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ScrewAttack
IndustryVideo games, entertainment
GenreVideo game, reviews, entertainment
FoundedFebruary, 2006
Founder(s)Craig Skistimas
Thomas Hanley
HeadquartersFlower Mound, Texas, United States, U.S.
ProductsWeb shows
Owner(s)Craig Skistimas
Websitehttp://www.ScrewAttack.com/
 
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ScrewAttack
IndustryVideo games, entertainment
GenreVideo game, reviews, entertainment
FoundedFebruary, 2006
Founder(s)Craig Skistimas
Thomas Hanley
HeadquartersFlower Mound, Texas, United States, U.S.
ProductsWeb shows
Owner(s)Craig Skistimas
Websitehttp://www.ScrewAttack.com/

ScrewAttack, officially named ScrewAttack Entertainment LLC, is a company that creates video game entertainment, including original content, on their website. Owned by Craig Skistimas, ScrewAttack.com has been operational since 5 January 2006. As of April 2012, it has been reported that the website receives 45,958 page views (PV) per day and is responsible for $138 in daily advertising revenue.[1]

From 2012 onwards, the original content (known on the website as ScrewAttack Originals) available includes, Hard News, SideScrollers, Clip of the Week, Screwin' Around, ScrewAttack Top 10's and Death Battle. Content produced externally, called Partner Series on the website, includes The Game Overthinker, Talking Classics and Extra Credits. The name and logo is derived from the Metroid series video games, in which the player can employ a "screw attack" function.[2]

Contents

History

ScrewAttack was created in 2006 by Craig Skistimas and Thomas Hanley. The first show featured on the site was an audio podcast called SideScrollers.

In February 2007, MTV Networks acquired rights to some of ScrewAttack’s programming (Top 10's, Video Game Vault and the Angry Video Game Nerd) adding it to their GameTrailers service.[3] Since working with GameTrailers, ScrewAttack's features have been downloaded over 245 million times.[4]

ScrewAttack.com was relaunched with its fourth version, termed "Version 4", in November, 2009.

In September 2011, ScrewAttack.com launched its newest version, entitled "The New Screwattack", which features several overhauled interfaces and designs to the website. Its content is also shown on GameTrailers, IGN and YouTube.

From May 18 to May 21, 2012, The official ScrewAttack website went offline due to minor upgrades and the launch of "Phase 2" of The New Screwattack.

"Phase 2" was officially launched on May 22, 2012. Some of the new features of Phase 2 include the ability to customize your profile and the ability to "subscribe" to other members. Also included is the ability to create shows by uploading videos from the user's preferred video player. On the new profile is the "wall" (similar to the Facebook "wall"), allowing users to post items or comments in a similar manner to social networking sites. There is also a "feed" tab, showing the recent activity of other users that the user has subscribed to.

Divisions

ScrewAttack

The ScrewAttack World Headquarters is located in Dallas, Texas, US. The site’s creator, Craig Skistimas, and employees, shoot and edit most of the ScrewAttack videos in the company's headquarters. ScrewAttack often features hired interns in the site's videos, with many of the current personalities on the site having started out in this manner.

Current staff

Former staff

ScrewAttack Europe

Guru Larry's Retro Corner Logo.

Introduced in late-2006, ScrewAttack Europe, located in Northwood, London, United Kingdom (UK), was the name used by video game enthusiasts and TV presenters, Guru Larry (Larry Bundy Jr) and "UK" Wez (Wesley Lock), for voluntarily-created, video game-related content for ScrewAttack.com. ScrewAttack Europe was the first official international feature and the only outside group to have "ScrewAttack" in their title. Alongside The Angry Video Game Nerd, ScrewAttack Europe was one of the longest lasting associates of ScrewAttack and second most popular partner provider after the AVGN.

Their programs included:

In September 2010, Wez and Larry left ScrewAttack and Screwattack Europe was closed. They now currently provide the same shows for Channel Awesome and Machinima.com.

Current shows and featurettes

Original Shows

SideScrollers

SideScrollers is a weekly video podcast covering activities at ScrewAttack and general video games news. Until February 15, 2011 the show was available in audio format only.

