List of Video Game High School episodes
The first season has a movie format, broken into nine episodes, following Brian's acceptance into Video Game High School, and his first week there. He struggles to fit in and clashes with The Law, and gets expelled, but signs up for first-person shooter (FPS) tryouts, and gets accepted onto the Junior Varsity (JV) team. The second season has a television format, with story lines of every main character in each episode, and takes place over a longer time. The VGHS Varsity FPS team is disqualified from its season, and the JV team, including Jenny and Brian and coached by Jenny's mother, takes its place. Over the course of the season Jenny and Brian begin secretly dating, Jenny copes with having her mother back in her life, Brian tries to connect with his mother, Ted tries to fit in with the drifters, Ki finds her place at VGHS, and The Law picks himself up after losing so much. The third season is in production.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||9||10–22 minutes||May 11, 2012||July 5, 2012|
|2||6||30–44 minutes||July 26, 2013||August 31, 2013|
List of episodes
Season 1 (2012)
Season 1 episodes were released once a week, from May 11 to July 5, 2012. Each episode was first released on the Rocket Jump website, and a week later the same episode was re-released on the YouTube channel "freddiew." This was done in an effort to attract more visitors to the studio's official website. People who pledged $20 or more to the project's Kickstarter received HD digital downloads of each episode as they came out, as well as an HD download of the complete season. Those who pledged $25 or more received an exclusive DVD of the series with limited edition cover art, signed by cast and crew, and those who pledged $30 or more received an exclusive Blu-ray version.
|YouTube release date||YouTube viewers
|1||"Shot Heard Round the World"||11:54||May 11, 2012||May 17, 2012||10.3|
|Ordinary and wimpy high school student Brian Doheny rushes home to play his favorite online game, Field of Fire. After being stopped by bullies, and chasing the cat around the house, he returns to his computer in time to kill world-famous FPS player The Law. With the world watching in awe, Brian is accepted into Video Game High School.|
|2||"Welcome to Me"||12:58||May 17, 2012||May 24, 2012||5.7|
|It is Brian and Ki's first day at VGHS. There they meet the scary Dean Calhoun, the intimidating Jenny, and pushover RA Ted. Brian plays his first FPS game at VGHS, winning and causing a student to be expelled. The Law then catches up to him, alone, and shows his hate for Brian.|
|3||"When You Know the Pit..."||10:26||May 24, 2012||May 31, 2012||5.2|
|Brian has nightmares after The Law's threats, and wakes up to find that much of the school hates him. He tells Calhoun that he will keep a low profile, but then attends the freshman FPS class taught by Ace, and assistant Jenny. Brian is volunteered to play a timed shooter, The Pit, and almost beats the record, but gets cocky and fails. Jenny invites Brian to a party at her place.|
|4||"Any Game in the House"||17:30||May 31, 2012||June 7, 2012||4.8|
|Brian, Ted, and Ki go to Jenny's party. When Brian and Jenny are alone they reveal to each other they both liked DXM, a dancing game, when they were younger, and Jenny mentions that her mother is a coach of a professional FPS team. The Law challenges Brian to a game, which Brian cannot refuse, he chooses DXM. The Law wins the game, but everyone is impressed by Brian's courage. Meanwhile Ted and Ki are on their first date. After Ted fails to impress Ki on a rhythmic game, she shows him one of her games. They meet the Drift King who bullies Ted into a drifting game, Ted goes into a hypnotized state after playing. Brian finds out Jenny is dating The Law.|
|5||"And Then... The Law"||14:26||June 7, 2012||June 14, 2012||4.5|
|The next day Brian prepares for the JV/Varsity FPS scrimmage, and finds out students are betting on him and The Law. At rhythmic gaming class, instructed by Ted's father Freddie, Ted ignores the fact that Freddie calls him "no good", and blacks out, dreaming about drift car racing. Brian gets pumped up by Jenny's pre-game speech, learning the game will not be affected by her relationship with The Law, but then hears from The Law that he put her up to putting him in the scrimmage. Brian attempts to show off and kill The Law, but accidentally fires at Jenny, his team captain.|
|6||"Carpe Diem"||15:48||June 14, 2012||June 21, 2012||4.3|
