Fictional Video Game

Not coming to an arcade near you, so far.

An original Video Game or Pinball described in detail through a work of narrative fiction. Very prone to Defictionalization, even when not made into an official licensed game.

If it's a video game, may be part of a Cyberspace environment.

If described in such detail (though games like Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000 tend not to be), they'll generally avert Pac-Man Fever. If it's hazardous to whoever plays it, see Most Dangerous Video Game.

If the game lampshades the title or sequel number, see Ridiculous Future Sequelisation.

See also Game Within a Game, Sudden Videogame Moment, Watching a Video Game, and Personal Arcade.


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  • Ads for Gamefly include fictional games like Bean Farmer Extreme, Let's Count Sand, Let's Wait in Line, and Nada III.
  • From 1987: This McDonald's commercial has Grimace playing Cheeseburger Chase, where the objective is for Hamburgler to run through the maze; with a little incentive.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Apocalypse is a Girls Love manga series revolving mainly about a fictional MMORPG.
  • The World - A popular MMORPG from the .hack franchise.
  • DNA2: Console RPG-esque Dragon Fantasy IV from OST track 8.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Episode 252 has the Game Poy handheld console with a Snake clone.
  • Firestarter of FLCL.
  • In Mayo Chiki!, Rich Bitch Kanade flirts with the computer club to have them make her a fighting game include all of them for Jiro's sister's birthday. For some reason Jiro is in his boxers, not that Subaru minds.
  • The Show Within a Show Sensei and Ninomiya-kun of Minami-ke was within the show was turned into a game with many Unexpected Gameplay Changes. It went from Fighting to Platform to RPG to Resident Evil knockoff between levels. The cast was baffled.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: A Seca Saturn console appears in episode 6 and 23, and in episode 23 the console is played on a Sega TV. Games include PoYo PoYo II, Winning Fighter, SATURN2, and a game ending in -リアル, featuring a schoolgirl with long red hair.
  • Oreimo has Syscalypse, a 3D fighting game revolving around clothing damage. A 2D version is in development currently here in Real Life.
  • In one episode of Outlaw Star, Aisha is seen playing a handheld game called Heartbreaker, which appears to be some sort of combination of Fighting Game and Dating Sim.
    • Oh and Kanade's combo, press the A Button and instantly win.
  • In Sailor Moon, The Game Center Crown hosts a series of arcade cabinets including the blank arcade cabinet voiced by Artemis pretending to be the mysterious "Game Machine" (Central Control in the dub).
    • The game center has the VR fighting game Cyber Girl Warrior Lurga, appearing in volume 1, chapter 6 of the manga Codename: Sailor V. While the Super Famicom version doesn't use the same technology as the arcade version, a special adapter will allow playing the arcade version on the Super Famicom. The game is part of an energy draining plot by the Dark Agency, and Sailor V goes inside the game to fight Cyber Girl Warrior Lurga directly.
    • Minako plays a game called Lovely Fight at the game center in volume 1, chapter 2 of Codename: Sailor V, and claims to know about the myth of Artemis from a video game.
    • The game center has the Sailor V sidescrolling game, a favorite of Usagi's. (IRL: Angel Studios' Sailor Moon R for the Game Boy includes a minigame segment based on the sidescroller).
    • In Sailor Moon R episode 4 a VR laser shooting game is ambushed by the Cardian Hell Ant.
    • Usagi, Minako, and the mysterious Mugen Academy student Haruka play God Driving, a racing game at the game center in episode 3 of Sailor Moon S.
  • PHANTOMa from Serial Experiments Lain.
  • YuYu Hakusho has Goblin City. Gamemaster allows us to learn more about it.

    Comic Books 
  • In The Amazing Spider-Man #688-691, No Turning Back, Curt Connors plays a 3D holographic puzzle game similar to Tetris on Horizon Labs' equipment, inspiring his Fridge Logic for a new Lizard formula.
  • Donald Duck Adventures: Game Toy.
  • Lightspeed Entertainment, owned by Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle Ted Kord, is an R&D firm focusing on the production and distribution of interactive multimedia entertainment and information, first mentioned in Extreme Justice #6.
  • Playtendo game console mentioned in JLA: World Without Grown-Ups #1.
  • World of Hackcraft - MMORPG from Knights of the Dinner Table, based on the tabletop role-playing game Hack Master
  • In The Mighty Thor #328, an arcade game called Megatak was being promoted; unfortunately, an industrial thief named Gregory Nettles tried to steal the prototype software at the expo where it was being promoted. Apparently, he wasn't much of a thief; his attempt got himself electrocuted, then somehow sucked into the machine, and turned into a virtual being representing the game's protagonist, with the ability to bring the monsters in the game to life, which he used to send on a rampage. When Thor showed up, Megatak got lucky, taking Thor by surprise and knocking him down; needless to say, when Thor got up again, he floored the guy with one blow, and his powers faded. After spending a few months as "a mercenary in a dumb costume", he was killed by Scourge.
  • Runaways starts with a Marvel themed PC MMORPG with The Invisible Woman, Captain America, Daredevil and The Hulk as playable characters. By Volume two it was a Plot Device All Along.
  • Simpsons Comics: Police Rampage 3 arcade game at the Noiseland Arcade (Bart Simpson #15, "Another One of Professor Frink's Partly Probable Parables: Bart Version 2.0") Bloodbath and Immortal Wombat arcade games at the Springfield Grand hotel (Simpsons Comics #20, "The Artist Formerly Known as Bart"), Virtua Kidney Puncher 3D arcade game (Simpsons Comics #39, "Sense and Censorability"), Prac-Man and Prong arcade games at The Inquisitory Zone! (Simpsons Comics #50, "Li'l Goodfellas"), Don Kong and Revenge of the Arcade arcade games at Noiseland Video Arcade (Simpsons Comics #110, "Bad News Bearer"), Noah's Arkanoid, Sesame Street Fighter, and Space Defenders arcade games (Simpsons Comics #218, "Spaced Out!"), Escape From Grandma's House IV: The Night Over (Simpsons Illustrated #4, "Loused Weekend"), two motorcycle racing games, a spaceship game, a Zap arcade game, and Bowl Skee ball game at the Dave is Busted arcade in Springfield Mall (The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror #20, "Dusk of the No-Brainers!").
  • Multi-World - Computer game in the Marvel Comics Transformers comic book; Optimus Prime and Megatron battle in the virtual world of this game, ending with Prime's apparent death.

    Fan Works 
  • Danbooru and Pixiv both have categories for video game mockups, such as a Fighting Game or Role-Playing Game on a modern console or handheld with characters from just about anywhere.
  • Doujinshi circle Gebokudou's front and back cover art appears as box art for adult console games on DVD Bomb format: PlaySituation◦己 games Slave Unit Vol.II by Cacpom゜, Onegima! by MAMCO, and Slave Unit Vol.4 Zero by Sage/Sage Now. For the XXBOX, XXBOX Double Dame Box and XXBOX Phase-02 by Cacpom゜.

