2015 – A look back

James / December 31st, 2015

2015 was another ambitious year. I took on projects that there wasn’t time for, but I did anyway. And I loved them.

The two biggest ones were the Board James: Nightmare finale, and the Jekyll and Hyde trailer. Each of these projects took a few months each to complete, from pre-production to Post. Together, these consumed about half the year.

There were 8 Board James episodes, for the first time taking the front stage from AVGN, a chance to shine it never had before. This was the first time I put a big story arch into it, and thought of it as a season, as whole.

On top of that, I squeezed in 5 AVGN episodes, my favorite being the Seaman episode which may have broken the record for the most hours ever spent on the gameplay portion. There was also, of course, the 25 Bad Game Cover Art videos which were surprisingly much more time-consuming than they seemed.

There was the traditional Monster Madness, though 20 of them (of the 31 total) were the standard scripted format. I can’t forget that making 10 Friday the 13th reviews early in the year, set me behind schedule.

We kept James & Mike Mondays going, making time to play 52 games for every Monday of the year. On top of that, there were many other gaming videos, including ones with Bootsy, Doug and others.

There were lots of miscellaneous movie reviews, the Batman 66 tribute, the Turner Classic Movies tribute, spontaneous movie reviews like Jurassic World, Creed, Star Wars, the Back to the Future 2 future date, and my own retrospective on my own film A Night of Total Terror (1996), and others.

I made time for a few convention appearances, such as PAX East for the first time, TooManyGames, Comic Con, RetroCon PA, Retro Gaming Con NY.

In addition, there was lots of technical maintenance this year, behind-the-scenes. I learned lots of new software, with lots of frustrations coming with it.

I’m happy with everything I did, but with a personal note to myself, I must be reminded that it was a big sacrifice to my own personal time with my daughter and family, and I don’t want to run into that problem ever again. In order to get the videos done timely, I had to work without ever stopping or communicating much with the outside world. My new year’s resolution is to find balance, while still keeping the Cinemassacre machine going strong in 2016.


  • JayRam

    December 31, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Another year down, and a great one to boot. Hard to believe I’ve been coming to this site for almost 7 years now.

    Although not on your level–which is insane–I know what it’s like to balance life with artistic endeavors; creative ambitions can at times be all too consuming of every ounce of our energy and focus. It’s tiring, but also can be endlessly rewarding.

    James, you just might be the hardest dude on the internet, producing videos. So here’s to 2016, and finding a healthy balance between family and work.

  • Psychojaws

    December 31, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Being a father myself, I know the SUPER importance of having quality time with my daughter. You, Mr. Rolfe, are a man in an interesting and unique position, career wise. You have the luxury to do what you absolutely love professionally and Cinemassacre is proof you excel at that. I know you’ll find your balance. There really is nothing more important than family. Looking forward to what’s to come from Cinemassacre in 2016…Happy New Year!

  • December 31, 2015 at 11:54 am

    You guys are inspiring. 🙂 Thank you for all of the entertainment in 2015. Happy New Year!

  • Pablo1989

    December 31, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    😀 Good Luck in your next projects in 2016, Ive hope someday Nerd got own very very special episode only about him like AVGN The Movie. but as part of regular AVGN episode.

  • December 31, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Angry Video Game Nerd is also now the 108th highest rated show on IMDb.

    • KennyM

      January 1, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      now just imagine if he released them bi weekly or even monthly again

  • diegowar

    December 31, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Very few “internet channels” produce that much quality content. All your efforts are definitely noticed and appreciated.

  • December 31, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Take some time off, James – go on vacation. After all the effort you’ve put in this year and if your message is anything to go by, then you deserve it.

    • AbareKiller

      December 31, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you for all of the hard work… all of the content this year has been fantastic. Never resorting to lowest common denominator stuff like other popular YouTube personalities, just good quality videos. Please do find a balance with family though, it’s important. Hope you make it down to the southeast for an appearance some day!

  • December 31, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    WE love everything you do for us James and appreciate the sacrificial parts even more-so 🙂 keep up the good work and Happy New Year (from a devout fan who you’ve done more for than you’ll probably ever know)

  • December 31, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Been a great year. I look forward to your year review in the AVGN vol 9 dvd. You work hard man. Take some time off to enjoy your family n stuff. During the break you’ll be recharged with new ideas. Happy 2016

  • David Frautschi

    December 31, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Congrats on all the great web content this year. I have a quick question. Is the AVGN movie blu-ray going to be back in stock on amazon anytime soon?

  • bud

    December 31, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    The Seaman episode was amazing, one of the best AVGN episodes in my opinion. The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde trailer was the best surprise. This was the year of the Board James, which really came into its own this year and completely captivated me as an audience member. Very happy with your output this year, but try to keep your balance going into the new year. This should never feel like work, it should be fun.

  • nostalgiavhs

    January 1, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Thanks for all the great videos this year! I really appreciate it as a longtime fan of your channel to see new content multiple times a week (and re-watch old favorites). In the future I’d definitely like to see more emphasis on movie reviews since that seems to be your expertise above video games (although your memories of them are always entertaining). I’d also love to see a more serious project from you, maybe a short horror film. I hope you hd a good holiday season w/ your family and they appreciate your hard work like your many fans do! In the few times you mentioned your family it seems like you really love them 🙂 Makes me happy to see you grow through the years, but still retain that same likable personality which made me a fan years ago. Happy new year!

