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An index for video games that are primarily comedic.

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Proposed By:
aerojockey on May 5th 2016 at 1:05:01 AM
Last Edited By:
AHI-3000 on Feb 26th 2018 at 11:55:10 PM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: trope

Most popular video games are serious business. Although many video games do have funny moments or jokes thrown in, the game itself is by and large played straight. But for some games, the main purpose of the game is not to be serious, but to make you laugh. The game may or may not be otherwise entertaining or challenging gameplay-wise.

A game shouldn't appear on this list just because it has a few jokes in it. For a comedy game, a large percentage of the game should played for laughs rather than played straight. But that doesn't mean it can have no serious scenes or be played straight at times. A good way to decide if a game is comedy is whether it would be considered a comedy if it were a movie.

Super-trope to Parody Video Games. Compare and contrast this with Deconstruction Game.


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Feedback: 49 replies

May 5th 2016 at 5:39:11 PM

Kinda tempted to add previous Crash games, but they do have some serious plots, just with some good humor on the side.

May 6th 2016 at 2:23:38 AM

I'm too tired to add any examples today, but I am thinking a good question to ask yourself if game should be on the list is: "If this game were a movie, would the movie be a comedy?" I don't think the King Quest series would be, nor Portal. They'd be fantasy and sci-fi/action movies. Goat Simulator woud be. Most of the other games listed I haven't played. In fact a big reason I submitted this list is I wanted to play more funny games.

May 6th 2016 at 2:43:16 AM

^ The thing is I don't know "how much comedy" would be enough according to you to be considered a comedy game. Should it be only 100% comedy without any Mood Whiplash? Would a serious World Of Snark like Saints Row counts? Games like TF 2, Portal, Undertale and the Mario RPGs are some of the funniest works I know, even including books and films, but they also have good gameplay.

By the way I don't understand why you included Psychonauts in that list if you consider Portal not fitting here, for me it is a good game before being a (very dark) comedy. For the Kings Quest games, I must admit that I only know the ones played by Game Grumps and the first games in the series might not be that funny, but the latter are, though to a lesser degree than Space Quest and Leisure Suit Larry.

May 6th 2016 at 4:57:11 PM

^^ I don't know. Obviously my attempt at criteria was not very good. But there isn't much controversy over which movies are comedies. So forget what I said. If the game were a movie would it be a comedy? That's probably the only critieria that's not going to have gotchas.

BTW, I'd say it's disingenuous to submit games you haven't actually played, let alone games you haven't even watched live streams of. If you watched some King's Quests on live stream, then you got the MST 3 K version of the ones you watched, and no clue about the ones you didn't. If you want to resubmit a list of games you actually played, I'll consider them.

May 7th 2016 at 4:28:29 AM

Maybe you can find VG examples of the silly side of Sliding Scale Of Silliness Vs Seriousness.

May 15th 2016 at 11:17:40 PM

There's also Pyst and Microshaft Winblows 98, which were published by Parroty Interactive, a division of Palladium Interactive whose specialty is, well, you guessed it, parody video games.

May 29th 2016 at 10:44:54 AM

Would Grand Theft Auto V qualify? Much of the game has a very cynical sense of humor and satire, especially compared to the previous games, which were played straight for the most part.

May 29th 2016 at 5:00:01 PM

Perhaps Cho Aniki would count? The bizarre music alone could wrestle a laugh out of a player. Also, the sheer Macho Camp element is enforced and parodied.

Aug 20th 2016 at 2:49:49 PM

Bumping, because I noticed that Parody Video Games has been launched.

Aug 20th 2016 at 5:23:02 PM

Platformer

  • Boogerman from 1994, originally for Super Nintendo, by Interplay.

Sep 13th 2016 at 12:08:10 PM

Has anyone actually taken this over? The OP hasn't updated this since about May, and it seems ready to launch outside of the lack of examples on the actual page.

Sep 14th 2016 at 9:35:23 AM

Should we add all those individual games that everyone mentioned, or just the series/franchise that they belong to?

Sep 15th 2016 at 3:24:23 AM

^ many other game genre pages list individual games, so you do that too here.

Sep 15th 2016 at 7:08:03 PM

Also Plants Vs Zombies along with its sequels and spin-offs.

Sep 22nd 2016 at 10:10:41 AM

^ I think most of Jmtb02's games would count.

Sep 22nd 2016 at 2:17:53 PM

I'd hate to be a buzzkill, but we need to ask if a form of Genera is a trope.

Sep 22nd 2016 at 2:44:25 PM

^ This is supposed to be an Index for Works in the genre, not a Trope.

Oct 14th 2016 at 12:55:34 PM

... how does this have 10 hats when it basically has no examples?!?

That said, I also have some issue with a lot of the examples suggested. Are we suggesting "game that has humor" is the same as a "comedic game"?

Oct 14th 2016 at 1:29:25 PM

Humor needs to be the primary point of the game, and that needs to be made very clear in the description, or else people will add games that just so happen to have humor. Bold text that people can't miss. Because clearly, the people giving examples to this here aren't reading it.

Nov 2nd 2016 at 10:38:53 AM

Shouldn't we expand this list with examples now?

Jan 15th 2017 at 9:48:39 AM

This list needs to be expanded.

Aug 15th 2017 at 11:35:54 AM

Sort them by mechanical genre (adventure, FPS, platformer etc.).

Feb 26th 2018 at 11:52:33 PM

Well, this page has been sitting around for too long. Now that I've finally updated this list, I think it's ready for launch.

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