Mike Matei

Mike Matei

Full name
Michael Matei
October 5, 1980
Manages and the Cinemassacre YouTube channel
First Appearance
Lethal Weapon (S08E129)

Michael "Mike" Matei is an American writer, video editor, commentator, game reviewer, and executive producer for Cinemassacre Productions. He works alongside James Rolfe writing, editing and starring in a wide variety of productions by the company.

Matei is best known for being the co-writer, illustator and executive producer for The Angry Video Game Nerd series. He has played many guest characters on the show, and illustrated the title cards that appear in the show's intro (episodes 5-100, 139).

The fanbase sometimes refers to Matei as "Motherfucker Mike" since he plays a character who is a cheating bastard on the Cinemassacre series "Board James", and is credited as such in the show. And he's widely known for playing character roles on The Angry Video Game Nerd such as Bugs Bunny, The Choker and Jason Voorhees

Matei created the Cinemassacre's Youtube channel in 2006. He named it "JamesNintendoNerd", since at that point they were undecided on the show's official title (before the name "Angry Video Game Nerd" was conceived). Matei sometimes does his own game reviews on the main Cinemassacre YouTube channel

In June 2013, Matei launched his own channel, simply named after after him. The channel is dedicated to stream archives.[1]

Mike's Game Glitches

On January 14, 2011, Mike Matei did his first solo video for Cinemassacre "How to Jump Over The Flagpole on Stage 1-1 in Super Mario Bros". Which went viral on the web.

In interviews, Matei has stated that he originally was going to include this as part of the abandoned video "AVGN Game Glitches 2".

Instead, Matei started his own spin-off series called "Mike's Game Glitches", where he showed the audience how to perform glitches and tricks in video games. This series ran from Feb 2011 to Feb 2012. Currently Matei spends most of his time editing James & Mike Mondays and other Cinemassacre videos.

Minecraft with Gadget

On 2012, Mike Matei reviewed Minecraft with Inspector Gadget with his iPad, then he talks about brown bricks when guised "Building Bricks", then Mike says to Gadget is about building sandcastle and giant satellite then Gadget shoots Mike with his middle finger pistol and Gadget says "Oh look a free iPad."

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

Mike Matei's initial role for Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie did not involve production on the film itself. Instead, Matei remained on the East coast to maintain the Cinemassacre website and YouTube channel. He produced a variety of content such as Motherfuckin' Mondays, Top 10's and game reviews.

Rolfe left for California in January 2012 to start pre-production on the AVGN feature film. The filming did not begin until April 2012.

Since Matei began posting his own content, their YouTube channel has gained over 500,000 additional subscribers. And Matei has earned a huge fanbase of his own doing reviews of obscure games. On March 20th, 2013 the Cinemassacre YouTube channel reached the 1 million subscriber mark, coinciding with the release of Matei's Pandemonium! review for PS1.

Matei has been helping Rolfe write and edit AVGN episodes since 2006, and they have been working on videos together since they met in college. In a Reddit interview it was announced Matei will most likely not appear in the AVGN feature film because Matei does not consider himself an actor. He plans to stick to web content only. However on Friday, November 9, 2012 Rolfe was asked about this at the live premiere of the AVGN Movie trailer at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, to which Rolfe replied: "It's funny, we never even talked about it yet, but I think, like, he's going to end up in the movie accidentally somehow, 'cause that's how it always happens."

AVGN characters played by Mike Matei

  • Lethal Weapon - Unidentified character

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures

Matei appeared as a playable character in 2013's The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures. He wields a red lightsaber and has the ability to see through blocks hiding items that will assist the play such as health. His only quote is "Hey, Nerd! You're here too!" once the player stumbles upon him. When the actual Nerd reviewed such a game in AVGN Games, he didn't know who Mike was. This is because Mike only appears behind the scenes between the Nerd's fictitious world and James Rolfe's real world.

The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures 2: ASSimilation

Matei returns in 2016's The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures 2: ASSimilation who unlike the last game isn't a playable character this time instead is serves as the guide for the tutorial level after being saved by the Nerd after he was defeated in his enemy form. He also appears in the opening & ending cutscenes to the game along side the Bullshit Man & Shit Pickle who are turned into enemies by Death Mwauthzyx in the opening cutscene.


NintendoEnthusiast - Interview with Mike Matei

RareGamer - Satlazer talks to AVGN's Mike Matei

Retrospect - An Interview with Mike Matei

MakeUseOf - Interview with Mike Matei


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