A series written by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2571491/RebukeX7 RebukeX7]] and [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2483468/117Jorn 117Jorn]]. A shared cast of [[RealityWarper Reality Warpers]] try to save worlds by empowering characters with [[SuddenGameInterface video game powers]]. There is no free saving or loading, no resurrection of KO'd protagonists (other than controlled bouts in VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom) and all reality resets come at a great cost. That said, it gets pretty over the top. [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] unlocking harems is also a recurring theme.

Notable Works:
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8778006/1/Spidey-s-Life-is-a-Game Spidey's Life is a Game]]'' has a RealityWarper bring a large number of Capcom fighters into the Marvel universe for a game-based tourney complete with the VideoGame/StreetFighter announcer and [[AfterCombatRecovery 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.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8264615/1/Mass-Effect-Life-is-a-Game Mass Effect: Life is a Game]]'' and its [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9339660/1/Mass-Effect-2-Life-is-a-Game sequel]] have a RealityWarper offer Male!Paragon!Shepard a one-way trip from [[Franchise/MassEffect Mass Effect 3]]'s endgame to the beginning of the series. Upon arriving in his past, Shepard realizes that a [[AlternateSelf Female!]]Renegade!Shepard has accidentally fallen into his world as well, so he introduces her as his wife.

For ''Life Is A Game'' stories by authors who write outside this cosmology, please see [[http://www.fanfiction.net/community/The-Video-Game-Plot/105176/3/0/1/ "The Video Game Plot" community]], GroundhogPeggySue and SuddenGameInterface.

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!! ''The Life Is A Game Multiverse'' as a whole provide examples of:

* AchievementSystem: Among other things, it explicitly awards characters for being GenreSavvy.
* AuthorAvatar: Rebuke and Jorn.
* PeggySue: Most of the stories involve the protagonists traveling back in time. Once.
* SuddenGameInterface: The [[RealityWarper Reality Warpers]] and the game powers they grant are very out of context to the local PowersThatBe and their followers.

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!! ''Spidey's Life is a Game'' provides examples of:
* AfterCombatRecovery: All injuries and deaths suffered during matches are instantly undone when the battle's over.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Can happen when a fighter is put under too much stress during repeated battles. They usually [[LaserGuidedAmnesia rewrite]] their own short-term memory with more 'logical' events when they calm down.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Once Iron Man is down, Spiderman takes him out with one.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Deadpool gets a knife buried in his skull for a snarky comment said during lunch. He pulls it out and keeps on eating.
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!! ''Mass Effect: Life is a Game'' and its sequel provide examples of:

* {{BFG}}: The Cain, Jane's favorite toy.
* [[TwitchyEye Eye Twitch]]: Sometimes this is John's only warning that Jane is about to do something Renegade.
* InSpiteOfANail: 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 [[spoiler:she'd promote Uldina to the council over Anderson]], something she and John are in complete agreement about.
** The fact that the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45PdtGDGhac&feature=kp 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.
* MentalTimeTravel: John, yes. Jane, no. Guess who has to get chopped up by Cerberus?