when my mom sold her house I came by to pick up some stuff from my old room and it just felt sort of sad to leave it behind, and I never started a career in there. Great video, it was a nice look back.

  • greedo

    May 21, 2014 at 1:23 am

    From humble beginnings… Hard to believe it’s been 10 years, already! James, I’ve been a fan of the show from pretty much the word go, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Well… not pretty much from the word go. But from the Simon’s Quest vid. (I believe that it was the 5th AVGN vid you release, IIRC)? Anyway, you’ve come a long way since then. The fact that you’ve endured this long is a testament to your skill as a filmmaker. Thanks for giving us so many great memories! Keep up the good work!


    P.S. Can you do another AVGN mailbag vid? I loved those!

    • windrammingroadkillskunk

      May 21, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Simon’s Quest was the first AVGN review.

      • greedo

        May 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

        Right. Thanks for correcting me! I appreciate it 🙂 In any case, I think James had already had done 5 vids when I first caught “the fever”, so it was pretty early on.

  • Tool

    May 21, 2014 at 1:49 am


  • May 21, 2014 at 2:52 am

    All I can really say is thanks for the amazing memories over the years. I still remember stumbling upon the Chronologically Confused video late in ’06 (on Gamevideos if I’m not mistaken), and then finding ScrewAttack and watching the rest. Back when you were churning these things out every two weeks, I used to look forward to them the way a child impatiently awaits the next episode of his favorite Saturday morning cartoon. The episode where Kyle Justin plays Spiderman is still my favorite. There’s something distinctly, charmingly ungraceful about his performance, almost as if you ran into him on the day of shooting and said, “Hey, are you free later today? Do you think you could fit into a Spiderman costume?” And Kyle was presumably up for whatever and said, “Yeah, fuck it, let’s do it.” And so the video was made. And it was gut-bustingly hilarious. It’s the least professional portrayal of Spiderman I’ve ever seen, and yet I have no problem buying him as the web-slinger. But the best video was probably the one about Friday the 13th. That’s the first video where it felt that this “BAD NES GAMES” review thing wasn’t just a silly hobby, but like a real thing you could do as a job. You were in your natural element for that episode, and it showed. Flashes of what could be, if the stars could line up just right.

    A real trendsetter, this guy. One of the first people to dream that he could make a living by making modestly-budgeted videos/movies about the stuff he loves on the internet. Now everyone is doing it. If there was a Internet/YouTube Hall of Fame, James would likely be among the inaugural class of inductees: he’s one of the first stars of what some would now call the “Youtube Generation”, one of the people who helped move the Internet beyond the dark age of flash animations and random video-nonsequiters (Space People, End of Ze World, etc.) and into the modern world of Twitches and Vines and even feature-length Youtube movies and documentaries. Mike couldn’t have possibly seen this coming when he convinced James to make another Bad NES Game review. My, how things have changed – and so quickly (or at least it feels like the years have gone by quickly)

    Thank you once again for all the reviews, the retrospectives, the emotional video self-portraits, the jokes, the laughs you gave me on days when I didn’t think I could even muster a half-hearted smile, and everything else. It was through your videos and the fan base that sprung up around it that I (and probably others) slowly stopped seeing the Internet as just a thing you use, but also as a place of sorts that you could go to. A place where people can gather, and laugh and joke and yell and cry. About stuff that’s important, silly, and both all at once. Here’s to all the inverted jump/attack controls and annoying day-to-night transitions that made this possible, and here’s hoping the AVGN movie is a huge success. Cheers everybody!

  • May 21, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Aw, man, so many videos where made in that room, i didn’t even realized that because of how it was always changing year by year, this video was done in 2013, as you said, and i makes sense because i remember you saying that your mom moved out. I guess you had to record this prior because of that. 10 years and you made lots of good videos, aside from the nerd, since then. Good work, James!

  • GuardianAuron

    May 21, 2014 at 3:28 am

    This is actually kind of depressing. Seems like a good bye video.. Like we are watching you give your own eulogy type of feel.

    We love you James!

  • anticlimatic

    May 21, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Oh god- the classic ‘last-look-turn-around’ before the door close cracked me up- way to end it with some humor, despite how legitimately tough it is to say goodbye to your childhood like that. I feel for ya, brother.

