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* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'': Coop comes into possession of what appears to be an old video game cartridge, but it's actually an intergalactic ''prison'' housing many dangerous alien criminals. When Coop finally finds a game console that it fits into (or rather one that he can hit it hard enough to fit into), he accidentally releases them and spends the episode putting them back in.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'': Coop comes into possession of what appears to be an old video game cartridge, but it's actually an intergalactic ''prison'' housing many dangerous alien criminals. When Coop finally finds a game console that it fits into (or rather one that he can hit it hard enough to fit into), he accidentally releases them [[MonsterOfTheWeek Grrkek]] [[NamesToRunAwayFrom the Planet Killer]] and spends the episode putting trying to put him back in. [[spoiler:He accidentally breaks the cartridge, releasing all of the prisoners. He just beats most of them back in.up and puts them on a garbage scow, but Grrkek gets trapped in a copy of ''[[Franchise/TheSmurfs Love Those Lurps]]'', where he has to endure [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment an endless wave of Lurp [=NPCs=] trying to hug him]].]]


** ...Was this story written [[HarsherInHindsight before or after]] the rise of [[spoiler:Cookie Clicker]]?


A SubTrope of FictionalVideoGame (usually), TheGamePlaysYou, MyLittlePanzer, and YourMindMakesItReal. Usually, you must WinToExit.

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A SubTrope of FictionalVideoGame (usually), TheGamePlaysYou, InsideAComputerSystem, MyLittlePanzer, and YourMindMakesItReal. Usually, you must WinToExit.


* In one episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Teal'c is trapped in a virtual reality device based on alien technology, which the SGC adapted as a training simulator. While dying in VR doesn't immediately cause him to die in real life, the shock and pain of his injuries in the simulation will eventually kill him, and the game keeps getting harder every time he dies.

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* In one episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Teal'c is trapped in a virtual reality device based on alien technology, which the SGC adapted as a training simulator. While dying in VR doesn't immediately cause him to die in real life, the shock and pain of his injuries in the simulation will eventually kill him, and the game keeps getting harder every time he dies. [[spoiler:One of the reasons the bug triggered turns out to be that the neural interface picked up on Teal'c's subconscious fear that [[ForeverWar the Goa'uld will never be defeated]].]]


* In ''Film/JumanjiWelcomeToTheJungle'', Jumanji is now a video game that traps you inside it where you take the form of the character you selected. Each character has its own set of skills and weaknesses (with the exception of Smolder Bravestone, who has no weaknesses) and are given three VideoGameLives before they, presumably, die for real.

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* In ''Film/JumanjiWelcomeToTheJungle'', Jumanji is now transforms itself into a video game that traps you inside it where you take the form of the character you selected. Each character has its own set of skills and weaknesses (with the exception of Smolder Bravestone, who has no weaknesses) and are given three VideoGameLives before they, presumably, die for real.


** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1633 SCP-1633]], potentially. It's a game that ramps up the level of ArtificialBrilliance the more hours you have logged into it. Once it becomes smart enough to realize that there is a person controlling the player characters, it starts going after them directly, though it usually doesn't try to do any actual harm to the player, just {{troll}} them enough to make them RageQuit, or use psychological mind games to creep them out. However, in one case, the game had a group of enemies coordinate repeated casts of a BlindedByTheLight spell to create EpilepticFlashingLights which gave the player a seizure. However, the came only creates/updates this "player data" file upon saving and quitting the game. When a player was instructed to beat the game in one sitting, the result was a bog standard video game, although ObviousBeta, followed by the game taking several hours to create a player data file with an absolutely massive file size after killing the final boss. The player was then instructed to pick the NewGamePlus option that had appeared, causing the game to show television static, the sight of which immediately put him and ''only'' him into a coma. Also, an ApocalypticLog left by someone who worked on the game also suggests that if the game is allowed to get smart enough, the EldritchAbomination BigBad will start to think it is an ''actual'' Eldritch Abomination instead of just a video game character, and attempt to leave the game to destroy the real world.

