Created By: Neomancer on August 3, 2011 Last Edited By: Neomancer on August 5, 2011

Video Game Mime Artist

CAN'T YOU SEE I'M REALLY ENJOYING THIS GAME?

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When an individual is trying to convey they are playing vidoegames VERY intensely to the audience, or done to make a game look more awesome than it actually is. Often seems convincing to those who do not play videogames, but annoying to those who do. Often accompanied by sterotypical 'laser' sounds and/or sounds that do not fit the game displayed; often done due to TV shows not having the rights to include them.
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  • August 3, 2011
    Shnakepup
    Maybe Needs A Better Title, but I see what you're going for.
  • August 3, 2011
    Bisected8
    This sounds like Pac Man Fever as you describe it.
  • August 3, 2011
    Neomancer
    Ah, it does, I spent only a couple minutes writing the description and the I was stumped for a title. I was also going for the idea that dance and rhythm games are so sophisticated you can freestyle and 'win', which often isn't the case (see this guitar hero ad for example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-80tWRaTnQ). It's not quite pac man fever, but very, very close, I could perhaps shorten what i'm trying to describe and fit it into the article tastefully.
  • August 4, 2011
    BuckRivera
    Pac Man Fever is about video games portrayed as though it was Still The Eighties. I thought this was about the way actors portray playing video games.
  • August 4, 2011
    Shnakepup
    That's what I thought as well. Maybe re-word the description so it's more about the exaggerated motions an actor goes through to indicate that they're playing a video game. For example:

    • Moving the controller around in wild motions, even though it's not a motion controller. I can't think of any specific examples, but this one seems common to me; someone with, say, an xbox 360 controller moving it all around like it's an airplane or something, despite the fact that this does nothing and you need to actually use the buttons and thumbsticks to do things in the game.
    • Cringing or making wild facial expressions. Most gamers, in fact, usually don't really have any sort of expression on their face, aside from concentration.
    • Moving around a lot on the couch/seat/whatever. Another thing gamers don't really actually do; again, unless this is a Wii game with a motion controller, there's no point to moving, so most gamers tend to sit still.
  • August 4, 2011
    goodtimesfreegrog
    I was going to say that Pac Man Fever already covered this, but I think this could spring off into its own trope about people waving controllers around like Shnakepup described. Off the top of my head, I can think of The Wizard as a "straight" example, and a certain Penny Arcade publicity still (where one of the authors is doing this with a portable system, and the other is holding the controller upside down) as a farcical example, both are listed under Pac Man Fever.
  • August 4, 2011
    LoopyChew
  • August 4, 2011
    Shnakepup
  • August 4, 2011
    Bisected8
    There's quite a few examples of this that could be migrated from PMF.
  • August 4, 2011
    DarkSasami
    Moving the controller around in wild motions, even though it's not a motion controller

    I don't know about you, but I remember doing this all the time when I was a teenager, and watching my brother do the same. It took a great deal of growing out of. And there was no such thing as a motion controller back then.
  • August 5, 2011
    BuckRivera
    It's Truth In Television. I remember moving my head to the left and right instinctively to look around corners in racing games and shooters when I started playing video games.

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