  • jim dove

    May 21, 2014 at 5:40 am

    I want to buy shares in AVGN!

  • May 21, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Always nice to come back and soak up the memories. Also to see how far you’ve come. I actually got a little emotional there.

    Though I wonder… Once you are super famous (not just internet fame), will the value of the house sky rocket, knowing that that’s where it all started? ;p

    • Lukas Sprehn

      May 21, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Maybe it will be bought by some really eccentric fan and be turned into a museum. Or maybe that’ll happen to James and his wife’s current house if they move out of that one. Imagine James and his wife moving out of their current house, and then building a huge studio building, where James can recreate his whole house for Board James, and his basement Nerd Room for the AVGN reviews. Nah, it’ll feel too fake! 😛

  • Don Skiver

    May 21, 2014 at 6:48 am

    James…you sentimental son of gun…you even got me to tear up a bit there at the end…just like during the “Dragon of my Dreams”… Maybe you should try your hand at creating a drama someday.

  • DON

    May 21, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Beautiful. touching video, thank you!
    You say you were in a dark place place when started college, so was I; I know the kind of anger and frustration coming from that experience very well.
    I wonder what your reasons were, though.
    By the way, why is this your last time in your old bedroom?

    • Sammy Schitz

      May 21, 2014 at 8:16 am

      His mom sold the house. He explains it a bit more in the “Dragon in my Dreams” video under Original Films>Other Personal Films

  • magneto986

    May 21, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Congratulations James! I’m a very nostalgic person myself and I know how hard it was to say goodbye to the bedroom and house I grew up in. Even though I caught on to AVGN a few years past 2004, I have seen nearly every video you’ve posted and its been plain to see the results of all your hard work. I look forward to many more years to come of your awesome videos. You and Mike have been an inspiration to so many people as well as myself. Your videos have helped me get through some pretty dark times myself in the past few years so thank you again from the bottom of my heart 🙂

  • May 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Awesome look back of where it all started. Be proud James !

  • Andrew Barrett

    May 21, 2014 at 8:21 am

    James you said that this was probably the last time you were going to see the room. Are you moving or something?

    • Sammy Schitz

      May 21, 2014 at 8:28 am

      It was his mom’s house and she’s moving. You should watch “The Dragon in my Dreams” under the Original Films section.

      • MetalHorrorNES

        May 21, 2014 at 8:50 am

        I believe this vid is an extra on the AVGN vol.7 right? Regardless, it’s not easy to say good bye to your childhood like that. I guess we all have to sooner or later but the memories are always there and that can never be taken from us.

  • Chris Winters

    May 21, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Wow has it been that long, time goes so quickly, your videos and work always make my day I hope and pray that you achieve your goals and things turn out great. Best of luck with the film and life in general

  • Sammy Schitz

    May 21, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Great video James. I was only about 13 when I discovered AVGN (or ANN or Bad NES Games) and I’ve loved it ever since. I think the first video I ever watched was the Power Glove video, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Here’s to 10 more years of AVGN or whatever else you decide to do with your natural storytelling talent, you have a loyal fanbase who’ll be here with you every step of the way.

  • windrammingroadkillskunk

    May 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I was hoping this would be uploaded. It’s good to see it.

  • May 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

    All my life because my options have been limited, I have lived in this same room. I cant begin to imagine how emotional it would be if I moved away and then came back in 10 years.

  • ramo10

    May 21, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I remember start watching AVGN back in early 2008, newest at the time being either the zelda confused episode or rambo episode, its been awhile now. 🙂 Will there be an episode out later this month to celebrate the 10 year anniversary?

  • Pablo1989

    May 21, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I Rymenber your first video very well, ive found by accident, some guy Reviewed Where,s Waldo NES game and in anger smacked cartrige with Baseball bat.

    And in comments someone said I Suggest AVGN he reviews crap game too or something like that
    So i check it out 😀 and there you go im with you here.

  • Forsythia

    May 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing, James!

  • May 21, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Nice one, thanks!

  • CrushingC10996WM

    May 21, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Unbelievable, to think all that would turn into all this. 10 Years this month, is just so mind blowing. Well we won’t know when the exact date is, so I’ll say it now; Raise your Rolling Rock, or whatever you got, and here’s to The Nerd, and to 10 more years!

