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Affectionate Parody: Video Games
  • Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden is a fully playable 16-bit JRPG-like game that parodies the genre. The game is quite a bit less affectionate with its parody of the RPG Maker community and certain Internet subcultures in general—two of the "truck pump" rants that you read before saving are taken verbatim from real Internet discussion forums, although one was a reaction to one of the made-up rants that the author confused with the real thing.
  • The RTS Majesty puts the player in charge of a fantasy kingdom that works the way they do in RPGs. As such the city guards are helpless against anything bigger than the giant rats infesting the sewers, and the sovereign has to summon heroes (who are not directly controllable units) and post rewards for things like the ancient evil castles littering the landscape in order to get anything done.
  • The Capcom brawler God Hand glaringly mixes together nearly every classic Beat 'em Up cliche in the book, including Pac-Man-esque food pickups, outrageously silly enemies in far-fetched environments and a puddle-deep storyline that's only there to string together all the game's fighting. The game has also been speculated to be an affectionate parody of shonen Fighting Series such as Fist of the North Star.
  • Viewtiful Joe affectionately parodies the plots, characters, and settings of Tokusatsu and Comic Book heroes in general, with the gameplay being a highly enjoyable twist on 2D beat-em-ups.
  • The Wii game MadWorld, a spiritual successor to God Hand, continues its ancestor's stint of parody by turning the focus from Japanese entertainment (videogames and anime) to western entertainment (gory, violent video games, reality television and graphic novels), sending up their violent tendencies in a comedic, Tom and Jerry Itchy and Scratchy kind of way.
  • Bayonetta shoves as many Rated M for Money, Up to Eleven and Oh, Crap moments into a Devil May Cry-esque Beat 'em Up as it can.
  • Anarchy Reigns: Though seemingly very strait laced in terms of story, but characters are definitely parodies. You have 3 assassin chicks and the only serious one is RinRin, the other two are very... odd, one being a gambling and self-absorbed chick obsessed with her beauty, the other is a hyperactive girl who makes Funny Bruce Lee Noises and breaks her gaming system for losing. The main characters of the story are much more serious, but side characters are clear parodies, sometimes of the expected type of character to be in a fighting game.
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney takes the opportunity of a new main character to occasionally parody the very series that it belongs to. Apollo gets reprimanded for shouting the series Catch Phrase in court and often laments the fact that he never gets any normal clients, Trucy advises him that "Daddy had days where everything would go wrong too" and Phoenix reminisces on his days of using the Present command and flashing his Attorney's Badge to everyone.
  • The Tex Murphy games: Every plot element from old-school, black and white, noir private eye films are lovingly re-created and mocked.
  • The Leisure Suit Larry games started out as classic parodies of the text-adventure games their own company was famous for, most particularly their less-than-family-friendly Softporn Adventure. Lowe pretty much took the whole thing and did a Tone Shift, playing it all for raunchy laughs.
    • Likewise, many of the Sierra "Quest" games (King's Quest, Space Quest) spoofed fairy tale or sci-fi tropes. It was a bit more tongue in cheek in King's Quest, but Space Quest was nothing but rapid-fire sci-fi jokes.
  • Konami's aptly-named Parodius series is a parody of one of their own series. What series, you ask? You have ten seconds to guess.
    • Konami also parodied its own Castlevania series from the 8- and 16-bit era with the Kid Dracula series. Kid Dracula himself appears as a character in one of the Parodius games.
    • After Parodius, other companies made silly versions of their most famous shoot'em up series. For instance, Taito mocked Space Invaders with Akkanvader (AKA "Space Invaders: Attack of the Lunar Loonies"), Namco spoofed Galaga with the Cosmo Gang arcade game and Hudson Soft made fun of the Star Soldier series of games with Star Parodier.
    • Mesal Gear Solid was an extended parody of Metal Gear Solid, which would have been better if a parody of Metal Gear wasn't just the same thing but with a 'laugh track'. Still, there's a twisted beauty in watching a husky-voiced little monkey croak out a monologue about how the use of mines in combat is a humanitarian disgrace.
