" Singles still come as two tracks in physical form there for christ's sake, even for stupid little garage bands "
—The host on how realistic the game is
Greatest Hit is a play by post game hosted by Fabong on the Official Nintendo Magazine forums. It is currently in its second 'round' (found here
) since the first one (found here
) finished. The idea of the game is to create a music star or band and lead them from obscurity to fame. The game is played over five years, with each year split into twelve months of four weeks each, with actions of varying lengths chosen by the players to create songs, albums, singles or just get their act into the public eye. The game is open to anyone with an account on the forums, and is relatively easy to pick up and play.
The effect of the player's actions is indirectly observed through the music publications posted after each phase of one month. Though several magazines have featured, the two main ones are Pop Monthly and Rhythm Review, which are written in a style so similar to each other they are interchangeable in all but logo. The game is not entirely serious and features many a Running Gag
and Self-Depreciation at the hands of both the host and players. Acts created by players eventually become Non-Player Characters, joining the ones created by the host specifically to function as good examples for players to follow. Event actions, one-off, unique actions available at certain times keep the game fresh and sometimes shake it up considerably.
The first game set the scene and introduced the strange alternative universe the game takes place in, showing off many features that would show up in the sequel, including superstar Alison Redd, the unusually dry city of Richmond, Virginia and the highly influential Beatles-expies, The Silver Quarrymen. The second game brought in a greater density of Non-Player Character releases, with at least one per month, and introduced many new characters and two new record labels. The third game is set to feature a heavier focus on event actions.
Excerpt from TV Tropes:
- Aborted Arc: The war with Algeria never materialised.
- Affectionate Parody: Many things are poked fun at but it's rarely in bad spirit.
- And Starring: Anybody who features on someone else's song will become this.
- All-Star Cast: Three Bands in Search of a Plot
- Alternate Reality Episode: Line of Sight's concept album is about another band, with the Technicalities taking this to the logical extreme and marketing the Hypotheticals work as an entirely different band. Things only get more complicated when the Hyptheticals and Detectives collaborate.
- Author Avatar: Fabong inserts himself into the game as a producer of music. Who eventually marries Jenna Fischer, just because.
- Band Toon: It is mentioned that The Moon are to receive one but nothing ever comes of it.
- Berserk Button: The host does not care for STMB or gobbadino, with the latter being the only player to ever be booted from the game.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: A common occurrence, given how seriously the game is (not) taken.
- Brick Joke: Richmond, Virginia reports no unusual rain.
- B-Side: All singles must come with one, as noted in the page quote.
- Butt Monkey: You don't need to look too hard to find them.
- The Bus Came Back: Subverted. Sir Xavier disappears from the game, but comes back for one of the movies. Turns out it's Back for the Dead as a Sacrificial Lion.
- Call Back: Very often, including call backs made across both rounds.
- Catch Phrase: Fabong has a few that he likes to abuse.
- "Excerpt from [Publication]" features in every single update.
- Fabong will always inform you of what month has just passed and what month is currently in play.
- Christmas Episode: Top of the Pops functions as this
- Cloud Cuckoo Land: Nothing here makes particular sense and most people are as bad as each other.
- Concept Album: Several, including some from Non Player Chracters and a few from Line Of Sight.
- Blackened Mist's Master Omni also counts, as it is a full narrative.
- Continuity Nod: It holds the games together, nothing goes unreferenced.
- Continuity Porn: Sometimes it gets pretty obscure with the nods. It's doubtful many of them are even noticed.
- Cover Version: They only take a week to make rather than a fortnight, so they're fairly popular, in fact The Moon even made an album just out of these.
- Fabong frequently pointed out how every B-Side seemed to be one of these.
- Dead Artists Are Better: The Silver Quarrymen were the most popular act in the game world, and that was before they died.
- Deadpan Snarker: Fabong, all the time. Some players are known to join in on the snark-related fun.
- Dead Baby Comedy: Infamously done by Working Title, which resulted in a near unanimous reaction of Dude, Not Funny!.
- Deus ex Machina: Funny how that hurricane appeared at just the right time to serve as a finale.
- Dimensional Traveller: In a reference to GH, the finale of Dimensional Dungeons also takes place in a destroyed Richmond, Virginia.
- Filler: Inevitable in a music game. The Technicalities refer to it by name in a song and Fabong is happy to admit many of his updates are pure filler.
- Future Badasses: 6teen in The Movie.
- Eccentric Millionaire: Tom and Eden, hosts of the Xenopine Festival, are said to be this.
- Egocentric Team Naming: One of the labels is based on Fabong's username.
- Epic Rocking: All the time. All Stars, All Right being a notable example, as it is written by several different characters and eventually functions as the game's final performance.
