Fictional Video Game

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Not coming to an arcade near you, so far.

An original Video Game or Pinball machine described through a work of narrative fiction.

If described in detail, the game may avert Pac-Man Fever. A particularly violent game of Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000, or the wildly popular series of prostitute-murdering Murder Simulators, will not be so well described, given Hollywood Game Design.

The characters may play in their own Personal Arcade. The game may be part of a Cyberspace environment. The player may end up Inside a Computer System, Trapped in TV Land, experiencing The Game Come to Life, facing The Most Dangerous Video Game with the most intense action.

Or an ordinary, everyday moment becomes a Sudden Videogame Moment.

Games are prone to defictionalization, even when not made into an officially licensed game. The game can be a Game Within a Game. Is it truly fictional then? Yes.

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


Examples:

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     Advertising 
  • A commercial for Alpha-Bits cereal in the 80s had the cereal box turn into a game called Roast That Ghost. The objective was for the player to run through a Haunted House while pursued by a Silly Spook, and find and eat the letters G, H, O, S, and T. A similar commercial had a pursuing pig with the goal to spell B-I-G P-I-G.
  • A Coca-Cola "Coke Side of Life" ad shows a GTA-clone.
  • A Coke Zero "It's not your fault" ad shows a WoW-clone.
  • Ads for Gamefly include fictional games like Bean Farmer Extreme, Let's Count Sand, Let's Wait in Line, and Nada III.
  • A Honeycomb cereal ad shows a Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks style game played on a handheld. The player can be a Johnny Cage lookalike or the Honeycomb cereal mascot, or appear in the game.
  • Spotted on an IKEA display: BeatBOX 0.1 games Call Your Mutti: Say "Oops, I'm Sorry", Grand-ma's Auto, and The Pimps.
  • 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.
  • PlayStation 2: In 2078, the PlayStation 9 spheroid opens to send electronic spores to tap directly into the adrenal gland. Features improved retinal scanning, a mind control system, and telepathic personal music.
  • A commercial for Energizer batteries has a fictional video game called Beauty And The Beast: The Ultimate Adventure, wherein a princess is being chased by a dragon through Mario-like environments, until the Energizer Bunny interrupts the commercial by appearing from one of the doors and shrinks the dragon with one of his drumsticks.
  • An Australian RACV insurance ad featured the PlayStation game Zombie Attack!

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Accel World, there is Brain Burst, an online multiplayer fighting game taking place in the "Accelerated World".
  • Apocalypse is a Girls Love manga series revolving mainly about a fictional MMORPG.
  • Btooom! is about the combat game Btooom! by Tyrannos Japan, available on the DXBOX 720.
  • In Corrector Yui, there is the VR world of ComNet.
  • In Cyber Dorothy, there is the VR game Yellow Brick Road.
  • The World is a popular MMORPG from the .hack franchise.
  • On the DNA2 OST, track 8, there is the console RPG-esque Dragon Fantasy IV.
  • Dragon Ball Z episode 252 has the Game Poy handheld console with a Snake clone.
  • In Dusk Howler, there is the VR game Trikia.
  • EG Maker is about an eroge game company, Momii Design Ltd. One game stars a girl named Rora, and another game stars a girl wearing suspenders.
  • Eroge no Taiyou is about an eroge developer. One of the games is the emotionally moving Magi-Con 2.
  • In EXEcutional, there is the online game Neo Universe.
  • Firestarter is a handheld game featured in FLCL, about an arsonist pleasing the Lord of Black Flames.
  • Good Night World is a manga about a virtual world.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, there is the 5 vs 5 strategic space war game The Day of Sagittarius III, defictionalized on the iPhone, and the online game The Day of Sagittarius V in The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya.
  • In Haru & Natsu Chapter 21, "Let's Cosplay!", there is a Dating Sim starring the Magical Girl Ashley, available on the Play Nation console.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, there is Greed Island on the Joystation Console.
  • In Imori 201, Chapter 27, "Let's PARTY", there is the MMORPG Swallowtails Online.
  • Jinsei Tsun da kara MMO ni Hamatu te mo ii yo ne? (I got stuck in real life, so it's okay to get addicted to an MMO, right?) is about an MMO.
  • In the Kagaku Na Yatsura manga, Creature Hunter on the PSP appears to be Monster Hunter mixed with modern weaponry.
  • In Log Horizon, there is the MMORPG Elder Tales: Homesteading the Noosphere, set in the land of Seldeshia.
  • Magic of Stella is about the development of self-published video games, so there're several of them. To begin with, the title refers to the first of the games the protagonist Tamaki was involved in its development.
  • 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.
  • In Mega Man NT Warrior, the video game company Gabgom (AyanoTech in the dub), run by Yai Ayanokoji's family, makes the VR RPG Hero of Maxima and the RPG Strawberry Princess.
  • Ne.to.ge features an MMORPG where character actions can be felt.
  • The Show Within a Show Sensei and Ninomiya-kun of Minami-ke 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.
  • In 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.
  • New Game!, after all, is a Work Com about a game studio.
  • The titular Only Sense Online is a highly advanced Virtual Reality MMORPG where much of the story takes place in.
  • 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 Overlord, there is the Dive MMORPG or DMMORPG Yggdrasil, a VR game.
  • In RPG Comic, there is the VR MMORPG ESPERA.
  • 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", called 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. Angel Studios' Sailor Moon R for the Game Boy includes a defictionalization as 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 is a virtual reality dungeon crawler action game.
  • In Shitsurakuen, there is Exaclan, a VR game.
  • Shoujo Kesshou Kokoro Jikaru is about a virtual world.
  • Sky World is about the MMORPG Sky World.
  • In Summer Wars, there is the VR virtual world OZ.
  • In Sword Art Online, VRMMO games are played with FullDive machines such as the second generation NerveGear and AmuSphere, the in development AmuSphere 2, the non-entertainment Medicuboid, and the fourth generation Soul Translator (STL). VRMMOs include the RPG Sword Art Online and its successor ALfheim Online (ALO), the free to play RPG Asuka Empire, and the post-apocalyptic sci-fi RPG Gun Gale Online (GGO) by American company Zaskar. An in-game terminal in the VRMMO LUNASCAPE was used to attempt to access data in a VRMMO for pretty female models. Project Alicization (Underworld) is a simulation using game mechanics.
  • In Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki (A Certain Middle-Aged Man's VRMMO Activity Log), there is the VRMMO One More Free Life Online.
  • In Under City, there are online games including the survival game Under City.
  • In The World God Only Knows, there are several Dating Sim games on the PFP, including Crayon – Sora no Art and Yokkyun, and the horror game Saiontourou, or Favor of the Western Lantern .
  • Yggdrasil is about the online game Yggdrasil.
  • In Yo-kai Watch, there is Yolo Watch.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, there is Virtual VS, a virtual arcade fighting game. One fighter is Bruce Lee Expy Bruce Ryu, who uses a move called "One Inch Punch".
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, there is a Riding Duel game where the player has Cup Ramen Man as an opponent; Jeagar knew a special code that unlocked a Duel Puzzle, that, when solved, granted access to confidential files.
  • In Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san Chapter 79, "Super Strategy! The Cursed Game", the computer RPG Desire Quest is a game created by an amateur game maker who died before the game was released to the public. Desiring players, the game appeared on download sites, entrapping players in the game world, whereby one must win to leave the game.
  • In Yureka, there is the VR game Lost Saga.
  • Yuujou Kakin Kalman Gain is about the mobile game Karman Gain.
  • YuYu Hakusho has Goblin City. Gamemaster allows us to learn more about it.
  • Zero no Shiniki is a manga about gaming.

    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.
  • In Batman Inc. vol. 2 #1, there is a Bed Bug arcade cabinet next to a Polybius cabinet.
  • In Donald Duck Adventures, there is the Game Toy.
  • In G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Slip-Stream plays the arcade game Mig Waxer, in issue #54, "Launch Base".
  • 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.
  • The Playtendo game console is mentioned in JLA: World Without Grown-Ups #1.
  • In Jughead and Friends #15, there is the game Bone Breaker IV.
  • World of Hackcraft is an 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 is 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: Bloodstorm and Police Rampage 3 arcade games at the Noiseland Arcade (Bart Simpson #15, "Another One of Professor Frink's Partly Probable Parables: Bart Version 2.0"), Grand Theft Krusty (Bart Simpson #22, "Bait and Cackle"), console games Autopsy Jr., Cute Land, Drive Like an Idiot III, Endless Quest 2, Itchy and Scratchy Abattoir Antics! and Robot Assassin: 2 at the The Game Pit (Bart Simpson #54, "Let the Games Begin!"), Teenage Zombie Death Gauntlet 4 for the Game-Bro handheld (Bart Simpson #58, "It's the Thoughtlessness that Counts"), Krusty Bowl-A-Rama (Bart Simpson #66, "I'm Lisa Simpson, Who the Heck are You?"), Bonestorm Legacy, Rasslin 2013 and a driving game on the PS3 style Gamestation 979 console (Bart Simpson #84, cover), Bonestorm IO (Bart Simpson #91, "Radioactive Milhouse"), Violent Zoo Starfighters XVIII on the GameCube (Bart Simpson #93, "Zoo Game"), Krusty's Rental Properties Management Game! and Skateboard Renegade IV (Bart Simpson #98, "Skateboard Renegade"), 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, Extreme Tango Dance Party, played at home by Ned Flanders, and School Daze, a game created by Ned Flanders (Simpsons Comics #110, "Bad News Bearer"), MMORPG Bart of War (Craft) and the virtual world Second Hand-Life (Simpsons Comics #161, "Mighty MMORPG Player Ragers'"), Button Masher 3 and Playground: The Game (Simpsons Comics #200, "Be Aware, Play with Care!"), Noah's Arkanoid, Sesame Street Fighter, and Space Defenders arcade games (Simpsons Comics #218, "Spaced Out!"), Olimpick Games Splatter Zone 3 (The Simpsons Go for the Gold, "Bummer Games"), Escape From Grandma's House IV: The Night Over (Simpsons Illustrated #4, "Loused Weekend"), Innocent Bystander III at the Noiseland Arcade (Simpsons Illustrated #9, The Simpsons: Kids in the Mall), King of Violence 8: Octagon of Pain (The Simpsons Summer Shindig #3, "Moron Kombat!"), 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!").
  • In The Tick, there is the Game Guy handheld video game system.
  • Multi-World is a computer game in the Marvel Comics The Transformers comic book; Optimus Prime and Megatron battle in the virtual world of this game, ending with Prime's apparent death.
  • Aboard starship Entreprise-2601 in Pouvoirpoint, on several occasions we see the characters playing a first person perspective video game in black and green wireframe, called Death Race in non-Euclidean environment (visually inspired by 1979 Commodore PET game Ratrun). To defeat the boss Sly Lozenge, the player must find the Power Polyhedron, which activates Hyperbolic Crystals. This raises the specter of the Rectangle of the Mountain, who grants the player Symplectic Invincibility...
    • They also play an unnamed 8-bit fighting game, with a red fighter against a blue fighter. Lots of ButtonMashing seems to be involved.

