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An original Video Game or Pinball machine described through a work of narrative fiction.

If described in detail, the game may avert Pac Man Fever. A particularly violent game of Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000, or the wildly popular series of prostitute-murdering Murder Simulators, will not be so well described, given Hollywood Game Design. The characters may play in their own Personal Arcade. Or an ordinary, everyday moment becomes a Sudden Videogame Moment.

The game may be part of a Cyberspace environment. The player may end up Inside a Computer System, Trapped in TV Land, experiencing The Game Come to Life, Trapped in Another World in The Most Dangerous Video Game.

In the isekai genre, the setting is often a Standard Fantasy Setting with RPG Elements as part of a virtual reality Role-Playing Game.

Games are prone to defictionalization, even when not made into an officially licensed game. The game can be a Game Within a Game. Is it truly fictional then? Depends on who you ask.

If the game is an important part of the story, then the work should be added to Video Game Stories. If the game lampshades the title or sequel number, see Ridiculous Future Sequelisation. Sister trope to Fictional Board Game.

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  • A commercial for Alpha-Bits cereal in the 80s had the cereal box turn into a game called Roast That Ghost. The objective was for the player to run through a Haunted House while pursued by a Silly Spook, and find and eat the letters G, H, O, S, and T. A similar commercial had a pursuing pig with the goal to spell B-I-G P-I-G.
  • A Coca-Cola "Coke Side of Life" ad shows a GTA-clone.
  • A Coke Zero "It's not your fault" ad shows a WoW-clone.
  • In a Domino's Pizza ad, The Noid is playing a Pizza Delivery Game while riding on a laser cannon-shaped seat, firing at a screen filled with boxes of ordinary pizza. But when the screen is filled with Domino's Pizza, each box is impervious to the blast of the laser beam weapon, because Domino's Pizza delivers more than all of the ordinary pizzas combined.
  • Ads for Gamefly include fictional games like Bean Farmer Extreme, Let's Count Sand, Let's Wait in Line, and Nada III.
  • A Honeycomb cereal ad shows a Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks style game played on a handheld. The player can be a Johnny Cage lookalike or the Honeycomb cereal mascot, or appear in the game.
  • Spotted on an IKEA display: BeatBOX 0.1 games Call Your Mutti: Say "Oops, I'm Sorry", Grand-ma's Auto, and The Pimps.
  • In a Liberty Mutual commercial, Liberty Mutual: The Video Game appears as an arcade cabinet.
  • From 1987: This McDonald's commercial has Grimace playing Cheeseburger Chase, where the objective is for Hamburgler to run through the maze; with a little incentive.
  • PlayStation 2: In 2078, the PlayStation 9 spheroid opens to send electronic spores to tap directly into the adrenal gland. Features improved retinal scanning, a mind control system, and telepathic personal music.
  • A commercial for Energizer batteries has a fictional video game called Beauty And The Beast: The Ultimate Adventure, wherein a princess is being chased by a dragon through Mario-like environments, until the Energizer Bunny interrupts the commercial by appearing from one of the doors and shrinks the dragon with one of his drumsticks.
  • An Australian RACV insurance ad featured the PlayStation game Zombie Attack!
  • This trailer for Sonic Mania Plus features a game called Finger GunZ, which a salesman tries to sell to a customer, in a homage to this commercial for Sonic the Hedgehog. The trailer ruthlessly mocks triple A FPSes, with the salesman advertising lootboxes as a selling point. The Finger GunZ game was actually a real prototype made specifically for the trailer.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Apocalypse is a Girls' Love manga series revolving mainly about a fictional MMORPG.
  • Btooom! is about the combat game Btooom! by Tyrannos Japan, available on the DXBOX 720.
  • In Corrector Yui, there is the VR world of ComNet.
  • In Cyber Dorothy, there is the VR game Yellow Brick Road.
  • The World is a popular MMORPG from the .hack franchise.
  • On the DNA2 OST, track 8, there is the console RPG-esque Dragon Fantasy IV.
  • Dragon Ball Z episode 252 has the Game Poy handheld console with a Snake clone.
  • In Dusk Howler, there is the VR game Trikia.
  • EG Maker is about an eroge game company, Momii Design Ltd. One game stars a girl named Rora, and another game stars a girl wearing suspenders.
  • Eroge no Taiyou is about an eroge developer. One of the games is the emotionally moving Magi-Con 2.
  • In EXEcutional, there is the online game Neo Universe.
  • Firestarter is a handheld game featured in FLCL, about an arsonist pleasing the Lord of Black Flames.
  • Good Night World is a manga about a virtual world.
  • In Haru & Natsu Chapter 21, "Let's Cosplay!", there is a Dating Sim starring the Magical Girl Ashley, available on the Play Nation console.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, there is Greed Island on the Joystation Console.
  • In Imori 201, Chapter 27, "Let's PARTY", there is the MMORPG Swallowtails Online.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has these as the central focus in the Terrence D'Arby fight - "F-MEGA" and "Oh! That's a Baseball!"
  • Jinsei Tsun da kara MMO ni Hamatu te mo ii yo ne? (I got stuck in real life, so it's okay to get addicted to an MMO, right?) is about an MMO.
  • In the Kagaku Na Yatsura manga, Creature Hunter on the PSP appears to be Monster Hunter mixed with modern weaponry.
  • Magic of Stella is about the development of self-published video games, so there're several of them. To begin with, the title refers to the first of the games the protagonist Tamaki was involved in its development.
  • In MegaMan NT Warrior, the video game company Gabgom (AyanoTech in the dub), run by Yai Ayanokoji's family, makes the VR RPG Hero of Maxima and the RPG Strawberry Princess.
  • features an MMORPG where character actions can be felt.
  • The Show Within a Show Sensei and Ninomiya-kun of Minami-ke was turned into a game with many Unexpected Gameplay Changes. It went from Fighting to Platform to RPG to Resident Evil knockoff between levels. The cast was baffled.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, a Seca Saturn console appears in episode 6 and 23, and in episode 23 the console is played on a Sega TV. Games include PoYo PoYo II, Winning Fighter, SATURN2, and a game ending in -リアル, featuring a schoolgirl with long red hair.
  • New Game!, after all, is a Work Com about a game studio.
  • In one episode of Outlaw Star, Aisha is seen playing a handheld game called Heartbreaker, which appears to be some sort of combination of Fighting Game and Dating Sim.
    • Oh and Kanade's combo, press the A Button and instantly win.
  • Pecola: In "Robbie to the Rescue", Robbie plays a video game called Sir Lancehop vs. Max von Villainator. Pecola has Robo-Pecola play the game as well, which causes him to act like the game's villain, Max von Villainator; to stop him, Pecola has Robbie take on the role of Sir Lancehop.
  • In RPG Comic, there is the VR MMORPG ESPERA.
  • In Sailor Moon, The Game Center Crown hosts a series of arcade cabinets including the blank arcade cabinet voiced by Artemis pretending to be the mysterious "Game Machine", called Central Control in the dub.
    • The game center has the VR fighting game Cyber Girl Warrior Lurga, appearing in volume 1, chapter 6 of the manga Codename: Sailor V. While the Super Famicom version doesn't use the same technology as the arcade version, a special adapter will allow playing the arcade version on the Super Famicom. The game is part of an energy draining plot by the Dark Agency, and Sailor V goes inside the game to fight Cyber Girl Warrior Lurga directly.
    • Minako plays a game called Lovely Fight at the game center in volume 1, chapter 2 of Codename: Sailor V, and claims to know about the myth of Artemis from a video game.
    • The game center has the Sailor V sidescrolling game, a favorite of Usagi's. Angel Studios' Sailor Moon R for the Game Boy includes a defictionalization as a minigame segment based on the sidescroller).
    • In Sailor Moon R episode 4 a VR laser shooting game is ambushed by the Cardian Hell Ant.
    • Usagi, Minako, and the mysterious Mugen Academy student Haruka play God Driving, a racing game at the game center in episode 3 of Sailor Moon S.
  • PHANTOMa from Serial Experiments Lain is a virtual reality dungeon crawler action game.
  • In Shitsurakuen, there is Exaclan, a VR game.
  • Shoujo Kesshou Kokoro Jikaru is about a virtual world.
  • Sky World is about the MMORPG Sky World.
  • In Summer Wars, there is the VR virtual world OZ.
  • In Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki (A Certain Middle-Aged Man's VRMMO Activity Log), there is the VRMMO One More Free Life Online.
  • In 12 Beast, Eita plays a strategy RPG on a PSP-style handheld.
  • In Under City, there are online games including the survival game Under City.
  • In The World God Only Knows, there are several Dating Sim games on the PFP, including Crayon – Sora no Art and Yokkyun, and the horror game Saiontourou, or Favor of the Western Lantern .
  • Yggdrasil is about the online game Yggdrasil.
  • In Yo-Kai Watch, there is Yolo Watch.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, there is Virtual VS, a virtual arcade fighting game. One fighter is Bruce Lee Expy Bruce Ryu, who uses a move called "One Inch Punch".
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, there is a Riding Duel game where the player has Cup Ramen Man as an opponent; Jeagar knew a special code that unlocked a Duel Puzzle, that, when solved, granted access to confidential files.
  • In Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Chapter 79, "Super Strategy! The Cursed Game", the computer RPG Desire Quest is a game created by an amateur game maker who died before the game was released to the public. Desiring players, the game appeared on download sites, entrapping players in the game world, whereby one must win to leave the game.
  • In Yureka, there is the VR game Lost Saga.
  • Yuujou Kakin Kalman Gain is about the mobile game Karman Gain.
  • YuYu Hakusho has Goblin City. Gamemaster allows us to learn more about it.
  • Zero No Shiniki is a manga about gaming.

