The Angry Video Game Nerd (abbreviated as AVGN, occasionally shortened to The Nerd) is the character and title of a series of farcical retrogaming video reviews by James Rolfe, sometimes credited as James D. Rolfe. The show generally revolves around retro game reviews that involve bitter rants against games he has deemed to be of particularly low-quality or poor design. Such games are often associated with movie tie-ins. The series began as a feature on YouTube, and later joined ScrewAttack Entertainment, which would later have three of its features, including the AVGN, transferred to GameTrailers exclusively. The show, formerly known as The Angry Nintendo Nerd, was renamed because the show started reviewing games on other consoles, and also to prevent any trademark issues with Nintendo.
The Angry Video Game Nerd was voted Best Online Web Series in Mashable‘s 3rd Annual Open Web Awards on December 16th, 2009.