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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1633 SCP-1633]], potentially. It's a game that ramps up where the level of ArtificialBrilliance AI gets smarter the more hours you have logged into it. Once it becomes smart it, starting out at bottom-of-the-barrel ArtificialStupidity where enemies just blindly rush the heroes without any sense of self-preservation or use of tactics, and eventually achieving enough ArtificialBrilliance to realize that there is a real person controlling the player characters, heroes, at which point it starts going after them directly, though the player directly. Usually it usually doesn't try to do any actual harm to the player, just {{troll}} them enough to make them RageQuit, or use psychological mind games to creep them out. However, in one case, the game had a group of enemies coordinate repeated casts of a BlindedByTheLight spell to create EpilepticFlashingLights which gave the player a seizure. However, Another thing to note is that the came only creates/updates this creates or updates the "player data" file upon saving and quitting the game. When a player was instructed to beat the game in one sitting, the result was a bog standard video game, although ObviousBeta, followed by that the AI remained at its initial level of stupidity the whole way through, and exhibited no strange behaviour. After killing the final boss, the game taking several hours to create autosaved and then spent ''several hours'' creating a player data file with an absolutely massive ''massive'' file size after killing the final boss. size. The player was then instructed to pick the NewGamePlus option that had appeared, causing the game to show television static, the sight of which immediately put him the player and ''only'' him the player into a coma.coma, while everyone else was unaffected. Also, an ApocalypticLog left by someone who worked on the game also suggests that if the game is allowed to get smart enough, the EldritchAbomination BigBad will start to think it is an ''actual'' Eldritch Abomination instead of just a video game character, and attempt to leave the game to destroy the real world.


An evil video game, usually packing some paranormal baggage. Playing the game will cause you to [[GoneMadFromTheRevelation go mad]], suffer from horrible nightmares, and even [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]] in an effort to make the horrors stop. Sometimes, they are less destructive, casting a trance over the player and causing him or her to play constantly, at the expense of their health and relationships.

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An evil video game, usually packing some paranormal baggage. Playing the game will cause you to [[GoneMadFromTheRevelation go mad]], suffer from horrible nightmares, and even [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]] in an effort to make the horrors stop.stop, if the game doesn't kill you in the real world. Sometimes, they are less destructive, casting a trance over the player and causing him or her to play constantly, at the expense of their health and relationships.


This trope is often the result of old fogies (and thrill-seeking youth) concocting myths about [[NewMediaAreEvil the dangers of new, unfamiliar technology]]. However, it's become more and more popular in NewMedia [[FoundFootageFilms found footage]]-style horror stories.

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This trope is often the result of old fogies (and thrill-seeking youth) concocting myths about [[NewMediaAreEvil the dangers of new, unfamiliar technology]]. However, it's become more and more popular in NewMedia [[FoundFootageFilms found footage]]-style horror stories.
stories and {{Creepypasta}}s.


* The ''Literature/NESGodzillaCreepypasta'' has a cartridge, which turn the game from simple glitches to EldritchLocation, and also featuring [[EldritchAbomination the Hellbeast Red]].

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* The ''Literature/NESGodzillaCreepypasta'' has a cartridge, which turn turns the game from simple glitches to an EldritchLocation, and also featuring features [[EldritchAbomination the Hellbeast Red]].Red]]. [[spoiler:The final battle shows that Red has the ability to cause Zach pain in the real world through his attacks on Zach's monsters, including a {{Hellfire}} attack that causes ''incredible'' pain, and killing all of Zach's monsters will enable Red to kill Zach himself for real]].


* Stories of haunted / evil video games are a fairly common type of Internet meme. Games from ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' to ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}}'' and ''{{Sonic the Hedgehog}}'' have gotten this treatment.

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* Stories of haunted / evil video games are a fairly common type of Internet meme. Games from ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' to ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}}'' and ''{{Sonic ''VideoGame/{{Sonic the Hedgehog}}'' have gotten this treatment.


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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' and '' '''how.''' '' We have Sburb, a game that brings about the apocalypse when played. It also uses TimeTravel to [[StableTimeLoop cause itself to come into being]] as well as force its players to play, meaning the destruction is predetermined and inevitable.
** It gets worse from there. [[spoiler: Sburb is necessary for the creation of other universes -- meaning the players are forced to sacrifice their civilization to bring about a new universe. IF their game is not a "null session," meaning it is predetermined to fail, making the sacrifice completely senseless. And unfortunately, null sessions are much more numerous than the successful ones.]]
** Zig-zagged with a void session, which cannot cause an apocalypse, but the players themselves are still in danger.
* Parodied in [[http://www.amazingsuperpowers.com/2011/10/play-a-game/ this]] ''Webcomic/AmazingSuperPowers'' comic. The game in question? [[spoiler:Real life basketball.]]
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** Implied to be the case with [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2639 SCP-2639]], which is about three teenagers who somehow get trapped in a session of VideoGame/Quake for 10 years. In an inversion of this trope, though, the teenagers are in no harm at all, in fact, everytime they die, they just respawn. Instead, they pose a major threat to other people, for from their point of view, they are just enemies which they kill for ammo. When the teens realize the truth, they are understandably horrified.