    Asian Animation 
  • Mechamato: Episode 9 starts with Amato and Deep playing a video game called Zilator, then Pian shows them a Zilator game he found in his dad's old collection. Deep makes a big deal about it since Pian had the rare Zilator 1 while he and Amato were playing Zilator 14.

    Comic Books 
  • In The Amazing Spider-Man #688-691, No Turning Back, Curt Connors plays a 3D holographic puzzle game similar to Tetris on Horizon Labs' equipment, inspiring his Fridge Logic for a new Lizard formula.
  • In Batman Inc. vol. 2 #1, there is a Bed Bug arcade cabinet next to a Polybius cabinet.
  • In Donald Duck Adventures, there is the Game Toy.
  • In G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Slip-Stream plays the arcade game Mig Waxer, in issue #54, "Launch Base".
  • Lightspeed Entertainment, owned by Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle Ted Kord, is an R&D firm focusing on the production and distribution of interactive multimedia entertainment and information, first mentioned in Extreme Justice #6.
  • The Playtendo game console is mentioned in several 1990s DC Comics titles, including JLA: World Without Grown-Ups #1.
  • In Jughead and Friends #15, there is the game Bone Breaker IV.
  • In The Mighty Thor #328, an arcade game called Megatak is being promoted; unfortunately, an industrial thief named Gregory Nettles tried to steal the prototype software at the expo where it was being promoted. Apparently, he wasn't much of a thief; his attempt got himself electrocuted, then somehow sucked into the machine, and turned into a virtual being representing the game's protagonist, with the ability to bring the monsters in the game to life, which he used to send on a rampage. When Thor showed up, Megatak got lucky, taking Thor by surprise and knocking him down; needless to say, when Thor got up again, he floored the guy with one blow, and his powers faded. After spending a few months as "a mercenary in a dumb costume", he was killed by Scourge.
  • Runaways starts with a Marvel themed PC MMORPG with The Invisible Woman, Captain America, Daredevil and The Hulk as playable characters. By Volume two it was a Plot Device All Along.
  • Simpsons Comics: Bloodstorm and Police Rampage 3 arcade games at the Noiseland Arcade (Bart Simpson #15, "Another One of Professor Frink's Partly Probable Parables: Bart Version 2.0"), Grand Theft Krusty (Bart Simpson #22, "Bait and Cackle"), console games Autopsy Jr., Cute Land, Drive Like an Idiot III, Endless Quest 2, Itchy and Scratchy Abattoir Antics! and Robot Assassin: 2 at the The Game Pit (Bart Simpson #54, "Let the Games Begin!"), Teenage Zombie Death Gauntlet 4 for the Game-Bro handheld (Bart Simpson #58, "It's the Thoughtlessness that Counts"), Krusty Bowl-A-Rama (Bart Simpson #66, "I'm Lisa Simpson, Who the Heck are You?"), Bonestorm Legacy, Rasslin 2013 and a driving game on the PS3 style Gamestation 979 console (Bart Simpson #84, cover), Bonestorm IO (Bart Simpson #91, "Radioactive Milhouse"), Violent Zoo Starfighters XVIII on the GameCube (Bart Simpson #93, "Zoo Game"), Krusty's Rental Properties Management Game! and Skateboard Renegade IV (Bart Simpson #98, "Skateboard Renegade"), Bloodbath and Immortal Wombat arcade games at the Springfield Grand hotel (Simpsons Comics #20, "The Artist Formerly Known as Bart"), Virtua Kidney Puncher 3D arcade game (Simpsons Comics #39, "Sense and Censorability"), Prac-Man and Prong arcade games at The Inquisitory Zone! (Simpsons Comics #50, "Li'l Goodfellas"), Don Kong and Revenge of the Arcade arcade games at Noiseland Video Arcade, Extreme Tango Dance Party, played at home by Ned Flanders, and School Daze, a game created by Ned Flanders (Simpsons Comics #110, "Bad News Bearer"), MMORPG Bart of War (Craft) and the virtual world Second Hand-Life (Simpsons Comics #161, "Mighty MMORPG Player Ragers'"), Button Masher 3 and Playground: The Game (Simpsons Comics #200, "Be Aware, Play with Care!"), Noah's Arkanoid, Sesame Street Fighter, and Space Defenders arcade games (Simpsons Comics #218, "Spaced Out!"), Olimpick Games Splatter Zone 3 (The Simpsons Go for the Gold, "Bummer Games"), Escape From Grandma's House IV: The Night Over (Simpsons Illustrated #4, "Loused Weekend"), Innocent Bystander III at the Noiseland Arcade (Simpsons Illustrated #9, The Simpsons: Kids in the Mall), King of Violence 8: Octagon of Pain (The Simpsons Summer Shindig #3, "Moron Kombat!"), two motorcycle racing games, a spaceship game, a Zap arcade game, and Bowl Skee ball game at the Dave is Busted arcade in Springfield Mall (The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror #20, "Dusk of the No-Brainers!").
  • In The Tick, there is the Game Guy handheld video game system.
  • The Transformers (Marvel): Multi-World is a computer game; Optimus Prime and Megatron battle in the virtual world of this game, ending with Prime's apparent death.
  • Aboard starship Entreprise-2601 in Pouvoirpoint, on several occasions we see the characters playing a first person perspective video game in black and green wireframe, called Death Race in non-Euclidean environment (visually inspired by 1979 Commodore PET game Ratrun). To defeat the boss Sly Lozenge, the player must find the Power Polyhedron, which activates Hyperbolic Crystals. This raises the specter of the Rectangle of the Mountain, who grants the player Symplectic Invincibility... They also play an unnamed 8-bit fighting game, with a red fighter against a blue fighter. Lots of Button Mashing seems to be involved.
  • Green Arrow: In the 2011 comics, the most popular games console is the Q-Box, a product of Oliver Queen's tech company Q-Core.