|After the disastrous JV/Varsity FPS scrimmage Brian has become the laughing stock of VGHS. He is asked to leave the school by administration, and starts a fight with Games Dean. Brian is about to lose, and get expelled, but is rescued by Jenny. Ted continues to see visions of drift car racing, and is asked to sign up for it by the Drift King.|
|7||"Sign Up to Sign Out"||17:32||June 21, 2012||June 28, 2012||4.1|
|Games Dean accuses Brian of moving in on Jenny, and Jenny tells Brian they can no longer talk, hoping to please Varsity captain The Law and get on Varsity. He tries to sign up for the FPS team, but gets in a fight with The Law and his followers. Brian signs up for the FPS team, but for starting a schoolyard brawl he is expelled. He tells Jenny The Law will not allow her on Varsity, and she storms off. Ted gets the courage to tell his father he is not a rhythmic gamer, and wants to drift, but Freddie convinces him to sign up for rhythmic gaming. Ki switches IDs, and signs Ted up for drift racing, ending their relationship.|
|8||"Locked in the System"||15:09||June 28, 2012||July 5, 2012||3.7|
|Wandering the streets after getting expelled Brian takes over an arcade. Ted shows up, hoping Brian will come back for FPS tryouts. Then Ki shows up, hoping to win back Ted, and Jenny shows up to apologize. Jenny tells Brian she broke up with The Law, and that she thinks Brian should still tryout for FPS. Ted realizes he hates his father, and that Ki cares for him. Jenny and Brian make up over a game of DXM.|
|9||"It's All About the Game"||21:49||July 5, 2012||July 12, 2012||4.3|
|It is tryout day at VGHS, Ki is trying out for Freddie's rhythmic gaming team, Ted is suited up for drift racing, and Brian has shown up to play Field of Fire. The VGHS FPS tryouts are aired live worldwide, and not wanting to be shown up, The Law enters the game, aiming for Jenny and Brian. With the team thinking they are done, Jenny and Brian hatch a plan to sacrifice the rest of the team, so that Brian can meet The Law face-to-face. There Brian takes on The Law's team, winning the game, getting back into VGHS, and gaining a spot on JV. Jenny and Brian kiss in the locker room, and Brian meets up with Ted and Ki, who also got onto their teams.|
Season 2 (2013)
Season 2 was confirmed during the latter half of 2012 by several of the people who worked on the first season. The Kickstarter fundraiser for season 2 started January 11, 2013, and ended on February 11, 2013, with the project more than sufficiently funded. A trailer for season 2 was released July 11, 2013, announcing the release of the first episode on July 25, 2013, but episode 1 was delayed until the following day. Inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, released a couple months before the production of season 2, select scenes were shot at 48 frames per second, twice the frame rate used on YouTube. The high frame rate (HFR) episodes were usually released on Rocket Jump's website at the same time as YouTube.
|Number||Title||Length||YouTube release date||HFR release date||YouTube viewers
|10||"Welcome to Varsity"||30:56||July 26, 2013||July 26, 2013||4.7|
|VGHS has hired a new FPS coach, Mary, Jenny's mother, and Freddie has not been assigning homework. Jenny hopes to join the varsity team, but Mary asks Brian instead, ruining Jenny and Brian's first date. The Law is accused of aimbotting, banning the varsity team from the championships, effectively ending the FPS season before it has begun. However, due to a loophole, JV is allowed to take their place, JV wins the first game and Jenny and Brian agree to remain friends. Meanwhile Ted is sleep deprived, and misses the due date for his drifting assignment. Ki writes it, after being banned from doing homework by rhythmic gaming instructor Freddie, but Ted owns up to his mistakes.|
|11||"You Can't Stop a Sandwich"||34:45||August 2, 2013||August 2, 2013||3.3|
|The Law has moved in with Ted and Brian, and is being miserable to everyone in residence. Without a focus, Ki sits in with each of the teams at VGHS, and is not able try out for any of them. The head RA makes her the floor RA, instead of Ted, and she must deal with The Law problem. The Law agrees to keep Ted in his room, but remains miserable. Mary puts the FPS team on a healthy diet, and losing his scholarship, Brian is not able to eat. Calhoun gives Brian a janitor job, but the hunger gets Brian suspended from FPS practice. Ted steals soda from the faculty lounge for the drifting team, there the Duchess of Kart kisses him and steals the key. Brian and Ted confront the battle kart team, and win a battle kart game against them. Brian apologizes to the team, and Mary returns him to practice.|
|12||"Double XP Weekend"||32:17||August 9, 2013||August 9, 2013||3.1|
