Every couple days or so, I search the Irate Gamer by "Upload Date" on YouTube, just to see if he's uploaded anything new. I'm not subscribed so this is the way to check. The other day, the tags picked up a video from the Uncensored Net Noise channel. My first thought was "they have a YouTube channel now?" but after that I wondered if they were reposting that episode. Not exactly.
It was actually their November 25th 2011 broadcast, a clip show of the best moments. One of which was the now-infamous Irate Gamer interview.
It starts around 2 hours 21 minutes here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_87_VTUuaE
For those that don't know: On June 6th, 2008, a small internet radio show "Uncensored Net Noise" invited Chris Bores for an interview, announcing this prior to the taping. When small time user (at the time) TheArchfiend caught wind of this, he informed UNN about his plagiarism and overall hackiness as a warning. What happened on the show... was glorious.
UNN did not pull any punches. Right off the bat they asked about the plagiarism accusations, and Bores realized this interview was not going to kiss his ass or stroke his ego. He began stumbling through his answers, trying to convince them that he is different, and that he wasn't inspired by James but "100 other people doing the same thing" (one of the first instances of this claim). He tried convincing us his Ninja Turtles review was different as he talked about five games instead of one and said different things about the first. Of course, nobody was buying it.
They ask him what the worst game he ever played was, and he takes a good minute to finally decide on MUSCLE because "there were so many". Even though at the time, his latest video was ROB Part 1 and most of the games he reviewed by then were actually good.
One host asked Bores if he ever played "Hack Attack", an NES game where you go around killing bad comedians like Gallagher. Of course, Hack Attack is not real. Whether Bores could tell he was joking or not was hard to tell from his voice (but he sounded kind of sincere when he said "nope, I haven't")
The hosts also call him Carlos Mencia and Carrot Top and mention they're bringing on a "real band" after his interview. As he hangs up, one of the hosts blurts out "you suck!"
As you can probably tell, the interview was brutal. There were other aspects but they weren't as controversial as that. Afterwards, their chat room went crazy, as they discussed how Bores just kept lying through his teeth.
The critics had a field day with this interview. It was mirrored all over the place, with Bores sending his fans out to flag it for copyright infringement (never mind that it belongs to UNN, who I'm sure had no issues with people uploading it). In the end, Bores' reputation took a severe blow. More so than ever.
A lot of people out there, even some critics, defended Bores, claiming the hosts were being mean. First off, they're a comedy/music-based radio show. Like Opie & Anthony, they're crass and over-the-top. Second, they probably were going to conduct a normal interview, and were curious about the plagiarism accusations. When Bores refused to give a real answer, they pushed until they realized this guy wasn't going to give a straight answer and decided to call him out on his bullshit. Sure, it may have been harsh, but nobody likes a liar.
The effect the interview had on Bores still lingers to this day. He no longer does interviews (that French gaming site being a rare exception) and his pile of lies continued to grow as he constantly changes his story about certain things. Like how those "100 other guys" are now "200 other guys" and after 4 years finally mentioned the AVGN. Sure, maybe if things went better, he would do things like conventions and actually meet the fans (what few he has). But that ended up not happening, and now he only goes to E3 because GotGame needs traffic. No matter how bad he is at taking interviews himself.
Before I finish up, there's something that completely slipped my mind.
Remember Cry Wolf Productions? That group of false-flagging assholes that took down a good number of anti-Irate Gamer videos? Sure, their leader was taken out. But a while ago, something appeared that baffles me.
Someone asks his "mother" what Cry Wolf Productions is, and she tells him it's his sister company. ... Wait what?
Is this telling us that Bores really did endorse the false-flagging of all those videos? Then some "James Duxton" guy took the fall for it? What's going on?
Actually, long before the false-flagging spree, a video from Y2B2010 (a reupload of his DVD interview) was flagged for copyright infringement by "Cry Wolf Productions". Was this around before then? Why the massive takedowns? I am so confused...
I wonder if Bores is ever going to upload his Sonic Generations review to YouTube. Because he passed off the footage as his own, Cyberman65 has every right to flag it for theft.