    Comic Strips 
  • In FoxTrot, there are the games Duke Quakem, Mortal Karnage, Nice City, Primal Instinct, Super Earthworm Mario Country 3, World of Warquest, the Mobile Phone Game Candy™Farm™Dungeon™, and the Jupiter 64 Gamestation.
  • In Hsu and Chan, the Tanaka Bros. Game Development company makes knockoff games like Bad Milage 2000 and Pocket Morons.
  • World of Hackcraft is an MMORPG from Knights of the Dinner Table, based on the tabletop role-playing game Hack Master
  • In Pooch Café, there is the arcade game Alien Attack.
  • Eyez Of Zeye from Luann, a game developed by Elwood about a typical female scantily-clad space hero; eventually made into a movie that became a Franchise Killer due to Tiffany's lousy acting.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • In Futurama: Bender's Big Score, an attack on an alien planet is displayed on the video game system the aliens are playing.
  • In Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs, there are the arcade games Coin Vacuum, Exlaxian, Extreme Flosser, Honkey Kong, Ms. Marple Madness, Normal Kombat, Shovel Command, and a handheld version of Pong with a paddle as tall as the height of the screen.
  • In Toy Story, arcade games at the Pizza Planet include Annihilator, Black Hole, Do Unto Others, Kabookey!, Planet Killer, and Scooter Attack. In Buzz Lightyear: Mission Logs, there is the game Astroblaster.
  • In Toy Story 2, the Buzz Lightyear game Buzz Lightyear: Attack on Zurg looked very cinematic for a Super NES game, compared to other prerendered games on the platform, such as the Donkey Kong Country series. The video game of Toy Story 3 has a defictionalized level of the game.
  • In Monster House, there are the games Trigger and Thou Art Dead. The latter was playable for the DVD release.
  • Wreck-It Ralph, being a movie about video game characters has at least three fictional games that are the homes of the main characters. Ralph and Felix come from Fix-It Felix Jr., a game similar to Donkey Kong and Wrecking Crew. Sergeant Calhoun comes from a game called Hero's Duty, which is a Light Gun Game with a science-fiction design (borrowing elements from Mass Effect and Metroid), and Vanellope comes from Sugar Rush Speedway, a Racing Game inspired by Mario Kart with a candy theme going for it. Finish Line, an arcade game similar to Daytona USA, made a cameo appearance. Other games at the arcade include Fatal Assault, Hoop Jamz, Motoracing, Target Bravo, Time Hunter 4, Turbo Time, and Undead Apocalypse 3. The ending credits suggest there are older versions of the games, the modern games being the latest in a series. Many of the games are made by the TobiKomi company. Two characters, Saitine and the Sorceress, are from unknown games. Extreme EZ Livin' 2, the sequel to EZ Livin' and Extreme EZ Livin', was a social game and Wide-Open Sandbox game that was cut from the movie.
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet has Slaughter Race, an open-world racing game not unlike Grand Theft Auto Online that becomes immensely attractive to Vanellope, who is growing tired of the same old thing back in her home game of Sugar Rush. Pancake Milkshake was a mobile game featured in the trailers, but was removed and placed in the credits with a Lampshade Hanging about scenes that only appear in the previews but not in the actual movie.
  • Planet 51 has several alien pinball machines in the bowling alley.
  • In Ralph Bakshi's X-rated Heavy Traffic, the main character Michael repeatedly plays a pinball machine, a metaphor for the randomness of fate and people's place in the universe.
  • In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks, Applejack and Rainbow Dash play one at Pinkie's house, based on a humanized version of the Mane-iac.
  • In The Simpsons Movie, there is the Grand Theft Walrus arcade game, later shown on the series, and Baby Blast, played on a Game Boy style handheld.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In ˝ Prince, Second Life is a fantasy MMORPG that is different than the actual Second Life.
  • In Accel World, there is Brain Burst, an online multiplayer fighting game taking place in the "Accelerated World".
  • In the Alex Rider novel Eagle Strike, there is the Gameslayer video game console.
  • In Armada, there are the Armada and Terra Firma video games.
  • Epic, Saga, and Edda are virtual worlds in The Avatar Chronicles.
  • The Bart Book mentions a Futurama arcade game, and the arcade game Escape From Grandma's House III: The Great Thanksgiving Disaster.
  • Bofuri: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. is about the fictional VRMMO New World Online, and how Kaede Honjou, in-game alias "Maple," learns to play it. She winds up breaking it wide open in the process, frequently by complete accident, becoming a Comically Invincible Hero and making a lot of friends along the way. Interestingly, while it plays into a lot of the "OP RPG Mechanics 'Verse isekai protagonist" tropes, Bofuri also goes out of its way to make NWO feel like a real MMORPG, and it makes it clear that it isn't an isekai - the game is just that, a game that everyone is having fun with.
  • After a harrowing run through an Indiana Jones-styled hallway loaded with traps and a massive fight at the end of it, the title characters of Billy and Howard go home and play a game based on what they just did.
  • In B to the F: The Novelization of the Feature Film, the games Back to the Future: Marty Quest and Back to the Future: Marty Quest II reference the adventure game styled tone of the novelization. The first game has been defictionalized.
  • Larry Niven's Dream Park features a holographic virtual reality RPG theme park.
  • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the main character is a fanboy for the game 'Twisted Wizard', which is apparently on the Wii. He's so obsessed with it, he evens prays to God so that he can beat a level without using a medical pack.
  • Doctor Who: New Series Adventures: Death to Mantodeans, console game featured in the Doctor Who novel "Winner Takes All".
  • The Mind Fantasy Game Free Play in Ender's Game, which seems to be an adventure game, set in some sort of Dream Land, that was designed by the Battle School folks to secretly test each student's creativity and psyche. That Cruelty Is the Only Option in a few of the game's trickier puzzles comes back to torment Ender.
  • Most of Endo and Kobayashi Live! The Latest on Tsundere Villainess Lieselotte takes place in Love Me Magically!, a hybrid Romance Game/Eastern RPG. The player takes the role of Mage Born of Muggles Fiene, with the first half of the game being the "common route" where the player interacts with the capture targets to decide who the player will romance in the second half of the game. The second half of the game has two objectives: romancing the chosen target as well as defeating the Witch of Yore. The titular Endo and Kobayashi are just two Ordinary High School Students attempting to MST the game, but they found one of the romantic interests can hear their commentaries...
