Mike Matei is a producer for Cinemassacre Productions. He is known for playing character roles on The Angry Video Game Nerd such as Bugs Bunny.
He is sometimes known as "Motherfucker Mike " because he plays a character that is a cheating bastard on the Cinemassacre series "Board James".
He works alongside James Rolfe writing, editing and starring in a wide variety of web videos. Matei is also the co-writer for the Angry Video Game Nerd. He has played many guest characters on the show. And he also draws the title cards that appear in the shows intro.
Matei does his own game reviews on the Cinemassacre YouTube channel , which he created for Rolfe in 2006 to host videos originally airing on the Cinemassacre website.
His game reviews include such titles as Looney Tunes: Sheep Raider, Dark Souls, Top Ten SNES Gems and many others. Though he began doing comedic videos, he has progressed into doing more serious critique's of games.
Mike Matei also does his own horror & sci-fi reviews, and is a major contibutor in helping with Cinemassacre's Monster Madness.
Matei also appears as a playable character in The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures. He wields a red lightsaber and has the ability to see through blocks hiding items that will assist the play such as health. His only quote is "Hey, Nerd! You're here too!" once the player stumbles upon him. When the actual Nerd reviewed such a game in AVGN Games, he didn't know who Mike was. This is because Mike only appears behind the scenes between the Nerd's fictitious world and James Rolfe's real world.
On January 14th 2011 Mike Matei did his first solo video for Cinemassacre "How to Jump Over The Flagpole on Stage 1-1 in Super Mario Bros". Which went viral on the web.
In interviews , Matei has stated that he originally was going to include this as part of the abandoned video "AVGN Game Glitches 2".
Instead, Matei started his own spin-off series called "Mike's Game Glitches", where he shows the audience how to perform glitches and tricks in video games.
The Angry Video Game Nerd MovieEdit
Mike Matei's initial role for the AVGN movie did not involve production on the film itself. Instead, Matei remained on the East coast to maintain the Cinemassacre website to continue producing content while James was directing the feature film. Matei began posting his own game related content on the Cinemassacre Youtube channel in January 2011, while Rolfe started pre-production on the feature.
Since Matei took over, their Youtube channel has gained over 500,000 additional subscribers. And Matei has earned a huge fanbase of his own doing reviews of obscure games. On March 20th, 2013 the Cinemassacre YouTube channel reached the 1 million subscriber mark, coinciding with the release of Matei's Pandemonium! review for PS1.
Matei has been helping Rolfe write and edit AVGN episodes since 2006, and they have been working on videos together since they met in college. In a Reddit interview it was announced Matei will most likely not appear in the AVGN feature film because Matei does not consider himself an actor. He plans to stick to web content only. Though it has been recently stated during the movie trailer premiere, a brief cameo is under consideration, akin to how South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have done solo productions, but the other has often made a cameo in each other's film.
AVGN Characters Played By Mike MateiEdit
- A Nightmare on Elm Street- Freddy Krueger (Krueger was played mainly by James, but during scenes where the Nerd and Krueger were onscreen together, Mike played him)
- The Wizard of Oz- The Cowardly Lion
- Star Trek- Klingon
- Star Trek- Metron
- Batman Part 1- The Joker
- Batman Part 2- The Joker