James D. Rolfe, an American YouTuber, online personality, actor, and director, was born on July 10, 1980. The retrogaming web series Angry Video Game Nerd, which he created and stars in, was produced jointly by his Cinemassacre Productions, GameTrailers, and ScrewAttack from 2004 to the present. Reviews of other vintage movies, TV shows, and board games are among his side projects.
The younger generation of gamers was inspired by him to create their own videos in his style, and he is regarded as a pioneer of online gaming videos. At one point, he was one of the most well-known content producers on YouTube. Over the course of his career, Rolfe has produced more than 270 home videos, starting in the late 1980s. With the launch of Angry Video Game Nerd in 2004, his career as an online celebrity gained momentum. Two years later, Rolfe gained widespread recognition after one of his YouTube videos went viral.
|Name||James D. Rolfe|
|DOB (Age)||July 10, 1980 (age 42)|
|DOJ (YouTube)||April 6th, 2006|
|Schedule/Status||3-4 videos per month|
|Net Worth||$1.38 million|
“Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (NES) - Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN)” is the first video on the Cinemassacre channel. In the video, Rolfe rants about Castlevania II and reviews the game.
He started reviewing games for other consoles, so his character’s name was changed from “The Angry Nintendo Nerd” to “The Angry Video Game Nerd” to avoid trademark issues (e.g. Sega Genesis, Atari 2600). Rolfe attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia from 1999 to 2004, and it was there that he developed the core of his character. Rolfe then created a second video, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which was intended to be the final installment in the series because it was the game he detested the most.
His videos were initially intended for personal use. On April 6, 2006, however, Mike Matei, a friend and collaborator of Rolfe’s, persuaded him to upload the videos to a YouTube channel he had set up and managed for him called “JamesNintendoNerd” (now known as Cinemassacre).
Rolfe’s character first came into the public eye on September 12, 2006, when his YouTube review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles went viral. His videos have received 30 million monthly views on ScrewAttack and GameTrailers, among other places.
After experiencing a voice break at the end of 2007, Rolfe halted the series’ production and postponed an appearance at MAGFest. He declared on March 17, 2010, that the constant writing, directing, and acting in the videos was causing him burnout and that the show would be taking a short break. Despite a May 2010 return date, an episode was made available on April 30.
A fictional conflict between Rolfe’s character and the Nostalgia Critic (played by Doug Walker) helped to further his fame. The Critic first launched a satirical assault, which is where it all started. Between 2008 and 2009, there were numerous episodes where the feud occurred. The two fictional characters are now close friends. Rolfe has contributed to some of the Critic’s subsequent videos, and Walker has informed his viewers of Rolfe’s projects.
Rolfe appeared as the Nerd in the “Piece of Me” music video parody of Britney Spears’ song “Piece of Meat” on cinevore.com.
According to Net Worth Spot, Rolfe is worth $1.38 million as of July 2022. There are roughly 191k views per day and 5.73 million views per month on the Cinemassacre YouTube channel. On average, YouTubers can make $3 to $7 for every thousand video views. According to Net Worth Spot, Cinemassacre makes $22.9k per month or $343.8k annually. If Cinemassacre makes the most money possible, advertising revenue could reach $619k per year.
Rolfe was born on July 10, 1980, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. South New Jersey was where he was raised. Sometime in the early to mid-1980s, his parents gave him an audio recorder for Christmas. Later, he acquired a camera and captured play-fighting between himself and his friends on camera.
He was inspired to write adventure stories by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Legend of Zelda. Throughout his early years, Rolfe spent seven and a half years attending a special education school. Rolfe graduated with a Bachelor's in fine arts from the University of the Arts.
Rolfe has been running a yearly "haunted house" Halloween attraction out of his parents' garage since he was a young adolescent.
Rolfe was involved in a car accident in 2004 when a utility trailer detached from its truck, sprang out onto the opposite side of the highway and struck him directly. Rolfe was not physically hurt during the collision, but his Saturn Ion, which he had just nine days earlier purchased, was completely destroyed.
In July 2004, Rolfe met April Chmura, a cinematographer for the early Nerd episodes. Soon after, they started dating; and they wed in November 2007. He revealed that they were expecting their first child in November 2012. She gave birth to a girl in April 2013. On September 1, 2017, Chmura gave birth to their second daughter.
Boo, Rolfe's pet cat, occasionally made an appearance on The Angry Video Game Nerd. Cancer claimed Boo's life on April 27, 2020.
Rolfe has a massive fan following on different social media platforms.
On Instagram, he has over 94k followers with 2,126 average likes. He posts memes, announcements and clips of his videos. On Twitter, Rolfe has a following of 327k and gets several likes and retweets.
Rolfe posts 3-4 videos per month on the Cinemassacre channel. The content of this channel focuses on reviewing moments from events, movies and games.
Rolfe’s gaming videos, Cinemassacre podcasts, Rental reviews, every AVGN season and Mike Matei game reviews are some of the most popular series on the channel.
Rolfe reviews several Nintendo Entertainment System accessories in this video.
This video is a compilation of every episode of Angry Video Game Nerd Season 2.
This video is an episode of Angry Video Game Nerd where they review Tiger Electronic Games.
Rolfe reviews The Power Glove for NES in this video.
A. Rolfe has directed and starred in 28 movies as of July 2022.
A. April updated Rolfe's Cinemassacre website in November 2013 to say that their daughter is continuously receiving medical care due to unnamed complications. On April 13, 2016, Rolfe made the incident public. His daughter had nerve damage in one arm during birth, and it took many months of physical therapy for her to regain full use of it.