An index of works about in-universe video games, whether they be real or fictional. These games and their players play an important role in these stories, often incorporating Video Game Tropes and portraying Video Game Culture.
Not to be confused with stories taking place within a video game universe and without any major awareness of being in a video game. Compare to The Anime of the Game and Video Game Movies, which are both works adapted from video games. See also Parody Video Games, RPG Episode, and The Most Dangerous Video Game.
WorksAnime and Manga
- Arcade Gamer Fubuki, a manga series (1998-2003)
- .hack, a Japanese multimedia franchise (2002-present)
- High Score Girl, a manga series (2010-2018)
- Magic of Stella, a manga series (2012-present)
- New Game!, a manga series (2013-present)
- Recovery of an MMO Junkie, a manga series (2013-2015)
Films - Documentaries
- Indie Game: The Movie, a 2012 Canadian film
- The King of Kong, a 2007 American film
- Thank You for Playing, a 2015 American film
Films - Live-Action
- Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, a 2014 American film
- Arcade, a 1993 American B-movie
- Avalon, a 2001 Japanese Polish-language film
- Final Deployment 4: Queen Battle Walkthrough, a 2018 short film
- Gamer, a 2011 Ukrainian film
- Hellraiser: Hellworld, a 2005 American horror film
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a 2017 American fantasy adventure film
- Jumanji: The Next Level, a 2019 film
- The Last Starfighter, a 1984 American space opera film
- Pixels, a 2015 American comedy film
- Ready Player One (2018), a 2018 American film
- Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, a 2003 American spy film
- TRON, an American science fiction franchise
- WarGames, a 1983 American film
- The Wizard, a 1989 American adventure film
Films - Animation
- The Emoji Movie, a 2017 American comedy film
- Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase, a 2001 American direct-to-video film
- Wreck-It Ralph, a 2012 American comedy film
- Ralph Breaks the Internet, a 2018 American comedy film
- Accel World (2009-present)
- And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? (2013-present)
- BOFURI: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense (2016-present)
- Gamers! (2015-2019)
- How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (2012-2017)
- Log Horizon (2011-present)
- No Game No Life (2012-present)
- Overlord (2012-present)
- Sword Art Online (2009-present)
- Armada, a 2015 American novel
- The Avatar Chronicles, a novel series (2004-2011)
- Awaken Online
- Bushido Online
- Daemon, a novel series (2006, 2009)
- Escapist Dream, a pop culture fiction novel (2020)
- Heir Apparent, a novel with two companion books (2002)
- Insignia, a novel series (2012-2014)
- The King's Avatar, a Chinese novel series (2012-present)
- No Pasaran Le Jeu, a French novel (1996, with a graphic novel adaptation in 2014)
- Phantom Server, a Russian novel series (2015-2016)
- Press Start, an early chapter book series (2016-present)
- Ready Player One, a 2011 science fiction novel
- Ready Player Two, its 2020 sequel
- Solo Leveling, (first a web serial novel, than a webcomic, and then a published novel)
- Void Forge, a 2013 science fiction novel
- Ace Lightning, a British TV series (2002-2004)
- Consolevania, a Scottish TV series (2004-present)
- Crash Zone, an Australian TV series (1999-2001)
- Deadly Games, an American TV series (1995-1997)
- GamesMaster, a British TV series (1992-1998)
- Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, a Japanese TV series (2016-2017)
- Kiss Me First, a British TV series (2018-present)
- Level Up, an American TV series (2012-2013)
- The Amazing World of Gumball S5 E18 "The Console"
- Batman Beyond S2 E24 "Sentries of the Last Cosmos"
- Black Mirror: Playtest
- Black Mirror: Striking Vipers
- Bravest Warriors S01 E03 "Butter Lettuce"
- Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island S2E2 "Monkey Business/Sir Nut-a-Lot" (specifically the second half, "Sir Nut-a-Lot")
- Community S3 E20 "Digital Estate Planning"
- Gravity Falls S2E5 "Soos and the Real Girl"
- Happy Heroes S10E23 "Run, Superman Brothers"
- Kim Possible S2 E9 "Virtu-Ron"
- Simple Samosa Episode 99 "Khelo Samosa"
- The Simpsons
- South Park
- Star Trek: The Next Generation S5 E6 "The Game"
- Teen Titans Go! S2 E39 "Video Game References"
- The Beginner's Guide, a 2015 exploration game
- Contact, a 2006 role-playing game
- CrossCode, a 2018 action RPG
- Dev Guy, a 2015 adventure/exploration game
- The End (2015), a role-playing game
- Game Dev Story, a 1997 simulation game
- Game Dev Tycoon, a 2012 simulation game
- Game Tengoku, a 1995 arcade game
- Ganbare Neo Poke-Kun, a 2000 simulation game
- The Hex, a 2018 computer game
- Kid Chameleon, a 1992 platform game
- Moon: Remix RPG Adventure, a 1997 role-playing game
- Nanashi no Game, a 2008 horror game
- Omikron: The Nomad Soul, a 1999 fantasy game
- Pony Island, a 2016 computer game
- Retro Game Challenge, a 2007 video game
- Segagaga, a 2001 role-playing game
- Skrillex Quest, a 2012 Action-Adventure game
- stikir, a 2019 Genre-Busting game.
- Terrain Of Magical Expertise, an upcoming indie role-playing game based on the web series of the same name.
- There Is No Game, a 2015 Flash puzzle game.
- Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, a 2019 hack and slash game
- WarioWare, a video game franchise
- The Writer Will Do Something, a 2015 interactive game
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Falsebound Kingdom, a 2003 video game
- Feminist Frequency: Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, a video series (2013-2017)
- The Gaming Historian, a web video series (2008-present)
- The Legend of Neil, a comedy series (2008-present)
- Pure Pwnage, a web video series (2004-2010)
- Sword Art Online Abridged, a parody web series (2013-present)
- TOME, an animated series (2011-2015)