    Comic Strip 
  • In FoxTrot, there are the games Duke Quakem, Mortal Karnage, Nice City, Primal Instinct, Super Earthworm Mario Country 3, World of Warquest, the Mobile Phone Game Candy™Farm™Dungeon™, and the Jupiter 64 Gamestation.
  • In Hsu and Chan, the Tanaka Bros. Game Development company makes knockoff games like Bad Milage 2000 and Pocket Morons.
  • In Pooch Café, there is the arcade game Alien Attack.
  • Eyez Of Zeye from Luann, a game developed by Elwood about a typical female scantily-clad space hero; eventually made into a movie that became a Franchise Killer due to Tiffany's lousy acting.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • In Futurama: Bender's Big Score, an attack on an alien planet is displayed on the video game system the aliens are playing.
  • In Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs, there are the arcade games Coin Vacuum, Exlaxian, Extreme Flosser, Honkey Kong, Ms. Marple Madness, Normal Kombat, Shovel Command, and a handheld version of Pong with a paddle as tall as the height of the screen.
  • In Toy Story, arcade games at the Pizza Planet include Annihilator, Black Hole, Do Unto Others, Kabookey!, Planet Killer, and Scooter Attack. In Buzz Lightyear: Mission Logs, there is the game Astroblaster.
  • In Toy Story 2, the Buzz Lightyear game Buzz Lightyear: Attack on Zurg looked very cinematic for a Super NES game, compared to other prerendered games on the platform, such as the Donkey Kong Country series. The video game of Toy Story 3 has a defictionalized level of the game.
  • In Monster House, the game Thou Art Dead 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. Other games at the arcade include Fatal Assault, Hoop Jamz, Motoracing, Target Bravo, Time Hunter 4, Turbo Time, and Undead Apocalypse 3. The ending credits suggest there are older versions of the games, the modern games being the latest in a series. Many of the games are made by the TobiKomi company. Two characters, Saitine and the Sorceress, are from unknown games. Extreme EZ Livin' 2, the sequel to EZ Livin' and Extreme EZ Livin', was a social game and Wide Open Sandbox game that was cut from the movie.
  • 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.
  • In The Simpsons Movie, there is the Grand Theft Walrus arcade game, later shown on the series, and Baby Blast, played on a Game Boy style handheld.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • James plays a "Bionic Mutant" arcade video game in Adventureland.
  • Alien: Resurrection has an "Atom Zone" game.
  • In Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, there is E.T. 2 on the Atari 2600, known as Eee Tee 2.
  • In Arcade, the VR game Arcade is made by the company Vertigo/Tronic.
  • In Avalon, there is the 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).
  • In Detention, there is 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.
  • In Eagle Vs Shark, there is Fight Man.
  • In Elephant, there is an FPS based on the characters from Gerry.
  • In eXistenZ, there are 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 
  • In Gamer, Ken Castle creates the games Society and Slayers, games that control real people with mind controlling nanobots.
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Sovereign use a video game-like interface to command their ships during battle. Peter Quill finds Groot playing a game on a translucent handheld device.
  • In Hellraiser: Hellworld, Hellworld is an online computer game based on Hellraiser.
  • In Her, there is the game Alien Child.
  • In Herbie: Fully Loaded, there is the racing game Trip Murphy: Undefeated.
  • In Hostage, there is the game Wubba Zorg.
  • The young boy hostage in Inside Man is seen playing an anonymous Grand Theft Auto clone on his PlayStation Portable, which is apparently more focused on Scoring Points and cinematic kills than its inspiration. The film's villain expresses his disgust with the game after playing for a little while, saying he'll talk to the boy's father about it.
  • In Kung Fury, there is Laser Unicorns, or Lazor Invader in the trailer.
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou has a "Zissou" pinball on the boat.
  • In The Lawnmower Man, there are VR games such as flying ships and racing, and an FPS involving shooting retro enemies.
  • In Malibu's Most Wanted, Tec mentions owning a GameCast.
  • In Man of the House, there are the games Subhumanoid Slaughterhouse 4000 and Subhumanoid Slaughterhouse 5000.
  • In Masterminds, the computer system's firewall is also a game program resembling a 3D dungeon crawler.
  • 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 
  • The 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 Bishop of Battle is an arcade game in the "Bishop of Battle"" segment of the movie Nightmares.
  • In The Nines, Gabriel is a game designer, featured in a video game magazine, whose game is an MMO similar to "EverCrack," where one can spend forty hours a week as a mule, collecting Thunderleaf or whatever. Sierra ended up doing just that for her ex-boyfriend, who ran out of inventory space.
  • 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 is an arcade game in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • In 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.
  • In Police Academy: Mission to Moscow, there is the Russian game The Game, starring Boris Bear, and the new game, The Adventure of Boris Bear.
  • In the 2011 film Ra.One, there is the wireless technology video game 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 is a 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.
  • In Storm Watch, there is the game Shock.
  • In The Thing (1982), Chess Wizard is a dedicated computer system for playing Chess software.
  • TRON featured "Space Paranoids", and the famous "Light Cycles", developed and published by ENCOM.
    • 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.
  • In TRON: Legacy, the TRON arcade game is published by ENCOM instead of Bally/Midway. In the Flynn Lives ARG, Kevin Flynn created the arcade games Arc Wars, Astro Gunner, Code Wars, The End, Intruder, Kraz-bot, Matrix Blaster, and Vice Squad.
  • 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. There is also the game company ProtoVision, not to be confused with the Commodore 64 developer Protovision. Other games and/or military simulations include Air-To-Ground Actions, Desert Warfare, Falken's Maze, Fighter Combat, Guerilla Engagement, Theaterwide Biotoxic And Chemical Warfare, and Theaterwide Tactical Warfare.
  • In Wayne's World, Zantar is an arcade game at the video arcade chain Noah's Arcade, about a gelatinous cube eating warriors in a village, and their chieftain.
  • In The Wrestler, Wrestle Jam '88 is a pro wrestling game on the NES.

    Literature 
  • In ½ Prince, Second Life is a fantasy MMORPG that is different than the actual Second Life.
  • In the Alex Rider novel Eagle Strike, there is the Gameslayer video game console.
  • In Armada, there are the Armada and Terra Firma video games.
  • Epic, Saga, and Edda are virtual worlds in The Avatar Chronicles.
  • The Bart Book mentions a Futurama arcade game, and the arcade game Escape From Grandma's House III: The Great Thanksgiving Disaster.
  • 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.
  • In B to the F: The Novelization of the Feature Film, the games Back to the Future: Marty Quest and Back to the Future: Marty Quest II reference the adventure game styled tone of the novelization. The first game has been defictionalized.
  • 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!.
  • In Fix This Mess! by Tedd Arnold, there is the PZ2 game console.
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there is the PlayStation game Mega-Mutilation Part Three.
  • In the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy novel Only You Can Save Mankind, there are the games Alabama Smith and the Jewels of Fate, Megasteroids, and the Shoot 'em Up Only You Can Save Mankind.
  • Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear is a light novel about a VRMMO.
  • In Labyrinth of Reflections, Labyrinth of Death is a VR cyberspace MMO inspired by Doom.
  • In The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, there is the MMO Continent of Magic, and the VRMMO Royal Road.
  • In Lucky Wander Boy, there are the Lucky Wander Boy and Eviscerator arcade games.
  • Mogworld is an MMORPG featured in the Ben Croshaw novel Mogworld.
  • In NEET dakedo Hello Work ni Ittara Isekai ni Tsuretekareta, there is Miniature Garden of Razgrad World, or Razgrad World.
  • In The Octonauts and the Frown Fish, the game Turtle Tactic is played on the Buntendo system.
  • Tad Williams' Otherland series features a ton of these - appropriately since it's set 20 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.
  • In The Gamers novel Pwned, Fartherall Online is an MMORPG based on the tabletop RPG.
  • In Quarantine, there is HyperNova.
  • In The New Gate, there is The New Gate an online game that becomes The Most Dangerous Video Game.
  • 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.
  • In Diane Duane's Star Trek Expanded Universe novel 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 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.
  • The Discworld setting has a couple of Clockpunk and Magitek versions.
    • The Barbarian Invaders coin-op machine in Soul Music, a Leonard of Quirm creation powered by lots of rubber bands.
    • In The Science of Discworld, the Senior Wrangler recalls entering the High Energy Magic building and finding some students gathered round the magical computer Hex shouting things like "I've got the battering ram! Eat hot naptha, evil dog!"

