Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Jul 31, 2020 12:34:43 GMT -5
Since they will be on an hiatus until February, I decided to rewatch all the episodes James & Mike did up until this week's episode. And since I do that, why not do a commentary on each episode while I am at it?
Because they have 396 videos listed which is more than a year has in days and thus would take past their return in February, I decided to do it like this: -30 minutes of my day will be devoted to this rewatch. I will watch as many episodes per day as fit into that 30 minute spot. Should an episode individually be longer than 30 minutes or if watching two episodes would be more than 30 minutes, then it will be only one episode watched.
Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Aug 1, 2020 0:12:40 GMT -5
So, two videos it will be today!
Let us go back to Dec. 13th, 2012 where a video was uploaded titled "Super Mario 4 Rambo (NES Video Game) with James Rolfe & Mike Matei". No mondays yet (which makes sense considering that, after checking, Dec. 13th was a Thursday), no special intro yet and James was still confident enough in his hairline to not wear a cap in this:
-They weren't going by any particular format back then (which makes sense since it was probably supposed to be a one-off) so we spent the first part of the video going through a brief history of Mario game cartridges up to SNES's "Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island" which makes sense considering it makes the rather shoddy looking "Super Mario 4"...I mean, "Champion Brothers"...I mean "Golden Bros" cartridge all the more hilarious to look at.
-For the first episode we start with something that the two would come back to over the years: hacks. Though in this case, the hack seems to be only in the title screen because, going by their comments, it is just the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2.
-The banter between James and Mike is already on a good path with them going on random tangents that seem to be comprised of the greatest hits that came up in the Nerd videos (1-Ups being called Extra Guys; Ninja Gaiden/Gayden and Ryu/Rye-you; blowing into a cartridge to make it work) although I found it interesting that they refered to the cartridges in those days as tapes for some reason. Also liked Mike's method to get a game to work (throwing it against the wall) and them making fun of why bats and snakes are called Keese and Ropes in Zelda.
-They would find a better placement for the picture-in-picture set-up (here the game screen is set between their head during the picture-in-picture segments) down the line.
-Overall, for the first vid, it was decent and enjoyable but one can tell that this was the first one and some kinks needed to be worked out first:
Next up, 17 days later, on a Sunday this time, James & Mike take on Golf for NES:
-While I never played Golf on NES, I did love Golf on the Game Boy (that actually had Mario in it) and which was among the first games I played on the GB. The NES Golf is kinda similar except having no music and no Mario, of course, so I felt a bit of nostalgia coming on.
-The first 2-player game they take on although only at first do they actually play the game. I don't know what happens in the majority of the video (did Golf on NES have a demo mode or something?) but later it feels like they are just watching the game instead of actually playing it since whenever you see them on screen, they do not have controllers in their hands. Could be just my imagination but I kinda feel like they really don't play later in the video.
-It is not a big problem though because instead we get the equivalent of them doing Rorschach tests for golf courses which is funny to see what their minds come up with (and which also allows us to see some more of Mike's artwork. I always loved his title cards for the Nerd episodes and was sad when he stopped doing them.). Them emulating the sounds of the game is also fun to hear as is the story about James's father only wanting to play this game with his son (as well as learning that James's father was also actually good at Top Gun for NES).
-I agree with James: what kind of humor for a Nerd episode could you draw from Golf for NES?
-Another decent episode that draws its humor from the golf course observations they have rather than the actual gameplay they do.
Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Aug 2, 2020 0:34:12 GMT -5
Another 2-vids-for-1-post special!
First up, the first console-focused James & Mike Monday (now 10 days later and on a Wednesday this time) on the Atari Jaguar CD console: -At this point, they shortened the video title from "...with James Rolfe & Mike Matei" to "...-James & Mike". We're getting there.
-As James notes in this vid, the Atari Jaguar CD console was briefly mentioned in the Nerd episode on the Atari Jaguar where most of the focus was that James bought two Atari Jaguar CDs and none of them worked and even his tech wiz of a friend couldn't get them to work. So we finally get to see that console (and its many buttons) in action.
