!!Examples of type 1 (characters involved in production)

* ''Radio/GTARadio'' in the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' also features television programmes that can be watched, including complete episodes of in-game series ''Republican Space Rangers'', ''The Serrated Edge'', ''Princess Robot Bubblegum (In Episodes from Liberty City)'' and a history of Liberty City.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' continues this trend, with [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]] parodies Impotent Rage and Kung Fu Rainbow Lazer Force, as well as Fame or Shame, The Underbelly of Paradise, [[DepartmentofRedundancyDepartment Jack Howitzer is Jack Howitzer in Jack Howitzer]], and Moorehead Rides Again (a CallBack to a radio drama within a game in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories''). The aforementioned Republican Space Rangers also gets a new episode.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' has ''FUZZ'', a violent parody of ''Series/{{Cops}}'' where players impersonate a police officer and apprehend criminals in excessively violent ways (chasing down a streaker with a flamethrower, to name one example).
* In the ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' series for the Playstation, Clank comes to star in a ''Film/JamesBond''-like series called ''Secret Agent Clank''. (Ratchet is consigned to the role of Agent Clank's bumbling chauffeur, to his annoyance.) In the appropriately titled PSP game ''Secret Agent Clank'', Clank actually assumes his television identity to help clear Ratchet when the latter is framed for a crime.
** In the games preceding it, Captain Qwark also has his own show and considerable celebrity [[spoiler:although he sold out to the BigBad to get it]].
* The setting for the start of the game ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' revolves around the theater troupe Tantalus performing a play called ''I Want to be Your Canary'' (Queen Brahme's favourite) for the birthday of Garnet, princess of Alexandria. In actuality, the performance is merely a front, for Regent Cid of Lindblum's order to 'kidnap' Garnet (who, ironically, wanted to run away, anyway).
** Likewise, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' had the famous opera scene, where the mother of all {{contrived coincidence}}s leads to Celes having to play in an opera. It tells something about the skill of everyone involved in that scene that many gamers were moved by the events of the opera, which are fictional even within the fiction they're currently following.
** Also in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Cloud and Aeris(or Tifa or Yuffie or [[GayOption Barret]], depending on how you play the game) get to play pivotal roles in a brief play during the Gold Saucer segment.
** The relevance of the play "Loveless" in ''Crisis Core''
* ''Deathwatch'', the LethalGameshow within ''MadWorld''; Jack is a contestant.
* In a sense, the entirety of ''DynamiteHeaddy'' is a show-within-a-show. The entire game takes place in a puppet show that has been hijacked by one of the puppets to tell a different story.
* ''Deb Of Night'' in ''VampireBloodlines''.
* ''Night Springs'' in ''AlanWake'', an obvious parody of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', which Alan wrote a few episodes of before writing novels, as his manager [[PluckyComicRelief Barry]] later mentions. It fits type two as well, as Alan gets to watch the show on certain TV sets during the course of the game.
** We also get to read two pages from Alan's most recent novel, ''The Sudden Stop'', a reference to Remedy's earlier ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' games. The pages are even written in Max's PrivateEyeMonologue style and read by his voice actor.
** The sequel/GaidenGame ''Alan Wake's American Nightmare'' plays out like an episode of ''Night Springs''. [[spoiler: In fact, it ''is'' one of Alan's episodes which he tweaked slightly to help him get back to the real world.]]
* ''SuperMarioGalaxy'' has Rosalina tell a very sad story about a young girl having to deal with the loss of her family. The girl in the storybook is actually Rosalina herself.
* None of [[Franchise/MortalKombat Johnny Cage's]] movies where actually ''shown'' in the game, but plenty were mentioned. A few notable ones were ''Dragon Fist'' (which had two sequels), ''HWAAAAA!!'' (which won an Oscar, according to ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat Deadly Alliance]]''), ''Sudden Violence'' (supposedly award-winning), and ''Ninja Mime'', which was a box-office flop in America; Cyrax loathed this one. He also supposedly stared in movies that were based on his experiences in the first two games of the franchise and ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat Deadly Alliance]]''. (The last one appeared to be his greatest success as an actor, but unfortunately, only existed in his non-cannon ending to that game.)
** A few of his movies have titles that were parodies of real movies: ''[[Film/EdwardScissorhands Tommy Scissorfists]]'', ''[[Film/CitizenKane Citizen Cage]]'', ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Pirates of the Outworld Demons]]'', and ''[[Film/BrokebackMountain Brokenose Mountain]]''.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' has the Pokéstar Studios ([[DubNameChange Or Pokéwood, depending on the language]]) movies, in which the player character acts. Depending on his/her acting, the movie's ending can be good, but predictable, downright crappy, or strange and weird, resulting in a smash hit.

