Ralph jumps between four major locations in the film: his own 8-bit game, the Call of Duty/Aliens-inspired Duty of Heroes, the Game Central Station hub, and the Mario Kart-like Sugar Rush. But for much of the film's production, there was another world, one that would have appeared later in the movie: Extreme Easy Livin’ 2. When we asked about EEL2, writer Johnston described it as “The Sims meets Grand Theft Auto,” which, obviously, had no place in an arcade setting. And yet, for much of the movie, it existed as another key location.
They really thought it through, too. It was explained that the first game in that series was just plain Easy Livin’, which was followed by Extreme Easy Livin’, which, like Modern Warfare, ended up being so popular it got its own sequel. Activities in EEL2 involved crime, and “Extreme Hot Tubbing.” Oh well, there’s always the sequel.