    Live-Action TV 
  • In 2point4 Children, "Badger's Bend" has Ninja Badgers.
  • In All That, there is the Lame Boy handheld video game system.
  • Ace Lightning and the Carnival of Doom from Ace Lightning.
  • In Big Wolf on Campus, there is Dirk Strykem.
  • In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, there is the Kwazy Cupcakes phone game.
  • "Better Than Life" is a Total Immersion Video Game from Red Dwarf.
  • Caprica had a V-World game called "New Cap City", a reference to Grand Theft Auto.
  • In Chuck, there is 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.
  • In Cold Case, Defector III is a two person fighting game, classified as an RPG.
  • In Community, there is Battle Call, a game played by a boy in Tokyo, and Construction Snake, the precursor to Donkey Kong. The episode "Digital Estate Planning" featured Journey to the Center of 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.
  • In The Cosby Show, "For Men Only" focuses on Olivia playing video games.
  • In Criminal Minds, S8 E8, "The Wheels on the Bus," there is 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".
  • In CSI, S11 E18, "Hitting for the Cycle", there is the "war-based game" Aeron's Legion on its videogame-centric episode.
  • CSI: Miami
    • In S3 E18, "Game Over", there is Thrash Canyon, by Dave Strong Studios, winner of the "Best Overall Title" game award, featuring Tony Hawk expy Dave Strong, and Skate Park Extreme, a skate park sim developed with motion capture technology.
    • In S4 E9, "Urban Hellraisers", there is Urban Hellraisers, a console GTA clone whose game developer willfully distributes weapons to the game players to commit murder in real life.
  • In The Daily Show, there is Homo-Bortion City: Sexy Edition.
  • In Deadly Games, there are 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.
  • In Dexter 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.
  • In Drake & Josh, there is Demolition Driver, Grand Theft Driveway, game companies Bitsumishi and Pentendo, and game consoles GamePod, GameSphere, and Pentendo GS.
  • In Family Matters, there is a Mortal Kombat style video game in "Scammed".
  • In Full House season 8, episode 9, "Stephanie's Wild Ride" has SNES game Montezuma's Quest, played with an NES Max gamepad. The objective of the game is to find three magic keys. The player can choose between taking the stairs or the hall, and can eat Power Biscuits to replenish power. Locations include The Magic Universe, and The Pasture of Lost Hope.
  • In Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything, there are the video games Arctic Warfare, Big Rampaging Ape, Call of Honor 2: Honor the Call, Dance Dance Riot, Monster Truck Bloodbath, Phantom Ops III, Pony Kong, Prison Escape 6, Psycho Zombie Bloodbath, Stealth Ops III, Super Kart Man, Turtle Taxi, Ultimate Hero, Volleyball Hero, the fighting game Superhero Apocalypse, a Whoopsie! Wii-mote game based on the Whoopsie! board game, the arcade games City Grind, Donkey Bonanza, Dragon Hero, and Moon Blaster, the racing arcade game Speedy Demon, the handheld game Zoo Party and the online handheld game World of Warlocks, and the apps Balloon Animal Picnic and Puddin' Party.
  • In Ghost Whisperer, the season 4 episode "Ghost in the Machine" has Alt World-2, a Second Life expy.
  • In The Greatest American Hero, there is the game Wizards And Warlocks.
  • In Heroes Reborn, EverNow: The Katana Girl Saga is produced by the company Reisen and created by Hachiro Otomo, who worked on the games Cuban and Barrel Bo.
  • In Home Improvement, there is the game Monkey Town.
  • In House, there is 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.
  • In iCarly, in "iStage an Intervention", there is the arcade game Pak-Rat, defictionalized on Nick.com.
  • In It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, in "Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats", there is an unidentified FPS on the Xbox360. In "Charlie Rules the World", there is the post-apocalyptic game TechPocalypse, for PC and smartphones.
  • In jPod, there is a skateboarding game by the game developer Neotronic Arts.
  • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid has its characters draw their powers from various video games across a bunch of different genres. The original set of games was programmed in a way so that they had computer viruses that somehow started manifesting as biological viruses. The games include Mighty Action X, Mighty Brothers XX, Maximum Mighty X (a platformer series), Taddle Quest, Taddle Fantasy, Taddle Legacy, (RPGs), Bang Bang Shooting (FPS), Bang Bang Simulation (military sim), Bakusou Bike (combat racer), Gekitotsu Robots (mecha game), DoReMiFa Beat (rhythm game), Jet Combat (shoot-em-up), Giri Giri Chambara (something involving samurai; likely hack-n-slash), Shakariki Sports (stunt biking), Drago Knight Hunter Z (Monster Hunter clone), Dangerous Zombie (survival horror), Knockout Fighter (fighter), Perfect Puzzle (Match-Three Game), Tokimeki Crisis (Dating Sim), Kamen Rider Chronicle (Survival Sandbox/Mascot Fighter), and Hyper Muteki (based on an Invincibility Powerup and/or cheat device rather than a game genre). (And those are just the ones with some plot importance; a handful of others show up in tie-in projects.)
  • In Killer Instinct, in the episode "Game Over", there is a GTA clone called Murder One, played with a steering wheel controller.
  • In Killer Net, there is the Killer Net online computer game.
  • In Law & Order: Criminal Intent, S3 E10, "F.P.S.", there is 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.
  • 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), and there is a Glasgowman game based on "Glasgowman's Wrath".
  • In Life With Derek, there is the game Babe Raider.
  • 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.
  • In Mad TV episode 243, the game Rugrats Spelling Bee is mentioned.
  • In Malcolm in the Middle, there are the games Fishing for Fishies, Jump Jump Dance Party, and The Virts.
  • 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.
  • In Mr. Robot, the Fsociety arcade headquarters includes the arcade games Alien Terrain, Intergalactic Planetary, Mallard Murder, and Thunder Ball.
  • In My Bedbugs, there is a 2D sidescroller in an ocean setting, and a Game Boy style handheld with Select and Start buttons below the D-pad.
  • 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.
  • In NUMB3RS, there is the online RPG Primacy.
  • Pixelface is set inside a game console known as The Console, with video game characters from the dancing game Groove Academy 2, the action-adventure game Legend Hunter, the zombie battling game Return to Zombie City, the animal-themed apple collecting game Rex Dynamo, the alien shooting game Sentient Force, and the questing game Sword of the Ancients.
  • In Polizeiruf 110, Killman 4 is a PC game about Child Soldiers.
  • The Rules of Engagement episode "Old School Jeff" featured a "Poker Pinball" game.
  • Vikings of the Realm in the Rizzoli & Isles ep "Virtual Love".
  • In Seven Days, arcade games include a Dark Night FPS, and a wrestling game.
  • Square One TV's Mathman resembled the Apple ][ game Number Munchers.
  • In The Stand, there is the Black Rose pinball game.
  • The Stargate SG-1 season 8 episode "Avatar" has a virtual reality combat training simulator.
  • In Stargate Universe, Prometheus is an MMORPG, in the episode "Air, Part 1", with footage from the canceled Stargate Worlds.
  • The Ktarian game on the pleasure planet Risa, 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.
  • In The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, there is the game Super Martin Bros.
  • 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.
  • In Tremors, Chang's Market features the arcade games Graboids and Shriekers.
  • In True Jackson, VP, there is Wombat Kombat.
  • In Warehouse 13, the episode "Don't Hate The Player" has the BRAID (Bioelectric Reality Augmentation Interactive Device) virtual reality headset.
  • In Welcome Freshmen, there is the game Kick Dad's Butt.
  • In Workaholics, in the episode "In Line", there is the game Code Of Ronin: Undead Apocalypse.
  • The First Person Shooter virtual reality game in The X-Files episode "First Person Shooter".

    Magazines 
  • In Amiga Power, there is HeapzOFun 2000 and Kill The Prez.
  • In Computer Gaming World, there is 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.
  • GamePro featured video game parodies like Actually, Tomorrow Does Die, The Adventures Of Laxative Larry, Back-Seat Driver, Bran Turismo 2 Race To The Bathroom, Britney Spears Bubbles Bobble, The Cleveland Browns in Ready 2 Fumble, Cruis'n Aimlessly, Dork Fu, Dreamcrashed, The Duke Of Hazzard, Filet of SoleCalibur, Final Fantasy MMMCLVIII The Beginning, Game Weak, Knockout Queens 2000, Liquor Cabinet Raider: The Last Inebriation, Martin Scorcese's Crazy Taxi Driver, Marvel Vs. Capcom Vs. Microsoft, Mortal Kombat Old, Perfectly Dark, Poke Meaningless, President Evil Code Monica, Quack III: A Real Bad Game, Rejections, Reverse Driver 2, Star Bores Episode 1 Eraser, Vigilante 8: Yankess 5, the game consoles CrapStation 64Box and PainStation, the handheld Lame Boy Colorless, and the game companies Lucasfarts, Nofriendo, South Geek Interactive, SquareCircileTraiangleAndHoldStart, Tee Hee Interactive, and You're O-Kom, I'm O-Kom.
  • In Games For Windows: The Official Magazine, there is Casimmo Royale, The Hundred Years War, Tomb Raider Classic, W.A.N.K.E.R, and Zoo Tycoon: Monkeys Monkeys Monkeys!!. Continuing from Computer Gaming World, Braak Studios is mentioned as the developers of the Xanthor fantasy strategy game series, including 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.
  • In MAD, video game parodies included Amish Barn Raising Fever, Championship Nazi Volleyball, Crackman, Fat Guys Showertime Shenanigans, Grandma's Bitchin' Buick Burnout, Grand Theft Amish, Lorena Bobbivv's Emasculator Challenge, Pope John Paul II Stock Car Challenge, Pukeswap, SissyFighter, Virtual Baseball: The '94 World Series, and the PainStation console.
  • In Mad Kids #10, "The Least Popular Wii Games" features games like The Wii Omelet Station.
  • In the US version of PC Gamer, there is the Coconut Monkey game Gravy Trader, rated with a score of 101%.

