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online video game showsCurrently, classic video games are a big deal. Prices are skyrocketing NES Games That Retailers Chronically Overcharge For [MUO Gaming] NES Games That Retailers Chronically Overcharge For [MUO Gaming] Recently, I wrote an article about NES games that sell for insane prices. Games like Stadium Events can easily sell for thousands of dollars. That's all well and good, but there are some classic NES... Read More as collectors run out to get their hands on the gems from their childhood. With that, all kinds of websites are popping up dedicated to creating engaging and entertaining content related to classic video games. This is a good thing, as spending time watching funny reviews and other tidbits about classic games is something that never gets old for me.

Today, we are going to talk about some of the best classic video game shows on YouTube. If you are a fan of retro, these shows will keep you entertained for hours on end. Whether you want to learn more about the history of video games, watch hilarious personalities review games, or just sit back and be entertained, these channels have you covered in a big way. Watch them, and I can promise that you will be incredibly entertained.

The Angry Video Game Nerd

You simply cannot talk about retro gaming vloggers without mentioning The Angry Video Game Nerd. James Rolfe, the Nerd’s real name, brings a level of quality that all other’s should strive for. His videos are written with a degree of care that you just don’t see often enough, and they are hilarious.

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We have a whole article dedicated to Angry Video Game Nerd videos, The 6 Best Angry Video Game Nerd Episodes [MUO Gaming] The 6 Best Angry Video Game Nerd Episodes [MUO Gaming] "He's gonna take you back to the past, to play the . . ." For many a gamer, this song is immediately recognizable as the theme to the Angry Video Game Nerd. After all, "he's... Read More so watch those to get started, and you will be glad you did. Now we just need to cross our fingers and hope that he actually releases that movie that has been in the works for far too long!

The Game Chasers

The Game Chasers is about two guys from Texas who drive around to flea markets, thrift shops, and other places trying to find classic video games for the best prices possible. Its premise is very similar to the History Channel’s American Pickers, but instead of antiques, video games are the target.

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The production values in The Game Chasers is incredible, and if I didn’t know it was made for the Internet, I would surely think it was a TV show with a giant budget. If you want to witness the trials and tribulations of two friends looking for games, this is the show for you.

Pat The NES Punk

Pat uses a similar style to the Angry Video Game Nerd in that he reviews games and has some kind of backstory developing around the review. The biggest difference is that Pat often reviews games that he actually likes, while The Nerd sticks to reviewing some of the worst video games in history.

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Pat’s reviews are funny, well thought out, and quite enjoyable. The Angry Video Game Nerd and Pat The NES Punk have even done some work together, so fans will definitely find a certain amount of crossover appeal. Also, Pat recently posted a seven part epic of his entire collection, and let me tell you, the amount of stuff he has will blow you away.

Game Theory

Describing Game Theory is difficult, but I will do my best. It stars MatPat, as he attempts to take parts of video games and decide if they are possible in real life. For example, in one episode, he analyses whether different Fatalities in Mortal Kombat would actually be possible. He also has an episode where he looks at the villains in the Batman games and attempts to diagnose them with actual medical conditions.

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The visual style of Game Theory is different. Instead of MatPat sitting in a room talking, it features lots of animations and still images, and it makes for a very visual experience. If you’ve ever wanted to connect video games to the real world, you need to watch these videos.

The Video Game Years

This is a series developed by the folks at Retroware.TV (who also host The Game Chasers, and Pat The NES Punk), which we’ve covered before in an article about the best sites for classic gamers The 4 Most Important Websites For Classic Video Game Collectors [MUO Gaming] The 4 Most Important Websites For Classic Video Game Collectors [MUO Gaming] Collecting video games is hard work. Sure, you can go on eBay and just buy up everything you want, but if you do, you will be paying full market value or more for every game... Read More . In it, they gather all their video game personalities together and talk about the early years of video gaming. It’s an entertaining history lesson that I recommend all gamers take the time to watch.

