This video has been in the works since last October (2017), when I first started the playing Earthbound on the mini SNES Classic. It wasn’t originally meant to be an AVGN episode. It was for myself.
I never played much of Earthbound before, but it’s a game that always appealed to me. Yes, even when I saw the ads in Nintendo Power. The only reason I never played it much was because I was too busy with Final Fantasy 3 (6) and Chrono Trigger. SNES has so many amazing masterpieces, it’s almost impossible to play them all. But after more than 20 years, I owed it to myself to complete Earthbound.
The gameplay took me 45 and a half hours. After recording it all, I decided to put all those hours to good use, and make a video. At first, I didn’t think it would be an AVGN episode, but more of a casual “James review”. But I realized there were plenty of wacky moments in the game that the Nerd could react to.
If you’re wondering about the characters’ names such as “Milly” and “Lilly”, my 4 year old daughter named them.
To write the script, I had to search through 45+ hours of game footage, to confirm and describe accurately all the moments that I wanted to comment on. Then came a bunch of researching facts, and developing my own personal theories. It turned out, I had a ton to say. It became the longest single-part AVGN episode, by total accident (running nearly 40 minutes). On top of that, I couldn’t resist adding a dream scene with laborious green screen effects. In total, counting gameplay, writing, shooting, editing, the entire video took 137.5 hours to finish, making it the 2nd most time-consuming AVGN episode to date. (Episode 139: Mega Man still barely holds the record at 138.5 hours). Ironically Earthbound was meant to be a break for myself, but it turned into a major task, as all my other projects screeched to a halt.
I had fun with this video and am happy with it, but now that it’s finally done, I hope to get back to my personal long-term projects such as a film and a book I am trying to write. But I will always be jumping back and forth with AVGN episodes. I’m always trying to keep those coming.
The AVGN theme cover was by Andreas Hedlund.
(Originally composed for the Mega Man episode)
I feel like a lot of the things that you get "angry" about gives the game its charm. I feel like it really puts it in it its own little world, away from the other games.
anyways, I finished watching the video, and it was fucking great. Thanks
Earthbound sounds interesting, but for someone who doesn't have any much experience playing games on consoles before the PS2, I feel like this would be too much for me to handle. Still, very interesting video and game.
I think this is the very best AVGN episode, and I've seen them all many times :)
Just the pure love, and the way this is produced, still get to me every time I see it. This is the kind of content that could replace cable as people's main form of video entertainment.
I love the stair glitch on this game. The only snes game that you can break it and treat it like you are a programmer. Want to beat in wearing pajamas? Done. Want all the characters before you get the onett melody? Got it. Gives this game enormous replay value.
Earthbound was one of the most important and formative memories of my childhood. That sounds weird to people that view video games only in the sense of Pac-Man or Call of Duty, when games like this should be viewed as on par with legendary books or movies. Earthbound pushed me to feel and think about concepts that were only on the periphery of my understanding as a child, influenced my creativity at the time and in the future as a writer, and ultimately, I think, helped me become more interested in video games as an art form and to become an avid reader and art lover and music appreciator.
could you make a 4th of july game review? it's because, you americans have a holiday on that day, and, that date is also my birthday. so it would be amazing for me to wake up on my birthday, and there is a freshly made AVGN episode sitting on youtube waiting to be watched. please do this, it would be the greatest b-day present ever.
Hey james can you make a new AVGN episode called the shit scale of shitty games to show all the games you reviewed and in which category of shit they belong to just like memories
Good Games with serious flaws
Shitty Games / LJN Games
Diarrhea cow shit
Jekyll and Hyde
And finally games that Don't count as a Game at all
I just want to say that I just recently started watching angry video game nerd at the beginning and I thought "I wonder if he's still doing this" and I skipped from episode #41 all the way to here and god damn. He barely looks or sounds the same as how he used to sound back in 2007, I'm not saying that's bad, I'm glad he's going through some changes and getting better quality but for somebody who basically time travels from 2007 to 2018 in a second, it's kinda weird and has this strange disconnect from what I am currently used to.