-Four games are played: *Battle Morph (the sequel of Cyber Morph featuring the blue cousin of the legendary "Where did you learn to fly?" lady who at least doesn't rear her bald head any time you crash into something) *Blue Lightning (a shooter that lets you shoot down trees and also features a looooooong set-up until you actually get to play) *Hover Strike (a game that might cause motion sickness for some viewers) *Highlander (a game based on the mostly forgotten 1990s animated series and the highlight of the video featuring probably the first of James & Mike's crack-ups as they comment on the hero getting pummeled into bits by the enemies due to a horrid combat system)
-Loved the anecdote about some Atari Jaguars being turned into dental equipment and how it is only Atari that always had something weird happening to their soft- and hardware.
-The Highlander game is definitely the highlight of the video and probably would have deserved a Nerd review all on its own (or as part of a review on Highlander-based games).
-Overall, another entertaining video.
Next up, SimCity on the SNES (this time one month and eleven days later and still on a Wednesday):
-SimCity was kind of a fascinating game to me as a child since such a rather complex simulation game seemed like a whole new world on the SNES to me. I don't know how well it emulated the original Amiga and Macintosh versions but since it continues to be popular, I guess the SNES version did work rather well.
-Unusual for a James & Mike Monday is that they basically do different segments with "title cards" on what the segment is about ("Map Selection", "Pollution", "Disasters").
-Loved the segment on the "Map Selection" and what the later maps might look like (I do wonder whether anybody ever really did time how long it would take to go through all 1,000 map selections on the select screen). Also liked how they f***ed around with the roads and trains and unleashing natural disasters on the city (especially James having a Beavis-like "Fire, fire, fire!" episode) as well as their tangent on what school children living in a city with so many police departments would talk about. Lastly, a neat money trick they showed.
Random note, the course on Golf for NES is the same course design used for Wii Sports, it’s the classic course in Wii Sports Club for Wii U and also recently reappeared in as the course for golf in Clubhouse Games 51. As someone who has spent hundreds of hours drinking and playing Wii Sports Club golf with my buddy, I could give you every tip to that course
Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Aug 2, 2020 23:45:41 GMT -5
Only one video today due to tomorrow's video being rather long.
This time they delve into one of the most curious releases on the SNES: Mario Paint (featuring the debut of James wearing a cap for the first time in one of these vids years before he made it a regular thing and also one month and six days after the last video as well as being released on a Tuesday this time):
-Mario Paint was actually one of the games I had during its original release although my brother and I never did much painting with it, we were content playing the fly swatter minigame, watching the erasing effects and listening to the three example tracks in the music department over and over and over again.
-Lots of immature stuff they are doing here (poor Yoshi), although perhaps one day they will do that interview with the woman who voiced the cat one day (if the vocal effects were done by real voices and not electronically created ones).
-What was James doing the whole time while Mike was drawing all those awesome game-related paintings, I wonder? And damn, can Mike draw really well even with this kind of limitation on it.
-They add a good question: was Mario Paint really the only game where the mouse peripheral could be used?
-Also loved the small compilation of best screams in video games.
Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Aug 4, 2020 0:28:30 GMT -5
Now for the longest episode up until this point in the show's run with a little bit over 25 minutes, playing Super C for NES:
-Almost two months since the last episode, again on a Tuesday but with several new features: a show title card (showing that they tried "James & Mike Plays" as a series name at this point), a better position for the picture-in-picture (for the majority, the game screen is positioned on the right of James & Mike instead of between their heads like it was in the previous episodes) and their first try at a complete playthrough through a game (albeit without any edits. I don't know whether they did anything similar down the line or if from then on, they only did edited playthroughs on the show.).
-Now I know that Contra is a pretty popular game series on the NES and SNES but I liked other games on the systems far more. Fun fact: In Europe, there were problems with the first Contra games because in Germany, the Federal Department For Media Harmful To Young Persons has as one of his prohibiting criteria "media that glorify war or similar". Thus, Contra could not be released in Europe as it were. To circumvent this, Konami changed the main characters and some of the human-looking enemies into robots and changed the game's name to "Probotector" (a portmanteau of "Protector" and "Robot") and could thus release the game. So for the NES, Game Boy and SNES releases, us Europeans played the game the USA knows as Contra under the name Probotector.
-The video is an interesting try for James and Mike but it becomes apparent that the later edited playthroughs flow a lot better with various moments of silence permeating the video. It is fun though to see their obsession with the spread weapon (declaring it the best weapon in Contra overall), and actually making it together until almost the last boss (where James has to go it alone with just the regular weapon). But yeah, as said, unedited playthrough was not the way to go in this show.
Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Aug 5, 2020 0:31:26 GMT -5
Due to the length of today's videos, it's a 3-for-1 special today!
First up, we enter one of James's and Mike's favorite subjects, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, by going into TMNT IV: Turtles In Time for the SNES: -Only a little less than a week later and we finally get the first episode actually released on a Monday! YAY!
-A game that I had on the Super Nintendo and also played lots of times either alone or with my brother because it was just so much fun to play.
-I am really looking forward to the day where they use the regular picture-in-picture I am used from them in these vids. Their constant switching between the good one (the two of them on one side, the game screen on the other) and the bad one (game screen between their two heads) is a bit annoying.
-Definitely agree with James here that this was a good emulation of the arcade version (in general, by the SNES era we were getting pretty close to actual good home console version of some games).
-Getting really philosophical here with the question on why Shredder sent his henchmen back in time along with the Turtles as well as why they still travel through time after defeating a boss. Also, getting into the big question about which April O'Neill has bigger tits (the SNES, the Arcade or the Genesis version).
-Have to agree that seeing Irma, Vern and Mr. Thompson in this game would have been great. Also love the reference to the bet video where Mike lost and had to watch the Turtle Tunes video.
-All in all, another entertaining video from them.
Next up, another video game console video, this time on the Odyssey II: -Still not quite there with this vid coming a bit more than a week later and on a Thursday this time. But it does appear that we get into a weekly rhythm now.
-The Nerd video on the Odyssey I console is among the ones I remember the most, not because it was very witty or anything but because I was baffled at the very "basic" gameplay you could do with that console (using overlays and really having to use your imagination). It is good to see that the Odyssey II was more like what we would consider to be a video game console nowadays.
-We learn that this console was actually the first console that James ever played and we also get to see his first games that he played: "Speedway" (a racing game that, as mentioned by them, looks kinda like the car parts in the NES Ghostbusters), "Spin Out" (probably the slowest racing game I have ever seen) and "Cryptologic" (which actually looks like a decent party game). Though I wonder if James really did have as much fun since, going by the timeframe he mentioned, he would have been three years old when he played those games.
-There's just too many games to keep track of so I am not bothering naming them all: Let's just say that you have your standard Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Pacman-inspired video games here that, however, still look fun to play.
-Pickaxe Pete...I wonder if there's any relation to Pineapple Pete?
-An interesting video more for learning more about James's past and seeing another old console than any funny material.
And finally moving ahead again with Snake Rattle N Roll for the NES: -Definitely hitting that weekly rhythm now though we still haven't got the day of the week down with this being released on a Wednesday.
-The shortest video by them up to this point with it being under ten minutes long.
-Snake Rattle N Roll was a game I have never played but the pictures and reports on it in the Nintendo magazines always left an impression on me so that it stuck in my head for the most part.
-That "Snake head in the salad" story...ewwwwwwww.
-Definitely loved them rocking out to the BGM in this game.
Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Aug 6, 2020 0:12:07 GMT -5
Continuing on with another 2-for-1 special!
Next up, the first time they do a multi-part series. In this case on the Atari 2600 console: -It's a New Day, yes it is...namely because this is the first time an episode was released on a Friday.
-This episode is a bit of a misnomer since it is not really "James & Mike Play" but rather "James & Mike Talk". The whole video is basically them reminiscing about the Atari 2600 console and many things related to it (funny stories about the work environment at Atari, the ahead-of-its-time peripherals they had, the commercials, the box art etc.) while various games are shown picture-in-picture.
-Don't get me wrong, I love hearing about stuff like this (loved especially the stories about the Indiana Jones and Pac-Man programmers and how they got into the spirit of programming these games, the fact that Atari had stuff like the first wireless controller and this weird peripheral called the "Mind-Link", hearing about this Vanguard commercial that I had to check out [it's decent but I like the Star Wars Atari commercial better] among other stuff) but at the end of the day, I come to these vids to see James & Mike play and talking and not just them talking.
-Yeah, points for interesting topics but not recommended for those wanting to watch actual games being played. Nice foreshadowing to another game they would eventually play on the Genesis though.
Next up, another look at NES hacks/homebrews with "Super Mario Unlimited" and "The Legend Of Zelda: Curse From The Outskirts": -Released only three days later and for the second time on a Monday. Hopefully, we get closer to the regular release day being Monday.
