* To most people, ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' was the first video game ever made. Never mind that the nebulous origins of video games [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_video_game date back even farther]], or that there was [[UsefulNotes/MagnavoxOdyssey a console]] before the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'', often merged with ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''. It's wholly possible to meet people who think they're the same game. And good luck finding anyone who knows that there was a ''VideoGame/MarioBros'' arcade game before there was ''SUPER Mario Bros.'', or that ''Donkey Kong'' arcade had not one, but two sequels.
** ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' is the only cart-racing game.
* Any action-adventure game is almost automatically deemed a clone of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' (usually ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'').
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is the only Xbox franchise. ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'', and ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport'' might get a mention.
** On the topic of ''Halo''; all weapons are from the [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved first game]], except for the Battle Rifle and Energy Sword (which are from [[VideoGame/{{Halo2}} the second game]]), and the Gravity Hammer (from the [[VideoGame/{{Halo3}} third game]]). Same thing goes for all the vehicles.
* {{Rhythm Game}}s:
** ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' and ''VideoGame/JustDance'' are the only dancing games.
** {{Mobile Phone|Game}} {{Rhythm Game}}s? The only ones people ever play are ''VideoGame/LoveLiveSchoolIdolFestival'' and ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls Starlight Stage''.
** Similarly, ''DDR'' is the only Franchise/{{BEMANI}} game in the West, due to being the only BEMANI game to see more than a small handful of Western releases, unlike other games such as ''VideoGame/{{jubeat}}'' and ''VideoGame/SoundVoltex'' which are arcade success stories but have only seen very limited releases outside of Asia (an under-the-radar tablet version for the former, limited export runs to specific arcades in the case of the latter).
*** And there's those who see ''DDR'' as the only property Naoki has ever had a major hand in, ignoring ''VideoGame/DanceMasters'' and his departure from Konami to work on ''VideoGame/CrossBeats''. It gets worse on Facebook where he regularly posts about the latter game and people still demand BEMANI-related things to him in the comments anyway as if he's in any position to do so.
** Rhythm games with plots are usually not on the radar, however if they are referenced it's probably ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper'' considering how [[WidgetSeries it is]].
%% ** ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' and ''VideoGame/RockBand''. The latter is considered a cash-in of the former.
* The only [=IPs=] Konami had going into TheNewTens were ''Franchise/SilentHill'' and ''Franchise/MetalGear'', and now Konami has no games left. While justified in that a lot of their other modern, still-active [=IPs=] are [[NoExportForYou Asia-only]] UsefulNotes/{{arcade game}}s, it can still be jarring to be a fan of the aforementioned BEMANI series, ''Quiz Magical Academy'', or the like and hear your [[AmericansHateTingle American and PAL-region friends complain about how "Konami doesn't make games anymore"]].
* [[PacManFever Any arcade game that was wildly popular in the 1980s.]] Specificaly, the ones you see the most often are ''VideoGame/PacMan'', ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' [[OlderThanTheyThink (which was actually introduced in 1976)]], and ''VideoGame/{{Frogger}}''.
* If the subject is censorship, expect ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' to show up.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', known among non-gamers only for the classic Mega Drive/Genesis titles, and maybe the Dreamcast games, and chances are if a classic Sega game is brought up, you can always expect ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' to be mentioned, and a few other significant Sega classics like ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' or ''VideoGame/{{Columns}}'' if they're really, really on the ball.
* ''VideoGame/SimCity'', ''VideoGame/TheSims'', and their spinoffs are the only simulation games. Occasionally ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' gets referenced.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider''. The only thing that non-gamers know about the game series is that it features a certain very busty heroine.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''; in fact, people used to call the FirstPersonShooter genre "Doom clones". Mostly because there was a short period after its release where almost every FPS ''was'' a ''Doom'' clone.[[note]]And this is despite the fact that VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D actually predated the original Doom.[[/note]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': Anything after Gen 1 will rarely be featured, also [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime's]] [[AdaptationDisplacement characters are better known than those from the games]], so parodies are MUCH more likely to have "Ash and Pikachu" than "Red", and will have PokemonSpeak and be blatantly MerchandiseDriven. If not to the anime or to some nonexistent hybrid of the anime and games (''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' says hi), then references will inevitably be to "[[TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}} Pokémon cards]]" or ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'', which brought the series back into the mainstream after several years of being a more low-profile subculture.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' and ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''. Remember the aforementioned "Doom clones" example? If you're a first-person shooter, let alone a 'modern' or 'near future' shooter, expect to be called out as a ''Call of Duty'' clone.
