Since 2004, the Angry Video Game Nerd (James Rolfe) has been playing notoriously terrible video games so we don’t have to. Always sporting a New Jersey accent and a bottle of Rolling Rock, Rolfe tries to make his way through vintage games filled with typos, impossible levels, awful character designs, and Game Genie proof final bosses.
Rolfe, along with his independent production company Cinemassacre, became somewhat of an internet celebrity in 2004 after he uploaded a video of him complaining of the downfalls of Castlevanie II: Simon’s Quest. In his next video, he appeared on his screen as his “nerd” persona, and he’s covered dozens of games and platforms since. From the Turbo Graphics 16 to the Commodore 64, Rolfe meticulously rips apart games that are sometimes almost as old as him. He also has a great knack for pop culture history, providing great movie reviews and genre retrospectives.
This week Rolfe covers ‘SwordQuest’, an Atari-produced game series/contest from the early ‘80s that incorporated comic books and puzzles. Regardless if you’re interested in the subject matter, Rolfe somehow possesses the ability to make anything sound fascinating.
Released this week was the cover art for MGMT’s Congratulations, and I must agree: someone’s got a thing for Sonic the Hedgehog.
After listening to the band’s first album, Oracular Spectacular, it kind of makes sense. Every track came across as a teenaged identity crisis, where the cool kid who got all the girls could never shake the inner dork in love with his Sega Genesis.
Thankfully, the dork won out. Let’s hope for the same on this second effort.
Dinosaur Jr. will be playing a special free show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles this upcoming Tuesday (23 February) as part of a T-Mobile event. The doors open at 8.00pm with the show starting at 9.00pm. It’s a first come, first serve deal, so you’ll need to line up early to get in. PopMatters will be there covering the event, so watch for photos and a review shortly thereafter.
Just to reiterate the salient points here…
- Dinosaur Jr.
- 23 February @ Troubadour in LA
- Doors 8pm/show 9pm
Preservation Hall is both a musical venue and a band and both are vitally entwined within the culture and heritage of New Orleans. This new benefit album features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band playing NOLA classics alongside special guests including Andrew Bird, Terence Blanchard, Pete Seeger, Dr. John, Blind Boys of Alabama, Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle, Merle Haggard, Richie Havens, Jason Isbell, Angelique Kidjo, Del McCoury, Buddy Miller, and Tom Waits. Ben Jaffe, PHJB Creative Director, says “My goal on this project was to create new works steeped in the New Orleans Tradition with artists from diverse musical genres and backgrounds who all share a mutual admiration and deep appreciation for our cultural heritage.” Find out more and donate to the cause at the official site.