The show is usually hosted by three people. Until recently (with the departure of Jared) the regular hosts of SideScrollers were Craig, Chad and Jared. Destin, Corey and Handsome Tom all previously had regular hosting duties on the podcast.

The typical format starts with Hard News, which looks at the latest news in the gaming industry, then The Middle Segment, which is a topic that the g1's come up with and the staff discusses, the SideScrollers News Desk, which is filled with unusual news from around the globe and Forum Questions, where they answer questions from members on their official forum. Birthdays of the g1's that week are also shown but only if they take a photo of themselves that match a challenge set by Craig the week before.[clarification needed] The show frequently runs short promotions and commercials to advertise new content on the site, often using it as a segue into the next discussion topic.

Video Game Vault

Hosted by Craig and Nick, the series aims to provide viewers with a nostalgic, informative and humorous look at classic video games; games that are infamous for a particular reason, or obscure games that are considered enjoyable. In addition to Angry Video Game Nerd and Top Ten, the show is primarily shown on GameTrailers.

Hard News

A daily news program shown on the site. Its purpose is to inform viewers on the gaming news highlights of the day, often accompanied with humorous comments (mildly like Weekend Update and The Daily Show, which described the story, then presented a humorous comment). The show is roughly 3 minutes long and is branched off of the Hard News segment on SideScrollers. Hard News is posted on ScrewAttack's website (usually posted at 6:30pm Central time).

It once ceased postings on YouTube since November 30, 2009, but resumed on April 19, 2010. It was revealed on February 25, 2011 that then-host Destin would be leaving ScrewAttack on March 4 and thus, Hard News. The ScrewAttack team looked for a new host and g1s could upload their auditions to YouTube. Until a new host was found, Craig and Jared acted as hosts.[5][6] On the April 20th episode of Hard News Jared announced that would be taking the position for the foreseeable future.

As of October 2, 2012, Hard News will be hosted by Chad until a permanent replacement for Jared is determined.[7]

ScrewAttack Top Ten

Stuttering Craig and Nervous Nick tries to keep the Top 10 lists non-traditional by focusing on games which might not have received as much critical acclaim as others, instead citing facetiously that because it is their list, the list is automatically great (an example comes from the "Top Ten Worst Fighting Games", where after Handsome Tom stated that everyone's list would be different, Stuttering Craig said "and besides, we're right anyways"). As well, they will have Top 10 lists (such as the Top Ten Fighting Games) which only allow one game from a given franchise on to the list to allow more variety. Airing on GameTrailers, the Top 10 lists generally receive over 300,000 views. The most popular Top 10 list to date is “Top Ten Boobies [in Video Games]”, which has received over 1,000,000 views since February 2007.[8] Other favorites include "Top Ten Douchebags of Gaming" (more than 750,000 views),[9] “Top Ten Worst Fighting Games” (more than 690,000 views),[10] "Top Ten Worst Mario Games" and “The Best and Worst Gaming Peripherals” (more than 650,000 views).[11]

Clip/Quote of the Week

Originally under the direction of Ben, it stars the entire SA staff and some rare cameos, the "Clip of the Week" (also is branded as "Quote of the Week") is a series of vignettes which posted weekly, showcases offbeat and strange commercials, movie clips or promotions for products. Originally, the "Quote of the Week" was merely used to spotlight a specific quote from the featured clip, but after evolving into the 'Clip of the Week' it began to feature the SA staff in a skit inspired by the featured clip. After the firing of Hanley, the skits began to become more extravagant, to the point of full-fledged productions in some cases.

Recently Ben switched director's seats with Nervous Nick, who now directs "Clip of the Week" as of April 2011.

On October 2012, it was announced that the Clip of the Week would be redone, and renamed simply "The Clip", dropping its weekly format in favor of higher production values.

VGR

VGR (Video Game Review) is a show on ScrewAttack, similar to The Scoop. However, instead of talking about the highs and lows of the game in question, categories of story, gameplay, sound, etc. are reviewed. At the end of the video, viewers are given a recommendation by the reviewer to Buy it, Rent it, or F' it. For example, New Super Mario Bros. Wii received a Buy It, Green Day: Rock Band received a Rent It and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D received an F' it. Currently a score out of 10 is also given to each game reviewed. For example, Dance Central 2 got an 8 out of 10.