** On the topic of ''Call of Duty'' itself, there weren't any installments before the fourth game.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' or a BrandX version thereof--Sometimes this is assumed to be the title of a video game, by people who have heard the name and have no idea that tabletop roleplaying games exist.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''--The preceding RealTimeStrategy games do not exist.
** Real-time strategy games in general probably don't exist, but if one does, it is almost certain to be ''Warcraft'', especially since its MMO spinoff became such a huge success.
** Creator/{{Blizzard}} has only created three franchises, ''Warcraft'', ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''. As of 2016, ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' can join that list.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pitfall}}''. Few non-gamers might know the game's name, but the basic image of a stick figure-like man swinging on vines over lakes and pits seems to be rather familiar to people in general.
* If you're lucky enough to find a work that references a fighting game, it's ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' or ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. Otherwise it's a generic anime-styled combo-fest. ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', too, if people remember that it's a fighting game and not a gore simulator.
** As for the ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'', all characters from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII''. Of the original eight, five have penetrated mainstream pop culture (Ryu, Ken, Chun-li, Guile, and Zangief). Blanka, Dhalsim, and E. Honda aren't so lucky. While all the original bosses are well-known, only Cammy of ''The New Challengers'' is widely recognized. And last but not least, ''Akuma'' of ''Turbo''. Of the ''Alpha'' sub-series, only Sakura and Dan are known by all.
** As for ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', it's a little better since ''Tekken 3'' is widely considered to be the best of the series and introduced a plethora of new characters including series protagonist Jin Kazama, so there's more characters that can be referenced. Also, the UpdatedRerelease of ''Tekken 5'' introduced Lili, who quickly became one of the most popular characters in the series. Other than that, expect possible references to Heihachi, Kazuya, Yoshimitsu, Nina, King, Paul, and Law, but anything else however will go over most people's heads.
** Fighting games with {{fanservice}}? Obviously ''Series/{{Dead or Alive}}''. That is, assuming people remember that it is indeed a fighting game and not a JigglePhysics simulator. Also, there are no males characters in the series (except for Ryu Hayabusa, by virtue of being the star of the well-known ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' series). The ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' is also starting to head in this direction for its increasingly infamous fanservice. Other than that, it's best known for its many guest characters.
* If you're lucky enough to spot a [=JRPG=] reference, it's going to be either ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''[[note]]in the east[[/note]] or ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''[[note]]in the west[[/note]]. Any reference to the latter will almost invariably be to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII the seventh game]]. ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' pops up on both sides but more rarely [[AdaptationDisplacement because many remember the anime first]].
* In the West, if you're lucky, you might find people who can name ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games that aren't ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona4}} 4]]'', or their spinoff works.
* For landmark puzzle video games, ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' will always be the go-to reference point, and sometimes ''VideoGame/DrMario'' or ''VideoGame/PuzzleLeague'' will be mentioned.
* Within the ''Franchise/{{Tetris}}'' series, only the Game Boy version or current versions will be known.
* If a western Role-Playing Game is at all referenced by a non-gamer, expect it to be either ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' or more recently, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. Also, it's not rare for non-gamers to be familiar with the names ''Oblivion'' and ''Skyrim'', but to have never heard of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' in their lives.
* Bethesda has two franchises, ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' and ''Franchise/{{Fallout}}'', and nothing else.
* As aforementioned, the common connotation of video games is that of eight-bit Atari/NES games or gory M-rated shooters.
* When you ask a random gamer what are SoBadItsHorrible video games, people will usually think about ''E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial'' for the Atari 2600 (yes, there are multiple games called like that), ''VideoGame/CustersRevenge'', ''VideoGame/{{Superman 64}}'', ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'', the Nintendo-licensed CD-i games, the two infamous ''Sonic'' disasters (''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 '06]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SonicBoom Rise of Lyric]]'') and occasionally ''Pac-Man'' for the Atari 2600, but do not expect them to know about any other terrible video game ever made... unless, of course, they're a fan of WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd. (''VideoGame/PlumbersDontWearTies'', anyone?)
* When ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' launched and became a success, any non-GTA open-world game released afterwards was instantly labeled a "GTA Clone" until about the late 2000s.
* The only two video game glitches are [[TheMissingno Missingno]] and [[MinusWorld The Minus World]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'': All characters are from the first two games, with the exception of a few hyped characters from the later games such as [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic]] and [[Franchise/MegaMan Mega Man]].
* Video games with female protagonists? ''Franchise/TombRaider'' or ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''.
* Simulation racers? ''VideoGame/GranTurismo''. ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport'' might get a mention, due to being on the rival platform.
* Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s only franchises are ''Franchise/{{Mario}}'', ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', and maybe ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}''. Also ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', which is the only reason people know about their other franchises.
