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Games tested so far, chronological order:
- Tintin au Tibet (Mega Drive)
- Saint Seiya (called Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque in France) (NES)
- Astérix And the Great Rescue (Mega Drive)
- Last Battle (Mega Drive)
- Dark Castle (Mega Drive)
- Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (Nintendo 64)
- Sword of Sodan (Mega Drive)
- Waterworld (Super NES)
- Dragon Ball (NES)
- Rise of the Robots
- Back to The Future Part II and III (Master System)
- James Bond Jr (NES and Super NES)
- The Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs) (Mega Drive)
- Virus it is aware (Play Station)
- The Simpsons Bart vs the Space Mutants (Mega Drive)
- Total Recall and Predator (Mega Drive)
- Several games which very problematic transition from 2D to 3D.
- Barbie (NES)
- Jurassic Park (several game consoles)
- Many 8- and 16-bit sports games.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
- Several games from the Atari 2600, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in particular.
- Batman and Robin (Play Station)
- Short reviews about two show/movie adaptations (Alf (Mega Drive) and Time Cop (SNES)) and two medical games (Rex Ronan : Experimental Surgeon and Captain Novolin (both on SNES))
- The Legend Of Zelda : Faces of Evil
- Silent Service and Infiltrator (NES)
- Spirou (SNES)
- RPGs in general, but particularly Dragon Lance (NES), Drakkhen (Super NES) and Virtual Hydlide (Sega Saturn)
- Dragon's Lair on NES and SNES.
- Airwolf on Amstrad CPC 464, its sequel and the NES Airwolf game.
- Excalibur 2555 AD on Play Station
He also made six specials without game reviews:
- Téléchat, a very disturbing TV show. For kids.
- Three videos about the late 80's / early 90's anime and cartoons broadcasted in France (including one video only focused on girly cartoons), and some French sitcoms.
- The adaptations of video games in cartoons and TV shows.
- He humorously answered to commonly asked questions about him.
Le Joueur du Grenier provides examples of:
- Accentuate the Negative: Doesn't happen as much as you'd expect from an angry video game reviewer, when he gives harsh criticism, then it is deserved. Although he does state that the only good moment in the Batman and Robin movie is the end credits.
- Accidental Innuendo: In-Universe: Fingers/arms coming out from holes in the wall in the Total Recall game ? And looking like... something else due to the NES graphical limitations? Cue the Ding Dong Song by Gunther !
- Adaptation Decay: The main theme of the third special.
- Ancient Conspiracy: Dragon's Lair is implied to be part of one.
- Angrish: Except he is French, so it's not Angrish. Still, he fall prey to the french equivalent of this trope.
- Anticlimax Boss: JDG has this problem with the Dark Castle game, the Waterworld game and the TMNT NES one.
- Aside Glance: Gives a very panicked one towards the camera when faced with an impossible obstacle in Airwolf, complete with the caption "IMPOSSIBLE" popping up in front of him.
- Ass Shove: How he gets the NES cart in the Dragon's Lair video.
- Bait and Switch: On the ET the Extraterrestrial game:
Give me one fun activity involving entering and exiting holes? *Beat*
Seb : Errr... Speleology ?
- In the Airwolf review, he notes that the NES version can be finished in 10 minutes, and since it costed 500 Francs (about 82 US dollars at the time) when it came out, the game basically cost 50 francs per minute.
For fifty francs per minute, you can buy something much more interesting, if you know what I mean...
- cut to a creaking bed*
Like renting a creaky bed!
- camera pans to JDG, reading a comic book and bouncing alone on the bed*
... Why did I even do that?!
- Big No : At the end of the sports game episode. The next episode starts with this same scene.
- Big "Shut Up!" : A few times, most notably in the Saint Seiya episode.
- At the end of his rant about how the music in Airwolf gets really annoying really fast since the "mute" function cancels itself every time he loses a the game, which happens pretty much every five seconds.
