Documentary filmmaker Zak Penn, best known as a writer on Avengers and X-Men 2, discovered what has essentially become the gamer nerd’s answer to the Lost City of Atlantis yesterday: Millions of discarded Atari 2600 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridges were unearthed from a mass grave in New Mexico–along with, presumably, the tortured souls of thousands of frustrated old school gamers (more…)
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.
At long last, we have the answer to the question, “What if they had made Halo for the Atari 2600?” The short answer, as I recently found out, is that I’d suck at that version, too.
Ed Fries decided to show us what it might have been like had Halo been made about 25 years earlier. And as the resident geezer at Nerd Bastards, I have to say, it’s pretty spot-on. The only thing I can think of is that Ed’s version is likely better than what would have come out back then, but as complaints go, that’s the one to aim for.
You can go here to play it.