With the release of Version 5 website, the ScrewAttack staff have also started posting written reviews for games.

Out of the Box

Now produced by Bryan Baker, "Out of the Box" previews recently released games and provides snippets from upcoming releases. During the show, "Stuttering Craig" and "Freelance Bryan the Intern" play games, whilst expressing their thoughts and answering questions on the game they're playing. The show is concluded with a final summation by the hosts on the game in question. The show was revised when the "Version 5" form of the website was launched.

DEATH BATTLE!

This show started on December 7, 2010. The show, which is similar to Deadliest Warrior, is hosted by Ben and Chad playing the characters Wiz and Boomstick, who guide the viewer through the arsenal of two fictional characters before pitting them against each other in a bloody fight to the death. Each episode showcases a custom-animated fight scene between the two characters, which is created by Ben. The show is scheduled to air a new episode every month. The animated fight scenes are now produced by Mr. Lange, starting from episode 20.

Screwin' Around

A live streaming show, featuring random ScrewAttack members playing video games for 1 to 2 hours. The purpose of this program is to reconnect with their audience and have a good time. This has since spawned into a smaller series, with each day of the week deciding what they play.

The Best Ever!

A show that debuted in 2012. Each time it tackles a different subject similar to Top Tens but instead of ranking the elements several staff members talk about their personal favorites. Examples include The Best Ever Retro Bosses and The Best Ever Power Ups. This will also occasionally tackle The Worst Ever, as in the case of The Worst Ever Street Fighter Characters.

Mario Party After Dark

A live show that features Chad, Jared, Sam and one random staff member in a game of Mario Party, where they constantly swear and insult each other. Chad plays as Yoshi, Sam plays Luigi, Jared plays as Mario and the 4th member chooses any other character.

Partner Shows

The Angry Video Game Nerd

The Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN; formerly "The Angry Nintendo Nerd") is a series of farcical retro gaming reviews by James D. Rolfe, an independent filmmaker and professional video editor.[12] The show consists of reviews for older video games on console systems, such as Atari 2600, Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, PlayStation, SNES, Nintendo 64 and NES. These games are usually of poor quality which makes Rolfe incredibly angry to the point of shouting obscenities, drinking beer, destroying the cartridges, etc. The series' original music is played on guitar by Kyle Justin with lyrics by Rolfe. On August 8, 2007, Rolfe’s character was featured on the Opie and Anthony radio show.[13]

CineMassacre Mailbag

James Rolfe (The Angry Video Game Nerd) reads fan e-mails. He usually uses ones that are especially humorous or ones that are touching or inspiring.

Talking Classics

As of May 2009, ScrewAttack is the home to this mockumentary that follows video game fan Keith Apicary, starring and created by comedian Nathan Barnatt. Keith Apicary (called the "Borat of the gaming world")[14] is a 28 year old gamer who favors Neo Geo, Virtual Boy and Sega. Nathan has been forcibly removed from numerous events, including:

Barnatt is currently developing a TV series for Keith Apicary based on Talking Classics for Adult Swim.

brentalfloss

brentalfloss is a New York-based musician who makes videos for ScrewAttack. His most famous creation is his "with LYRICS" series, were he takes a classic retro gaming song and gives it lyrics, typically referring to the subject matter of the game itself.

Game Theory

A new show that debuted on Screwattack in 2012, Game Theory is hosted by Matthew Patrick. Coined as "Mythbusters for gamers", Patrick's goal of Game Theory is to separate fact from fiction in video games and support topics in video games that may seem fantastical with real world facts.

