A week and a half ago over on Cinemassacre.com, the Angry Video Game Nerd’s wife posted a list of her top 20 favorite AVGN episodes. Not being a gamer, as she explains, her reasons for her choices are much different than a typical viewer’s would be.
Being one of those aforementioned typical viewers, I do have a different list I’d put together. However, this isn’t that list. If it was it would definitely have on it the Power Glove, Atari 5200, and Sega CD episodes. I love them.
What I have shown below is the exact same 20 AVGN episodes she listed, but in the order I’d prefer them in. I watched them all again to know right where I wanted to place them at.
Most of the episodes listed that rely heavily on special effects are more towards the bottom. I remember the fan reaction to the Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle episode with so much praise being placed on it as the best episode ever up to that point. I was confounded by the response because I literally thought it to be one of the worst. Upon rewatching it I still don’t think highly of it.
Some might wonder how I could dislike the Crazy Castle video and still enjoy The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout episode. It has to do with Birthday Blowout focusing on the game with the beating skit peppered in throughout. Crazy Castle felt like an excuse to do more of the skit than the games and while I don’t like it, I understand there being nothing much to the games in the first place.
An exception to the FX episodes on the lower part of my list is the one focused on the Nintendo World Championships. Its placement has to do with feeling more like an NES Punk video versus an AVGN video. The awkward style of humor is definitely more Pat’s thing which isn’t where my taste in what I find funny lies.
The most pleasantly surprising episode was on Wayne’s World. It’s probably one of the more simple AVGN videos. The game is explained and shown with clips of the 1992 film spliced in at specific points. That’s all there was to it and it beat my expectations in terms of quality and humor.
My top 3 had, what I felt to be, the most creative of them all. Kevin Finn as the ninja in the Ninja Gaiden episode was great improv comedy, James as every member of the Addams Family had funny lines from each of his characters, and finally Mike Matei as the Joker in Batman part 2 was laugh out loud hilarious!
20. Bugs Bunny’s Crazy Castle
19. The Wizard and Super Mario Bros. 3
18. ROB the Robot
17. Nintendo World Championships
16. Atari Jaguar Part 2
14. Christmas Special 2010
12. Indiana Jones Trilogy
11. Game Glitches
10. Christmas Carol Part 2 – Shaq Fu
9. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Re-Revisited
8. Sega 32X
7. The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout
5. A Nightmare On Elm Street
4. Wayne’s World
3. Ninja Gaiden
2. Fester’s Quest
1. Batman Part 2