* 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''
* Any action-adventure game is almost automatically deemed a clone of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda''.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''
* ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' and ''VideoGame/RockBand''. The latter is considered a cash-in of the former.
* ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''
* [[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
* ''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.
* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot''
* ''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.
* 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.
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