[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/20965/The-Elements-of-Gaming The Elements of Gaming]] is a WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic written by [=Ryden and Xephfyre=].

The scientists of Canterlot develop an XBox360 and a PC, and Princess Celestia sends them to her loyal student Twilight Sparkle and her friends to beta test for them. Read as they try their hooves at everything from FPS to RTS to rhythm and more in the form of ponyfied real world titles.
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!!This ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' FanFic contains examples of:

* BewareTheNiceOnes: Fluttershy takes to ''VideoGame/TheDarkness'' surprisingly well considering the Pegasus' personality, and even names her [[VideoGame/TheSims Sim]] ''Jackie'', the protagonist of ''VideoGame/TheDarkness''.
* BigNo: Spike gives one when he realizes his desire to play a game before the mane six is thwarted by the complexity of setting up the computer to play it.
* BowelBreakingBricks: Pinkie's reaction to Twilight Sparkle playing {{Tetris}} flawlessly. [[{{Up To Eleven}} INVISIBLE Tetris]].
* BreakTheHaughty: Poor Rainbow can't seem to catch a break…she's the first to be annihilated playing [[VideoGame/HaloReach Halo: Reach]], thrashed in her moment of glory by Rarity in CommandAndConquerGenerals (which she kind of had coming due to her ego at the time), shamed by Applejack and Pinkie in ''RockBand'', and is thrashed by ''[[spoiler: Ditzy]]'' in {{Burnout}}, a game about speed, ''her special talent''. She does do fairly well at ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' though.
* BrickJoke: [[spoiler:The chainsaw bayonet kill from ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' disturbing everypony. Later on, the CMC find the game and are traumatized by it.]]
** After losing to Pinkie Pie in ''VideoGame/CommandandConquerGenerals'', Twilight goes into bookworm-mode, dashing off to come up with a foolproof strategy. She isn't even mentioned again until the end of the chapter, where she finally perfects her strategy and challenges Pinkie again. It's the dead of night and everypony is long gone by this point.
* ButtMonkey: Twilight gets this treatment at times.
* [[MarthDebutedInSmashBros Capcolt, in general, Debuted In Marevel Vs. Capcolt 3]]: The in-universe justification for a MascotFighter being around without half the mascots having debuted yet.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Fluttershy proves a deft hoof at ''[[VideoGame/HaloReach Halo: Reach]]'' and FirstPersonShooter games in general, and Pinkie Pie gets 99% on [[{{Music/Dragonforce}} Through The Fire and Flames]] on ''RockBand'' on Expert.
** Applejack and Rainbow Dash both get trashed playing ''Burnout: Revenge'' against [[spoiler:''Ditzy Doo'']]!
* DramaticDrop: Angel Bunny spends most of chapter 9 trying to get Fluttershy to play ''VideoGame/TheDarkness''. He drops the carrot he's eating in shock after Fluttershy shows just how terrifying she is playing a FirstPersonShooter.
* TheDreaded: Downplayed: according to the Payday 2 chapter, the Mane Six can't really find a challenge in Team Fortress 2 while playing together because nopony is willing to go up against them.
* {{Imagine Spot}}: Scootaloo gets one where she gets her Cutie Mark commanding troops in ''Tiberium Wars''.
* JawDrop: When someone turns out to be far better at a game than is expected, this is normally the reaction.
* {{Jerkass}}: Pinkie's behavior during the ''GearsOfWar'' section; behaving like a psychopath after the rest of the gang were already freaking out about the chainsaw-bayonet scene in the game when you chainsaw one of the locusts. She goes so far as to ambush Twilight with a fake chainsaw while she's in bed, an act which scares the unicorn so badly she ''hits Pinkie with a crowbar!''
* LargeHam: Sweetie Belle seems to have taken after her sister.
* LeeroyJenkins: Rainbow Dash in nearly every game, though she gradually gets more careful and stops choosing the hardest difficulty.
** Scootaloo follows in her hoofsteps.
* LetsGetDangerous: Rarity doesn't take the destruction of one of her Storm Columns well at all.
** Fluttershy in FirstPersonShooter games tends to be this, typically being extremely lethal.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The video games in general, due to being something completely new for ponies, come off as this, but special mention goes to Twilight playing VideoGame/{{Tetris}}.
* NightmareFuel: VideoGame/{{Gears of War}}'s trademark chainsaw bayonette proves to be this [[{{In-Universe}} for everyone]] except Pinkie Pie.
* NukeEm: Pinkie Pie's strategy for [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals Command & Conquer: Generals]].
* ThePowerOfFriendship: The Cutie Mark Crusaders get this Aesop after defeating a supervillain team in ''[[MarvelVsCapcom3 Marevel versus Coltcom III]]'' by working together to defeat them with their chosen characters, and then pulling off a Crossover Combination[[note]]"A Crossover Combination is when every character presently on your team unleash supers all at the same time"[[/note]] on the last remaining opponent.
* OhCrap: Happens several times through the fic, but special mention goes to Pinkie Pie playing against Twilight Sparkle on ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'', who manages TWO different Oh Crap moments with her [[NukeEm Party Poppers and Super Party Poppers]].
* PuppyDogEyes: How the Cutie Mark Crusaders convince Twilight to let them play the video games...''all three'''.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Fluttershy, of all ponies, when playing'' Team Fortress 2''. In her attempt to stay out of the way and not kill any of her friends, she goes Engineer and builds herself machine companions ([[ICallItVera whom she promptly names]]). Rarity, fulfilling her role as a Spy, saps and destroys Fluttershy's machines. Fluttershy goes Sniper and proceeds to kill literally every enemy pony standing between her and Rarity.
* SlasherSmile: Pinkie Pie pulls one while playing ''VideoGame/{{Gears of War}}'', terrifying the others.
* [[ThatOnePlayer Those Six Players]]: The Mane Six playing Team Fortress 2: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] as it's left them pretty bored: nopony is willing to go up against them and they beat the ones who DO way too easily.
* {{Troll}}: Princess Celestia, who 'forgot' to include the Mature warning with ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' when she sent it to the mane six.
* VictoryIsBoring: Pinkie feels this way about ''VideoGame/RockBand'' because she's so good about it ''Hard Mode'' is too slow for her. It takes playing "Through the Fire and Flames" on ''Expert'' to challenge her at all.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: We get this when Rainbow ''vomits on Pinkie.''
* ZergRush: Pinkie Pie takes this to such an extreme with ''Command And Conquer: Tiberium Wars'' that the computer breaks.