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29th Aug '16 3:18:05 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is renowned for its lovingly detailed depictions of real game consoles. One especially nice touch is when Peridot creates a laser gun controlled with a Ninentdo Gamecube controller, and when Steven says he's having trouble using it on moral grounds, she misunderstands and says "Then use the D-pad."

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is renowned for its lovingly detailed depictions of real game consoles. One especially nice touch is when Peridot creates a laser gun controlled with a Ninentdo Gamecube Nintendo 64 controller, and when Steven says he's having trouble using it on moral grounds, she misunderstands and says "Then use the D-pad."
29th Aug '16 5:09:55 AM Pren
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is renowned for its lovingly detailed depictions of real game consoles. One especially nice touch is when Peridot creates a laser gun controlled with a Ninentdo Gamecube controller, and when Steven says he's having trouble using it on moral grounds, she misunderstands and says "Then use the D-pad."
29th Aug '16 5:06:36 AM Pren
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* ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' has a couple nice scenes appealing to gamers in Season 3. Frank is inspired to hire a novelist who now does game reviews to write a reputation-restoring book about his marriage after reading his poetic and completely accurate review of ''VideoGame/MonumentValley''. And then the guy introduces him to ''VideoGame/TheStanleyParable'', also portrayed completely accurately until Frank dismisses it as "too much like my real life."
19th Aug '16 2:46:11 AM Tre
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* Parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZYQiXKvZDg this]] commercial for Creator/SciFiChannel, wherein [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] plays a version of ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' with stock sound effects from the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}'s version of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''--whilst on a UsefulNotes/PlayStation.

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* Parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZYQiXKvZDg this]] commercial for Creator/SciFiChannel, [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]], wherein [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] plays a version of ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' with stock sound effects from the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}'s version of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''--whilst on a UsefulNotes/PlayStation.
17th Aug '16 5:05:15 PM Gsueagle31049
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* Justified in ''Series/HaltAndCatchFire'', which is set during the tech revolution of the 1980s. Unlike most examples of the trope, HCF's portrayal of video games, while not 100% spot on, is [[ShownTheirWork fairly accurate to the period]].
26th Jul '16 12:58:58 AM Morgenthaler
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** And then there's the DangerouslyGenreSavvy 2007 game, ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame'', which is an affectionate parody of several well-known [=IPs=], and for the most part avoids TheProblemWithLicensedGames (fortunately).

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** And then there's the DangerouslyGenreSavvy 2007 game, ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame'', which is an affectionate parody of several well-known [=IPs=], and for the most part avoids TheProblemWithLicensedGames (fortunately).
11th Jul '16 12:36:14 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Averted. A recurring plot element involves the Keronians creating video games that are a bit TOO interactive.
5th Jul '16 8:37:16 PM Worldclock
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' has the girls playing a game called "Dragon Wizard Skateboard Fighters". The console they play it on is a mishmash of the UsefulNotes/Xbox360 and the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, and it doesn't have wireless controllers. Not much is shown of the game but it uses a point-system, the noises sound 8-bit, and the title screen is [[{{retraux}} very 80s looking]] however the customizing scene is drawn in the series' normal style. During the climax scene multiple 8-bit noises are used in the fighting, combined with "combos" and "Game Over" graphics. The [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls original series]] mostly averted this trope.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' has the girls playing a game called "Dragon Wizard Skateboard Fighters". The console they play it on is a mishmash of the UsefulNotes/Xbox360 and the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, and it doesn't have wireless controllers. Not much is shown of the game but it uses a point-system, the noises sound 8-bit, and the title screen is [[{{retraux}} very 80s looking]] however the customizing scene is drawn in the series' normal style. During the climax scene multiple 8-bit noises are used in the fighting, combined with "combos" and "Game Over" graphics. The [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls original series]] mostly averted this trope.
2nd Jul '16 1:10:54 PM Midna
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* [[http://cheezburger.com/6684135168 This]] ad depicting someone playing one of the Bowser sub-games from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''... with a [=PS3=] controller.

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* [[http://cheezburger.com/6684135168 This]] ad depicting someone playing one of the Bowser sub-games from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''...''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''... with a [=PS3=] controller.
30th Jun '16 7:12:18 PM merotoker
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* An ad for batteries from around 2007 seemed to advertise their potential for gaming, particularly handheld gaming, despite the fact that 1) you're unlikely to find a modern game about "space ninjas" where you go for a high score that isn't a parody or homage minigame, which shows how well they know their target demographic, and 2) starting with the Game Boy Advance SP (which came out in 2003), handhelds began to use proprietary rechargeable batteries rather than [=AAs=]. An {{egregious}} example as, unlike most of these, this ad was aimed at gamers.
* The makers of ''Fruit by the Foot'' once struck a promotional deal with Nintendo to print gameplay tips for {{Nintendo 64}} games on the snack's cellophane wrappers. The commercial showed two teenagers grown old, with one who's been waiting 62 years for his friend to finish playing. He's supposedly been using the snack's hints to keep from losing for all these years... but he's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C-z2J9Qp_Y playing]] ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''. If the tips are so useful, [[FridgeLogic why hasn't he beaten it by now?]] It's even worse for the next commercial, where he's playing ''VideoGame/MarioParty 2'', which is specifically designed to be ''[[PartyGame a multiplayer game.]]'' 62 years and he never thought to go to the store and buy a second controller?!

