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Video Game High School is the latest project from YouTube star Freddie Wong.

In the near future, video games have become the most popular spectator sport. The only way to catch up to the improbably skilled professional players is to graduate from the eponymous Video Game High School. The story starts when young Brian D. finds himself catapulted into infamy when the next big star, known only as The Law, loses to him in a pub-stomp gone wrong. Now Brian has to put up with the pressures of high school, as well as the constant threat that any defeat could leave him expelled.

New episodes are released every week on Freddie's site, http://www.rocketjump.com/ and the week after on his YouTube channel.

Tropes used in Video Game High School include:

  Ted: (to the guys hassling Brian) Hey, you can't fight in my hallway. (Beat) To the Rumpus Room!

  • Badass Mustache: The Law gains one out of nowhere, and it stays for the remainder of the episode.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Brian wants to be on the VGHS Varsity team, but when he gets invited to a scrimmage, he ends up on the receiving end of a Curb Stomp Battle via The Law.
  • Beware the Nice Ones / Beware the Silly Ones: Brian and Ted may be a little out of it, but don't doubt their skill. Brian manages to kill The Law in Field of Fire and has shown decent skill in other games, and Ted is rather good at racing games.
    • Plus, in Ted's case, it's heavily implied that he's beaten the supposed Drifting King before, or at the very least been a challenge.
  • Bland-Name Product: Just for the games. For example, they don't play Battlefield, they play Field of Fire.
  • Button Mashing: Judging by episode 2, reloading a gun is quite complicated in Field of Fire.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ted normally, but Brian sometimes takes this.
  • Cool Loser: Brian is skilled, funny, and becomes famous seemingly worldwide in the span of what appears to be no more than a couple of days. Yet at VGHS, he gets picked on by pretty much everyone.
  • Crap Saccharine World: Sure, a world where society completely revolves around video games sounds cool. However, this means that the most powerful people are the best players, which can put Jerkasses like The Law into positions of power.
  • Creator Cameo: Freddie Wong, one of the creators, plays Ted's father in episode 5. Ted's actor is actually Freddie's younger brother.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: Played for Laughs when Brian goes AFK or his keys get stuck and it's obvious his head isn't communicating with his character's body.
    • When he goes AFK its just his mouth that's not communicating with his character's body - his in-game expression remains entirely neutral even while being mauled by his pet cat in the real world.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Law's reaction to Brain D killing him once in an unranked pub stomp? He decides to completely humiliate Brain D in front of the world and ruin his life forever.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: VGHS students chug energy drinks when they party.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Agreement Corner consists of four people who present a topic, have one state an opinion, and then have the others all agree with that one person.
  • Graceful Loser: Zigzagged with The Law. At first he seems to be perfectly fine with Brian besting him and even proud of him...only for it to turn out this is just an act and he now harbors a deep hatred towards Brian. Later, he plays this trope straight when he and Brian go head-to-head in Dance Ex Machina, where Brian loses but becomes the life of the party (see The Runner Up Takes It All below).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: You might recognize The Law as Brian Firenzi from 5SecondFilms, the Dean from EPICMEALTIME, and Ace as Chuck.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Brian says he has wanted to play on a VGHS team since he was "E For Everyone".
  • Hollywood Game Design: Ki Swan can bash out simple games over the course of a conversation.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: At Jenny's party, Brian remarks to a girl how much of a loser Jenny is for owning Dance Ex Machina. Guess who said girl turns out to be.
    • He did that on purpose though.
  • Informed Ability: Brain is supposed to be a fairly good FPS player, as he had attended some professional events and was the best player in his clan. However, in the early part of the series he's seen more as an incompetent rookie who bumbles around and skirts the expulsion line.
  • Jerkass: The Law is pretty much the physical embodiment of this trope.
  • Mood Whiplash: In episode 2, Brian defeats Annihilus and the crowd is cheering. That is, until the rankings change and Annihilus is revealed to have been automatically expelled. The scene becomes very quiet and sad when that is revealed.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Brian is asked to run through the pit in Episode 3. He takes only 2 grenades and his tomahawk to do so, and nearly makes it through with clever grenade tossing and a fist to the face of one of the projections. Then he tosses his tomahawk at the last projection, and turns away, sure that he won... Brian misses his mark and hits the wall, which leads to the tomahawk bouncing off and falling on Brian's head.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The trailer portrayed the series in a very dramatic light, almost like some kind of epic feature film. So far, the series has been mostly comedic, with its few dramatic moments being so peppered with funny moments it's nigh-impossible to take them seriously.
  • Nice Guy: Subverted with The Law. When Brian is having trouble tossing out his more sentimental gear, The Law comes up to him and gives him a very friendly pep talk. Before promptly destroying Brian's old gear and screaming that he is VGHS.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: It's very likely that Ted making the Brianpalooza posters is what caused most of the school to hate Brian, thinking he made them and was self-centered.
  • Oh Crap: The Law when he realizes Brian is about to kill him in Field of Fire.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The Law, along with several other minor characters, such as Annihilus.
  • Only Sane Man: Jenny when she's around. Brian when she's not.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ted and Brian; Brian and Ki.
  • The Runner Up Takes It All: Played with; when Brian and The Law battle each other in Dance Ex Machina, The Law wins flawlessly while Brian does mediocre at best. Halfway through, realizing this, Brian gives up on dancing to the game and just starts doing disco dancing for the crowd. This results in him losing, but he becomes the life of the party, while The Law's victory is pretty much ignored.
    • When Ted and the Drift King race for possession of Ki Swan's game prototype, Ted loses, but the King gives her back her game anyway.
  • Shout-Out: Loads and loads.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: The Law thinks he's one of these.
  • Stealth Pun: Before the scrimmage in episode 5, one student tells Brian to "break The Law". Too bad he fails.
  • Stock Scream: The Wilhelm Scream can be heard around eight and a half minutes into episode 5.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Annihilus challenges Brian D to a game because he's a noob (freshman). His own in-school score is so low that losing automatically gets him expelled. He was apparently so certain of his own victory, he never even considered what would happen if he lost.
    • Brian D also suffers this during the scrimmage match, where instead of following Jenny's orders he rushes off to fight The Law one on one. He gets absolutely curbstomped and causes his team to lose.
  • Trademark Favorite Beverage: Everyone drinks Monster, constantly.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: We know thanks to the trailer that Brian will be refused from the VGHS team, at least temporarily.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Because he's the best player in VGHS, The Law can pretty much get away with anything in the school. In the first episode, he goes on a pub stomp on national television and even explains to the hosts what a pub stomp is. Their reaction to what essentially him logging onto random servers to bully other players you can't fight back? They applaud him.
  • Weapon of Choice: Brian's tomahawks, and The Law's custom gold-plated pistols.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Ted having huge issues with his father is a bit of an understatement. Not only is his father a teacher at VGHS and is one of the best Guitar Hero players in the world while Ted himself is nearly as skilled, but his father also considers his very existence a disappointment.
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