  • CrushingC10996WM

    May 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Also, James, you’ve become such a huge influence. You made me think about video games like I never thought of them before, and you made me appreciate the art of film, and so many other things. You’ve helped me realize what I want to do with my life, so, I gotta say thanks. Where ever I wind up in 20 years, I’ll owe you some credit.

  • Pablo1989

    May 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Cats looks adorable 😀 sleeping here

  • Vunjak

    May 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I remember way back in 2006 when I started using youtube and just searched something like “old video games” brought me to your Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde video. It was unlike anything I had seen online before and I must have watched it over and over many times that day alone. Now we flash forward about 8 years and I feel like it was only yesterday, but at the same time so much has changed. It must have been really hard to leave your old room for good. I used to spend a lot of time at my grandparent’s house and once it was sold I always look at it as I drive passed and wish I could just take a look inside again. Of course it wouldn’t be the same as it was so the memories are probably better anyway.

    I really connected with you on being in a dark place after college. I just got out of college and I’m having a hard time finding a job and I feel like maybe I’m still not sure where I want to go and do with my life. So it feels nice to know you were maybe sort of in the same boat for awhile but now you’re a huge success! Hopefully I can get myself out of this funk and into something but your video sort of helped me understand that just about everybody has to move on and leave some things behind. Thanks James!

  • Another Guy Named James

    May 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    This was very touching video, James. Well done.

    I nearly cried a little at the ending.

  • May 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    why does james have to make it look so sad….. but yes its been a long journy good job on all the work james, and good luck to your long future! ALL HAIL THE KING!

  • May 21, 2014 at 7:15 pm


  • Andy Bechtel

    May 21, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve been watching your nerd videos since they first started James and I’ve got to say that the more I see, the more I like you as a person and not just as the nerd character that I first watched. Keep up the good work 🙂

  • May 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Keep at it James. Your videos really cheer me up on bad days.

  • May 21, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Don’t step in front of a bus and get turned into ground meat. That would be sad because your videos are the best entertainment online besides free porn. You are the best!

  • Lightseeker

    May 21, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I can’t believe you have gone so far! Keep it up!!

  • May 21, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    The early clips of you, you STRONGLY resemble dax flame.

  • Neil Eshelman

    May 22, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Your adds are getting pretty ridiculous. I am not going to go over the fact that you haven’t released an AVGN video in a while but the fact that I am not waiting through a 2:30 video to watch what’s going on.

    • May 22, 2014 at 2:21 am

      You can click skip

      • Neil Eshelman

        May 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

        There was no skip when I went to watch it last night, I can admit though that I was pretty drunk so I will take another stab at it.

  • Tross

    May 22, 2014 at 1:39 am

    I remember when my family moved out of my childhood home. I know the feeling. Nowadays, I’m not nearly as nostalgic as I was in my early 20s, but at the time, I was a bit sad, because I had a lot of memories of my old house. I’ve since come to realize that memories are about more than just things, and locations, and meanwhile, life carries on, in the present. So, here’s to the future of AVGN.

  • Homika

    May 22, 2014 at 3:31 am

    This was pretty cool. I loved the way you overlapped the footage over the place.

  • May 22, 2014 at 11:55 am

    This made me cry a little bit. You can really be proud of what you’ve done in your life so far. Thx!!!

  • shplog

    May 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Keep rockin my friend. Quite a legacy you’ve built here. That video was kinda sad!

  • Valis77

    May 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    You came a long way james

  • Troy Nicholl

    May 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I can’t believe it’s been 7 years since I started watching AVGN episodes… I still remember the first video I watched. It was the Atari 5200 review. Keep up the brilliant work, James.

  • Dave Smith

    May 23, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Thank you, James for all the awesome videos you do. Can’t wait for the movie. And thank you Mike too.

  • stoney_1

    May 23, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Great start to an amazing fucking legacy dude!!

  • Matt Wolf

    May 23, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I’ve been watching AVGN/other Cinemassacre videos since 8th grade. Tomorrow is my last day of high school and I’m beginning to realize the day is coming when I’ll have to work hard to find a career I love, just like you did. Thank you James for not only the laughs, but for being an inspiration and a living proof that your dreams can come true if you put in the work and love. Best of luck with your daughter, you are one talented fucking nerd with an extremely bright future.

