'''Basic Trope''': A video game turns out to be actively malevolent.
* '''Straight''': ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hell Slaughter]]'', a popular new video game at a local arcade, haunts players in their nightmares and [[Manga/DeathNote kills them with heart attacks.]]
* '''Exaggerated''':
** The ''Hell Slaughter'' machine escapes the arcade and [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever starts destroying the city.]]
** The video game destroys the entire world with meteors and cannot be stopped because of a StableTimeLoop.
* '''Downplayed''': If it looks like the player is going to win the game ''Hell Slaughter'' [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard screws with their targeting sight]].
* '''Justified''':
** The man who programmed ''Hell Slaughter'' [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]] when the publisher screwed him out of the royalties for his game. Now he haunts his creation, seeking revenge.
** The programmer is a cultist who worship an EldritchAbomination. Anyone with knowledge on the being know the meaning of weird runes and chanting-like music in the background, playing the game emulate the summon ritual with the player as sacrifice.
** The game is designed by EvilOverlord [[AIIsACrapshoot Super Computer]] or [[AliensAreBastards Aliens]] who want to KillAllHumans.
* '''Inverted''':
** The video game ''Angel Savior'' has the power to cure terminal illnesses and remove suicidal impulses.
** If you get an extra life in the game, you get an extra life in real life!
** An MMORPG use sentient AI to control all [=NPCs=] for realistic interaction. The AI was [[DrivenToSuicide driven to self-deletion]] after the game's premise, since it doesn't want to deal with million {{Troll}}s for years.
* '''Subverted''': A rash of mysterious deaths appears at first to be linked to ''Hell Slaughter'', but it turns out a deranged MediaWatchdog is killing people to strengthen his case that video games are evil.
* '''Double Subverted''': The MediaWatchdog was driven to kill by a malevolent force inside the ''Hell Slaughter'' machine.
* '''Parodied''':
** Anyone who plays ''[[TastesLikeDiabetes Let's Play With The Pink Fuzzy Bunnies]]'' is immediately driven to bash their own brains out against the game cabinet.
** The monster in the video game is a simple {{Mook}}, beatable via GoombaStomp.
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** ''Hell Slaughter'' is killing people! No, the victims are proven to have already been suicidal. But how do you explain their hearts being torn out? A serial killer is responsible, using the rumors around the game as cover. However, he was driven to kill by the game! Actually, he was crazy to begin with and the game only provided him with an impetus...
** ''Hell Slaughter'' while disturbingly powerful is more amoral than malicious. While it can kill people based on their actions in game (certain bosses can kill you for real and takes VideoGameCrueltyPunishment into reality) it can also rewards and even heals and saves the lives of its players. This means despite the danger to someone in desperate enough straits things can only really go up. However it isn't a mere tool. While it tolerates being off for purposes such like maintenance, the arcade being closed, or relocation it has a temper. [[BerserkButton Do not attempt to unplug it while a game is playing or interfere with a game in progress]]. [[ShopLiftAndDie Do not attempt to rob or vandalize it or wherever it is placed.]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And don't place food or drink near it.]]
* '''Averted''': ''Hell Slaughter'' is unquestionably [[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 an incredibly, perhaps gratuitously violent game]], but no one experiences any ill effects from playing it [[{{Squick}} (apart from an intense need to throw up after seeing someone's intestines explode for the 200th time)]].
* '''Enforced''': The work in question was produced by {{Media Watchdog}}s as part of a smear campaign to turn the public against the game industry.
* '''Lampshaded''': "Why can't the world-destroying force of evil stay on the ''other'' side of the screen for a change?"
* '''Invoked''': A character consciously avoids playing video games precisely because they're afraid of running afoul of an evil one.
* '''Exploited''': A serial killer themes his killings after a popular video game, intending to use it as a scapegoat.
* '''Defied''': The arcade owner has seen one too many late-night movies where deaths occur in the wake of a violent video game coming to town, and so buys ''[[TemptingFate Let's Play With The Pink Fuzzy Bunnies]]'' [[BrickJoke instead]].
* '''Discussed''': "Don't play it you fool! ''Hell Slaughter'' will kill us all!"
* '''Conversed''': "The scene where the video game turned evil creeped me out." "[[FridgeLogic Why did he keep playing it, then?]]"
* '''Deconstructed''': As soon as the arcade owner suspects that ''Hell Slaughter'' is killing people, he has the arcade machine taken off the floor and destroyed - possibly exorcised, for good measure.
* '''Reconstructed''': ''Hell Slaughter'' is a demon who's taken the form of an arcade machine. It doesn't take kindly to the owner's attempt to destroy it: the next day, ''Hell Slaughter'' is back on the arcade floor, and the arcade owner is found dead from mysterious causes.
'''GAME OVER!''' ''[[TheMostDangerousVideoGame Continue?]]''
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