AVGN: Tagin’ Dragon

Mike Matei / December 11th, 2014

It’s the holiday season once again! And for the next twelve days the Nerd is going to be reviewing some of the worst games ever made. Prepare yourself. It’s the 12 DAYS OF SHITSMAS!

We’re only warming up. The total length of these 12 episodes clock in at over an hour.

Tagin’ Dragon (NES) Angry Video Game Nerd – Episode 122
“The 12 Days of Shitsmas” 1/12

Special thanks to Travis Womack for the Cinemassacre/AVGN logos!
See the making of the Cinemassacre logo here.


  • December 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Woohoo!! I love you, James & Mike=)

    • FinallyGAF

      December 12, 2014 at 8:37 am

      James shoouuuuld rebblrebblbrebbl donation reebblrebbl hack fraud rebbl reblbl for free rebbl reffbll
      Merry Christmas Colt

    • Vernon Schaal

      December 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    • December 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

      But… wait…

      Could this not be considered a gift? 12 days of new Nerd vids that total out to over an hour?

      Personally, I feel like this is a gift. So, Merry Shitsmas, one and all!!!

    • fallout1312

      December 13, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Are you guys crazy that movie was fucking awesome! If you didn’t find the humor in it I’m sorry. But they’re are people out here that ACTUALLY enjoyed the movie. You guys act like just cuz you didn’t like it somebody owes you something. I thought the movie was not only good but I WOULDN’T change it for nothing. Quit blasting The site talking about the movie like your trying to make Jamees look bad or something. James don’t owe you shit. That movie was fucking epic I don’t care what nobody says. I LOVED IT! Haven’t laughed that hard in a while. HOW do you people not see the humor in this movie. I REALLY liked it a lot I just don’t get it.

    • Jukebox Jim

      December 14, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Just curious Colt, where on the indiegogo page does it say that donators will receive a copy of the film? Would you not agree that if a production is going to offer a free copy of their film they would mention it in the perk/donations section?

  • December 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Always appreciate a new AVGN episode!
    Check this video I made, I think you’ll like it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMfddgcNbSI

    • goodpenisbadpenis

      December 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm


    • awesome video games

      December 12, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      i absolutely am in the same boat. always thankful for james’ work…however i was hoping he would hire new people (pay would be credits in the clip) to write the scripts from hereon. james has had his run of writing and it has just gotten old. if he can get fresh ideas and new blood, he can act out his old avgn self. this episode was just too tame. the old avgn would make us burst out laughing and it all started from the script.

  • ddt_Eagleeye

    December 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    AVNG 12-parter? Cool. Happy shitsmas!

  • beavischrist

    December 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm


  • December 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Um, James, Mike…I’m agnostic and even I know that the 12 days of Christmas begin on December 25th and run through January 6th. The days don’t end on Christmas Day, the begin on Christmas Day and last until the Ephiphany (again, January 6th). You’re about 2 weeks early in releasing these. Just sayin’.

    • December 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Neither does this. It’ll end on the 22nd. Yes, I know when the actual 12 Days of Christmas are. I picked the days based on when it would feel best.

      • Mark Knight

        December 11, 2014 at 10:55 pm

        Sweet , this is a treat!! Thank you James.

    • dcco

      December 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      it’s not the 12 days of christmas though, it’s the 12 days of shitsmas???? completely different holiday imo

    • Internoob

      December 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      He probably chose days that were the most convenient for him, because people get really busy during the holidays. He may be a fucking nerd, but even he’s got shit to do around christmas I’m sure.

    • December 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      yeah because this really matters at the end of the day Mike

    • December 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Oh seriously come on!!! Who cares. More AVGN fuck yeh!

  • br34l

    December 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    wow…just 3:50 minutes…great…

    • December 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      This episode is 3:51. That’s longer then AVGN β€œWho Framed Roger Rabbit” which was only 3:47.

      • December 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm

        Read the description. I already said that the total length of the 12 Days of Shitsmas clock in at over 1 hour. (1 HOUR, 8 MINUTES to be exact!) This is the most work I have ever put into an AVGN holiday special to date.

      • December 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm

        So we have to endure Roger Rabbit times twelve?

        You sneaky sadistic bastards!

      • Joker83

        December 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm

        I am really sorry you guys have to endure BS like this. But for every entitled jerk, there are many more of us who appreciate the steady amount of quality content you create for the site. 12 Days of Shitsmas is such an awesome way to end the year. It’s like a mini AVGN advent calendar!

