AVGN: LJN Video Art

Mike Matei / December 22nd, 2014

LJN Video Art – Angry Video Game Nerd – Episode 133
“The 12 Days of Shitsmas” 12/12


  • Don Skiver

    December 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I knew it! Man this thing is balls. I still remember the stupid commercial too. Jesus.

  • itscmillertime

    December 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Cool duuuuude!

  • December 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Merry fucking christmas everyone!!

    • Imaginos

      December 22, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      So to you, dude. πŸ˜‰

    • Chaos_Emeralds

      December 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      To James, Mike and the rest.

      I really enjoyed your message at the end. My christmas hasn’t been that great, and I will probably end up spending it with relatives that can barely tolerate each other. Your videos do put me in better spirits and if thinks get unbearable this Thursday, Ill pop in some ear buds and watch your videos again. Thanks to you and your friends for all your hard work and Merry Christmas.

      • December 22, 2014 at 10:40 pm

        Im so sorry to hear this Chaos I just hope you can have a good one in some way still

      • xeoneex

        December 23, 2014 at 3:00 am

        While I totally understand that, believe me my holiday’s haven’t been the best these past few years. One of them, my grandmother, who tends to be a grouch and humbug the holidays isn’t doing too well and this may be her last christmas. All I have to say is hang in there, have faith and try to make the best of it!

      • Chaos_Emeralds

        December 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm

        Thanks you guys. I hope you have a Merry Christmas as well and Xeoneex, I hope your grandmother feels better!

      • December 28, 2014 at 6:57 am

        You know, sometimes shit comes our way and we dont even realize until it hits us in the face. My christmas isnt going too well either, actually its been really bad but here im am, trying to catch a break from all the shit, Im 37, most of the games James review i played as a kid so i find tons of pleassure hearing him rant about them. His last message is on point, his work is not about technolical relevance, its about giving us a chance to smile at something and i for one feel greatful for that. Thanks for all your hard work AVGN, we appreciate it. Keep it up.

    • Game Genie is Racist

      December 25, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Merry Fucking Christmas

  • Vincent Duong

    December 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    i never knew it

    • Vincent Duong

      December 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      i know about present hoverboards but not cool cars and shit.God dammit back to the future.At least you could sell jaws

  • trik

    December 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    o yeah – happy shitmas πŸ™‚

  • Zatrakus

    December 22, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Allen Lucas

    December 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Great job on the 12 videos James!

  • Grandpa Seth

    December 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Great Video! Keep em commin’ and merry christmas!

  • Afonso Gageiro

    December 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Merry Xmas to ye all!

  • Sebastian Blumberg

    December 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Your work is educational teaching us all about the history of video games along with extremely funny. Love what you do and my favorites are when you review some sort of peripheral like the odyssee and various pong consoles. Thank you!

  • June29

    December 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Merry Christmas James!) Wish to see more of your book reviews and Board James )

  • pj0T

    December 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    super mecha death Christmas to all of you!!!

  • December 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Merry Christmas James and your whole family…its been quite a year for you buddy πŸ™‚

  • December 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    You have done it all James!! Loved every day… So much fun. Now in the new year… We really go back to the past! Keep digging up those games. And love Mario Paint πŸ˜‰

  • geddon

    December 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I wonder what the name of the Y tv connector he showed was.

  • Satnav

    December 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    We have hoverboards–well, sorta. They only work over certain metals, but at least that’s one thing ticked off!

  • December 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    This video is unwatchable through the Cinemassacre site. This entire site slows my entire computer to a crawl. Please upload this on youtube. Thanks.

  • Neil Merritt

    December 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Awesome 12 days AVGN πŸ™‚ Happy Shitsmas everyone πŸ™‚

  • CrushingC10996WM

    December 22, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks for the treat James, it’s been a fun 12 Days. Merry Christmas

  • December 22, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I have the videos in a playlist and will add the video art as soon as it is uploaded to YouTube.

  • Ray Unterzuber

    December 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    That was a truly genuine statement at the end that I didn’t want to end. Thank you James, Mike and the Cinemassacre crew for the laugh out loud moments past, present and future. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Also, remember to Live like a windrammer as you fuck.

