Lets Play: Chip Cheezum

A popular Let's Player on the Something Awful forums due to putting insane amounts of time and effort into each LP, Chip Cheezum has (at this time of writing) completed 18 Let's Plays, with all of them featured on the LP Archive. He has collaborated with fellow goons such as General Ironicus, VoidBurger, SnarkCookie, A Wooden Palisade and Ambisagrus, as well as comic artist KC Green. He often uploads Retsupurae videos to his Youtube account. He and General Ironicus have their own site, where all of their LPs have been posted. Doesn't seem to have a high opinion of those who add quotes on this page.

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So far, Chip Cheezum has finished Let's Plays for the following games:

    Finished Games 

Currently ongoing LPs include:

He's also broadcasted streams of the games below, which, in addition to YouTube, you can also find him on at ustream and Hitbox:

     Streamed Games 

Chip and Ironicus have also riffed on various web animations, most notably Elemental Goddess and the first arc of the Xin series, as well as some anime.

Chip now has a Patreon account.

Chip (and his Let's Plays) provides examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Chip doesn't just crawl for rations, he sneaks for Snake Snacks.
  • Adorkable: Both of them, but especially Chip.
  • Alternate DVD Commentary: Yes, there is alternate commentary for the alternate commentary. Starting from the first Uncharted LP, you can switch to a second audio track where Chip and Ironicus talk over the cutscenes too.
    • Also done with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, wherein the last few videos were reuploaded in "Uncut" form, which kept the commentary over cutscenes, some time after finishing its sequel. Similarly, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater had a few videos that were reprisals of earlier cutscenes with the duo's commentary re-added.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Chip and KC Green have a hard time believing that John Luke is a real member of the Robertson clan, and not an Original Character made up for the game. They're even more amazed when they realize Cousin Beaux is an original character.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Happens at the beginning of "Bad Anime #2", where Chip put a NSFW message: "WARNING - Not Safe For Work - Murder, Gore, Sex, Sexism, Nudity, Attempted Rape, Brooklyn Accents"
  • Ascended Extra: Rogue Warrior was initially just a video Chip made for the Something Awful Let's Try thread. Almost a full year later, it became its own separate LP for a bad games thread.
  • Author Appeal: Ironicus sure loves his comic books. Also Viewtiful Joe.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Practically his catchphrase.
  • Brand X: Muuk Energy Drink as part of a Take That against blip.tv's video-partnering sponsorship program.
  • Brick Joke: Plenty.
    • Killer7 has two - the first being Ironicus's reference to RENT (which is alluded to in the credits for the LP), and the second being the doctor that Ironicus tells Chip to see, who appears in The Stinger for the Metal Gear Solid 3 LP.
    • In the beginning of the MGS2 LP, Chip enters the player name as "Suck my dick." The moment when Raiden pulls out his dog tags to reveal his "name" in the ending makes the whole journey worthwhile.
    • In the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots LP, Chip introduces the Octocamo mechanic in the second update, and teases Ironicus about a camo pattern that makes him look exactly like The Shocker later in the game. Said camo doesn't appear until fifteen updates later. They even mention it as far back as the Spider-Man game.
  • Butt Monkey: The other G-Unit members in 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand due to Chip constantly shooting and cussing at them, but especially Tony Yayo. It becomes a Running Gag to remark that everyone and everything is better than Tony Yayo.
  • Catch Phrase: Ironicus will often say "This is the best game" whenever something really neat happens.
    • Chip says "STAR WARS!" so much during the Lego Star Wars LP that it constitutes as a temporary one, at least.
    Chip: R2 no! R2 WHY?!
    • Chip seems to like saying "There's a man" whenever he's pointing out an enemy that will become the center of amazing things.
    • Ironicus is also quite fond of saying "The end, credits roll" when something ridiculous happens, or at points that'd make a good cutoff for a video. Heard a ridiculous amount during the mind boggling ending cutscenes of Metal Gear Solid 4.
