If you’re a fan of video game reviews you’ve probably heard the name James Rolfe or his Internet persona the Angry Video Game Nerd. Based on an idea Rolfe came up with back in 2006, The Angry Video Game Nerd quickly became one the funniest series of videos on the internet reviewing terrible 8-bit games and forcing himself to play those games so we don’t have to.
The “Nerd” has done everything from reviewing the gaming systems of our youth to fighting the likes of Bug Bunny, Freddy Kruger and Nintendo‘s R.O.B the robot over the course of verbally shitting on the games based on those characters. There is one game however that has become the bane of the Angry Nerd’s existence and his most requested review to date: the Atari 2600‘s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. A game so bad that even the Angry Video Game Nerd refuses to play.
So in October of 2011, Rolfe started an IndieGoGo page asking for $75,000 to ,make a movie based on his character, the Angry Video Game Nerd, and the quest to find and review that elusively rare and terrible game. Over one year and $325,000 later, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie has become a reality.
As a reward for his fans patience, Rolfe recently held a live screening for The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie trailer at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, which is now available online to watch and enjoy after the jump.
“The film is inspired by the famous Atari video game burial of 1982. Atari produced a game based on the biggest blockbuster movie of that year, E.T., and rushed it to meet the deadline for the Christmas shopping season. It was a commercial failure and millions of unsold game cartridges were buried in a desert landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Coincidentally, it’s not too far from Roswell, the landing site of a different kind of E.T.”
Co-written and directed by James Rolfe and Kevin Finn, the movie has finished shooting and is now being edited with Rolfe saying he hopes the movie will be completed in 2013 and that updates and be found on his website http://cinemassacre.com .
Honestly, I was aware the Angry Video Game Nerd existed, but I never watched an episode up until a few weeks ago and now it has become a favorite. Having seen the trailer, you can tell this is a passion project for Rolfe, told through a great storyline with characters we both know and will come to know in the new year.
What do you think? Is the Angry Video Game Nerd going to be an independent hit?