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"It's like TRON Backwards."

"Even in the face of the apocalypse, gamers are uptight pricks."

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:

  • Brick Joke: Duke Nukem - viewers are going to LOVE how much of a time gap there is in this brick joke...
  • I Have Many Names: The Dicelord, in his introductory speech, says he goes by many names, including The Creator, The Dungeon Master, and Richard Gariott.
    • Which is a little weird, because Richard Gariott was in the room with him at the time.
  • Idiot Ball: The Michaels tend to juggle this thing between each other and hold the thing tightly between themselves at some instances.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The first one of many puns...
    Mario: "I have a dream...cast.
  • Killed Off for Real: Laser Cat, The GFYA, Bruce, Gary
  • Land Downunder: Bruce is every single Australian stereotype crammed into one person and heavily exaggerated. And then, he karate-chopped his heart out and replaced it with a live grenade.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Michaels are being hunted because of their suppressed memories of working on ''Polybius.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Colonel Nefarious - a name you can finally trust.
    • Which is why it is surprising that he doesn't.
    • 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.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Attempted in Episode 2; poor, poor Russian Bride.
  • 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.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Gary the Red Pyro; Her Parents were dickheads.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Verbose Matt
  • Shout-Out: So many. Some are blatantly obvious, but some are rather subtle, such as Lord British going into space and the urban legend-based arcade game Polybius.
    "Look at this report! It makes no sense! No periods, no commas, no punctuation! Take it back!" This is fuelled further by the likelihood of the man with the report being Yahtzee.
  • Take That!: Michael Atkinson and Alyx Vance.
    • The former is understandable, considering the Australian origins of the show.
  • Taking You with Me: Bruce to Kratos, using his grenade heart.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Donkey Kong. He pops up in the title sequence a lot, and appears in the first episode...and that's about it.