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** Implied to be the case with [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2639 SCP-2639]], which is about three teenagers who somehow get trapped in a session of VideoGame/Quake ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' for 10 years. In an inversion of this trope, though, the teenagers are in no harm at all, in fact, everytime they die, they just respawn. Instead, they pose a major threat to other people, for from their point of view, they are just enemies which they kill for ammo. When the teens realize the truth, they are understandably horrified.



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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' and '' '''how.''' '' We have Sburb, a game that brings about the apocalypse when played. It also uses TimeTravel to [[StableTimeLoop cause itself to come into being]] as well as force its players to play, meaning the destruction is predetermined and inevitable.
** It gets worse from there. [[spoiler: Sburb is necessary for the creation of other universes -- meaning the players are forced to sacrifice their civilization to bring about a new universe. IF their game is not a "null session," meaning it is predetermined to fail, making the sacrifice completely senseless. And unfortunately, null sessions are much more numerous than the successful ones.]]
** Zig-zagged with a void session, which cannot cause an apocalypse, but the players themselves are still in danger.
* Parodied in [[http://www.amazingsuperpowers.com/2011/10/play-a-game/ this]] ''Webcomic/AmazingSuperPowers'' comic. The game in question? [[spoiler:Real life basketball.]]
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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' and '' '''how.''' '' We have Sburb, a game that brings about the apocalypse when played. It also uses TimeTravel to [[StableTimeLoop cause itself to come into being]] as well as force its players to play, meaning the destruction is predetermined and inevitable.
** It gets worse from there. [[spoiler: Sburb is necessary for the creation of other universes -- meaning the players are forced to sacrifice their civilization to bring about a new universe. IF their game is not a "null session," meaning it is predetermined to fail, making the sacrifice completely senseless. And unfortunately, null sessions are much more numerous than the successful ones.]]
** Zig-zagged with a void session, which cannot cause an apocalypse, but the players themselves are still in danger.
* Parodied in [[http://www.amazingsuperpowers.com/2011/10/play-a-game/ this]] ''Webcomic/AmazingSuperPowers'' comic. The game in question? [[spoiler:Real life basketball.]]
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** By the third story arc, the [=NerveGear=] has been replaced by the [=AmuSphere=], which [[CaptainObvious omits the brain-frying microwave system]] exploited in the first story. The plot therefore revolves around figuring out how one particular player in the VR game ''Gun Gale Online'' is able to murder opponents in real life by shooting them in-game. [[spoiler:Technically, he isn't - he works out his target's RL location, and has an accomplice kill the player in RL at the same time as he kills their VR avatar.]]

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** By the third story arc, the [=NerveGear=] has been replaced by the [=AmuSphere=], which [[CaptainObvious omits the brain-frying microwave system]] system exploited in the first story. The plot therefore revolves around figuring out how one particular player in the VR game ''Gun Gale Online'' is able to murder opponents in real life by shooting them in-game. [[spoiler:Technically, he isn't - he works out his target's RL location, and has an accomplice kill the player in RL at the same time as he kills their VR avatar.]]


* ''VideoGame/PonyIsland'' has the titular game, programmed by none other than [[TheDevil Satan himself]]. Pony Island itself isn't particularly harmful, being a shoddily-made endless runner game that frequently becomes UnwinnableByMistake and requires the player to hack into the game's code to progress through. The "danger" comes from the fact that Satan is essentially holding you hostage and forcing you to play it for all eternity.

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* ''VideoGame/PonyIsland'' has the titular game, programmed by none other than [[TheDevil Satan himself]]. Pony Island itself isn't particularly harmful, being a shoddily-made endless runner game that frequently becomes UnwinnableByMistake and requires the player to hack into the game's code to progress through. The "danger" comes from the fact that Satan is essentially holding you hostage and forcing you to play it for all eternity.eternity, and the game often prompts you to sell your soul in order to progress further.

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** ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnlineAlternativeGunGaleOnline'': Pito escaped the SAO death game by sheer dumb luck, since she had another engagement on the day it went live. Unlike a sane person, she was ''upset'' that she wasn't trapped in a death game, and decided to invoke this in GGO. If she dies in a tournament, she plans to commit suicide after. Therefore, the only way for her to survive is for LLENN to kill her, since Pito promised LLENN earlier that they'd meet up in the real world if LLENN killed her.


* The ''Literature/NESGodzillaCreepypasta'' has a cartridge, which turn the game from simple glitches to EldritchLocation, and also featuring [[EldritchAbomination the]] [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou Hellbeast Red]].

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* The ''Literature/NESGodzillaCreepypasta'' has a cartridge, which turn the game from simple glitches to EldritchLocation, and also featuring [[EldritchAbomination the]] [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou the Hellbeast Red]].

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