- Blind Idiot Translation: The few games translated in French.
- Brick Joke:
- "Oh, a leaf."
- In the Dragon's Lair video, when he go to fetch the game in his Torture Cellar, we can see an Alf plushy and a chained Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cart.
- In the beginning of the Virus video, we see that his garden contains a menhir (Astérix And the Great Rescue), a bomber (The Smurfs), a koalaplatypus-headed robot (Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue), and a De Lorrean (Back to The Future Part II and III)
- When he adds Elite (the company behind Dragon's Lair and the Airwolf games) to his list of enemies, you can see a picture of Cryo (the company which made Virus and Time Cop, two games he reviewed) and another of Kato from Ai Shite Knight, whom he describes as a creepy and sociopathic stalker in his special episode about animated shows for girls.
- Button Mashing: Does it (obviously) in his Track & Field review with his fingers, his shirt and a lighter. Takes it to the next level in Dragon's Lair, where he uses a jackhammer.
- Captain Obvious: "But what I love in this tutorial is when they stop you during the action to give you a really useful advice like: To jump, press the jump button. Thank you Captain Obvious."
- Clothes Make the Legend: His flower-adornated yellow button shirt. He decided to wear it to make the visuals more cheerful, and also as a homage to (now gone) French singer Carlos, who was also a portly bearded man in flowery shirts.
- Color Coded for Your Convenience: JDG wears a yellow shirt when he reviews bad games, a blue-white shirt when he reviews cartoons and other non-game media, and an orange shirt when he is playing a good game (or pretending to).
- Couch Gag: Referenced in the beginning of the The Simpsons Bart vs the Space Mutants video.
- Did Not Do the Research: Played for Laughs in the video about Saint Seiya
- Apparently, JDG doesn't know what "demise" means in English (in his Waterworld review).
- In the same vein, in his RPG review, he translates the word "fellow" to "compagnon", which means "ally", while the character being talked about is a bad guy.
- JDG complains about Trunks in Dragon Ball GT not being as Badass as he was in Dragonball Z. That's because the DBZ Trunks he is referring is Future Trunks, coming from a Bad Future where he had to grow badass to survive againt the Cyborg menace. The one in DBGT is him having led a less harsh life, so of course he's due to be less developed.
- Apparently, JDG doesn't know what "demise" means in English (in his Waterworld review).
- Dope Slap: He does this to a Greybeard towards the end of his RPG review when he rewards his "quest" with a hammer.
- Ear Worm : Some of the musics in the games he reviewed, most particularly the theme of Dragon Ball NES (european version), which he notices it.
- Every Episode Ending: Destroying the game in a manner reminiscent to the episode's theme, like the AVGN often does.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Tintin in Tibet, most egregiously in the hotel (level 3) where you could be killed by Pekingese dogs, maids with vacuum cleaners, toppled suitcases, waiters with a platter full of goods...
- Face Palm: Just check out the YouTube thumbnails.
- Fake Difficulty: Lots of his games.
- Fanon Discontinuity: In-Universe:
- Godwin's Law: He introduces Airwolf on Amstrad CPC thusly:
Let's just say that if Hitler were a video game developer, he would have participated in making this game.
- Grotesque Gallery: JDG finds Téléchat creepy. Which isn't totally false, considering that many items in the show have an Uncanny Valley-esque human face (most notably a clothes iron, a phone and a microphone).
- Guide Dang It: JDG gets stuck at the last Astérix and the Great Rescue level's beginning. The way to get past the wall is quite wall-banging, indeed.
- The enigmas in Excalibur 2555 A.D. are non-logical, meaning if a single little item is missing or you don't know its use, you can't finish a level. And some of them require combining items.
- This happens to him a lot because in a lot retro games, most of the plot was explained in the manual, but since he lost/lacks the manual for most of his games and the games themselves raraly give any indication as to what the player is supposed to do...
- Gushing About Shows You Like: He's a huge fan of Dragon Ball and Jurassic Park.
