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Summary: When a popular online gamer is attacked and another goes missing in events closely emulating iconic scenes from popular horror video games, Shawn gets to live the dream when he's put on the case, going undercover as an up and coming YouTuber. But being a "Let's Player" isn't all it's cracked up to be, not when you're being stalked by murderous animatronics, horrific specters, and a real, live, honest-to-God... dragon? Can Shawn unearth the force behind these dark happenings, get his subscriber count to one million, and survive with all his limbs and sanity intact, before the killer strikes again?

Forget what your parents told you. It's NOT just a game.

Rated: T
Categories: Post-season Characters: Gus, Henry, Juliet, Karen, Lassiter, Shawn
Genres: Casefile, Drama, Horror, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, Mystery, Suspense
Warnings: Graphic Violence
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Completed: No
Word count: 6752 Read: 1246
Published: July 06, 2017 Updated: July 14, 2017
Story Notes:
Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

I'm trying a new format with this one - shorter, faster-paced chapters, but more of them. I'm going to try to stay below 1K words for each chapter to try to make the pace faster and to increase the urgency. It's also an exercise in self-control, because I'm notorious for long, wordy stories. This will still be long and wordy, probably, but in smaller, bite-sized chunks. :)

This story is a homage to not only some of the most popular forms of entertainment today, but also to the entertainers and the genre itself. Since it takes place in 2015, it's been about a year since Shawn and Gus relocated to San Fran - but Lassie's still sticking his nose into the story, anyway. For the sake of this story, we're going to pretend that the whole Monk reference didn't happen at the end of season 8, and that Shawn and Gus are the only consultants consistently hired by the SFPD. And Henry's going to butt his way into the story, too, even from retirement in Santa Barbara. So business as usual. :)

Please review and enjoy!

((Needless to say, since this is one of my stories, there will most certainly be whump. Right now, rating is T, but if it gets too graphic, I'll change it to M.))

1. Hating on the Player AND the Game by Emachinescat [Reviews - 3] (444 words)
See the end of chapter note for more information about the background and inspiration for this story! :)

Starting out slow here with the obligatory flashback prologue... this absolutely sets the stage for the rest of the story. Enjoy!

I don't own Psych, Mortal Kombat, Mario, Madden, or Space Invaders. Well, technically, I own the entire series of Psych on DVD, and I have New Super Mario Brothers for the Wii and my dad had some Madden games for the Nintendo 64... but I don't own the rights. :)

2. The Game's a Foot ... A Stinky, Sweaty Foot by Emachinescat [Reviews - 5] starstarstarstar (619 words)
I couldn't wait to post this chapter... so much for self-control. Also evidenced by my pitiful play on words in the chapter title.

But seriously, that last one was so short, just a teeny introduction...

Mostly background and banter in this one. The mystery picks up next chapter, and the whump will follow shortly. Please let me know what you think. :) The good news is, since I'm doing shorter chapters, I should be updating more often than I have on my other stories.

I don't own Psych or Sherlock.

3. Shawn Gets His Head in the Game by Emachinescat [Reviews - 5] starstarstarstar (1636 words)
Well, this is a much longer chapter than I was going for - I wanted to be under 1K words - but it also ended up being more fluff and banter than actual plot. Don't blame me, though: Blame Shawn. Every time I'd try to advance the plot, he'd open his big mouth and make an inappropriate joke. Seriously, every time Chief Vick tells him off in this chapter, it's really just me trying to get him to behave. What was I thinking? He barely listens to Vick; why'd I think he'd listen to me of all people? But I finally got around to a little backstory and plot. And more will be coming soon.

The full reason for the investigation and why Lassie's working with them on this one will be hashed out in the next chapter, and the investigations will begin!

As usual, I don't own Psych. I also don't own Shadow of Mordor or Skyrim (well, I have a copy of the games, but not the rights) or Lord of the Rings in general. There's also another Harry Potter reference in this one (a bit more obvious this time, but at least two people got the last one) and a quote stolen from Moana. See if you can catch it. :)

Enjoy this continuation of the setup. I promise, more mystery and actual investigation will be coming soon! Please let me know what you think. For more info on the games mentioned in this chapter, see the end notes.

4. The Unusual Suspects Get Their Game On by Emachinescat [Reviews - 3] (2155 words)
Wow... this chapter ended up over 2K words. But I think now that I've got the introduction/briefing/basic info for the case bit out of the way, I'll be able to break up the rest of the story into smaller, more suspenseful pieces.

I don't own Psych, nor do I own Skyrim or Five Nights at Freddy's. Nor do I own Candy Crush.

Also, the first gamer, Magmacarter, is inspired by one of my favorite YouTubers, Jacksepticeye. He's just a fun, green-haired Irish guy who likes to laugh, make others laugh, and have a good time. The second gamer is not based off of any YouTuber I've seen. He's just a generally unpleasant original character I made up.

Shawn wouldn't keep his mouth shut this chapter either, but I finally was able to get through all the info I needed to get through despite his rude interruptions.

Finally, the "videos" are in present tense and italics to set them apart from the rest of the story. For more information on any of the games mentioned, check the end notes. If you're interested in more information than is provided, feel free to message me!

Please let me know your thoughts!

Oh, and there is more language in this chapter than usual. I kept it PG (I never use stronger language in a fic than is used in the show), so it's really toned down from what real Let's Play videos on YouTube are like. To give you an idea, the f-bomb and all its many variations is regular vocabulary in most YouTuber's videos. Like I said, toned down - but still more than most of the stuff I write.

5. I'm Game If You Are! (And Even If You Aren't...) by Emachinescat [Reviews - 1] (1898 words)
Yay, Shules! This chapter is dripping with it! Although I'm starting to realize that maybe this whole "short, sweet chapter" thing is just a pipe dream. I don't think I can do quick chapters!

Now the mystery is really going to pick up! I'm super excited! :)

Please, let me know what you thought, and if you have a chance, please check out another new story I started posting today. It's called "The Early Byrd Gets the Psychic," and it's going to be another fun, whumpy ride. :)

Also, as one final note, I would like to share with you something I do when I play Skyrim. This is in no way relevant to the story, but I enjoy telling people about my adventures in the game. :P So every time I come across a cabbage in Skyrim, I take it - steal it, pick it, whatever I have to do. Then, whenever I kill someone - bandit, necromancer, witch, elf, normal person, assassination target, whatever - I leave a single cabbage on their body. I call myself the Cabbage Patch Killer. It's good fun. XD

Please review, and I hope you enjoy!