The Spoony Experiment (TSE) is a website run by Noah Antwiler (born December 27, 1980) aka "The Spoony One" or just "Spoony".
The primary format of the site is a series of video reviews on video games and movies. From 2010, it has also incorporated some video game journalism at trade shows such as the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Some supporting material, such as Vlogs and announcements, are broadcast on the site in a similar manner. Early movie reviews are text based with picture complements. The mascot of the site is "Burton the Robot", a puppet made by Antwiler. In late 2011, he adopted a dog, named her Oreo from fan suggestions, and proceeded to include her in later episodes.
The pseudonym "The Spoony One" or "Spoony" grew as an in-joke among Antwiler's friends. At the time Antwiler was playing a bard character in Dungeons and Dragons called Tandem. While playing Final Fantasy IV, he encountered the infamous line "You spoony bard!" leading to this becoming a joke with his other Dungeons and Dragons-playing friends. The name evolved from the original "Tandem the Spoony" to simply "The Spoony One".
The initial iteration of The Spoony Experiment was dropped due to a "generally uninterested public response"; however, it was later continued and this time also reviewed video games and at a more frequent rate, thus reviving The Spoony Experiment into a new, improved, more popular version. This new popularity helped spawn The Spoony Experiment's own forum and online store.
In the latter half of 2008, a standardised opening sequence was implemented into all new episodes. A montage of scenes from the series is shown over the series' theme tune, "Break Me". The song was produced by The Irresponsibles.
From 2008 to 2012, Antwiler was a content producer for Internet media company Channel Awesome, with contributions to its comedy review website That Guy With The Glasses and video game review sub-site, Blistered Thumbs. Antwiler's departure from the website was announced on June 21, 2012. In a commentary video in November 2012, Antwiler dispelled rumors that his departure was due to tension with other Channel Awesome producers, stating that "there were several reasons for my leaving of That Guy with the Glasses, the big one being that after filming the Channel Awesome movie To Boldly Flee it was time for me to move on and return to doing videos on my own".
Spoony makes a special appearance on the Nostalgia Critic's episode "Wicker Man" where he and the Cinema Snob are at a bar and debating about which is the best Nicolas Cage movie and then the new actress, Tamara Chambers tried to seduce Spoony and Cinema Snob until the Nostalgia Critic pulls her aside and hires her
Antwiler produces numerous different varieties of videos. Along with reviews of films and video games, he often releases Let's Plays, vlogs and riffs. Antwiler also briefly ran a wrestling review series. In late 2011 he began a new series called Counter-Monkey, in which he recounts role-playing game stories. Antwiler's film reviews include such films as movies starring B-Movie actor Reb Brown. His game reviews include a series about the Final Fantasy series in which Antwiler voices his various frustrations about it. The "FMV Hell" series reviews older games featuring Full Motion Video, often for personal computers and the Sega CD, such as Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh, Microcosm, and Ripper.
While a content producer for That Guy with the Glasses, Antwiler frequently collaborated with several members of the website. His most frequent collaborator was Linkara (Lewis Lovhaug), who hosts another series on the site called "Atop the Fourth Wall"; a majority of these collaborations are cameos. Antwiler plays other characters within his reviews; most notably Doctor Insano, a bumbling and stereotypical mad scientist who concocts various plans to take over the world. Doctor Insano is a recurring antagonist on Atop The Fourth Wall, and was the subject of a major subplot in the website's two-year anniversary special, the action/war movie spoof Kickassia. Although Antwiler is no longer a member of the That Guy with the Glasses website, he continues to appear in crossovers with some of the site's producers, including That Sci-Fi Guy and Diamanda Hagan. For a short time, Antwiler also had a running gag parodying the early 1990s WWF wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, usually making reference to his incomprehensible interviews, and often calling back to the wrestler's comic series.
Video game journalist and Internet personality Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw mentioned "Noah Antwiler of Spoony Experiment" as his favourite Internet reviewer, with particular mention of his review of The Thing, in a 2008 interview for GameSpot. In 2009, Noah Antwiler won the award for "Funniest Person to Follow" in the Open Web Awards. In 2010, Antwiler was one of the finalists for the "Must-Follow Personality" category of the renamed Mashable Awards but did not win.
After his retrospective on the Ultima Series. Creator Richard Garriott praised the videos and has since been following Spoony on twitter.