"Let's call this the level 'THUD'. Why the level 'THUD' ? Because at the end, when you play it, you're like 'THUD'."
- Hypocritical Humor: At the beginning of the Sports Games Review, Grenier doesn't even wait for his mysterious caller to tell him something to do.
"What? You want me to play some awful old sports games ? Ooooh noooo..." *leaves the phone and rushes to the games*
- Insult to Rocks: "Saying this game is shit would be an insult to shit!"
- Incredibly Lame Pun: A french one ; during the Airwolf review, he claims that the devloppers must really "en tenir une couche" (i.e. be really stupid), an expression which can be understood as meaning "holding a diaper". Cut to a scene where Seb is playing the game developper, typing on a computer... Holding a baby diaper.
Seb: Seriously, you ever tried to create a game while holding a diaper?
Cue Losing Horns and a "Joke failure" message in the bottom of the screen.
- In the Dragon's Lair review : "Alright, guys, today, we're going to like leather, I tell you. Because today's game tanned my hide. Leather, tanned, crappy joke."
- On Batman & Robin : "This game was made by a company named Probe, so you already know it will live forever in the annals". Cue an X Box achievement.
- On Excalibur 2555 A.D. : "This game isn't so hard, it is just awfully long and shitty and we take too much time on non-logical enigmas... I shouldn't be surprised, the editor who made this, Tempest, is known to only make stinky games (in French Tempest sounds like "t'empestes": "you stink") .
- Jeopardy Thinking Music: This music is used during "waiting" periods, even though it's not really its typical meaning. Obviously, JDG is not familiar with the show (its French equivalent was only aired in France for a short time) and more with the parodies used in Internet parodies.
- Line-of-Sight Name: In the Excalibur 2555 AD video, JDG thinks the plot has been written like this.
- Magic Countdown: In Airwolf, not even the countdown works right.
13, 12, 11, zeroooo!
- Man Of A Thousand Faces And Voices: Seb, JDG's Sidekick and cameraman, frequently disguises himself to play a second actor on screen. So far, he played: Zordon, the CEO of Mauvais Jeux Inc (Bad Games Inc, the Mafia-esque company behind every crappy game in the JDG universe), the four Greybeards, the clown who programmed Dragon's Lair, The Grim Reaper, Merlin and Zeus.
- Morally-Ambiguous Ducktorate: His alter-ego, Canard-Man ("Duck-Man", a parody of Batman) and his motto "Another victory for a duck!", which is also the slogan of Canard WC, a French brand of toilet-cleaning products.
- Most Annoying Sound: In-Universe
- Mundane Utility:
"Batman and Robin is a game you can use to slice ham !"
- Mythology Gag: In Tintin au Tibet, That One Level is a call back to a gag in the cartoon.
- Nerd Glasses: He wears them.
- Nintendo Hard: Most, if not all the games he tests.
- No Export for You: Saint Seiya for the NES was never sold in the USA. Understandable as the anime was extremely more popular in France than in the US.
- Off-Model: To a degree. The "2D to 3D" episode's image quality was suddenly different from the other ones. This was even referred to in the following episode.
- Patriotic Fervor: Averted, as he's fond of ripping games made by Infogrames and Cryo Interactive.
- Poison Mushroom: In Back to The Future part III, there is a item that screams Power-Up, but is this.
- Record Needle Scratch: Sometimes used when he finds something which is both unexpected and incredibly stupid.
- Recycled in Space: He is like The Angry Video Game Nerd, except he is French. And uses much less profanity.
- Read the Freaking Manual: The trope is said to him by at the end of his "guide to being angry at your computer" skit in the Airwolf review.
- Shout-Out: When he is asking his camera operator to adjust the image, JDG's clothes ends up dressed like Batman, then The Angry Video Game Nerd.
- The episode about RPG is a giant The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim shout-out, including an opening which is an obvious parody of the famous Skyrim trailer.