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The best comparison is to VH1’s I Love The 80s, and I Love The 90s. Just like that show, it picks a certain year and talks about all the major events that occurred. The mix of personalities makes for an incredibly informative and entertaining show.

Conclusion

These five video game shows should keep you busy for many, many hours. Each one brings something different, and they all have one thing in common – entertainment.

What video game shows do you like the best? Hit the comments section below and let us know!

  1. Jensen
    September 18, 2013 at 6:09 am

    A few new ones I have seen lately:

    Retrophile TV: 8-bit and 16-bit, no frills gaming gold. This guy knows his stuff.

    The Gaming Historian: This show will teach you things you would spend hours on the internet looking up about your favorite retro games. Very knowledgeable.

    Arm Length Interviews: Two guys with a helluva lot of imagination putting together a most entertaining video game show. Personality in bounds.

    Pushing up Roses: Rare enough to see girls doing game reviews. Rarer still is a girl who actually knows what she is talking about. Great show without the "let's hire a hot girl to pimp our wares" baloney.

  2. Michael
    June 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

    What No RetroLiberty AKA THENESPURSUIT?! that show is the best in my opinion there fairly new(a year old), but there already as good or better then the other big retro video game shows on youtube!

  3. Ryuga Hououji
    June 1, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Looks like I'm gonna get my healthy dose of old school after all! My friends and I are AVGN fans, and man do we ever laugh!

  4. Justin Klyczek
    June 1, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Fun list. Thanks!

  5. Craig Snyder
    May 31, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Knew all about Pat and AVGN, but these others I really want to check out. I'll always have a soft spot for '90s gaming, thanks a lot for these Dave.

  6. Federico Guzman
    May 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    All this shows are great and I think I watched every single episode of them. Let me mention a couple more channels that are worth a watch for retro gamers.
    - Continue?: Three friends sit down to play a retro game for the first 15 to 20 minutes and at the end they judge it by deciding if they would continue playing it or "game over" it! Retro gaming with the nostalgia glasses off.
    - Game Sack: Two big retro gaming collectors and nerds join to do quick reviews of good old games and systems. In every show they cover a different topic. Great production values on this series.
    -16 Bit Gems: The 16 bit era is full of classics, but then lots of great games don't get the recognition they deserve. This channels features all this hidden gems.
    -Did You Know? Gaming: While not strictly retro, every videogame nerd will enjoy this short videos full of trivia and interesting facts about the biggest gaming franchises of all time.

    • Federico Guzman
      May 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Oh, and some Gametrailers.com retrospectives are very thorough and interesting!

    • Dave LeClair
      May 31, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      Very nice recommendations. I will be sure to check them all out!

  7. Beaker
    May 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Great list. I am a huge fan of AVGN and the Game Chasers. You might also want to check out Retro Hunters. They disbanded a few years ago, but they walked similar path like the Game Chasers. Another suggestion is The Gaming Historian. He goes over a specific game history.

    Two more "quasi-classic" game channels are Pop Fiction and All Your History Are Belong To Us. Pop Fiction follows the same vein has Game Theory. Pop Fiction tests popular urban legends in classic (and modern) video games. All Your History goes over the history of games, publishers, and video game trends.

    • Dave LeClair
      May 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Cool! I will definitely check those out. They sound interesting! I also like Norm too but I wanted to show some love to some non retrowear channels.

    • Federico Guzman
      May 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Didn't know about All Your History Are Belong To Us. Will definitely check it out, thanks!

  8. Patrick
    May 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Great choices! I was hoping to find a hidden gem, but still awesome picks. I have seen them all from start to finish. Any other that made the short list?

    • Dave LeClair
      May 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      I like the Gaming Historians. Like Beaker said there is Retro Hunters, it's like The Game Chasers but with a lower budget.

    • Dave LeClair
      May 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      I like the Gaming Historians. Like Beaker said there is Retro Hunters, it's like The Game Chasers but with a lower budget.

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