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!!Examples of type 2 (characters are fans)

* Travis Touchdown's favorite anime in ''NoMoreHeroes'' is ''Pure White Lover Bizarre Jelly'', which appears to be a MagicalGirl Mecha series. We never see the show itself, but he has a T-shirt with the main characters on it (and more can be bought), there are posters of it all over his motel room (including one that he presses to and sighs, ''[[MoeMoe Moe~]]''), he seems to have stolen his [[CallingYourAttacks attack names]] from it, and he plays an upward-scrolling [[ShootEmUp SHMUP]] based on the series to pass the time on the subway on his way to one of the game's boss encounters.
** Suda51 has expressed a little interest in {{Defictionalization}} of the show if the opportunity comes up. Presumably it would be a scathing parody of anime tropes... or just plain MindScrew. Or both.
*** We get to see the opening sequence in the sequel. It appears to be a ClicheStorm parody of {{Moe}} MagicalGirl shows, but [[GuiltyPleasure might actually be interesting to watch]]. ([[{{Otaku}} Travis's]] obsession with it has no excuse, mind)
* The ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' series features shows like the cartoon ''Captain [=BaseballBat=]-Boy'', the psychological thriller ''Address Unknown'', the costume drama/soap opera ''Lords and Ladies'', and a blaxploitation send-up of Max Payne called ''Dick Justice''.
* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxSaveTheWorld'' features a variety of shows from [=WarpTV=], including the sitcom ''Midtown Cowboys'', talk show ''Myra!'', and celebrity tell-all program ''Oh, Is He Still Alive?''. Turn into Type 1 when the two protagonists get embroiled in them in "Situation: Comedy".
* In the ''HarvestMoon'' series, there are often shows that one can watch on the TV in their farm-house, in addition to weather and news channels.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games, there are several shows that can be watched on the [=TVs=], in [=NPCs=] houses.
** [[Film/StandByMe "There's a movie on TV. Four boys are walking on railroad tracks.... I'd better go, too."]]
** [[Film/TheWizardOfOz "There's a movie on TV. A girl in pigtails is walking down a yellow brick road.... I'd better go, too."]]
** From ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' onwards, you can listen to radio shows on the Pokégear, including one from Professor Oak.
* One of the shadow dungeons in the [=RPG=] ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is "Void Quest", an [=RPG=]-themed castle straight out of the 8-bit ''Dragon Quest'' days, complete with blocky graphics, chintzy beeping music, and menu options just floating in the air at the entrance. The bitter, angry young man who subconsciously created it makes himself the hero he could never be in real life. Mind you, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is one of those games where you control a HeroicMime, and have plenty of leeway for projecting your own personality onto him, turning the whole scenario downright meta.
** The text at the beginning of the dungeon is a shout-out to the first game of ''Persona'''s parent franchise, ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei''.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} 3]]'' and ''4'' have ''[[{{Toku}} Phoenix Ranger Featherman R]]''; one episode in the third game even has a AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle segment on Apathy Syndrome at the start.
** In ''[[Persona4Arena Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold]]'', Yukari now works part-time as an actress on the show.
* The Deb of Night in ''VampireBloodlines'' gets a special mention for being a ''{{radio}}'' show within a video game. You can hear it on any radio you find in the game, which plays pre-recorded dialogues (which ones, depends on how far your progressed with the main quest) between the hostess Deb and people who call her.
* ''[[TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial 2]]'' is the host of several Shows Within a Show: "Super Dragon Warrior" (Chou Senshi Dragon, a HotBlooded SuperSentai series), "Go-Driller" (a HotBlooded SuperRobot anime), "Space Idol Love-Love Star" (Uchuu Idol Love-Love Star, a MagicalGirl series), and "Protuding-navel Kero Kero" (Kero Kero Debeso, an anime). Homura Akai is a ''big'' fan of the first two, to the point of mimicing the Dragon Warrior's special kick and [[ThisIsADrill wielding drills]] just like Go-Driller ; Mei Ijuin likes the second too ; Miyuki Kotobuki is an avid fan of the third ; and Miho Shirayuki ''adores'' the fourth.
** This overlaps with Type 3, as "Go-Driller" and "Space Idol Love-Love Star" become plot points in the storylines of the Substories games ''Leaping School Festival'' and ''Dancing Summer Vacation'' respectively.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'', Ryusei Date is fan of mech simulator game call ''Burning PT'', which is actally used by military to recuit pilot. It's only mention in dialogue and players never actually see the game until anime adaption of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' though. In the end of Super Robot Wars Original Generation Gaiden, he end up watching his favourite anime ''Banblade'' with his UnwantedHarem, but players never actally see how the anime look like. Also in Super Robot Wars Alpha 3, he give [[{{Macross 7}} Mylene Jenius]] a rare copy of ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross : Legend of Lyn Minmei'' as birthday present.
* Some of the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games have a number of different (all rather raunchy) shows that the player can watch.
* In ''{{Skullgirls}}'', Peacock and Parasoul ([[ClosetGeek secretly]]) are fans of the kid's show ''Annie: Girl of the Stars''.
** The main character of the show, Annie, is one of the many potential future DLC characters for the game. [[ComicBooksAreReal Her character is actually real.]]
* Pritchard from ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' appears to be a fan of Final Fantasy XXVII (the franchise exists, but the actual game doesn't), and has a poster of the main character (some kind of BlackMagicianGirl, from the looks of it) in his office.
* Matt Miller from ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' and ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' is a fan of ''Nyteblayde'', a cheesy action-drama adapted from a comic book about a [[HunterOfHisOwnKind vampire-hunter turned vampire]]. Overlaps with Type 1 as one of the major [=NPCs=] from ''The Third'', Josh Birk, plays Nyteblayde on TV.
* In the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' comic "Ring of Fired", The Demoman and his possessed ghost sword, the Eyelander, are watching a show called ''Ghost D.A.'' It's hilariously bad, from the protagonist being a prosecutor, not a defense attorney, to the cliche dialogue, to the fact that he phases out with a "doodily doodily doot" noise. The two of them (especially Eyelander, who has developed its ability to speak, and has become a ClusterFBomb) comment on how awful and inaccurate it is.

