Doomsday Arcade is a comedy web series shown on The Escapist. The show tells the harrowing tale of two average civilians named Michael Lunds and Michael Shanks who are trapped in the middle of a shocking doomsday scenario: Video game characters NPCs have found a way into the real world and are out to win their freedom from the oppressive Users users. On the way, they not only exact their Genre Savvy-ness on various game characters, new and old, but also discover that there might be a deeper reason behind the invasion which revolves around them.Let's be honest, though, you're really in it for the puns and references. Especially the numerous lampshade hangings of not only these puns, but also various game cliches in general. In short, this is one to watch...
Tropes which Doomsday Arcade provides examples of:
Author Avatar: Shanks, who pointedly directed, wrote, and starred in the series (as himself). Narcissism has indeed reached new, staggering heights.
Badass: Many people, but special mention goes to Bruce and Billy Mitchell.
Cultural Cringe: Zigzagged with Bruce, who is an enormously silly Aussie stereotype, but also the series's most Badass character and one of its most effectual heroes (the most effectual, in fact, if you ignore all the things the Michaels do by accident).
Not to mention that one bit in the Bioshock episode where she stabs a man in cold blood and maintains her sociopathic smile throughout.
Noodle Incident: The only clue as to what GFYA stands for is a fist being rammed through something wet. They eventually reveal it as Go fist your arsehole!
Not forgetting of course The Man Upstairs: more of a noodle character since in the series finale there's quite a long skit about how they're not revealing his identity because he's never going to meet people's expectations. Also kinda counts as a Lampshade Hanging
Offingthe Offspring: Odd meta example, Shanks' father actually played some of the series' roles, some of which had him trying to murder his son's character.
Overly Long Gag: Anyone who was in the middle of a combat situation would not load an old-fashioned gun extremely slowly.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Michaels start one to avenge some innocent random dude they assume was messily killed by the NPCs in a room they teleported in, completely unaware that they had accidentally telefragged him upon entering.