The titular Nerd character is an ill-tempered and foul-mouthed video game fanatic. He derives comic appeal from excessive and inventive use of profanity, frequent displays of explicit gestures, and heavy consumption of beer, particularly Rolling Rock or Yuengling, to "soothe the pain". A particular characteristic is his favorable comparison of extremely repulsive and painful, usually firmly scatological, acts to playing the games he reviews. Varying amounts of physical comedy are mixed into the verbal abuse.
Recorded at James Rolfe's parents' house, after coming home from graduating college. These two episodes were made because he was bored. He had no idea that he would be making more. The year of YouTube, when the video-sharing site first became popular, and so did the Nerd. The Karate Kid episode was made as a one-off to close out the "trilogy", but unexpectedly got a cult following which grew. Rolfe kept making more episodes, and saw the series progress. Its title changed late in the season from "Nintendo" Nerd to "Video Game" Nerd. During this year, he was living in an apartment. His full-time job was editing corporate videos.