  • May 23, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Wow I was 19 going on 20 and fell in love with AVGN because i always wanted to Revue old (classic) systems and you James Are my inspiration. you inspire me and one day i hope you revue or at least watch my indie Zombie movie im currently working on

  • jake pereira

    May 23, 2014 at 2:55 am

    why was this the last time you will ever be in that room?

  • skwij

    May 23, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane, and for sharing your art with us for all this time. You’re an inspiration, sir. Thanks.

  • May 23, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Can anybody please tell me what music is playing after 2:50? ^_^ thanks in advance! It’s really nice!

  • Narpicho

    May 23, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Great video james!

  • May 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Can you review Flashback : The Quest For Identity for the Sega Genisis

  • coolstuffoct0292

    May 24, 2014 at 1:06 am

    what song is used torward the end?

  • May 24, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Loved it. Thank you James.

  • legacy81

    May 25, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Good video. simple. but effective.

  • May 25, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Congratulations James! You will always be my no.1 favourite youtuber ever! You’re the best youtuber I’ve met! Thank you so much for making all the AVGN episodes! I’ve watched the whole episodes over and over again and I’m still never get sick of watching them. Although I don’t really have been with you for 10 years cause I’m still young. I was 4 when you uploaded your first AVGN episode. I’ve met you on Youtube from the The Game Theorist video called AVGN has issues, and after watching one AVGN episode I totally got addicted with it and started watching all the other episodes. I’ve only known you for not even a year but you really have teached me so many things about retro games, James. Thank you so much for creating AVGN! BEST. YOUTUBER. EVER. IN. MY. FUCKING. LIFE! ^_^

  • May 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Isn’t this shit fun? Revisiting memories and locations long-past? At this moment, I’m typing from the same bedroom I grew up in back in the 80s. The whole family lived here back then, we moved around a lot, long story short, my wife and I are renting and my stupid butt is sitting in the very same room I used to play with legos in. It’s so different. Back then, I was drawing my own Playboy mags on wide-ruled paper and now, here I sit, drawing my own Playboy mags on a WACOM tablet! 😀

    Seriously though, I could do a similar video myself, but the original is so bad that I throw up in my mouth a bit upon looking at it now. Rotoscoping on a 2GB HDD machine with the MJPEG codec piped back out to VHS. Watched my free HDD space sink to somewhere around 100MB while rendering and panicking. Fun times.

    I thoroughly enjoy this occasional looking-back. It’s a lot of fun.

  • May 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Putting epic music to a montage of all the crappy things you filmed as a kid. Yeah, every single kid who ever held a camcorder is jealous of this video. Awesome dude.

  • Peter Castillo

    May 27, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Damn. Only James could make me nostalgic for something I didn’t live.

  • Robit

    May 28, 2014 at 12:15 am

    YOOOO! I had that same Alien doll @ 3:04! I remember getting at I think like Myrtle Beach years ago…

  • Drowkin

    May 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Short, but Heartfelt. Thanks to you Mr. Rolfe, I now am a successful video game creator. Never I’ll be thankful enough, nor will I be ‘able’ to give back to you what you gave to me over the last ten years. I just want to Thank you, from the Bottom of my heart. Thank you so, SO much, you effin’ angry nerd. You made me the man I am today.

  • May 31, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Dang, 10 years ALREADY?

  • NeoXCS

    May 31, 2014 at 9:46 am

    It is hard to believe it has been ten years since the show started. I watched a few videos in 2006 with some friends while I was in highschool. I believe it was 2007 when I caught up on the series, and since then, I have kept up on every AVGN episode. It is weird to think I have been coming to watch these videos for the last 7 years. I’m happy for your success with the series and hopefully the upcoming movie will sell well too.

  • Al J. Krimson

    June 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Why, you sold this house? Or it’s just parents’ house?

  • nammm3

    June 2, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Sweet video James, i’m sure after another decade you and you watch this, it will be even more impactful to you 🙂

  • July 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Good Stuff! Random comment at 3.04 I had the same green alien…. lol I forgot where I got him.

  • Rammer

    April 30, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    That is one bad porn-stache though.

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