    Films — Animation 
  • That Buzz Lightyear game within Toy Story 2, which looked very cinematic for a Super NES game, even compared to the Donkey Kong Country series and other prerendered games on that platform.
  • Thou Art Dead from Monster House. (The game was made playable for the DVD release... so cool.)
  • Wreck-It Ralph, being a movie about video game characters has at least three fictional games that are the homes of the main characters. Ralph and Felix come from Fix-It Felix Jr., a game similar to Donkey Kong and Wrecking Crew. Sergeant Calhoun comes from a game called Hero's Duty, which is a Light Gun Game with a science-fiction design (borrowing elements from Mass Effect and Metroid), and Vanellope comes from Sugar Rush Speedway, a Racing Game inspired by Mario Kart with a candy theme going for it. Finish Line, an arcade game similar to Daytona USA, made a cameo appearance. And Turbo Time.
  • Planet 51 has several alien pinball machines in the bowling alley.
  • In Ralph Bakshi's X-rated Heavy Traffic, the main character Michael repeatedly plays a pinball machine, a metaphor for the randomness of fate and people's place in the universe.
  • In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, Applejack and Rainbow Dash play one at Pinkie's house, based on a humanized version of the Mane-iac.
  • The Simpsons Movie: Grand Theft Walrus arcade game, later shown on the series.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • James plays a "Bionic Mutant" arcade video game in Adventureland.
  • Alien: Resurrection has an "Atom Zone" game.
  • Avalon: Illegal virtual reality online wargame Avalon.
  • Big has Josh playing an unnamed text-based game with an evil wizard and ice giants. Defictionalized as The Cavern of the Evil Wizard.
  • The Chumscrubber from the film of the same name.
  • Cloak & Dagger is another movie about a fictional video game (and RPG).
  • Detention: Sims Grizzly Lake.
  • The David Spade movie Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star features a "Glimmer Gang" pinball, named after the protagonist's original TV sitcom.
  • "Gang Fighter II" and "Rodney's Ride" appear in Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood.
  • Eagle Vs Shark: Fight Man.
  • eXistenZ: The VR game companies Antenna Research, Cortical Systematics, and PilgrImage, the MetaFlesh Game-Pod organic VR game console, and the VR games ArtGod, Chinese Restaurant, Hit By Car, eXistenZ and transCendenZ.
  • In The Game Plan, football star Joe Kingman has a "Kingman" pinball in his apartment.note 
  • Similarly, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou has a "Zissou" pinball on the boat.
  • Domination - James Bond played this 3-D video game against a villain in the film Never Say Never Again.
  • High School High has "Homeroom Homicide" and "Classroom Carnage" arcade games in the teacher's lounge.
  • A variation occurs in Grosse Pointe Blank, where Doom II appears in an arcade cabinet, even though it was never released as an arcade game.
  • In I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Chuck owns a "Balica" video game cabinet.note 
  • Starfighter arcade game from The Last Starfighter. A video game version was planned (and mentioned in the end credits), but never materialized. A version for the Atari 8-Bit Computers was in development, and later released as Star Raiders II.
  • The title video game in the "Bishop of Battle"" segment of the movie Nightmares.
  • The B-grade sex comedy Pick-Up Summer centers around a pinball tournament where the competitors face off by playing "Arthur: The Talking Pinball Machine" and "Pinball Summer" (the original name of the movie).
  • Ninja Ninja Revolution arcade game in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • The Bishop of Battle - Arcade game featured in a segment of the 1983 film Nightmares.
  • Pixels: In addition to the version of Pac-Man that takes cheat codes, there is Dojo Quest, a game about Lady Lisa fighting against the Biddy Bandits, also made into an iOS and Android tie-in game. According to the overly obsessive Tumblr, Ludlow first encountered the arcade game on March 2nd, 1982.
  • Ra.One - Wireless technology video game featured in the 2011 film Ra.One.
  • There is a "Richie Rich" pinball machine in the movie Richie Rich, with gold-plated metalwork and pictures of the Rich family all over the game.
  • Game Over - Virtual reality video game in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.
  • "Stay Alive" from the movie Stay Alive. It looks like a voodoo-themed mod of Left 4 Dead.
  • TRON featured "Space Paranoids", and the famous "Light Cycles".
    • Light Cycles has been repeatedly Defictionalized, notably as one of the four screens in the Tron arcade game. The most popular is Armagetron.
    • Space Paranoids is now available online. It was recently featured in an episode of Once Upon a Time — Henry was playing it on a handheld gaming device that Regina gave him.
  • The Cock and Bulls house in Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj features a "Miss Nude America" pinball machine, complete with enthusiastic moaning and sound effects.
  • WarGames has Global Thermonuclear War — or, if you're not in the movie, DEFCON.
  • Wrestle Jam '88 - Pro wrestling video game on the NES, from The Wrestler.

