26 Fake Video Games in Movies and TV


The Show: The Simpsons, Season 9 Ep. 6 “Bart Star”
The Game: Catfight
The Genre: It Would be Funny/Crazy/Awesome if This Game Existed.
The Fake:
Self explanatory, and great. Check it out.


The Movie: The Last Starfighter (1984)
The Game: “Starfighter”
The Genre: It Would be Funny/Crazy/Awesome if This Game Existed.
The Fake:
This is just a wonderful film (honestly, no sarcasm). A boy stuck in a small town is thrust into an intergalactic space war, because he kicks ass at video games. After beating the arcade game Starfighter–actually a tracking device planted by space people looking for their savior–he is transported up to space and asked to kick more ass, but for real. No addiction/demonic crap here. Video games can save people!


The Show: South Park, Seasons 11 Ep. 13 “Guitar Queer-O” (2007)
The Game: “Heroin Hero”
The Genre: It Would be Funny/Crazy/Awesome if This Game Existed.
The Fake:
Also self explanatory. Catch the pink dragon!


The Movie: Big (1989)
The Game: “The Cavern of the Evil Wizard”
The Genre: It Would be Funny/Crazy/Awesome if This Game Existed.
The Fake:
If you’re like me, when you were a kid and you watched Big, you really wanted to play that text-based adventure game Tom Hanks plays a couple of times throughout the film. Well, YOU CAN ACTUALLY PLAY “THE CAVERN OF THE EVIL WIZARD!” It’s right here, homies.


The Movie: The Wrestler (2008)
The Game: “Wrestle Jam”
The Fake:
In 2008′s The Wrestler, main character Randy “The Ram” Robinson plays “Wrestle Jam” with a kid from his neighborhood.

Wrestle Jam was created by graphic artist Kristyn Hume and programmer Randall Furino, and clearly pays homage to NES classics like WWF Wrestlemania. Director Aaron Aronofsky actually wanted a genuine, fully-functional game for the actors to play. Huh?…It even has original music, which you can hear in the video embedded below. All in all, a very cool integration of video games into a film.

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5 Comments on 26 Fake Video Games in Movies and TV


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! ¬_¬


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…


On August 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

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On August 16, 2010 at 9:41 am

Oops, fixed. We meant Bonestorm of course.


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