  • In a similar vein, Metal Wolf Chaos is From Software cheerily mocking the everything-to-eleven spirit of anime, flag-waving American patriotism and their own Armored Core series. They clearly love all of these things.
  • The Disgaea series frequently parodies anime and its cliches. Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth! is a parody himself.
  • In The World Ends with You, the bonus chapter Another Day plays with some of the tropes common to Super Sentai-style shows (dubbing the cast "Crayon Warriors") and RPGs ("Black joined the party!" is an actual line of dialogue). It also pokes fun at Aerith.
    • And anime-series featuring toys as their main selling point, like Beyblade.
    • As well as a few jokes at Square-Enix's (the game's producer) expense, such as the character designer's obsession with zippers ("Then I wish I had more zippers, so I could tell you to zip it!") to your common emo RPG protagonist ("Must...resist...emo...urges..."), and even a joke about yaoi fangirls (which create a significant fraction of Square-Enix fanfiction).
  • Serious Sam is not-at-all serious, but a self-conscious send-up of FPS games that spread itself across other action game and film sources, and parodied Duke Nukem with particular affection.
  • Billy Vs SNAKEMAN is a parody of Anime in general, and Naruto in particular.
  • Jays Journey is an affectionate parody of the generic Eastern RPG.
  • The in game TV Show "Dick Justice" from Max Payne 2 is an affectionate parody of the previous game.
  • Many announcers in the Backyard Sports series are Affectionate Parodies of real-life announcers.
  • The Lego games of well-known franchises such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, and Harry Potter take the franchise and go silly with it. There is a lack of drama in almost every cutscene.
  • The EarthBound games are an astonishingly good parody of the entire Eastern RPG genre, particularly Dragon Quest, as well as something of a parody of American culture.
  • The Merry Gear Solid games, particularly Merry Gear Solid 2. They're really scathing and attack with pinpoint precision all of the silliest things about an admittedly pretty silly series, like the ridiculously convoluted plots and turgid infodumps, but the sheer dedication to getting everyone In Character and replicating the Original Flavor of the Metal Gear series is what's most noticeable. The games even take stabs at morals and postmodernist fourth-wall wankery. As well as Christmas-themed Hurricanes Of Puns.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, in typical Metal Gear fashion, is both a parody and a homage to James Bond movies. The game even starts with a typical Bond opening scene which ends in a climactic explosion that turns into the extremely bond-like intro movie. Then the actual mission of the game begins back in America where Bond Snake receives his briefing. Back behind enemy lines he makes contact with a Soviet double agent who turns out to be the game's Bond Girl.
  • The Grox from Spore are a spoof pastiche of the Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation (with their cyborg limbs) and the Daleks from Doctor Who (with their war cry being "EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!"). However, some of their threats are less then effective. ("You will not get a holiday card this year.")
  • Fur Fighters last hub is just one big homage to James Bond, with secret volcanoes bases, stock-piles of gold, a duo female fighter force consisting of a deer and a rabbit and a small little bald man...being petted by a large white cat.
  • Indie game Indistruc 2 Tank's story mode is a massive parody of Metal Gear Solid, but there's a little too much genuine heart in there ("Give me...a soldier's death!") for it to be a proper skewering.
  • Violent Storm is an affectionate parody of both the whole Beat 'em Up genre and post-apocalyptic Anime like Fist of the North Star.
  • 3D Dot Game Heroes is a full-on parody of The Legend of Zelda series, among other things. Even the music sounds Zelda-ish!
  • Sonic Colors is an affectionate self-parody, making fun of Eggman's robotic skills, Sonic and Tails' approaches to being a hero, and 3D Sonic in general. In doing this, is it is a fairly pointed, but affectionate, Deconstruction.
  • Duke Nukem 3D is an affectionate parody of Doom, combining the latter's over-the-top violence with Black Humour such as turning the LAPD (or LARD as they are in the game) into literal pigs.
  • Enough Plumbers was made by someone who loves Super Mario Bros., and it shows.
  • Brütal Legend both celebrates and parodies stereotypes associated with Heavy Metal music. It was made by veteran video game designer Tim Schafer, who has been a fan of heavy metal since he was a teenager.