  • Alex Rider: Gameslayer video game console from Eagle Strike.
  • After a harrowing run through an Indiana Jones-styled hallway loaded with traps and a massive fight at the end of it, the title characters of Billy and Howard go home and play a game based on what they just did.
  • Larry Niven's Dream Park features a holographic virtual reality RPG theme park.
  • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the main character is a fanboy for the game 'Twisted Wizard', which is apparently on the Wii. He's so obsessed with it, he evens prays to God so that he can beat a level without using a medical pack.
  • Doctor Who: New Series Adventures: Death to Mantodeans, console game featured in the Doctor Who novel "Winner Takes All".
  • The Mind Fantasy Game Free Play in Ender’s Game, which seems to be an adventure game, set in some sort of Dream Land, that was designed by the Battle School folks to secretly test each student's creativity and psyche. That Cruelty Is the Only Option in a few of the game's trickier puzzles comes back to torment Ender.
  • The hero of the Iain Banks novel Complicity spends most of the book playing a world-builder game called Despot, which he describes as "byzantinely complicated, baroquely beautiful, spectacularly immoral and utterly, utterly addictive." Word of God says it was inspired by Civilization (which supposedly almost made him miss the book's deadline). He also mentions he used to play a sci-fi game named Xerium.
  • Another Iain Banks novel, The Steep Approach to Garbadale, features a family-run games business whose fortune is built on a board game called Empire!.
  • Labyrinth of Reflections - Labyrinth of Death VR cyberspace MMO inspired by Doom.
  • Lucky Wander Boy - Lucky Wander Boy and Eviscerator arcade games.
  • Tad Williams' Otherland series features a ton of these - appropriately since it's set Twenty Minutes into the Future and the key feature is a world wide virtual reality network. Particularly significant is the "Middle Kingdom", portrayed as the ultimate fantasy MMORPG, not to mention the game-within-a-game virtual worlds of the Grail Network itself.
  • Quarantine: HyperNova
  • The samurai Fighting Game in Snow Crash.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the highly realistic simulators tend to either be played as games or Unwinnable Training Simulations. Sometimes both. In the Hand of Thrawn duology, Supreme Commander Pellaeon sometimes used an AT-AT simulator. It was frustrating sometimes, but enough unlike his normal duties that it was actually a form of relaxation. Of course, it also meant that he became more familiar with how the machines performed on different terrains, which meant that he might be better able to deploy them.
  • Somewhat similar to the above, in Diane Duane's The Wounded Sky, Sulu put together a spaceflight simulator on the rec deck holotank that lets him play with unconventional sublight combat tactics (flying a starship as if it were a high performance atmospheric fighter). He insists that the underlying physics model is accurate, if on the outer edge of the performance envelope for the Enterprise. Kirk comes in toward the end of a particularly spectacular session where Sulu manages to crash his simulated ship into a Klingon cruiser. A bit later in the book, a situation arises where highly unorthodox sublight combat is called for:
    Kirk: Mr. Sulu, you play tank games, don't you?
    Sulu: Sir! Yes sir—
    Kirk: Get it right this time.
  • The game of the same name in Only You Can Save Mankind.
  • The titular game in Killobyte. Piers Anthony also wrote a Xanth book revolving around a game, to give the designers the basic idea of what to make when they defictionalized it.
  • The plot of Halting State by Charles Stross starts with a major event in a World of Warcraft- style game called "Avalon four". Several other MMORPGs appear throughout the book.
  • Several parts of La Révolution des Fourmis of Bernard Werber describe various characters playing a Civilization-like video game named Origines.
  • Dark Krassnia, the MMO created by Lucy Stone and Digital Damage Productions in The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod, based on Lucy's mother's epic work of Krassnian mythology The Krassniad. There's also the fact that the entire world is a video game of sorts, just a highly detailed one with sentient NPCs.
  • Hacker Snack from Orson Scott Card's 1992 novel Lost Boys, a video game written by the protagonist, similar to Chip's Challenge.
  • OASIS - MMO featured in the Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 2point4 Children: "Badger's Bend" has Ninja Badgers.
  • All That: Lame Boy handheld video game system.
  • Ace Lightning and the Carnival of Doom from Ace Lightning.
  • Big Wolf on Campus - Dirk Strykem.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Kwazy Cupcakes phone game.
  • "Better Than Life" Total Immersion Video Game from Red Dwarf.
  • Caprica had a game called "New Cap City", a reference to Grand Theft Auto.
  • Chuck: Apache Chopper Patrol, Guitar Shredder, Maverick Fighter Elite, and Stealth Underlords.
  • The Colbert Report's Stephen Colbert's Escape From Skateboard Mountain, Stephen Colbert's Return to Skateboard Mountain, Stephen Colbert's World of Colbertcraft, and Awkward Showering With Your Peers Revolution.
  • Community: Battle Call, a game played by a boy in Tokyo. Construction Snake, the precursor to Donkey Kong. The episode "Digital Estate Planning" featured "Journey To Hawkthorne", an adventure game with relatively deep gameplay, 8-bit graphics, and blatant racist overtones; the winner inherits the fortune of the game's designer.
  • Criminal Minds, S8 E8, "The Wheels on the Bus," has Gods of Combat, a competitive multiplayer online FPS, circa year 2000, with over six million players. Two teenage ex-players decide to use it as the basis for a real life game where kidnapped students are forced to play by the rules. A Gods of Combat poster is seen on a wall in S9 E9, "Strange Fruit".
  • CSI, S11 E18 "Hitting for the Cycle" has the "war-based game" Aeron's Legion on its videogame-centric episode.
  • CSI: Miami
    • S3 E18, "Game Over", has Dave Strong Studios' Thrash Canyon, winner of the "Best Overall Title" game award, an extreme skateboarding sim featuring Tony Hawk expy Dave Strong, developed with motion capture technology.
    • S4 E9, "Urban Hellraisers", has Urban Hellraisers, a console GTA clone whose game developer willfully distributes weapons to the game players to commit murder in real life.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent, S3 E10, "F.P.S.", features the third-person melee fighting competitive online deathmatch game Blood Match, where the winner of the arena is the one with the most opponent's heads on a stick. There's some mention of a Clan of the Assassins level. The game servers save replays of each match. Blood Match 2 is still in development. An ex-programmer's bot for Blood Match was linked to a children's sidescroller he had been working on, and somehow a Player Tic noticed between the two entirely different games was enough to implicate the programmer for murder.
  • The Daily Show: Homo-Bortion City: Sexy Edition.
  • Deadly Games: Several video games designed by antimatter physicist and engineer Dr. Gus Lloyd, including a live action video game about The Cold-Steel Kid, a commando-type vigilante saving the world, rescuing The Girl, and fighting several bosses based on the designer's personal life acquaintances, including: The Quarterback, Evil Shirley, The Boss, The Perfect Woman, The Camp Counselor, The Practical Joker, The Car Mechanic, The Divorce Laywer, The Motivational Speaker, The Trash Man, The Orthodontist, The Oral Hygienist, The Ex-Girlfriend, and The Jackal.
  • Dexter: In season 6, one of Dexter's colleagues (an intern named Louis) was developing Homicidal Tendencies, a literal Murder Simulator in which the player could assume the identity of one of several serial killers. This included the Bay Harbor Butcher, who was actually Dexter. He asks Dexter for advice (not knowing his double life as a Serial-Killer Killer) because he was involved in the case, but the latter just feels insulted.
  • One episode of Diff'rent Strokes showed Arnold playing a "Space Sucker" arcade video game.
  • Drake & Josh: Demolition Driver, Grand Theft Driveway, game companies Bitsumishi, Pentendo, and game consoles GamePod, GameSphere, and Pentendo GS.
  • Family Matters: A Mortal Kombat style video game in "Scammed".
  • Full House season 8, episode 9 has SNES game Montezano's Quest.
  • Gamers Guide To Pretty Much Everything: Video games Arctic Warfare, Call of Honor 2: Honor the Call, Monster Truck Bloodbath, Phantom Ops 3, Pony Kong, Prison Escape 6, Super Kart Man, Turtle Taxi, Volleyball Hero, Whoopsie! based on the Whoopsie! board game, arcade games City Grind, Donkey Bonanza, Dragon Hero, Moon Blaster, Speedy Demon, handheld game World of Warlocks, and apps Balloon Animal Picnic and Puddin' Party.
  • Ghost Whisperer season 4 episode "Ghost in the Machine" has Alt World-2, a Second Life expy.
  • House had some sort of recurring alien FPS that first showed up being developed in season six. The enemies in the game were bird-monsters, and this was the clue that led to curing the game designer. Birds had been the cause of his illness, which the patient somehow psychically understood, and subconsciously incorporated into his game. Foreman and Taub are later seen playing it.
  • The obscure show Killer Instinct has the episode "Game Over", with a GTA clone called Murder One, played with a steering wheel controller.
  • Killer Net - Killer Net, online computer game.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:
    • The episode "Identity" featured a pinball machine called "Murder & Destruction".
    • The episode "Care" featured a fantasy adventure game favored by a developmentally challenged foster child. The similarity between the game's artwork and the condition of the victim lead the detectives to consider the child a suspect until they play the game and discover the child was trying to save the victim from their abusive foster mother.
    • S12 E2, "Bullseye", has the Everearth console MMORPG series, which have servers in Korea, and an in-game location called The Kingdom of Galagor.
    • S6 E14, "Game", has Tektop Games' NtenCity, a GTA clone, and the to be released NtenCity2. A hooker killing easter egg for the first game can be found on Internet fansites, and a mod by programmer and former employee Stuart Davis allows the hooker's blouse to be torn off in the game; these elements are enough to inspire video game addict Garrett Perle to murder a prostitute for real.
    • S9 E2, "Avatar" has Another Youniverse, a Second Life expy.
    • S16 E14, "Intimidation Game", has the non-violent Amazonian Warriors contrasted with the more violent FPS Kill or Be Slaughtered (KOBS).
  • The second series of Look Around You had a whole segment on fictional 1980s games... some of which, such as Diarrhea Dan, actually did end up getting implemented in Flash.
  • Malcolm in the Middle: The Virts and Jump Jump Dance Party.
  • In one episode of Mr. Belvedere, the Owens family gets a "Firebomb" pinball table,note  but gets rid of it once Belvedere becomes addicted to the game.
  • NCIS:
    • S1 E4, "The Immortals," features the fantasy MMORPG The Immortals.
    • S1 E13, "One Shot, One Kill" has an unnamed light gun arcade game.
    • S6 E6, "Dead Reckoning" featured "Captains of Industry 3" a terrible MMO that barely anybody played.
    Abby: Captains of Industry 3. The completely unnecessary third installment of the not-so-popular sequel.
    McGee: (sarcastically) Capturing all the fun of being a corporate CEO and building your own business empire.
    Abby: Not playtime, Elf Lord.
    McGee: You got that right. COI3 was universally panned as '08's worst MMORPG.
    • S8 E16, "Kill Screen", has L9 Games' Fear Tower 3 and Fear Tower 3: Enhanced Edition, an online PC MMORPG by Lead Programmer and hacker Reed Snyder, with 15 (or 50) million players. Scoring more points than the game can handle will reveal the game's Kill Screen and the developer's code for hacking The Pentagon, as discovered by Maxine, champion of Blood Fun 6 and high score holder of virtually every MMORPG.
  • Nick Arcade was a game show where contestants played games made for the show such as Meteoroids, Laser Surgeon, Brainstorm, Battle of the Bands, Star Defenders, Post-Haste, Jet Jocks and Crater Rangers, and participated in the virtual game settings in Mikey's World and The Video Zone.
  • The Rules of Engagement episode "Old School Jeff" featured a "Poker Pinball" game.
  • Vikings of the Realm in the Rizzoli & Isles ep "Virtual Love".
  • Square One TV's Mathman.
  • The Stargate SG-1 season 8 episode "Avatar" has a virtual reality combat training simulator.
  • The Ktarian game in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Game" - head-mounted virtual reality game. Holodeck programs are a kind of video game, especially ones like Picard's Dixon Hill setting, which involve roleplaying.
  • Touched by an Angel season 9, episode 18, "Virtual Reality", has Carjack 2000: Millennium Mayhem, where players gain points for stealing cars, killing drivers, breaking roadblocks and running over prostitutes, inspiring a kid to murder a woman he imagined was a prostitute for real.
  • True Jackson VP: Wombat Kombat.
  • Warehouse Thirteen episode "Don't Hate The Player" has the BRAID (Bioelectric Reality Augmentation Interactive Device) virtual reality headset.
  • The First Person Shooter virtual reality game in The X-Files episode "First Person Shooter".

