An in-depth look at one of the worst video game reviewers on the Internet.
Probably for the best...Chris has quite obviously given up as a content creator and just getting by with the minimum amount of effort.
HEY KIDS PUBBA STEVE HERE AND TODAY WE’RE GONNA LOOK AT SOME SUPER COOL PAC MAN FIGURES! THERE’S PAC MAN, MRS. PAC MAN, THE BLUE GHOST, THE PINK GHOST, AND THE GRID FROM THE GAME! SUPER COOL!
If you wanted to crowdfund for something, but lack funds for a lot of prizes, what should you do?I don't want to jump the gun before I do anything. I'm just trying to think of ideas.
Are you crowdfunding for a book?Technically the funds for the prizes should come from the donations, if you already have the funds for prizes, then that should go towards whatever you're kickstarting (which is why the "prize isn't worth the donation" argument that so many rabidly anti-crowdfunding people make is pretty dumb. If you're giving them something worth $10 for a $10 donation, what's left for the actual project?)There's some non-tangible things you could provide. Some examples I've seen/thought of for game prizes would be allowing them to name/design a character, or name/design a character after them. You could also sell advertising space. You could also offer a limited print of some sort, maybe with a variant cover or an extra chapter. Offering digital copies for lower-tier donations is good, too.
I'd feel guilty asking for money and not giving something in return. I'm no beggar and don't want to be considered a charity case.
You want to avoid things that are heavy or oddly shaped as they can be expensive to ship (and that takes money out of your crowdsourcing campaign.) Also avoid things like "your name on a special donor page at the back of the book." Nobody cares enough to actually read those. Is it a book? Rewards might be a free e-copy at one tier, a free physical copy at a high tier and a free signed copy at an even higher tier (though if you're not a big name you won't get many of those pledges.) You can also offer prints of art from the book, possibly signed. Make them small and get 2-packs of 6x9 mailers from the dollar store. Without knowing what the product is it is hard to make suggestions but try to keep it tied to the product. If it is a video game maybe offer the soundtrack or exclusive in-game item. Also look at crowdfunding campaigns for similar items and see what they offer.
Well good luck on your trip. Also I hope that during it you realize that graphics shouldn't matter at all, and that whatever you say about a few games in your blogs are your opinion.
what are you going on about?
Well Dan said in the Muscle post that he played it and found the graphics to be painful. He shouldn't stick to Chris Bores' level. Oh by the way, Chris took his new intro from Blue Television Games, unless anyone can use it.
Bores latest update:"Filmed the next Neo episode and I think I'm finally getting a handle on the feel of this new show. The rough edit is like 5 times longer than I anticipated so I might not be able to finish till monday. But we'll see"
The man founded a new branch of psychology, and he's deferring a video game review to tell us through a puppet surrogate that the NERF Avengers Infinity War Mega Blaster is super cool.
Hopefully it’s Superman on NES finally
Blogger eating my comments:I'm at the airport now and will be spending the next week at my company's home office. I'll likely have an opportunity to swing by the bookstore, any bets on if Bores's book will still be there?off-topic been watching a lot of Derek Alexander's stuff lately (HVGN/Stop Skeletons From Fighting). I really got behind but his videos seem good as ever. I never understood why James didn't endorse him more or officially make the HVGN the brother of AVGN, but I guess it's good because his stuff's probably much better on it's own anyway.
Yeah, I should start watching Derek more often. I loved the video he and James did on Loopin' Louie, though! :D
Please don't watch HVGN...
LOL, how about this... We’ll watch whatever the fuck we want,and you can eat a buffet of dicks.
Derek got quite a bit of promotion early on by winning the Outnerd the Nerd Contest (the one that Chris Bore-ess claimed was rigged). I have enjoyed some of his videos but really I am just worn out on people who think reviews need skits.
No dammit we demand a damn post 2 hours and 37 minutes after the video goes up!!!!!
Tuesday slipping away with no sign of "might not be able to finish till Monday." He's really crafting this- refusing to compromise his vision to meet a deadline. I think we just might be in for the greatest game review video in history.