  • The hero of the Iain Banks novel Complicity spends most of the book playing a world-builder game called Despot, which he describes as "byzantinely complicated, baroquely beautiful, spectacularly immoral and utterly, utterly addictive." Word of God says it was inspired by Civilization (which supposedly almost made him miss the book's deadline). He also mentions he used to play a sci-fi game named Xerium.
  • Another Iain Banks novel, The Steep Approach To Garbadale, features a family-run games business whose fortune is built on a board game called Empire!.
  • In Fix This Mess! by Tedd Arnold, there is the PZ2 game console.
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there is the PlayStation game Mega-Mutilation Part Three.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, there is the 5 vs 5 strategic space war game The Day of Sagittarius III, defictionalized on the iPhone, and the online game The Day of Sagittarius V in The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya.
  • In the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy novel Only You Can Save Mankind, there are the games Alabama Smith and the Jewels of Fate, Megasteroids, and the Shoot 'Em Up Only You Can Save Mankind.
  • Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear is a light novel about a VRMMO.
  • In Labyrinth of Reflections, Labyrinth of Death is a VR cyberspace MMO inspired by Doom.
  • In The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, there is the MMO Continent of Magic, and the VRMMO Royal Road.
  • In Log Horizon, there is the MMORPG Elder Tales: Homesteading the Noosphere, set in the land of Seldeshia.
  • In Lucky Wander Boy, there are the Lucky Wander Boy and Eviscerator arcade games.
  • In Mayo Chiki!, Rich Bitch Kanade flirts with the computer club to have them make her a fighting game including all of them for Jiro's sister's birthday. For some reason Jiro is in his boxers, not that Subaru minds.
  • Mogworld is an MMORPG featured in the Ben Croshaw novel Mogworld.
  • In NEET dakedo Hello Work ni Ittara Isekai ni Tsuretekareta, there is Miniature Garden of Razgrad World, or Razgrad World.
  • In The Octonauts And The Frown Fish, the game Turtle Tactic is played on the Buntendo system.
  • Tad Williams' Otherland series features a ton of these - appropriately since it's set 20 Minutes into the Future and the key feature is a world-wide virtual reality network. Particularly significant is the "Middle Kingdom", portrayed as the ultimate fantasy MMORPG, not to mention the game-within-a-game virtual worlds of the Grail Network itself.
  • The titular Only Sense Online is a highly advanced Virtual Reality MMORPG where much of the story takes place in.
  • Oreimo has Syscalypse, a 3D fighting game revolving around clothing damage. A 2D version is in development currently here in Real Life.
  • In Overlord (2012), there is the Dive MMORPG or DMMORPG Yggdrasil, a VR game.
  • In The Gamers novel Pwned, Fartherall Online is an MMORPG based on the tabletop RPG.
  • In Quarantine (1992), there is HyperNova.
  • In The New Gate, there is The New Gate an online game that becomes The Most Dangerous Video Game.
  • The samurai Fighting Game in Snow Crash.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the highly realistic simulators tend to either be played as games or Unwinnable Training Simulations. Sometimes both. In the Hand of Thrawn duology, Supreme Commander Pellaeon sometimes used an AT-AT simulator. It was frustrating sometimes, but enough unlike his normal duties that it was actually a form of relaxation. Of course, it also meant that he became more familiar with how the machines performed on different terrains, which meant that he might be better able to deploy them.
  • In Diane Duane's Star Trek Expanded Universe novel The Wounded Sky, Sulu put together a spaceflight simulator on the rec deck holotank that lets him play with unconventional sublight combat tactics (flying a starship as if it were a high performance atmospheric fighter). He insists that the underlying physics model is accurate, if on the outer edge of the performance envelope for the Enterprise. Kirk comes in toward the end of a particularly spectacular session where Sulu manages to crash his simulated ship into a Klingon cruiser. A bit later in the book, a situation arises where highly unorthodox sublight combat is called for:
    Kirk: Mr. Sulu, you play tank games, don't you?
    Sulu: Sir! Yes sir—
    Kirk: Get it right this time.
  • The titular game in Killobyte. Piers Anthony also wrote a Xanth book revolving around a game, to give the designers the basic idea of what to make when they defictionalized it.
  • The plot of Halting State by Charles Stross starts with a major event in a World of Warcraft- style game called "Avalon four". Several other MMORPGs appear throughout the book.
  • Several parts of La Révolution des Fourmis of Bernard Werber describe various characters playing a Civilization-like video game named Origines.
  • Dark Krassnia, the MMO created by Lucy Stone and Digital Damage Productions in The Restoration Game by Ken MacLeod, based on Lucy's mother's epic work of Krassnian mythology The Krassniad. There's also the fact that the entire world is a video game of sorts, just a highly detailed one with sentient NPCs.
  • Hacker Snack from Orson Scott Card's 1992 novel Lost Boys, a video game written by the protagonist, similar to Chip's Challenge.
  • OASIS - MMO featured in the Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One.
  • The Discworld setting has a couple of Clockpunk and Magitek versions.
    • The Barbarian Invaders coin-op machine in Soul Music, a Leonard of Quirm creation powered by clockwork and lots of rubber bands.
    • In The Science of Discworld, the Senior Wrangler recalls entering the High Energy Magic building and finding some students gathered round the magical computer Hex shouting things like "I've got the battering ram! Eat hot naptha, evil dog!"
  • In Skippy Dies, Skippy is obsessed with Hopeland, a fictional JRPG with a hero who's an Expy of Link from The Legend of Zelda.
  • In Sword Art Online, VRMMO games are played with FullDive machines such as the second generation NerveGear and AmuSphere, the in development AmuSphere 2, the non-entertainment Medicuboid, and the fourth generation Soul Translator (STL). VRMMOs include the RPG Sword Art Online and its successor ALfheim Online (ALO), the free to play RPG Asuka Empire, and the post-apocalyptic sci-fi RPG Gun Gale Online (GGO) by American company Zaskar. An in-game terminal in the VRMMO LUNASCAPE was used to attempt to access data in a VRMMO for pretty female models. Project Alicization (Underworld) is a simulation using game mechanics.
  • In Fantasy in Death, the murder victim was the lead developer of Fantastical, a holographic VR game which lets players create their own scenarios. The game itself is the murder weapon: the killer tampered with the settings so that the holograms can cause real injuries.
  • Isaac Asimov and Janet Asimov's Norby and the Court Jester: In chapter one, Norby has the idea to make a feely (an virtual reality video game) where you can experience life on the submolecular level. Later on, in chapter six, he discovers that Ing has already designed one, and named it Teenytrip. Later on, the protagonists discover that the game is being fed a Computer Virus, brainwashing the population of Izz.

