Top 10 Videogame Appearances in Television and Film
Whether they have been wedged into the frame by imprudent product placement or included out of love, videogames have made several noteworthy appearances in visual media over the years. Usually included for a quick marketing buck, those that are best remembered either tap straight into the pure energy of the product or hit so wide of the mark that it’ll leave you questioning why you even picked up a controller in the first place.
Game: Wild Gunman
The makers of Back To The Future Part II seriously overestimated the lasting appeal of Nintendo light gun game Wild Gunman. When Marty McFly stumbles into retro Eighties café in the year 2015, he giddily discovers an arcade cabinet replica of the NES Wild West shooter. McFly’s enthusiasm is swiftly undercut by a doe-eyed Elijah Wood, dismissing the retro title with “you mean you have to use your hands? That’s like a baby’s toy!” Proof positive there that Kinect will transform all our youth into ungrateful little shits.
9. Breaking Bad
You wouldn’t expect id Software’s post-apocalyptic shooter to appear in the utterly sublime drama series Breaking Bad, but it did just that in the show’s brooding fourth season. Highlighting the post-traumatic stress of recovering drug addict Jesse, the character spends the opening of an episode playing Rage incorrectly with a light gun, while having nightmarish visions of a previous misdemeanour. It’s a rare case of a first-person shooter actually conveying raw emotion and dramatic depth.
Game: NHL All-Star Hockey
Kevin Smith has a renowned love of ice hockey. He also has a love of retro ice hockey games. Mallrats referenced Smith’s great passion for the pixelled replica of the sport, with Jason Lee’s Brodie dismissing his girlfriend’s breakfast plans (“Breakfast? Breakfast, schmrekfest”) in favour of finish his current match. Trivia: while Lee is playing Sega’s NHL All-Star Hockey, the sound effects originate from the EA series of licensed games, which Smith preferred.