The Completionist

The Completionist is another new show that debuted on ScrewAttack in early 2012, starring Jirard Khalil. Khalil reviews classic games, placing heavy emphasis on their replay value, what getting 100% completion on a game gets the gamer and whether or not its worth it to complete the game, ending each review with a rating of Burn it, Play it, Finish it, Finipete it, or Complete it. The majority of the humor in this show stems from Greg Wilmot, who does voice overs and adds one liners to the ends of most of Khalil's sentences. The show originates from the site NormalBoots.com, which is also home to other video game related web shows; Continue?, Peanut Butter Gamer and JonTron. [16] [17]

The Game Overthinker

On July 4, 2009, it was announced at the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention that the "Game Overthinker" was the winner of the finals round of the "My Vids Don't Suck" contest. In this tournament style contest, average users submitted videos with the object of becoming the next featured ScrewAttack show. As of June 11, 2012 (2012 -06-11), forty-six episodes have been released officially as features. "The Game Overthinker" was an already active show on YouTube, where user Bob "moviebob" Chipman rants and speaks about video game phenomena purposely in too much depth. Chipman also has shows titled Escape to the Movies and The Big Picture, hosted on The Escapist .

In his show, the Game Overthinker chooses to talk about topics ranging from how originality in modern games are more of an exception than rule, violence in video games, the longevity of video game characters, racism in games and much more.

Free To Play Weekly

A new Partner feature to ScrewAttack, from the good folks at MMOBomb, Free to Play Weekly brings you the most important news of the week about free-to-play online games and the latest releases, with a few jokes thrown in for good measure.

Extra Credits

As of March 2012, ScrewAttack has partnered with Extra Credits to air their episodes on ScrewAttack, with a separate deal from Penny Arcade. Both ScrewAttack and Extra Credits worked on a viral video protesting the Entertainment Software Association's support of SOPA.

Prior shows

Newsroom

Newsroom, a comedy sketch show featuring Lauren and Jared, debuted on May 15, 2012. The series focused on the conversations of two gaming news writers working in the same office.

The series ran for 18 episodes up until Jared's departure from the site. Lauren has confirmed via her Twitter account that no further episodes are planned.[18]

Reboot or Retro

Premiered in May 2010, the show was initially hosted by Craig but was later hosted by Jared. It was a review show which took games that have been remade/rebooted and compared them to the original to tell you which one you should play. Games were judged by five categories: graphics, sound, gameplay, difficulty and value for money.

The show went on a hiatus for a while, but came back on January 22, 2012 with its seventh episode. On May 22, 2012, Reboot or Retro was moved to the "Retired Features" section on ScrewAttack with the launch of "Phase 2" of The New ScrewAttack, officially cancelling the series.


First episode - "Rocket Knight" or "Rocket Knight Adventures"
Second episode - "Hard Corps: Uprising" or "Contra: Hard Corps"
Third episode - "Rush 'N Attack: Ex-Patriot" or "Rush 'N Attack"
Fourth episode - "Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection" or "Final Fantasy IV"
Fifth episode - "Blaster Master: Overdrive" or "Blaster Master"
Sixth episode - "Gradius Rebirth" or "Gradius III"
Seventh episode - "Kirby's Return to Dreamland" or "Kirby Super Star"

The Art in Gaming

The Art in Gaming was a series of short videos that focus on the visual art in gaming. This show took a more serious and an educational approach, compared to the usual easy-going and humorous, sporadic paces as seen in other ScrewAttack shows and features. As of 6 March 2008 (2008 -03-06), four episodes have been released, Rygar, Vigilante 8, Bionic Commando and a feature about geometric shapes in gaming.

The Scoop!

The Scoop! was hosted by Highschool Ben. The program highlights the highs and lows of games and usually focuses on the "Top 3" of both aforementioned categories. Once in a while, a clearly terrible game is reviewed and is given heavily sarcastic praise from Ben. It aired on ScrewAttack for quite some time but now it has been merged with VGRs.

Awesome Video Games

Awesome Video Games was a show on ScrewAttack which featured Chet, Ace and their father. After creative differences regarding the direction of the show, it was decided that it would separate from ScrewAttack and is currently hosted on Blistered Thumbs. The show aired on ScrewAttack from September 2006 to March 2007.

GameJew

GameJew was a former ScrewAttack series featuring Jonathan Mann, a Jewish fan of Mario. In the story, The GameJew dons his red Mario hat and his red overalls, all while existing in real life situations and composing songs relevant to games.

GameJew took part in the Austrian Big Brother Awards,[19] produced the Mario Opera,[20] and was featured in the January 15, 2008 edition of EGM Magazine after serenading video game guru, Shigeru Miyamoto.[21]

GameJew was active on the site from July 2006 to August 2007.

