LJN Defender a.k.a. Matt Ezero Interview

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BMi: You have multiple show formats for your YouTube videos. What makes these shows different?

ME: Cygnus Destroyer’s Retro Reviews is simply anything and everything retro. My most popular videos in that series are my two Power Rangers games reviews, but I cover anything from the NES and Master System to the Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast. I kind of neglected that show in 2014, but I plan on making up for that in the new year. If I had to recommend one episode in this series for people to check out, it would probably be the Streets of Rage trilogy review. I love the beat ’em up genre, and SOR 2 is my all time favorite game in the genre. I had a ton of fun working on that video, and that intro is the one that I’m most proud of from all my videos.

As previously mentioned, The LJN Defender involves me sticking up for these much maligned titles that I really enjoyed in my youth, as well as others that I never played back then. There will be some games that I can’t say much positive about (like Spider-Man 2), but the show overall has a very positive bent to it, and I try to provide the best defense that I can for each game. I think my favorite episode from this series so far is the SNES WWF games one. That was the first time that I got into character on camera, in the form of Mad Matt, a polo shirt wearing wrestling commentator, and he became a recurring character soon after.

Innocent Until Proven Guilty started out as an LJN Defender spin-off in concept. From the beginning of that series, I knew that I wanted to give an LJN Defender like treatment to “bad” games from other publishers, like Dick Tracy, TMNT for NES, Lester The Unlikely, etc. I decided to differentiate it from LJN Defender by giving each game a fair and unbiased review, pointing out the cons when they appear. That lead me to the whole courtroom approach. Unlike the other two shows, Innocent Until Proven Guilty is always done in front of my green screen, and I always wear the same outfit. The bow tie was inspired by Matt Smith on Doctor Who and the white button up shirt I wear under the suit coat is the same one that I used when I dressed up as the AVGN in my Monster In My Pocket review for Halloween 2013. Anyway, in that series, I review the game, then break down all the Innocent and Guilty traits before I give my verdict. I really like working on that series, but I’ve made five in a row now, so I’m ready to take a break from it for a little while. I would recommend checking out the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde episode for any new viewers to the series.

BMi: Is there a YouTuber you would really like to work with in the near future? Are there any particular games you are anxious to review?

ME: That’s a good question. There’s a lot of excellent YouTubers, and I’ve already worked with some of them (MichaelBTheGameGenie, Miketendo of Dude, You Haven’t Played This Game?!, etc.) I think it would be really cool to work with Bene (BeneVolentDick NES) in an actual collaboration, but it would be kind of tough to mesh our styles together. I do have something in the works with Niko the Wii Guy and Jay (The Dali Popka) of Viridian Flasback, a review series dedicated to the original Xbox, at some point in the future, but that’s about it at the moment.

ME Interview IUPGBMi: What do you feel is the most underrated game in your library? What is the oddest piece of video game paraphernalia you own?

ME: Hmm…that’s another tough question. I would have said Bucky O’Hare, but it’s finally starting to get its due respect. I think, at least for right now, I’m going to go with WURM: Journey To The Center of the Earth. It’s one of those later NES releases that hasn’t really gotten the attention that it deserves, and I’ve been wanting to do a review on it pretty much from the beginning of my channel. There’s SO much that I could recommend that game for: the multiple playstyles, the excellent music, the bizarre story, etc. The game’s far from perfect, but I really, REALLY like it. Definitely look for that review from me sometime in 2015.

As for the oddest piece, does the Roll N Rocker count? Because I bought that recently for future LJN Defender use. I haven’t used it a lot yet, but I played Double Dragon 2 with it when I got it, and it actually worked pretty well. I was shocked.