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Top 10 Fictional Video Games In Movies

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Nick Spake. There are a lot of great video games, and there are a lot of great movies. Sometimes we see some fictional video games in some of our favourite movies. Unfortunately we can't play those games, but it's a lot of fun to imagine playing them ourselves. We're looking at games that weren't playable when the movie was released, but are counting fictional games that may have been created afterwards. So join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 fictional video games in movies. Special thanks to our user lv for suggesting this idea using our Suggest Tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest.
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Script written by Nick Spake.

Top 10 Fictional Video Games in Movies


Who says video games and movies can’t go hand in hand? Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 Fictional Video Games in Movies.

For this list, we’re taking a look at most creative and potentially fun video games that were inspired by films.

#10: Ninja Ninja Revolution
“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” (2010)


Here we go! “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” is supercharged with one brilliant video game homage after another, some of which are obvious and others you’ll have to look closely to catch. One of the film’s best nods to gaming culture is “Ninja Ninja Revolution.” This rhyme arcade game is essentially “Dance Dance Revolution,” except instead of recreating dance moves the players recreate deadly ninja moves, which is a million times more epic. After defeating the deadly NegaNinja, you should have no problem taking on any of your girlfriend’s evil exes.

#9: Demonik
“Grandma’s Boy” (2006)


Alex might seem like a lazy, thirty-something-year-old who lives with his grandmother and…yeah, he kind of is. When he’s not slacking off, however, this video game tester puts a lot of hard work and creativity into designing “Demonik,” which centers on a demon for hire who will tend to all your revenge needs. “Demonik” was actually intended to be a real Xbox 360 game, but was sadly cancelled due to financial difficulties. If this cult comedy could find a second life on DVD, though, maybe there’s hope for “Demonik” as well.

#8: Buzz Lightyear: Attack on Zurg
“Toy Story 2” (1999)


The opening of “Toy Story 2” catches the audience off guard as Buzz Lightyear blasts through the Gamma Quadrant and demolishes an army of robots. What’s even more shocking is when Emperor Zurg incinerates Buzz’s entire upper torso. This is a G-rated flick, right? Fortunately, it turns out to just be “Buzz Lightyear: Attack on Zurg,” apparently the most graphically advanced videogame of the 90’s. While we’ve gotten a few real “Buzz Lightyear” games, nothing’s quite lived up to the potential demonstrated here. Seriously, this is “Star Wars” territory.


#7: Game Over
“Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over” (2004)


Here’s a virtual reality game you’ll likely never get to experience on your Oculus Rift. Developed by an insane Toymaker played by Sylvester Stallone, “Game Over” is like a digital amusement park full of colorful environments, such as outer space and Lava Mountain. Too bad this third entry in the “Spy Kids” franchise didn’t come with a game controller. If the industry ever perfects 3D gaming, we’ll gladly put on our glasses for five levels of mega-racing, mecha battling, and family fun.

#6: Global Thermonuclear War
“WarGames” (1983)


Anybody who had a computer in the 80’s likely dabbled in the occasional game of Space Invaders or Zork. If “Global Thermonuclear War” actually existed, it would have blown those titles out of the water. Allowing players to either fight for the US or Soviet Union, this war game’s objective is to nook the countries of your choice. While it seems like innocent amusement, young Matthew Broderick eventually realizes the game has real consequences. This is what happens when parents buy their kid a computer when they ask for a car.

#5: Slayers
“Gamer” (2009)


Gerard Butler’s already built like a macho video game character along the lines of Kratos. Because of this, he’s the perfect candidate for “Slayers,” an online game where players control actual prison inmates. The game’s a spiritual successor to “Society,” which is basically a trashier version of “Second Life.” In “Slayers,” Butler’s life is literally put in the hands of a gamer played by Logan Lerman. This film paints a thin line between the real world and virtual world. Once they collide, our heroes face a potentially dire game over.

#4: Starfighter
“The Last Starfighter” (1984)


Anybody who thinks video games are just a mindless waste of time that’ll never help you in the real world needs to come work for Watchmojo, or check out this 80’s cult classic. After getting the high score on “Starfighter,” teenager Alex Rogan discovers the arcade game’s true purpose: To seek out those with the gift. Having conquered this training simulator disguised as a game, Alex is ready to pilot a genuine spacecraft. So remember people, dedicate your life to video games and one day you too could be the savior of an alien defense force. Hey, it could happen…

#3: Domination
“Never Say Never Again” (1983)


No evil mastermind’s rec room would be complete without “Domination,” a high-stakes game with shocking consequences. Seen in “Never Say Never Again,” “Domination” involves two opponents shooting lasers at targeted countries for world conquest. The image of James Bond facing off with big bad Maximillian Largo via golden TV screens admittedly looks silly, but it’s more exciting than you might expect. While it may not top “GoldenEye 007,” “Domination” should at the very least be a DLC for the next James Bond video game.

#2: Alien Child
“Her” (2013)


Taking place in the not too distant future, “Her” envisions a world of tomorrow that feels strangely believable. Don’t be surprised if video games are transmitted via hologram and controls become obsolete one day. We also wouldn’t be shocked if one of these games features an alien child with a high-pitched voice and a vulgar vocabulary. We’d gladly spend our nights following this little intergalactic punk as he spouts obscenities at us, unless maybe an OS with the voice of Scarlet Johansson was available for a date.


Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Wrestle Jam ‘88
“The Wrestler” (2008)

The Giants Game
“Ender’s Game” (2013)

tranCendenZ
“eXistenZ” (1999)

Thou Art Dead
“Monster House” (2006)

#1: Sugar Rush
“Wreck-It Ralph” (2012)


A first person shooter like “Hero’s Duty” is tempting, but the inner child in us will always crave a wildly inventive kart racer such as “Sugar Rush.” Every kart, power-up, and road being constructed from junk food, this vibrant gaming world from “Wreck-It Ralph” is like Candy Land with Willy Wonka’s nuttiness sprinkled on top. Obviously inspired by “Mario Kart,” “Sugar Rush” is a sweet, sweet canyon of wacky, fast-paced, pure imagination. Butterfingers crossed that it becomes a home console game someday or at least appears in “Kingdom Hearts III.”

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