Two weeks in the makimg!
I'm betting he'll play the retirement card again...
He's posted his second Puppet Steve since his self-imposed deadline of Monday- and, well, I suppose that's where the views are. At this point we might as well hope for it on Friday.
We should start a betting pool.
When he said he was coming back, I secretly guessed that it'd be two reviews and either be done or go on an indefinite hiatus.I was pretty much right, count his unnecessarily split "Sewer Shark" as one, and don't count the shill videos, and he's only done two.(I probably wouldn't win the pool with that criteria, though).
He hasn't quit, though. He said he thinks he's finally getting a handle on the feel of the new show- it just takes longer in the editing. I don't know if even Bores can back out after a tease like that. While he does love to promote upcoming things a lot more than he likes delivering on them, he has shot and is editing something. I say it drops Friday.
He says he has shot and is editing something. He also said he lost a contest because it was rigged, he invented a new branch of psychology, and everyone reading this blog is a devil worshipper.
Definitely on the same page there. This just doesn't smell like a complete lie to me. Typically, when Bores promises something great soon, it's bad and late, but it does come.
I may have overestimated him- he's uploaded two things today and neither are Chris Neo. What's especially odd is that one is a review of bootleg Cuphead figures- it would make more sense that he feels the need to promptly fellate a company that sent him free stuff, but these are Mexican knockoffs. I still hold out hope that we'll soon discover this "feel of the new show" he's talked about.
I'm thinking of making videos again, but ICBINAVGN is definitely off to the breakers. Not sure on what subject, though.
Stick Figure Steve. Steve from Minecraft suddenly realizes he has a stick figure body and "reviews" items by saying they are "supa cool".
Pickup artists like those from Real Social Dynamics and guys like Roosh V and Sasha Daygame.
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Quote from a Nazi character in the latest episode of Archer, "Breakfast is ruined."
Chris Neo - Video Games, Unboxings, Pop CultureThe pop culture section should be interesting
Welp, according to Chris' FB, we should be getting a new video today...he mentions taking the show in a "new direction..." shudder.
That was fast.
If it's anything like Puppet Steve or more damned arcade cabinets, count me out.
I guess he's going to be reviewing classic games instead of trying to bash them.
new video up:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng9KXx60mC0Super Mario Bros 1, 2, and 3 NES Controversy! Plus World 9-1 Hack?!hope he ain't rehashing his stupid mario 2 "controversy"
boring.I guess this "new" direction is reviewing good games/not bashing them? Didn't see anything different from his previous videos...other than he was mostly positive.
It wasn't horrible, and I'll admit I didn't know about world 9-1 so I guess that's pretty cool.His rant about Super Mario Bros. 2 - That's his opinion. Ok, whatever. Super Mario Bros. 3, he mentions all the hype surrounding the game before it even came out but doesn't even mention that much of the hype came from the movie The Wizard.
Funny enough, when he mentioned Ghosts 'n Goblins, it reminded me of the Third Rate Gamer episode where he cuts in a quick scene in the middle where he says "Ghosts 'n Goblins sucks. Just wanted to say that."
So gonna leave lots of mean comments on it.
Good God... I mean, the childhood stories Chris tells here strike me as genuine. Everyone know Chris is a pathetic poser when it comes to retro gaming, but if ANYTHING were to ever be true it'd be getting an NES for his birthday and playing Super Mario Bros. The only issue is EVERYONE has an experience like that! It's not unique or interesting, no one needs to condescendingly explain Mario 1 to anyone ever! Even a complete dipshit like Bob Moviebob Chipman knew to root his godawful Mario 3 book in his own personal experiences growing up, because everyone's played the damn game. Also, freaking out about being able to get to level 9-1 with a Game Genie is stupid. The thing's a hex editor. Calling 9-1 a "hidden world" is like saying there's a hidden mustache on the Mona Lisa that you can uncover with a magic marker.