    Music 
  • 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."
  • In "Hand Springs" by The White Stripes, there is the pinball game Stand By Your Man.
  • In the video for "Please Use This Song" by Jon Lajoie, there is the game Prostitute Hunter 5.
  • 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.
  • Super Slugfest shows up in The Simpsons music video, "Deep, Deep Trouble", during the line "A fist fight or two, and Nintendo for cash", where Nintendo is meant as a term for video games in general. Martin and Nelson play the console with single-button joysticks.

    Podcast 
  • In the RiffTrax of The Wizard, there is a mention of the arcade game Regular Dragon, and the Nintendo game Car Whackers.

    Toys 
  • Topps' 1991 and 1998 Flashback Series II Wacky Packages feature Stupid Moron Bros. 2 by Nutendo, played on a console that uses VHS tapes as a data storage medium.

    Video Games 
  • The Nintari game system on The Adventures of Willy Beamish has a Super Mario Bros clone called Monster Squad Willy practices on for the national Nintari competition/Nintari championship. The Sega CD version has the Nintari game system's playable Monster Squad game subtitled Super Space K'Noidtrix, 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.
  • In Backyard Hockey 2005, there is Evil Beaver.
  • The NES-esque Tranoid, from the song of the same name in beatmania IIDX 14. note 
  • In Bitcoin Billionaire, the player can have an unnamed arcade cabinet in their room. The ticker mentions Frogger Kong. The video game industry achievements mention 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.
  • The Townies clique in Bully talk about this great game "where you kill people and take their stuff. What's it called again?" Grottos & Goblins
  • In Cibele, there is the Final Fantasy XI expy Valtameri, a fantasy MMORPG.
  • In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, there is Disterra: Minute Of Blackness.
  • In Doom 3, there is Super Turbo Turkey Puncher 3 by Nabcon, 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.
    • Resurrection of Evil has Sarge's Big Game Hunt, another arcade game by Nabcon.
  • DOOM includes a different version of the arcade game Super Turbo Turkey Puncher 3.
  • 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 EarthBound Beginnings, the line "Have you played Dragon Quest IV? I'm still having trouble with Dragon Quest III" was changed to reference Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Bros. 7.
  • Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard is supposedly the latest incarnation of an entire fictional video game franchise. The followup, Matt Hazard: Blood Bath & Beyond, continues making reference to the franchise.
  • In Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, pinball machines can be found with the visible words "White Star" in the title, a possible reference to the WhiteStar Board System by Sega Pinball and Stern Pinball.
  • The Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon store sells a non-existent version of the game on floppy disk for the Commodore 64/128.
  • In Final Fantasy VII, there are the games 3D Battler, G-Bike, Snowboarding Simulator and Submarine Simulator.
  • In Final Fantasy XV, there's Justice Monsters Five, a rather engaging video pinball game. Defictionalized as a Mobile Phone Game.
  • In Freedom Fighters, there is the Soviet Armed Forces Network (SAFN).
  • Glitch Strikers takes place in several video game worlds, including Hyper Manni Pals.
  • In Gone Home, there are the SNES games Adventurous The Cat Returns, the sequel to Adventurous The Cat, JRPG Journey of Crystal, the sequel to Secret of Time Crystal, and the Star Fox style space shooter Super Spitfire, by CMP. The Fullbright website provides some details.
  • Grand Theft Auto
    • Grand Theft Auto III has ads for Pogo the Monkey, the best Spring and Simian game since Bouncing Bananas. Referenced by a Pogo the Monkey arcade machine in the cab firm in Vice City.
    • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has GTA Radio station commercials for the Degenetron game system, which features such titles as Defender of the Faith, "Where you save the green dots with your fantastic flying red square!," Monkey's Paradise, and Penetrator. In San Andreas, you can actually play these games on retro arcade machines. The Rockstar Games site has defictionalized versions.
    • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, there are playable arcade games, including Duality, based on Asteroids, Go Go Space Monkey, Let's Get Ready to Bumble, aka Bee Bee Gone, and They Crawled from Uranus, based on Gyruss.
    • The Space Monkey series continues with Space Monkey 3D and Space Monkey 7.
    • The EXsorbeo is a Game Boy style handheld, with Brown EXsorbeo SImulator, Pink EXsorbeo Vibrate, and Yellow EXsorbeo variants. Games include Free the Hostages, Morning Missile Crisis, Mortal Sin, One Eyed Monster War (Defictionalized on the EXsorbeo site), Pocket Pool, Squirt, Tonsil Hockey, and ZIF.
    • The EXsorbeo 720 is the latest generation EXsorbeo console, featuring first person shooters like Pride not Prejudice, and Righteous Slaughter 7: The Art of Contemporary Killing, released only three months after Righteous Slaughter 6.
    • QUB3D is an arcade puzzle game appearing in the HD continuity.
    • In Grand Theft Auto Online, Don't Cross the Line is an arcade game based on Snake.
  • In Gunslugs, there is 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.
  • In Industry Giant, there is the Game Girl handheld console.
  • In Kid Chameleon, there is the WildSide VR holographic arcade game.
  • The description of the Kung Fury: Street Rage Mobile Phone Game claims that the game is an "upgraded HT-3000 cartridge" with "all the good stuff you loved in the first game."
  • Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies is an 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.
  • In Little Big Planet 2, there is the Cosmos Invasion arcade game, Finest Parmesan arcade game, and the Pong-like game Science Diner.
  • Anim-X is a game developer in the ARG Majestic.
  • Maniac Mansion has an arcade 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".)
  • In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the Game Boy Horror SP is a handheld that increases rare drops from enemies.
  • 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.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the Mailbox SP is a messaging device resembling a Game Boy Advance SP.
  • Polybius... We hope... Defictionalized: Good luck!
  • In Prey (2006), there is the game Rune Man.
  • 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.
  • In Segagaga, Sega developer Segagaga makes games like Alisa the Moe Moe Secretary, Ape Wombat 2, Borazon Ball, Darairama, Daken X, Final Pharmacy VIII, Garou Dentetu, Jumbo, Lolly-X, Mortal Wombat, Odanov, Oilan King, Okame Boost, Otalu Gear Solid, the Segagaga Sports game Sega Lolly, Sppon, To Hato, Valkyrie Frohaile, and Wethedorry. Sega's rival is Dogma, producers of the Dogma Pyramid.
  • In Senran Kagura: New Wave, on an S Rare card, Karasu, a guitarist on the band A.R.C. Angels, is playing a PlayStation 4 style console with a purple LED light. The console has a gamepad with a circular purple D-pad, select and start buttons, a center button similar to an Xbox controller, and purple buttons similar to an SNES controller. The game is possibly a fighting game: the screen says, "You Win!".
  • Overwatch features several arcade cabinets featuring fictional video games inspired by other Blizzard games, including Super Siege Mode (Starcraft meets Metal Slug), Fighters of the Storm (Heroes of the Storm meets Street Fighter), and The Lost Vikings VI (a verticle SHMUP similar to Lost Viking from Starcraft II). There's also 16-Bit Hero, where the character D.Va learns to shoot things from there, and the protagonist looked like a 16-Bit Jim Raynor. The genre of the game is unknown though.
  • The Simpsons arcade game has an Aliens arcade cabinet, but it is not an Aliens arcade cabinet — the alien on the screen is a green alien with three eyes.
  • In The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield, Noiseland Arcade has the return of Larry the Looter, Nuclear Winter, and Super Slugfest from the show, and the exclusive appearance of Dance Fever '97, Dougie Houser: The Game (the correct spelling is Howser), Krusty's Carnival of Kash, and Smite of the Bumble Bee.
  • In The Simpsons: Hit & Run, there is Bonestorm II.
  • In The Simpsons Game, there is Escape From Krusty Island, Grand Theft Scratchy, Krusty's Stop & Go, Sim Kitty, Sim Sandwich, 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.
  • In The Simpsons: Tapped Out, there is The Happy Little Elves Game on the MyPad.
  • In The Sims 2, there is Pimp Viking, SimStation Dance, SimStation Sports, and Sweet Tooth Survivor.
  • In Siren 2, there is 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.
  • In Siren: Blood Curse, there is the 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.
  • In Skyborg: Into the Vortex, there is Virtual PongQuest.
  • Space Quest
    • In Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon, there is ScumSoft's Astro Chicken arcade game. According to the manual, ScumSoft has published Stuntfloggers, Aquatron and Scumword.
    • In 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), and Max This! Software's Sim Sim. Two Dummied Out games include Sahara Off-Ramp's Dacron Danny Does Dirty Deeds in the Dark Wearing Drip-dry Duds, and Stunt Flyer by Sierra. 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'. Roger remembers playing Blazin' Paddles as a youth. 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.
    • In 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. On the Eureka, the computer is "running a highly complex virtual reality program" resembling Pong.
    • In Space Quest VI: Roger Wilco in The Spinal Frontier, the Dismembers Only arcade features 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.
  • Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People
    • In Homestar Ruiner, the Snake Boxer series of Videlectrix games on the FunMachine includes Snake Boxer, Snake Boxer 2: The Biting of Boxer Joe, Snake Boxer 3: Solving Problems Through Diplomacy, Snake Boxer 4: Lady Snake Parade, and the playable Snake Boxer V, aka Snake Boxer 5. The crossover game Poker Night at the Inventory mentions Snake Boxer 6: Now The Snakes Have Fists Too.
    • In 8-Bit is Enough, there are the games Gel-Arshie's Pro Fruitboarder, Halfathlon, and Space Circus Catastrophe.
  • Beetle Mania is a playable game in Super Mario RPG.
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization takes place in the VRMMO Sword Art: Origin.
  • In System Shock 2, there is the GamePig Entertainment Device, an MFD Game Player that can play an MFD Game Cartridge or be hacked to display all the games available, most of which star Grunty the Gaming Pig. This includes Corporate Swine, Golf, OverWorld Zero, Swine Hunter, Swinekeeper, Street Hog, and Tic-Tac-Triop.
  • TOME takes place in an alternate universe version of the video game world known as the Terrain of Magical Expertise.
  • In Valkyrie Crusade, the Game Master, wearing headphones, is playing a console with a PlayStation style gamepad with shoulder buttons. The Ultimate Rare shows a white gamepad with a D-Pad on the left, and Super Famicom style buttons on the right, and the High Ultimate Rare shows a black gamepad, flipped to a D-Pad on the right, and buttons on the left.
  • The WarioWare series is about Wario's game company developing a series of microgames such as Pyoro. The companies Diamond Software and Wario-Man Software also appear.
  • In Wayne's World on the SNES/Genesis, Wayne and Garth list the week's worst games at Noah's arcade: Regarding Henry: the Video Game, Bick's World of Goop, Adventures of the Potato People: Where's Our Stuff?, Toxic Timmy the Nuclear Knob, Sputnik the Bowl Weevil, Gord's Funtime Checkers, Supersonic the Lyme Tick, Toxic Timmy 2: I'll Waste You All!, Slob and Goober, and Zantar the Gelatinous Cube from the film, only Garth mentions saving medieval villagers instead of eating them. Zantar comes to life from inside the machine and traps Wayne and Garth inside a video game reality, based on Kramer's Music Store, Stan Mikita's Donut Shop, the Gasworks nightclub, and Suburbia. In the video game reality, there are many arcade cabinets. Zantar's purple tentacle captures Garth, keeping him imprisoned within the gelatinous cube form until freed by Wayne. Recounting the incident on the show, Wayne suspects Zantar was keeping them from winning the game Zantar and pursuing their geo-political goals of world peace and a stabilized international currency market. Garth warns the audience to be careful the next time they are at the arcade, as they too could become trapped inside of a game.
  • The Wing Commander III manual mentions the game Hover-Chopper Assault IX.
  • 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 
  • In Bonus Stage, there is Elly In Balloonland, Evil's MMORPG, Joel's Adventure, and Robo Rya.
  • Homestar Runner has quite a few of these made by the fictional company Videlectrix. Some have been defictionalized.
    • "Strong Bad's Message Bored" features the Atari 2600 Retraux games Armless Invaders, The Cheat's Smoking Challenge, and Nighttime Driving Type Game.
    • The menu "Super Old Games-n-Such", formerly "Super Fun Games-n-Such", resembles a handheld system that can play Astro-Lite 2600, Audition with Marzipan, Bronco Trolleys, Dancin' Bubs, Fortune Cookies, Hairstyle Runner, Homestar Quiz, Homestar Talker, Strong Libs, and Who Said What?
    • The Videlectrix game catalog includes playable games like 50K Racewalker, and screenshots and box art of unplayable games, including King Dingo, Salad Daze, and Duck Guardian 2, the unplayable sequel to Duck Guardian One, starring the popular comic strip character Ron Planet.
    • In "duck pond", the duck feeding simulator Duck Pond can be played on the Tandy 400 and the Atari 2600.
    • In "lures & jigs", Fishing Challenge '91 is a game by Totalsoft Electronicals LLC,,.
    • "monster truck" introduces Awexome Cross '98, playable on the Videlectrix catalog.
    • In "2 emails", Pigs on Head is a Videlectrix computer game, an LCD game on the Videlectrix site, and one of the Sega tape games in "anything". Butcher Bros. was a planned sequel.
    • In "date", Homestar Runner and Marzipan Extra Real Dating Sim XR is a 1993 dating sim by Strong Bad Made a Game.
    • In "video games", RhinoFeeder is a Videlectrix game for the Super FunMachine.
    • The arcade game Typing Tutor Turbo appears in "the bet". The PC game Typing Tutor Jr. appears in "garage sale".
    • In "trading cards", the game C.H.E.A.T. resembles E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on the Atari 2600. On the "Everything Else, Volume 3" DVD, there is a playable Where's The Cheat? game with a similar looking title screen.
    • In "slumber party", games on Sega Genesis style cartridges, known as "Sega Tapes", include Blistergeist, Blood Bleeder, Clapping Party, Head Chopper 2, Saliva Quest, Scab Wars, and Throat Rip.
  • In PONY.MOV, Wolf Puncher 2 from the Panel Cartoon was defictionalized into a browser game.
  • The Smosh Babies episode, "LePrawn James the Video Game" has the Licensed Game of the same name, based on the Show Within a Show. Though no actual gameplay is shown, a commercial for it is, and Baby Mari is revealed to have a copy of the game, which Baby Ian and Baby Anthony (who have been grounded from playing video games) want to play.
  • TOME features the VR MMORPG TOME, in the video game world known as the Terrain of Magical Expertise.