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* An ad for batteries from around 2007 seemed to advertise their potential for gaming, particularly handheld gaming, despite the fact that 1) you're unlikely to find a modern game about "space ninjas" where you go for a high score that isn't a parody or homage minigame, which shows how well they know their target demographic, and 2) starting with the Game Boy Advance SP (which came out in 2003), handhelds began to use proprietary rechargeable batteries rather than [=AAs=]. An {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} example as, unlike most of these, this ad was aimed at gamers.
* The makers of ''Fruit by the Foot'' once struck a promotional deal with Nintendo to print gameplay tips for {{Nintendo UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}} games on the snack's cellophane wrappers. The commercial showed two teenagers grown old, with one who's been waiting 62 years for his friend to finish playing. He's supposedly been using the snack's hints to keep from losing for all these years... but he's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C-z2J9Qp_Y playing]] ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''. If the tips are so useful, [[FridgeLogic why hasn't he beaten it by now?]] It's even worse for the next commercial, where he's playing ''VideoGame/MarioParty 2'', which is specifically designed to be ''[[PartyGame a multiplayer game.]]'' 62 years and he never thought to go to the store and buy a second controller?!



* A Russian ad for Choco-Boy snacks tells there is a contest to win a PSP Go and shows a kid playing it, but what we see on the screen is Choco-Boy running with a background taken right from the ''Super Mario All-Stars'' version of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1''

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* A Russian ad for Choco-Boy snacks tells there is a contest to win a PSP Go and shows a kid playing it, but what we see on the screen is Choco-Boy running with a background taken right from the ''Super Mario All-Stars'' version of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1''''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1''.



* A commercial for a RacingGame called Juice falls victim to this. Two gamers are sitting in their car, fooling around with the car customizing tool when they notice the changes they make in game affect a nearby woman's [[PowerPerversionPotential dress]] [[FridgeHorror and body]]. Despite being in a customization screen, both gamers appear to be playing, and at the end they make her rotate in place while rapidly changing the color of her dress... by slamming the joysticks and mashing the buttons repeatedly. They proceed to shorten her skirt, increase the woman's bust size and strip the top off, [[NakedPeopleAreFunny whereas they then remove the dress completely]], which by the commercials [[MagicAIsMagicA own logic]] would require them to strip off the outside of their car.

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* A commercial for a RacingGame called Juice ''Juice'' falls victim to this. Two gamers are sitting in their car, fooling around with the car customizing tool when they notice the changes they make in game affect a nearby woman's [[PowerPerversionPotential dress]] [[FridgeHorror and body]]. Despite being in a customization screen, both gamers appear to be playing, and at the end they make her rotate in place while rapidly changing the color of her dress... by slamming the joysticks and mashing the buttons repeatedly. They proceed to shorten her skirt, increase the woman's bust size and strip the top off, [[NakedPeopleAreFunny whereas they then remove the dress completely]], which by the commercials [[MagicAIsMagicA own logic]] would require them to strip off the outside of their car.



* Neutrogena has an ad in late 2011 which features a bottle of shampoo playing a game much like VideoGame/SpaceInvaders against reappearing dandruff, complete with early-80's style sound effects. Then the bottle of Neutrogena scores a OneHitKill and triggers the AWinnerIsYou ending against dandruff.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh0V68c1ybw This]] commercial for Sonic the Hedgehog pasta by Franco-American has a boy playing ''VideoGame/SonicAndKnuckles'' on a Sega Genesis (specifically the Mushroom Hill stage). Ordinarily, this example would avert this trope, except the music playing in the background is from the Chemical Plant stage from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' and the kid's button presses don't match what Sonic is doing on-screen.

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* Neutrogena has an ad in late 2011 which features a bottle of shampoo playing a game much like VideoGame/SpaceInvaders ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' against reappearing dandruff, complete with early-80's style sound effects. Then the bottle of Neutrogena scores a OneHitKill and triggers the AWinnerIsYou ending against dandruff.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh0V68c1ybw This]] commercial for Sonic the Hedgehog pasta by Franco-American has a boy playing ''VideoGame/SonicAndKnuckles'' ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic and Knuckles]]'' on a Sega Genesis UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis (specifically the Mushroom Hill stage). Ordinarily, this example would avert this trope, except the music playing in the background is from the Chemical Plant stage from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' and the kid's button presses don't match what Sonic is doing on-screen.



* A fairly obscure example lies in the sole English-subbed episode of ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa'', where at one point, the main character is waiting for someone, and playing early GameBoy shooter ''Solar Striker'', complete with actual footage. However, the sounds are your generic random bleeps and bloops as opposed to the actual (bleeping and blooping) soundtrack.

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* A fairly obscure example lies in the sole English-subbed episode of ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa'', where at one point, the main character is waiting for someone, and playing early GameBoy UsefulNotes/GameBoy shooter ''Solar Striker'', complete with actual footage. However, the sounds are your generic random bleeps and bloops as opposed to the actual (bleeping and blooping) soundtrack.