Next episode promises "all kinds of other worlds we can unlock" in SMB, and to "explore SMB in a way you've never seen before." I take it he means World -1 and that place you can overshoot the flagpole and run forever?
weird thing: i had a SMB cart where you COULDN’T jump over the flagpole. if you managed to jump that high, it’d just act like the flagpole was higher.i thought people who claimed they jumped over were lying. after witnessing my friend do it, we used game genies to enable moon jump on both our carts. his you could jump over, mine you couldn’t.i wish i’d kept that cart, it was probably a super-rare revision, but it looked like a regular super mario/duck hunt
Chris just released another video, and he is trying to justify his super Mario 2 review in it. Leaving lots of mean comments.
“The great thing about Doritos is, once you open up the bag, you’ve got Doritos right in the bag, there. It’s major pluses like this that make Doritos so iconic.”
PACING LAWYER: Please tell this courtroom, in your own words, Mr. Bores, the definition of the word “iconic.”SWEATING BORES: … good?
Well, Chris made a new video about a "Super Mario Bros. Worlds 1-3 Controversy." Honestly, I kinda forgot about Bores as time went on till today. Last I heard, he used to be doing some kinda Minecraft channel or somethin'.
His Puppet Steve voice came out quite a bit in the review. Something tells me he filmed this review and a puppet Steve video the same day.
I'll probably be eviscerated for this, but I've never even heard about a World 9 in the original SMB till I saw that video. I'll give Boring Man that much, at least. Yet, about SMB 3, I find it odd he didn't mention "The Wizard" when it came to the hype.
He said he didn't think The Wizard was a big deal back then in the comments.
Really? "It wasn't a big deal back then", he says? That's rather odd...
That just how ignorant he is about gaming history...
True, esp. if the late Ralph Baer's words are anything to go by. I remember hearing the Nerd mention how people were up in arms when they saw SMB 3 in "The Wizard", rather hyped for the game, if my memory doesn't fail me.
I may do a riff, but I'm not sure yet.
Interesting. Can't wait to see it if you do it, but go about it at your own pace; a rushed project is a sloppy project, I always say.
FINALLY, he responded to one of my hate comments. >:)
Didn’t you post something saying that you’re happy some sort of school Massacre happened because that means less competition on DeviantArt?
Sorry, I confused you with ButterflyBlossoms. It was in the comments for your testimony and I was thinking to myself, “And speaking of childish psychopaths...”
I wasn't paying close attention to the video so there are probably more errors but a couple that I have noticed...Mario did not come from Super Mario Bros. He was around before that.Ghost N Goblins did not suck. It is actually very well designed. It is just hard as balls.The "Nintendo" did not come out in fall of '85. The NES did. There were plenty of Nintendo home products released before then such as Pong consoles, Game N Watch, etc.There was no crash for the entire video game industry. Those who played video games on computers or in arcades always had new games to play. It was only a console game crash and only in the USA.
TRON came out around the time of the crash. Arcades were hopping.
I'm bugged by his claim that SMB was what changed everything. The NES changed everything, and SMB was a good game that made an apt pack-in for the new system. Bores speaks as if including, hypothetically, Tetris and Duck Hunt would have kept video gaming at a dull 1983 level, I guess forever.
The Nintendo is a nickname for nes.
@Anonymous BloggerIs it? Why aren't the Game Boy, SNES, Virtual Boy, N64, Gamecube, GBA, DS, Wii, Wii U, 3DS or Switch also called the Nintendo?It's sloppy writing on Chris' part at best.
It’s just not as used very often as NES. I should have said that I was speculating. It’s just that whenever The Nerd says “Nintendo game,” he usually means a game released on NES, not a game published by Nintendo themselves. Also the SNES is sometimes called the Super Nintendo.
As in just leave out the words “Entertainment System”
Havn't watched the video yet (might not at all)... but:1) Yeah Mario was a playable character in many games before SMB came around, and even had some cameos.2) The quality of Ghosts n' Goblins is subjective. I personally think it's a masterpiece. I could respect legitimate criticisms against it but "it sucks because it's difficult" is not really something you'd hear from a legitimate gamer.3) Everyone referred to the NES simply as "Nintendo" for years. I don't think it was until the GameCube came out that people didn't automatically know you were talking about NES if you just said "Nintendo". 4) You're right that the crash was pretty limited. I was pretty young back then but my grandfather and uncles had me playing a lot of C64 and took me to arcades a lot, there was no shortage of new games. The computer gaming market might've actually surged about the same time. The homebrew scene certainly did.
