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#1 Posted by TheGlitchmaster (68 posts) -

As a current high-school student, sometimes I like to throw a game line or two into essays and the like. Recently, I had to do a script for a news-report in my history class based on a made up World War 3, and I named the Prime Minister of Egypt Sante Destroi, a misspelling of the city No More Heroes is based in.

I was wondering if any of you guys had done this in the past, or if you think it's really dumb.

#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I've never had to, because video games are a huge part of my culture. Then again, that much should be obvious.

#3 Posted by ShadowofIntent (288 posts) -

One time our teacher assigned an essay where the prompt was to tell a story from first person that takes place in only one location.  So I facetiously wrote an essay about a rather epic halo 2 match I had been in the night before.  I got an A, no lie.

#4 Posted by damnboyadvance (4060 posts) -

I'm sure my English teacher would give me an A just for something like that.

#5 Posted by captain_clayman (3321 posts) -

i wrote an essay about whether violent video games should be banned.  (answer was no)


but it sucked because i wrote it last minute.  got an F.  teacher was a bitch though.
#6 Posted by Beforet (2921 posts) -

One time I had a math assignment and I turned in Sonic/Shadow slash fiction.

Got an A. Odd because we usually didn't use a letter grade system and everyone else got numbers.

#7 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

In an easy on Lord of The Flies in high school, I snuck in a reference to Tales of Phantasia, quoting the opening.

It wasn't cited, so the teacher didn't take kindly to it, but I got a B+ or something anyways so it wasn't a big deal.
#8 Posted by RiotBananas (3600 posts) -

In college I wrote an entire piece of creative writing that was just "What if Dante from Devil May Cry was in Resident Evil 4" 

I got a B.

#9 Posted by gakon (1952 posts) -

No, but I was similarly inspired by this xkcd comic to use the verb form of "effect" in an attempt to trip up professors grading my papers. It's worked twice! I'm such a loser.

#10 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19335 posts) -
@gakon5 said:
No, but I was similarly inspired by this xkcd comic to use the verb form of "effect" in an attempt to trip up professors grading my papers. It's worked twice! I'm such a loser.
Kinda like using the word "revenge" as a verb.
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#11 Posted by beej (1674 posts) -

No, that would strike me as unprofessional. 

#12 Posted by kingzetta (4307 posts) -

I aced creative reading by just copying videogame stories.
The teacher was like 70 they knew nothing about videogames.

#13 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

No that just seems incredibly stupid IMO.

#14 Posted by BUCK3TM4N (549 posts) -

never thought of that

#15 Posted by TehFlan (1944 posts) -

I wrote an short story once in class that was more or less the plot of Persona 4.

#16 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

Many MANY times. Most recently I used TF2 as a metaphor for capitalism, which I'm pretty sure was the designers intent.

#17 Posted by pegasuswinks (84 posts) -

I wrote an entire ISP for Philosophy using the Mass Effect universe. I think I somehow connected the loyalty missions of ME2 into what I would like the world to be run and what an ideal world would look like. Got high 90s, felt like a total boss.

#18 Posted by patjames (1 posts) -

I had to do dozens of story graphs for english class in 8th grade, where we read a book and then plotted out all the important events on a graph

I didn't read any books and just graphed out MGS and Chrono Trigger and I think I did a TF2 graph once
#19 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -
@captain_clayman said:
i wrote an essay about whether violent video games should be banned.  (answer was no)

but it sucked because i wrote it last minute.  got an F.  teacher was a bitch though.
i did that to. i got a B, something good like that.

yes, i had to write a story something. i ended up just writing about a video game that i played. teacher told me i had to rewrite it because it was based on a video game. i ended up writing about another video game.
#20 Edited by Gamer_152 (14077 posts) -

I snuck some Portal references into some of my college work. I felt pretty good about it.

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#21 Posted by DystopiaX (5310 posts) -

No because that's dumb.

#22 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

I wrote a story about a GDI Titan pilot for an English exam back when Tiberium Sun came out, got 94/100 which I was fairly stoked about, especially as I met the page requirement but didn't finish the story.

Teacher left me a comment asking for me to find them and tell them the ending haha

#23 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

I also used the Myth 2 PDF manual as the basis for an essay on medieval weapon and armour, which was a riot.

#24 Posted by Hailinel (24711 posts) -

Snuck them in?  When I did, I made them overt to the point of putting in footnotes.

#25 Edited by Soapy86 (2620 posts) -

References? Sneak? HA!


In 11th grade near Halloween we had to write a scary story. My scary story was, word for word, several of the notes, memos, reports, etc. from Resident Evil 1 and 2. 

Not only did I get an A, not only did the teacher put it up on the wall, but she asked if she could scan it so she could have a personal copy. 

On a side note: God she was fucking hot. 
#26 Posted by Semantix (27 posts) -

In college I wrote an essay on industrial structure in entertainment and talked about Video Games a lot in that. I'm using video games in my dissertation on censorship in film as part of a comparison on modern day censorship in different artistic mediums.