  • The Cameo: Slowbeef and Diabetus do "guest commentary" (which sounds suspiciously like an unrelated Skype conversation with Chip about books) for the Bitter Mode run of Speed Buster.
    • Also, Edwyn Tiong (aka Dan McNeely, aka Legend) ending The You Testament LP with a dramatic reading of two of MDickie's (incredibly egotistical) journal entries.
    • Metal Gear Solid was done by Chip and VoidBurger, but during the Psycho Mantis fight General Ironicus is suddenly there after the first blackout. VoidBurger returns after the fight is over.
    • "The End" of Metal Gear Solid 2 features rather odd messages (including some of Hideo Kojima's tweets) read by other Something Awful regulars, including Blister, Ferr, and, again, slowbeef and Diabetus.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In 'What If?' Mode of the Spider-Man LP, Scorpion and JJJ play Marco Polo, and Spider-Man says "Fish outta water!" Chip then gloats that there's something else to say in Marco Polo. Then, in part 6 of Uncharted 2, Chip triggers the Marco Polo event. When Drake gets out of the pool he says "Fish outta water!" Chip then gloats about it again.
    • In the Trial #2 video during the Uncharted 2 LP, Ironicus advertises his new CD, using the picture that Chip had used to show him in the Message to Ironicus video of the No More Heroes LP.
    • The Stinger of killer7 has the reveal that the LP never happened, with Ironicus suggesting Chip see a psychiatrist. The stinger to Metal Gear Solid 3, their next LP, has Chip actually visiting said psychiatrist (played by Ironicus).
  • Cuteness Overload: Ironicus in the Blade Wolf DLC of Revengeance.
    Ironicus: His paws are so cute when he pushes buttons!
    • The same thing happens earlier, during the Dwarf Gekko segment.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Ironicus assumes at a slow moment during the Metal Gear Solid 3 LP that Chip is doing said LP merely because Ironicus made a comment on not LP'ing stealth games, which Chip then jokingly agrees with.
    "Hours of my life just for one offhand comment months ago."
  • The Dreaded: In the No More Heroes LP, pipes.
    Ironicus: I hate pipes...
    Chip: It's always the pipes that get me! It doesn't matter if it's laser brass knuckles, or a katana, or a laser sword-
    Ironicus: Or a gun, it's always the pipes.
    Chip: Always the pipes!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Invoked during The Wonderful 101 with P-Star; Ironicus quickly grows attached to him, and is especially enthused when P-Star gets to participate in the Womb Level's end boss.
  • The Faceless: Prior to his, Ironicus' and VoidBurger's appearance at the C2E2 Let's Play panel, whenever Chip recorded a video of himself, just enough of his face was obscured to keep you wondering, but gave you a good idea.
  • Fan Nickname: In-Universe, during Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Blade Wolf is almost always referred to as the "dog-shaped Robot Buddy!"
  • Friendly Fire Proof: During their 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand LP, they make a habit out of shooting the friendly NPC whenever there's downtime. This leaves a massive bloody stain on the wall, but their G-Unit companion doesn't even flinch.
  • Fun with Subtitles: Since the Duck Dynasty game didn't have any subtitles, Chip had to add them in himself. He took to opportunity to make some extra jokes along with them
    (Please help me, my voice has been stolen. The truck comes at six.)
  • Gainax Ending: Often occurs whenever he ends a Lets Play, usually after the credits roll.
    • At the end of the No More Heroes LP (during the last Bitter Mode videos), parodying Suda51's penchant for weird, nonsensical endings.
    • Another one for a Suda51 game at the end of the Killer7 LP, where it turns out that the LP never happened.
    • The final Duck Dynasty video, simply titled "jl", which is unadulterated Surreal Horror.
  • Genre Shift: Rez and Condemned were done by Chip alone, with subtitles instead of voice commentary (except in the eighth video for the latter). Zone of the Enders and Bastion were also solo, though he still actually talked.
