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Classic Game Room is an online video game review show made by Mark Bussler which started in 1999, making it the first web game review show.

The first incarnation was know as The Game Room was a subscriber feature on the website "From US Alive". Presented by Mark Bussler and David Crosson, it was mostly a straight review show of then-current games and a few retro titles, with the occasional bit of silliness. Though it gained something of a cult fan base, it was a bit too ahead of its time (most internet connections were still on dial-up) and folded in 2000.

Fast forward to 2007: Mark Bussler uploads a few episodes on a little site known as YouTube to promote a DVD documentary about the show. The videos became much more popular than he expected, and in 2008, he decides to revive it as Classic Game Room HD with backing from the Inecom Company.

Other than its troubled history, it's a standard review show without much in the way of bells and whistles, with most of the humor coming from Mark musing about the inherent Fridge Logic of the medium, or just letting loose about nothing in particular. Though the show is mostly about the games, it also has reviewed consoles, accessories, game packaging, and even more peripheral stuff (like food based on games).

The videos can be watched here, and the series also has an official site.

Compare Wiiviewer, The Happy Video Game Nerd.

Tropes notably averted for a Video Review Show:

Classic Game Room provides examples of:

 Allow me to make my own commentary: THIS GAME SUCKS, let's go play Xevious!

 Here's a few seconds of multiplayer. Okay, that's great. Back to helicopters!

  • So Bad It's Good: In-universe: Mark likes games so cheesy even if a game is bad or not so good.

 There are many of us that enjoy videogames that aren't very good, but have something likable and cheesy about them that makes them so much damn fun.

 We're all special. And we're all different. Except you!

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