  • In the Alex Gaudino & Shena music video "Watch Out", there is the console soccer game gaudino pro 2008.
  • Electric Funstuff's "The Next Big Thing" is about the development process of an FPS, about a girl and her horse, that is sort of like "Barbie meets Quake."
  • In "Hand Springs" by The White Stripes, there is the pinball game Stand By Your Man.
  • In the video for "Please Use This Song" by Jon Lajoie, there is the game Prostitute Hunter 5.
  • The video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Californication" is basically a screen capture of a fictional Wide-Open Sandbox-style game starring the band.
  • Super Slugfest shows up in The Simpsons music video, "Deep, Deep Trouble", during the line "A fist fight or two, and Nintendo for cash", where Nintendo is meant as a term for video games in general. Martin and Nelson play the console with single-button joysticks.

  • In the RiffTrax of The Wizard, there is a mention of the arcade game Regular Dragon, and the Nintendo game Car Whackers.

    Print Media 
  • In Amiga Power, there is HeapzOFun 2000 and Kill The Prez.
  • In Computer Gaming World, there is Age of Rising Legends I: The Blade of Xanthor, Age of Rising Legends II: The Sword of Xanthor!, Bethesda Hardworks, Extreme Turkey Hunter, Grand Theft Buggy, Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp: The Interactive Game, PepsiPresents: Topless Tami's Sex Gun Orgy, and Pimply Stammering Misfit Presents Scrapland.
  • GamePro featured video game parodies like Actually, Tomorrow Does Die, The Adventures Of Laxative Larry, Back-Seat Driver, Bran Turismo 2 Race To The Bathroom, Britney Spears Bubbles Bobble, The Cleveland Browns in Ready 2 Fumble, Cruis'n Aimlessly, Dork Fu, Dreamcrashed, The Duke Of Hazzard, Filet of SoleCalibur, Final Fantasy MMMCLVIII The Beginning, Game Weak, Knockout Queens 2000, Liquor Cabinet Raider: The Last Inebriation, Martin Scorcese's Crazy Taxi Driver, Marvel Vs. Capcom Vs. Microsoft, Mortal Kombat Old, Perfectly Dark, Poke Meaningless, President Evil Code Monica, Quack III: A Real Bad Game, Rejections, Reverse Driver 2, Star Bores Episode 1 Eraser, Vigilante 8: Yankess 5, the game consoles CrapStation 64Box and PainStation, the handheld Lame Boy Colorless, and the game companies Lucasfarts, Nofriendo, South Geek Interactive, SquareCircileTraiangleAndHoldStart, Tee Hee Interactive, and You're O-Kom, I'm O-Kom.
  • In Games For Windows: The Official Magazine, there is Casimmo Royale, The Hundred Years War, Tomb Raider Classic, W.A.N.K.E.R, and Zoo Tycoon: Monkeys Monkeys Monkeys!!. Continuing from Computer Gaming World, Braak Studios is mentioned as the developers of the Xanthor fantasy strategy game series, including Blade of Xanthor, Sword of Xanthor, Dagger of Xanthor, and the RPG Cudgel of Xanthor. Jeff Green 's novel The Cudgel of Xanthor would have detailed the development process of the game and the life of Xanthor.
  • In MAD, video game parodies included Amish Barn Raising Fever, Championship Nazi Volleyball, Crackman, Fat Guys Showertime Shenanigans, Grandma's Bitchin' Buick Burnout, Grand Theft Amish, Lorena Bobbivv's Emasculator Challenge, Pope John Paul II Stock Car Challenge, Pukeswap, SissyFighter, Virtual Baseball: The '94 World Series, and the PainStation console.
  • In Mad Kids #10, "The Least Popular Wii Games" features games like The Wii Omelet Station.
  • In the US version of PC Gamer, there is the Coconut Monkey game Gravy Trader, rated with a score of 101%.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Dinosaurs: In "Into the Woods", Earl, Robbie, and Roy walk into a tarpit and start sinking in it, so they ask Baby to find someone to help get them out. Baby meets a little critter named Woody and befriends him, starting to play video games with him instead of helping Earl, Robbie, and Roy. One of the games Baby and Woody play is called Tarpit Idiots, where the goal is to save three idiots who closely resemble Earl, Robbie, and Roy from sinking into a tarpit. This ultimately reminds Baby that he should be saving Earl, Robbie, and Roy for real instead of playing a video game resembling it.
  • In the Sesame Street special Elmo's Alphabet Challange Elmo, Abby and Telly play an alphabet game on her "FlyPad", which includes a series of minigames such as Super Mustachio Bros, Angry Words, and World of Elfcraft, as well as unnamed pastiches of Guitar Hero, Pac-Man, Just Dance and Mario Kart.

  • Topps' 1991 and 1998 Flashback Series II Wacky Packages feature Stupid Moron Bros. 2 by Nutendo, played on a console that uses VHS tapes as a data storage medium.

    Visual Novels 
  • Many in Arcade Spirits, considering that the story is all about video game Fandom. Notable examples include Moopy's Magic Maze, an old-school arcade game based finding your way through procedurally generated mazes and avoiding enemies; Starlight Stage, a Dance Dance Revolution homage where you actually need to dance; and Fist of Discomfort, a very complicated multiplayer game with a huge esports scene.
  • Rin "Akihabara no Hondala" Watanabe appears in JAST's visual novel Runaway City. She masters the ultra-popular Virtual Ninja arcade game, beating one hundred opponents in a row. Virtual Ninja is made by the same video game company run by the father of the Player Character. Rin makes a brief appearance in the arcade in JAST's Season Of The Sakura, where she beats that game's Player Character playing the arcade game Virtual Ninja 2.