    • Not to mention any time he switches to a Cabela's hunting game mid-LP, most recently in the 'Trials' in the middle of Uncharted 2.
    • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, after the first mission, is a literal co-op LP together with snarkcookie.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Hilariously averted in his Retsupurae video "Yowie wowie!!!" Most of the video consists of two girls kissing, but they're actually dressed up as Naruto and Sasuke acting out a Slash Fic.
  • Had to Come to Prison to Be a Crook: Ironicus jokes that Wonder-Prisoner learned his bomb-making skills while inside Alcatraz.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: invoked Lampshaded in the Xin riff.
    Dom: I've been meaning to meet you for quite a while, Xin.
    Ironicus (doing his best Edwyn Tiong impression): "I've been meaning to put my voice in a thousand things on Newgrounds, Xin."
    • Also lampshaded in the end-of-LP credits for Killer7, which lists Steve Blum's voice five times. And then lists him as played by Wesley Snipes.
  • It Just Bugs Me: Invoked by Ironicus, who complains about plot holes in Beauty and the Beast every time the B&B Corps show up in MGS4.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Mission J. Frog. He was a true patriot.
  • Herr Doktor: Ironicus plays one in one of the bonus episodes for their Metal Gear Solid 3 LP, overlapping with The Shrink.
  • Hidden Depths: It usually doesn't show up much in their Let's Plays or RPs but Ironicus has more than a little knowledge of sociology, as the 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand LP showed. He also apparently enjoys poetry.
    • According to an offhand joke in Slowbeef's Let's Play of Metroid Prime 3, Ironicus is a sociology major.
    • He also shows off an impressive knowledge of James Bond trivia for Killer7.
    • In the Uncharted LP, Ironicus and Chip spend about a minute discussing which of several ice-skating techniques a particular ragdoll death animation resembled more.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Ironicus makes up a string of train-related puns during Part 11 of the Uncharted 2 LP.
  • I Warned You: During Cabela's Dangerous Hunts, Ironicus complains about the loud volume during a "On Rails"-segment, to which Chip responds: "I told you it would be loud."
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Chip owns a couple of cats. One of them likes to jump on his desk while he's recording.
    • He also has at least one dog, offhandedly mentioning so while Ironicus discusses a breed of dog he'd like to own in the first No More Heroes, and noting how his dad has to present his dog to him whenever they leave so said dog doesn't get lonely in the 19th video of No More Heroes 2.
  • Knife Nut: During his playthrough of Rogue Warrior, Chip liked to forgo any gunplay in favor of just running up and stabbing everyone to death (even referring to the main character as a knife tornado.)
  • Let's Play
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Chip frequently impersonates the characters in each game. Invoked repeatedly in the Metal Gear Solid LP, when VoidBurger pressures Chip into doing a Master Miller impression.
    • VoidBurger, on the other hand, does an absolutely perfect impression of Ash Ketchum. She also does a spot on impression of a squeaky voiced lets player when she guested on Retsupurae.
    • Ironicus is very adept at Solid Snake impressions.
    • Subverted during the Killer7 LP, when Chip fails spectacularly (and hilariously) at doing a Popeye impersonation.
  • Mind Screw: Happens quite a few times throughout his Lets Plays, usually at the end of a game.
    • To go along with the Psycho Mantis fight, Voidburger suddenly becomes Ironicus during the first Hideo Blackout. The second, Chip is now playing a hunting simulator as if it were a dad-themed RPG, while receiving Codec calls from himself trying to remember what he was actually supposed to be doing. The next video restores the game, and the third blackout brings back Voidburger.
    • The "uncut" versions for the fourth and sixth videos of the Condemned LP add audio of, respectively, Ironicus reading bad fanfiction to friends and Chip and Ironicus trying to play Link's Crossbow Training together, both with (nearly-)unintelligible messages occasionally popping up. Between the seventh and eighth videos is also a video titled "House", consisting of a minute-long shot of a house while an unknown voice talks about how it "wants to meet you".