  • December 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    β™ͺ On the twelfth day of Shitsmas, the Angry Nerd gave to me… 12 LJN diarrhea filled consoles 11 simulated trash collecting mini-games, 10 hyper vomit bags,9 shower room gloryholes, 8 movie based fuckings, 7 double d quick time events, 6 dog abusing olsen barbies, 5 retarded moose!. and squirrels!…4 used bags of gritty kitty litter, 3 bus games that aren’t really games, 2 piles of furry ALF shit, and a shitty dragon game under the tree!β™«

  • ctu

    December 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Here I was going to say maybe playing with the rolling rocker make that system awesome like the power glove did with top gun

  • Joker83

    December 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Nerd!! Thank you so much for the awesome videos, I was laughing my ass off at this one in particular. Wishing you and yours the best

  • December 22, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    props for mentioning Witchfinder General

  • December 22, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Perfect finale to the 12 Days πŸ™‚ See you in 2015, J-Man.

  • Rick

    December 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Aw’. Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s to you and yours, James! πŸ˜€ Mike and your wife and daughter and everybody else!

  • Kane_Magus

    December 22, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I love that this kind of turned into a review of Mario Paint as well, even if you’d already done a James and Mike video on that one.

  • Mark Knight

    December 22, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    James!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!! Even awesome old games have angry parts. You should do an AVGN series about good games with frustrating parts like Tysons Punch Out, Contra , Megaman, anything that was fun and stressful.

  • generalleoff

    December 22, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    The best thing LJN Video Art has ever done is cause you to do a video about it that reminded me I still needed to watch Witchfinder General.

  • erik37

    December 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Great videos James thanks hope u guys an your family have a good holiday.

  • Daniel Sargent

    December 22, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    That made my Christmas.

  • Jcr3ws

    December 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Merry Christmas cinemassacre. Funny how this shitty stuff brings some joy to us all with just a brief discussion and critique vs actually playing the product as its designed for. I was relieved that you added mario paint in there cause the LJN console is pure boring trash. See what 2015 brings,.. well obviously shitty games.

  • Tom Veilleux

    December 22, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Great job, James! The 12 Days of Shitsmas were awesome!

  • Weldin Dunn

    December 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Nike is working on those shoes by the way.

  • Dylan Spallin

    December 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Merry Shitmas to all, and to all a good night! πŸ™‚

  • jasonjrf

    December 22, 2014 at 9:25 pm


  • Matthew Collins

    December 22, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Very nice marathon, and a very heartwarming conclusion. Merry Christmas and happy new years to you and yours, James.

  • Gerald Robinson

    December 22, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Merry Christmas.

    Thank you for the video and the wonderful year.

  • marclawson

    December 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    LOVE YOU JAMES! What a sweet gift these 12 minisodes were! Happy Holidays!

  • December 22, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks for this shitsmas! It’s one of the greatest experiences of my life πŸ˜‰ You are the best and … Greetings from germany!

  • gluserty

    December 23, 2014 at 12:39 am

    LJN released a system that demonstrated a pretty sad interpretation of creative art. That company was really the clown prince of half-baked ideas, for sure.

  • fcabanski

    December 23, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Merry Christmas to all.

  • Josh

    December 23, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Merry Christmas. Thanks for the laughs.

  • Mike Mcleod

    December 23, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Thanks Nerd!
    Great videos, and especially liked the little sincere message at the end. And a very merry Christmas to you too!

  • Mike Mcleod

    December 23, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Me and my brother love all the videos keep’ em coming. P.s. we want more Board James lol.

  • Mexicola

    December 23, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Thanks dude, these videos definitely helped to cheer me up through this fucked up holiday season I’ve been having.

  • Mexicola

    December 23, 2014 at 1:49 am

    And rock on to Witchfinder General! Awesome obscure reference to an awesome old school band!

  • Tross

    December 23, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Ok, now I’m curious what other games were on the system. I’m sure they all sucked though.

  • December 23, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Great way to end off the final vid. We’re all thankful for your performances, James, and the link to our own pasts AVGN embodies. It has always meant the world to me. I feel as though your character personifies the Christmas rush of our parents running out to grab shitty games from the store shelves, wrapping, and tossing them under a gleaming Christmas tree we gathered around every day until we were allowed to open them with that sheer euphoria coursing through our veins. Hits and misses, it was like playing a harmless game of Russian Roulette – harmless until we realized what had happened, when it was already too late. One last thing is I loved your funny/serious eMails, and I’d love to see them come back again. Merry Christmas to all of you at Cinemassacre and your fans!

