[“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” plays] Irritating Stick, for PlayStation. Irritating Stick? Who puts the word “irritating”
in the title of a video game? Does that make you wanna play it?
I don’t even know what kind of game it is. But I don’t care! I’d rather go out in the woods and
play with an actual stick. Who buys a game called “stick”
when you can get sticks for free? But that bright, bold font tries to sell it the best it can,
like this is gonna be the most exciting thing you’ll ever see! “See it for the thrill of a lifetime! One night only!
Irritating Stick!” The comic-style zapping effect seems like it
desperately wants to emphasize how irritating this stick is! As soon as you touch something with this stick, zap! It’s so obnoxious, it fills the entire background! There’s no room for any other artwork.
It’s all about the electric force of this horrible stick. The original game was similar to Operation, or the
wire loop game, where you need to avoid touching anything,
or else you get an electric zap. But the word “irritating” doesn’t describe it too well. It’s just a bad choice of word. Kinda like when
Nintendo had a console called “Revolution”, and they changed the name to “Wii”. It’s not even like a sword, or a spear.
Instead, a cheap, plastic lightsaber. You know, the kind that light up. Except this one hasn’t even been lit! Yeah, the batteries are dead. Movin’ on to the hands. It looks like the crappy
in-game graphics of the time. Did they know that on the cover to the game, you’re
allowed to make the artwork more realistic? I guess it doesn’t matter when you have a stick that’s
so irritating, it emits lightning. It begs attention. And I’m givin’ it.

AVGN: Bad Game Cover Art #13 – Irritating Stick (PS1)

100 thoughts on “AVGN: Bad Game Cover Art #13 – Irritating Stick (PS1)

  • December 14, 2015 at 2:56 am
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    IRRITATING STICK, sounds like a coy description for JERKING OFF MAN.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 3:09 am
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    I thought he was gonna comment that it looks like Santa Claus holding a stick. Look at the arms.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 3:16 am
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    Irritating stick meet irritating bowels. That is whats happens when how enraged I am by the irritating stick! =3

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  • December 14, 2015 at 4:22 am
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    I bet number one is gonna be die hard.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 5:29 am
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    Look, 13 more shitty games to play.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 5:43 am
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    It's almost as good as that sleeper hit Frustrating Rock

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  • December 14, 2015 at 5:57 am
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    I have never heard of this game… but my curiosity has piqued , and now I'm going to look it up. Thanks Nerd!

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  • December 14, 2015 at 6:04 am
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    Careful ladies. Mike's got an irritating stick.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 6:05 am
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    anyone else keep wishing to see a quick bit of game play of the actual game after the cover art review?
    cant be just me!

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  • December 14, 2015 at 6:36 am
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    show at least 5 seconds of the game ffs

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  • December 14, 2015 at 7:13 am
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    Irritating Stick sounds like a game on the app store that costs $0.99 cents, and everyone buys it, and it gets on the top charts for a week, but then it causes people to throw their phones out the window so they end up having to remove it from the app store.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 9:04 am
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    Sure would've been nice for James to have given us some game footage to give the artwork even more bizarre context.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 11:59 am
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    Funny enough this game is actually really fun lol.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 2:02 pm
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    Awesome 😈

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  • December 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm
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    Looks like one of those stupid selfie sticks. Which doesn't make the title wrong then.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 5:15 pm
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    I waited for a gonorrhea joke. Alas, it was not to be.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 5:18 pm
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    I really thought Nintendo Revolution would have been an amazing console name. But here we are, playing with our Wiis and Wii Us!

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  • December 14, 2015 at 5:22 pm
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    Wish you would show screens for the games as well. I generally look these up anyway but would have been cool to add them at the end of something.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm
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    AVGN is renowned for his… Irritated Shtick.

    I'll just see myself out.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 8:21 pm
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    Have you ever played this game Jame? This would make a great normal AVGN episode.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 9:20 pm
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    CGR disco music playing. Rad

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  • December 14, 2015 at 11:14 pm
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    And as if the stick wasn't irritating enough by itself, the f**** red power ranger seems to be holding it.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 11:38 pm
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    I guess stick means it's sticky too.

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  • December 15, 2015 at 12:17 am
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    HOLY CRAP! I never new this existed. I had a Playstation Magazine demo-disk with a Japanese demo for this game, but could never find the US release… always wanted to play it but couldn't find anything about it after that one demo… This brings me back!

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  • December 15, 2015 at 3:19 am
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    As shitty as these covers are, I gotta admit they have my curiosity. There's something nice about the older days of gaming where you could just pop in a cartridge and have no idea what the fuck you were gonna get.

