Depictions Of Videogames In The Media

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seems to have been a spate of episodes of what channel 5 would call 'America's Finest' shows featuring videogames:

NCIS this week had two sailors taking their MMORPG fights into the real world. The scenes (especially the dialogue) of the punky lab tech playing through levels was cringemaking. (the entire show is so derivative. "NCIS is that anything like CSI?", "Only if you're dislexic", you wish...)

Tony Hawk was in CSI a couple of months ago. was ok.

And this from a couple of weeks ago:
which was more interesting if you realised that it was basically the ID Software story with added murderation. (game segments supplied by Fat Frog

comments? more?

koogs (koogs), Monday, 24 April 2006 08:42 (eighteen years ago) link

hi hi puffy ami yumi was hosted from tony hawks house on saturday

they play a lot of videogames on the OC

sunny successor (katharine), Monday, 24 April 2006 13:11 (eighteen years ago) link

There's that scene on Gilmore Girls where Lane and Rory try playing video games, and aren't impressed.

The Yellow Kid, Monday, 24 April 2006 17:25 (eighteen years ago) link

Logan and DICK play a lot of fighters on Veronica Mars.

c(''c) (Leee), Monday, 24 April 2006 17:37 (eighteen years ago) link


JW (ex machina), Monday, 24 April 2006 17:44 (eighteen years ago) link

From an article on Kevin Underwood, the Oklahoma cannibal bloke, in last Wednesday's Guardian. well as buying items for an online game called Kingdom of Loathing (including "hell ramen")

Clue: if you don't want people to think you're a lazy fucking moron who isn't qualified to write for a church newsletter, TRY RESEARCH.

Ricky Nadir (noodle vague), Monday, 24 April 2006 21:07 (eighteen years ago) link

What's wrong about that. Not disputing, just asking.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Monday, 24 April 2006 21:35 (eighteen years ago) link

KILLER NET! Starring Jason Orange!

JimD (JimD), Monday, 24 April 2006 22:25 (eighteen years ago) link

Very depressed, Scott takes to his room where he retreats into a world of on line pornography. By this time he has upgraded his equipment, installing and MPEG card and a sound card so he can talk to prostitutes live. One of them, Sadie, offers to sell Scott a limited edition cd rom. He gives her his credit card details and waits for "KILLER NET" to arrive.

Ah, I miss this! Best awful games based ITV crime mini series EVER!

JimD (JimD), Monday, 24 April 2006 22:29 (eighteen years ago) link

Once in the club, Scruffy (Simon Meacock) another student, warns Scott that Charlie or Rich Bitch as she is known on-line, has flamed him - humiliated him on the internet.

JimD (JimD), Monday, 24 April 2006 22:30 (eighteen years ago) link


It gives me the vibe that "oh noes, the evil killer played sinister online game before his mind snapped" - why else the little aside about "hell ramen"? And it's Kingdom of Loathing...

Ricky Nadir (noodle vague), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 05:51 (eighteen years ago) link

I liked the GTA/Bulletproof-type game in The Inside Man. Less ham-handed a comment than the similar sequence in Clockers. The game actually looked real, too!

antexit (antexit), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 14:43 (eighteen years ago) link


s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 14:46 (eighteen years ago) link

I hope lots of people saw it, it's really good (while it's on)!

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 14:54 (eighteen years ago) link

that's not how i meant it!

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 15:01 (eighteen years ago) link

In Swingers they play NHL 93 (i think) before they go out on their date.

There are some crucial video game scenes in Yi-Yi.

Also, in the film D.A.R.Y.L.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 15:20 (eighteen years ago) link

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 15:29 (eighteen years ago) link

in mallrats shannen doherty dumps jason lee because he like hockey games more than her (duh). in freaks n geeks they play atari, no?

sunny successor (katharine), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 15:32 (eighteen years ago) link

In the trailer for that new Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston movie there's some pretty hilarious Madden '07 action.

antexit (antexit), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 15:34 (eighteen years ago) link

In Parenthood they play Bad Dudes.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 15:38 (eighteen years ago) link

in TRON they play TRON

TOMBOT (TOMBOT), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 15:56 (eighteen years ago) link


TOMBOT (TOMBOT), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 15:56 (eighteen years ago) link



s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 16:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I want a game called WHOA now.

Dan (Mind Blown) Perry (Dan Perry), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 16:11 (eighteen years ago) link

TOMBOT (TOMBOT), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 16:14 (eighteen years ago) link

TimeSplitters 2 in Shaun of the Dead ! All that gaming helped with the zombie killing.

kephm (kephm), Monday, 1 May 2006 23:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Night Watch/Nochnoi Dozor has the bad guy playing a tekken-rip-off

kingfish doesn't live here anymore (kingfish 2.0), Monday, 1 May 2006 23:14 (eighteen years ago) link

Veronica Mars they play Fable, other things too.

jeffrey (johnson), Monday, 1 May 2006 23:29 (eighteen years ago) link

Veronica Mars says pwnage!

melton mowbray's APOCALYPTO! (adr), Tuesday, 2 May 2006 08:23 (eighteen years ago) link

slocki OTM

latebloomer (latebloomer), Tuesday, 2 May 2006 10:29 (eighteen years ago) link

In Wargames he played Galaga, but next to a TRON arcade machine

Ste (Fuzzy), Tuesday, 2 May 2006 11:27 (eighteen years ago) link

six months pass...
Charlie Brooker's little column in the gadget section of saturday's guardian:,,1947550,00.html

"Apparently it's OK to be a sports buff , a movie buff , or a food buff ... but being a games buff still somehow offends society. People prepared to conduct tedious 15-hour analytical conversations about football or Kieslowski or the best place to find balsamic vinegar will have the audacity to call you a nerd for mentioning anything more obscure than Grand Theft Auto. Well, fuck your snobbery."