** In a flashback, the twins Hikaru and Kaoru are playing (well, ''one'' of them is playing) a game on what is clearly a GameBoyAdvance--but when we see the screen, the graphics are comically low-rez, looking more like an LCD Game & Watch (Maybe they were playing ''Game & Watch Gallery 4'').

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** In a flashback, the twins Hikaru and Kaoru are playing (well, ''one'' of them is playing) a game on what is clearly a GameBoyAdvance--but UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance--but when we see the screen, the graphics are comically low-rez, looking more like an LCD Game & Watch (Maybe they were playing ''Game & Watch Gallery 4'').



* Subverted and played straight at the same time: In the issue of a Ultimate Marvel title, ''ComicBooks/{{Wolverine}}'' is seen playing a full 3D game on a handheld system that looks exactly like a Game Boy. On one had, the graphics look too advanced for a handheld of the time. On the other one, the idea of a 3d console having the same number of buttons as a Game Boy is simply laughable. Add to that the fact that the story was set some time after the Game Boy design had been abandoned.

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* Subverted and played straight at the same time: In the an issue of a Ultimate Marvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel title, ''ComicBooks/{{Wolverine}}'' is seen playing a full 3D game on a handheld system that looks exactly like a Game Boy. On one had, hand, the graphics look too advanced for a handheld of the time. On the other one, the idea of a 3d console having the same number of buttons as a Game Boy is simply laughable. Add to that the fact that the story was set some time after the Game Boy design had been abandoned.



** They also play an unnamed 8-bit fighting game, with a red fighter against a blue fighter. Lots of {{ButtonMashing}} seems to be involved.

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** They also play an unnamed 8-bit fighting game, with a red fighter against a blue fighter. Lots of {{ButtonMashing}} ButtonMashing seems to be involved.



* In ''Series/CharliesAngels'', ''two'' boys are shown playing ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' with two 3rd party [=PlayStation=] controllers and button mashing unrealistically while out-of-place sound-effects play -- though the sound effects are not particularly old-sounding and not from ''Pac-Man''.

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* In ''Series/CharliesAngels'', ''Film/CharliesAngels'', ''two'' boys are shown playing ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' with two 3rd party [=PlayStation=] controllers and button mashing unrealistically while out-of-place sound-effects play -- though the sound effects are not particularly old-sounding and not from ''Pac-Man''.



* ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx'' and ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' featured cartridgeless Sega GameGear consoles. ''Rumble in the Bronx'' was particularly amusing, as the wheel-chair bound kid exclaims while playing the cartridge -and ''battery''-less GameGear: "Thank you for the game, uncle Jackie!"

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* ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx'' and ''Film/{{Airheads}}'' featured cartridgeless Sega GameGear UsefulNotes/GameGear consoles. ''Rumble in the Bronx'' was particularly amusing, as the wheel-chair bound kid exclaims while playing the cartridge -and ''battery''-less GameGear: Game Gear: "Thank you for the game, uncle Jackie!"



* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has one episode with a nerd playing an original GameBoy, mashing the buttons while arcade noises sound. When the Game Boy is broken, he pulls a second one out of his pants, immediately playing it with the same sound effects.

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* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has one episode with a nerd playing an original GameBoy, UsefulNotes/GameBoy, mashing the buttons while arcade noises sound. When the Game Boy is broken, he pulls a second one out of his pants, immediately playing it with the same sound effects.



* ''Series/{{House}}'' reprehensibly abuses this trope in one episode by showing House playing ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Zero Mission'' on his GameBoyAdvance SP... however, despite going close-up on the GBA screen several times, you very pointedly hear ''Pac-Man'' bleeps and bloops. He also makes the same mistake as in ''Jarhead'' of referring to numbered levels in a MetroidVania. Maybe people just associate 2D with levels.

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* ''Series/{{House}}'' reprehensibly abuses this trope in one episode by showing House playing ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Zero Mission'' ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' on his GameBoyAdvance UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance SP... however, despite going close-up on the GBA screen several times, you very pointedly hear ''Pac-Man'' bleeps and bloops. He also makes the same mistake as in ''Jarhead'' of referring to numbered levels in a MetroidVania. Maybe people just associate 2D with levels.



** In another episode, House holds up a NintendoDS to a patient's ear to see if he can hear it. While it is quite clearly playing the Morph Ball time trial from ''Metroid Prime Hunters'' ([[AttractMode without any input from a player]], interestingly enough), we hear the stock sound effects. Maybe the writers are ''Metroid'' fans, but the sound effects guys think it's just ''Pac-Man'' with better graphics.

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** In another episode, House holds up a NintendoDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS to a patient's ear to see if he can hear it. While it is quite clearly playing the Morph Ball time trial from ''Metroid Prime Hunters'' ([[AttractMode without any input from a player]], interestingly enough), we hear the stock sound effects. Maybe the writers are ''Metroid'' fans, but the sound effects guys think it's just ''Pac-Man'' with better graphics.



** In another episode, this is done slightly less poorly: House is playing ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden II'' on an {{Xbox 360}} with realistic sounds and button inputs. The only problem is that House seems to think that his goal is to kill the protagonist Ryu. Admittedly, as antisocial as House is, one could see him play a game just to kill the main character. It'd help if he was using the left stick and not the d-pad, though.