  • Amiga Power: HeapzOFun 2000 and Kill The Prez.
  • Computer Gaming World: Age of Rising Legends I: The Blade of Xanthor, Age of Rising Legends II: The Sword of Xanthor!, Bethesda Hardworks, Extreme Turkey Hunter, Grand Theft Buggy, Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp: The Interactive Game, PepsiPresents: Topless Tami's Sex Gun Orgy, and Pimply Stammering Misfit Presents Scrapland.
  • Games For Windows: The Official Magazine: Casimmo Royale, The Hundred Years War, Tomb Raider Classic, W.A.N.K.E.R, Zoo Tycoon: Monkeys Monkeys Monkeys!!, and Braak Studios, developers of the Xanthor fantasy strategy game series Blade of Xanthor, Sword of Xanthor, Dagger of Xanthor, and the RPG Cudgel of Xanthor. Jeff Green 's novel The Cudgel of Xanthor would have detailed the development process of the game and the life of Xanthor.

  • Electric Funstuff's "The Next Big Thing" is about the development process of an FPS, about a girl and her horse, that is sort of like "Barbie meets Quake."
  • The video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Californication" is basically a screen capture of a fictional Wide Open Sandbox-style game starring the band.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • FoxTrot: The Jupiter 64 Gamestation, Duke Quakem, Mortal Karnage, Nice City, Primal Instinct, Super Earthworm Mario Country 3, World of Warquest, and Candy™Farm™Dungeon™.