It feels like he's trying to combine HOVG with game 'review.'
Hey kids! Pubba Steve here with Chris Neo to bring you the all new History of Video Games!
Uhhhhh! History! History!(laughs) That's right, Zombie Steve! We're gonna be talking about video game history, which, uh, means it happened a long time ago! Video games all started when William Higginbottom from Livermore University programmed "Pong" in an attempt to make the most iconic video game that ever existed! "Iconic" is a fancy word that means super cool! It wasn't long before the nation of Japan decided they wanted their own Pong, which turned out to be Pac-Man! Bluh-hwa! Soon video games were so popular, they were building coin-operated ones so you didn't have to stay home to play video games! Now video games are everywhere- at home and in arcades! Maybe one day they'll invent a video game you can play while riding the bus! If that ever happens, your old pal Puppet Steve will be nineteenth with the news and act like he's first!
Can you imagine being such a loser that you have to humblebrag about "being out of town for the weekend" in 10 years of running a blog, because it's such a rare occasion for you?Goddamn, you're a loser, daniel. Lmao.
It's almost impressively pathetic at this point.
“…and this time we’re gonna talk about a retro game that I saw at ToyFair a couple months ago, that I was granted exclusive access to, and nobody else was.”-Chris Bores
OT: Fuck Black Panther and Avengers Infinity War; Deadpool 2 hands down beats both out.
"Super Mario Bros." wasn't the first game with worlds and stages in each of them. Capcom's "1942" (released in 1984) had eight islands, and four stages in each of them. The last one was the hi-point stage, and every other island, the 3rd stage, was against a giant plane. Namco's "Metro-Cross" (released earlier in '85) had 32 Rounds (four rounds in each "world") and the fourth round used the remaining time from the previous three.
Guess Dan's out of town again this weekend.
Nah, just waiting for Part 2.
I dont see there will be a Part 2,there is no part 1 in the title
The last Neo teased a look at the hidden areas of SMB that we've never seen before but that we actually have in the next video.
Ah sorry i Kind of missed that
His newest video is the eleventh Alphabet Bunch installment in three years. And no, there are no new puppets, new letters taught, new educational techniques, or point to it all.
I am not as critical as The Alphabet Bunch as Irate Gamer or Chris Neo or Puppet Steve. For one thing, Alphabet Bunch has considerably more effort put into it than the other shows Chris produces.That said, Chris needs to bring in some more voice talent. He simply does not have the vocal range to portray many different characters. Obviously he needs to create more Alphabet Bunch videos consistently but that is a consistent problem for Chris. The exception is Puppet Steve which is also right up there with Box Wars as one of the worst shows he has ever made.
I'm way harsher on Alphabet Bunch. It's not just more segments he needs- a good Sesame Street segment will last 20 years or more. If this were a project worth doing, he would need to get more puppets depicting more letters instead of spinning his wheels with M, T, and H whenever he feels like that's what he wants to do. But it's really pointless to make these anyway because they aren't his characters, the original 'Letter People' videos are better, and still-better stuff than the Letter People has existed since before the Letter People existed (Sesame Street again). It's bad enough that he's re-chewing old cud on video game facts that have been widely known for decades and packaging it as a big exposé that he uncovered, but when a toddler can watch your videos and say "YEAH, WE KNOW" because this is the fifth video about what starts with M, you're significantly failing as a creator. His voice talent isn't non-existent, though, and if the other problems were solved, his voice plus the audio modifications he throws in might be enough.
Of Topic: Has anyone here seen Asalieri’s video “Is Anyone Really Surprised By The CA Scandal?”https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sfGMa5Is35A(Hyperlinks are too complicated for me, but maybe I’ll give it a try one day.)