-Definitely more entertaining than the last one since they are actually playing and the games are really interesting and weird with "Super Mario Unlimited" being a kind of good-looking look at what a Super Mario Bros. 4 might have looked like on the NES. "The Legend Of Zelda: Curse From The Outskirts" on the other hand is basically a Zelda game with Super Mario Bros. gameplay which is a rad idea but the graphics in this one are really ugly.
-On that day the episode was recorded we learn that on that day, Super Mario World was James's favorite Mario game (since he mentions that it changes from day to day which one is his favorite besides this one and Super Mario Bros. 3). Also is the first time I actually saw gameplay footage from Super Mario Bros. Wii and that game looks really good.
Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Aug 7, 2020 0:16:10 GMT -5
Continuing with another 2-for-1 special!
First up, the second Atari 2600 video (this time with actual gameplay!): -Released on a Wednesday this time.
-Games played: Vanguard, Frogs & Flies, Dodge 'Em, Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man Jr., River Raid, Mario Bros., Asteroids, Jungle Hunt.
-I just loved how deep they got into their analysis of the Vanguard Atari commercial during the first game. That's the kind of off-the-wall stuff that I love about James & Mike videos.
-Dangit, Mike really has a dirty mind sometimes regarding his favorite part of Frogs & Flies.
-Never knew that the Pac-Man family was already so big in the Atari 2600 days.
-River Raid has memories attached to me because while I never played it, my uncle had an Atari 2600 before I was born and he played River Raid with my mother a lot.
-That's indeed some mind-blowing s***: the first Mario home console release being on Atari.
-Out of all the games there, Jungle Hunt really does look the most like a precursor to the Jump'n Run games we know today. And the music really is kickass (rocks out like James & Mike).
-To conclude, a very entertaining video and looking forward to the next Atari video.
Next up, Taboo: The Sixth Sense for the NES: -And we finally hit the last day remaining on the hitlist with this vid being released on a Saturday!
-Also one of the shortest vids up to that point with it being under five minutes long. I seem to remember that there will be an even shorter vid down the line so I refrain from calling it the shortest James & Mike Mondays vid yet.
-I am with James & Mike on this one: what the hell is the point of this game? It doesn't look entertaining in the slightest and really comes across like a tarot card simulator that offers no kind of gameplay or interactivity. Only curiosity is the age restriction for people under 14 in the manual.
-We also learn that James finds the movie "The Sixth Sense" overrated. Haven't seen the movie yet so I cannot agree or disagree with that statement.
-Not much to say: it is a shitty game that however does not offer very much to talk about which is why the video is so short probably. A decent quickie though.
Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Aug 8, 2020 0:08:56 GMT -5
Only one video today.
Next up, it is Paul 's favorite episode, Pilotwings 64 for the Nintendo 64: -A few weeks later but we are at least on a Monday again.
-A game that I also rented as a child once but after trying out a few things, I didn't find any fun with it and didn't rent it again.
-Now this one is a really funny episode and the first one of those where James & Mike are really goofing off, laughing a lot and having a grand ol' time with it. Be it them trying to get into that cave ("How did you make the island disappear?!" "There's a f***ng star in there?!"), having a go at shooting "Moby Dick" or messing around with the spring hopper and cannonball game (especially Mike's blood-curdling screams ), this one is really hilarious and a forgotten classic that should have been featured in their "Crack Ups" video they released several years later.
-Also educational in that we now know that James can get really off-topic while driving, making Mike worried sometimes whether James actually pays attention to the road. Interesting also that besides "Who's On First?", Abbot and Costello had a "Back Up/Go Ahead" sketch and that the whale in the TV movie "Moby Dick" with Patrick Stewart was really fake.
-All in all, for all the laughs it brings, a very entertaining video.
-I really love how this video begins and ends with two opposite ways to play a game: For Breakout to play well, you have to be distracted by discussions about Fred's ascot, various types of cereal etc. to play good, while with Kaboom, you have to completely focus on the game and achieve a Zen-like trance (really love Mike's calm demeanor when playing Kaboom and James's tense expression while playing the same game).
-I agree that when you shoot the face in Yar's Revenge that is a cool effect.
-I am actually shocked that given the imagery with Dig Dug and the hose that they didn't do a dirty joke at that game (I guess because they saved that kind of joke for Frogger?)
-Darn, that are a lot of Combat cartridges that James has. Maybe he could bury them in a landfill somewhere?