As of February 27, 2008, Mann has recommenced production of GameJew videos which air on Wednesdays.

Jonathan Mann has been writing a song a day, since January 1, 2009.

Jose's Puntos

Jose's Puntos is a short program hosted by Jose El Mexicano where he gives gaming tips to the g1s. On May 13, 2011, it was rumoured on the forums that Jose would be leaving ScrewAttack; Jose confirmed this the same day. It is unknown whether Puntos will continue, though it has been mentioned (by Jared) that the show might come back some time later,in a different form with a different host.[22]

Episodes include Pokémon Red and Blue, Halo 3, Uno, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: World at War, Fable, Fable II, Gears of War 2, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, Bulletstorm, Killzone 3, Homefront and Mortal Kombat(2011). A spoof episode was also made in a similar style to Jose's Puntos, called Chad's Pointers.

Metal Gear Ben

Based on the character 'Metal Gear Ben' (a recurring character on the Clip of the Week) this show was produced with help from the g1 community.

The first episode was showcased this summer at SGC 2009 and the series was officially launched on November 23, 2009. The series finale of Metal Gear Ben was posted on May 15, 2010.

Nametags

Nametags is a sitcom that follows Jared and Dom in the daily grind at the video game store at which they work. In addition to dealing with moronic customers who embody common gamer stereotypes, the pair must often contend with their blunt, mysterious manager, Josh. Several episodes also revolve around Jared's love interest, Cheryl. The show is done in a style similar to that of Scrubs, including brief glimpses into the minds of the characters. It also uses various video game music for its soundtrack.

The store of the show, which has remained unnamed (but is meant to parody GameStop), is filmed in the club house of Jared's improvisation comedy troupe, while all the scenes in the apartment are done in the actors' actual apartments.

RetroRemix

Hosted by DJ Axis, a half-blind musician, the show featured remixes of old video game soundtracks, with a more modern sound and rhythm (similar in execution to OverClocked ReMix). It often contains short interviews or information about the game at the beginning. However, with the departure of DJ Axis, the series has ended.

Toilet Tuesday

A series of shorts created relating to people sitting on the toilet and playing video games. Movies were submitted by g1s to be featured on the site.

The Armory

The Armory was a feature created by host Daily Destin in which the best weapons known in video gaming are detailed. From December 11, 2009 onwards, the show was hosted by IGN. The show ended with the departure of Daily Destin in March 2011.

The New Adventures of Captain S

The New Adventures of Captain S is an online web serial created by PBC Productions which parodies cartoon and television shows of the 1980s and 1990s, particularly Captain N: The Game Master (the main character being a fan of one of the consoles of the time, wearing a varsity jacket and being able to enter a video game world called Videoland), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (a good entity in the shape of a giant floating blue head), Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad (the antagonist being a loner who wears black and has contact with an evil artificial intelligence through his computer), Saved by the Bell (the interpersonal relationships between the characters) and Full House (the opening credits).[23] The show follows the adventures of high school junior and major Sega nerd, Chad Belmont after he happens upon a magical Sega Genesis cartridge that enables him to enter into Video-Land through his TV. When he arrives in Video-Land, he is briefed by its benevolent keeper, the Giant Blue Head. Prophecies foretold his arrival and from that moment forward he would be called Captain S, Video Defender. He must keep the world safe from the evil clutches of the Game Genie and his minion NES. He is joined in his journeys by his best friends Lunk and Becky and he pines after the sweetheart of Bromley High, Stacey Newfeld. Usually, Chad must use lessons he learns in Video-Land to help him become a better person on the other side of the screen. Season One contained ten episodes, which were aired from January to May 2007. The series premiered at MAGFest V in Vienna, VA.

A second season had been planned and was indeed announced by show creator Chad Williams at MAGFest VI on January 6, 2008. To fill the gap until the second season airs, the writers produced a Captain S web-comic that is available on their website.

In May 2009, PBC officially announced the second season of Captain S had been cancelled. The second season actually never left early preliminary development stages. In addition, the Captain S web-comic has not been updated in quite some time, indicating the concept has been left entirely.

