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AVGN Bad Game Cover Art 1 - Pro Wrestling (Sega Master System)

(The Nerd walks towards the camera, past the box art for The Mystery of the Druids, Horace & the Spiders, Tuff E Nuff and Bad Cat)

The Nerd: Welcome to the art gallery. Here, we'll be looking at video game cover art. There's a saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover", which is true. Sometimes the cover does not accurately represent the work that is inside. However, the cover, is a work of art in itself.

The Nerd: And it's the first thing you see. It was especially important in the old days because we didn't have the Internet to tell us what the game was like. The cover had to tell us everything. So it's about time we gave game cover art the attention it's due.

The Nerd: Usually, we sit down and play the actual games to review them in depth. And that's all fine; we will do that. You will see a new Nerd episode in time for Christmas. But since it's the season of giving, I'll be giving you a little something extra. Every day until Christmas, we'll be observing some of the most exquisitely BAD... works of art, from game history.

("We Wish You a Merry Christmas" plays and ornaments numbered 1-25 are seen on a Christmas tree. A raspberry sound is heard and the cover to Pro Wrestling appears on the 1 ornament, along with shit.)

The Nerd: Pro Wrestling, for the Sega Master System. Absolutely stunning. This work is all about irony.

The Nerd: In the sense that it uses the term "Pro" for professional, yet goes for an amateurish style. The background grid paper is reminiscent of the graph paper used in school for math and geometry. Students always doodle on that paper, right?

The Nerd: And I don't mean they doodle on it, I mean--I mean they-they... they shit on it--I mean they scribble on it. Okay? Anyway...

The Nerd: It looks like something a bored student would draw during class when they're supposed to be doing their work. The most striking thing about the cover, is the wrestler who has no head, yet is doing a chokehold on a head.

The Nerd: Is it his own head, or somebody else's?

The Nerd: Whatever the case, it's a very non-traditional wrestling move. Once again, it's ironic that the cover is so traditional with the same font and background as other Sega Master System games. They all have a uniform look, but this wrestler, who stands outside the corner of the game box, his method goes literally off the grid.

The Nerd: Let's assume he is wrestling his own head: It's body vs. head. It depicts the internal struggle of brains against brawns. The wrestler, who develops his muscle over mind, shows that muscle is winning the battle.

The Nerd: And after all, the term "professional wrestling" implies the staged form of wrestling, to entertain at the audience's suspension of disbelief.

The Nerd: Can we suspend our disbelief? (The Nerd crosses his arms and shakes his head) Or, does this cover make no fucking sense?

(The episode ends, and a teaser for the Nightmare episode of Board James is shown, which will be uploaded on December 4, 2015. Board James walks out holding the Nightmare board as Bootsy and Motherfucker Mike watch in fear.)

Board James: This is the end of my game... but the beginning of your nightmares!

(A montage of sneak peeks from the episode are shown, ending with Board James dressed as a doctor and Bootsy hanging from a noose in the background)

Board James: We're just playin' a game of Hangman.

Bad Luck Bootsy: I was hopin' we were gonna play Candy Land.