26 Fake Video Games in Movies and TV

12

The Show: Roseanne, Season 3 “The Back Story” (1992)
The Game: Mario: Queen of the Monkey People(?)
The Genre: Either Bad Research, Or Copyright’s a Biatch
The Fake:
Everything is going fine, Roseanne is playing some Super Mario World (with the correct sound effects)…and then Dan asks how she’s doing, and she drops this bomb: “Two more swords and I’m queen of the monkey people!”
It’s unclear whether this utterance is the result of horrid research, or copyright issues, but it’s a cold slap in the face nonetheless. This brings up category numero dos: “Either Bad Research, Or Copyright’s a Biatch.” Clip below (occurs at 6:25)

11

The Show: House, Season 1 Episode 3 “Occam’s Razor”
The Game: Metroid Prime: Hunters (with super fake arcade sounds)
The Genre: Either Bad Research, Or Copyright’s a Biatch
The Fake:
Since the 80s, every sitcom usually has at least one episode that includes video games. The sound effects are always from either Pac-Man, or the Atari 2600, and they refer to the game in ultra stereotypical terms. There’s usually talk of “aliens,” “levels” and “scores.” This love of fakeness continued on into modernity, with this example from House. The game is supposed to be Metroid Prime: Hunters, but we’re hearing “generic arcade sounds” instead, and he says he made it to “level 4.”

10

The Movie: The Wizard (1989)
The Game: The Power Glove
The Genre: Either Bad Research, Or Copyright’s a Biatch
The Fake:
The fact that Lucas makes the Power Glove look not only functional, but useful, makes this outrageously fake. Favorite line: “Yeah, well. Just keep your Power Gloves off her pal.”

9

The Show: MTV Video Music Awards (2009)
The Game: Doubt: The Video Game!
The Genre: It Would be Funny/Crazy/Awesome if This Game Existed.
The Fake:
Very funny, guys. Very funny. Doubt would make a pretty lousy game. I get it. Not every single film needs to be adapted into a game. Aaaand this introduces the final category: “It Would be Funny/Crazy/Awesome if This Game Existed.”

8

The Movie: Tron (1982)
The Game: “Space Paranoids”
The Genre: It Would be Funny/Crazy/Awesome if This Game Existed.
The Fake:
As a kid I always loved the scene where Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) plays Space Paranoids in the arcade, and kicks ass at it, and has like the whole arcade cheering him on. Oh, and you actually can play Space Paranoids over here.

7

The Movie: Gross Point Blank (1997)
The Game: Doom II (arcade cabinet edition!?)
The Genre: It Would be Funny/Crazy/Awesome if This Game Existed.
The Fake:
I want these freaking Doom II cab! Why is it here?!

6

The Show: The Simpsons, Season 7 Ep. 11 “Marge Not Be Proud” (1995)
The Game: Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge
The Genre: It Would be Funny/Crazy/Awesome if This Game Existed.
The Fake:
You could devote a full list to fake video games in The Simpsons. The show really ran with the idea and made some doozies. There was Bonestorm of course, Grand Theft Walrus, and so on. Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge is the game Marge buys for Bart, instead of Bonestorm (a Mortal Kombat allegory) because it was too violent. The scene where Bart walks by Millhouse’s place, and sees that he’s playing Bonestorm…boy, that hurts.

UPDATE: How did we forget Bonestorm? Of course that should be here!

The Show: The Simpsons, Season 7 Ep. 11 “Marge Not Be Proud” (1995)
The Game: Bonestorm
The Genre: It Would be Funny/Crazy/Awesome if This Game Existed.
The Fake:
This is the game Bart actually wanted, and you can see why. It’s a delicious violent delight, and is clearly Mortal Kombat-inspired. The commercial depicts what appear to be two dueling Goros (ha!). Here’s the TV spot (in German).

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5 Comments on 26 Fake Video Games in Movies and TV

UtopiaV1

On August 14, 2010 at 1:01 am

Thank god that by page 3 of this there was other categories other than “Video games are gonna kill you, sucka”. I really hate hollywood scare-tactics, and the video-game ones are the worst.

It’s almost like the old people who run hollywood are somehow afraid of new technology! ¬_¬

jeeves86

On August 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm

What about ‘Demonik’ from ‘Grandma’s Boy’… I know the movie wasnt all that great nor a famous one but damn didn’t that game look good… Apparently it really is being developed…

ratso

On August 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

bonecrusher is a rapper

Mark Burnham

On August 16, 2010 at 9:41 am

Oops, fixed. We meant Bonestorm of course.

woody

On August 21, 2010 at 2:24 am

have you ever heard of a british show called KillerNet? it was on tv in the nineties i think and was about a video game where you meticulously plan the murder of a person in the superrealistic game and… well you can guess where it’s going. anyway, it’s really good, should’ve been on the list and i’m guessing the only reason it isn’t is because you haven’t seen it. so go see it and update your list