- I Heart My Little red Guitar, both as the closing song of Alison Redd's double album and as the finale to her Surround Sound Tour, where it is rocked Up to Eleven.
- Expy: The Silver Quarrymen are basically The Beatles.
- Line Of Sight also get a good holler at the band.
- Cheryl Cherri puts one in the mind of Marina Black.
- Friendly Rivalry: Fabong is keen to get players competing against each other in the name of making the game more exciting.
- Giant Mecha: Pseudo Pseudo Band have one in The Movie. Then they somehow steal it.
- Grand Finale: In the first game, it takes place in a ruined Richmond, Virginia.
- Greatest Hits Album: Yes, it's not just a name, players really do receive these eventually.
- Hidden Track: Some players like to hide the final track from those who buy their albums.
- Insistent Terminology: It's Richmond, Virginia not just Richmond.
- In The Style Of: A common thing, given the nature of the game.
- It Makes Sense in Context: Many of the running jokes. But some of them don't even make sense in context.
- It's Raining Men: Somehow becomes the first game's conclusion.
- Jukebox Musical: Named in the original game's movie event.
- Lampshade Hanging: A favourite pastime among both host and players.
- Lead Bassist: Amy Florini is this for 'her' band.
- Licensed Game: In-universe, a game is released featuring music from the players. It even gets a Chinese knock-off.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Taken to eleven in the first game, with Line of Sight.
- Live Album: Alison Redd, Line Of Sight and Blackened Mist all release one.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: You betcha, with many characters already inhabiting the world, the massive amount brought in by players each time is just icing on the cake.
- Long Title: AFR are responsible for this a few times.
- The Illusive Ham's book has a ridiculously long title.
- Metal Scream: Alison does one in A Metal Chick Today.
- Minimalistic Cover Art: Alison Redd In Mono features the title and the four suits on a plain background.
- It's a fairly common technique as it's easy to produce many of them quickly this way.
- Mundane Made Awesome: A simple lack of unusual rain is enough to make a place interesting.
- Narm: Both the Technicalities and Stardust make heavy use of this in their movies.
- Original Character: The game universe is almost entirely populated by these.
- Posthumous Collaboration: Moments is one of these between The Silver Quarrymen, Alison Redd, The Moon, The Illusive Ham and STMB.
- Previous Player Cameo: Acts from the first game are recycled as NPCs in the second.
- Punny Name: The Illusive Ham.
- Record Producer: Fabong and Poppet are both named as producers in-game.
- Retraux: Sir Xavier's retro remixes.
- The Rival: Once upon a time, The Moon and The Illusive Ham.
- Beersheba and Starduster become this in the second game due to their closeness in fame point ranking.
- Rooftop Concert: In reference to the well known Beatles concert.
- Running Gag: Richmond, Virginia's lack of unusual rain, Marina Black's alcohol obsession, Fabong's inability to tell the difference between Marina and Cheryl, Algerians receiving hate from The Illusive Ham, Kevin's manager and a whole bunch more.
- Self Depreciation: Fabong is fond of it, frequently calling his own game weird or silly.
- Self-Titled Album: A few, but notably Line Of Sight have two.
- Serious Business: Specifically avoided, successfully.
- Shameless Self-Promotion: The acts are not above this, with songs named after projects run by their respective players not being uncommon. Even the host is not above it at times.
- Shout-Out: Everything from a really bad Layton fanfic to a book of made up facts get referenced.
- To expand on the latter, Richmond's lack of unusual rain and even Fabong's nickname come from the Complete World Knowledge series of books by John Hodgman.
- The Beatles are referenced at every opportunity, with whole albums dedicated to being subtly like them. The Silver Quarrymen are the most blatant and enduring example.
- One update is written in the style of Dimensional Dungeons
- Stage Names: Beersheba And The Others and Starduster make prominent use of this.
- Stalker with a Crush: Line of Sight once serenaded John Barrowman, against his wishes.
- Story Arc: Several feature, including the Renegade Music arc which involves players creating a brand new label for themselves.
- Studio Chatter: Features on the BBC albums.
- Squick: All those Expunged labels really leave one wondering.
- Suspiciously Similiar Substitute: When the players were asked to come up with new acts for the sequel, a lot of this resulted.
- Trilogy: With Fabong's sudden reappearance, it's turned into this.
- The Movie: Each of the acts were given a chance to create one of these in the second act, with a mixture of dramatic, serious movies and self-mocking movies starring the acts as themselves being spawned.
- Uncancelled: With Fabong's departure from the forum, it looked like GH 2 was going to be the end. Then GH 3 came out of the blue...
- Uncommon Time: Blackened Mist are fond of it, being a metal band.
- Features in One Of The Beautiful People several times too.
- Wham Episode: The first BBC album, the finale, the final Thunder Festival's riot and the movie event.
Have super fun times!