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Top 10 Fictional Video Games In TV

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Nick Williams. Video games are part of our culture, so it's no surprise to see our favourite television characters playing video games. There are times they play real games that we know and love but more often than not they are playing games that we've never seen, games made up for the show. We looked at fictional video games across television and found the ones that looked like the most fun to play, if they were real. So join as we count down our picks for the top 10 fictional video games in television. Special thanks to out user Oskari Parkkola for suggesting this topic using our website's suggest tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest.

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Script written by Nick Williams.

Top 10 Fictional Video Games in TV

Should we watch TV or play video games? Why not do both? Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 fictional video games in TV.

For this list, we’re taking a look at the most creative and potentially fun fictional video games that appeared in Television.

#10: Guardians of Sunshine
“Adventure Time” (2009-)

Seeing how BMO is advanced enough to express human emotions, you’d think that he/she would be able to process more cutting-edge graphics. What a game like “Guardians of Sunshine” lacks in graphics, though, it more than compensates for in gameplay and challenge. If you really want to take your gaming skills to the next level, its possible to challenge the likes of Bouncy Bee, Honey Bunny, and Sleep Sam firsthand inside the virtual world. Just watch your step and stock up on gold coins while you’re at it.

#9: Techpocolypse
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (2005-)

In “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Paddy’s Pub is the gang’s kingdom and Charlie is the surf. In Sweet Dee’s kingdom in the mobile game “Techpocolypse,” however, Charlie reins. Dee is content to be his queen and quarrels with Fran’s avatar, a “gorgeous” girl with big cans. Super addicting, it’s the game that rules the player rather than the player ruling the game. Seeing how the “Sunny” gang never really existed in the real world anyway, they’re probably better off in the online reality of “Techpocolypse,” especially if our existence is just an intergalactic turtle’s dream.

#8: The Game
“Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987-94)

If the future ends up resembling “Star Trek,” gamers will be happy to know that video games are here to stay for several more generations. Since human nature never changes, though, it’ll always be easy to become hypnotized by a game, even one where all you do is watch red disks fly into purple funnels. This holographic game is as tempting as chocolate and even more addicting. It might be designed to control of your brain, but it’s still more exciting than reading the text in “Star Trek: 25th Anniversary.” Go save the day Wesley, we still hate you.

#7: First Person Shooter
“The X-Files” (1993-2002)

Video games can be violent, but they can’t hurt anybody in the real world, right? Well the virtual reality in “First Person Shooter” is all too real and players don’t get nearly enough extra lives. Complete with an arsenal of weaponry, neat environments, and a leathery femme fatale who can duplicate herself, the game is like the ultimate Laser Tag experience meets “The Matrix.” Throw in Agents Mulder and Scully as party members, and you’d better believe that any gamer would want to play this over-the-top shoot ‘em up.

#6: Sword Art Online
“Sword Art Online” (2012-14)

Anime fans can rest easy as we didn’t forget to include “Sword Art Online,” a MMORPG that literally puts its participants into the game. Players accept more than they bargained for, however, when they’re trapped inside the virtual fantasy world. If these people want to get out alive, they’ll have to reach the 100th floor and finish the final boss. Our heroes thus engage in duels, rescue missions, and form unbreakable bonds. Where sitting at your desktop isn’t really anything epic, “Sword Art Online” is an engaging journey brought to life.

#5: Bonestorm & Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge
“The Simpsons” (1989-)

Both of these highly different games play key roles in this classic “Simpsons” Christmas special. “Bonestorm” is an ultra violent “Mortal Kombat” clone where even entering your name is thrilling. “Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge” is every bit as dull as playing an actual game of golf. Guess which one Bart ever so politely asks his parents to for. By the episode’s heartfelt conclusion, all Bart truly wants for the holidays is his mother’s love. Besides, he can always play some “Dash Dingo” as an alternative. Crash Bandicoot is gonna sue.

#4: Heroine Hero
“South Park” (1997-)

As diehard gamers, Matt Stone and Trey Parker have made plenty of hilarious commentary on video games through “South Park.” A notable example is their parody of “Guitar Hero,” which skyrockets Stan and Kyle into superstardom. Like many rock stars, though, Stan eventually needs a little something to take the edge off. He finds his crutch in “Heroine Hero,” which simulates the metaphor of chasing the dragon. It’s a sad, sad waste of talent and time, but don’t worry, the addiction can be counteracted with a game of “Rehab Hero.”

#3: Starship Alcatraz
“ReBoot” (1994-2002)

Seeing how “ReBoot” takes place within a computer system, its entire world is naturally draped in a retro 90s gaming décor. This digital realm of course subjects its heroes to numerous inventive incoming games, perhaps the most awesome being “Starship Alcatraz.” As the clock ticks down, Bob and Dot are charged with stopping prisoners during a jailbreak aboard an intergalactic ship. The essential weapon in this 32-bit game, aside from laser guns, is teamwork as one thinks strategically and the other thinks impulsively. Together, they’re an unstoppable couple of sprites.

#2: Better Than Life
“Red Dwarf” (1988-)

When you find yourself three-million years into deep space, you’re gunna need something to help pass the time. The Red Dwarf crewmembers find something to save themselves from the terrible monotony of their daily lives through a game appropriately called, “Better Than Life.” The all-consuming virtual world can take players anywhere, give them anything or anyone and is the ultimate for of escapism. Why would they ever want to leave? “Better Than Life” may indeed be better than life, but some people can’t even envision happy lives in their wildest fantasies.

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

Whiffle Boy
“Darkwing Duck” (1991-95)

Mr. Poe’s Virtual Reality Computer Game
“Are You Afraid of the Dark?” (1990-2000)

Ninja Gladiator
“Transformers: Animated” (2007-09)

“King of the Hill” (1997-2010)

#1: Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne
“Community” (2009-)

Flawlessly recreating the “Community” cast as 8-bit avatars, this 2D platformer finds the study group on a legendary quest to reclaim Piece’s inheritance. Through the Village Forest, Black Cave, and Gay Islands they’ll confront hippies, jive turkeys, and a blacksmith. Abed may also find the perfect woman. With nostalgic video game music, sounds, mechanics, and in-jokes, this just might be the greatest love letter to old-school Nintendo classics of all time. “Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne” even inspired a fanmade online game, which is beyond cool. Cool, cool, cool.

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