    • The last video for the Duck Dynasty LP. It's extremely unsettling, showing the protagonist undergoing Body Horror while bringing in what may or may not be the apocalypse through the form of an old VHS tape.
  • Mistaken for Gay: During a Lets Play by Voidburger, with Chip co-commentating, it's revealed that Voidburger's father thought that Chip was gay, due to his cleanliness.
  • Mundane Made Awesome:
    • Feeding your cat in No More Heroes.
      Chip: Cat. Again.
      Ironicus: We are number 8.note 
      Chip: WE'RE FEEDING IT!
      Ironicus: Let's feed our cat now that we're number 8. We are the number 8th cat feeder in the world.
      Chip: Yes! I'm on the cover of Cat Feeding Magazine!
    • Later on in their LP of the sequel, their cat massaging is eventually sped up and set to thrash metal.
  • Name's the Same: invoked Milked for all its worth every time it happens, but special consideration must be given to Metal Gear Solid 4's J.D. and Big Mama.
  • Nobody Poops: Lampshaded:
    VoidBurger: What is it with David Cage games and pissing? Why does everyone piss? Is he one of those people that found it unrealistic that, like, in Zelda Link never goes to the bathroom?
    Chip Cheezum: That's like a thought that five-year-olds have, though! Like, I thought that when I watched Power Rangers, like 'When do they pee?! They never pee! When do they go to the bathroom?!'
  • No Tranquilizing Like Overtranquilizing: In MGS4, when Chip fails to maximize an enemy's crying meter, he simply knocks him out and practically covers his face and body in tranquilizer darts.
  • Noodle Incident: Played with during their Killer7 playthrough. Played straight when Ironicus asks if Chip passed the question on his physics test related to gutting a deer with his bare hands. Averted, when Chip, later in the video, explains that his physics professor took time out of class to show his students the decaying deer that had been sitting in his truck for hours.
    "The tongue was hanging out, there were flies on its face it was...ugh"
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In the final battle of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, when Senator Armstrong kicks Raiden like a football and he lands to the sound of a football crowd cheering, Chip hastily blurts outs "The football crowd cheering is not me, that's in the cutscene!"
  • One of Us: invoked Judging by this bit of commentary from MGS4:
    Otacon: She believes she can find the answers inside a machine hooked up to the world... she spends every day inside the net, exploring...
    Chip: Usually just making new pages on TV Tropes.
    • There's also the page quote of him asking us specifically to not quote him (which happened anyway), and noting his page in No More Heroes 2 Episode 1, also noting someone who edits the page.
    Chip: Damn you Alex!
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Any time Chip comes up with an 'original' character, chances are his name will be 'Hank', whether he's Chip's player-character in The You Testament, an expy for Goku, or Liquid Ocelot's "true identity".
  • Orphaned Punchline: A unique example, where in most cases due to commentary during cutscenes only being hearable on a second audio track or in an "uncut" version of a video, it's up to the viewer whether this trope is in effect or not. For instance, from Act 4 of Metal Gear Solid 4, during a cutscene in the offices where the Grey Fox fight took place in during MGS1, the duo start discussing the two MSX games in the series. For those watching the cut version, as soon as that cutscene ends and apparently apropos of nothing, Ironicus states that "they can retcon everything in that game except for poisonous Zanzibar hamsters".
  • Padding:invoked During the last few videos of the Metal Gear Solid 2 LP, Chip would deliberately do meaningless things just before cutscene triggers, joking that he's afraid of them.
  • Picky Eater
    Chip: I hate most food because it doesn't taste like candy.
  • Product Placement: Invoked by Chip at the beginning of the Uncharted 2 LP, trying to take advantage of blip.tv advertising money.
    Chip: Okay, look, Blip. There's a video game coming out, and I know you're going to advertise it, and I just want to say there's no better way to experience a video game than an Alienware gaming laptop, played at a local cafe.