    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.
  • In Cubetoons, there is the InuYasha Happy Box game console.
  • In Dinosaur Comics, there is Dino Quest I.
  • Homestuck gives us Sburb.
  • In Kid Radd, there are the games Kid Radd and Kid Radd II, Bunny and Chick Playland, Bunny and Chick Playland 2, Doom Platoon, Fighter Heroes, Final Legacy II, Island of Melba, Mofo, and Old Daedalus, and the companies Seveighto and SoftSoft.
  • In MegaTokyo, there is Endgames, Mosh Mosh Revolution, Punished Pinion, the Renai game Sight, and Super Moe-Moe Ball.
  • In Neglected Mario Characters, there are the games Fred Fred Revolution, Super Duper Mario Bros., and a Super Mario 4 that is not Super Mario World.
  • In OldSkooled, there is Righteous Chaps and WrestleVania, and from the Guest Strips, "Games that Never Made It", there is Riverdance Dance Revolution, Double Dragon Warrior, Deadly Towers 2, FOX's Temptation Island III, Smash C.D., You're a Daddy, Mario!, Metal Gear Harvest, MegaMario, and other cross-overs.
  • In Pokey the Penguin, there is Interactive Handshake Gold, and Nutty Arc-Dynamo.
  • In Sluggy Freelance, Years of Yarncraft (take a guess what it's a parody of), along with Fashion Rancher Waif on the PSP, Z-COM: UFO Defensiveness, and the Playstayshun and SuuWii consoles.
  • 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 
  • In The Angry Video Game Nerd, there is Alien Tiger Meteor Massacre In Middletown NJ (dedicated song by Project Mobius), Full House Tournament Fighter, expanded into gameplay footage on Youtube as a game by Shmapcom, Dr. Claw's Dump N' Pump on the SEGA Genesis, Lester the Unlikely sequels Lester the Unlikely 2 (Lester pulls down his pants, sucks his thumb and takes a shit), Lester the Unlikely 3 (Cannot get past the title screen. Push start, and Lester falls down and farts), Lester the Unlikely 4 on the SNES (doesn't work at all, causes the SNES to explode), Lester the Unlikely 5 (Not a game. A bag of shit), Lester the Unlikely on the PlayStation 4 (Disc made of orangutang diarrhea), New York 2017, and the Star Wars games Jar Jar Binks Bingo, Death Star Builder 3.0, Chewie Wookie Cookie Cookin', Storm Trooper Tennis, Jabba's Farts Unleashed, Wedge's Wedgie Attack, Fishing for Akbars, Super Sith Shit Toss: Tournament Edition, Boba Fett's Name Game, and Governor Tarkin vs. Count Dookie.
  • Chip n' Dale's MMORPG by COSBY Co. (based on Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers on the NES).
  • 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.
  • JonTron: Mario City Simulator, The Legend of Zelda: Modern Warfare and Zelda: MW3 ("Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts"), Willem Dafoe Basketball on the Genesis ("Nightshade: The Claws of HEUGH"), The Legend of Hercules: Ocarina of Time ("Hercules Games"), Call of Duty: Boats and Call of Duty: Sunk Boats DLC on Xbox One, and Schindler's List HD Remix ("Titenic"), True Sword & Lots Magic Adventure Boy ("Japanese Shoot 'Em Ups"), Star Wars: Bird vs Camel ("StarCade: Episode 1 - Atari Games"), Alderaan was an Inside Job, Resident Evil 4: Official Gungan Version ("StarCade: Episode 4 - Nintendo Star Wars"), and Jar Jar's Jar Jar Jar ("StarCade: Episode 5 - The Phantom Menace Games").
  • In Mega64, the Mega 64 is the ultimate gaming console, created by Dr. Poque.
  • Pablo "Psyco3ler" Belmonte's Nintendo On (NinOn) VR console, F-ZerO' on GameCube, Super Mario Universe and Super Mario Galaxy DS on the Nintendo DS, and a Majora's Mask HD remake.
  • 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.
  • On The Station, aka Nacho Punch, there is the game Grand Theft Auto for kids.
  • In the Super Mario Logan episode, "Bowser's Video Game", there is Charleyyy and Friends: The Video Game, a fictional Licensed Game based on Bowser's favorite Show Within a Show, Charleyyy and Friends.