Main Cast

Chad Belmont/Captain S - Brett Vanderbrook
Nigel Edmund Silverman/NES - Devon Riley
Lunk Stogsdill - Shael Riley
Becky O'Connor - Ivy Hong
Stacey Newfeld - Kitty Ostapowicz
Head and Game Genie - Chad Williams

The effect of Video-Land is achieved through stop-motion animation, where the image of Captain S is super-imposed on the game sprite. In the season one finale, a more free-form style of animation, mimicking Mortal Kombat's photographic style was used.

A special episode of Captain S was released in August 2007. In this episode, Captain S meets the Angry Video Game Nerd to join forces and save Christmas in July. Since Captain S is considered a family-friendly show, the AVGN's language is heavily toned down (only using the word crap), although at the end, he slips and curses (but it was censored), to which the Captain S characters react in shock.

While the title of the episode says it is non-canonical, an AVGN video seems to continue from where that episode left off.

Life in a Game

Life in a Game was a comedy/adventure series produced by Jonathan Tran from Enemy Crab Productions. It was first aired on ScrewAttack in March 2008.

The show stars Guy, a normal person who realizes that classic video game items, characters and music have begun affecting his everyday life. After fighting and destroying the Jackal, a mysterious boss character who had been stalking him, Guy is thrown into ever-stranger circumstances, from deadly chases to dance competitions. After defeating the reincarnated Red Jackal, Guy meets Frog of Chrono Trigger fame. The reasons for Guy's peril, the threat of the Jackal and the arrival of Frog are all tied to an as-of-yet unexplained force termed The Haxx.

On April Fool's Day 2009, Enemy Crab Productions & Jared from Nametags pulled a prank on the g1 community, with the season finale of Life in a Game revealing that the show to that point was just a dream and in fact, the characters had personalities & lives are very similar to the Nametags characters, before it was eventually revealed as a prank at the end of the episode by Jared and that the real final episode was shown at SGC.

Unaware Steve

Unaware Steve, having not played a game since 1992, the last game he played was Cool Spot, goes to gaming conventions and interviews gamers. The interviewee usually ends up agitated with Steve as he is quite annoying when he wants to be. The last time he went to QuakeCon he wore a "sophisticated" outfit which was just a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume. More recently he has started a new series "Unaware Steve's Video Game Extravaganza." He reviews an old game, usually giving obvious hints or adding in a different game somewhere down the line. The character is played by Brad Skistimas, Stuttering Craig's brother. According to his interviews at Quakecon 2008, he once drank lots of Sprite after playing Cool Spot (which actually endorses 7 Up), passed out and woke up in 2007 which may explain why he has not played a game since then.

Unaware Steve was put on hiatus while Brad promoted his band's new album. Unaware Steve made a return on August 14, 2011 while attending QuakeCon.

WTF Is That?

"WTF Is That?" is a feature where g1s are shown a still frame from a video game, which is zoomed in to the point of being almost completely illegible. The purpose is to run a contest on which video game the screenshot is from. The winner usually receives a free lunch or some other merchandise from the ScrewAttack store. Recent installments, however, ask what the games featured have in common.

Safety First

Safety First was a show starring Michael Donnel (Paul McDonough) and Manuel Riley (Steve Gregson). Michael and Manuel's primary task was to keep the world safe from the ever growing dangers of the internet, such as; lag, a ninja named Gay Dan, software pirates and time traveling game developers. Between episodes the cast would appear in 'Safety Bulletins' where Michael and Manuel would initiate G1s into the 'Safety Squad', some of which would be given the high privilege of becoming 'Safety Cadet of the Month' and receive prizes, such as t-shirts and signed memorabilia, for their effort. Though the show has now ended the Safety Shirt can still be found on the ScrewAttack store for purchase.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the show was cancelled before the final episode and the show was taken from the ScrewAttack partner shows list in early June of 2011. Paul and Steve have stated that they will not be carrying on with Safety First but will be airing the final episode some-time in the future. They have also mentioned that they will be producing a new show which they have labeled 'Project Giant' in November of 2012.

Retro Hunters

Retro Hunters is a show starring Rob and Josh where they go to various swap meets and flea markets looking for good deals on classic games. At the end of the video, they will show all of the games that they bought and compare it to the average eBay price to show how much they saved (or lost). A recent development in the series is the five dollar challenge which is when one of the Retro Hunters finds an item for $5.00 or under they can buy it and force the other person to carry it around for the entire day.

