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#51 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@mcghee:

I did no such thing. I did not state the reasons why it would be awkward; you filled that much in.

#52 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -
#53 Posted by Gamer_152 (14091 posts) -

I have to disagree on this one. While I think there are too many angry, cynical, crass (usually white) guys reviewing video games, and a lot of people affecting personalities haven't pulled it off well, I don't have a problem with the idea in itself. The word "gimmick" has become a term that people have too easily fallen back on to criticise things in recent years (see: Nintendo), but one person's "gimmick" is another person's feature, or personality, or style, or whatever. If you go out and look at a lot of great stand-up comedians you could easily just label them as "the cynical guy", "the angry guy", "the surreal guy", and so on, but if they pull it off well, it really works, and it definitely does not act as proof that they have no personality. Some game reviewers are trying to put on a bit of a show, some are trying to be earnest, and I think both can work. Heck, Jeff often opts for comedy which depicts him as the awkward/creepy guy, but I don't look at that and think "Here he goes with the gimmick again".

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#54 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#55 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -
#56 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#57 Posted by StarvingGamer (8373 posts) -

If only reviewers had a little more baby fat, we might want to protect them.

#58 Posted by Fattony12000 (7522 posts) -

MY GIMMICK IS THE TRUTH.

#59 Edited by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

I found that people that like to be in front of the camera, like to stay in front of the camera. Also. people that like to be in front of the camera like attention. The very reason why I didnt hang out with theater peopl in high school

#60 Edited by Bell_End (1208 posts) -

i hate things sometimes too.

not everything.

just somethings sometimes

#61 Posted by ajamafalous (12033 posts) -

@brodehouse said:

You're on the site with the crazy loud guy, the crazier louder guy, the comically unfunny guy, the pretentious dweeb, the obscure interests guy, and the Vinny.

So it's what:

Jeff Ryan Brad Patrick Drew Vinny?

#62 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

You're on the site with the crazy loud guy, the crazier louder guy, the comically unfunny guy, the pretentious dweeb, the obscure interests guy, and the Vinny.

I don't really know who any of these are, except I'm pretty sure the Vinny is Drew.

#63 Edited by TooWalrus (13236 posts) -

@brodehouse said:

You're on the site with the crazy loud guy, the crazier louder guy, the comically unfunny guy, the pretentious dweeb, the obscure interests guy, and the Vinny.

I don't really know who any of these are, except I'm pretty sure the Vinny is Drew.

Don't be stupid.

...the Vinny is Dave.

#64 Edited by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

@yummylee said:

@punkxblaze said:

I just hate the five billion ANGRY VIDYA GAME DUDE guys. AVGN, Annoyed Gamer, Irate Gamer, whatever. Stop. We get it, you're super cynical and video games all suck and that's edgy and cool.

AVGN should get a pass because he practically invented the trope, or at least was one of its pioneers.

Being the first doesn't make him the good one. He's super annoying, and not in an enjoyable way.

I like the dude what uses the yellow cartoon stuffs. Only because it's not reviews, it feels like an emphatic but genuine thing, and because it's a quick and clever bit of content that is amusing beyond being harsh.

@toowalrus said:
@mordeaniischaos said:
@brodehouse said:

You're on the site with the crazy loud guy, the crazier louder guy, the comically unfunny guy, the pretentious dweeb, the obscure interests guy, and the Vinny.

I don't really know who any of these are, except I'm pretty sure the Vinny is Drew.

Don't be stupid.

...the Vinny is Dave.

...Well fuck.

#65 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#66 Edited by LackingSaint (1831 posts) -

I like reviewers who seem like people I could meet and say hey and they would say hey back and I would feel like I had a nice time meeting them. It's why I love basically everyone on the GiantBomb team and really don't care for Jim Sterling.

It's basically the same principle as my friend group. If i'm going to go out of my way to watch somebody's content and more importantly spend my money based on their opinions, it seems like a no-brainer that I should like them as people.

#67 Edited by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -
#68 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#69 Edited by 2HeadedNinja (1671 posts) -

@brodehouse said:

You're on the site with the crazy loud guy, the crazier louder guy, the comically unfunny guy, the pretentious dweeb, the obscure interests guy, and the Vinny.

I'm not sure I can figure out who's who. Except the Vinny.

It's Jeff, right?

#70 Posted by espm400 (106 posts) -

Normally I dislike anything gimmicky regardless of context, *cough Wii U *cough, and this is doubly true when it comes to watching reviews/gameplay videos. There is one exception to this however, and that would be good ole 'Yahtzee' Croshaw on Zero Punctuation. His reviews are about as one-dimensional as it gets, yet I keep coming back every week.