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    Western Animation 
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, there is the game Startoad.
  • Adventure Time features a number of these courtesy of BMO, including "Conversation Parade" and "Guardians of Sunshine".
  • In ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks, video games appear in "Kickin' It Old School" and "Turf War". "Mystic Mountain" features the computer game Mystic Mountain Adventure.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball
    • The Z Station console supports games like Kebab Fighter and Suburban Karate Master, which was defictionalized on the Cartoon Network site to star Gumball and Darwin.
    • In "The Console", Gumball gets a Game Child handheld console as a late birthday present. When he tries to play a role-playing game called Inverted Paradox: The Enemy Within, the console turns all of Elmore into a pastiche of JRPGs.
  • In American Dad!, there is 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. In "May The Best Stan Win", there is a platformer featuring a pink rabbit collecting carrots and sushi, played on a "65" console with up to four wireless gamepads.
  • Immortal Wombat, and the Slamboy handheld video game system in Angela Anaconda.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force
    • In "Super Computer", the Gamebox game console is mentioned. The Legend of Zoltare is a Solitaire clone on the OoGhiJ MIQtxxXA "super galactic intelligence" super computer.
    • In "Video Ouija", a Atari 2600-style console plays Video Ouija, an electronic Ouija Board game, and Insult Master.
    • In "Moon Master", Moon Master is a game by Stay'n Side Games, with Atari 2600-style graphics. The game Ant Madness is just food left on the game console and jammed into the game console cartridge slot. Master Shake claims Meatwad plays a game called Anal Blazer, but this may simply be hyperbole.
    • In "Balloonenstein" and "Super Computer", Clam Digger is a Commodore 64 game.
    • In "Eggball", Master Shake builds a pinball machine with eighteen flippers, a fountain in the middle, and eggs as pinballs.
    • In "Kangarilla and the Magic Tarantula", Kangarilla and the Magic Tarantula is a Mobile Phone Game.
  • In Arthur, there is 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.
  • In Back to the Future, there is 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.)
  • Sentries of the Last Cosmos from the Batman Beyond episode of the same name, a popular interactive VR game.
  • A fifth season episode of The Batman has Dick Grayson playing a game similar to Mortal Kombat.
  • In the Battletoads pilot, there is a Ninja Attack arcade game.
  • In Bojack Horseman, there is 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.
  • In Camp Lazlo, there is the GamePrism game console.
  • In Clerks: The Animated Series, there is the Pharaoh arcade game.
  • In Code Monkeys, there is Alien vs Knights, Cracker Barrel, Nazi Sniper, Pogo Killer, Space Blaster, Space Blaster 2, Stonervision, and US Fest, and companies Bellecovision, Game-A-Vision, and Protendo.
  • In Cow and Chicken, "Squirt the Daisies" has the arcade game Immoral Wombat, and VR games Kick the Can and Squirt the Daisies.
  • In Da Boom Crew, Justin, Nate, Jubei and Ricki design a video game where they play heroes battling outer space villains. All of their adventures are on these "boom cards."
  • In Danny Phantom, there is the game Doomed, in the episodes "Teacher of the Year" and "Identity Crisis".
  • Whiffle Boy is a 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.
  • In Duckman, there is the Game Guy.
  • DuckTales (1987)
    • 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!
    • In "Power Mad!", there isa VR game system with several VR games. One game features ninja bunnies. Another has a Classroom of Doom level. The final boss is Robot Vicky. Some levels have been defictionalized in the Nick.com game Power Surge.
    • In "That Old Black Magic", there is a game featuring Robot Vicky, on a handheld game system.
    • In "Talkin' Trash", there is the V-Cube game Battle for Uranus.
    • The V-Cube game console appears in "Odd Ball" and "Nega-Timmy", and includes the games Digi Dunk 3000.
    • There is an arcade with a Virtua-Stud VR game in "Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary".
    • There is an arcade in "The Boy Who Would Be Queen".
    • There are several arcade games, including Cat Fighter, in "Go Young, West Man!"
    • There is a Personal Arcade in "Hassle in the Castle".
    • There is an arcade, a Game arcade cabinet, and "Fun Boy" handheld game system in "School's Out!: The Musical".
    • There is a Crash Nebula console game in "Smarty Pants".
    • There is a Crash Nebula in Power Plant! console game in "Deja Vu".
    • There is a Death Combat arcade game in "Totally Spaced Out".
    • There is a Godzilla-like video game played on a game console in "Power Pals!"
    • There is the game Socko, and other cartridge based games, in "Scary Godparents".
  • In Family Guy, there is Menstrual Ms. 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 is a computer game featured in Franklin.
  • Futurama
  • In Game Over, there is the video game world inhabited by the Smashenburn family. The world includes monsters (some from Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee), Grand Prix racing, beach volleyball, and Shaolin monks.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • The 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. "Waking Nightmare." mentions a computer game called Ultimate Thumb Wrestling starring Ambassador Crazy Fart, AKA Ultimate Thumb Wrestling Challenge.
  • In Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, there is a Moby-Dick game by Classic Novel Games.
  • In Invader Zim, Vampire Piggy Hunter is on both the Game Slave and Game Slave 2 portable game systems.
  • In the Jimmy Timmy Power Hour, The Decimator is a 3D Game Buddy game on CD.
  • 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.
  • Stumpy the squirrel from Kaeloo is always playing "Mr. Coolskin" video games.
  • In Kim Possible, games include the MMORPG Everlot, in the episode "Virtu-Ron", Zombie Mayhem, in the episode "Steal Wheels", and Zombie Mayhem 2 and Zombie Mayhem 3 in the episode "Motor Ed".
  • Blvd Brawlers 2 in Justice League Action, a "popular Fighting Game where fighters battle for street dominance", as Batman describes it. (He quickly adds that he knows this because Robin is fond of it.) Toyman rigs up a facsimile of it that uses the heroes as the fighters.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "Slice of Life", Button Mash plays an arcade game with a cube peripheral, possibly for voice commands, and there is a green arcade cabinet, with the decal of an apple surrounded by lightning.
  • 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 Maya & Miguel, there is a video game console resembling a PSone/Dreamcast in "The Bet".
  • In Metalocalypse, there are the games Donkey Punch and Wheelchair Bound.
  • Ultimate Mecha Strike III from Miraculous Ladybug, which looks like a typical Fighting Game with mechas. Marinette managed to surprise her friends by showing her skills at this game, even if that was only for spend time with Adrien, who is also a good player.
  • 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.
  • In the The Powerpuff Girls (2016) episode "Bye Bye Bellum", Dragon Wizard Skateboard Fighters is a game that involves blowing stuff up, flipping 1080° off a dragon spike, secret codes, and Character Customization, including a bunny hat.
  • In The Raccoons, the intro shows Cyril playing an Atari 2600 style game, where a a Cyril Sprite destroys trees and collects bags of money.
  • 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 is an arcade and console game featured in Regular Show.
  • In Rick and Morty, in "Mortynight Run", the intergalactic arcade Blips and Chitz includes the VR game Roy: A Life Well Lived, its sequel, Roy 2: Dave, and King Drog Face Race.
  • 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
    • In "Moaning Lisa", there is the Punch-Out-like Super Slugfest, played on a console with single button Atari 2600-style controllers. At the Noiseland Video Arcade, there are six unnamed arcade cabinets in a lobby area; a red cabinet and green cabinet visible on the wall across the entrance doors; a blue arcade cabinet on the right wall; an unseen cabinet at the lower right corner of the arcade; an aquamarine cabinet at the right of the entrance; a blue cabinet, red cabinet, and yellow cabinet at the left of the entrance; pink, green, and orange cabinets on the left wall, leading up to the change booth; an area to the right of the change booth with a blue, pink, and yellow-orange cabinet; on the wall opposite the change booth, an orange cabinet, a pink-orange cabinet, and a yellow-orange Eat My Shorts; a semi-circle area with a green arcade cabinet, ending in -"H the" and -"rels", an aquamarine cabinet, a pink cabinet starting with "Capt." and ending in "-sy", possibly "Noisy", a blue Pac Rat, a green Itchy Vs Scratchy, a red cabinet, a blue cabinet through an area past an archway, and to the right of the archway, yellow Freeway!, pink Escape from Grandma's House II, an orange cabinet, and Time Wasters, with a blue and yellow decal, played by Sherri and Terri Mackleberry, which is the unseen game to the right of the change booth, but is on the wrong wall; in an area further to the right of the change booth, "in the corner", a sequence of a blue Pac Rat, red Nuclear Winter, green Robert Goulet Destroyer, blue Escape from Grandmas House, yellow Eat My Shorts, pink Itchy Vs Scratchy, blue Pac Rat, and orange Time Waster (in other shots, the sequence is preserved, but both Pac Rat games change to Pac Rat II), and the arcade version of Super Slugfest, titled Slugfest on the arcade cabinet.
    • In "Bart Gets an F", at the Noiseland Video Arcade, there is a green-pink Robert Goulet Destroyer, purple Eat My Shorts, purple Itchy Vs Scratchy, and purple Escape from Grandmas House.
    • The arcade game Shark Bait appears in "Moaning Lisa, "Bart the Mother", "I Am Furious (Yellow)", and is also mentioned in The Bart Book.
    • The Great White Hunter arcade game appears at the Kwik-E-Mart in "Homer the Heretic", "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons", "Treehouse of Horror IX", "When You Dish Upon a Star", and "The Great Louse Detective", and is also mentioned in "The Homer Book".
    • The arcade game Time Waster appears in "Moaning Lisa", "Radio Bart", "Marge in Chains", "The PTA Disbands", "Sleeping with the Enemy", "Flaming Moe", and "The Daughter Also Rises", and is also mentioned in The Simpsons: Tapped Out.
    • Nuke or Nukes is an arcade game at the Kwik-E-Mart, appearing in "Homer the Heretic", "Marge in Chains", "Much Apu About Nothing", "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons", "Lisa the Simpson", "Treehouse of Horror IX", "When You Dish Upon a Star", and "The Great Louse Detective".
    • The Nuke Canada arcade game appears in "The Cartridge Family", "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love", and "Treehouse of Horror X".
    • The Escape from Death Row arcade game appears in "New Kid on the Block" and "The PTA Disbands", and is also mentioned in The Bart Book.
    • Bart and Lisa play a Chevy Chase Foul Play pinball, with the image of Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn, in "Rome-Old and Juli-Eh".
      Bart: "The graphics are great — the ball looks so real!"
    • Devil's Advocate pinball appears at the Kwik-E-Mart in "Insane Clown Poppy", at a bar in Homer's garage in "Homer the Moe", at Moe's Tavern in "Marge's Son Poisoning", and at Captain Blip's Zapateria in "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em", along with arcade games Click Clack, Monkey Kong, Remington Steele: The Game, Rocky III vs. Clara Peller, Space-Tac-Toe, Triangle Wars, and Unipede; a Polybius cabinet can be seen in the background, but whether or not that game is fictional is... unresolved.