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** In another episode, this is done slightly less poorly: House is playing ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden II'' on an {{Xbox UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} with realistic sounds and button inputs. The only problem is that House seems to think that his goal is to kill the protagonist Ryu. Admittedly, as antisocial as House is, one could see him play a game just to kill the main character. It'd help if he was using the left stick and not the d-pad, though.



** And in the first issue of the season nine comics of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' her roommates are playing ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect}}'', which makes sense as Creator/DarkHorseComics are behind both adaptations. The scene shown is a Asari fighting Collectors, GunsAkimbo, wearing what looks like Cerberus armor. They almost got it right with ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' multiplayer except for the armor and DualWielding.

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** And in the first issue of the season nine comics of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' her roommates are playing ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect}}'', ''VideoGame/MassEffect'', which makes sense as Creator/DarkHorseComics are behind both adaptations. The scene shown is a Asari fighting Collectors, GunsAkimbo, wearing what looks like Cerberus armor. They almost got it right with ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' multiplayer except for the armor and DualWielding.



* The Australian soap opera ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' became infamous among schoolkids of the 90s for frequently showing one of the children playing a Nintendo GameBoy ''with no cartridge installed''. This wasn't possible until Nintendo introduced the GameBoyAdvance in 2001, which could load a game into RAM from another GBA or a [=GameCube=].

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* The Australian soap opera ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' became infamous among schoolkids of the 90s for frequently showing one of the children playing a Nintendo GameBoy UsefulNotes/GameBoy ''with no cartridge installed''. This wasn't possible until Nintendo introduced the GameBoyAdvance UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance in 2001, which could load a game into RAM from another GBA or a [=GameCube=].



* In two separate episodes of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', a {{Super N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES is clearly being played, complete with actual sounds and music from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' and using the SNES controller realistically. However, both times the games is misidentified. Mark states the game deals with "skulls and blood" while Roseanne makes a comment about saving a monkey princess, two things definitely not in ''Super Mario World''. There are skull rafts and [[LavaPit blood-red lava]] in the Vanilla Dome of ''SMW''; this may have confused the producers of ''Roseanne'' as much as it confused Luigi in "[[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld Mama Luigi]]". To top it off, the music in at least one of these episodes was from [[AttractMode the game's title screen]], which never occurs anywhere else in the game.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' features Turk playing a game on the {{Xbox 360}}. The footage seen is from ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII'', but the show doesn't seem to be to get facts straight on anything, with the dialogue sounding more like they are playing ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. Particularly hilarious is when Carla turns out to be the best player, but her actress obviously doesn't know how to hold the controller. Worst of all, the characters all explicitly mention that they are playing co-op mode on the same machine, but the screen clearly shows single-player mode in progress.
* ''Series/{{Life}}'' had an episode where the victim was tied to drug dealing, and the detectives figure out that he managed to store files pertaining to the crime on his {{Xbox}}. So they get the victim's sister, who they see making vaguely controller-like fiddly motions in the air for no good reason, to play through ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'' until she gets to Level 10, which unlocks the files. Never minding the fact that the game itself doesn't ''have'' numbered levels, the people behind the show just decided to hack up footage from the game and randomly stick "level" screens between them to denote progress. To make matters worse, the player before the girl was brought in was shown dying a lot, even though one of the series' selling points is the ability to rewind time, and he claims the plot of the game is to, as he puts it, "SaveThePrincess, Farah", when Farah actually assists the player for a good portion of the game and doesn't need rescuing. (At least they got the ''name'' right.) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghb_ZXg4E-0 View the idiocy here.]] To top it all off, there are plenty of easier, more accessible ways to hide files and easier, more accessible ways to get them back off the console. This, coupled with a lot of erroneous remarks involving game systems being "just hard drives with games on them", as well as a couple of rather nasty implications about gamers being losers, leads to a very grating episode.

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* In two separate episodes of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', a {{Super UsefulNotes/{{Super N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES is clearly being played, complete with actual sounds and music from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' and using the SNES controller realistically. However, both times the games is misidentified. Mark states the game deals with "skulls and blood" while Roseanne makes a comment about saving a monkey princess, two things definitely not in ''Super Mario World''. There are skull rafts and [[LavaPit blood-red lava]] in the Vanilla Dome of ''SMW''; this may have confused the producers of ''Roseanne'' as much as it confused Luigi in "[[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld Mama Luigi]]". To top it off, the music in at least one of these episodes was from [[AttractMode the game's title screen]], which never occurs anywhere else in the game.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' features Turk playing a game on the {{Xbox UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}. The footage seen is from ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII'', but the show doesn't seem to be to get facts straight on anything, with the dialogue sounding more like they are playing ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. Particularly hilarious is when Carla turns out to be the best player, but her actress obviously doesn't know how to hold the controller. Worst of all, the characters all explicitly mention that they are playing co-op mode on the same machine, but the screen clearly shows single-player mode in progress.
* ''Series/{{Life}}'' had an episode where the victim was tied to drug dealing, and the detectives figure out that he managed to store files pertaining to the crime on his {{Xbox}}.UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}}. So they get the victim's sister, who they see making vaguely controller-like fiddly motions in the air for no good reason, to play through ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'' until she gets to Level 10, which unlocks the files. Never minding the fact that the game itself doesn't ''have'' numbered levels, the people behind the show just decided to hack up footage from the game and randomly stick "level" screens between them to denote progress. To make matters worse, the player before the girl was brought in was shown dying a lot, even though one of the series' selling points is the ability to rewind time, and he claims the plot of the game is to, as he puts it, "SaveThePrincess, Farah", when Farah actually assists the player for a good portion of the game and doesn't need rescuing. (At least they got the ''name'' right.) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghb_ZXg4E-0 View the idiocy here.]] To top it all off, there are plenty of easier, more accessible ways to hide files and easier, more accessible ways to get them back off the console. This, coupled with a lot of erroneous remarks involving game systems being "just hard drives with games on them", as well as a couple of rather nasty implications about gamers being losers, leads to a very grating episode.