It was initially on ScrewAttack before but after a hiatus it re-premiered in 2012. On August 15, Rob and Josh announced that the show has been cancelled.

Events and other media

The Iron Man of Gaming

The Iron Man of Gaming is an annual gaming tournament, hosted by ScrewAttack, to find who is the best all-round video gamer. Unlike traditional video game tournaments where participants compete on a single title, competitors are given a raft of video games from various genres to compete on. The winner is decided on a points-based system; the contender with the most points is declared the winner.

2007 Game Titles
Classic Games
Street Fighter II · Sonic the Hedgehog · Pac-Man Championship Edition
Modern Games
Halo 2 (Xbox) · Madden NFL 08 · Dead or Alive 4 (Xbox 360)

2007

The tournament was held at Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, between August 30 through to September 2. The winner was advertised to take home $1,000 US dollars and a ScrewAttack championship belt.

First place was awarded to Chris "Kumachine" Delp. Second place was awarded to Louis "Big Lou" Hughes.[24]

2008 Game Titles
Classic Games
Mutant League Football · Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (SNES) · Killer Instinct (SNES) · Hydro Thunder (DC) · GoldenEye 007 (N64)
Modern Games
Wii Sports: Boxing (Wii) · Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) · Mario Kart Wii (Wii) · Halo 3 (Xbox 360)
Mystery Game
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith

2008

The Iron Man of Gaming hosted its second year at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas from June 19–22 and advertised itself as "all consoles", "all genres" and "all eras".[25] Contestants competed for $10,000 in cash and prizes. Registered ScrewAttack members were eligible to vote on which games are being played at the event; five classic games, four current and one secret mystery game were played during the tournament.[26] The event was documented by PBC Productions.

The winner was Harrison Fluster, with the prior year's champion Chris Delp as runner up.

2009 Game Titles
Classic Games
Dig Dug (NES) · NBA Jam Tournament Edition (SNES) · Megaman (SNES)
Modern Games
Street Fighter IV (Xbox 360) · Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360) · Gran Turismo 5 Prologue (PS3)
Mystery Game
Nintendo World Championships 1990 (NES)

2009

The Iron Man of Gaming took place during SGC in early July. The winner was Jamal Nickens and runner-up Joshua Wiegand, with the prior year's champion Harrison Fluster finishing eleventh. The 2007 champion, Chris Delp, did not compete.

2010 Game Titles
Classic Games
Crazy Taxi (DC) · Ikaruga (Xbox 360) · Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox)
Modern Games
'Splosion Man (Xbox 360) · Punch Out!! (Wii) · Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (Wii)
Mystery Games
Hydro Thunder Hurricane (Xbox 360) · Sonic the Hedgehog 4 (Xbox 360)
2011 Game Titles
Classic Games
F-Zero (SNES) · Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey (Nintendo 64) · Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind (SNES)
Modern Games
Mortal Kombat (Xbox 360) · Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (Xbox 360) · Call of Duty: Black Ops (Xbox 360)
Mystery Game
Rayman Origins (Wii)

2010

According to the June 23rd edition of SideScrollers, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was intended to be one of the mystery games, but whilst they had permission from Capcom USA, Capcom Japan did not give them permission to showcase the game due to short notice. It was replaced by Sonic 4, making SGC 2010 the first time the game was playable at a public event.

2011

2011's Iron Man of Gaming took place at NekoCon in Hampton, Virginia from November 4–6. The competition games were as follows:

F-Zero (SNES) · Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey (Nintendo 64) · Mortal Kombat (PS3/Xbox 360) · Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (Xbox 360) Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind (SNES) · Call of Duty: Black Ops (Xbox 360)

Texting Of The Bread

In 2010, ScrewAttack released a game for the iPhone called Texting Of The Bread.[27] The object of the game is to type words which will kill incoming Gingerbread men. The game includes the Angry Video Game Nerd as a character and will soon include another ScrewAttack personality, brentalfloss.

It is currently available on iPhone and iPod touch. An Android version has been confirmed with no date set for release.

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