Video Game Appearances In Film - A Community Compilation Project

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I thought it would be fun to start compiling a list of games that you see in movies. It could be a console sighting, an arcade cabinet, whatever.

I'll start with a couple that I have seen recently and managed to grab screen captures of. Screenshots aren't necessary to add your game sighting, but it would make the thread much cooler if you had them.

Let's just start listing them now, and maybe we can do something with the collected data a few months down the road.

If you notice posts where people don't provide screenshots and you have access to them, please PM me and I will edit them in to others' posts for you.



Missile Command (Arcade) in T2: Judgment Day (1991) The scene in the arcade where John Connor meets the Terminators for the first time. Also visible in this scene, Rampage.
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A few minutes later, Connor is seen playing the sit-down motion version of Afterburner.
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OutRun (Arcade) in Donnie Darko. (1999) at least I'm pretty sure it's OutRun...from the scene where Donnie and his girlfriend are in the arcade

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#2  Edited By lord_canti

In Mallrats   the guy was playing on a hocky game but i wouldent be able to name the actual game. Ive noticed that in film and TV that  they tend to use fake games (as in ones that dont exist) such as in Reaper they were playing a 2d FPS on the wii, i guess that would be so they dont neet to play copywrite  

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lord_canti said:
In Mallrats   the guy was playing on a hocky game but i wouldent be able to name the actual game. ... [more]
That was NHL All-Star Hockey for the Saturn. I'm a huge Kevin Smith fan.
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#5  Edited By Linkyshinks
The Wizard with Fred Savage, and that cute girl I fancied a piece of at the time. The film featured Rad Racer (NES), SMB3 (NES) as well as others which I cannot recall right now. (?)

The final battle, featuring SMB3 (link)


Wild Gunman in Back To The Future 2 -


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Little Elijah Wood - "You mean you have to use your hands?, that's like a baby's toy",  No, he's not talking about Wii.

The scene from the film (link)




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@SuperMooseman: Awesome! This is exactly the type of stuff that I was hoping for.
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#7  Edited By The_A_Drain

Wow damn, I just watched both terminators last night and was thinking "Dayum I miss noisy arcades"

Dont have any pics right now, but I know I can up some House goodness when I get home, I know he's seen playing Metroid (fusion?) on a GBA, and later something on a DS (Metroid again I think, hunters this time) and then something miscellaneous on PSP, followed by Ninja Gaiden II on 360 in the first episode of the latest season.

Edit: Also, Kevin Smith rules (as does Jason Lee!) so this thread has my full support :D

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#8  Edited By Insectecutor

There are several references to video games in Tron, Pacman appears behind Sark after Flynn escapes the lightcycles arena, and there's some old arcade machines early on in the movie but I'm not sure whether they're authentic. I'm at work so I don't have access to the film at the moment, but it's such an obvious call I'm sure someone else will offer some screen grabs.

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#9  Edited By The_A_Drain

Also, Dougal and his friend (Father Damien) are seen playing "The old video games there" in an episode of Father Ted, they are playing (a version of) Street Fighter II. Again cant find a screencap and the youtube clip is unavailable in my area :\


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#10  Edited By Meowayne

House played ATV Offroad Fury Blazin' Trails. (PSP)
and Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)


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Rock Band appeared in "Paul Blart : Mall Cop" and " The Rocker ".
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#12  Edited By The_A_Drain
@Meowayne: Nice find, I was wrong on the metroid hehe, but I never had a clue what he was playing on PSP.

What about the game that disabled kid was playing on his PSP in House? You get a glimpse of the screen and I thought it kinda looked like the loading screen from Monster Hunter Freedom, but had no other ideas.
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#13  Edited By Gambit

Guilty Gear is played in Grandma's Boy

Super Mario Bros. 3 is played in 3 ninjas

gears of war was played in Live free or die hard

thats all I can think of off the top of my head. I'll post more as I think of them. Also couldn't find any screen shots.

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#14  Edited By lord_canti

Would Hitman being played in the film Hitman count?

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#15  Edited By Steve_C

It's a fictional game, but in The Wrestler, there's a scene where Mickey Rourke's character is playing 'Wrestle Jam' with some kid. It's this old 8-bit wrestling game on the NES, which stars himself during his prime.



Kotaku actually had a really nice article written about it.

As for other things, i recall in TANG that the Double Dragon movie featured an arcade machine with the game running on it, which of course some dude then got thrown into.

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#16  Edited By The_A_Drain
@Steve_C:

Theres another fictional game in the movie (im sure theres more) Nightwatch, the bad guy plays it throughout the movie, it's some kind of simulation of the battle he is about the fight with the protagonist, in a tekken style, eventually the guy figures out the trick to beating his opponent, and then proceeds to use that trick to actually beat the protagonist guy. (Or attempts to)

There's a slasher film about an MMORPG as well, in which a bunch of people get hold of a cancelled PC game, proceed to play it, and are hunted down by one of the games villains brought to life, or something like that, think it was called Stay Alive or something like that.
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#17  Edited By Otacon

There's always the Wipeout prototype in Hackers(1995)

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At the start of the movie, In the movie 'The Princess Bride' (1987) the kid is playing 'Hardball' for the Commodore 64 or the Atari 8-Bit.