* A fifth season episode of ThreesCompany begins with Jack and Janet playing what is apparently Atari Football. The bleeping sounds are exaggerated both in frequency and volume, but that could be excused as it sets up a quip from Mr. Furley. However, looking at the actual system... well, it's an authentic 2600, too bad the cartridge is laying behind it.

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* A fifth season episode of ThreesCompany ''Series/ThreesCompany'' begins with Jack and Janet playing what is apparently Atari Football. The bleeping sounds are exaggerated both in frequency and volume, but that could be excused as it sets up a quip from Mr. Furley. However, looking at the actual system... well, it's an authentic 2600, too bad the cartridge is laying behind it.



* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' has a teenager using his XBox360 as an alibi for not committing a crime. Subsequent investigation shows that he ''was'' online at the time the crime was committed (not ridiculous at all), that he made three saves at three specific times (okay, real-world time is saved for a lot of games), and that he ''had'' to be the one who made them because the saves were password protected, which on the face of it appears to be this trope, except that [[JustifiedTrope you don't have to automatically sign into an XBox profile]], meaning that the saves could have been protected because he was the only person who was able to sign into his profile to save the games in.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' has a teenager using his XBox360 UsefulNotes/XBox360 as an alibi for not committing a crime. Subsequent investigation shows that he ''was'' online at the time the crime was committed (not ridiculous at all), that he made three saves at three specific times (okay, real-world time is saved for a lot of games), and that he ''had'' to be the one who made them because the saves were password protected, which on the face of it appears to be this trope, except that [[JustifiedTrope you don't have to automatically sign into an XBox Xbox profile]], meaning that the saves could have been protected because he was the only person who was able to sign into his profile to save the games in.



** The Season 10 finale shows Abby complaining that while [[NewMediaAreEvil she hates violent video games]], [[SeriesContinuityError (She actually plays them with [=McGee=] all the time.)]] that she has designed a homebrew game to vent her frustrations at the Department of Defense special prosecutor who is targeting [[spoiler:Gibbs]]. The game involves shooting an effigy of him on her PC monitor with a [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] "Zapper" LightGun, which doesn't even run at the same frequency as a PC monitor.

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** The Season 10 finale shows Abby complaining that while [[NewMediaAreEvil she hates violent video games]], [[SeriesContinuityError (She actually plays them with [=McGee=] all the time.)]] that she has designed a homebrew game to vent her frustrations at the Department of Defense special prosecutor who is targeting [[spoiler:Gibbs]]. The game involves shooting an effigy of him on her PC monitor with a [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] "Zapper" LightGun, which doesn't even run at the same frequency as a PC monitor.



* A ''Series/MADtv'' skit has former US president UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush being distracted by a GameBoy when being asked questions during a presidential debate. His response is "I have a question for you. Have you played Super Mario Brothers? I'm in the water level and I can't beat the Kooper Trooper." Super Mario Brothers was released on the GameBoyColor and the use of "Kooper Trooper" was to make fun of Bush's VerbalTic so what's the problem? Koopa Troopas (nor Bowser, if that's who he's actually referring to) can't be found in water levels.

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* A ''Series/MADtv'' ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' skit has former US president UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush being distracted by a GameBoy UsefulNotes/GameBoy when being asked questions during a presidential debate. His response is "I have a question for you. Have you played Super Mario Brothers? I'm in the water level and I can't beat the Kooper Trooper." Super Mario Brothers was released on the GameBoyColor UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor and the use of "Kooper Trooper" was to make fun of Bush's VerbalTic so what's the problem? Koopa Troopas (nor Bowser, if that's who he's actually referring to) can't be found in water levels.



* In Chamillionaire's "Ridin'" video, the lyric goes, "Next to this new chic she like cola, next to the [=PlayStation=] controller." But the controller seen in the girl's hand is clearly an {{Xbox}} controller. See it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n7ncJEFuSw here]] (at 0:50).

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* In Chamillionaire's "Ridin'" video, the lyric goes, "Next to this new chic she like cola, next to the [=PlayStation=] controller." But the controller seen in the girl's hand is clearly an {{Xbox}} UsefulNotes/XBox controller. See it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n7ncJEFuSw here]] (at 0:50).



* Each of the main ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games [[ConsoleCameo feature Nintendo's current home console in the player's room]]. In the first generation, the main character has an SNES; although the N64 was out and going strong in 1998, this makes more sense for generation 1's original early 1996 release. But what's bizarre is that ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'' gives the hero(ine) an ''NES'' instead; remember that the games are set contemporary with ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', where the protagonist has a GameCube. This is meant to promote the ''Classic NES Series'', budget [=GBA=] Game Paks that ran an old NES game in an emulator.

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* Each of the main ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games [[ConsoleCameo feature Nintendo's current home console in the player's room]]. In the first generation, the main character has an SNES; although the N64 was out and going strong in 1998, this makes more sense for generation 1's original early 1996 release. But what's bizarre is that ''[=FireRed=]'' and ''[=LeafGreen=]'' gives the hero(ine) an ''NES'' instead; remember that the games are set contemporary with ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', where the protagonist has a GameCube.[=GameCube=]. This is meant to promote the ''Classic NES Series'', budget [=GBA=] Game Paks that ran an old NES game in an emulator.



* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' featured one of Conker's idle animations as him pulling a yellow GameBoy Color and playing the GB version of ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'', immediately recognizable for its world-famous theme music. It also played sometimes Sabrewulf's theme, and Jago's theme from [=KI2=] for no apparent reason whatsoever. In the Xbox remake, ''Conker: Live & Reloaded'', the themes of Cinder, Spinal, Riptor, and T.J. Combo are part of the theme rotation.

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* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' featured one of Conker's idle animations as him pulling out a yellow GameBoy Color UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor and playing the GB version of ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'', immediately recognizable for its world-famous theme music. It also played sometimes Sabrewulf's theme, and Jago's theme from [=KI2=] for no apparent reason whatsoever. In the Xbox remake, ''Conker: Live & Reloaded'', the themes of Cinder, Spinal, Riptor, and T.J. Combo are part of the theme rotation.



** This is especially bad when he mashes buttons to games such as VideoGame/MarioIsMissing and freaking ''Tetris''.

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** This is especially bad when he mashes buttons to games such as VideoGame/MarioIsMissing ''VideoGame/MarioIsMissing'' and freaking ''Tetris''.



* There's a battery commercial that features a kid playing what looks to be a (fictional) GameBoyAdvance fighting game against his grandpa, and defeating him over and over -- until his batteries start dying on him, allowing his grandpa to turn the tables. The notably true-to-life moment comes when we see the grandpa's character continuing to land sorta-registered blows even as his opponent falls, which seems to indicate that ''someone'' on the team, at least, was doing their homework.

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* There's a battery commercial that features a kid playing what looks to be a (fictional) GameBoyAdvance UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance fighting game against his grandpa, and defeating him over and over -- until his batteries start dying on him, allowing his grandpa to turn the tables. The notably true-to-life moment comes when we see the grandpa's character continuing to land sorta-registered blows even as his opponent falls, which seems to indicate that ''someone'' on the team, at least, was doing their homework.



* ''Manga/AChannel'' has a scene in the second episode where Run and Toru play an expy of ''MarioKartWii'' on two Wii Remotes. They appear to be using them accurately, even using the option to steer with motion controls. They also bother Yuuko by holding their remotes up to her head, but that's neither here nor there.

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* ''Manga/AChannel'' has a scene in the second episode where Run and Toru play an expy of ''MarioKartWii'' ''VideoGame/MarioKartWii'' on two Wii Remotes. They appear to be using them accurately, even using the option to steer with motion controls. They also bother Yuuko by holding their remotes up to her head, but that's neither here nor there.



* HaiyoreNyarukoSan has an episode that opens with Nyaruko, Cuuko and Hasta playing what is clearly ''Mario Kart 64.'' The game itself is never shown, but the controllers, and their shouts of "Who threw that shell?!" and "The banana! The banana!" make it obvious.
** The cast's console of choice seems to be the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSPs]]; in one episode, Yoriko and Cuko are playing one of the ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' games (evidenced by Yoriko's remark about using a sound bomb) and in another, Nyarko and Cuko are apparently playing ''Gundam vs. Gundam Next Plus'' (since Cuko mentions "Endless Defense", a tactic from the GundamVsSeries regarded as unfair).

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* HaiyoreNyarukoSan ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarukoSan'' has an episode that opens with Nyaruko, Cuuko and Hasta playing what is clearly ''Mario Kart 64.'' The game itself is never shown, but the controllers, and their shouts of "Who threw that shell?!" and "The banana! The banana!" make it obvious.
** The cast's console of choice seems to be the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSPs]]; in one episode, Yoriko and Cuko are playing one of the ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' games (evidenced by Yoriko's remark about using a sound bomb) and in another, Nyarko and Cuko are apparently playing ''Gundam vs. Gundam Next Plus'' (since Cuko mentions "Endless Defense", a tactic from the GundamVsSeries VideoGame/GundamVsSeries regarded as unfair).



* {{Inverted|Trope}} in UltimateNightmare: [[Comicbook/UltimateXMen Bobby]] is shown playing what looks like a current gen game on a regular old GameBoy.

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* {{Inverted|Trope}} in UltimateNightmare: [[Comicbook/UltimateXMen Bobby]] is shown playing what looks like a current gen game on a regular old GameBoy.UsefulNotes/GameBoy.



* Played with in the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''. While the graphics are every bit as advanced as the movie's animation ([[FakeOutOpening and intentionally so,]])[[note]]so much so that some UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} and UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 games look slightly worse or merely ''as good'' a decade later,[[/note]] the "game over" screen puts retro sounding video game music with just the two words "GAME OVER". Also, the system being played is a {{Super Nintendo|EntertainmentSystem}} (albeit with the Super Famicom/PAL controller), which ''was'' more-or-less current [[AnimationLeadTime when writing began]].

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* Played with in the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''. While the graphics are every bit as advanced as the movie's animation ([[FakeOutOpening and intentionally so,]])[[note]]so much so that some UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} and UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 games look slightly worse or merely ''as good'' a decade later,[[/note]] the "game over" screen puts retro sounding video game music with just the two words "GAME OVER". Also, the system being played is a {{Super UsefulNotes/{{Super Nintendo|EntertainmentSystem}} (albeit with the Super Famicom/PAL controller), which ''was'' more-or-less current [[AnimationLeadTime when writing began]].



* Wonderfully averted in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', which is expected since the film contains many VideoGameTropes. In an early scene, one of the characters can be seen playing a NintendoDS, with music from the GameBoyAdvance version of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' faintly audible. ''A Link to the Past'' DID have a GBA port (it was originally on the SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem) and the trivia track confirms that the actor was actually really playing the game during that scene, as opposed to just pretending to play it. Later on, we see a FictionalVideoGame titled ''Ninja Ninja Revolution'', which actually looks like a believable arcade game, and is played in a fairly realistic way.

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* Wonderfully averted in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', which is expected since the film contains many VideoGameTropes. In an early scene, one of the characters can be seen playing a NintendoDS, UsefulNotes/NintendoDS, with music from the GameBoyAdvance UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance version of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' faintly audible. ''A Link to the Past'' DID have a GBA port (it was originally on the SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem) UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem) and the trivia track confirms that the actor was actually really playing the game during that scene, as opposed to just pretending to play it. Later on, we see a FictionalVideoGame titled ''Ninja Ninja Revolution'', which actually looks like a believable arcade game, and is played in a fairly realistic way.



* The 1996 movie ''Film/{{Swingers}}'', featured the characters arguing over ''NHL Hockey '94'' on the Genesis. They even referred to the lack of fighting in that version of the game, but that's made up for by being able to make Wayne Gretzky's head bleed.
Ironcially the game they were playing was actually ''NHLPA Hockey 93''.

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* The 1996 movie ''Film/{{Swingers}}'', featured the characters arguing over ''NHL Hockey '94'' on the Genesis. They even referred to the lack of fighting in that version of the game, but that's made up for by being able to make Wayne Gretzky's head bleed.
Ironcially
bleed. Ironically the game they were playing was actually ''NHLPA Hockey 93''.



* Strangely, ''Film/RealSteel'' has an {{inver|tedTrope}}sion. Since this is set in the future, we see ads for the XBox 720. However, all other advertisements we see in the movie have their current 2011 logos and slogans.

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* Strangely, ''Film/RealSteel'' has an {{inver|tedTrope}}sion. Since this is set in the future, we see ads for the XBox Xbox 720. However, all other advertisements we see in the movie have their current 2011 logos and slogans.



* In Episode Five of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', Connor plays ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', with graphics taken from the game, on an {{Xbox 360}}.

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* In Episode Five of ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', Connor plays ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', with graphics taken from the game, on an {{Xbox UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}.



* ''Series/CsiNy'' had an episode, "Down the Rabbit Hole", using ''SecondLife''. [[spoiler:Where an assassin uses the program to get to her targets.]] However, just like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', some of the things shown on the show are misleading to what is possible to do in-game.

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* ''Series/CsiNy'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' had an episode, "Down the Rabbit Hole", using ''SecondLife''. [[spoiler:Where an assassin uses the program to get to her targets.]] However, just like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', some of the things shown on the show are misleading to what is possible to do in-game.



* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' featured an episode where the team was protecting a particularly Gibbsian preteen boy. To amuse him, [=McGee=] provided him with an accurately named a NintendoDS. Only problem? Judging by the sounds, the kid in question was involved in an intense and gripping session of Pictochat. The DS was brand new however, putting it at the point where Pictochat got used before it is forgotten.

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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' featured an episode where the team was protecting a particularly Gibbsian preteen boy. To amuse him, [=McGee=] provided him with an accurately named a NintendoDS.UsefulNotes/NintendoDS. Only problem? Judging by the sounds, the kid in question was involved in an intense and gripping session of Pictochat. The DS was brand new however, putting it at the point where Pictochat got used before it is forgotten.



* In an episode of ''Series/{{Threshold}}'', Lucas plays ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' in an unused conference room, having apparently brought his {{Xbox}} with him to Threshold. Molly comes in and surprises us with her video game savvy by giving him a tip on killing Jackals. Apart from footage that shows what is clearly multiplayer action, the game is portrayed accurately.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Threshold}}'', Lucas plays ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' in an unused conference room, having apparently brought his {{Xbox}} UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} with him to Threshold. Molly comes in and surprises us with her video game savvy by giving him a tip on killing Jackals. Apart from footage that shows what is clearly multiplayer action, the game is portrayed accurately.



* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has a group of characters playing ''VideoGame/RockBand'' in one episode, and are playing "My Own Worst Enemy", a song actually in the game. In another episode, one character is playing ''VideoGame/MarioKart Wii'', using the Wii Wheel packaged with the game, and underturning it if anything (he could just be distracted by talking, though).

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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has a group of characters playing ''VideoGame/RockBand'' in one episode, and are playing "My Own Worst Enemy", a song actually in the game. In another episode, one character is playing ''VideoGame/MarioKart Wii'', ''VideoGame/MarioKartWii'', using the Wii Wheel packaged with the game, and underturning it if anything (he could just be distracted by talking, though).



* In "TOW Ross Got High" of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Ross and Joey are playing ''[[TwistedMetal Twisted Metal 2]]'' on the ''[=PlayStation=]''; the game sounds correct and both of them use the controller accurately and not just randomly button-mashing. Ditto for Chandler playing ''VideoGame/CrashTeamRacing'', and when he stops playing to talk to Joey, his Crash character sits idle in the middle of a race.

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* In "TOW Ross Got High" of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Ross and Joey are playing ''[[TwistedMetal ''[[VideoGame/TwistedMetal Twisted Metal 2]]'' on the ''[=PlayStation=]''; the game sounds correct and both of them use the controller accurately and not just randomly button-mashing. Ditto for Chandler playing ''VideoGame/CrashTeamRacing'', and when he stops playing to talk to Joey, his Crash character sits idle in the middle of a race.



* Nicely attempted in ''Series/MrSunshine'', where they use the [[ProductPlacement Wii Wheel]] for ''VideoGame/MarioKart Wii'', and argue that Yoshi is useless in Peach Beach, which has a grain of truth since it's full of straight-aways suitable for heavyweights, though the cart selection is probably more important. Pretty good for someone who in-universe doesn't play games much. Like with the ''Friends'' example above, this averted trope was probably helped by Matthew Perry being an avid gamer in real life.

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* Nicely attempted in ''Series/MrSunshine'', where they use the [[ProductPlacement Wii Wheel]] for ''VideoGame/MarioKart Wii'', ''VideoGame/MarioKartWii'', and argue that Yoshi is useless in Peach Beach, which has a grain of truth since it's full of straight-aways suitable for heavyweights, though the cart selection is probably more important. Pretty good for someone who in-universe doesn't play games much. Like with the ''Friends'' example above, this averted trope was probably helped by Matthew Perry being an avid gamer in real life.



* Averted in "The Games Underfoot" episode of ''Series/{{Elementary}}''. It is about game named "Nottingham Knights" for the Emeryvision, which is an obvious reference to the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} and ''Film/{{ET}}'' licensed game. The console looks realistic and the way the characters play the games is accurate as well.

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* Averted in "The Games Underfoot" episode of ''Series/{{Elementary}}''. It is about game named "Nottingham Knights" for the Emeryvision, which is an obvious reference to the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} and ''Film/{{ET}}'' licensed game.''[[VideoGame/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T]]''. The console looks realistic and the way the characters play the games is accurate as well.



* Ironically, the TropeNamer ''Music/PacManFever'' is a subversion, given the fact that 1) the sounds in question ''are'' from the video games in question, 2) they were, in fact, new at the time of the album's release and 3) the lyrics clearly show that at least one of the band members has intimate knowledge of them.

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* Ironically, the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} ''Music/PacManFever'' is a subversion, given the fact that 1) the sounds in question ''are'' from the video games in question, 2) they were, in fact, new at the time of the album's release and 3) the lyrics clearly show that at least one of the band members has intimate knowledge of them.



** And let's not forget Jason's LongList of then-recent game releases (complete with TakeThat at the then-still-VaporWare ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'') in a later strip.
** Don't forget Jason going into denial about wanting to play Franchise/TombRaider because it featured a female heroine. (In the nightmare that follows, Lara Croft introduces him to ''VideoGame/MsPacMan'' who asks if he remembers her, causing Jason to nervously protest that he only played ''that'' game because it was the only one they had at a pizza parlor.)

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** And let's not forget Also Jason's LongList of then-recent game releases (complete with TakeThat at the then-still-VaporWare ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'') in a later strip.
** Don't forget Jason going goes into denial about wanting to play Franchise/TombRaider because it featured a female heroine. (In the nightmare that follows, Lara Croft introduces him to ''VideoGame/MsPacMan'' who asks if he remembers her, causing Jason to nervously protest that he only played ''that'' game because it was the only one they had at a pizza parlor.)



* ''WebVideo/TheGuild'', consisting largely of references to a game similar to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' (by a writer who [[OneOfUs was addicted to it for several years]]) obviously averts this for the most part. It seems like it falls into this trope, though, with Tinkerballa, who's constantly playing a NintendoDS with old-school ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' sounds.

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* ''WebVideo/TheGuild'', consisting largely of references to a game similar to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' (by a writer who [[OneOfUs was addicted to it for several years]]) obviously averts this for the most part. It seems like it falls into this trope, though, with Tinkerballa, who's constantly playing a NintendoDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS with old-school ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' sounds.
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