I remember watching the movie Her and being really intrigued at the game the main character in that movie was playing. I will talk more on that in a bit, but that also got me thinking. How many fake video game have turned up in movies and on TV only for us geeks to wish they were real? Since the beginning of the video game and arcade revolution, fiction has been creating fake video games as part of their stories. But which ones look like they would translate into the real world the best? Well, after watching every movie and every TV show ever made, I have found the 6 fake video games that many of us gamer geeks wish were real so we could play them right now.
Note, The Last Starfighter is not on list because they ended up making a game based off it.
Grand Theft Walrus from The Simpsons
Truth is, The Simpsons could have their own list for all the awesome fake video games they have come up with over the years (BONESTORM!). But honestly, this Grand Theft Auto parody with a badass walrus in sunglasses and baseball hat from the movie looks like it could be Saints Row levels of fun and hilarity.
And let’s be real for a second here. There are NOT enough games that feature playable walruses. Someone has to be brave enough to point this out.
Alien Child from Her
Okay, so the game has no official name that I can find anywhere but Alien Child seems to be what most call it when speaking of it. In the movie, you use no controller to move this character through various sci fi environments while it swear and insults you. Okay, when we lay it all out on the table like that it sounds not that much fun, but to see the game in motion makes most people drool.
The visuals are lush, the game looks extremely immersive, and the idea of a video game playing out in your living room like a hologram is not that far off from where we are right now, so who knows? Maybe one day we WILL play Alien Child?
BurgerBoss from Bob’s Burgers
Bob’s Burgers has slowly climbed the ranks of awesome TV shows (even though I called it three years ago) and BurgerBoss is just one of the aspects of the show that make it awesome. A funny show about a family who own a burger joint and even manage to have a burger themed video game in there.
The funny thing is, it looks like Rampage meets Mario, but there really was a Burger game in the 80’s called Burger Time, which makes BurgerBoss even MORE meta and funny.
Mind Game from Ender’s Game
An evolving video game that changes, depending on what is available to students. If you have not read the book or seen the movie it is quite hard to explain.
A game used by psychologists to military heads to try to find new soldiers and see who is up to snuff, we may not like that aspect of it, but The Giant Drink game from that series just seems so damn intriguing. They say no one can beat it. I say give me five minutes and some Mountain Dew and I can prove you wrong.
Demonik from Grandma’s Boy
Ah, what should really be considered the greatest “geek video game” movie out there also features the coolest fake video game. The irony here being, when they made the movie, the game was supposed to be real. They used a real I.P for the film, but the game never ended up actually getting finished. But in the movie, it looks like a cool third person action game akin to Devil May Cry, where you fight demons and eventually turn into one. And on top of that, horror writer Clive Barker was writing it. DAMN!
The best part of this, for anyone how has seen the film is, the game is so accesible, even 80 year old stoned Grandmothers can play it! Now that is a selling point. How did this game get canned?
Easy, they ran out of money.
VR Fighting from The Island
Okay, Michael Bay sucks ass. We can all admit that. BUT, his VR game in his movie The Island was fucking kick ass. You could project your own likeness into a 3D arena and just kick ass as yourself, only not you because it is a video game.
Yes, Michael Bay may suck, but that game inside his movie is the coolest thing that dude has ever come up, real talk.