While it’s unquestionably agreeable for most gamers that our favourite medium is at its best when running on the processor of a console or PC within the comfort of our own home, sometimes video games quite frighteningly find themselves represented in other forms of media – namely movies, television, and literature.
Spawned from the minds of filmmakers and visual creators as opposed to outright video game developers, it’s always interesting to see how those outside of the industry interpret the way games are supposed to play, feel and look. And so it’s with this in mind that we felt it necessary to explore some of the most notable fictional video games in media, those that while may not have been spot on, sure as hell look a lot of fun to play!
‘Ninja Ninja Revolution’ – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
A clear hearken back to the golden arcade days of old in which masses of on-lookers couldn’t help but gaze and gasp at the likes of Dance Dance Revolution experts, which had a continual habit of dominating the arrow pads, Ninja Ninja Revolution took this core idea and ran with it. Complete with cheesy announcer guy voiceover, this Ninja/Dance machine hybrid pretty pulls from every Japanese stereotype imaginable. Ideal for the hyper stylised world of Scott Pilgrim.
Scott and Knives do an amazing job at making the high-octane ninja move action seem effortless and fun, even when the game’s final boss – NegaNinja – rears his cloth-covered head (a clear foreshadowing of the NegaScott towards the end of the film). Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is in many ways a video game in itself, so it makes sense for the wider framework to understand so well what made dance pad games so addictive and memorable.
‘Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge’ – The Simpsons
Admittedly, this list could solely be devoted to the top 10 fictional video games to feature in the Simpsons, but who could forget the sheer dull brilliance of Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge as introduced in the episode ‘Marge be Not Proud’. Clearly based on the 1988 NES game Lee Trevino’s Fighting Golf, Putting Challenge may not have sold well within the world of The Simpsons but this would hardly be the case in real life.
It’s as easy as choosing a nine iron, only to have in-game Lee Carvallo suggest the correct option with regards to type of club, style of swing, and even the heft in which you make it. The game is over with just one swoop, would you like to play again? We can probably guess your answer!