I hadn't seen that video before. Asalieri is mostly off of my radar. He makes some good points but this video largely feels like he is taking the opportunity to boast about something he was right about several years ago. That's kind of gross in my opinion.
Boasting aside, he is right at 1:27. They COULD have taken down Channel Awesome as early as 2011. Instead, they waited seven years after that just to do so. They're not innocent, either.I know people will throw tomatoes at me for what I just said, but the fact is, I have no patience whatsoever for complicit individuals.
What I want to know is whether Asalieri truly was right this entire time. People in the past have derided him for doing his Review The Reviewer show out of jealousy of the bigger reviewers like those at Channel Awesome.
It doesn't matter to me. My sympathies toward CA and its staff are long gone and my opinions about Gaede (he's a bitter, narcissistic opportunist) haven't changed.He can boast till he's blue in the face, but that won't change the fact that nobody likes him.
Also, did you know that Asalieri is the son of infamous physics theorist Bill Gaede?
I live near CA's headquarters so I decided to check it out last week in hopes of seeing Doug or someone. When I arrived it looked deserted. No cars in the parking lot, no lights on, door locked, no signs on the building just on the big sign with the address near the entrance of the parking lot. But what really struck me was that there was a big dumpster near the entrance of there building block a few parking spaces. It seemed empty, but maybe they are closing doors? Doubt it, might just have been a day off.
Interesting. Any chance you have any photos of these?
Probably just do everything from Doug’s house now.
No photos but if I decide to go back, I'll take some. They probably do film at Doug's currently.
Did anyone catch when he was talking about SMB3, he said "the warps are back."? Did he really not know about the warp zones in SMB2? So much for "knowing all the ins and outs of these games."
He’ll claim he didn’t really care to explore the warps in SMB2 because he wasn’t a fan of the game.
He also said SMB2 is a slap in the face to fans of Super Mario Bros. because of how different it was. So are Zelda II and Castlevania II a slap in the face to fans of the Legend of Zelda and Castlevania?
... he said SMB2 sucked because gameplay was different than SMB1, but said SMB Advance was a great game because it was SMB2 with updated graphics.
I'm confused to why Brad Jones is still on CA when he apparently left a while ago, unless that was just misinformation?
Maybe he has mastered quantum physics and learned to behave like a particle that can be in two locations at once.
It was probably you guys misinterpreting the information. Brad didn’t actually leave (at least not yet), he merely removed all references to Channel Awesome from his social media accounts. Maybe, JUST MAYBE, he’s planning on leaving? We will just have to wait and see.
He said he wanted more space to promote movie of his
so he removed ca links to make room for them
PDFE-BookI finally got Hyperlinks figured out! :D
Odd comment at the end of the new Puppet Steve; after showing us upcoming E3 exclusive Cuphead Funkos, he says "Doggoneit, how come E3 gets all the cool exclusives? BLAHHH." He doesn't give a reason for hating E3 or name a better convention.
OT but TotalBiscuit has passed away...
Rest in peace, John! Rest in peace!T_T
The MILLENNIUM FALCON may not have been a total piece of junk, but SOLO certainly was.
Not surprised one bit. The guy playing him isn’t anything like Harrison Ford, but seeing that Harrison Ford hates Star Wars, I’m not surprised he wanted absolutely nothing to do with this movie.
Shame on Kathleen Kennedy for taking away Lando's masculinity. That's the ultimate crime.
For what it's worth, Harrison Ford enjoyed Solo and praised its lead actor:https://amp.cinemablend.com/news/2424252/harrison-ford-saw-solo-a-star-wars-story-heres-what-he-told-ron-howard
I’m still going to see it. After all it is Star Wars, and I never trust what critics say about Star Wars movies anymore because they made a commitment to bash every new Star Wars that comes out regardless.
I found it to be a middle of the road Star Wars movie. Not the worst but far from great. It is pretty much Fast & Furious with Star Wars trappings
11 minutes of Hello Neighbor merch by Puppet Steve today. I despair of getting the new Neo today.