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Doug Walker (widely known for creation “The Nostalgia Critic”) is an internet personality, and one of the main reviewers and co-founder of reviewing site That Guy With The Glasses.
Doug Walker first gained notoriety on YouTube, where he started The Nostalgia Critic and 5 Second Movies. However, shortly after, his videos garnered complaints from companies such as 20th Century Fox and Lions Gate over copyright Infringement. Despite Walker explaining his videos were satirical, and thus protected by the United States First Amendment, YouTube took the videos down anyway. In April 2008, Walker created his own site named That Guy With The Glasses, as a means to escape YouTube deleting the videos. As of June 2008, all of Walker’s videos were taken off YouTube.
When Walker first started making videos, he garnered a giant fanbase for both 5 second videos and Nostalgia Critic. This carried on for a few years, until his fanbase started to decrease, with many saying that the videos were starting to get boring, and filled with mindless yelling. This unpopularity reached it’s peak when Walker released a Let’s Play of Bart’s Nightmare. Many fans saw this as his worst video, and became infamous in the Let’s Play community, with Slowbeef, the original creator of Let’s Play, tearing apart the video and the Nostalgia Critic. This led Walker to spend the first part of his James and the Giant Peach review apologizing. Since then, Doug Walker, and especially the Nostalgia Critic, have received lots of hate.
The Nostalgia Critic
The Nostalgia Critic is Walker’s most famous character, and one of the sites most watched series. He is a reviewer who reviews old nostalgic movies and tv shows from the 80’s and 90’s. The critic grew in popularity after a fictional feud with the Angry Video Game Nerd, which took place through many episodes, ending with the two, as well as other TGWTG reviewers, having a group fight for the site’s first anniversary.
Feud with Wiseau films
On July 13 2010, Walker released a Nostalgia Critic review of cult film The Room, to positive feedback. However, soon afterwards, The compny behind The Room, Wiseau films, complained about Copyright Infringement and got the video taken down. In response to this, Doug created a video poking fun at Wiseau films on 20 July. Soon, the original video was put back up, and as of September 2012, has not been taken down.
End of Nostalgia Critic
On August 23 2012, Walker released the 1st part of the sites fourth anniversary special, To Boldly Flee, in which The Critic as well as other reviewers from the site, set out to try and save Ma-Ti, a character from the 90’s cartoon, Captain Planet. The final part was released on September 13, in which the Nostalgia Critic sacrifices himself to save the world. This lead to many fans speculating to whether or not this meant the end of the Nostalgia Critic. A day after, on September 14, Walker released a video stating that there would no longer be weekly episodes of the Nostalgia Critic (even though the Critic may still appear in future specials) and Walker would be moving on to make other series.
5 Second Videos
5 Second Videos, is a video blog in which Walker attempts to explain different movies in a short amount of time. 5 Second Videos was one of the two series which walker started on YouTube, with the other one being Nostalgia Critic. This meant that the majority of videos were taken down due to copyright infringement. In 2008, Walker discontinued the series, due to concerns the series would become stale. Despite this, other site reviewers continued the series with their own versions.
Bum reviews is a series in which Walker plays Chester A. Bum, a tramp who reviews recent movies in a fast style, similar to the Nostalgia Critic’s review of Transformers. The first review was released in May 2008, and starting with the Thor review, Walker releases a video detailing his real opinions of the films.