Argie Bee Plays

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Argie Bee Plays
GenreLet's Play
Created byDarien Brice Dickinson
Presented byVtuber Flye
Voices ofDarien Brice Dickinson
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of series8
No. of episodes1000 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerDarien Brice Dickinson
AnimatorDarien Brice Dickinson
EditorDarien Brice Dickinson
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running timePer game length
Production companyStudio RGB-Newt /
The Fishal Project
Budget$0 AUD
Release
Original networkYouTube
Picture format1440p60 HDR
Audio formatStereophonic
Original releaseJanuary 8, 2024 (2024-01-08)

Argie Bee Plays is an Australian Let's Play web series hosted by Vtuber Flye (an avatar based on the NeonWabbit character Flye; created and portrayed by Darien Brice Dickinson). After initial attempts at getting a Let's Play series off the ground in 2013, including one which would start with the game OXO (EDSAC, 1952) and work up through the history of gaming[1], Dickinson returned to the idea ten years later, as the technology for streaming and recording gameplay rapidly improved.

The name of the series is derived from combining the abbrievated term for red, green, and blue ("RGB") with bees - two things which have been used in Studio RGB-Newt branding in the past, and likewise, the bee-inspired phrases "Buzz: On" and "Buzz: Off" cap the beginning and end of each video, respectively.

Format

Each episode of the series showcases a full game usually being played in its entirety, or at least the main story beats or interesting parts. Episodes are not cut up into parts, so depending on the length of the game, episodes of Argie Bee Plays also vary in length. Instead of a webcam feed of a human player in the corner, a half-body Live2D face-tracked avatar of the host, a kangaroo-furred dragon character named Vtuber Flye (also known as Flye Gaming) is displayed, as their actor provides commentary on events of the games through him.

In most episodes, Vtuber Flye is usually depicted as a "dumb and deadpan dragon", who is forced against his will to make 1000 episodes of the show by a "higher authority", in order to earn his freedom from being locked up in Castle Argie Bee, but it seems he doesn't even really know how to play games, or acts uninterested or confused about the events of the game, in a humourous or surreal fashion. Though it's also shown that he probably knows more than he's letting on (such as when he actively cheats to skip certain sections, or he forces something to happen in-game that doesn't usually happen), and is most likely just "acting" for the show.

Even though Vtuber Flye is a character being portrayed through motion capture, and some jokes are scripted in advance, most vocal reactions to unexpected things such as game glitches, jumpscares, and plot twists are genuine. The episodes are also truncated to exclude most of the downtime moments when nothing of interest is happening. Some things that do get cut out are released in a seperate videos as "Bee-Roll" (B-Roll) footage.

On a similar vein as with the aforementioned "Bee-Roll", likewise, all episodes open with some preliminary info about the game about to be played before the text "Buzz: On" appears; the word "Buzz" being an allusion to the word "Bee" in the title of the show. To bookend this, the videos close with the text "Buzz: Off" (sometimes with the colon symbol omitted to drive this "stinger" home).

History

The show began recording in December 2023, with two pilot episodes in the subseries "Season 1: The Best of the 1980s" uploaded unlisted in early 2024, which then released publicly on June 3, 2024.

Personnel

Host

  • Vtuber Flye – rigged in Live2D Cubism, and voiced and puppeteered by Darien Brice Dickinson in real-time using Virtual YouTuber software Vtube Studio, Vtuber Flye is considered a seperate character to the Flye character of other NeonWabbit productions, such as Flye 'n' Frie, only sharing their base design (which was created by Hioshiru, and further refined by The-F0X).

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