  • Bunshichi

    December 23, 2014 at 4:01 am

    I put word on the street, whoever draws the Sistine Chapel with the LJN Video Art on the Rollin Rock owns my soul and gets an original packaged Battle armor Skeletor from 1987.

  • jim dove

    December 23, 2014 at 5:11 am

    christmas is shit, fuck off jesus you dead cunt.

  • Tim

    December 23, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Thank you for brightening up and bringing a smile to my face during the hardest time of year for me

  • Warrie

    December 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

    I knew that this cowa-fucking-piece-of-dog-shit coming out of a buffalo’s dick whilst being swallowed and barfed by a rat wasn’t worth the hassle, and yes, the styrophone was more interesting. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy STFU* to everybody!

    *Shut The Fuck Up

  • December 23, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Happy Holidays to you! It was a great marathon of shitty games!

  • taykel

    December 23, 2014 at 8:01 am

    It has been fun. Thank you very much for the videos.

  • mmmfloorpie

    December 23, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Siskel and Ebert reviewed the Video Art on their show back in 1987:


  • Hypoxic

    December 23, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Happy Ballidays!

  • likalaruku

    December 23, 2014 at 10:26 am

    That is the noisiest joystick ever.

    12 AVGNs in a row. You spoil us.

  • Pablo1989

    December 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

    πŸ˜€ Maybe Mike are better drawer than…gulp nerd

  • December 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    This maybe one of the most useless products ever made.

  • Yoyo

    December 23, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    To be fully honest, this has been a pretty shitty holiday season, and you accomplished what you’d hoped: to get some laughs. These 12 videos were definitely the best part of my holidays, thank you for doing these. I understand it’s a decent amount of work, but I hope it becomes tradition like Monster Madness.

  • Yoyo

    December 23, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Not like that’s much better. You basically just said “fuck you” to James. How do you feel about yourself now?

  • greedo

    December 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Merry Christmas, James! Hope yours is filled with fond memories… and far better games than the ones that the Nerd plays. (His life must suck).;)

    Seriously, though, Merry Christmas, and all the best to you in the New Year. Can’t wait to see what the future brings for you!

  • Shane Bungay

    December 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Merry Shitsmas James and Mike! Can’t wait to see the brilliance you guys crap out in 2015!!! KEEP IT COMING!!

  • December 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Merry Christmas Nerd!

  • December 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Oh man my Apple 2 from 1977 could do that with 20 Lines of BASIC code (and some simple logic and a resistor to add 2 hires bitmap planes together for more than 6 colors)

    • FJMcCloud

      December 24, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      But the Apple II cost an order of magnitude more (and then some). 10 years later that level of technology was cheap enough to be “kid-friendly” and not require any hand-wired logic. Or even a mechanical floppy drive. Or all the DOZENS of chips on an Apple II circuit board.

      I’ve never seen the Video Art circuit board, but in 1987 you could do that easily with (at most) 4 major chips, some requisite discrete parts and RF modulator. Think NES plus more RAM minus sound minus sprite hardware and minus all the fun. It’s meant to sell cheap and make even cheaper.

      And while we’re on the subject of Video Art…. what about the VTech Video Smarts? Now THAT ought to be interesting for AVGN.

  • sirlancelot

    December 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Man I was really hoping that Mike was going to pop in and draw something awesome on this piece of crap.

  • telriche

    December 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I think much of the enjoyment of AVGN videos comes from schadenfreude and nostalgia. Would that make it schadenstalgia? Or nostalfreude?. I dunno.

  • Internoob

    December 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    A big thank you to James and a Merry Christmas to everyone! πŸ™‚

  • Rag

    December 23, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    This is so bad that it’s awkward to watch.

  • Blowmewherethepampersis

    December 23, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you James. Merry Christmas you douche bag!

  • Clover

    December 24, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Great video. Had no idea LJN had a “console”….Thanks for the message at the end ^_^ Happy holidays/new years everyone.