    Video Games 
  • The Nintari game system on The Adventures of Willy Beamish has a Super Mario Bros clone Willy practices on for the national Nintari competition/Nintari championship. The Sega CD version has the Nintari game system's playable Super Space K'Noidtrix minigame, combining elements of Space Invaders, Tetris and Arkanoid. There's also the Game Buddy handheld game system.
  • In the GameCube version of Animal Crossing, which included real NES games, the mayor, Tortimer, would give players the fictional NES game Super Tortimer as a present on April Fool's Day. Unfortunately, it can't be played; attempting to only results in a message that says it's an April Fool's Day joke.
  • Backyard Hockey 2005 - Evil Beaver.
  • Bitcoin Billionaire: The player can have an unnamed arcade cabinet in their room. The video game industry mentions a Cheesy Superhero Game, Gritty FPS, Italian Plumbing Sim, Grand Theft Vehicle, War of Worldcraft, and a video game franchise from EAA combining elements of an FPS with microtransactions, starring Lana Craft and Dunk Nukem. There is an eSports industry, formerly played by eSports celebrity watc4d0gg, and a VR industry.
  • Cibele: Final Fantasy XI expy Valtameri, a fantasy MMORPG.
  • Disgaea: Hour of Darkness: Disterra: Minute Of Blackness.
  • Doom 3: Nabcon's Super Turbo Turkey Puncher 3, with graphics based on Ultimate Doom's graphics and interface and logos based on Capcom and Street Fighter Alpha 3. One of UAC Research Team Leader Andrew Chin's e-mails mention Uanet's DracoWyzard, an online RPG available for 29 credits per month, featuring a quest for the Chalice of Sanguine Drak in the lands of Nozgath, fighting legions of Wyldwulves, Berserkotrolls, and the evil Vloxomire.
  • The World from the .hack// franchise. (Yes, it's a videogame, where you play as a character playing a fictional videogame. Defictionalized, possibly, but certainly a hint meta and loving it.)
  • Duke Nukem:
    • In Duke Nukem 3D, the player can find a "Balls of Steel" pinball machine, but can't actually play it. Later defictionalized as one of the tables in the Balls of Steel collection.
    • "Balls of Steel" returns in Duke Nukem Forever as a fully-playable game-within-a-game, though it's not related to the "Duke Nukem" table in Balls of Steel.
  • Eat Lead The Return Of Matt Hazard is supposedly the latest incarnation of an entire fictional video game franchise.
  • Final Fantasy VII: The 3D Battler, G-Bike, Snowboarding Simulator and Submarine Simulator.
  • Freedom Fighters: Soviet Armed Forces Network (SAFN).
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has commercials on its radio stations for the Degenetron game system, which features such titles as Defender of the Faith, "Where you destroy the blue dots with your powerful red square!" In San Andreas, you can actually play these games on retro arcade machines.
  • Gunslugs: A Donkey Kong clone arcade game next to two broken arcade machines, and a Super Mario Land clone played on a large Game Boy-shaped Game Gadget console.
  • Kid Chameleon - WildSide VR holographic arcade game.
  • Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies - UnInstallment mentioned in Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards (VGA remake), Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work, The Laffer Utilities, Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!, Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail!, Leisure Suit Larry: Love For Sale Mobile, Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers, books The Official Book of Leisure Suit Larry and Leisure Suit Larry's Bedside Companion. Found as a folder in some collections.
  • Little Big Planet 2: Cosmos Invasion arcade game, Finest Parmesan arcade game, and the Pong-like game Science Diner.
  • Maniac Mansion has an arcade which is full of these - Video Fever, Disco Crazy, Alien Slime, Meteor Mess. In the NES port, Die! Enemy Die! and Kill Thrill are replaced with Tuna Diver. Unfortunately, the game averts Game Within a Game and none of them are playable. (Or fortunately since the characters label each of the games, except for Meteor Mess, as "Pretty boring".)
  • The Matrix: Path of Neo mentions, in passing, during the kung-fu/ninja training level how Neo had the high-score for a, likely arcade, game called Ninja Crisis.
  • No More Heroes has the SHMUP "Pure White Giant Glastonbury" game, and the sequel has "Bizzare Jelly 5", both of which you can play on Travis' TV.
  • Polybius... We hope... Defictionalized: Good luck!
  • Rin "Akihabara no Hondala" Watanabe appears in JAST's visual novel Runaway City. She masters the ultra-popular Virtual Ninja arcade game, beating one hundred opponents in a row. Virtual Ninja is made by the same video game company run by the father of the Player Character. Rin makes a brief appearance in the arcade in JAST's Season of the Sakura, where she beats that game's Player Character playing the arcade game Virtual Ninja 2.
  • The Simpsons arcade game has an Aliens arcade cabinet, but it is not an Aliens arcade cabinet.
  • The Simpsons Game: Escape From Krusty Island, Krusty's Stop & Go, Calamari Damacy, Commando and Conquer, Mega Moleman X, Metal Gear Soiled 4: Subminimum, Moral Kombat: Deceptions, Need for Speedo: Sexy Time, Project Shelbyville Racing, Sitar Hero, Snore, Toast Recon: Cinnamon Force, Zero-Life, and EA Sports games Bite Night, Maddening 06, Maddening 07, Maddening 08, and Maddening 09. After beating God in Dance Dance Revelations on The PrayStation, Xodus Box and I am/Hii, God reveals The Simpsons are characters in a video game, The Simpsons Game, in a larger video game called The Planet Earth, making The Simpsons Game a mini game within that game.
  • The Simpsons: Tapped Out: The Happy Little Elves Game on the MyPad.
  • The Sims 2: Pimp Viking, SimStation Dance, SimStation Sports, and Sweet Tooth Survivor.
  • Siren 2 - Kunitoris, or Country Tetris, a 1982 strategy puzzle game for the SN-AG1999 AGE MANIAC from overseas manufacturer 3G MANIAX. The game console had a great 3D graphics chip but a poor sound chip, leading to its demise. Several games are sought after by collectors.
  • Siren: Blood Curse - JOYLiNK Network King and its updated successor, JOYLiNK Ultra Network King, a portable LCD game system supporting cartridges that must be soldered in place. Games include Tsuchinoko, Jackalopeman, and Skyfish.
  • Skyborg: Into the Vortex - Virtual PongQuest.
  • Space Quest
    • Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon: ScumSoft's Astro Chicken arcade game. According to the manual, ScumSoft has published Stuntfloggers, Aquatron and Scumword.
    • Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers: The Galaxy Galleria's Software Excess has such bargain bin gems as ScumSoft's Checkerboard Construction Set (mentioning Tic-Tac-Toe Construction Set) and Cluck Egger's Advanced Chicken Simulator, Enemaware's It Came For Dessert (mentioning Defender of the Crown Rib Roast), Roberta Williams III's King's Quest XXXXVIII - Quest for Disk Space, Morrie Brianarty's Boom, Broaderbuns' Where In The World Is Hymie Lipschitz? (And Who Really Cares), Max This! Software's Sim Sim, and Sahara Off-Ramp's Dacron Danny Does Dirty Deeds in the Dark Wearing Drip-dry Duds. Buckazoid Bill's Arcade and Sushi Bar has Ms. Astro Chicken: Flight of the Pullet (sequel to Astro Chicken from Space Quest III), and arcade games Cap'n Zappo, Ghetto Blaster, Slime Flyer, Dweeb Hunter, Choke and Croak and Monaco Princess Stunt Drivin'. The Timepod can access Space Quest X: Latex Babes of Estros, Space Quest XII: Vohaul's Revenge II, and mentions Space Quest XIV. The Xenon Supercomputer has Leisure Suit Larry 4 and King's Quest XLVIII already installed.
    • Space Quest V: The Next Mutation: Molly's Chug & Glug Space Bar on Nova Space Station has ScumSoft's Battle Cruiser, a space-themed version of Battleship.
    • Space Quest VI: Roger Wilco in The Spinal Frontier: The Dismembers Only arcade, featuring Beat the Crap Out of Urkel, the hot new game replacing last year's Beat the Crap out of the Encyclopedia Britannica Kid, MBA Toejam, Mixed-Up Mother Teresa, Secret Recipes of the Luftwaffe, More Dull Kombat, More Dull Kombat 2, Virtual Amtrak, and Stooge Fighter III, the goriest, most violent arcade game since Disembowling for Dollars. The ComPost Database mentions "outer space strategy simulation games" designed by the Vulgars. The SCS DeepShip 86's Command Center, which has an SNES/Gravis Gamepad style controller, can allegedly play a game called Super Nunzio World. Cyberspace mentions Space Quest 7: The Musical.
  • Beetle Mania - Playable game in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
  • The NES-esque Tranoid, from the song of the same name in beatmania IIDX 14. note 
  • Nasu from Yume Nikki. It is a depressingly repetitive Endless Game, and it helps with the ambience. When Madotsuki falls asleep she appears on her balcony, but when she enters her room her console and controller are gone. Many have made WMGs about this.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • Chainsawsuit featured the recurring "Boiga Bruddas", a parody of early Mario games. Later, an American company remakes it as an ultra-violent first person shooter.
  • Cubetoons: InuYasha Happy Box game console.
  • Dinosaur Comics: Dino Quest I.
  • Homestuck gives us Sburb.
  • MegaTokyo: Mosh Mosh Revolution, and Renai game Sight.
  • Pokey the Penguin - Interactive Handshake Gold.
  • Years of Yarncraft in Sluggy Freelance (take a guess what it's a parody of).
    • Along with Fashion Rancher Waif on the PSP.
  • Between the Shared Universe of Sunstone and Blood Stain is the MMORPG Moonstone Gate, a place where readers get to see character interactions between two otherwise separate storylines. It also provides a place for the creators of the comics to poke fun at typical fantasy RPG tropes.