      • goodpenisbadpenis

        December 11, 2014 at 7:18 pm

        you’re givin Jeebis the runny shits when you say shitmass. har har har! Goddamn!! Fuck cock bitch!!!

    • December 12, 2014 at 4:31 am

      Well, think about it like this- there will be 12 episodes that total 68 minutes, thats about 5:40 per episode (on average). Of course, some will be longer, and some will be shorter, depending on the amount of material James can come up with for each game reviewed. Not too much to say about this one… bad art, lame gameplay, lazy programming… So, yeah, this ep was short, but normally an ep (no matter the length) would have to last us a few weeks before a new one. This wasn’t his best ep by far, but he’s doing something new so let’s give him a chance. He could have just said “Fuck it” and did nothing. However, he tries to do good by his fans which is one of the reasons he’s got so many loyal fans. Much respect.

  • December 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    lets hope for longer episodes than this too πŸ™‚

    • December 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      They’re over an hour long combined, which is more than twice as long as last year’s Christmas special.

      • goodpenisbadpenis

        December 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm

        My cock is over an hour long. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, gin and tonic ha ha ha ha ha hahahah

      • DEATH

        December 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm

        This is really actually cool. Its like monster madness but avgn style. The creativity behind it on top of the quality really shows the amount of work. 12 reviews in month, now that’s a treat. No really man thanks for the hard work. Some people just don’t get it and the lack of ignorance and self titlement can be irritating but it is what it is. Feel proud what you do, and just know people like me, really appreciate the work you put in to entertain us and even lift some of our spirits up.

  • dcco

    December 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    lol, how do you even pronounce “tagin” what does tagin mean here? and why did the blocks keep disappearing? weird game, weird game

  • Joker83

    December 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    12 episodes of AVGN to close out the year?! Holy shit! James we love you!!! Fucking awesome

  • December 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Hey nerd, I have not seen this video yet, but I wanted to tell you something.

    Thanks for the good laughs in the past years. πŸ™‚ You absolutely nailed it with respect to the frustrations and anger I had as a child with the NES. You characterize a small part of our childhoods and that in a hilarious entertaining fashion.

    I also want to admit I had to download your movie illegally . But I figured, you are just a buffalo’s asshole and you smell like a roadkill skunk, so I have no shame.

    I hope the 30 dollar donation will make up for that. I had no other way to see your movie so fast here in the Netherlands.

    Go team cinemassacre!

  • Thifurious

    December 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Massively looking forward to the 12 days of Shitsmas! Thanks James πŸ™‚ (and Mike, and everyone)

    Hope you’re all having a nice holiday season.

  • pashon

    December 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Awesome surprise !

  • Dan Tri

    December 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    12 days in a row of new AVGN episodes?!? That’s Badass.Even after 8 years he is still capable of surprising us.

  • December 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I wonder what made him rent this as a kid. His video store must’ve been pretty limited lol.

  • Gustaf Lindblad

    December 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    How anyone can complain about the length of this episode is beyond my comprehension! This is awesome! This really made my day, and the anticipation of eleven further episodes in rapid succession is just FANTASTIC! Love all the work you put in to this, don’t mind the misers and scrooges! Thanks for this wonderful christmas present James and Mike!

  • December 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I like how we’re getting 12 mini-episodes spaced out through this month (which is awesome, btw!), and yet everybody chooses to complain about the video being so short.

    Stop being such Scrooges, people.

    • Tim Harrod

      December 11, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Or, make your own longer, better videos and give them away free like James is doing, ya bums.

      • QuesoCFH

        December 12, 2014 at 2:08 am


  • S3ntinel2001

    December 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    AWEsome new x-mas episode to keep with with the tradition, cant wait to see the rest of them.

  • fanboyfilms

    December 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Don’t worry about the haters, James. They’re watching this for free I mean why complain? I had no idea there was an AVGN episode in the pipeline so this came as a surprise, let alone that we’ll get 12 days in a row! Maybe these cock knockers should wait until day 12 and watch the whole batch. Until then kids watch some great Christmas films like Gremlins and Die Hard.

  • Peter Herring

    December 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    It’s like Monster Madness and the annual Christmas special have birthed some unholy, shitty holiday lovechild. This will be excellent.

