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Slapping on the Mega Man due to lack of any original avatar art!

Retrochallengegamer is a Let's Player who started up on March 20, 2013. He focuses mainly on Challenge Let's Plays. He has stated he will not cover everything in each game he plays nor explore out the extra content found within; his primary purpose is to see if the main portion of each game played is possible given the challenge he sets for himself. He is sometimes accompanied by his wife, referred to as 'Mrs. Retrochallengegamer.' Some of their banter during the commentary can be hilarious given the context of the video and him having to explain various gameplay concepts to her as they are playing. At the end of every play series, he gives a final difficulty score rating to the game and basic thoughts about playing the challenge; it finally ends on a running tally between how many challenges he's successfully completed and how many he's failed.

His videos on YouTube are found here. You can follow him on Twitter here. His Twitch channel can be viewed here.

    Games Retrochallengegamer has finished 

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    Games Retrochallengegamer has streamed / No Challenges 
- Listed below are only streams that have existing uploaded videos found [here] and [here].

Tropes associated with Retrochallengegamer and his videos:

  • 100% Completion: Defied, Knowing that his challenges will pertain to the main core game material, optional content is usually not explored.
  • Cliffhanger: Ending several videos right before certain bosses or exciting bits.
    • In his Beyond Good & Evil Let's Play, he ends part 21 right before the final boss battle at the climax of the entire game!
    • So many infuriating cliffhangers are in his The Walking Dead Let's Play that it is almost guaranteed he'll have many more in the second season of the game series.
    • Struck once again in his Secret of Mana playthrough where he ends part 51 right before the climatic battle with Thanatos in his Dark Lich form.
    • And another prime example is his Final Fantasy VI stream playthrough where the penultimate episode 86 ends right as the final boss, Kefka, descends from the heavens. He ends it right there, saving the final battle for the last episode.
  • Content Warnings: Originally starting with his Quake II and Prey Let's Plays, he places before every video a ESRB Mature logo, warning of the potential content in said videos. He continues this with most ESRB Teen rated games as well.
  • Death Montage: Typically shown at the end of platform game videos, sometimes in a hilarious parody of old black and white comedy reels.
  • Delayed Reaction: RCG usually has his play series recorded sometimes months in advance before the actual upload date; this leads to him being unable to respond or utilize any tips or tricks viewers give him in the comments.
    • Averted with his Oblivion Twitch stream where it was live every Thursday where he responds immediately to any tips viewers call out.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Rarely cusses in his videos and prefers to make them family friendly by doing so. Even putting content warnings in front of mature videos to get the point across. If he does sometimes slip and blurt out a cuss word, he usually masks it with a Chocobo wark.
  • Heroic BSoD: When realizing he doesn't have the skill to beat level 8 in The Legend of Zelda on his three heart run. He completely breaks down and has to lose to his very first challenge.
    • Another one where he fails at his first fan-game challenge with Mega Man Unlimited; where he could not complete Wily stage 4 with his challenge rules. He makes up for this by displaying all parts of the level being accomplished with the M.Buster and splicing his attempts together.
  • Mood Whiplash: Going from Mega Man, to The Walking Dead, to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, to Prey (2006), then Myst...he tends to jump around a lot with the variety of games he plays.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Zigzagged, in all other appearances and references, he refers to himself as RCG. However when naming the main character in the video games themselves, he always uses his real name of Matthew.
  • Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Averted slightly, he never outright asks viewers to subscribe, like or follow him. There was once a small annotation at the bottom at the start of all his videos advertising subscribing, but since YouTube did away with that, there is now nothing.
  • Schedule Fanatic: It appears that his YouTube specific videos are released on a consistent 'every-other-day' schedule. Even with this schedule, there are exceptions with the most notable being the advent of his Twitch channel, where his The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion stream videos were released as soon as he got the time to render and upload them throughout the week following the stream.
    • Averted completely when, in 2017, RC Gamer stated in a V Log video that life threw some tough times at him and he had to stop creating videos to take care of more important matters. — Update: Although it seemed he might be back on track in 2018, it seems 2019 is another bad year and no videos being uploaded. A Vlog video the year prior was uploaded to anticipate this.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: The entire purpose of the channel, really. Although he does do a few Fun Runs of games that wouldn't be logical if you attached a challenge to them.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: Has this at the end of every video but does sometimes forget.
    • Used to be just "See you later!", but changed in recent video series to this: "See you later and stay retro!"
  • Special Guest: Not as often, but his wife does hop in on full play series to commentate on his playing; often times to the hilarity of both viewer and RCG himself.
    • A new friend named Jesse has joined a few of RCG's play series, notably appearing firstly in his Mario Kart 8 run and again in his Serious Sam 4 let's play, with more series upcoming scheduled to have Jesse appear for co-commentary.
    • In recent years, RCG's two kids can be sometimes heard inputting their two cents during gameplay, if not outright co-op playing with Retrochallengegamer.
  • The Faceless: For the first two years, he was just a faceless voice. Starting with his 2015 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Twitch stream and his Super Metroid LP, he has started showing his face a lot more often on camera.
    • Played straight with his wife since she seems to refuse to be on camera even during co-commentary runs.
  • Verbal Tic: Tends to say 'All Right.' after a bunch of situations/events. Also tends to say 'So...' during many a pause in commentary.