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|“||What were they thinking?||„|
|~ The AVGN's catchphrase, referring to poor choices made by game developers|
|“||I know! They weren't thinking.||„|
|~ The AVGN on LJN|
The Angry Video Game Nerd (originally the Angry Nintendo Nerd, and often shorted to the "Nerd" or the "AVGN", played by James Rolfe) is the main character of a long-running video series of the same name in which he foul-mouthedly reviews "****ty" video games (usually on the NES, SNES, and a few ****ty video games consoles). He has acted as a villain in several episodes.
In his tests, the Nerd usually gets involved in other insane hijinks related to the game's subject matter, such as encountering characters like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Bugs Bunny, which usually end violently, not only including but shockingly most of all with Bugs Bunny. The Nerd has a prominent rip-off reviewer known as the Irate Gamer is the subject of numerous fights among fans, though the two have never actually come face-to-face (at least not officially).
Although the "hero" of his show, the Nerd is unquestionably an anti-social, cruel and sometimes even psychotic individual - at least in the context of the imaginary world he has created. This is especially prominent in his behavior towards enemies or people who displease him, as he is prone to humiliate them in extremely vulgar ways (such as literally defecating on their faces).
He uses several weapons to destroy ****ty games and he sometimes uses other abilities like inputting ABBA which is a cheat code to raise the dead.
He does have a noble side to him. In his Spielberg Games video, he says he plays ****ty games so innocent gamers don't have to.
Notable Acts Of Villainy Committed By The Nerd
- In several episodes, the Angry Video Game Nerd would have an anal evacuation on scene. He even took a dump on several characters.
- In the episode where he reviews Halloween for the Atari 2600, two kids came to his house. Instead of putting candy in the bag, the Nerd took a **** in their bags. He even swears in front of them.
- When the Nostalgia Critic demanded that the Nerd keep his fans under control, following a series of what the Critic considers "unfair comparisons"; the Nerd responded with a message on his forum, declaring that he was a fan of the Nostalgia Critic. Unwilling to believe the Nerd, the Critic attempted to decipher the message to uncover a hidden meaning (a la The Da Vinci Code). When finished, the message appeard to noting but complete gibberish; but upon being viewed in the mirror, the true meaning was revealed: LICK MY **** NOSTALGIA CRITIC. The Nerd later expressed gratitude to the Critic for deciphering the message, but revealed that it was actually: LICK MY ***** YOU PIECE OF **** NOSTALGIA CRITIC.
- In a Christmas special; How the Nerd Stole Christmas, The Nerd tried to steal Christmas, by stealing all the great games, replace them with ****ty ones, and attempted to dump the good video games. In this special, the Nerd acted like the Grinch, living in a cave on top of a moutain, proclaiming he hated Christmas, and having a similar devil-ish smile. He also impersonated as Santa Claus to fool the kids.
- In one of his most recent videos, the Nerd buys a box full of old video games, one of which contains a copy of the Nintendo World Championship video game. Expecting an actual copy of the game, or even the rare golden edition, he is dismayed to discover a reproduction cartridge. After discovering that Pat the NES Punk has an actual copy, then he attempts to steal it by claiming it to be fake and giving PAT the box of games in exchange. PAT accepts, and discovers that the box contains an authentic golden cartridge of the game, and upon seeing this, the nerd attempts to get both cartidges to complete his NES collection. Eventually, the two game reviewers decide to play the game itself to determine who gets the cartridges; but when the Nerd sees that it essentially consists of short demos of a few existing games, rather than being an actual video game, he gets angry and destroys both Nintendo World Championships cartridges like he would any "****ty" game. As a result, Pat descends into insanity and begins to throttle the Nerd. The ending credits sequence for the episode shows James and Pat holding the rare cartridges used to show that they were not actually destroyed.
- In many videos, the Nerd mentions his hatred for the game, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In real life, the game is James' least favorite game.
- During the Dracula games review, the Nerd saw a name on Bram Stoker's Dracula during the credits called Fred Fuchs. The name would be used as a joke in future videos. Fred Fuchs was the final boss of AVGN Adventures.
- The Nerd holds an intense hatred for LJN, usually referring to the logo as "the unholy rainbow stamp of death".
- The Nerd is terrified of the E.T. the Extraterrestrial game for the Atari 2600 and often mentions that he refuses to review it. However the game is going to be the focus for The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie.
- The full version of his theme song can be heard in his Sega CD review.
- The Nerd hates Tiger Electronic games even more than LJN games.
- A large number of video games in James Rolfe's collection were given to him by fans.
- Several people actually believe the Angry Video Game Nerd's persona is James Rolfe's real personality. a fact that James Rolfe acknowledged.
- So far, the worst video game console he has played is the R-Zone.
- James Rolfe owns nearly 800 NES titles, almost the entire collection.