James Duncan Rolfe (born July 10, 1980) is an American actor, comedian, director, producer, reviewer, video game collector, and writer who is best known for his web television show The Angry Video Game Nerd. His other projects include Board James, in which he and collaborator Mike Matei review classic board games; Monster Madness, in which Rolfe reviews 31 horror movies every October; and Movie Reviews for the Spikenetwork. Rolfe began filming Nintendo video game reviews as a child in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has created more than 270 films during his career, and taken video production classes to improve his skills. His career fully took off in 2004 with the beginning of the Angry Video Game Nerd. Two years later, Rolfe gained mainstream attention when one of his videos went viral after Matei persuaded him to publish them on the Internet. Between his time, he filmed videos he created on his own and most of them have been released on his website Cinemassacre. He also performed briefly in music playing on the drums. In 2008 and '09, Rolfe's character went through a fictional feud with the Nostalgia Critic. In 2010, he announced a brief hiatus from working after suffering from burnout due to constantly writing, filming and directing new episodes for The Angry Video Game Nerd. Rolfe is currently producing and acting in his first full-length feature film, Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, and is due to make an appearance in the low-budget film Plan 9, a remake of Plan 9 from Outer Space. Website 4 Color Rebellion named Rolfe as "the everyman's video game reviewer" in his role as "The Nerd".