  • December 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    It’s like a Christmas Monster Madness

  • December 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    A new AVGN every day? I couldn’t ask for a better present this year! You made my holidays REALLY happy!

  • Mister Irvin

    December 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Heh Heh, This 12 days idea is going to give me something to look forward to this month, I hope James reviews an N64 game, he hasn’t in a long time.

  • TronJavolta

    December 11, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Really great episode guys! I remember renting this game because the clerk told me it was like Trog, needless to say I was super disappointed.

  • December 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I really disagree with people complaining about length or date issues. This is a good idea and it’s very welcome. If it was for some people, you would be working 24/7 with their conditions. Keep your work going, because it’s good. Enjoy.

  • Ninjasuperk

    December 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Thx James, this is awesome!!! greetings from Peru :)!

  • ScaryManiac

    December 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    This is going to be sooo awesome!

  • str8spaceball1

    December 11, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Ungrateful bastards. You know what’s bullllllshit? PEOPLE.

    Love it guys!

    • QuesoCFH

      December 12, 2014 at 2:14 am

      That would be an awesome topic for a YKWBS…fans that complain about everything imaginable. I’m not at all saying that people should blindly love everything James does, but some of these complaints are just absurd.

  • December 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Cool,it’s like a short Monster Madness but with the AVGN and Shitty games!

  • Ace

    December 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    12 days of the AVGN is like an advent calendar with shit behind every door, but in a good way! Thanks James and Merry Xmas!

  • December 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    literally only made an account to tell people to stop whining about the time of the video. At least we are getting something people damn

  • Don Skiver

    December 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    YES! YES!! YES!!! This is awesome, James! What an awesome gift from our favorite potty-mouthed gamer!

    You guys are the freakin’ best!

  • JayRam

    December 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Very cool of you to release 12 episodes like this. Looking forward to watching them.

  • December 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    certain comments don’t appear in the comment section for some reason

  • December 11, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    is it that swearwords can’t be typed in your comment section.. cause when I ever i tried for the 12 days of you know what the comment never appears

  • marclawson

    December 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    This is a great idea. Xmas season is usually depressing, but now I have something to look forward to each day. Thanks, James! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • gattz

    December 11, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Awesome. This release format will help alleviate the crushing pain that we have had to endure since Monster Madness ended.

  • Alen Ε½iΕΎak

    December 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you for all your work! I’ve been following Cinemassacre for years now, and I think it was about time to register myself.
    Anyway… 12 new episodes! That’s some xmas treat!

  • Shannon Gold

    December 11, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I’m now a happy girl! 12 days of Nerd? BRING IT ON!

  • Chris Singh

    December 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks, James and Mike, for these videos. It’s a lot of work to make these especially around the holidays. I was a bit down today after a hard day at work and this was the perfect way to cheer me up.

  • batratspidercrab

    December 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Merry Shitsmas Nerd!

  • diegowar

    December 11, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I think I’m gonna wait for the 24th and watch all the episodes in a row πŸ™‚

  • December 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Just like in real life you hope to do some Tagin’ when chasing tail.

  • gluserty

    December 11, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    “12 Days of Shitmas”: what a great idea!

  • gluserty

    December 11, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Sorry, “Shitsmas”. Also, those other “Dragons” look like lions to me.

  • Justin Middleton

    December 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    A new Nerd ep, heck yeah. Just in time for the holidays!!!

  • windrammingroadkillskunk

    December 11, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Twelve days? Awesome. It looks like season 8 will have a respectable amount of episodes after all.
    Also, why is “Tagin'” spelled with one G? Those fuckers couldn’t even spell the title right?

  • greedo

    December 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Don’t worry, Nerd, it will all be over sooner than you know it. πŸ™‚ Seriously, though, 12 days of Nerd Videos? This more than makes up for the lack of Nerd vids the past year. Fantastic! Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s installment!

  • TJL980

    December 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I hate holiday season but love some new AVGN content – 12 days of it, no less.
    Sometimes the universe is fair, even to Grinches like me.

  • December 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Tagin’ that ass. Tagin’ some horse Vag

  • Bruno Boulay

    December 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Woah!! what a nice Christmas suprise! πŸ˜›

  • Slayer40k

    December 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    This is what happens when Jack Skellington does Christmas for gamers 0_0

  • Night-X

    December 11, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Only 12 days of Shitsmas make things feel better.