* Similarly, Creator/{{Sony}}'s only franchises are ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'', ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'', ''Franchise/SlyCooper'', ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'', ''Franchise/GodOfWar'', ''Franchise/{{Resistance}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Killzone}}'', ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'', ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'', and ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' (which is, as of 2015, just one game). Strangely, ''Franchise/MetalGear'' (often referred to as ''Metal Gear Solid'') and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' will often get a mention, despite being third-party and having long abandoned exclusivity.
* The UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast is widely seen as one of the greatest consoles of all time, despite having failed and ultimately [[CreatorKiller killed]] Sega as a console manufacturer. Despite this, the only games people are likely to name are ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' (and its sequel) and ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}''. ''VideoGame/CrazyTaxi'', ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'', and ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' might get a mention if the person in question is trying to be different.
* Games with [[SceneryPorn extreme graphics]]? ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}''.
* Licensed games that are ''[[NoProblemWithLicensedGames good]]''? ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'', numerous of ''Franchise/StarWars'' games, or the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''.
* There weren't any ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games before ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII''.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney''. Phoenix Wright is the only protagonist of the series, in fact they're often called the "[[IconicCharacterForgottenTitle Phoenix Wright games]]". Also, don't expect a non-fan to be able to tell you anything else about the series besides the '''''Objection!''''' {{meme}}. If another character will be referenced, it'll be Edgeworth and nobody else.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is the only MMO in existence. Maybe ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' or ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' will be referenced if someone is trying to be different.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''. The only thing people can remember about that game is the Morrigan Aensland, the [[MsFanservice sexy]] [[HornyDevils succubus]] who has appeared in more ''VideoGame/CapcomVsWhatever'' games than her own. The only other characters people might remember are Lilith (by virtue of being Morrigan's {{moe}} sister) and Felicia (who is a near-naked [[CuteMonsterGirl cute monster cat girl]]). Good luck finding a non-fan who can name another character, or can remember that the actual protagonist of the series is Demitri Maximoff. As you can tell, ''Darkstalkers'' is BestKnownForTheFanservice, and almost nothing else.
* "All video games are violent/inappropriate and are therefore a bad influence. Therefore, they must be subject to more regulation than movies/TV/music/books/the internet." Unfortunately, because politics are involved with this one (and because it's a long story anyway), [[RuleofCautiousEditingJudgement we'll need to leave it at that]]. And remember kids, if [[MoralSubstitute a game promotes religion]] it should get an immediate E-rating. Violent video games promoting Judaism/Christianity/Islam/Buddhism... don't exist.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'', ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}}'', and ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' are the only {{Vertical Scrolling Shooter}}s. ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' is the only HorizontalScrollingShooter. ''Touhou'' is additionally the only BulletHell game series (and for many within the fandom, the only shoot-em-up ''period'') and even then it's described as "''Space Invaders'' (or ''Raiden'') on steroids." If you're lucky, you might run into someone who is familiar with Creator/{{CAVE}}.
** ''VideoGame/{{Darius}} Twin'' is the only ''Darius'' game in existence. Though with the worldwide [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 multi]]-[[UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita plat]][[UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} form]] release of ''Dariusburst Chronicle Saviours'', this might get a little bit better.
** There are only four ''Gradius'' games in existence: ''Gradius'' (NES), ''Life Force'' (SNES), ''Gradius III'' (SNES), and ''Gradius V'' ([=PS2=]). Note that [[AdaptationDisplacement the first three examples are ports of arcade games]].
* Shooters that don't scroll: ''Defender''.
* The only reputable PC game distribution platform is UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}. [=DLsite=]? Playism? Website/GOGDotCom? What are those? If a PC game has been released, but it's not on Steam (yet), as far as the general public is concerned it doesn't have a release at all.
* Because of the female ''VideoGame/WiiFit'' trainer's [[UnexpectedCharacter memorable reveal]] for ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for 3DS and Wii U'', many people forget that the game also had a male trainer. Despite the fact that he was an alternate costume for her in the series, it has still yet to fully reverse these perceptions.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' was the only game Mojang ever made.
* Rovio only makes ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' games and nothing else.
* Looking for a modern NintendoHard game? ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is the go-to example, to the point where many players will call other challenging games "The ''Dark Souls'' of ''<series or genre>''".
* Any time ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' gets referenced it'll always be a ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonFriendsOfMineralTown'' or ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' reference. The protagonist is always male and is always Pete (better known by his FanNickname, "Jack").
* Newgrounds is the only website that hosts online flash games.
* 3D platformers rarely get referenced compared to 2D sidescrollers (and even then most references are of the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' or Green Hill Zone from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1''). When they do it's almost always ''VideoGame/SuperMario64''. ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot1996'' or ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' might get referenced if you're lucky.
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