-All in all, another very entertaining video, especially for the Kaboom part.
Following that, it's Double Dare for the NES: -Several weeks later and on a Wednesday this time with a rad new "James & Mike Play" title screen that seems to be Beavis & Butthead-inspired (I think?).
-Nothing much I can say about Double Dare since it never aired in Germany and the most I know about it comes from the Nostalgia Critic video he did in his early days.
-Favorite part of the video was when they got completely stumped by that Tanner household question. It was obvious for me given the choices but I guess most Americans would associate the name Tanner with Full House rather than ALF...and now I think how a Full House/ALF crossover might have worked.
-I kinda wonder whether that gorilla and kangaroo catch game were part of the original show or not.
-Darn, James got really frustrated by the controls in the hand. Hopefully that controller was not broken.
Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Aug 10, 2020 0:32:35 GMT -5
Moving on with 2-for-1!
First up, James and Mike tackle King Of The Monsters 2 for the Neo-Geo: -A Thursday release again this time.
-That definitely looks like a fun game (a mixture between Rampage and Final Fight) where I have to admit that after hearing the title, I thought it would be an actual Godzilla game.
-Interesting discussion about the Neo-Geo where I learned for the first time the history about it and also that that was the system with the big-ass cartridges that were made fun of in an AVGN intro once. James also explains why he didn't do an episode on the Neo-Geo (at the time the episode was released) because he only had 2-player fighting games for it and none of them were really bad.
-Also loved the various exploits showing off their nerdiness regarding Japanese monster movies (like talking about Anguirus's name, drawing a reference from a monster in the game using a rainbow attack to Barugon etc.).
-That sound issue was definitely a weird problem (anybody knows what that could have been?). Though it lead to something that actually was used again in a recent James & Mike Monday ep (using different music for a game).
-All in all, another good episode.
Now to perhaps the most infamous game in relation to the AVGN, Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde for the NES: -Almost two months since the last episode and this one getting a Wednesday release.
-Now they have finally found the picture-in-picture format that has since then become the regular PIP format for these videos (big screen for the game, small screen in the corner for James & Mike). Also, I think this is the first episode to feature a game that was done in an AVGN episode.
-Loved learning about what is probably the main reason why James has been so outspoken about the badness of this game: it was basically the very first game for young James that he just couldn't figure out and knew as a child that this was a bad game. For Mike, that game was Dick Tracy for the NES (and it is really kinda a sad story what with his aunt using her small funds to buy that game for him on his insistence).
-Definitely a difference where the badness of the game doesn't lead itself to hilarity with James & Mike but rather unmitigated frustration (exemplified by Mike just throwing the controller over to James after getting killed again).
-They cover basically all the areas that were already talked about in the AVGN episode (the irregular moving spiders, the too strong bombs, the useless cane that can only kill bees, the irregularity in when you die as Hyde), but it is still interesting to see them play the game outside the context of an AVGN episode. I also think that James spent an awfully long time in the bathroom where he probably just wanted to get away a bit from this horrible game.
-While not much on the hilarity, seeing them getting frustrated is also entertaining, making for another good episode.
Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Aug 11, 2020 13:38:06 GMT -5
Later than usual today, but it will be made up for with a 3-for-1 spectacular!
First up, it's Corpse Killer for the Sega CD 32X (what a mouthful): -Another Tuesday vid and we are almost at the one-year anniversary mark for the start of these vids.
-OK, I know that as the AVGN he did videos on the Sega CD and the Sega 32X, but did he ever comment on the Sega CD 32x? Seems really weird to have a combination of these two separate (?) consoles and even have different versions of the same game come out.
-Nothing against those type of shooting games (there were several I enjoyed playing in the arcade, both live-action and animated, though I cannot recall any of their names right now) but this game just looks really ugly in the actual game and it deserves getting made fun of by James & Mike.
-The most important thing James learned from this game: never push C or you will abort the game forever and ever and ever... (though it makes me wonder what James really did there to buck this up).
-All in all, not their best work, but still a decent video.
Second, it's Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! for the NES: -The day has finally come: from this video forward, this series was officially named "James & Mike Mondays" and, as per the namesake, got released on a Monday. *celebration noises*
-To celebrate, James & Mike have a guest with them: Bootsy. Most I know about him was he was a regular in the Board James series and also did some other game-related vids with James & Mike on the channel before he left Cinemassacre under controversial circumstances that are still not entirely disclosed to this day (mostly issues between Bootsy and Mike). In this video though, he is mostly an observer and doesn't really contribute all that much, making me wonder what the point was of even having him there.