  • darkknightdetec

    December 11, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    12 Days in a row! You’ve outdone yourself!

  • Jcr3ws

    December 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Imagine some parent judged the great cover and bought this shit heap for their child for Christmas back then. Wonder if all 12 days is a one episode of the nerd or each day an episode its self.

  • December 11, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Can’t wait to find our what kind of shit is in the bigger boxes.

    You guys get a new microphone? The sound is great (not that it was ever bad).

  • ToadRoad

    December 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    So if I’m doing my math right…that means two straight mondays of BOTH AVGN & JM Mondays? What a nice holiday treat.

  • Ome

    December 12, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Seeing this on my feed made me so dang happy.

  • The Wicker Man

    December 12, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I was about to say, “You know what’s bullshit? An early AVGN Christmas episode!”, but when you said “12 days” I almost squealed in delight like a little girl…

    • sirensofsilence

      December 12, 2014 at 3:20 am

      LOL. Me too!

  • Tross

    December 12, 2014 at 2:05 am

    I love the idea behind this mini-series. It’s not one long review, but a series of short ones, and we get twelve days of it. Having them wrapped is a nice touch. Of course, it’s like wrapping a bunch of turds, but it’s more of a gift to the fans, since I doubt there’s much enjoyment to be had from actually playing said games.

  • December 12, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Damn! This game is pretty gruesome!

  • QuesoCFH

    December 12, 2014 at 2:23 am

    I hope that shit game “Air Control” ends up being one of the 12 he reviews. I know it’s probably much too recent for the Nerd but that game would be perfect for him to review and I’m sure a ton of people must have requested it.

  • December 12, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Absolutely fantastic! I’m not really what one would consider to be the ‘Holiday’ sort as I don’t really celebrate anything beyond Thanksgiving. But Shitsmas? Hells yeah, man! This is going to Rock!

  • sirensofsilence

    December 12, 2014 at 3:19 am

    James – didn’t it make you angry that there was no double ‘g’ in “Tagin'”? It looks like it should rhyme with “raging”, rather than sounding like “tagging”!

  • Satnav

    December 12, 2014 at 4:44 am

    James, are you going to count these as separate episodes or one big one split up when it’s all done?

  • taykel

    December 12, 2014 at 6:52 am

    12 episodes? 1 per day? Oh goody! A true AVGN fan should love that idea!

  • VV

    December 12, 2014 at 9:41 am


  • Bloodsack

    December 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Hope to see more eps evem after these 12 eps. Awesome guys.

  • December 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Even the label is spelled wrong… God damn it.

  • Pablo1989

    December 12, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Great to see AVGN agian :), at least AVGN dont s…w anybody unlike Secret Service*

    *Magazine for gamers, not US Preisdent security staff.

  • December 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Yay, great idea! ThatΒ΄s a good start already, poor James. πŸ˜‰

  • Sky Hernandez

    December 12, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Alright! 12 episodes is a Christmas miracle!!

  • Ben_from_G-town

    December 13, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Wow, 12 Days of Shitmas. I didn’t expect that! Awesome! πŸ™‚

    Get some friends together and play Tagin’ Dragon, hahahaha. πŸ˜€

  • December 13, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Honestly these simple videos without all the insanity kind of makes me really happy. I dunno, I guess James is such a soothing person that you just wanna watch him play and laugh with him through all the shitty games he puts himself through. Merry Christmas Cinemassacre!!!

  • fallout1312

    December 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Oh man… I feel your pain on this one james lol. This game looks HORRIBLE lmao…Why would they even make something like this lol…Loved it when you said wanna have some friends over for some smash brothers, NAHHHH TAGIN’ DRAGON MAN…lol..your too funny James.

  • club

    December 14, 2014 at 1:37 am

    This mini episodic thing is an awesome for the Nerd. Nice to see new vids every day for awhile. So who wrapped all those gifts?

  • December 17, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Why you bother? those are not oficially aproved games and it is a fact that they will suck,they won’t work properly and stuff.It is much funier when the game is original because you will think how they manage to do this?

  • Aaron1375

    March 16, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Yeah, I learned early as a kid if the cart was baby blue it was an absolutely do not rent!!!

  • August 26, 2017 at 4:34 am

    The AVGN must overcome his phobia of the worst video game in the world to save his fans.

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