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#20  Edited By SmugDarkLoser

In Kangaroo Jack they were playing some version of Madden,

An X360 was in transformers constantly



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In an episode of The Simpsons where Lisa is pretending to be sick to miss school you can see her playing a parody of Crash Bandicoot called Dash Dingo.

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#22  Edited By BoG

The movie Better off Dead had Punch Out! in it, I'm pretty sure. Funny movie if you've never seen it.

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@BoG: Best John Cusack movie ever.
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#24  Edited By auspiciousqueue

I'm ashamed to say it, but in the first Charlie's Angels movie  some kids are playing Final Fantasy VIII.

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This is technically television, but Dr. House has been seen playing Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox 360. Specifically, Metroid: Zero Mission in Season 1, Episode 3. EDIT: Just noticed that House was already mentioned, but here's a few screenshots anyway.

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House plays NJ2 in a ep.

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#27  Edited By CL60

World of Warcraft was in The Day the Earth Stood Still.

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MB said:
the_chojin99 said: In Mallrats   the guy was playing on a hocky game but i wouldent be able to name the ... [more]
Chasing Amy has NHL96
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#29  Edited By iamjohn

In Charlie Bartlett, the main character and some kid that tried to kill himself or some shit play Killzone.

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Timesplitters 2 in Shaun of the Dead.

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#31  Edited By auspiciousqueue

If I remember correctly, the opening of Fast Times at Ridgemont High has a massive amount of arcade games, as well as throughout the film. I believe it might be Pacman and Missle Command.

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hitman in hitman : )

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#33  Edited By subject2change

Mario Kart 64 in "Fanboys"

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#34  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

I believe Galaga was in WarGames, but it could have been a similar space shootery thingy. I'll double check tomorrow.

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Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks was shown in Crank: High Voltage.

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I remember in the beginning of Live Free or Die Hard there were people playing Gears of War, sadly I can not find photographic evidence.

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#37  Edited By Tireyo
I know that Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer was playing an XBOX, but unfortunately he was playing a licensed Nintendo game.  He was playing Donkey Kong on XBOX. WRONG SYSTEM!!!

Meowayne said:
House played ATV Offroad Fury Blazin' Trails. (PSP)and Metroid: Zero Mission (GBA)
He's a cool doctor!


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#38  Edited By AvD

Oh yeah, there was a very funny scene in Swingers where they were all playing an old NHL game on the Genesis...


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#39  Edited By Jimbo

Hahaha, good call on The Wizard.  Didn't the kid have an awesome game playing glove or something?

I swear I've seen Twisted Metal being played on something... any ideas?

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#40  Edited By natetodamax

In an episode of Two And A Half Men, Charlie takes Jake to a video game store so he can get a Final Fantasy game. Many games are visible in the store, such as Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain

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#41  Edited By Karmum
Jimbo said:
Hahaha, good call on The Wizard.  Didn't the kid have an awesome game playing glove or something?I swear I've seen ... [more]
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#42  Edited By subject2change
AvD said:
Oh yeah, there was a very funny scene in Swingers where they were all playing an old NHL game on ... [more]
It was NHLPA 93 or something like that. They make a reference to NHL94 but aren't playing it.
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#43  Edited By Jimbo

Just so.  Well done, sir.

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#44  Edited By RHCPfan24

I like this topic.

In Superbad, Evan (Michael Cera) is playing The Getaway: Black Monday, and sucks at it. He is commenting on how impossible it is to beat the game. That was an awkward scene for a seasoned game player because the way he held the controller was a bit strange. Remember the "Acceptance" video for the Wizards and Cyborgs thing that was on the site? Yeah, like that.

I have been looking for a pic but can't find one unfortunately :(

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#45  Edited By StLucifer
Voxel said:
In an episode of Two And A Half Men, Charlie takes Jake to a video game store so he can ... [more]
Two And A Half men is such an awesome show.
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#46  Edited By penguindust

Here are a couple of obvious ones.

Jeff Bridges at the arcade in TRON
Jeff Bridges at the arcade in TRON
Jeff plays electronic football in TRON
Jeff plays electronic football in TRON
The Last Starfighter arcade machine
The Last Starfighter arcade machine
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#47  Edited By Hairydutchman
Steve_C said:
It's a fictional game, but in The Wrestler, there's a scene where Mickey Rourke's character is playing 'Wrestle Jam' with ... [more]
I loved that scene.

On the contrary the fictional psp game from Inside Man was dumb as hell

  



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#48  Edited By lord_canti

continuing the ones in house, watching a new episode ( here anyway) and he is playing ninja gaiden 2 on a xbox 360

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#49  Edited By GigersALIEN

In Snakes On A Plane, some kids can been seen playing with a DS and some adults are playing a PSP.

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#50  Edited By penguindust

Guitar Hero (or Rock Band, I don't know for sure) in Paul Blart: Mall Cop

Kickin' out the jams...parkour thieves took over the mall in the background
Kickin' out the jams...parkour thieves took over the mall in the background