    • Triangle Wars appears with Chevy Chase Foul Play pinball in "Rome-Old and Juli-Eh", appears at the Noiseland Arcade with Prince of Persia: Beverly Hills, the lightgun game Fruit Shoot, and two other arcade games, in "The Book Job", appears at the Testoster-Zone with the arcade games Aunts vs. Zombies and Time Wasters, in "The Daughter Also Rises", and with Grand Theft Walrus in "Bart's New Friend" and "Sky Police".
    • The Pong sequel Pong 85 appears at Barney's Bowlarama in "Sleeping with the Enemy", Pong '95 appears in "At Long Last Leave", and Pong 3000 appears in "Special Edna".
    • In "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?", there is the console game The Iceman Killeth.
    • In "When Flanders Failed", after playing Touch of Death at the arcade, Bart claims to know the "Touch of Death" technique, trying it on his sister and some bullies. There is also a Nurse and Michael Jackson arcade game. The game Touch of Death first appeared in "Moaning Lisa", appears at Wall E. Weasel's in "Radio Bart", appears in "Flaming Moe", and is also mentioned in The Simpsons Game.
    • In "Lisa's Pony", Abe plays a space shooter on a single button Atari 2600-style controller, while Bart tries to give him directions, informing him that after encountering a Xylon Cruiser, the best option is to go to hyperspace.
    • In "I Married Marge", there is a blue arcade cabinet with a Ms. Pac-Man clone. The Ms. Pac-Man expy is made of two triangles and a bow ribbon. The ghosts have a similar design to the aliens Kang and Kodos.
    • In "A Streetcar Named Marge", there is Bowling 2000, a bowling game on a Game Boy style handheld.
    • In "Lisa's First Word", a kid approaches a group of kids on the street and asks if they want to play stick ball. They agree, and run to three arcade games: Mumblety PEG, Stickball, and Kick the Can.
    • In "Homer's Triple Bypass", Homer mentions his company gave up health insurance for a pinball machine in the lounge.
    • In "Boy-Scoutz 'N the Hood", the redesigned Noiseland Arcade has redesigned cabinets for several unnamed games, and also, Larry the Looter, Time Waster, Touch of Death, View Master, My Dinner with Andre (with controls Trenchant Insight, Bon Mot, and "Tell Me More"), and Panamanian Strongman, which Bart plays until getting a Game Over.
    • In "Homer Badman", Bart gets to play Disembowler IV for five minutes after completing his homework.
    • In "Radioactive Man", two arcade cabinets appear in an actor's trailer.
    • In "Marge Be Not Proud", console games at the Try-N-Save include Angus Podgorny's Caber Toss (spelled Caper Toss), A Streetcar Named Death, Bonestorm (shoplifted by Bart), Canasta Master, Celebrity Autopsy (spelled Tutopsy), Electronic Biathlon, Operation: Rescue, Robot Stampede, Save Hitler's Brain, Sim Reich, and Swim Meet. The Android's Dungeon and Baseball Card Shop has Bonestorm and Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge available for rent. For Christmas, Bart receives Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge.
    • In "The Springfield Files", there are the arcade games My Dinner with Andre, Panamanian Strongman, a game ending in -"loen", and the arcade game Kevin Costner's Water World. (A real Waterworld game existed for the PC, SNES and Virtual Boy, with one planned for the Genesis, but it was never distributed outside of the Sega Channel).
    • In "Homer's Phobia", there is the Astro Blast arcade game at Cockamamie's in Springfield Mall.
    • In "Bart Star", there is Cat Fight, an arcade game at the Kwik-E-Mart.
    • In "Bart Carny", there is Yard Work Simulator, a VR simulator at Colonel Tex's Traveling Carnival.
    • In "This Little Wiggy", the game Let's Make a Baby plays similarly to firing the laser cannons on the Millenium Falcon from Star Wars.
    • In "Bart The Mother", at the Family Fun Center, there is Larry the Looter, Pack Rat Returns, Shark Bait, Satan's Funhouse, Time Waster, and Touch of Death.
    • In "Lisa Gets an "A"", there is Dash Dingo, the Crash Bandicoot-esque console game Lisa plays when she stays home from school.
    • In "Monty Cant Buy Me Love", there is a Flipper Frenzy pinball game.
    • In "Brother's Little Helper", there is a console game featuring skiing, rappelling ninjas, and UFOs.
    • In "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder", there is a console game with three ninjas.
    • In "Little Big Mom", there is Sim Sandwich, a parody of SimCity.
    • In "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", there is Billy Graham's Bible Blaster, a console game where heathens are converted to Christianity by shooting Bibles at them. Rod's biography on thesimpsons.com has a playable minigame version.
    • In "Lisa the Tree Hugger", there are the GameStation 252 and GameStation 256 game consoles.
    • In "Hungry, Hungry Homer", there is a Zap! arcade game.
    • In "Special Edna", there is the arcade game Halloween Hit and Run, appearing at EFCOT Center, along with the arcade games "Larry the Looter", "Pong 3000", "Shark Bait" and "Time Waster".
    • In The Regina Monologues", there is the Hockey fighting console game Hockey Dad.
    • In "Marge's Son Poisoning", there is the handheld game Tandem Bike Ride With Your Mom.
    • In "Thank God It's Doomsday", there is a non-pixelated Itchy and Scratchy game on a Game Boy style handheld.
    • In "Yokel Chords", there is Death Kill City II: Death Kill Stories.
    • In "Marge Gamer", there is the Earthland Realms MMORPG, a Simpsons version of World of Warcraft. In stark contrast to the actual WoW, nearly everyone in the game looks and acts like they do in 'reality'... Apu even runs a shop in the game.
    • In "Double, Double, Boy in Trouble", there is a teal and gray arcade cabinet, and a blue and orange arcade cabinet.
    • In "Elementary School Musical", there is a bus driving game on a GBA-style handheld.
    • In "Treehouse of Horror XXI", Bart and Milhouse play a violent online Zii game with their local pastor. Bart accidentally smacks Milhouse in the eye.
    • In "Little Orphan Millie", there is the console game Bar Brawl Four: Final Fracas.
    • In "Dangerous Curves", there is Cereal Killer, a game where cereal mascots are shot with a pistol, played on a GBA handheld. Defictionalized.
    • In "Bart Gets a "Z", there is Word Jammers, an educational game on 5¼ floppy disk.
    • In "Thursdays with Abie", the Couch Gag involves the family in a Pinball Gag with a table called "Couch Gag Chaos".
    • In "Moe Letter Blues", at Moe's Tavern, there is Low-Blow Boxing, a game with boxing glove peripherals, and Dance Dance Evolution on the Zii.
    • In "Flaming Moe", at the Zip Zap and 'Za Pizza Arcade, there is Nuclear Winter, Larry the Looter, Pac-Rat, Springfield Racers, Time Waster, and Touch of Death.
    • In "The Real Housewives of Fat Tony", the Noiseland Arcade has the arcade games CaterKiller 2, Click Clack, Triangle Wars, and Time Waister.
    • In "The Food Wife", at E4, the Expensive Electronic Entertainment Expo, there is 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.
    • On the Funtendo Zii, there is a World War II FPS, and Zii Sports with Zii Fitness, Tennis, Baseball, Bowling, Golf and Boxing in "Million Dollar Maybe", and Dance Dance Evolution in "Moe Letter Blues"). The Zii is also found in "The Squirt and the Whale", "The Spy Who Learned Me", "A Tree Grows in Springfield", and the couch gag in "Lisa Goes Gaga".
    • 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 "Sky Police". The sequel appears in "Let's Go Fly a Coot".
    • In "Them, Robot", there is Angry Burns and Ukulele Hero on the MyPad.
    • In "A Tree Grows In Springfield", there are the MyPad games Don't Burn the Toast!, Krusty's Kosher Karnival, Lenny Dykstra's Prison Break, Pizza Clock, Words with Enemies, the MyPad port of Dash Dingo, the unavailable Tapped Out, and Distracted Driver, with the Game Within a Game Vengeful Pigs distracting the driver.
    • In "To Cur, with Love", there is the MyPad game Villageville.
    • In "Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing", there is Mixed Martian Arts, a fighting game with a Captain Ersatz Marvin the Martian, and the M-rated game Plague Station 3.
    • In "Whiskey Business", there is Waltz Waltz Revolution.
    • In "Labor Pains", there is Angry Burps on the MyPhone.
    • In "White Christmas Blues", there is the Xbox game Frosty the Hit Man.
    • In "The Man Who Grew Too Much", there is the MyPad game Klash of Klowns.
    • In "Luca$", there is Call of Daddy and Non-Threatening Birds on the MyPad.
    • In "Days of Future Future", a future version of Homer, on a video screen, is playing Goody Gobble, when Marge decides to join in.
    • In "Pay Pal", there is Call of Daddy on the MyPhone.
    • In "Let's Go Fly a Coot", there are the arcade games Grand Theft Walrus II, and Marbury V. Madison, appearing at the Kwik-E-Mart.
  • Sonic Boom has the Tomatopotamus game series, which serve as a Take That! to the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise's decline in quality.
    Sonic: Look what I found at the flea market!
    Knuckles: Dude, is that Tomatopotamus 2?
    Tails: That's the best one in the entire series! Tomatopotamus never worked in 3D.
    Knuckles: Game companies always ruin their beloved franchises.
    Sonic: And they never should have changed the color of Tomatopotamus' legs.
  • South Park:
    • In "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.
    • In "Best Friends Forever", the PSP game Heaven vs. Hell is a game with at least sixty levels.
    • In "Guitar Queer-O", Heroin Hero is 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.
    • In "Freemium isn't Free", there is the 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".
    • "Steven vs. Amethyst" features a fighting game based on The Lonely Blade, a fictional martial arts movie franchise Steven enjoys.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward, there are the games Blow It Up, Helix, Helix 2, Rat Man, Robot Tortoise 4, Shell Invaders, Super Fabio Brothers, and Super Virtual Smash-Up Trivia.
  • Teen Titans
    • The series features the GameStation, GameStation 2 (GS2), and GameStation XL game consoles, and the prototype game console GameStation Turbo Extreme.
    • In the episode "Crash", Beast Boy is able to hack into a system to download an early copy of a game called Mega Monkeys 4. 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!"
  • Tiny Toon Adventures
    • The episode "K-Acme TV" features Super Pluckio Bros., a parody of Super Mario Bros., with sound effects from the actual game. Plucky plays at the arcade until the announcer mentions the home console version available on the Numbmindo system, which costs only $879.99, game not included.
    • In the episode "Toon TV", the segment "Video Game Blues" shows an arcade with games including a 2D space shooter resembling Galaga, a game called Space Jock, and a game with a dual joystick setup Plucky is playing, about flying a spaceship through space at speeds of light before encountering formations of Martian spaceships and blasting them with green electrobeams, chasing escaping ships by flying around asteroids, firing a destruct-o-ray, and being chased by ships and being destroyed by their pink electrobeams. Plucky inserts a coin to continue, showing his character outside of his ship, in space, wearing a jet pack and firing a space gun at a Martian ship, before a backup fleet appears and causes another Game Over to occur. Plucky vows to create a series of Earthbound Exterminator arcade games, starring his own character as the enemy to fire at, and place the arcade games in Martian arcades where the Martians will become addicted to playing and give Plucky an unlimited supply of quarters to continue playing arcade games.
  • Robot Resource is an arcade game appearing in The Transformers episode "The Immobilizer".
  • Ninja Gladiator is a fighting game appearing in the Transformers Animated episode "Where Is Thy Sting?"
  • The Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Game Over" mentions Shield of Honor, which seems to be Call of Duty with superheroes. Captain America was an advisor during development.
  • 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.