#71 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -
#72 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#73 Edited by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -
#74 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
#75 Posted by John1912 (1905 posts) -

Yes, no one should ever do anything fun or interesting >.> Conform! CONFORM! One of us! One of us! This post has made me want to see if there is anything new on the AVGN site!

#76 Edited by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

@video_game_king: What are you, my ex? Sheesh.

@john1912 said:

Yes, no one should ever do anything fun or interesting >.> Conform! CONFORM! One of us! One of us! This post has made me want to see if there is anything new on the AVGN site!

Is picking the most obvious and over-played gimmick in the entire entertainment industry some how not conforming? Being the annoyingly angry guy to get people to pay attention to you is about as old as jokes about Adam and Eve.

#77 Edited by Vonocourt (2140 posts) -

@yummylee said:
@punkxblaze said:

I just hate the five billion ANGRY VIDYA GAME DUDE guys. AVGN, Annoyed Gamer, Irate Gamer, whatever. Stop. We get it, you're super cynical and video games all suck and that's edgy and cool.

AVGN should get a pass because he practically invented the trope, or at least was one of its pioneers.

And any hate shifted from him should go toward the Irate Gamer.

Irate Gamer: Before "ripoffs" become "inspired by."

Didn't know that guy was still going, just remember him being really stiff and unfunny. Looking at his recent work, he seems to have fallen into recurring jokes being expanded into dumb, unfunny, convoluted stories, which seems to be a necessity for these types of reviews now.

#78 Posted by Branthog (5583 posts) -

This also applies to the "I'm the reviewer with the tits" or "I'm the reviewer that licks stuff" or "I'm the reviewer that plasters galleries or bikini-shots all over the place, because video games".

#79 Posted by Hockeymask27 (3683 posts) -

@mrfluke said:

@pr1mus said:

i have no opinions on this topic. i just wanted to quote this picture :P

#80 Posted by madpierrot (70 posts) -

Man you would hate Japanese comedians than. 95% of them are nothing but horrible gimmicks. Also doesn't help that they aren't funny and don't have talent. Than again their careers seem to be very, very short so I guess all is right in the world.

#81 Posted by EVO (3919 posts) -
#82 Posted by fetchfox (1289 posts) -

Sort of agree, but it works for a few. AVGN has always been entertaining to me. It might be because he doesn't play the character throughout the entire of his episodes.

#83 Edited by Matt_F606 (316 posts) -

You're on the site with the crazy loud guy, the crazier louder guy, the comically unfunny guy, the pretentious dweeb, the obscure interests guy, and the Vinny.

My new answer to "What the F is Giant Bomb?"

#84 Posted by Kraznor (1585 posts) -

I've been watching a bunch of "Angry Video Game Nerd" lately and while the "act" is certainly that at times, I still find his stuff amusing. He has also been diversifying what he does quite a bit, featuring more and more stuff that isn't in that character. His latest video was actually getting some heat in the comments for not being angry enough, but I found it all the more pleasant for it. What I've seen of "Angry Joe Show" though definitely seems forced. He was one of those folks that was super irate over Bayonetta 2 being exclusive to Wii-U despite the fact the game literally wouldn't be financed were it not for Nintendo. Just angry for the sake of being angry, logic be damned. To some extent, I've grown weary of Jim Sterling's schtick as well. "I'm crude AND angry. Why? Its what I do" So yeah, having one stock personality trait that kind of defines your coverage does get tiresome.

#85 Posted by TheHT (11513 posts) -

I would rather they actually lived up to their gimmick. That Angry Joe fellow doesn't seem very angry in his videos. What a sham.

#86 Edited by Levio (1784 posts) -

My gimmick is that I hate the Godfather movie. Man was that a boring movie! Tons of talking and the action scenes are like 10 seconds each.

#87 Posted by Zereta (1368 posts) -

It is called having a personality.

Yea this. In a group of people, and in front of other people, everyone puts on a certain persona (hee. hee. hee.) Its natural, its human.

Think you're just having a bad day, bro.

#88 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1856 posts) -
@zereta said:

@funkydupe said:

It is called having a personality.

Yea this. In a group of people, and in front of other people, everyone puts on a certain persona (hee. hee. hee.) Its natural, its human.

Think you're just having a bad day, bro.

There is a difference between having a personality and having a persona. What the OP was complaining about were people who put on fake personalities in order to have a gimmick that attracts viewers. James Rolfe, better known as the Angry Video Game Nerd, is not actually a big whiny baby with an uncontrollable habit of stringing together swear words like a parody of somebody with Tourette's. He is actually INCREDIBLY kind, very relaxed and has a genuine passion for video games and film. But nobody wants to see his actual personality tell them about video games cause it would just be some dude in front of a camera saying "yeah it was pretty okay, I enjoyed this part but sometimes it was frustrating so I dunno, play it if you're bored."

#89 Posted by Devil240Z (3396 posts) -

@jz: call someone out.