    Web Animation 
  • In Bonus Stage, there is Elly In Balloonland, Evil's MMORPG, Joel's Adventure, and Robo Rya.
  • Homestar Runner has quite a few of these made by the fictional company Videlectrix. Some have been defictionalized.
    • "Strong Bad's Message Bored" features the Atari 2600 Retraux games Armless Invaders, The Cheat's Smoking Challenge, and Nighttime Driving Type Game.
    • The menu "Super Old Games-n-Such", formerly "Super Fun Games-n-Such", resembles a handheld system that can play Astro-Lite 2600, Audition with Marzipan, Bronco Trolleys, Dancin' Bubs, Fortune Cookies, Hairstyle Runner, Homestar Quiz, Homestar Talker, Strong Libs, and Who Said What?
    • The Videlectrix game catalog includes playable games like 50K Racewalker, and screenshots and box art of unplayable games, including King Dingo, Salad Daze, and Duck Guardian 2, the unplayable sequel to Duck Guardian One, starring the popular comic strip character Ron Planet.
    • In "duck pond", the duck feeding simulator Duck Pond can be played on the Tandy 400 and the Atari 2600.
    • In "lures & jigs", Fishing Challenge '91 is a game by Totalsoft Electronicals LLC,,.
    • "monster truck" introduces Awexome Cross '98, playable on the Videlectrix catalog.
    • In "2 emails", Pigs on Head is a Videlectrix computer game, an LCD game on the Videlectrix site, and one of the Sega tape games in "anything". Butcher Bros. was a planned sequel.
    • In "date", Homestar Runner and Marzipan Extra Real Dating Sim XR is a 1993 dating sim by Strong Bad Made a Game.
    • In "video games", RhinoFeeder is a Videlectrix game for the Super FunMachine.
    • The arcade game Typing Tutor Turbo appears in "the bet". The PC game Typing Tutor Jr. appears in "garage sale".
    • In "trading cards", the game C.H.E.A.T. resembles E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on the Atari 2600. On the "Everything Else, Volume 3" DVD, there is a playable Where's The Cheat? game with a similar looking title screen.
    • In "slumber party", games on Sega Genesis style cartridges, known as "Sega Tapes", include Blistergeist, Blood Bleeder, Clapping Party, Head Chopper 2, Saliva Quest, Scab Wars, and Throat Rip.
  • In PONY.MOV, Wolf Puncher 2 from the Panel Cartoon was defictionalized into a browser game.
  • The Smosh Babies episode, "LePrawn James the Video Game" has the Licensed Game of the same name, based on the Show Within a Show. Though no actual gameplay is shown, a commercial for it is, and Baby Mari is revealed to have a copy of the game, which Baby Ian and Baby Anthony (who have been grounded from playing video games) want to play.
  • TOME features the VR MMORPG TOME, in the video game world known as the Terrain of Magical Expertise.
  • Paul Robertson's Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006, Kings of Power: 4 Billion% and Super Dino Boys all depict fictional video game settings.
  • Being a series set in a world obsessed with gaming, Meta Runner has several, with three games being focused on in season one:
    • Ultra Jump Mania, a Mario-esque 3D platformer, which is the first game Tari warps into, pulling out its protagonist, Theo, in the process.
    • Battle Blaze, a Counter-Strike-style FPS arena shooter which Masa uses to test Tari's abilities.
    • Tempest, a fantasy-themed battle royale game, which plays an important role in the second half of season one.

  • Chainsawsuit featured the recurring "Boiga Bruddas", a parody of early Mario games. Later, an American company remakes it as an ultra-violent first person shooter.
  • In Cubetoons, there is the InuYasha Happy Box game console.
  • In Dinosaur Comics, there is Dino Quest I.
  • Homestuck gives us Sburb.
  • In Kid Radd, there are the games Kid Radd and Kid Radd II, Bunny and Chick Playland, Bunny and Chick Playland 2, Doom Platoon, Fighter Heroes, Final Legacy II, Island of Melba, Mofo, and Old Daedalus, and the companies Seveighto and SoftSoft.
  • In MegaTokyo, there is Endgames, Mosh Mosh Revolution, Punished Pinion, the Renai game Sight, and Super Moe-Moe Ball.
  • In Neglected Mario Characters, there are the games Fred Fred Revolution, Super Duper Mario Bros., and a Super Mario 4 that is not Super Mario World.
  • In OldSkooled, there is Righteous Chaps and WrestleVania, and from the Guest Strips, "Games that Never Made It", there is Riverdance Dance Revolution, Double Dragon Warrior, Deadly Towers 2, FOX's Temptation Island III, Smash C.D., You're a Daddy, Mario!, Metal Gear Harvest, MegaMario, and other cross-overs.
  • In Pokey the Penguin, there is Interactive Handshake Gold, and Nutty Arc-Dynamo.
  • In Sluggy Freelance, Years of Yarncraft (take a guess what it's a parody of), along with Fashion Rancher Waif on the PSP, Z-COM: UFO Defensiveness, and the Playstayshun and SuuWii consoles.
  • Between the Shared Universe of Sunstone and Blood Stain is the MMORPG Moonstone Gate, a place where readers get to see character interactions between two otherwise separate storylines. It also provides a place for the creators of the comics to poke fun at typical fantasy RPG tropes.
  • Arthur, King of Time and Space:
    • In the contemporary arc, Arthur, Lancelot, Guenevere and Tristram all first meet in a MMORPG called Ultimate Final Dark Age.
    • In the space arc, Guenevere plays the VR game LEGO Call of Duty.

