Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie is a 2014 American independent science fiction adventure comedy film written and directed by James Rolfe. It is based on the web series of the same name, also created by Rolfe, with himself as the title role.
The story centers around the then urban legend of the mass burial of millions copies of the 1982 Atari 2600 video game E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, proclaimed as the "worst video game of all time". After a longstanding refusal to address the game in his web series, the Nerd succumbs to pressure by fans to review the video game, embarking on a quest to prove that there is nothing buried there. However, the crew is pursued by federal authorities, led by the villainous General Dark Onward, who believes he is investigating Area 51 and the crash of an unidentified flying object.
The film premiered July 21, 2014 at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, and was released online via video-on-demand on September 2, 2014. The Blu-Ray version of the film was released on December 14, 2014 through Amazon.com, with the DVD version released on May 13, 2015. The film's budget of over US$325 000 came entirely from Internet crowdfunding.
In 1983, 2 million copies of the "worst video game of all time", Eee Tee for the Atari 2600 are dumped into a landfill outside Alamagordo, New Mexico . In the present day, game executive Mandi (Sarah Glendening) of Cockburn Industries, Inc. proposes to her bosses creating an intentionally badly made sequel, "Eee Tee 2". Thanks to the massive popularity and success of the Angry Video Game Nerd, the sales of poorly made video games has increased dramatically, and a review of Eee Tee 2 by the Nerd would cause his fans to buy the game and make profits for Cockburn.