    Ironicus: Yes. It makes you feel like you're in the game — to such a degree that you may embarrass yourself in public, but that's okay, because the experience is so strong.
    Chip: Yes. This Alienware gaming laptop comes with haptic feedback so that your laptop rumbles just like a rumble pack. It's a little inconvenient, but it's so immersive you won't believe how amazing Duke Nukem Forever is.
    • This is followed by the second episode being littered with sudden, highly intrusive advertisements for various products and restaurants.
  • Put on a Bus: Ironicus has had a nasty habit of turning up absent recently due to real life complications. It got to the point where the end of one of their LPs listed him as having died after recording.
    • The Bus Came Back: Since MGS4, though Peace Walker in co-op was also done without him, because he doesn't have a PS3.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Ironicus compares R4 (played by Chip) to a Mac, causing Chip to give his opinion on Macintosh machines.
    "I AM AN OVERPRICED COMPUTER MADE FOR GRAPHICS DESIGNERS WHO ARE TOO STUPID TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO ANYTHING WITH A PC"
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Discussed during The Wonderful 101. Ironicus feels like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance did this for Sunny, as opposed to Raiden, whom Ironicus never disliked. invoked
  • Rhymes on a Dime: "Time flies when Goofy dies", and "Jump in some hay, and you'll be A-OK".
  • Running Gag: Switching abruptly to a Cabela's hunting game and acting like nothing is unusual about this.
    • Referencing Resident Evil 4 at least once per LP.
      • Finally lampshaded by Ironicus in part 5 of Cabela's Dangerous Hunts.
    • Ironicus mispronouncing Lazarevic's name.
    • Every time a member of the B&B Corps shows up in a cutscene during Metal Gear Solid 4, Ironicus will say something to the effect of "You know what I don't like about Beauty and the Beast?" invoked
    • Ever since their Let's Play of No More Heroes, every "hard" mode in a given game must reference that "Many strong men await you".
    • During killer7, voice clips of Travis from No More Heroes can occasionally be heard in the background when the killer7 Travis is talking.
    • An example that only lasts one video: Senator Armstrong is a jerk.
    • Chip and Ironicus getting more and more impressed with Alice in The Wonderful 101, to the point where by the last levels, they're sure that she competently participated in the previous Earth Defense War, while being a fetus.
    • Chip's "Original Characters", which just amounts to poorly drawn picture or poorly edited pre-existing pictures, and they're always named "Hank."
  • The Scrappy: In The Wonderful 101, Ironicus takes an instant dislike to Professor Shirogane. invoked
    • The duo also develops a dislike of Luka as the game carries on.
    • Chip seems to really hate Naomi Hunter, especially in Metal Gear Solid 4, to the point that when the first boss in the game disguises herself as Naomi, Chip responds by shooting her with an RPG.
    • Iwazaru, to the point where Chip flat-out refuses to transcribe most of what he says or even talk to him about halfway through the LP.
  • The Scrooge: Chip gets accused of being this by Ironicus during the Metal Gear Solid 4 LP, because he insists on only recording footage on Wednesdays and Sundays (where you can get a 20% discount on all items purchasable with Drebin Points), and only stops once he gets to Act 5 (where you get a 50% discount every day).
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • When discussing childhood in the MGS1 LP:
      Chip: Everyone went, like, bonkers for gel pens. Even I did. I drew dragons and shit with them 'cause I was retarded as hell.
    • During the Bitter Mode fight against the final boss of No More Heroes, the two are discussing possible gimmicks for the video, and Ironicus suggests pretending they're fashion designers in the game's world:
    Ironicus: Ah, that'd be lame.
    Chip: Plus we'd have to sound gay, and we... (Ironicus laughs) Well, that's us all the time, so.
    Ironicus: I've had enough of that!