    Web Original 
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd: Full House Tournament Fighter. Expanded into gameplay footage on Youtube as a game by Shmapcom.
  • Chip n' Dale's MMORPG by COSBY Co. (based on Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers for the NES).
  • Cracked provides us with the article The 12 Awesomest Games of 2010. Of particular note is S.N.A.F.U which earned its own detailed article.
  • The Elemenstor Saga games include:
    • 1982 Apple II text adventure Grand Hierarch Adventures 1: Timeslip and Slide and cancelled sequel.
    • 1986 Apple IIGS text adventure Harbinger 23, an informal student project starting as a generic dungeon crawl before adding in elements from the novel The Sundering of Vhaxdi.
    • The Wizbit (Amiga, 1992)
    • Elemenstors: The Resundering MUD (1991)
    • The Ravages of Time and Lords - Single player RPG third person shooter hybrid.
    • Elemenstorer - FPS (PC)
    • Epic Legends of the Hierarchs Online: The Bloodrage Chronicle - Perpetual alpha MMORPG by Sculptured Software Inc. - Planned for 2006.
    • Are You Ready - Epic Adventures of The Elemenstors! GO! - Side story (Wii, DS, 2007), remake announced.
    • Canadian McGraw's Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: The Elemenstor Saga, 2D isometric jumping shooter.
    • ClickBricks Elemenstor Cycle: The Videogame (PC, Mac, Amiga, Altair, Cray, proprietary Deep Explorer) by Development and Production of Fantasy Monster Toy and Game Company, based on ClickBricks Elemenstrator Playset and Novella. Sequel announced for the Xbox 360.
    • Dance Dance Rubianlution - Japan only, (Playstation 2, 2002)
    • Elemenstor: Snap! - Based on the Pokémon Snap engine.
    • Epic Hero Legend: curseD wandS - The "catch things and raise them" RPG.
    • The 2006 browser based PC fan game Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: Hero Drop!
    • Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: Rubian Stones Power Fight-off - 3D fighter (Playstation, Gamecube, 2002)
    • Everybody Loves Wizbits! 2005 DVD question and answer game.
    • Final Furniture VII, aka Final Furniture: Vunderbort's Irresponsible Idol, 1998 Playstation game by CubeSoft set in an Alternate Continuity. Computer-animated movie sequel, Final Furniture VII: Accession Progeny.
    • Final Furniture VII-2 - Announced PS3 sequel to Final Furniture VII by Cube-phonics.
    • Fninal Fnurniture - Unofficial PC MMORPG by RectangleCo (2004)
    • Furni Fighter - Fighting game (Playstation, 1999)
    • FurniPets and Premium Version of FurniPets - Online browser based virtual pet game by Multigame Corp. (1999)
    • Fuzzy Ottoman (1997, Game Boy Color), two 3D sequels: Fuzzy Ottoman Solid (Playstation, 1998) and Fuzzy Ottoman Solid 2 (Playstation 2, 2003) with multiplayer "deskmatch" battle mode, and the cancelled Fuzzy Ottoman Solid 3.
    • Non-combat RPG Grand Adventuring Wizbits RPG: The Untold Story of the Expositing, and spin-off Grand Adventuring Wizbits: Tactics (Playstation)
    • Rockstar Games Grand Theft Wizbit: The Sickle (Playstation 2, Gamecube, Xbox, 2002)
    • Strategy game Holy Trinity: The Battle for Battal (PC, Playstation, 2005)
    • The Journey of Shezdor: Shadows of Darkness - Announced action game for next gen consoles.
    • Two-player beat-em' up sword-juggling Tetris hybrid arcade game The Journal of Swords: Swords of Doom, suffered Fanon Discontinuity.
    • Elemenstor ping-pong and the Japanese counterpart, Super Hyper Shin-Elemenstor Hyper Super Fighting Battle RPG: Super Perfect Version.
    • Arkanoid clone Super Wizbitball (Sega Genesis, 1995)
    • Wizbit Hearts, featuring Warner Bros. worlds and characters, and Japan only Super Deluxe Edition (Playstation, 2001)
    • Wizbit On The Run arcade game, running game with treadmill hardware.
    • Japan only PC dating sim and strategy hybrid Wizbit Town Planner Simulation Game. The sequel, Wizbit Town Planner II: Mark of the Dark Elemenstor dropped some of the dating sim elements, while the US received the Macekred Town Planner: Mark of the Dark Pharaoh.
    • FMV game Elamensutaa Girl's School!: Is The Sorority House On Fire?, released in the US as the heavily censored Wizbit Trap (Sega CD, Saturn, PC)
    • Wizbits 3D, platformer (Playstation)
    • Wizbits Aloft!, scrolling shooter (Sega 32X, 1995)
    • Wizbits Elemenstor Battle CCG Online, an online version of the Wizbits Elemenstor Battle CCG (PC, 2003)
    • The Wizbits: The Epicular Adventures card combat RPG, eight versions released (Game Boy Color, 1999)
    • Wizbits: Rockin' Skateboard Adventure (SNES, 1994), The Wizbits: Rockin' and Boardin', the inspiration for Mario Kart: Double Dash (Game Boy Advance, 2001), and The Wizbits: EXTREME Rockin', announced to have online play (Nintendo DS)
    • Wiz Rubian, Japan only (Playstation)
    • Wizbits Rubian Wing (Sega Genesis)
    • Wizbits Unleashed, Japan only (Wonderswan Color)
    • Wizbitz: Magic Sword King Maker 2, Japan only adventure game (PC, Playstation, 1998)
    • Cube-phonics' Wiizbiits Golf, cancelled (Wii)
    • The second best video game series of all time behind Dance Dance Zombie Party, the Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest series by Phonics includes Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest I: The Ball of Utmost Roundness (US: Wizbits Worlds), Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest II: Four Balls of Utmost Roundness (US: Wizbit Worlds II: Dude, Where's My Balls?, PAL: Princess Crumpet and the Hedgehogs), Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest III: Assault on Moondale (US: Wizbits Worlds III: Pantheon of Nogodniks), Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest IV: Machinations of the Hell Emperor (US: Wizbits Worlds IV: Adventures in the Afterlife), Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest V: Keys to the Hearts of the Sky Orbs, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest VI: Lost Rubians of the Forgotten Unknowns, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest VII: Misplaced Chapters of the Myriad Heroes, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest VIII: Betrayal of the Turncoat Dark Knights, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest IX: Daydream of the Dragon Lord, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest X: Child of the Elemanifestations, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XI: Tale of the Synchronized World Trees, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XII: Curse of the World Devouring Water, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XIII: Fat Lady Strikes Back, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XIV: Legend of the Mule Queen, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XV: Dance of the She-Priestess, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XVI: Rebels of the Ominous Judgekings, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XVII: Guardians of the Sky Comet, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XVIII: Metropolis of the Antisocial Gems, and spin-offs Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Elemental Kidz, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Tactics, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Tactics Neo, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest X II: Bubbly Girl Dress Up Party, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XI Gaiden: Gritty Gunmetal Dirge, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XI: Beforestory, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XI: Afterstory, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Party, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Token Master, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Token Master II, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Token Master III: Circus Adventure, Fluddle Super Blast, Fluddle Sewer Adventure, Peep's Confusing Underworld, Peep's Confusing Underworld II, Peep's Marvelous Racing Bonanza, Shopkeep's Grand Adventure, Shopkeep's Last Hope and Shopkeep's Confusing Underworld.
  • The Guild revolves around a the members of a guild in a fictional MMORPG which strongly resembles World of Warcraft. Not until the season 4 finale is anything of the game actually shown, though it governs their lives.
  • The Horizon MMORPG in Noob. Pretty much a composite of existing video games and what the creator would like to see in MMORPGs.
  • Paul Robertson's Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006, Kings of Power: 4 Billion% and Super Dino Boys all depict fictional video game settings.