- The whole ending of the Airwolf video is a spoof of the pilot of Ulysses31, a franco-japanese anime.
- Sidekick : Seb (Sébastien Rassiat), one of his friends who help him to make the videos and frequently plays a role in it.
- Sir Swearsalot: He once lampshaded how often he use the F word.
- Soundtrack Dissonance:
- JDG doesn't find Life in the City to be fitting to Sonic R. He thinks it'd rather suit a Rhythm Game at a holiday resort.
- The whole Time Cop game has a soundtrack like this trope.
- "If I was in 1984, in a nightclub called 'The Macumba Night', I could eventually maybe think the music is good. Tough luck, I am playing a video game about Zelda right now. And I think it is slightly off-topic"!
- In Airwolf, he notes how the music in one of the game's versions sounds awesome but only plays in the most boring parts of the game. He compares it to putting epic music in an elevator, cue a skit with him going in an elevator that has "Dragon Rider" playing in it.
- Asterix and the Great Rescue set to techno music.
- Stealth Hi Bye: Subverted in the Airwolf review, where The Grim Reaper disappears from his sight but then comes back, claiming he was just packing his stuff. Then JDG himself pulls one on The Grim Reaper for no particular reason.
Grim Reaper: There are really weird people around here.
- Stock Control Settings: JDG is not pleased that the Start button, instead of pausing, switches the type of punches in Rise of the Robots. He has his reasons, since it means there is no longer a Pause feature.
"Start, is PAUSE! Ever since it existed, the Start button was always meant to PAUSE!"
- Superhero: Duck-Man.
- Super Mode: "Super Grenier de l'espace" (Super Space Attic), a play on "Super Guerrier de l'espace", which is how Super Saiyans were called in the French dub. His "transformation" is triggered after building up too much anger and frustration because of Excalibur 2555 A.D., complete with Gohan's SSJ 2 theme playing in the background, as Seb and Merlin (also played by Seb) comment on his "power"... Which allows him to beat games at a ludicrous speed, win at a game of checkers, find Waldo, turn the game off, watch a movie and brush his teeth before going to bed.
- Tear Jerker: The second main theme of the second special. In-Universe.
"The cartoons at this time were really serious. Sometimes even TOO serious."
"There, I remind that it's supposedly for kids."
"Candies, guns, fuel canisters, buy some matches!"
"There, real funny..."
"Damn, even the off voice seems on the verge of killing itself!"
"Listen to what the Big Bad says! [...] But it's completely sordid to say things like that!!"
"But it's horrible! But... But really but... Help!! They show that to kids?!"
- Tempting Fate: Twice in the Excalibur 2555 review, when he comments on how cliché the enemies are :
JDG: Seriously, the only way to make this game more cliché is to put in a mad scientist and Frankenstein's monster.
Those two enemies appear with the 1-Up Sonic jingle.
- And after finding a bar in a cave :
JDG: Stupid game, a bar in a cave... Why not a strip-club for transvestites while you're at it?
Seb: Actually, that appears later in the game.
- Footage of said level is shown*
JDG: I hate my life.
- Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Finishing Airwolf on Amstrad will bring upon the unlucky gamer the wrath of Zeus. Too bad for him :
Zeus: For your punishment, you shall review Dragon's Lair!
JDG: No can do, I did it two months ago.
Zeus: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
JDG: I did it a while ago!
Zeus: Uh, Dark Castle?
JDG: Already done.
Zeus: Damn, you really have a shitty life! Uh, E.T.?
JDG: Aw come on, it wasn't that awful!
Zeus: And Barbie? Barbie, don't tell me you've done Barbie!
Zeus: Wah, you really had it rough.
- Torture Cellar: He locks some of his worst games in one.
- Who Writes This Crap? : In a fake movie trailer at the end of the Virus review, after saying a horribly lame pun on the word "mal" (In this context, "evil", not "hurt". Well...).
"Evil has returned... And it will hurt !"