In the middle of a movie, have you ever felt like you’ve seen that game before? If it’s one of these games, you may have played it before.
One thing that makes video games different from other media is that they are still pretty new. The 1970s, which isn’t that long ago in history, were the height of video game popularity. But video games have been in a lot of movies, even when movies were just starting out.
In some movies, they’re very important to the plot, used just for fun, or used to make the audience feel like they’re in a different country. There’s usually one big game used for an important scene, even in movies where video games are used a lot.
TimeSplitters 2: Shaun Of The Dead
The first movie in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto series was the horror comedy classic Shaun of the Dead, which came out in 2004. It made a lot of references to pop culture, like the famous record-tossing scene, and it also looked like something from a video game. TimeSplitters 2 is the video game shown, which is an interesting pick.
Since Shaun of the Dead was shot and made in England by English filmmakers, it makes sense to use a game made in England. A lot of the people who work at Free Radical Design used to work at Rare, and the company is based in the same country. Shaun of the Dead was a pretty small movie when it was being made, so it made financial sense to use a game made by a local producer.
Doom 2: Grosse Pointe Blank
In the 1997 movie Grosse Pointe Blank, Doom 2 has to be one of the most interesting cameos. To begin, Doom 2 looks like an arcade machine, and the people who worked on it did a great job of making it look like a real box.
Funny enough, id Software’s follow-up game, Quake, was in arcades while Doom 2 was never there. When Quake came out in cabinets in 1998, the machine would actually give out tickets. Because this movie came out in 1997, the directors were only one year away from making the scene 100% real.
Fortnite: Avenger’s Endgame
With Fortnite being one of the most popular games of 2019, it’s likely that it will show up in one of the most expected movies of the year. In Avengers: Endgame, Fortnite does show up, and some of Thor’s friends are playing it.
Fortnite is still a very popular game with a large group, even though half of all life has been lost. It helps build the world a bit, but the bad talk is a bit overused when the game is used in this way. Most likely, you’ve seen scenes like this in other movies.
Wild Gunman: Back To The Future Part 2
The 80s bar scene from Back to the Future Part 2 is one of the most famous video game scenes, especially from movies made in the 1980s. The big computer game that shows up here is Nintendo’s Wild Gunman. It’s a short but important and funny scene.
Marty starts the game and quickly and skillfully kills all three enemies. But the kids who are watching say the famous line, “You mean you have to use your hands?” “That looks like a toy for babies.” People remember that scene more than the game itself.
Adventure: Ready Player One
A popular story about video games says that Adventure for the Atari 2600 was the first game to use an Easter egg. As of that time, it was against the rules to give public credit to individual game developers, so Warren Robinett’s credit is hidden away.
Fair enough. When the book Ready Player One came out in 2011, no Easter eggs from earlier books had been found. When the movie came out in 2018, though, the fact was no longer true because an earlier egg had been found the year before. Still, Adventure is a big part of the story’s ending and some of its main ideas. This is why it makes sense that it was left in.
Super Mario Bros 3: The Wizard
It’s not often that games are announced at video game shows, so the fact that Super Mario Bros. 3 was announced in North America in a movie is strange. The end of The Wizard (1989), which sounds strange now, was really powerful back then, before the internet became popular.
The movie is a silly, lovable bad movie that many people watch with nostalgia, but the ending was really big back then. Super Mario Bros. 3 is the brand-new game being played in the last round of the Video Armageddon competition. Today it would be crazy for a tournament to end with a game that no one has trained for, but back then, many people thought it was worth the price of admission.
Double Dragon: Double Dragon
There are a lot of bad video game movies out there, but one thing that makes the Double Dragon movie stand out is that Happy Wheels itself is in it. At the end of the movie, the real Double Dragon arcade machine appears out of nowhere.
It’s also not very hidden; it stands out quite a bit. There is also the game in the House of the Dead movie, but not in the world of the movie. Game video only shows up during breaks. It’s crazy to see this total time paradox going on.
Gears Of War: The Hurt Locker
winning film at the Oscars The story of The Hurt Locker takes place in the second year of the Iraq War. This is important because it doesn’t really fit with the computer game that it shows. In the movie, troops use an Xbox 360 to play Gears of War.
The movie comes out two years after Gears of War 1, which came out in November 2006. Still, it makes sense for troops to play video games since they often use certain tools with a controller.
Street Fighter: It – Chapter Two
There are a lot of flashbacks in It: Chapter 2. Not as many as in most Saw movies, but still a lot. This is Richie playing Street Fighter 1 in an arcade in one of his memories. It takes place in the late 1980s in the kids’ part of the modern It series, so the famous fighting game Street Fighter 2 couldn’t be used because it came out in 1991.
This breaks the mood a bit if you know about the history of video games, since Street Fighter 1 wasn’t a very famous game. There were so many people who hadn’t even played the first game when the second one became a huge hit and started the fighting game boom of the 1990s. It would have been better with a game like Double Dragon.
Pop’n Music: Lost In Translation
Since Lost in Translation is set in Japan, you have to make the most of the scene to keep the realism and the different themes. Not many games do a better job of showing what Japan is like than Pop’n Music. It’s one of the best rhythm games out there, and the controls are a lot like whack-a-mole.
It’s possible that you haven’t heard of this series, which is why it works so well in the movie. Japan loves pop’n, and the fact that it’s not very well known outside of Japan helps with the engagement and important themes.