    • Late into Metal Gear Solid 3, Chip calls attention to a Viddler comment on one of their earlier videos which referred to the pair as "Shit Shitzum" and "General Lack of Intelligence". Ironicus responded by saying it was "pretty accurate".
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Chip achieved the "Tsuchinoko" rank in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater by capturing said animal and keeping it with him for the entire game. In the stream of Indigo Prophecy, he apparently aimed to pee in every single toilet in the game.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work: Frequently. For example, during Metal Gear Solid 4, Ironicus opined that it would be cooler to have the Octocamo suit capable of mimicking motion in real time, and Chip responds that Konami tried it and found it would take too much processing power. note 
  • Sophisticated as Hell: In Blood On the Sand, General Ironicus launches into a long reading about the sociological implications of ghetto vernacular from American Aparteid. At the end, he says "In conclusion, stop typing like you're ghetto, you fat white kids at your computers, God damnit!"
  • Stealth Parody: Chip's alter-ego, Chippowai. An insanely creepy, easily-distracted and only seldomly comprehensible otaku who's pretty much a gross exaggeration of bad YouTube LPers and people who defend said Youtube LPers.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: Ironicus and Chip, respectively, tend to commentate as this, with Ironicus usually having a much more level-headed approach. There's a bit of interlap, however, considering Ironicus' leaps of logic, and Chip's focus on being informative in his LPs.
  • Surreal Horror: The final Duck Dynasty video, simply titled "jl".
  • Stylistic Suck: The video for the Bitter Mode "run" of Letz Shake is done in a typical bad LP fashion, complete with jittery webcam footage.
    • His trailer for the Let's Play Wanking Session also has elements like terrible chroma keying, Hank the Chog, and INTUITIVE BORDERS.
  • Take That: The announcement that their Elemental Goddess videos were being hosted on their website came with an instructional video from Chip on character design. Where he tapes a picture of Goku to a drawing desk, sloppily traces over it with markers and names it Hank.
  • Tempting Fate: In the first part of The You Testament Let's Play, Ironicus wonders why you would ever need to jump in the game. This, combined with wonky game design, was what ended up making the game unwinnable in the last video.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: During the Rank 1 Bitter Mode fight in No More Heroes 2, Chip mentions that the fight footage was recorded around when he first got the game, roughly two full years prior. The reason? He started that fight on Bitter then, saw how incredibly hard it was going to be, and decided to record it right then and there just so, when he got to the inevitable LP, he would never have to play that fight on that difficulty ever again.
  • Time Travel Tense Trouble: Chip and Ironicus have a hard time explaining the timeframe in MINECRAFT:
    Ironicus: "At a point, isn't there a point where you have to start being skilled?", I thought at the time, is what I said then in the past!
    Chip: "I don't know how long I can keep doing this! I'm dying!" I said in the past.
    Ironicus: "I also had a hard time keeping straight the timeline of events! On the one hand, there was, at the time, her speaking in black and white, and then there was her speaking in color, which happened before that, and also before I was talking about it originally, which was before I'm talking about it now, and in the color part she's talking about an even-further-back time!
  • Updated Re-release: The last few updates of their MGS2 LP got re-uploaded to YouTube with "Uncut" versions, similar to the second audio track found in their later LP's. All of the LP's with second audio tracks later had their Uncut versions reuploaded in the same manner after the duo switched over entirely to Youtube from Blip.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Done often at the end of games after the credits, with highly unlikely results for the characters, usually ending in a preview for the next LP.
    • At the very end of the Metal Gear Solid 4 LP, showing what happened to the cast after the end of the game.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Ironicus discusses this in the lead-up to the Battle Royale event in No More Heroes 2, specifically how actual assassination has apparently gone from the actual point of the UAA to just the "second job" all of its members pretend they do when they're not fighting each other to climb the ranks.
  • You Monster!: Ironicus calls Chip this late in MGS4, after Chip recounts an incident in Civilization IV where he lost an aircraft carrier to a single tribalman chucking spears at it.