    Web Original 
  • Chip n' Dale's MMORPG by COSBY Co. (based on Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers on the NES).
  • The Elemenstor Saga games include:
    • 1982 Apple II text adventure Grand Hierarch Adventures 1: Timeslip and Slide and cancelled sequel.
    • 1986 Apple IIGS text adventure Harbinger 23, an informal student project starting as a generic dungeon crawl before adding in elements from the novel The Sundering of Vhaxdi.
    • The Wizbit (Amiga, 1992)
    • Elemenstors: The Resundering MUD (1991)
    • The Ravages of Time and Lords - Single player RPG third person shooter hybrid.
    • Elemenstorer - FPS (PC)
    • Epic Legends of the Hierarchs Online: The Bloodrage Chronicle - Perpetual alpha MMORPG by Sculptured Software Inc. - Planned for 2006.
    • Are You Ready - Epic Adventures of The Elemenstors! GO! - Side story (Wii, DS, 2007), remake announced.
    • Canadian McGraw's Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: The Elemenstor Saga, 2D isometric jumping shooter.
    • ClickBricks Elemenstor Cycle: The Videogame (PC, Mac, Amiga, Altair, Cray, proprietary Deep Explorer) by Development and Production of Fantasy Monster Toy and Game Company, based on ClickBricks Elemenstrator Playset and Novella. Sequel announced for the Xbox 360.
    • Dance Dance Rubianlution - Japan only, (Playstation 2, 2002)
    • Elemenstor: Snap! - Based on the Pokémon Snap engine.
    • Epic Hero Legend: curseD wandS - The "catch things and raise them" RPG.
    • The 2006 browser based PC fan game Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: Hero Drop!
    • Epic Legends of the Hierarchs: Rubian Stones Power Fight-off - 3D fighter (Playstation, Gamecube, 2002)
    • Everybody Loves Wizbits! 2005 DVD question and answer game.
    • Final Furniture VII, aka Final Furniture: Vunderbort's Irresponsible Idol, 1998 Playstation game by CubeSoft set in an Alternate Continuity. Computer-animated movie sequel, Final Furniture VII: Accession Progeny.
    • Final Furniture VII-2 - Announced PS3 sequel to Final Furniture VII by Cube-phonics.
    • Fninal Fnurniture - Unofficial PC MMORPG by RectangleCo (2004)
    • Furni Fighter - Fighting game (Playstation, 1999)
    • FurniPets and Premium Version of FurniPets - Online browser based virtual pet game by Multigame Corp. (1999)
    • Fuzzy Ottoman (1997, Game Boy Color), two 3D sequels: Fuzzy Ottoman Solid (Playstation, 1998) and Fuzzy Ottoman Solid 2 (Playstation 2, 2003) with multiplayer "deskmatch" battle mode, and the cancelled Fuzzy Ottoman Solid 3.
    • Non-combat RPG Grand Adventuring Wizbits RPG: The Untold Story of the Expositing, and spin-off Grand Adventuring Wizbits: Tactics (Playstation)
    • Rockstar Games Grand Theft Wizbit: The Sickle (Playstation 2, Gamecube, Xbox, 2002)
    • Strategy game Holy Trinity: The Battle for Battal (PC, Playstation, 2005)
    • The Journey of Shezdor: Shadows of Darkness - Announced action game for next gen consoles.
    • Two-player beat-em' up sword-juggling Tetris hybrid arcade game The Journal of Swords: Swords of Doom, suffered Fanon Discontinuity.
    • Elemenstor ping-pong and the Japanese counterpart, Super Hyper Shin-Elemenstor Hyper Super Fighting Battle RPG: Super Perfect Version.
    • Arkanoid clone Super Wizbitball (Sega Genesis, 1995)
    • Wizbit Hearts, featuring Warner Bros. worlds and characters, and Japan only Super Deluxe Edition (Playstation, 2001)
    • Wizbit On The Run arcade game, running game with treadmill hardware.
    • Japan only PC dating sim and strategy hybrid Wizbit Town Planner Simulation Game. The sequel, Wizbit Town Planner II: Mark of the Dark Elemenstor dropped some of the dating sim elements, while the US received the Macekred Town Planner: Mark of the Dark Pharaoh.
    • FMV game Elamensutaa Girl's School!: Is The Sorority House On Fire?, released in the US as the heavily censored Wizbit Trap (Sega CD, Saturn, PC)
    • Wizbits 3D, platformer (Playstation)
    • Wizbits Aloft!, scrolling shooter (Sega 32X, 1995)
    • Wizbits Elemenstor Battle CCG Online, an online version of the Wizbits Elemenstor Battle CCG (PC, 2003)
    • The Wizbits: The Epicular Adventures card combat RPG, eight versions released (Game Boy Color, 1999)
    • Wizbits: Rockin' Skateboard Adventure (SNES, 1994), The Wizbits: Rockin' and Boardin', the inspiration for Mario Kart: Double Dash (Game Boy Advance, 2001), and The Wizbits: EXTREME Rockin' and The Wizbits: EXTREME Rockin' and Boardin', announced to have online play (Nintendo DS)
    • Wiz Rubian, Japan only (Playstation)
    • Wizbits Rubian Wing (Sega Genesis)
    • Wizbits Unleashed, Japan only (Wonderswan Color)
    • Wizbitz: Magic Sword King Maker 2, Japan only adventure game (PC, Playstation, 1998)
    • Cube-phonics' Wiizbiits Golf, cancelled (Wii)
    • The second best video game series of all time behind Dance Dance Zombie Party, the Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest series by Phonics includes Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest I: The Ball of Utmost Roundness (US: Wizbits Worlds), Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest II: Four Balls of Utmost Roundness (US: Wizbit Worlds II: Dude, Where's My Balls?, PAL: Princess Crumpet and the Hedgehogs), Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest III: Assault on Moondale (US: Wizbits Worlds III: Pantheon of Nogodniks), Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest IV: Machinations of the Hell Emperor (US: Wizbits Worlds IV: Adventures in the Afterlife), Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest V: Keys to the Hearts of the Sky Orbs, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest VI: Lost Rubians of the Forgotten Unknowns, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest VII: Misplaced Chapters of the Myriad Heroes, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest VIII: Betrayal of the Turncoat Dark Knights, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest IX: Daydream of the Dragon Lord, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest X: Child of the Elemanifestations, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XI: Tale of the Synchronized World Trees, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XII: Curse of the World Devouring Water, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XIII: Fat Lady Strikes Back, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XIV: Legend of the Mule Queen, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XV: Dance of the She-Priestess, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XVI: Rebels of the Ominous Judgekings, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XVII: Guardians of the Sky Comet, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XVIII: Metropolis of the Antisocial Gems, and spin-offs Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Elemental Kidz, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Tactics, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Tactics Neo, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest X II: Bubbly Girl Dress Up Party, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XI Gaiden: Gritty Gunmetal Dirge, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XI: Beforestory, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest XI: Afterstory, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Party, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Token Master, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Token Master II, Epic Fantasy Warrior Quest Token Master III: Circus Adventure, Fluddle Super Blast, Fluddle Sewer Adventure, Peep's Confusing Underworld, Peep's Confusing Underworld II, Peep's Marvelous Racing Bonanza, Shopkeep's Grand Adventure, Shopkeep's Last Hope and Shopkeep's Confusing Underworld.
  • Pablo "Psyco3ler" Belmonte's Nintendo On (NinOn) VR console, F-ZerO' on GameCube, Super Mario Universe and Super Mario Galaxy DS on the Nintendo DS, and a Majora's Mask HD remake before the official version was announced.
  • ProZD presents scenarios from an untitled Eastern RPG known informally as the King Dragon Canon. A crossover took place with the series Chairem Anime in the anime Non-Serial Movie Chairem Anime: Sofaden: The Movie: Dragon Clash in the Kingdom of Ice, though its canon status is debatable. There is also an Xbox 360 game described as "a vast open world game featuring a map five times the size of the previous game."
  • On The Station, a.k.a. Nacho Punch, there is the game Grand Theft Auto for kids.
  • The Creepypasta I Used to Play a Game Called "WorryLand" is about a video game that affects the real world. It's an 8-bit scrolling shooter that somehow knows the worries of the player, and... corrects them. The narrator plays it after being bullied at school. The bullies are never heard from again. Crosses over with The Most Dangerous Video Game.
  • On 4chan, the occasional video game mockup is known to show up.
  • In The Best Page in the Universe, fictional video games appear in "The Best Game in the Universe" and "Video games you'll never play".
  • Cracked:
  • In Fark, fictional video games may show up in the comments section, but are less likely to have been archived.
  • The Game Ideas Wiki, the Video Game Ideas Wiki, the Video Game Ideas Wiki, the Video Game Ideas Wiki, and the Video Game Ideas page on the Idea Wiki feature ideas for hypothetical video games.
  • Goodbye Strangers has a Pokémon-like game called Zeroworld that was created as a Propaganda Piece warning against exploiting strangers for profit. After the End the game was rediscovered and became famous for how it predicted the future.
  • Old Man Murray includes Final Fight: Stratego and Alien vs. Child Predator.
  • In Something Awful, Photoshop Phridays feature fictional video games.
  • The Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter mentions a Big the Cat RPG FPS Dating Sim, the defictionalized Big's Big Fishing Adventure 3, Knuckles the Echidna in Knuckles & Knuckles & Knuckles note , and Sonic Horses. The artwork of Sanic 5 gets pitched to IGN.
  • In Uncyclopedia, there are several fictional games, game systems and categories.
  • VGBoxArt features imaginative video game mockups.
  • In YTMND, meme and snowclone related video game mockups frequently appear.
  • There used to be a fad of writing FAQs for non-existent video games. Usually they would include everything a FAQ for a real game would have.