|Video Game High School is preparing for parent's day. Ki and Ted are nervous for Ki's father's visit, and Ted tries to learn a card game that Ki's father is good at, but only convinces himself that he is stupid. After Ki takes her father on a tour around campus, telling him all she has done at VGHS, he says he wants her to come back home. He is unimpressed by her boyfriend, but admits she is growing up and lets her stay. Jenny is asked to speak about her mother before she receives the "Parent of the Year" award, but cannot think of any nice moments with her, and she and Brian end up spending the night together when he comes over to help. Over brunch with the head of the national FPS league, Jenny gets mad at her mother for reinserting herself into her life, but Brian helps to change her mind. The Law plays a video game Ki wrote about the events at VGHS since she and Brian got there, and he realizes that he has become a pushover.|
|13||"Thirty Foot Range"||37:34||August 16, 2013||August 18, 2013||3.2|
|Jenny and Brian are having a secret relationship. When Brian is not able to disarm a bomb in practice, Mary wants to bench him in the next game, however Jenny convinces her to postpone her decision. Brian spends all day practicing, and at first lies to Jenny that he is good to play, but breaks down on their date, causing Brian to be benched until the last match. In the last match Brian is the last person to survive, and is able to disarm the bomb while being blinded by his cat that his mother sent him. Ki is being a perfect RA until Shane finds cat poop. She finds out Brian has a cat in the residence, who becomes her responsibility before she can tell Brian animals are against the rules. After the residence goes into chaos finding out that Ki is breaking a rule, she tosses the cat out of residence, causing Ki and Shane to chase the cat all over campus. Ted gets locked into a car racing game where he meets a glitching race. After spending the night in the game he learns he must have fun and lose in order to be let out.|
|14||"Some Like it Bot"||32:54||August 23, 2013||August 23, 2013||2.9|
|VGHS is celebrating L33tmas, a combination of all holidays. Faced with the threat of deactivation, ShotBot escapes the studio and comes to VGHS dressed as a human girl looking for a human story. There he befriends The Law as The Law is looking for evidence that Shane framed him for alleged cheating. The two are unable to intercept the evidence of Shane's plan, and The Law finds out ShotBot was using him before being tied up by Shane's goons. ShotBot returns to sacrifice himself in order to save The Law and the evidence from a dunk tank, however Shane's name is not recovered from the wet USB drive. Meanwhile Brian is running around the school helping out Calhoun, Jenny, Ki, and Ted, until he snaps. His friends, and even Calhoun, apologize for always thinking about themselves.|
|15||"Three Laps, Three Rounds, Three Words"||43:40||August 31, 2013||August 31, 2013||3.1|
|Brian says that he loves Jenny, a sentiment that Jenny does not immediately respond with. Jenny tells her mother that she and Brian are serious about dating, and that she feels her mother was never there for her. Mary initially decides to bench Jenny and Brian, but lets them, and The Law, play. VGHS wins the King of the Hill game, earning them a spot in playoffs. The Law signs a contract with another school, Jenny says she loves Brian, and Mary accepts the fact that they are dating. Ted feels that Brian is not always there for him, and that they are not best friends anymore. He sees that his fellow drifting students are gambling, which is against the rules, and decides to join them instead of watching Brian's FPS game. At first he loses, but recalling how people have been treating him the past semester, he decides to not be a pushover anymore, and wins a race against the Drift King. Ted moves out of Brian's room, possibly ending their friendship. Ki is feeling empty, with no purpose at VGHS. When a girl comes to battle her meek friend Wendell, Ki takes his place. During their battle game, which her parents wrote, Ki also remembers the past semester, and realizes her role is to help people, and decides to run for student body president against Shane with Wendell as her running mate.|
A third season was hinted at during the fundraising for season 2. Writing began during the post-production of season 2, and a third season was confirmed following the credits in the final episode of season 2. Scripts were completed in mid January 2014, the fundraiser campaign ran from January 23 to February 24, this time on Indiegogo, and filming began in March 2014.
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