-Not really a playthrough here as they just use a password to directly get to Mike Tyson. James gets trounced by Tyson but Mike actually manages to score a decision win against Tyson which is really fun and exciting to watch seeing him battling Tyson with all his power. And Mike's celebratory humping of his Mike Tyson cardboard cut-out (which he has for...some reason) is hilarious to see.
-To conclude, a better video than the last one and a worthy start to the official run of James & Mike Mondays!
Third and finally for today, Excitebike also for the NES: -One week later and I guess no more updates at this point because I think we are now in the regular weekly schedule for these videos.
-Gotta love both of them singing along to the Excitebike theme.
-Interesting thought they bring up here: whether the NES lifespan can be split up into two phases (first phase where the games were only slightly more advanced than Atari games and the second phase with the epic NES titles that were almost SNES-like in quality).
-Definitely funny seeing them jerk each other around with the courses they designed (something that apparently kids loved to do with Excitebike back then).
-A short but still sweet video to close out for today.
Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Aug 11, 2020 23:48:33 GMT -5
Only one video for today!
This time, it is time for some multiplayer action with James Bond 007: Nightfire for the Nintendo Gamecube: -As multiplayer implies, this is not an attempt at the story mode of the game but rather the multiplayer mode. Bootsy is again here and at least a bit more active than he was in the Punch-Out vid.
-All this did is remind me of the fun I had when playing James Bond 007: Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64 (which James mentions as the one most people associate with its fun multiplayer) with friends. Since that was my last Nintendo console, I never got to experience the next-gen James Bond games. Come to think of it, it seems strange that the James Bond games were released on the more family-friendly Nintendo consoles back then since they seem like they would fit more into the Sony/Sega/Microsoft consoles.
-Interesting to see that these types of games were the inspirations for some of the utterances by Mecha Death Christ.
-Seeing those three playing this game is tremendous to watch for exactly the reason that it reminds me so much of the Goldeneye sessions I had when I was younger. The search for the targets, the sweet utterance of victory when I got to kill someone, the venomous anger I felt when I got killed by someone. This hit all the right spots.
-I cannot remember exactly but I think Goldeneye didn't have those guided missile weapons. They sure seem like a good weapon to abuse.
-Yeah, had tremendous fun with watching this three-player session of a James Bond game.
Post by Mandarin Dessert Version 0 on Aug 13, 2020 1:08:46 GMT -5
One video this time again.
We venture into the world of the Atari 2600 for a fourth time, focusing on games that have "Star" or "Space" in its name: -The longest video up to that point going a little past 30 minutes.
-Yeah, not gonna try to name all the games that they play during this. It is noteworthy though that they don't cover any of the Star Trek or Star Wars games for Atari because most of them were already featured in Nerd episodes.
-Loved the stories they tell about James's moldy sandwich that he forgot in school for a long time and the "nail dissolving in soda eventually".
-We learn that Space Invaders is James's favorite Atari game in this one.
-Other things I learned from this: Several of these star/space games tried to emulate Defender in its style, the First-Person Cockpit POV games were shitty for the most part (except one that they do very late in the "Star" part of this video which I cannot remember the name of) and there seemed to be also a bit of use of the Asteroid ships for various Space Combat/Shuttle games.
-Best games in this playthrough: Space Master X-7 and Space Jockey; Worst game: the game after Space Jockey (the one with the green radar screen) because they cannot figure out what to do.
-Honorable mention to Space Cavern, the only game where you control a human but which has really weird controls.
-A tad disappointed though that both James and Mike cannot recall that the "...IN SPAAAAAACE!" joke came from the Muppet Show's "Pigs In Space" segment. Though it gives us a chance to see them rock out to a beat from Space Ghost Coast To Coast.
-A bonus feature at the end: "Atari In The Dark" where they just play some non-Space/Star games in a darkened room just to let the colors from the colorful explosions be displayed in their faces (from games like Worm War, Haunted House, Frankenstein and Missile Command).
-All in all, a good video but a tad on the long side. For a longer video like this to work, it either needs a wider variety of games or one exciting game but it doesn't really work that well with simple Atari games.