    Web Videos 
  • In Anime Crimes Division, "Silence of the Fireflies" features the VR game Solitaire Art Online.
  • In College Saga, College Saga is a 2006 game similar to Final Fantasy VII, about college students fighting the Vegetarian Supremacy.
  • CollegeHumor features the Breaking Bad RPG, the Doctor Who RPG, Every JRPG Ever, the Game of Thrones RPG HBO's Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire and Season 2, HBO's Game of Thrones: "A Clash of Kings" Expansion, the Homeland RPG Homeland: Season 1, the Jersey Shore RPG Jersey Shore: The RPG, Lost RPG, the Man vs. Wild RPG Man Vs. Wild VI: Infinity Bear Saga, Punching Friends, The Wire RPG The Wire: EVIL vs. SLIGHTLY LESS EVIL, and the fighting games 3... 2... 1... Fight!, Real Fighter II, the Black & Decker waffle maker online multiplayer game with lobby and party system, and the 1972 Skaris 1-bit console, featuring The Rhyme of the God King Gilgamesh, about a voyage around the land of Uruk on the back of the bull of heaven in search of the goddess Ishtar, a text adventure game, and a Goldeneye game played with the accompanying Skaris Entertainment Book.
  • In The Angry Video Game Nerd, there is Alien Tiger Meteor Massacre In Middletown NJ (dedicated song by Project Mobius), Full House Tournament Fighter, expanded into gameplay footage on YouTube as a game by Shmapcom, Dr. Claw's Dump N' Pump on the Sega Genesis, Lester the Unlikely sequels Lester the Unlikely 2 (Lester pulls down his pants, sucks his thumb and takes a shit), Lester the Unlikely 3 (Cannot get past the title screen. Push start, and Lester falls down and farts), Lester the Unlikely 4 on the SNES (doesn't work at all, causes the SNES to explode), Lester the Unlikely 5 (Not a game. A bag of shit), Lester the Unlikely on the PlayStation 4 (Disc made of orangutan diarrhea), New York 2017, the Star Wars games Jar Jar Binks Bingo, Death Star Builder 3.0, Chewie Wookie Cookie Cookin', Storm Trooper Tennis, Jabba's Farts Unleashed, Wedge's Wedgie Attack, Fishing for Akbars, Super Sith Shit Toss: Tournament Edition, Boba Fett's Name Game, and Governor Tarkin vs. Count Dookie, and The Good Son on Jaguar CD.
  • The Guild revolves around the members of a guild in a fictional MMORPG which strongly resembles World of Warcraft. Not until the season 4 finale is anything of the game actually shown, though it governs their lives.
  • The Horizon MMORPG in Noob. Pretty much a composite of existing video games and what the creator would like to see in MMORPGs.
  • JonTron: Mario City Simulator, The Legend of Zelda: Modern Warfare and Zelda: MW3 ("Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts"), Willem Dafoe Basketball on the Genesis ("Nightshade: The Claws of HEUGH"), The Legend of Hercules: Ocarina of Time ("Hercules Games"), Call of Duty: Boats and Call of Duty: Sunk Boats DLC on Xbox One, and Schindler's List HD Remix ("Titenic"), True Sword & Lots Magic Adventure Boy ("Japanese Shoot 'Em Ups"), Star Wars: Bird vs Camel ("StarCade: Episode 1 - Atari Games"), Alderaan was an Inside Job, Resident Evil 4: Official Gungan Version ("StarCade: Episode 4 - Nintendo Star Wars"), and Jar Jar's Jar Jar Jar ("StarCade: Episode 5 - The Phantom Menace Games").
  • In Mega64, the Mega 64 is the ultimate gaming console, created by Dr. Poque.
  • In the SuperMarioLogan episode, "Bowser's Video Game", there is Charleyyy and Friends: The Video Game, a fictional Licensed Game based on Bowser's favorite Show Within a Show, Charleyyy and Friends.
  • The The Nostalgia Critic review of the DOOM movie features a fictional Recursive Adaptation called DOOM: The Movie: The Game. Many elements of the game reflect the Critic's criticisms of the movie: the scenery is dark, there's very little action, the "demons" are zombified humans, amped-up rock music goes just as quickly as it comes, the setting is limited to Mars (Hell is a metaphor), and the BFG can only uselessly be fired at walls twice.
  • This is the central conceit of the TierZoo channel on YouTube. TierZoo teaches zoology by pretending that all of the natural world is a MMORPG known as Outside, and that all the animals it examines are different builds that the Outside player base has created by tweaking stats and evolutionary features. The channel's narrator then discusses the pros and cons of the different "builds", their interaction with their "server", (the Africa server is noted as being probably the most competitive and toughest to survive) and how the different "clan strategies" (read the social behavior of the different animals) all effect the viability of the animal and its ability to thrive in the environment.
  • The titular game from the Wizards with Guns video "The Sh*ttiest Fighting Game of ALL Time" is Fight Boys 4, a Mortal Kombat parody where one of the characters is Mitch, a wimp who spends his time whining on the toilet, doesn't move and gets beaten in one hit.

  • In the annual Famicase exhibition, artists design hypothetical Famicom cartridgesnote .

Alternative Title(s): Fictional Pinball Game


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Heaven's Hellfire, an online RPG where you can summon angels and demons to fight for you.

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