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  • December 15, 2015 at 5:11 am
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    Actually, Irritating Stick is a decently fun game!

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  • December 15, 2015 at 10:33 am
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    Your new videos are more irritating then that stick

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  • December 15, 2015 at 11:55 am
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    My irritating stick is pissing me off!! Stay down, you fuck!

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  • December 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm
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    Just the name "Irritating Stick" makes me laugh all by itself.

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  • December 15, 2015 at 8:49 pm
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    Irritating sticks cover art actually isn't that bad once you actually know what kind of a game it is.

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  • December 15, 2015 at 10:27 pm
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    Microsoft Word WordArt FTW.

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  • December 16, 2015 at 12:23 am
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    this game is actually fun 😀 🙂 but still

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  • December 16, 2015 at 1:05 am
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    it looks like Red Steel

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  • December 16, 2015 at 3:38 am
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    I'm really interested what the game-play is like, lmfao.

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  • December 16, 2015 at 4:07 am
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    If you thought the cover was bad, the "irritating" kicks in when you actually play it.

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  • December 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm
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    What's the song that plays when he's "introducing the stick"

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  • December 16, 2015 at 5:19 pm
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    hah this game was made by Jaleco, which they also did "Tuff Enuff" on the SNES. I wished Tuff Enuff 2 would be released.

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  • December 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm
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    It looks very similar to "The Irritating Maze" a Neo-Geo game that was using a trackball

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  • December 16, 2015 at 8:15 pm
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    If I'm not mistaken, Irritating Stick was actually a game show in Japan. The reason it's called 'irritating' stick is because the original word doesn't have a closer match. So….technically it's Engrish.

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  • December 16, 2015 at 11:24 pm
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    Irritating Stick should be a recurring enemy for a new AVGN Adventures game. He appears in every level, he can't die and he constantly tries to zap you. Like the angry sun in Super Mario Bros, except on every level.

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  • December 17, 2015 at 1:40 am
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    If your stick is irritating wash it better.

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  • December 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm
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    I thought for sure he was going to mention that the stick was being held by Santa Claus.

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  • December 17, 2015 at 5:19 pm
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    irritating stick sounds like a cheap superhero name haha

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  • December 17, 2015 at 5:26 pm
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    Revolution was a code name, not an actual system name

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  • December 17, 2015 at 7:18 pm
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    Dammmm I remember playing this on a underground disk back in the day. It was weird as shit but cool

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  • December 17, 2015 at 11:49 pm
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    Any relation to The Irritating Maze?

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  • December 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm
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    Chocking Stick.

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  • December 18, 2015 at 11:39 pm
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    That cover irritated me lol

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  • December 18, 2015 at 11:50 pm
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    I lost it at 3:32 – 3:39 lmao

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  • December 19, 2015 at 12:13 am
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    Irritating is the perfect name for it

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  • December 19, 2015 at 3:29 am
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    But we wanna know what the game is!

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  • December 19, 2015 at 11:50 am
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    The hands on the cover look like an alpha version of Gordon Freeman

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  • December 19, 2015 at 5:41 pm
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    Irritating Stick sounds like one of those randomely generated usernames you see on consoles.

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  • December 19, 2015 at 9:56 pm
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    Should've gotten Board James for this one. It's basically Operation as a video game.

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  • December 20, 2015 at 4:59 pm
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    Maybe they shove the stick up your ass, so it irritates your colon.

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  • December 20, 2015 at 7:46 pm
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    All I know of this game is that I played it on the winter '98 Jampack Demo disc I got from Pizza hut in 1998.

    It also had Spyro, Metal Gear Solid, Tomb Raider 3 and Medieval!

    Irritating Stick was the import demo.

    I liked it a lot, never seen the cover art though. I think the cover art pretty much encompasses the game.

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  • December 21, 2015 at 5:13 am
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    Now James you are a hippo because you were complaining about how mid leading cover art is and now its suddenly okay to have a awesome cover with a shitty game.

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  • December 21, 2015 at 10:58 am
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    This game is actually pretty good and accurate. It is based on a Japanese game show I believe.

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  • December 21, 2015 at 11:52 am
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    I'm here to irritate you with my stick. Are you prepared for the irritation? I'll stick it to you. The irritants are sticky. Stick with me. It'll be irritating.

    🚷

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  • December 21, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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    yes south park puts Stick into their game… The Stick of truth and its not that bad

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  • December 21, 2015 at 8:56 pm
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    Gotta love that Classic Game Room stock music! 😉

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  • December 22, 2015 at 2:49 am
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    Any stick can be irritating if you use it right.

