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Welcome to the time-dilated TV Tropes page for Loading Ready Live!, a spin-off project developed by Canadian-based internet comedy troupe LoadingReadyRun, where members of the cast host various live-streaming content via TwitchTV to all of the lovely peoples of the interwebs on a weeklynote  basis. It exists as one of the promises for the Final, Eleventh Season of Loading Ready Runnote  (the series, not the troupe!) which was funded entirely by fans through Kickstarter.

The live-streaming is broken down by individual shows, each hosted by one (or more) cast members from Loading Ready Run, which have their own distinct theme based on the interests of the person hosting it.

    Current Shows and Schedule 
The current schedule, arranged in order of streaming on a normal week (streams mostly run one right after the other on a given day):
  • Checkpoint Plus: [Mondays] Hosted by Graham and Kathleen (with occasional appearances by Paul) A satirical look at gaming news, in a style reminiscent of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. A hold-over from Penny Arcade TV after it shut down, LRR retained the rights to the series and now films it live on stream, and hosts an aftershow where the cast discusses gaming news with the live Twitch chat.
  • Matters of Import: [Alternating Mondays] Join resident Japan… “experts” Beej and Ian as they fumble their way through untranslated import games, and discuss the game’s culture and trivia along the way. (Games might not always be Japanese, but mostly).
  • Tinker Tailor Solder Fry: [Alternating Mondays] Ian leads this hands-on DIY show that is not a “how to” but more of a “let’s try!” Join Ian and various cohosts, as they attempt new crafting and DIY projects. Let’s learn together!
  • Newday Tewsday: [Tuesdays] The crew plays newly-released games.
  • Mine O'Clock:: [Wednesdays] James and friends play Minecraft.
  • Watch and Play: [Alternating Wednesdays] Once, on Alex's stream, Graham hijacked the show for something he called 'Inflict A Bad Game On Alex'. That game was Prayer Warriors: All Out For God, and the experience shared between him, Alex, and Cameron was nothing short of magical. Since then, a new show was created, where Graham can force Alex to play crummy games every week, to the amusement of everyone! (except Alex).
  • Let's NOPE: [Alternating Wednesdays] A continuation of the extremely popular Kickstarter bonus play-through of Outlast staring Kathleen, Alex and Spoopifer Teh Goast, with Graham supervising as they play a horror game. Brace for Maximum Spoop. Alex hosts, sometimes with a rotating co-pilot.
  • Crossing the Streams: [Wednesdays] The crew gets together to play a multiplayer game. Shenanigans abound.
  • 18 Games and Counting: [Thursdays] James and Paul play whatever game is 18th most popular game streaming on Twitch at 9 AM on Thursday, no matter what it is.
  • LRRMTG (Loading Ready Run; Magic: The Gathering): [Thursdays] Graham, James and occasionally Cam play Magic: The Gathering Online where they stream virtual drafts of their favorite card game- once they did one draft a stream; currently they can be expected to do two. Typically the most-watched stream in a normal broadcast week. (Between rounds of a particular draft, while waiting for other games to wrap up, random games of Geoguessr may break out.)
  • Talking Simulator: [Thursdays] Games have a lot to say, but they’re not great at doing the talking, so Alex and Cameron are going to bring their unique perspectives on narrative, tone, art direction, and theme to this discussion of games as a medium.
  • AFK: [Saturdays] Various members of the crew play some manner of non-video game. (Read: Board and card games.)
    • The Long Game: [Thursdays] A spin-off of AFK specifically for board games that require multiple sessions, such as HeroQuest or legacy style games.
  • Dice Friends: [Monday] LRR's short-form Tabletop RPG campaign show and podcast.
  • Now Kiss!:: Kathleen and Heather play various flavors of Dating Sim, ranging from the straightforward to the strange.
  • Adam's Gamehaus: [Saturdays] — Adam Savidan does his own thing, making the most of the time he has to hang out, usually streaming far longer than anyone else in a given week. Whatever it is he decides to play, Adam will attack it with infectious enthusiasm, sometimes for the entire day.
  • LoadingReadyLIVE: [Monthly] LRR's flagship stream! One part Variety Show, one part Panel Game, one part late-night Talk Show, many parts whatever-the-crew-can-think-up, and 100% LoadingReadyRun.
  • Rhythm Cafe: [Sundays] Ian and Heather play a Rhythm Game.

    Discontinued Shows 
  • The Crapshoot: The crew writes, shoots and edits a skit live on stream with input from viewers.

If you miss a scheduled show, however, not to fear! The streams were, briefly, being pulled and posted to YouTube by a viewer or viewers unknown, but since then has been posted to LRR Live's own YouTube channel, primarily due to the frequent complaints about Twitch's archive service.

You can find their Twitch channel here! Or, you can check out previous streams on their YouTube archive here!