  • The Best Page In The Universe: 30 Something Investment Banker, Corporate Whore, Guess Who Forgot to Read the Demographic Charts!, Identity Crisis!, Super Managerial Brothers ("Video games you'll never play"), and The Best Game in the Universe, aka The Best Damn Game in the Universe ("The Best Game in the Universe")
  • Old Man Murray: Final Fight: Stratego, Alien vs. Child Predator

    Western Animation 
  • Conversation Parade - A video game featured in Adventure Time.
  • ALVINNN And The Chipmunks: Video games appear in "Kickin' It Old School" and "Turf War". "Mystic Mountain" has the computer game Mystic Mountain Adventure.
  • American Dad!: Dragon Scuffle, The Legend Of Xandir, and Beetman, a video game where the player is a beetroot, featuring levels such as avoiding a chef trying to cut you up, and freezing nuclear rabbits.
  • Immortal Wombat, and the Slamboy handheld video game system in Angela Anaconda.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Anal Blazers, Ant Madness, Insult Master, The Legend of Soltar, Moon Master, Video Ouija, and the Gamebox console.
  • Arthur had Virtual Goose, a computerised version of a Hungry Hippos type game played by DW called Confuse the Goose (defictionalised as a pattern matching game); Virtual Goose 5.0, a sort-of MMORPG; and a couple of games based on Dark Bunny.
  • Back to the Future: BraveLord and Monstrux, an arcade game found at Super Mega Arcade World from the episode "Bravelord and the Demon Monstrux". Jules invents a device that transmits the game to his bedroom TV before the game comes to life and Doc is trapped inside the game.
  • In Batman: The Animated Series, Edward Nygma (prior to becoming the Riddler) designed a video game called Riddle of the Minotaur which became a smash hit, making the company he worked for millions in profits. Unfortunately, his greedy boss cheated him out of the royalties and took all the credit for himself, thus beginning Nygma's Start of Darkness. (Oddly enough, despite the game's popularity, nobody had managed to finish it at the present time, according to Robin.)
  • A fifth season episode of The Batman has Dick Grayson playing a game similar to Mortal Kombat.
  • Bojack Horseman: Decapathon and Decapathon VII in "Zoës and Zeldas".
  • An episode of The Brak Show featured Headkicker, a fighting game with Atari-level graphics, adapted into Flash by [adult swim]. The sequel is Headkicker II: The Final Kick.
  • Camp Lazlo: GamePrism game console.
  • Clerks: The Animated Series: Pharaoh arcade game.
  • Code Monkeys: Alien vs Knights, Cracker Barrel, Nazi Sniper, Pogo Killer, Space Blaster, Space Blaster 2, Stonervision, and US Fest. Companies Bellecovision, Game-A-Vision, and Protendo.
  • Cow and Chicken: "Squirt the Daisies" has arcade game Immoral Wombat, and VR games Kick the Can and Squirt the Daisies.
  • Danny Phantom: Doomed.
  • Whiffle Boy - Video game featured in the Darkwing Duck episode "Whiffle While You Work".
  • One episode of Dexter's Laboratory featured Dexter trying to win a video game, which Dee Dee was a lot better at. Of course, he uses pretty much his entire laboratory for the task.
  • Doug
    • In "Doug's Got No Gift", Doug accidentally blows the money he meant to buy Patti a birthday present trying to get a high score on the arcade game Bag the Neematoad.
    • In "Doug's Lost Weekend", Doug gets distracted from writing a report on silt by playing the Wing Commander-esque Space Munks on the Super Pretendo he won in a giveaway.
  • Duckman: Game Guy.
  • DuckTales:
    • Ducks of the Galaxy, a space-themed console game in the episode "Nothing to Fear".
    • Scrooge McDuck's Money Mania, an arcade game where you play as the Beagle Boys and try to steal money from Scrooge McDuck's money bin, in the episode "Dough Ray Me".
  • The Fairly OddParents: VCube game console in "Odd Ball". Death Combat arcade game in "Totally Spaced Out".
  • Family Guy: Menstrual Mrs. Pac-Man, Outlaw, Ultimate Oblivion, Virtual Indy 500, and Virtual Stuck Behind a Bus.
  • In Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Bloo has been shown playing Super Mega Blasteroids 9, a scrolling shooter on the Gamecube in the episode "Bye Bye Nerdy." Super Smash Factory 6 and Galaxy Academy from the episode "Emancipation Complication." There is also Immortal Wombat in "Affair Weather Friends".
  • Dam Builders - Computer game featured in Franklin.
  • Futurama:
    • The pilot episode began with Fry playing an arcade Shoot 'em Up called Monkey Fracas, Jr.
    • Mortal Kooperation, Normal Combat, Death Factory III: The Legend of Death Factory II, Dodecapede, Gender Neutral Pac-Person, Virtual Skee Ball, and Virtual Virtual Skee Ball.
    • The Holo-shed in "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch", a holographic VR room programmed in BASIC.
  • Game Over: Video game world inhabited by the Smashenburn family, elements include monsters (some from Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee), Grand Prix racing, beach volleyball, and Shaolin monks.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy episode "Night of the Living Grim" has the video game Attack of the Non-Toxic® Edible Green Slime. The movie "Wrath of the Spider Queen" has the Astro Spacetron X arcade game. The episode ""Brown Evil" has Hoss Delgado: President Evil, a zombie fighting game for the Lamecube video game system and Mandy's favorite game, and Pat the Baker for the Lamecube, favorite game of Billy and Hoss Delgado. And Ultimate Thumb Wrestling starring Ambassador Crazy Fart/Ultimate Thumb Wrestling Challenge - a PC game mentioned in The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy episode "Waking Nightmare."
  • Invader Zim - Vampire Piggy Hunter on both the Game Slave and Game Slave 2 portable game systems.
  • Johnny Test features a parody of Pokémon called Tinymon, which even features a Tinymon that looks like Lugia!
  • The Kids' WB! programming block known as The Cat & Birdy Warnernoonie Pinky Brainy Big Cartoonie Show features an intro with a pinball machine also called The Cat & Birdy Warnernoonie Pinky Brainy Big Cartoonie Show.
  • Everlot, from one episode of Kim Possible.
  • Pro-Pain! from King of the Hill is a student-developed sandbox game inspired by Grand Theft Auto. Hank was made by his boss to investigate the game to verify any copyright infringement on Strickland Propane. It is eventually discovered that the game is public domain, but by then Hank had become addicted to the game, so the developers of the game made Peggy an uber-player and pitted her against Hank. Hank defeats her, but the developers rigged it so that Peggy's defeat causes the gaming network to crash, breaking Hank's addiction.
  • In a classic episode of Muppet Babies, the babies play several video games, all of which are quite detailed. Kermit plays a game similar to Frogger, Rowlf plays an Adventure Game, and the main focus of the episode is on Gonzo and Miss Piggy's trek through "The Tale of Imelda." The final level of that game even references Metroid, as the writers have Shown Their Work. In fact, the sheer number of game references in the episode (to everything from good-old Pac-Man to Fantasy Zone to that exercise mat for the NES) suggests that somebody on the staff was a gamer of some sort. The episode also had a few seconds of Donkey Kong Jr. shown onscreen.
  • "Crunch Pod" from Pepper Ann. Take your three Pac-Man-looking creatures and bump the other player's from behind while avoiding attacks from the Star Castle-esque spinning saucer in the middle.
  • The Games from ReBoot, in addition to functioning as disaster-level threats for the heroes to overcome, were also Fictional Video Games, frequently pastiches of real video game tropes and genres. Word of God says the writers modeled the games after genres they happened to be interested in at the time. In "Game Over", Gods, Mortals, and Demons is modeled after Mortal Kombat.
  • Strong Johns - Arcade and console game featured in Regular Show.
  • The latest Wii Fit game as seen on Robot Chicken.
