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"Now technically speaking, this is all opinion-based. But I have an online show which automatically means that my opinion is better than yours. Na-na-na-na-na."
Today, in the era of Internet, basically everyone can write and publish a review. So what do you do if you want to distinguish yourself? Why, make a Video Review Show, of course.
This concept is similar to Review Blog in that the author only reviews works that fall into one media type. There are, however, several main differences: That these reviews are made in video format, that they mainly focus on bashing the worst works ever, and that the "Show" part is integral to the idea.
The reviewers rarely get in front of the camera as themselves, instead they act as the show's main character (though some amount of Alter Ego Acting is usually evident). When James Rolfe picks up the controller and gets ready to break his record in most swears in one minute, he's not James Rolfe, he's The Angry Video Game Nerd. When Doug Walker sits behind his desk, suicide gun at standby, he's not Doug Walker, he's The Nostalgia Critic. Because of this, it is common for these people to assume multiple personas for multiple different shows. But the show goes beyond that. They often have their own theme songs, and aside from simple reviewing, the hosts also act out sketches of their own, always related to the work in question, and generally act in a manner usual reviewers don't.
An important aspect of this trope is the Review-to-Show Ratio, which can be projected onto a Sliding Scale of Review versus Show. It expresses how much time any given show spends actually talking about the product being reviewed. Shows on the Review end of the scale (e.g. Confused Matthew) tend to be little more than a written review read aloud. On the other hand, shows on the Show end (Awesome Video Games) only use the reviewed item as a framing device to tell a story. However, most shows lie in the scale's center, maybe with a Mid-Review Sketch Show, usually a little off to the Review side.
- The Agony Booth joined the fray with Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd
- The Angry Video Game Fag: Largely a parody of video game reviewers in general.
- Cheap Arse Film Review reviews films purchased for £1 or less.
- Christian Fauteux. But then again, his name isn't important.
- Classic Game Room, one of the few internet reviewers that isn't a Caustic Critic, and quite a bit older than most.
- Confused Matthew
- The Desu Des Brigade: Various anime and manga reviews.
- Frequenczy is a reviewer on YouTube that generally gives good reviews.
- The Gaming Pixie
- The Game Fucking Fuck Fuck Fucker Fucking Fuck Fucker
- Gay Comic Geek takes a look at current comics, both mainstream and independent, adding his own unique, gay perspective into the mix.
- Generic Reviews
- Grumpy RPG Reviews: A series of reviews focusing on table-top role playing gamer material, as hosted by a cranky fictional character who knows he is a cranky fictional character.
- The Happy Video Game Nerd
- The Irate Gamer
- JonTron - Jon and his Robot Buddy (and pet parrot) Jacques talk about video games, play candid camera pranks, and generally goof off and act weird.
- Lazy Game Reviews concentrates on Amiga, ZX Spectrum and PC games (both old and new). Reviews are actually very extensive and not lazy at all.
- Lenny and Shinko's Disney-See
- Little Kuriboh couldn't get hold of Yu-Gi-Oh! Season Zero, so started reviewing the manga, explicitly ripping off That Guy With the Glasses and Linkara.
- Mockbuster Mockery makes quite insightful and exhilarating reviews of low-budget b movies that try to cash in on the publicity of a major film with a similar title or theme a.k.a mockbusters. Affiliated with Cheshire Cat Studios.
- Moviebob makes Escape the the Movies and The Game Overthinker.
- Mr. Coat
- Mr. Coat and Friends is an internet review show site similar to That Guy With The Glasses in that it hosts other shows as well. Well worth a look.
- Hewys Animated Movie Reviews focuses on animated movies.
- Peanut Butter Gamer - Video game reviews, Top 10 lists and more from a really weird guy.
- The Phantom Reviewer, specializes in media based on Phantom of the Opera. Is often joined by Christine, voiced by Ascended Fanboy Biscuits.
- Reaction and Review
- The RPG Fanatic is a Youtube Partner who reviews computer roleplaying games while harassed by a talking puppet sword.
- Sci Fi Debris: Specializes in informative-yet-snarky reviews of Star Trek episodes. He'll usually focus on bad ones (it's funnier) but he's got no problem with looking at good ones for comparison.
- Short Fat Otaku: A guy who is not short, fat, or an otaku. He reviews japanese animation, often specializing in relatively obscure/unknown titles.
- Shitcase Cinema: A british guy who often reviews movies in a comical manner.
- The Strawberry Dragon Project: Unlike the other entries on this list, this show does not focus on one media in particular. Co-hosted by the Japanese, homosexual, animated Ichigo.
- Stuff You Like has the presenter summarize what she likes about a wide variety of things.
- That Guy With The Glasses is a site alliance for video reviewers, many with their own specific focus, and usually humor-oriented:
- The Nostalgia Critic: Focuses on high-profile (but mockably bad) movies of the 80's and 90's
- Bum Reviews: A street urchin goes over the latest high-profile movies.
- The Spoony Experiment: Movies, video games and other fannish things. Focuses on FMV games a lot.
- Atop the Fourth Wall: Comic books
- Todd in the Shadows: Bad pop songs.
- The Cinema Snob: Extremely obscure Gorn or Porn movies
- The Nostalgia Chick: Mostly movies, but also focuses on feminist viewpoints and gender roles.
- Marz Gurl: Now runs a generalized "Anime News" show.
- That Dude in the Suede: Anime and Japanese culture in general.
- The Angry Joe Show: Bombastic reviews of new video games (good or bad) and new movies.
- You Can Play This: Japanese games that English-speaking audiences can easily play.
- Phelous: Sarcastic reviews of horror movies.
- Bad Movie Beatdown: Similar to Nostalgia Critic, but there's usually nothing nostalgic about these films.
- Obscurus Lupa Presents: Z-Grade movies.
- Paw Dugan: Underground music and movie musicals.
- Brows Held High: Arthouse cinema.
- Clan of the Gray Wolf: Underrated video games from the 90s.
- Weird Video Games: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Deja View: Ed Glaser reviews foreign remakes of popular US films.
- Diamanda Hagan: An evil villain looks at z-grade schlock.
- The Rap Critic: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Familiar Faces: Lesser-known characters from popular cartoons and lesser-known cartoons in general.
- Nash: His secondary series are Classic Doctor Who Reviews (Exactly What It Says on the Tin) and Musical Chair (underrated musicians)
- The forums of That Guy With The Glasses host well over 100 Video Reviewers. You can find most of the active ones here.
- Third Rate Gamer: A parody of The Irate Gamer.
- Warning! Readers' Advisory: Derek the Bard reviews books (during Warning! Readers' Advisory), movies (Better off Read), and 80s cartoon shows (What We Watched)--paying attention to both the good and the bad--in an informative and funny manner.
- Zero Punctuation, but it deviates in several points.
- Non-review example: Cracked TV is a video version of the website's trademark list articles. What makes it notable is the fact that it perfectly illustrates all the other aspects of a VRS. Its successor, Does Not Compute? Not so much.
- From an amateur sketch site called FreshLem.com, their answer to this is Taylorem and Dill. While some of the jokes in the show fall flat, a lot of them are actually laugh out loud funny.
- Some things have gone meta thanks to: