* To most people, ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' was the first video game ever made. Never mind that the nebulous origins of video games [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_video_game date back even farther]], or that there was [[UsefulNotes/MagnavoxOdyssey a console]] before the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', often merged with ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''. It's wholly possible to meet people who think they're the same game. And good luck finding anyone who knows that there was a ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' arcade game before there was ''SUPER Mario Bros.'', or that ''Donkey Kong'' arcade had not [[VideoGame/DonkeyKongJr one]], but [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong3 two]] sequels.
** ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' is the only cart-racing game.
* Any action-adventure game is almost automatically deemed a clone of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda''.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is the only Xbox franchise. ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'', and ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport'' might get a mention.
** On the topic of ''Halo''; all weapons are from the [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved first game]], except for the Battle Rifle, Energy Sword (which are from [[VideoGame/{{Halo2}} the second game]]) and the Gravity Hammer (from the [[VideoGame/{{Halo3}} third game]]). Same thing goes for all the vehicles, except for the Wraith (also from the second game).
* ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' and ''VideoGame/RockBand''. The latter is considered a cash-in of the former.
* ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' and ''VideoGame/JustDance'' are the only dancing games.
* [[PacManFever Any arcade game that was wildly popular in the 1980s.]] Specificaly, the ones you see the most often are ''VideoGame/PacMan'', ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'', and ''VideoGame/{{Frogger}}''.
* If the subject is censorship, expect ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' to show up.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', known among non-gamers only for the classic Mega Drive/Genesis titles, and chances are if a classic Sega game is brought up, you can always expect ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' to be mentioned, and a few other significant Sega classics like ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' or ''VideoGame/{{Columns}}'' if they're really, really on the ball.
* ''VideoGame/SimCity'', ''VideoGame/TheSims'', and their spinoffs are the only simulation games.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider''. The only thing that non-gamers know about the game series is that it features a certain very busty heroine.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''; in fact, people used to call the FirstPersonShooter genre "Doom clones". Mostly because there was a short period after its release where almost every FPS ''was'' a ''Doom'' clone.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Anything after Gen 1 will rarely be featured, also [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime's]] [[AdaptationDisplacement characters are better known than those from the games]], so parodies are MUCH more likely to have [[IAmNotShazam "Ash and Pikachu" than "Red"]], and will have PokemonSpeak and be blatantly MerchandiseDriven. If not to the anime or to some nonexistent hybrid of the anime and games (''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' says hi), then references will inevitably be to "[[TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon cards]]".
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' and ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''. Remember the aforementioned "Doom clones" example? If you're a first-person shooter, let alone a 'modern' or 'near future' shooter, expect to be called out as a ''Call of Duty'' clone.
** On the topic of ''Call of Duty'' itself, there weren't any installments before the fourth game.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' or a BrandX version thereof--Sometimes this is assumed to be the title of a video game, by people who have heard the name and have no idea that tabletop roleplaying games exist.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''--The preceding RealTimeStrategy games do not exist.
** Real-time strategy games in general probably don't exist, but if one does, it is almost certain to be ''Warcraft'', especially since its MMO spinoff became such a huge success.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pitfall}}''. Few non-gamers might know the game's name, but the basic image of a stick figure-like man swinging on vines over lakes and pits seems to be rather familiar to people in general.
* If you're lucky enough to find a work that references a fighting game, it's ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' or ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. Otherwise it's a generic anime-styled combo-fest. ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', too, if people remember that it's a fighting game and not a gore simulator.
** As for the ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'', all characters from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII''. As for ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', it's a little better since ''Tekken 3'' is widely considered to be the MagnumOpus of the series and introduced a plethora of new characters including series protagonist Jin Kazama, so there's more characters that can be referenced. Also, the UpdatedRerelease of ''Tekken 5'' introduced Lili, who quickly became one of the most popular characters in the series. Anything else however will go over most people's heads.
** Fighting games with {{fanservice}}? Obviously ''Series/{{Dead or Alive}}''. That is, assuming people remember that it is indeed a fighting game and not a JigglePhysics simulator. Also, there are no males characters in the series (except for Ryu Hayabusa, by virtue of being the star of the well-known ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' series). The ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' is also starting to head in this direction for its increasingly infamous fanservice.
* If you're lucky enough to spot a [=JRPG=] reference, it's going to be either ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''[[note]]in the east[[/note]] or ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''[[note]]in the west[[/note]].
* For landmark puzzle video games, ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' will always be the go-to reference point, and sometimes ''VideoGame/DrMario'' or ''VideoGame/PuzzleLeague'' will be mentioned.
* If a western Role-Playing Game is at all referenced by a non-gamer, expect it to be either ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' or more recently, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. Also, it's not rare for non-gamers to be familiar with the names ''Oblivion'' and ''Skyrim'', but to have never heard of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' in their lives.
* As aforementioned, the common connotation of video games is that of eight-bit Atari/NES games or gory M-rated shooters.
* When you ask a random gamer what are SoBadItsHorrible video games, people will usually think about ''E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial'' for the Atari 2600 (yes, there are multiple games called like that), ''VideoGame/{{Superman 64}}'', ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'', and occasionally ''Pac-Man'' for the Atari 2600, but do not expect them to know about any other terrible video game ever made... unless, of course, they're a fan of WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd.
* When ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' launched and became a success, any non-GTA open-world game released afterwards was instantly labeled a "GTA Clone" until about the late 2000s.
* The only two video game glitches are [[TheMissingno Missingno]] and [[MinusWorld The Minus World]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'': All characters are from the first two games, with the exception of a few hyped characters from the later games such as [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] and [[Franchise/MegaMan Mega Man]].
* Video games with female protagonists? ''Franchise/TombRaider'' or ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''.
* Simulation racers? ''VideoGame/GranTurismo''. ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport'' might get a mention, due to being on the rival platform.
* Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s only franchises are ''Franchise/{{Mario}}'', ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. Also ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', which is the only reason people know about their other franchises.
* Similarly, Creator/{{Sony}}'s only franchises are ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'', ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'', ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'', and ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''. Strangely, ''Franchise/MetalGear'' (often referred to as ''Metal Gear Solid'') and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' will often get a mention, despite being third-party and having long abandoned exclusivity.
* The UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast is widely seen as one of the greatest consoles of all time, despite having failed and ultimately [[CreatorKiller killed]] Sega as a console manufacturer. Despite this, the only games people are likely to name are ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' (and its sequel) and ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}''. ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'', ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'', and ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' might get a mention if the person in question is trying to be different.
* Games with [[SceneryPorn extreme graphics]]? ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}''.
* Licensed games that are ''[[NoProblemWithLicensedGames good]]''? Either ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'' or the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''.
* There weren't any ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games before ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII''.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney''. Phoenix Wright is the only protagonist of the series, in fact they're often called the "[[IconicCharacterForgottenTitle Phoenix Wright games]]". Also, don't expect a non-fan to be able to tell you anything else about the series besides the '''''Objection!''''' {{meme}}.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is the only MMO in existence. Maybe ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' or ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' will be referenced if someone is trying to be different.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''. The only thing people can remember about that game is the Morrigan Aensland, the [[MsFanservice sexy]] [[HornyDevils succubus]] who has appeared in more CapcomVersusWhatever games than her own. The only other characters people might remember are Lilith (by virtue of being Morrigan's {{moe}} sister) and Felicia (who is a near-naked [[CuteMonsterGirl cute monster cat girl]]). Good luck finding a non-fan who can name another character, or can remember that the actual protagonist of the series is Demitri Maximoff. As you can tell, ''Darkstalkers'' is BestKnownForTheFanservice, and almost nothing else.
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