What do the film, TV, and music industries really think of games? Back in the 90s and early 2000s, video games were seen as playthings for overgrown man babies. Whenever TV or film tried to represent games, it’d be through showing viewers a spotty oik, trapped in his bedroom, somehow playing a game that looked 5 years old. With his controller unplugged. His mother would probably look down at him disapprovingly, and say something like “I wish you wouldn’t sit in front of those Computer Video Games all day, Billy”.
Things are a little better in 2014, but there’s still an overwhelming sense that music, film, and TV just don’t understand games. Is that fair? Or is pop culture still missing the point? Today's nonsensical list of things looks at just some of the representations of video gaming available outside of gaming itself. Prepare yourself for incorrect controller holding, "YOU ARE DEEEEAD!"-style soundbites, tedious uses of the phrase ‘Game Over’, and maybe--just maybe--some dead-on depictions of our beloved virtual pastime.