  • It's only for a moment, but Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando affectionately mocked the power cell videos in the first Jak and Daxter by having Clank do Daxter-style dancing...while Ratchet looks on with a worried expression.
  • The Flash game Pretentious Game gently pokes fun at the conventions of pretentious puzzle-platform games like Braid and Limbo (and the many imitations they spawned) while at the same time being a pretty good example of the genre, using gentle music and minimalist game-play and graphics to tell a story of unrequited love.
  • Double Dragon Neon is not so much a love song as it is a power ballad to beat 'em ups, the Double Dragon franchise, and the 1980's all in one awesome package.
  • BLOODCRUSHER II heavily mimics various 90s shooters such as Doom and Quake.
  • The Never Hood parodies the Creation story in The Bible. Given that Doug TenNapel is himself a Christian, the "affectionate" part is easily understandable.
    • There's a tale in the Bible about a man named Joseph who saved his reputation by being able to interpret dreams; one character (Klee) mentioned in the Hall of Records does the same by reading portents in people's bedhead.
    • There’s also a reference to the tactic Joshua/Jesus Nave used to conquer Ai.
    • Let's just say that a great deal of the Hall of Records is a Shout-Out to one Bible story or another.
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  • Resident Evil 4 manages to parody it's own series. The Resident Evil series serves as one of the cornerstones of survival horror, but the fanbase regularly makes fun of many of its quirks and flaws. The developers of 4 tried their best to embrace as many of Resident Evil's more memetic issues, including its comically atrocious writing and voice acting as well as the utter absurdity of the game's premise itself. Previous games were known for their Narm caused by their complete seriousness in the face of glaring literary flaws, but with 4 the developers deliberately went for the Narm Charm route and ended up producing an enjoyable game that didn't hesitate to poke fun at itself and its history. For instance, while the "master of unlocking" line was unintentionally funny in a cringingly bad sort of way, the "Your right hand comes off?" line can't help but be deliberate in its corny hilarity.
  • Team Fortress 2 is an Affectionate Parody of FPSes in general. The objective of the land war is seemingly completely pointless, the setting is gleefully demented, and each of the nine classes are Player Archetypes painted with a very broad brush and ten coats of crazy.
  • Dragon Fable is packed with these. A random example would be the quest boss "Puce Person Eater", which, you guessed it, is one-eyed, two-horned and purple. The item description follows the lyrics almost to the word.
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a loving send up of 80's action movies; with Zeerust, Neon, cheesy Bond One Liners and Frickin' Laser Beams up the wazoo.
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is home to almost every single Spaghetti Western trope in existence: the Guns Akimbo Guttural Growler Gunslinger, the Roaring Rampage of Revenge, the Showdown at High Noon, Violent Prison Escapes, bounty hunters, famous outlaws, Indians, an Unreliable Narrator framing the whole work in the guise of a story told over drinks... and yet while laying out all these tropes shamelessly for us to see, it still clearly embraces them all with joy, shown in its sincere and involved presentation of the story and characters, and the earnest interest of in-universe fanboy Dwight, who almost comes across as the surrogate voice for the devs themselves.
  • Syobon Action is an affectionate parody of both Super Mario Brothers and stupidly difficult platformers, while also being an excellent example of a stupidly difficult platformer itself. Part of the fun is finding out just how creative the devs got in their attempt to make the game absurdly hard, so you will encounter several traps that are so ridiculous and unexpected you have to laugh.
  • Chroma Squad is entirely based around managing a Super Sentai style hero show.
  • The Super Mario franchise usually tries to avoid this and plays everything odd about the series straight, but the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series are more than happy to dabble in a bit of affectionate self-parody, often poking fun at just how nonsensical the Mario universe really is, as well as occasionally satirising JRPGs.
  • The Matrix Path Of Neo The first training level seems to be this to Mortal Kombat what with Neo wearing a black tunic with a crest pinned on his chest, a red band wrapped around his head, and 'bandages' or something wrapped around his waist and fists. Further this, is the three round 'tournament' at the end of the level; the screen suddenly flashes 'Round 1', 'Round 2' and 'Round 3' in ragged, bright, red, yellow and orange letters, all while Tank announces, "Fight!" at the start.

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