Tropes that apply to LoadingReadyLive as a whole:

  • Drinking Game: You can find the rules here. It's mostly constructed by the fans (with some help from the crew)
  • Halloween Episode: Not actually aired on Halloween, but part of 'The YRR of LRR' kickstarter campaign included 200 bids for ten minutes of a special horror-game play-through called 'Let's NOPE! with Kathleen and Alex' in which they were forced to play Outlast with Graham supervising. The 200 bids sold out almost immediately, and the runaway success spawned the bi-weekly Let's NOPE! stream show which appears on weeks opposite Watch and Play!
  • IT'S FINE, EVERYTHING IS FINE: Used throughout all of the streams in lieu of panicking. A reference to one of LRR's sketches, EVERYTHING IS FINE (The idea of which itself came from Cam streaming XCOM impossible ironman). Also to a lesser extent, the crew (particularly Cam, Alex and Graham) tends to deflect concerning questions with an offhand "It's fine, don't worry about it."
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The Crossing the Streams! special events that usually involve Graham, Alex, and at least one other guest, usually James.
  • Medal of Dishonor: Anyone who happens to get charged for a death that puts the channel's counter over a multiple of 1,000 (known as a 'kilodeath') will hear about it at least until the next kilodeath comes along. Most often, this will be Alex.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Something which happens often.
  • Running Gag: So many. The stream's fan-built chatbot 'LRRbot' keeps track of many of them:
    • The Storm Counter - aka how many stream subscribers LRR had that day. (Named after the Storm mechanic from Magic: The Gathering)
    • Diamonds - For getting diamonds in Minecraft; often co-opted for other games that have some kind of collectible MacGuffin.
    • Bus-Stops - a holdover from Desert Bus for Hope; used most often as a joke.
    • Bawks - A counter for each time Alex makes a startled chicken sound. (Which is often)
    • Deaths - How many times players died in a video game. It keeps track of the deaths in the individual game, as well as deaths across the entirety of Loading Ready Live.
    • Russells - How many Creepy Crows have been spotted. Originates from Unskippable.
  • Viewers Like You: TwitchTV has a subscription service where viewers can pledge $4.99USD each month to the stream owner in thanks for their content. As such, LRR cast-members have taken steps to personally thank each and every user that subscribes. Of course, this has led to viewers registering with silly usernames for the heck of it, but LRR doesn't seem to mind, since they still get the donation for it.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Twitch is notoriously fiddly in terms of its settings. Combined with their temperamental streaming software, and the potentially buggy state of the games LRR streams, and you have a perfect storm of signal drops, lost picture, and warbly sound. They've had to resort to using their 'Short Break' message card as a stand-in for 'Technical Difficulties' on more than one occasion.
  • Write Back to the Future: Due to the lag in Twitch's stream, the time between when a viewer posts a message, and when a LRR member actually sees it can be as much as 30 seconds. As such, sending messages directly the LRR cast seems to involve the worst parts of time travel.

Tropes specific to each show:

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    Beej's Backlog 
  • The Dead Have Names: During Beej's playthrough of Pikmin 2, the chat has made sure to name each and every Pikmin killed by Beej. Even if 92 of them die in a single group.

    House Of Stark 
  • The Alcoholic: During his stream of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Graham would reward subscribers by consuming alcohol (in-game), leading to oddities like Adam Jensen downing an entire bottle of vodka during a stealth mission
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:invoked According to Graham, Chris Redfield is not a battle-hardened survivor of Raccoon City, but actually a drunken boat-anchor weighing down his team, and pretty much has to be babysat by the co-op player character Piers.
  • Bullet Dancing: During a stream of Destiny, Graham decided that when someone subscribed to the channel, he would make his character dance. It was quickly realized that Graham would dance even in the middle of a firefight. The result was that not only did they get a lot of subscribers that day, but people waited until Graham (and wingmen Matt and Ian) were in the gravest possible danger before confirming their subscription, in the hopes of causing this trope. Amazingly, Graham managed to avoid dying in the middle of a dance save for one time... when James subscribed.
  • Companion Cube: Graham has a bizarre habit of befriending inanimate objects on his stream. The most notable example being 'Friend Balloon' during Resident Evil 6.
  • Funny Background Event: A hobo zombie tries to have a slap-fight with Chris Redfield during Graham's playthrough of Resi-Evil 6. See it here.
  • Insistent Terminology: It's not Resident Evil 6, it's Resident Evil: Man Fellating Giraffe. Why? Look at the box art; now you'll never un-see it.
  • The Nicknamer: Graham rarely, if ever, used the actual names of the characters in RE 6.
  • You Can See That, Right?: Graham's reaction to the three-story 'super-zombie' during the Piers/Chris campaign in RE6
    Graham: [Pause] Uhm... question: ya'll see that, right? I haven't had too much peanut sauce?

