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14th Jan '18 6:34:18 PM PaulA
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* ''Accounting Plus'', a virtual reality game for UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, begins with the player character starting a job as an accountant, and being instructed to put on an in-game VR helmet to access the accounting software. Doing so instead places the player in a simulation of a forest clearing containing, among other things, another VR helmet; it turns out to be the first of an entire series of nested VR environments, each of which contains a helmet that can be used to access the next (and none of which is the elusive accounting software).
12th Jan '18 12:06:53 PM Ruin368
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**What actually happens is when you trigger a haunt in the recursive game is you get sucked into *another* recursion, only this time with half the starting time of the last instance. And this plays out until the players retrieve the Omen that started the haunt, or run out of time.
5th Jan '18 8:25:47 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' has no film version of ''StarWars'' in its world, with the plots of the movies used for a TabletopGame instead. In that world, however, there is a webcomic about a world that has no ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies, with the plots of ''those'' used for a TabletopGame. The layering goes down and down and down, with another movie added every 50 strips.
** Getting very meta with [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/heists/0050.html this installment]], based on ''Film/{{Inception}}''.

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* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' has no film version of ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' in its world, with the plots of the movies used for a TabletopGame instead. In that world, however, there is a webcomic about a world that has no ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies, with the plots of ''those'' used for a TabletopGame. The layering goes down and down and down, with another movie added every 50 strips.
** Getting very
strips. It gets especially meta with [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/heists/0050.html this installment]], based on ''Film/{{Inception}}''.
1st Jan '18 7:47:29 PM nombretomado
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* Todd Haynes' Music/BobDylan biopic ''Film/ImNotThere'' uses a form of this to analyze Dylan's ever-changing personality by having him [[MindScrew played by five different actors]] ([[Creator/CateBlanchett and one actress]]), each of whom's story is depicted in a different genre and visual style. Creator/ChristianBale's Bob Dylan expy has his story done in documentary style, and his character was played by HeathLedger's Dylan in an in-universe BioPic. An image of a young Bale appears in a high school yearbook of the Creator/CateBlanchett Dylan, implying that her story is another movie-within-a-movie (or perhaps a drug-induced hallucination), supported by the fact that her segment is shot in the style of [[Creator/FedericoFellini Fellini's]] EightAndAHalf. Richard Gere, playing Billy the Kid, is antagonized by Pat Garrett, played by [[ActingForTwo the same actor]] who plays a reporter who harasses Blanchett, implying that the entire story take place within her mind. [[MindScrew And that's only four of them]]... Several of the stories seem to exist within the minds of one Dylan or parallel to the events of another.

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* Todd Haynes' Music/BobDylan biopic ''Film/ImNotThere'' uses a form of this to analyze Dylan's ever-changing personality by having him [[MindScrew played by five different actors]] ([[Creator/CateBlanchett and one actress]]), each of whom's story is depicted in a different genre and visual style. Creator/ChristianBale's Bob Dylan expy has his story done in documentary style, and his character was played by HeathLedger's Creator/HeathLedger's Dylan in an in-universe BioPic. An image of a young Bale appears in a high school yearbook of the Creator/CateBlanchett Dylan, implying that her story is another movie-within-a-movie (or perhaps a drug-induced hallucination), supported by the fact that her segment is shot in the style of [[Creator/FedericoFellini Fellini's]] EightAndAHalf. Richard Gere, playing Billy the Kid, is antagonized by Pat Garrett, played by [[ActingForTwo the same actor]] who plays a reporter who harasses Blanchett, implying that the entire story take place within her mind. [[MindScrew And that's only four of them]]... Several of the stories seem to exist within the minds of one Dylan or parallel to the events of another.
29th Dec '17 3:20:46 AM jamespolk
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* ''Anime/MountHead'': A man [[MindScrew grows a cherry tree out of his head]]. The man eventually pulls the tree out of his head by the roots. Unfortunately for him this leaves a depression on the top of his head, which fills with water when it rains, forming a lake. A lake that crowds of people visit, just as they were visiting the cherry tree. The man then somehow visits the top of his own head, going to the lake. This is followed by a really trippy sequence in which the camera continually zooms in to the man on top of his head, visiting his lake...then zooming in to the top of his head, where of course there's a lake, which he is visiting...then zooming in to the top of his head again...
30th Oct '17 9:07:04 PM SuperKing93
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* In the movie ''Film/LastActionHero'', in Jack Slater's universe there are movies where Sylvester Stallone takes up Arnold Schwarzeneggar's roles. This is a movie within a movie within a movie. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic (a fictional character) reviews the whole thing, adding another layer.

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* In the movie ''Film/LastActionHero'', in Jack Slater's universe there are movies where Sylvester Stallone takes up Arnold Schwarzeneggar's roles. This is a movie within a movie within a movie. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic (a fictional character) reviews the whole thing, adding another layer.
9th Oct '17 2:28:49 PM dalek955
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*Briefly referenced in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''. Sam thinks he's found a way past his ship's idiot lock and gotten it flying, but in fact the ship had simply directed him to a flight sim. When he notices, he orders the ship to end all virtual reality simulations... and Helix promptly covers Sam's eyes, causing him to scream.
7th Oct '17 2:02:40 PM superkeijikun
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Far Beyond the Stars", the events of the series are suggested to be a story written by a [=1950s=] sci-fi author named Benny Russell, who is struggling to get his story told on account of having a black protagonist in an era where African-Americans were heavily repressed. [[spoiler:This is later revealed to be a vision from the Prophets. The Pah-wraith brings back this vision in "Shadows and Symbols", showing Russell in an asylum writing his stories on the walls as doctors try to convince him to stop, so that Benjamin Sisko would not open the Orb of the Emissary.]]
16th Sep '17 11:27:22 AM nombretomado
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* [[UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} Emulators and virtual machines]]. [=VirtualBox=], for instance, simulates one PC within another PC; it's great for playing with different mutually incompatible PC operating systems or for completely isolating applications in one "box" with another. In fact, it's possible to run [=PocketNES=] (a UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem emulator for GameBoyAdvance) inside [=VisualBoyAdvance=] (a GBA emulator for PC) inside [=VirtualBox=].

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* [[UsefulNotes/{{Emulation}} Emulators and virtual machines]]. [=VirtualBox=], for instance, simulates one PC within another PC; it's great for playing with different mutually incompatible PC operating systems or for completely isolating applications in one "box" with another. In fact, it's possible to run [=PocketNES=] (a UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem emulator for GameBoyAdvance) UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance) inside [=VisualBoyAdvance=] (a GBA emulator for PC) inside [=VirtualBox=].
11th Sep '17 2:21:57 PM LlamaAdventure
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* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfPenAndPaper'' is a video game about a bunch of real life tabletop players playing a tabletop game. [[spoiler: Then one of the main villains invades the real world, materializing in the room the game is being played in, and the players have to fend them off. As their own characters, still using RPG mechanics, with the DM acting like it's still part of the campaign. And then later on the player characters discover a portal back in the game that takes them back to their neighborhood in the real world to fight monsters that have started materializing, still as their own characters, using RPG mechanics, and still just part of the DM's campaign.]]

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* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfPenAndPaper'' is a video game about a bunch of real life tabletop players playing a tabletop game. [[spoiler: Then one of the main villains invades the real world, materializing in the room the game is being played in, and the players have to fend them him off. As their own characters, still using RPG mechanics, with the DM acting like it's still part of the campaign. And then later on the player characters discover a portal back in the game that takes them back to their neighborhood in the real world to fight monsters that have started materializing, still as their own characters, using RPG mechanics, and still just part of the DM's campaign.]]
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