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  • December 22, 2015 at 8:19 am
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    Ejem, ejem, "South Park the Stick of Truth" XD

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  • December 22, 2015 at 10:24 am
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    Well, it grabs your attention. Not many AAA releases can even manage that.

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  • December 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm
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    I played that when I was 10 years old. It was on the PS1 demo disks and it was almost impossible to finish the level.

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  • December 23, 2015 at 1:16 am
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    Let's have some fun, this beat is sick
    I wanna take a ride on your irritating stick

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  • December 24, 2015 at 3:04 am
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    Danger Dolan brother brought me here

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  • December 24, 2015 at 9:38 pm
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    this is actually a good game. watch peanutbuttergamers game play on it

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  • December 25, 2015 at 3:36 am
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    "Ear-it-tate-ing"

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  • December 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm
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    Irritating Dicks

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  • January 1, 2016 at 2:10 pm
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    1:00 Hey, that thing spells my name :-P…

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  • January 1, 2016 at 8:49 pm
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    I know this only for talking about the cover art, but you cant throw a title like "irritating stick" and expect us to not want to know what kind of game that could possibly be. I wasn't listening to a word you said. I was just trying to picture what the hell kind of game that is.

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  • January 4, 2016 at 6:21 am
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    I'll show you my irritating stick

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  • January 6, 2016 at 9:07 pm
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    gas powered stick

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  • February 19, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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    "See it for the thrill of the lifetime! One night only: IRRITATING STICK!!"

    …Gotta try that pickup line…

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  • February 23, 2016 at 8:35 am
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    Probably Jaleco used a poor translation software'. In Japan, they actually call the wire and loop game as 'Irritating Stick game'

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  • March 21, 2016 at 10:17 pm
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    A stick so irritating that it emits lightning?

    Gonorrhea.

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  • April 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm
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    That stick looks like a cheap plastic lightsaber and the battery's are dead

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  • April 16, 2016 at 10:50 pm
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    It doesn't look like it's been mentioned, but this is actually a video game port of a game show by the same name. Japanese game shows are pretty messed up, but I think the cover art does reflect the show, at least.

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  • May 1, 2016 at 9:26 pm
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    HERE COMES THE THREE WINDMILLS!!

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  • May 26, 2016 at 7:09 am
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    Seriously.

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  • July 1, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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    Irritating Stick? Okay, if anyone's every played YouTuber's Life, they can agree with this:

    This sounds like a game from YouTuber's Life, the gamer branch.

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  • July 3, 2016 at 4:29 am
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    "revolution" and "We" or ("wii) shares similarity if you think about it. don't cross the shit line james!

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  • July 24, 2016 at 5:10 pm
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    Seriously

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  • August 4, 2016 at 3:37 pm
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    00:05 Irritating stick
    Pause video
    Me: Seriously.

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  • September 8, 2016 at 8:59 am
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    I think it's a selfie-stick! This game had foretold the future!

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  • December 19, 2016 at 9:57 am
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    they look like a weapon someone modded in doom

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  • February 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm
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    Funnily enough The Nerd was super right with the zap analogy…

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  • March 29, 2017 at 10:42 pm
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    "I'd rather play with a stick." Everyone at the start of Breath of the Wild.

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  • April 25, 2017 at 3:57 am
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    Caddy: Touch something and you explode…… much like an actual pe-
    Nostalgia Critic: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! NO, NO, CUT TO SOMETHING ELSE!!!

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  • October 7, 2017 at 7:00 am
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    I wonder of this is the cousin of Evil Stick.

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  • November 15, 2017 at 11:42 am
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    whats the song playing at 35 seconds into the video?

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  • November 17, 2017 at 1:06 am
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    The game is actually based on an insane Japanese tv show where the people run a stick trough a metal frame while being shocked and yelled at hence the whole irritating bit

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  • November 23, 2017 at 8:52 pm
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    The iterating stick is actually from a Japanese tv show where they did a similar thing from the game but in real life

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  • September 20, 2018 at 8:07 pm
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    HERE COME THE THREE WINDMILLS

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  • November 15, 2018 at 5:27 am
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    Hardest game every played!

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  • December 9, 2018 at 9:58 pm
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    WATCH OUT!
    YOU'RE TOO CLOSE TO THE EDGE!!

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  • January 15, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    Japanese cover is more worst! is really scary!
    電撃イライラ棒 リターンズ

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  • February 14, 2019 at 4:50 am
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    0:05 …Seriously. Shoutout to Caddy.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    Red Ranger holding a lightsaber

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