  • Bilingual Bonus: During Alex's playthrough of Metro: Last Light, we find out Cameron can read Greek.
    Cameron: [Sounding out a Russian road-sign]
    Alex: Wait, you can read that?!
    Cameron: Well Cyrillic is heavily based in Greek, right?
    Alex: You can read Greek!?
  • Cluster Shit Bomb: One of Alex's many, many panic reactions goes something to the tune of "Shit! Double shit! Thirty shits! At least fifty-seven shits!" and continues spiraling upward from there.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: During his play-through of Metro: Last Light, Alex kept pulling out his battery dynamo. When he'd go to put it away, he'd end up throwing his grenades instead.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Alex reaches it about an hour and 18 minutes into the Prayer Warriors playthrough.
    Alex: I'm right there with you, Cam... there is no mirth to be had here; only unending existential horror.
  • Fantastic Racism: Alex claims to be racist towards animated skeletons. To be fair, skeletons keep trying to kill him in the games he plays (primarily Minecraft and Dark Souls) so its less about him hating the skeletons, and more about the skeletons hating him.
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: Alex has been subjected to Horror games (and horrible games) against his will, to the point that every strange thing that happens on-stream is typically met with fear. The response either manifests as a startled chicken sound (a 'bawk!') or an imitation of the 'No-no-no kitty' YouTube video.
  • Gigantic Gulp: Alex decides that drinking two dozen bottles of vodka in one sitting would be a good idea while playing STALKER It goes about as well as could be expected.
    Alex: Boy, are we ever drunk...
    Cam: It's like I'm at PAX again.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Alex actually adapts (and quickly) to playing Prayer Warriors... which means he has to keep playing Prayer Warriors.
    Alex: I'm offended that I'm getting better at this.
  • Guide Dang It!: Prayer Warriors was so poorly-made, its entire existence is one long example of this. Menus are incomprehensible, controls require three arms to operate, and the in-game instructions are complete gibberish.
    Graham: Pick up the scroll, it'll explain everything.
    Alex: Oh, will it? I suspect it will explain exactly nothing.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Discussed. Alex and Cam comment on how Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World being used in an ironic context has outstripped its 'legitimate' usage.
    Alex: You could put that over anything and automatically make it The Worst. [...] Like, "We'll just play this over the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and it'll be really poignant n' shit..."
  • Shout-Out: The title is a reference to Doom's God-Mode cheat: 'iddqd'
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Alex's promise to the stream is to attempt to blow something up for a new subscriber, whenever possible; not every game he plays allows for this.
  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: In Prayer Warriors, the drugs themselves are armed with knives and machine guns.
    Graham: Why would you take drugs... out of a test tube?
    Cam: Especially when it's carrying a MAC-10...
  • You Can See That, Right?: Invoked during the Prayer Warriors episode:
    Alex: [The game inexplicably changes levels to something bizarre] Cam... please tell me you're seeing the same thing I am...
    Cam: Oh God I hope not!

    Kathleen Saves The World 
  • Cluster F-Bomb: To be fair, Kathleen started her series playing Atlus games, so it was to be expected.
    Kathleen: My face hurts from snarling.
  • Our Slogan Is Terrible: Kathleen's promise to the stream is to cobble together a shady business slogan or jingle using only the subscriber's username as inspiration. Most of the products and services advertised this way are 'dubious' at best, and horrific at worst.
  • Shout-Out: The logo for Kathleen's stream is a reference to the older, sprite-based Final Fantasy games.

    A Swiftly Tilting Cameron 
  • Black Comedy
  • Comically Serious
  • Dead Baby Comedy: Invoked when Lars repeatedly threatens to hammer Spacebar during Cam's play-through of Dark Souls.
    Cam: I swear to God Lars your mother should've eaten you while your bones were still soft!
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Cam wanted to conquer Civ 5 through violence. He brought about world peace instead.
    Cam: I accidentally destroyed a world of conflict and brought forth an age of peace... Shit!
  • Pragmatic Despotism: "Our people desire Freedom? ...that's inconvenient for us."
  • Shout-Out: Cam has stated that the show's title is a deliberate reference to the Madeleine L'Engle novel A Swiftly Tilting Planet.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Cam knows this all too well when he starts playing Civilization 5.
    Lars: Wait, are we gonna lose?
    Cam: Oh don't be ridiculous; we're playing on Emperor Difficulty... we were never gonna win.
  • Tranquil Fury: Cam is legitimately frightening when a game frustrates him. While his peers tend to vent in an amusing, exaggerated manner, Cameron seethes.
  • We Have Reserves: And if you subscribe during A Swiftly Tilting Cameron, you too can have the honor of attaching your name to an untrained sack of meat and testosterone that will no-doubt die horribly during Cam's Impossible Iron-Man difficulty play-through of X-COM: Enemy Within!
    • Subverted slightly in that Cam values high-ranking marines in X-COM for their effectiveness, and mourns the amount of time, effort, and luck that was invested in getting them to that point.

    Watch and Play! 
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny: The Quivering, which was intended to be funny, had gags so unrelentingly awful that Graham began reading from a pun-filled joke book he'd bought years earlier at a thrift store, on the theory that they'd still be an improvement on what the game was delivering. He was right.
  • Spin-Off: Of the hugely-popular hijacked IDDQDERP stream 'Graham Inflicts A Bad Game On Alex' in which Alex was made to play Prayer Warriors: All Out For God to the amusement of Graham and Cameron.

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