Video Game Culture
has two sides of stereotyped gaming by the media. One is the popular Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000
which is portrayed in media as a violent game
that motivates a player to commit acts of violence in real life
. The other is the extremely kiddy game rated eC (in America), PEGI 3 (in Europe), or S CERO (in Asia). The game in question involves an overly sweet character in a Sugar Bowl
setting and may or may not involve farming
When this trope is seen within a fiction, the game is often the alternative offered by the parent of the character when he proposes the latest violent game he wants for the holidays or his birthday. Needless to say, when given this one, it's seen as a yawn and our young man now seeks a chance to relish in laughable amounts of gore
. Failure to do so will result in mockery
To some people, every game that does not have an M Rating falls under this category, and even some games WITH an M-Rating if the graphics aren't hyper-realistic
. Many of the people who feel this way are too young to be playing a T-Rated game, let alone M
Most Real Life
games that would seem to meet this definition are better received than their fictional counterparts (filtering out Sturgeon's Law
, of course), either because they're actually marketed toward small children (who don't care much about quality, as long as the game isn't actually unplayable), or because they're actually good
. Plus, the Rule of Cute
exists for a reason. However, just like Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000
, they don't get named like this in Real Life
; some examples include Animal Crossing
, Cooking Mama
and Diner Dash
just to name a few.
Contrast with True Art Is Angsty
. This page has a Word Salad Title
- A FoxTrot storyline had Andy joining a group called MAGG (Mothers Against Gory Games) and vowing to only allow MAGG approved games in their house. The storyline revolved around Peter playing a game called Nice City and later complained about the other games Andy had given him which included Resident Good and Eternal Lightness.
- Spoofed in an episode of the German kids TV Show "Bernd das Brot" (Bernd the Bread). The titular bread is forced to play a "mega motivating social game" called " Happy Pink Pony Farm" where you have to tend for your farm, feed the happy pink ponies and defend your salad against ravenous zombies.
- Yoshi's Story
- Robot Unicorn Attack revels in its over-the-top Sugar Bowl-ness.
- Barbie games tend to be about as unthreatening as you can get. There are surprising exceptions to this, however, and some of the games can actually be a legitimate challenge.
- An infamous commercial for blur tried to market it as an "X-Treme and totally not kiddy" racing game with kart racer-style weapons by juxtaposing the game with the most Sugar Bowl-y kart racer they could conceive (and an obvious Take That at Mario Kart.)
-clone): "Racing's not about winning! It's about making friends! *punched in the gut*"
- Subverted in Team Fortress 2. While the game itself is a standard, if a little goofy shooter, it's shown in Meet The Pyro that this is how he/she/it sees the world.
- Any video game made by Fisher-Price. This shouldn't be surprising considering their target market tends to be for children under five. Anything deemed "too scary, too questionable or too objectionable" is changed or removed. Also, their games are primarily Edutainment Games, which this trope usually goes hand-in-hand with. note
- Most Edutainment Games that are targeted at younger kids are primarily this. Examples include:
- Late 90's Reader Rabbit, especially Baby, Toddler, and Thinking Adventures. Preschool through Second Grade are also this, albeit at a slightly lesser extent (in that you now have an ineffectual, bumbling villain named Spike the Porcupine to content with).
- Some Jump Start titles, those targeted at Kindergarteners or younger to be precise, also fits this trope.
- Zig-Zagging with the 2003 Strawberry Shortcake games. While the Nintendo DS and the first Game Boy Advance games are like this, the subsequent Game Boy Advance and PS2 games avert this straight. The first two PC titles are also like this, but averted with the third title (which was a port of the PS2 title). Play straight, however, with the 2009 iOS titles.
- The two My Little Pony G3 games plays this trope straight. Especially the Nintendo DS title (see image). There's also the sole My Little Pony G2 title, in which you raise a virtual pony.
- Any title released for early educational consoles like the VTech V-Smile (especially it's Spin-Off Babies-riffic V-Smile Baby), the original Leap Frog Leapster, and Sega Pico (and it's spinoff Advanced Pico Beena) tend to be this. They also tend to use licensed cartooon characters to make up for it tho. Averted in some later games for educational consoles: The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic game for the LeapPad Exporer had Discord, a extremely dangerous and competent villain, as the antagonist.
- The Kirby games are infamous for being games that seem like this until you start to notice the little bits of Eldritch Abomination and Nightmare Fuel scattered about, and then the final boss is always a refugee straight from Hell.
- Animal Crossing has the entire premise of being a human being moving to a peaceful village of cartooney animals and living peacefully while making friends. Resetti even lampshades it at one point if you keep hassling him:
How 'bout playin' a fantasy without any epic battles, no fightin' against the odds to save some magical realm? Wouldn't it be nice to just lay down your sword, pick a few pretty daisies, and just be... nice?
- Homestar Runner
- At a slumber party, Homestar isn't allowed to play M-rated games - the only game he is allowed to play was Clapping Party, a game in which the goal is...getting the onscreen hands to clap. An Easter Egg at the end of the cartoon lets you play the game yourself, and it's about as fun as it sounds for the first two levels, until you unlock Blistergeist mode.
- The Easter egg game "Duck Pond" on the Homestar site is incredibly simple, but also quite addictive. All you do is feed ducks. In a pond.
- Gabe from Penny Arcade is a hardcore gamer who is also a fan of Barbie Horse Adventures. (A real game). This is subverted with the game's Copy Protection, in which the horse spawns with no bones if the codes are entered wrong.
- From the revived version of The Sifl and Olly Show, the episode "Olly's Top 3". Olly describes his three favorite videogames of all time. Numbers 1 and 3 are basically torture porn games, but his number 2 pick is Pretty Ponies Daycare.
- The World of Warcraft episode of South Park has Butters' favorite game be Hello Kitty Island Adventure.
- An episode of The Simpsons revolved around Bart attempting to get the ultra-violent popular video game Bonestorm. He instead ended up with Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge.
Welcome to Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge. I am Carvallo. Now, choose a club. You have chosen a 3-wood. May I suggest a putter? 3-wood. Now enter the force of your swing. I suggest: feather touch. You have entered: power drive! Now, push 7-8-7 to swing. Ball is in: parking lot. Would you like to play again? You have selected: No.
- In ReBoot, The Funhouse would be this kind of game, if we weren't watching from the perspective of the Game Characters.
- Sugar Rush from Wreck-It Ralph can be described as Mario Kart meets Candy Land. This doesn't stop arcade visitors from playing it.
- Mary's games in Code Monkeys dance the line around this trope, trying to combine it with feminist values, though some are less innocent than others (like when she was forced to make a "Little Suzy Snackcakes" game with bulimia as a game mechanic.)
- There's also "Everyone's A Person", made by the Hitler family to teach people that everyone is a person (even Hitler.)
- Arthur had a browser game called Virtual Goose. Unusually for this trope, the main characters thought it was the most awesome game ever, although DW's board game Confuse the Goose was considered a baby toy despite being identical.