Parody Video Games
As with most forms of media, video games have since been a subject to parodies ever since they gained mainstream popularity in the early Eighties, with popular characters like Mario
and the like getting their fair share of expies
, or common gaming conventions such as Achievement Systems
and First-Person Shooter
mechanics being satirized or deconstructed
either as a commentary on the industry, to simply poke fun at or pay homage to them or pop culture in general, or as a mere Shallow Parody
Note that Affectionate Parody
applies here as well; arguably even more
so than other forms of parody. A parody game can just as easily be a fan game as well, or at the very least a love letter to the game it's parodying.
Some games are even made by the same company, either as Self-Deprecation
or just wanting to have fun compared to the more serious versions.
Compare and contrast with Deconstruction Game
. See also Lighter and Softer
, Denser and Wackier