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  • In the annual Famicase exhibition, artists design hypothetical Famicom cartridges, with games like ∞bit computer by ∞bit, 100NG, Akiba Wars: The Otaku Awakens by Local Film, A King's Dog by Good Boy Graphics, Angry Man by Angry man., Arukismaphor by Mas., Attaccante by tripletta, AUST: THIS IS (NOT) OUR FUTURE by Hangedman, Bad Girls Club: Part Two by PAPER-N-PIXELS GAMES, be a good manager by otemendo, Beauty Child Story Mame Rikishi Of Mame Rikishi ~Can't Wait Anymore~ by AWDR LR2, Bittersweet, Blastressa by Rockoon Inc., Bonsai Calendar by Double-M, BOX IN THE WATER, Boy pico pico by world's end, Brain Damage, the Death Warlock re-import Bubble Gal Witch USA, BURP’N’SHOOT! by Trash Corp., CARAVAN by 23, Cat Cafe Dessert Panic! by Ferret Party, Children.II and Next Kids by ▲Soft, Chika-No Wars by CK, Chop ‘n Click, CLIMB THE BIG WALL, CodeGray by Bento, Cultivate and CYCLE 2 by TATARABA, Dagion by Namcot, Daidai no Daibōken 3 & Hnuckles by NekoAmine, Dead Case by Super Radi Cool, -DEATH METAL MUSIC GAME- by ZEVMETAL.INC, Defenestration, DEMODEMO by SAMA.inc, The Diary Mirror Life by UIUI, Dot Additive by Kimasoft, d.o.t. - Dot Order Tie - by Cult Game Maniacs, Dot Quest and SUPER DISC SYSTEMS by Picotendo, Dr.Bon Bon Puzzle, DROID (Android Quest), Dungeon of Flowers by Ribbon Black, Effect Panic by Poland, El Luchamor by pink demon, ExtraHeroes, Famicomp Mania by Games Archive Project, Family Genom by Omomuki, FAMILY PIZZA, Family Plan 0.01 by binbindo, Family Rocker by Kunio Chip Tune, Family Sandwich '87 by LoganMillsWalters, Family Twitter by MAG, Fancy Lunatic, Full Time Job, GEO by KALAALLIT Corp, Get Well Soon, Good Night! PAJAMAS KNIGHTS, HANAMI, Hangover, Happy Family by Arashi, Happy Sound by Bug Timeworks, HUNGRY ELLY by KIRATUNE Co., Hyper+ension by Castle Games, Ice Age by Koland, If Winter Ends by OCO Systems, IGUSA by MORPHING TURN, Il Gran Discorso [VATNOU] by Genius Club, ILL STREET BLUES by Tataraba, INSANE TEACHER by VJ PARIS'S OFFICE, ISLAND TIME by BoyGraphics, ITEM CONNECT by namada, KAIJU BODY DUNGEON by PRASSOFT, Kaiju Dating Simulator by Pixelpolygon, kamakiri treasure hunt by KAMAKIRI, Kaze Simulator by SBARGI, Keyboard King by Ben DeFever, Lucky Fishing by Ollie Hoff, Machikoudonco by UDON Works, Mac-Man, Mad Doronco by Baccous, MaDness Quest by Tanago design, Madris by postpac, Mame Sumo Wrestlers With Striped Border Shirt On, Megander V by Prodigy and Wadavision, Memories of...: an audiovisual adventure by Ghost Byte, Meteor Tensei by Full Moon, METRO OUT by suisounonou, Minor Tom by Dynamic Action Corporation, Monolith by Teenage Mutation, Mou by makimosoft, Mr. Mascot by FanChemi, myahty Bomb Nyack by Ikkynone, My Dream Story, Nau by Bon and Tubuyaki, neco touch by OLÜLÜ UP CENTER, NEKO BANG BANG by Showyou Games, NERU NERU NERUNE by Noxxxdo, Noah's Star Mode, NOISE CHECKER by Y-games, NO!SESH!FT by SUiCiDE RAVENS, OctoVenture by Hard Pop Entertainment, Otter Kinds of Seduction, Oyasumi Tomodachi, Paragon Gale ThunderBUZZARD!!, ParaSports, Pastel Powder Keg by Petitecreme, Planet Fighter by SuitekiSoft, play with by twograms corppration, POSE by 2g, POWER GROOVE by RAP, Power Slaves by mindsize.us, PURPLE RAIN by MOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, QUOTIENT, Rainbow Sword by ANFI, Record Player Turntable System by techcafe, Re : ENTROPY by maiko kanno, ROCK/PAPER/SCISSORS by Arkotype.Co, Rōshigumi and Scanlines by Rogue Cache, Sandy Evolution, Satellite Love, Schwarzlicht by Pori Rina, secret of the forest by NIPPON, Secrets of Horai by Megane Corp., SEIJI by CAKT, Shadows 2 by Nauts Games, She., SNEAKER Re:BUILD, Spatcher by SpargiSoft, SPRITE, Star Cats IV and STRUNG OUT in heaven's high by Daruma Studio, STENCIL CHILDREN, Sunglass and Switcharoo by Lord Toon Industries, Super Sneaker Maker Special Edition by SKYOWARE, Super Synthesize Simulator Color Picker, Synthesizer by KOBE Magical Engineering Lab., Syzygy by Oblique Games, TATAMU by Zetto, Tenori Yuusha by TUKUE SIRUSI, The Hinterlands, The House On The Left by TTDI, The Legend of Coconoe Joe by Pothead Games, The Secret Society, the WORLD IS MINE by Space Base, THISWORLDISMINE, Time Capsule by Miraikenkyujo, Tokyo Nude Girl by Big Fat Bro, ~Trance Meditation~ by Bontendo, twins, UAMOU INVASION, -UCHU~JIN no NAKAMI-, USAGI TO WATASHI by achabox, VELO KITTY!!! by dumpling, WALKING by mass, YAMAB-ECHO by hom, Zombiedent, and Zombie Underground by Costesoft.

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