Fan Fic: The Life Is A Game Multiverse
A series written by RebukeX7 and 117Jorn. A shared cast of Reality Warpers try to save worlds by empowering characters with video game powers. There is no free saving or loading, no resurrection of KO'd protagonists (other than controlled bouts in Marvel vs. Capcom) and all reality resets come at a great cost. That said, it gets pretty over the top. PCs unlocking harems is also a recurring theme.Notable Works:
- Spidey's Life is a Game has a Reality Warper bring a large number of Capcom fighters into the Marvel universe for a game-based tourney complete with the Street Fighter announcer and instant healing after every match. Spiderman, Chun-Li, and X-23 are Team Amazing and together they take on heroes and villains, until they're ready to face down gods.
- Mass Effect: Life is a Game and its sequel have a Reality Warper offer Male!Paragon!Shepard a one-way trip from Mass Effect 3's endgame to the beginning of the series. Upon arriving in his past, Shepard realizes that a Female!Renegade!Shepard has accidentally fallen into his world as well, so he introduces her as his wife.
The Life Is A Game Multiverse as a whole provide examples of:
- Achievement System: Among other things, it explicitly awards characters for being Genre Savvy.
- Author Avatar: Rebuke and Jorn.
- Peggy Sue: Most of the stories involve the protagonists traveling back in time. Once.
- Sudden Game Interface: The Reality Warpers and the game powers they grant are very out of context to the local Powers That Be and their followers.
Spidey's Life is a Game provides examples of:
- After-Combat Recovery: All injuries and deaths suffered during matches are instantly undone when the battle's over.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Can happen when a fighter is put under too much stress during repeated battles. They usually rewrite their own short-term memory with more 'logical' events when they calm down.
- Finger Poke of Doom: Once Iron Man is down, Spiderman takes him out with one.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Deadpool gets a knife buried in his skull for a snarky comment said during lunch. He pulls it out and keeps on eating.
Mass Effect: Life is a Game and its sequel provide examples of:
- BFG: The Cain, Jane's favorite toy.
- Eye Twitch: Sometimes this is John's only warning that Jane is about to do something Renegade.
- In Spite of a Nail: To John's shock, Jane has killed Wrex, Mordin and Legion in her first playthrough. Except, despite her joking about it, there is absolutely no way she'd promote Uldina to the council over Anderson, something she and John are in complete agreement about.
- The fact that the divergent Paragon and Renegade paths both inevitably led to them facing down the Star Child in the same way at the same time really ticks her off.
- Mental Time Travel: John, yes. Jane, no. Guess who has to get chopped up by Cerberus?