#27 Posted by Yanngc33 (4496 posts) -

I wrote an entire essay that was based off of Fallout 3

#28 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5255 posts) -

When I was younger I outright plagiraized scenes from games (elementary).  As I got older they were just refrences to mechanics or a line here or there.

#29 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:
I've never had to, because video games are a huge part of my culture. Then again, that much should be obvious.
o_O I don't understand.

No, I've never done it. Totally should have though.
#30 Edited by TheGreatGuero (9130 posts) -

No. I once snuck in pun of sexual nature, though.

Actually, you know... I probably have, but just not in essays.

#31 Posted by Sparklykiss (1964 posts) -

In French class, we had to write a story. I dressed up as Mario and took pictures so I didn't have to draw the hero the characters. Does that count?

I know I've referenced games in some essays, but I couldn't tell you exactly now. It's been a long time... How have you been?

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#32 Posted by l4wd0g (1952 posts) -

I never used game material,  but when I was in high school I would randomly insert the word helicopter to see if the teachers were really reading my work. it was only caught a few times.

#33 Posted by TooWalrus (13197 posts) -

There was one weird assignment one of my college professors wanted us to do. We were imputing data into excel, and he wanted us to put the names and phone numbers of 3 of our friends into some mock contact list. I thought that was weird, so I listed Frank West, Albert Wesker and Nathan Spencer as my friends, and made up some phone numbers for them.

#34 Edited by Tebbit (4465 posts) -

In an essay I was writing for a film paper, I had to write about a guy called Frank Krutnik.

So in one of the footnotes (which was linked to some random piece of work I was citing) I wrote "Frank Krutnik = Dr. Robotnik!?!?"

I haven't got the mark back yet, so time will tell if my fabulous wordplay will lead to success or failure

#35 Posted by DeeGee (2124 posts) -

There was a pedobear on a piece of Psychology work I did once.

#36 Posted by bartok (2480 posts) -

When I worked at  a doggy day care I convinced someone to name their puggle (pug/beagle mix) puppy Dig Doug.  

#37 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -
@TheGlitchmaster: One of my undergrad electives was a newswriting class.  I wrote a news article about thousands of World of Warcraft players having their personal information hacked, and no one giving a damn basically.  I got an A.
#38 Posted by Tireyo (6413 posts) -

I don't sneak in references.

#39 Posted by cornwalliz (214 posts) -

I had an assignment in business management which i had to pick a person who has impacted an industry. I chose Miyamoto and the Nintendo franchise, got an A on that assignment and passed my class

#40 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -

I ended my A-Level comparison between 1984 and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest with a reference to Half Life 2.

No guesses why. Got an A.
#41 Posted by 1337W422102 (1011 posts) -

In my university Poetics class, I wrote a paper on my favourite James Joyce story, "The Dead."  I usually titled my papers with a smart-ass title followed by a description.  That paper was called "Knee Deep in The Dead: An Examination of" ... something or other, I don't remember.  Anyway, I'm not sure if my prof caught the DOOM reference, but I don't think she did.  She was also stunningly beautiful.  Good times.

#42 Posted by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -
@captain_clayman said:
i wrote an essay about whether violent video games should be banned.  (answer was no)
A critical essay isn't supposed to end with a straight-forward answer.
#43 Posted by Hairy_Fish (366 posts) -

I used a few lines of dialogue from Metal Gear Solid. Can't remember which though.

#44 Posted by dbz1995 (4790 posts) -

I did a presentation on video games and how they're not as bad as they appear. Got full marks for it, which was pleasing to say the least.

#45 Posted by Little_Socrates (5677 posts) -
@Hailinel said:
Snuck them in?  When I did, I made them overt to the point of putting in footnotes.
Same. When I feel like writing about video games, I make it clear to my teacher that I'm using the game as a piece of reference material in my essays. In particular, English teachers respond well to this; so long as they're not the type of teacher who thinks movies are all rubbish too, they're open to new kinds of media and want to hear about the expanding vocabulary of storytelling these days.

As for creative writing, both of my CW teachers were avid comic book fans, I've talked with Gears of War repeatedly with one of them, and one of them also ran the tabletop gaming club (D&D, Magic the Gathering, etc.) club at my high school, so not only would they probably have noticed if I tried to "sneak" it in, an overt reference would've probably gotten them to play the game. I'm realizing just now that my teacher should consider teaching Portal in his class, as it's Show Don't Tell at its finest.
#46 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -

I have many times.

#47 Posted by Greenshoes (279 posts) -

Once used Enter the Matrix as a source for a quote from Hume

#48 Posted by mfpantst (2574 posts) -

sometimes I say "is a lie"

#49 Posted by Onno10 (405 posts) -

I used the Civilization series' in game wiki (called civilopedida) a lot to copy/paste info from. Never got caught obviously. But this doesn't count right?

#50 Posted by Damodar (1386 posts) -

I was once working on an essay for a 20th Century History class, while joking around with a friend and we were writing dumb shit in our essays.


I handed mine in and didn't discover until it was graded and handed back that I'd left "HALO 2 Y'ALL" in there. I think the essay was on the Schlieffen Plan.
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