  • January 1, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Happy new year, James! Maybe you should limit your output to making movies? I enjoyed most of what you put out, but it’s not healthy to be a work-a-holic. And you owe us, the fans, absolutely nothing. Yeah, we make you your money, but we don’t own you. I’m a writer, and I have a daughter too, so I know what it’s like to balance between family and professional life. You just can’t sacrifice your family for your work. It does more harm than good. I know you want to make more movies, so why not go that route for 2016? Let your popular characters like Board James and AVGN take a backseat, and focus on making another movie you’ve been wanting to make instead. I really enjoyed “The Deader The Better,” so why not make another horror flick like that? Just a suggestion, of course.

    • JayRam

      January 1, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      If James could devout some time in 2016 making another small film, like Legend of the Blue Hole, that would be pretty awesome. Because The Jersey Odysseys needs another installment. And, it could be feasible, since Board James isn’t going to be the main focus of the new year.

      • January 2, 2016 at 2:24 pm

        Well I think focusing on one single project in 2016 is a lot healthier than trying to spread yourself thin over several.

    • ToadRoad

      January 2, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      That makes no sense. To cease putting out regular vidoes would be a really poor choice. This site would lose visitors, and he would get no new income sources from youtube. If he really wanted to be more efficient, he’d be better off recruiting help. You know what normal people do when their schedules get too busy to manage everything? They delegate. I love the videos on this site, but the constant I have a family spiel is a little tiresome. Everyone has a life outside of their work. Sharing that doesn’t make me sympathetic, but curious why he put so much work on himself when he’s just going to complain about it.

  • January 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

    You did awesome! Great work as always. I look forward to 2016 and am interested in what games you will put in your AVGN episodes. I really, really hope you do an AVGN episode on Driver 2 because of it’s difficulty. Keep up the great work, James!

  • greedo

    January 1, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Wow, you’ve done a ton of work, and I must say I’m impressed. You are one of the hardest working people that I know of. I hope that you do find that work/family balance. And please, don’t ever feel that you have to sacrifice your family life for our sake. If you need to cancel a project or two to free up some spare time for family, then please do so. Family is more important. Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in 2016!

  • Shannon Gold

    January 1, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    James… I appreciate all that you do. You don’t need to sacrifice your family time on our account. We understand. Hope 2016 treats you well and I look forward to what’s in store!

    • January 2, 2016 at 4:10 am

      Technically this is his career now and he is doing what he loves. Wish I had that mix.

    • Movie_Fan

      January 2, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Cry me a river!

  • Movie_Fan

    January 2, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Cry me a river! Don’t whine that you have to sacrifice time away from your family. Most people do. Only they have to be outside of their homes for 10-12 hours a day – they don’t get to hang out playing video games in the basement with their friends all da. Sheesh

    • ToadRoad

      January 2, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      That’s one thing I don’t get either. His workplace is almost always his home. He may shut the door and have a “don’t disturb me while I’m working rule” but it would seem it’s the convention appearances that takes him away, not the videos. I suppose someone is not technically mentally “there” when they’re blasting death metal and intently focused on cutting together a film, even if they’re there physically, but at least it’s not living in different states or something.

      • Simon

        January 3, 2016 at 9:39 am

        Maybe he spends so much time being characters like AVGN or whatever, its difficult to come out of that and break character.
        I appreciate James does a lot for us, but at least he’s doing something he loves and is passionate about. It shouldnt feel like work, it should be fun.

  • Simon

    January 3, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Also considering how much he’s done this year, the Board James episodes alone were almost like a whole movie, and thats with a team of only three people, and (I would imagine) a very low budget.

  • January 3, 2016 at 11:34 am

    For Nimoy.

  • Tanooki suit mario

    January 3, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to make all these great videos.

  • DudeSean

    January 6, 2016 at 12:51 am

    2015 was a great year for Cinemassacre. Conglaturations!

    AVGN is still my favorite show of yours, although this year’s Board James was spectacular. I’d definitely like to see more traditional style AVGN episodes like Mortal Kombat Mythologies. You’ve already shown that games that the nerd talks about doesn’t necessarily have to be terrible games, but just frustratingly difficult, like Castlevania and Zelda 2, so I’d like to see the nerd play more of those kinds of games, along with the shitty ones, of course.

    I also wouldn’t mind seeing another re-revisited episode. Just to go back and take a more in depth look at some of the games you may not have showed very much of. If I had to pick one episode for you to revisit, it would be Deadly Towers. That one is my least favorite episode. That was a game that I had as a kid and actually had to figure out and beat. I was very disappointed to not see you actually play through the game or even hear your own thoughts about it.

    Anyway, thank all of you at Cinemassacre for all the entertaining videos over the years and I look forward to more years of incredible content.

  • culwin

    January 6, 2016 at 4:18 am

    You know the solution to that problem? Put your wife & kid in a movie! Then you can see them more

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