Game cameos in movies and TV

Games and movies are like two unmixable things., airborne molten ash and commuter flights. Our tenuous topical analogy aside, generally the union of our favourite mediums never ends well. Thankfully, though, for every time there's a Legend of Chun-Li to sully our souls there's a game popping up in TV or films (mercifully not about games) to save the day.

That's we collected a bunch of clips of games being crow-barred into our favourite telly box shows and various movies. Sure, some are absolute pump. But there are a few gems in there, too. So if you've ever wanted to see Tony Soprano play Mario Kart, you've come to the only article you'll need to read on the interwebs today.

Hardball in The Princess Bride (1987)

Wild Gunmen in Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Super Mario Bros. 3 in The Wizard (1989)

WipEout clone in Hackers (1995)


Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000
  • Dilated - April 24, 2010 6:12 p.m.

    GTA Vice City in Football Factory.
  • chriszewski - April 22, 2010 7:54 a.m.

    How bout a cancelled game that never made it to store shelves but made a cameo as a plot peice for a movie. Demonic in Grandma's Boy
  • lovinmyps3 - April 21, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    The actors always look like they're just hitting random buttons. A lot of times they don't even move the sticks. How do they move?!
  • rocketfuel - April 21, 2010 7:43 p.m.

    Awful reference. The O.C. (Yeah I know)- Dynasty Warriors Soooo, if you know your dynasty warriors, you know head cannot be cutoff but sure enough in an episode, their playing some ps2 and the nerdier one turns and goes "Dude, did you see me cut that guys head off?" Before cutting to a shot of the tv playing dynasty warriors... I was soooo disappointed.
  • NoobBuster - April 21, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    halo 3 made an appearance in Dexter, and wasn't there a scene with shadow of the colossus in a film of Adam Sandler?
  • HunterX - April 21, 2010 1:39 p.m.

    What about the Modern Warfare 2 cameo that was in Family Guy
  • philipshaw - April 21, 2010 12:49 p.m.

    Great article but you missed the other friends example where Joey and Ross are playing twisted metal
  • Rhymenocerous - April 21, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    There's a guy playing Doom in Grosse Pointe Blank
  • PhantomDave - April 21, 2010 1:57 a.m. mention of Brody playing Sega's NHL All-Star Hockey in Mallrats? I'm shocked and appalled. "Breakfast, shmreakfast. Look at the score, for Christ's sake. It's only the second period and I'm up 12 to 2. Breakfasts come and go, Rene, but Hartford, "the Whale," they only beat Vancouver once, maybe twice in a lifetime." LOL
  • Cyberninja - April 21, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    Drillerdud most people havent seen kick ass yet remember
  • DRILLERDUD - April 20, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    dont forget call of duty 4 was in Kick-Ass!
  • purple_omlet - April 20, 2010 11:19 p.m.

    that's not even close to how dead space extraction is played. being an actor myself, i feel shamed to think so many other actors cannot play a video game to save their life, or act like they do. and i f-ing love dead space.
  • y2kpikachu12 - April 20, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    How perfect that Family Guy had a new episode last night. Monday the 19th, well it was new on adult swim. Anyway, at the very end Peter plays MW2 and theres footage haha its hilarious.
  • Metroidhunter32 - April 20, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    ...You can't play extraction while swinging the controler like that, melee does like no damage, a human enemy could kill her.
  • vadorsoul - April 20, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    Lost halflife 2 andyone?
  • Sketchy - April 20, 2010 9:04 p.m.

    I LOVE how Resident Evil basically controls Tim's life in Spaced. That episode (where Tim gets high on speed and sees zombies everywhere) is what Simon Pegg based Shaun of the Dead off of!
  • flare149 - April 20, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    Also there's Space Invaders and Pong in That 70's Show, Gears in Live Free, Die Hard, and Gears, Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and more in Chuck
  • oryandymackie - April 20, 2010 7:39 p.m.

    Congratulations, GR. You have been awarded +2 internet for your awareness of current events (see ash, planes).
  • Conman93 - April 20, 2010 4:30 p.m.

    When we saw gears of war in the hurt locker my sis was like 'Look,Look its Gears of War' and I just told her to shut up because I was trying towatch it. Spaced is the best. I love the Resi episode!
  • stewish - April 20, 2010 3:21 p.m.

    You guys forgot Quake III Arena in "The Score"