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!!Examples of type 3 (SWAS is plot point)

* A major point of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' is that you are playing as Desmond Miles, who spends most of his time in the game participating in an interactive simulation of his ancestor's memories. In other words, Desmond is ''playing a video game.''
** Every other Assassin's Creed game turns out to work exactly like that, sooner or later. Sometimes Desmond is the one living through the simulation, at least one time it's one other guy who is later revealed to [[spoiler: have died]], and in Black Flag it's [[PlayerAndProtagonistIntegration you]]!
* In ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Maya is a big fan of the {{toku}} series ''The Steel Samurai'' (''Tonosaman'' in the Japanese version). The star of the series, Will Powers, is later arrested for murder. ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney: Justice For All'' reveals that toku series are SeriousBusiness in the Ace Attorney universe, to the point one case revolves around an awards show. ''Ace Attorney Investigations'' has an embassy host a ''Steel Samurai/Pink Princess'' stage show as part of its celebrations its holding. [[spoiler: Edgeworth fanboyism for the series also manages to show itself somewhat.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Crisis Core'' has both the book and the play version of ''Loveless'', which has already been established as a play in the original game. Resident VillainSue Genesis is a huge fan of the book, to the point of basing his rebellion around it and wandering dangerously close to having Otakukin type thoughts regarding he and his friends reliving the story. In an interesting case of [[TruthInTelevision Truth in Video Games]], the player can meet up with fans of the book who complain about the AdaptationDecay and MisaimedFandom of the play version.
* ''AlanWake'' twists this in all sorts of ways: Alan (a novelist) apparently wrote the story-within-the-story, but [[LaserGuidedAmnesia he can't remember it]], and the events of the story-within-the-story start predicting events in the outside story, except it turns out the events of the outside story are happening that way because of [[RewritingReality the story-within-the-story being written under the influence of an]] EldritchAbomination, and then the story-within-the-story starts referencing the story-within-the-story in the context of the outside story and [[MindScrew now I've gone cross-eyed]].
* The novel Ardus is working on, "The Tower of Ideals", in ''Videogame/TheLogomancer''. One {{Sidequest}} revolves around him refining the manuscript, and it involves [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall pointed commentary on the writing process in general]] as well. Given a later development, it is also possible that it's a warped version of a real event that occurred prior to the game's story, which Ardus forgot due to LaserGuidedAmnesia but retained subconscious impressions of.
** The Forgotten Plantation could also be considered a game-within-a-game, as characters treat it like an augmented reality experience. [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall It's a vessel for pointed commentary too]], this time on VideoGames.

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!!Examples of type 4 (PlotParallel)

* The Japanese and European releases of ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'' features as an EasterEgg a hidden Codec frequency that launches a fictional radio drama titled ''Idea Spy 2.5'', which has an actual AudioAdaptation in 2007 (with HideoKojima in the title role).
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', there is the movie franchise Blasto, an exploitation series produced on the PrivatelyOwnedSociety planet Illium. A clear nod to the Film/DirtyHarry movies, they star a member of a pacifistic and deeply spiritual race of floating jellyfish as the lead character. In the third game, more [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyK8nopOwqs advertisements and trailers for the sixth movie]] can be found, which include members of other often discriminised races in the other roles.
** One advertisement on the Citadel is for a film, ''Citadel'', based on the events of the first game. Unlike many of the above examples, there is no eeriness to this - most of the events of the first game are public knowledge.
* In the ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' series, ''Dick Justice'' is a SelfParody of the first game. ''Address Unknown'' is eerily close enough Max Payne's story to feed his paranoia and guilt over the death of his wife; although he avoids making the association to himself in waking monologue, it does haunt his dreams.
* ''{{VideoGame/META}}'' is a game about editing the game "Awesmoe Quest", so the latter is a game-within-a-game.
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