  • The Scooby-Doo video game that's the main subject of Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase. It's pretty much a Crash Bandicoot/Croc style linear 3D platformer with a whole laundry list of Stock Video Game Settings, which ends with the gang meeting their earlier incarnations and fighting many of the monsters they'd encountered in the past (in video game form). As you may have guessed, Defictionalization was involved, with the fictional game basically ending up as the official licensed game of the movie.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The Punch-Out-like 'Super Slugfest' from "Moaning Lisa", 'Bonestorm' and 'Lee Carvello's Putting Challenge' from the shoplifting Christmas episode "Marge Be Not Proud", the Crash Bandicoot-esqe game (Dash Dingo) Lisa plays in the episode where she stays home from school in "Lisa Gets an "A"", and I think I remember Bart playing parodies of more recent games like Grand Theft Auto (also Grand Theft Scratchy from The Simpsons Game) and in the season 22 Treehouse of Horror Bart and Milhouse play a violent online wiimote-using game with their local pastor. Bart accidentally smacks Milhouse in the eye. Moving on to fictional arcade games... well there are sooooo many. Standouts include: My Dinner With Andre, The Touch of Death, Billy Graham's Bible Buster, Escape From Death Row, and Larry the Looter. Also in the background of one episode a Polybius cabinet can be seen, but whether or not that game is fictional is... unresolved.
    • Kevin Costner's Water World was an arcade game shown in the Simpsons, but possibly unknown to them a Water World game actually existed for the Virtual Boy, PC, and SNES (with one planned for the genesis but never distributed outside of the Sega Channel)
    • "Earthland Realms," essentially a Simpsons version of World of Warcraft, which becomes the major focus of an episode. In stark contrast to the actual World of Warcraft, nearly everyone in the game looks and acts almost exactly like they do in 'reality'...Apu even runs a shop in the game.
    • Bart and Lisa play a "Foul Play" pinball with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn.
      Bart: "The graphics are great — the ball looks so real!"
    • Homer plays a pinball called "Devil's Advocate" to avoid an argument with Marge. Furthermore, one of the Couch Gags involves the family in a Pinball Gag with a table called "Couch Gag Chaos".
    • Sim Sandwich, a parody of The Sims, and Yard Work Simulator, a virtual reality game.
    • Stickball arcade game ("Lisa's First Word")
    • At E4, the Expensive Electronic Entertainment Expo: Assassin's Creed: Summer of Love, Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game, Blocko Angelica Button and Blocko Cosmic Wars by Blocko, Dig Dug: Revelations, Driver's License 2: License to Drive, the Earthland Realms sequel Earthland Realms 2: The Outing of the Elves, the Grand Theft Scratchy game Grand Theft Scratchy: Itchy City Stories, and Guts of War II: Entrails of Intestinox, Human Centipede, Jalo, Marching Band, Medal of Duty, Q-bert: Origins, Shaun White: Time Snowboarder, Terrence Malick's Tree of Life Online, World of Krustcraft, Zii Hop and the Zii Zu by Funtendo, the GS3 GameStation, a racing game on the Ybox 360, a World War II FPS by Electronic Crafts, a spaceship game by ProtoVision, and companies Bongo Games, Chalmskinn Interactive, and Mapple. ("The Food Wife")
    • On the Funtendo Zii: A World War II FPS, Zii Sports with Zii Fitness, Tennis, Baseball, Bowling, Golf and Boxing ("Million Dollar Maybe"), Dance Dance Evolution ("Moe Letter Blues"), and the couch gag only Simpsons Couch Gag for the Funtendo Zii ("Lisa Goes Gaga"). The Zii is also found in "The Squirt and the Whale", "The Spy Who Learned Me" and "A Tree Grows in Springfield".
    • Grand Theft Walrus appears in The Simpsons Movie and the episodes "At Long Last Leave", "A Tree Grows in Springfield", "The Fabulous Faker Boy", "Pay Pal", "Covercraft", "Bart's New Friend", and "Let's Go Fly a Coot".
  • South Park:
    • "Chinpokomon": The Chinpokomon multimedia franchise has TV ads, an animated series, toys and a camp for teaching children to learn Japanese. The video game is played on a console and controller similar to the Nintendo 64. Chinpokomon dolls are seen in several episodes, and in South Park: The Stick of Truth, three achievements are earned from collecting thirty Chinpokomon.
    • "Best Friends Forever": PSP game Heaven vs. Hell, a game with at least sixty levels.
    • "Guitar Queer-O": Heroin Hero, a game about chasing a pink dragon through an enchanted forest while using up needles and smack, Rehab Hero, a game about running away from a pink dragon to escape the addiction of Heroin Hero (featuring Paris Hilton on the cover), and a racing game. Since its broadcast, Heroin Hero has been made into several different versions via Flash. (Just search Newgrounds.)
    • The episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft" featured a fictionalized version of World of Warcraft with significant differences from the real version, and mentioned a Hello Kitty Island Adventure MMO, though there is a real Hello Kitty Online. The actual games had easter eggs referencing the episode.
    • "Freemium isn't Free": Terrance and Phillip Give Us Your Money Mobile Game for the iPhone.
    • The 2001 Okama GameSphere in the episode "Towelie". The GameSphere has 128 GHz D-RAM and several games, and also appears in "It's Christmas in Canada", "Goobacks", "You Got F'd in the A", "Make Love, Not Warcraft", and "1%". The game South Park: Big Wheel Death Rally features the Okama Gamesphere 2.
    • In "Towelie", the kids are playing the GameSphere version of Thirst for Blood, a shooting game that can be played with four players or as a two player fighting game, involving gold, parachutes, saved games and at least fifty levels, with areas including The Caverns of Madness, a secret underground base, and an underwater level. The Thirst for Blood arcade version appears in "You "Got F'd in the A", "You're Getting Old", and "Super Fun Time", and appears in "Guitar Queer-O" along with arcade games Farmer's Market, Fist Fighter, Gang Wars, and Smack Man.
  • In Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Flash Thompson's favorite arcade game was something called Video Man. In the episode where it premiered, however, Electro was somehow able to bring the Antagonist Title Character in the game to life, thereby creating the most memorable villain in the whole series.
  • Steven Universe is shown to be a fan of video games:
    • In "Rose's Room" Steven tries to get the secret ending to "Golf Quest Mini", a weird minigolf-themed JRPG.
    • In "Arcade Mania" Steven takes the Crystal Gems to the local video arcade to play games like "Road Killer", "Teens of Rage", and "Meat Beat Mania".
  • In one episode of Teen Titans, Beast Boy is able to hack into a system to download an early copy of a game called Mega Monkeys 2. However, because it's a pirated copy, his regular console lacks the necessary hardware to play it, so he tries to play it on Cyborg's computer, but accidentally uses Cyborg's recharging generator instead. When Cyborg tries to use it, well, the results aren't pretty. (And the resulting crisis sets up the plot.)
  • The episode "The World's Deadliest Game" of Challenge Of The Superfriends had Toyman build a giant pinball machine on an ice planet, which he used to torment Black Lighting and Wonder Woman.
    Toyman: "Wonder Woman in the hole! I get a thousand points and a free ball!"
  • Super Pluckio Bros., a parody of Super Mario Bros. seen in Tiny Toon Adventures. Curiously enough, sound effects from the actual SMB game can be heard in the episode said game was featured in. There is also the Nonmindo video game console.
  • Robot Resource - Arcade game appearing in The Transformers episode "The Immobilizer".
  • Ninja Gladiator - Fighting game appearing in the Transformers Animated episode "Where Is Thy Sting?"
  • In an early episode of Xiaolin Showdown, Kimiko tries to cheer Raimundo up by offering him her handheld system with Goo Zombies II, which is supposedly a hot new title.

Alternative Title(s):

Fictional Pinball Game