Last night, as an 11th hour attempt to soak up my Watch Instantly minutes on Netflix, I started digging through old Doctor Who episodes and hit upon The Caves of Androzani. At a point early on in the episode, one of the main villains is receiving important plot information from a ethereal video screen and we, as the audience, are watching this from over his shoulder. A few steps back, but essentially over his shoulder. Several times during the scene the villain turns away from the video screen and tries to process the information while looking directly at us.
And I was all like, "Wait a minute. Are you talking to me, dude?"
It was, of course, a classic Shakespearean aside played up for full dramatic effect and with no hint of self-awareness. And it was beautiful. It got me thinking: do people do this when they roleplay? Simply discussing what your character is thinking or feeling at a certain moment, particularly during a difficult decision, seems fairly common. I believe I've done it, and I know I've witnessed it. And I know that certain games have aside-like mechanics (such as Inspectres' confessional). But I wonder if anyone regularly incorporates formal, dramatic, fourth-wall-safe asides in their own play.
I think I might try this soon.