  • lunalicrichard

    December 24, 2014 at 4:22 am

    James ; Thanx for 12 days of a smile on my face ! And i wish you and your wife & family a merry Christmas from the Netherlands .

  • December 24, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Merry Christmas Cinemassacre! Thanks for another wonderful year. πŸ™‚

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    December 24, 2014 at 6:41 am

    You picked a good year for this marathon. Lost my father precisely two weeks ago and following this has in some way, if briefly, helped take my mind off it. Thanks for the entertainment!

  • December 24, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    MARIO PAINT looks way better than this thing.

  • Tomohiro Tanaka

    December 24, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    NWOBHM reference in a AVGN vid? Fucking awesome!

  • Shanklins

    December 25, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Goblins and Gnomes! Please make is stop!! I really dislike the commercial.

  • LiquidHawk

    December 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone, thanks for these 12 great videos James! Would love to see more 12 days of ****smas videos on a annual basis!:)

  • VV

    December 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the amazing marathon. Happy X-Mas and a fucking great new year, Nerd and Mike! <3

  • Jonathan Algar

    December 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you so much to James and all of the team, you have literally put a massive smile on my face with these videos and the message at the end especially. It feels good to have smile on my face after a pretty crappy year. Keep up the good work dudes.

  • Deathbringer

    December 27, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Really wanted to see Mike try and draw on this abomination.. lol.

  • December 28, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Best wishes to you also my nerdy friend from far away.You got to admit though LJN did a really good job making toys and action figures,anybody remember those thundercats action figures?

  • Ben_from_G-town

    December 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Wow that system really is awful. That sound. Ouch. I didn’t have an SNES growing up, but I had a lot of fun with Wacky Worlds. Thanks for mentioning it. But yeah, all those drawing games are way better than this piece of crap.

  • Isaac Castro

    January 2, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I have been through some rough times but I put on ache and I am happy

  • ABC

    January 3, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I remember Mario Paint. One of the few games I was able to get as a kid and a good one at that. I wish they made more games for the mouse.

  • January 3, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I was able to make this with LJN video art.


    Nothing but a bright future ahead of me. X_X

  • January 4, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I still love using MS Paint. Even used it for my wedding cards..

  • Homenzar

    January 5, 2015 at 1:57 pm

  • January 5, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    When are the new episodes coming ?

  • January 6, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Hell yes, Witchfinder General reference! Great band!!

  • Richard Cliff

    January 9, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    This maybe seems similar at least to a science invented to piss you off! I know what they were thinking, and I still don’t know what they were thinking. It would be nice if LJN would invent something nice for once in James’ life. Jeez!

  • Debtor

    January 16, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    You should combine all these Christmas episodes into one full length one.

  • thomas metz

    January 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    ljn fucks up fucking everything

  • skwij

    January 23, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Hey, it worked! I always feel better after seeing a Cinemassacre video, or visiting the site. Thanks for working hard to make our days better, guys. I can honestly say you’ve never let me down!

  • February 3, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I’m enjoying how genuine you’ve become after your movie has been released. You show frustrations that aren’t pushed, but are actual conveniences, you give props to the things they did right, and you bring up great game design examples. You’re showing the problem, and you’re showing how good games solved them.

    This is great. I feel like I’m learning. You’re taking these game reviews in a similar format to your other videos instead of trying to force the caricature of The Nerd. Keep doing a great job of it. You’re a fun guy to listen to, and to learn from.

  • February 8, 2015 at 9:57 am

    y need more neard episodes XD pls don go to work and do the episodes XDDD man you will not live forever XDD whit the episodes its the only way to the eternity XD litlle friend BIG BIG LIKE LJN FANN TOO XDDDD

  • Roger Penk

    February 14, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Could you do a review of Ninjabread Man?

  • February 20, 2015 at 5:15 am

    I love the way how you say NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO at the beginning

  • March 8, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I wonder if the Nerd would have anything to say about Castelian. It is one of the worst games I’ve ever played.

  • gamelover200

    June 12, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Let that LJN logo be a warning sign of you got a product of it.

  • gamelover200

    June 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Well someone named “Blast” got worst:
    At 0:48, when introducing blast with the logo on the screen

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