is a Web Original
series created by the guys who brought you Red vs. Blue
and the Rooster Teeth Shorts
. In it, Burnie Burns determines that many things that are taken for granted in Video Games
- gaming's own tropes, if you will - simply don't work in real life.
Or do they? With the help of his set- and costume-designer friend Griffon Ramsey, he decides to go and test scientifically if some of the things in video games are in fact possible, like a gamer's MythBusters
They have nine episodes at time of writing:
- "Video Game Car": In games like Grand Theft Auto, you drive a car in third-person, with the camera about 10 feet behind. Could that possibly work in real life?
- "Online Gaming Distractions": In Call of Duty and other online shooters, some of the more rude players can be quite distracting. But would a real combat specialist be distracted by random sexual and ethnic slurs?
- "Fighting Girl Clothes": In a lot of Japanese fighting games like Soul Calibur, the women's clothing can be pretty scanty. Just how practical would it be to fight in that kind of clothing?
- "Side Scrolling": It's strange how people can seem to orient themselves so well in side-scrolling games like Super Mario Bros.. It must be easy to do it in real life then, right?
- "Video Game Inventory Systems": In Doom, your character carries a shotgun, rocket launcher, BFG and many other guns - all at once. How would a real person cope with this?
- "Video Game Food": In games, whenever your character is hurt the only thing that makes them feel better is food. Would that work in real life?
- "Zombie Headshots": In comparison to zombie games like Left 4 Dead, would it really be that easy for an average person in real life to just pick up a firearm and be able to shoot zombies in the head?
- "Food Special": A special episode shown at PAX East 2011, which has no video game tie-in. We all know that artificial flavoring doesn't taste like real fruit, but if you put purple flavor into a grape, would anyone notice?
- "Horde Mode RTX Special": Geoff and Gus have already shown their relative ability to face off with Zombies. It gets moved to practical application when they are on the receiving end of a Zombie Apocalypse.
Often features Griffon's husband Geoff Ramsey and his friend Gus Sorola, also both longtime members of Rooster Teeth Productions and cast of Red vs. Blue
, usually getting themselves hurt somehow.
Find it here.
In a visit to Supanova with Gavin Free, Burnie confirmed that they would be shooting a new series in late 2012/early 2013... and the people in the driving seats will be Gavin himself, as well as Michael Jones
. Shooting was confirmed to have started in Spring 2013, for a presumed summer release.
Season 2 commenced on May 22, 2013, with the release of the season 2 episode "Simulation Racer".
This series includes examples of:
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Implied in "Fighting Girl Clothes".
- May alternatively be implying something about the muscleman Griffon was oiling up earlier in the episode.
- Badass Longcoat: Anyone observing the experiment typically has one on standby, and many people are shown wearing one in the Series 2 intro.
- BOOM Headshot: In "Zombie Headshots".
- Butt Monkeys: Geoff and Gus in season 1.
- As of season 2, Gavin and Michael.
- Cluster F-Bomb: The whole point of "Online Gaming Distractions".
- Deadpan Snarker: Griffon.
- Demoted to Extra: In season 2, since Gavin and Michael are the new test subjects, Geoff and Gus are no longer needed to reprise their previous roles. Gus seems to have joined the experiment team with actually setting up (or at least explaining) the tests, and Geoff doesn't appear at all.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Gus trips on his first step in "Inventory Systems" and never completes the obstacle course.
- Duct Tape for Everything
- Fanservice: In "Fighting Girl Clothes", for sure.
- For Science!
- Gag Censor: "Fighting Girl Clothes" uses images of slang for female body parts to censor said body parts.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Red vs. Blue fans will be able to recognize Church as one of the guys in a labcoat and Grif and Simmons as the test subjects.
- Hidden Depths: Geoff's military career is brought up a lot more here than any other Rooster Teeth production.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: Parodied, when eating lots of stale food unsurprisingly fails to make either test subject feel better.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Averted majorly: They force Geoff and Gus to carry the entire arsenal from Doom. Gus can barely move with all that gear on him.
- Recycled In Space: It's MythBusters WITH VIDEO GAMES!
- Shout Out: The entire show is arguable built on this.
- Special Guests: "Online Gaming Distractions" featured the guys from Mega 64 berating the soldier.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Half of the premise is the interaction between mad scientist Burnie and his test subject friends.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Well, you don't see the puke, but you can hear it pretty easily in "Video Game Food".
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Michael throws up in the car, we see a bag full of his liquid vomit. He then tries throwing it to Gavin, who almost gags and loses control of the car he's driving virtually. Twice, he flips the video game car due to this.
- Worth It: Gus can be heard to claim that being humiliated in his attempt to carry 200lb of weapons at once was worth it for a single beer.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The RTX special.