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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. 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.

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 you can find at ustream:

     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 (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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Metal Gear Solid 2 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Snake Eater 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Genre Shift: Rez and Condemned were done by Chip alone, with subtitles instead of voice commentary. Zone of the Enders was 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.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: invoked Lampshaded in the Xin riff.
    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.
  • 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: Snake Eater 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
      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: Possibly due to commentary during cutscenes only being hearable on a second audio track:
    General Ironicus: "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"
  • 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.
  • The Scrappy: In The Wonderful 101, Ironicus takes an instant dislike to Professor Shirogane. invoked
  • 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).
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • When discussing childhood in the Metal Gear Solid 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/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.
  • 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 that if he waited to record it during the inevitable LP, it would take too long.
  • 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 Metal Gear Solid 2 LP got re-uploaded to YouTube with "Uncut" versions, similar to the second audio track found in their later LP's.
  • "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.
  • You Monster!: Ironicus calls Chip this, after Chip recounts an incident in Civilization IV where he lost an aircraft carrier to a single tribalman chucking spears at it.

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