Koogy Yonderboy (koogs), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 14:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Is he writing that from the POV of someone in 1996?

teh_kit (g-kit), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 14:05 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes. Charlie Brooker's.

Brian Emo (noodle vague), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 15:09 (seventeen years ago) link

in "spaced" resident evil 2 and one of the tekkens and a tomb raider. and other unspecified stuff

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 16:17 (seventeen years ago) link

what were they playing in My Little Eye? It sounded like the voice of Bruce Campbell, was it Evil Dead?

Ste (Fuzzy), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 16:19 (seventeen years ago) link

I seem to remember in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air you would frequently see them playing video games, and it would be a NES sat on top of their TV, but they'd be holding black megadrive controllers...

Craig Gilchrist (Craig Gilchrist), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 16:22 (seventeen years ago) link

nerdy me spots ppl (eg) on soaps with often GC controllers, when the FX is arcade asteroids or summink.

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 16:28 (seventeen years ago) link

That's like Mortal Kombat: Deception in the 40-Year-Old Virgin. It's a XBOX/PS2/GC game but they're using N64 controllers for some reason.

Marmot (marmotwolof), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 16:33 (seventeen years ago) link

when the FX is arcade asteroids or summink.

yeah, but we've talked about this before, haven't we? the fact that modern video games sound like movies, so they use the 4-bit beep-bloop-blop sounds has a redundant shorthand to convey to dense and/or people that "yes we is playing the games"

kingfish prætor (kingfish 2.0), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 16:35 (seventeen years ago) link

TimeSplitters 2 in Shaun of the Dead!

Weren't the soldiers at the end in a 'biohazard' truck?

ONIMO feels teh NOIZE (GerryNemo), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 16:44 (seventeen years ago) link

There's that scene on Gilmore Girls where Lane and Rory try playing video games, and aren't impressed.

Lane's husband and flatmate are also constantly playing Soul Calibur III (PS2)

webber (webber), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 22:20 (seventeen years ago) link

There was a repeat of House on last night - the one with the mob guy who gets hep C and won't admit to being gay - and House is trying to get a reaction on the Glasgow Coma Scale out of him by blasting Metroid Prime on a DS in his ear. Heh.

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 16 November 2006 00:46 (seventeen years ago) link

five months pass...
King Of The Hill, "Pro Pain!"

GTA spoof

Ste, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 12:16 (seventeen years ago) link

Half Life in L O S T. it's like kitheaven.

g-kit, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 13:11 (seventeen years ago) link

the opening sequence to home improvement

creme1, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 15:47 (seventeen years ago) link

Half Life was on LOST? Whaaaa?

Also, Ste, that was an AMAZING King of the Hill :)

Will M., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 21:08 (seventeen years ago) link

The dudes Sayid was spying on in his first flashback episode were playing it, while he was taking a bug out of the smoke detector. It was totally amazing.

Timesplitters in Shaun of the Dead and Resident Evil in Spaced were pretty great.

melton mowbray, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 10:24 (seventeen years ago) link

Pong in King Of The Hill also, was one of the funniest things ever.

Ste, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 10:44 (seventeen years ago) link

strange use of the comma there by teh Ste

Ste, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 13:09 (seventeen years ago) link

when i interviewed the spaced/shaun/hot fuzz dudes we talked about the 8-bit sounds in modern movies thing. and how video games in movies are always called "bloodeaters 10" or something. they were very humorously outraged about the whole thing.

s1ocki, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 13:55 (seventeen years ago) link

There was a phase of a couple of months, during the mid-90s, when the Kennedy household in Neighbours kept their PC in the living room. And Malcom, Libby and Billy were always playing Bullfrog's Magic Carpet. You never saw the screen, but I always recognised the sound effects because it was happening around the same time that I was playing it to death myself.

JimD, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 15:21 (seventeen years ago) link

i thought they had an Amiga

Ste, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 15:41 (seventeen years ago) link


Curt1s Stephens, Saturday, 12 May 2007 17:13 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...

First episode of Charlie Brooker's Gameswipe is up on YouTube - I enjoyed it, especially the contributed sections. Nice to Rab and Ryan from Consolevania, and surprised to see Rebecca Mayes from The Escapist turning up too.

Nhex, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 22:08 (fourteen years ago) link

watching now, very funny. loved the guys complaints about gtaiv haha, in the second part vid.

Great Scott! It's Molecular Man. (Ste), Wednesday, 30 September 2009 22:29 (fourteen years ago) link

lol project natal
"presumably the high score table is some sort of offenders register"

Great Scott! It's Molecular Man. (Ste), Wednesday, 30 September 2009 22:45 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah, watched this. so there is more episodes coming?

I'm the best maaaayne, I did it (CaptainLorax), Wednesday, 30 September 2009 23:18 (fourteen years ago) link

doesn't look like it's on next week, checking beeb4 schedule.

Great Scott! It's Molecular Man. (Ste), Wednesday, 30 September 2009 23:32 (fourteen years ago) link

What was this? Should I grab the torrent?

kingfish, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 23:43 (fourteen years ago) link

it was a one off, he wants to make more though, and it got better ratings than Screenwipe and Newswipe

zappi, Thursday, 1 October 2009 00:14 (fourteen years ago) link

two years pass...

CSI:NY Series 8 Episode 15 was set in the world of competitive video games. one bloke patched the code to make himself a smaller target and increase the size of the others. there was something else about legal highs. anyway, the most startling thing was they showed the code that the bloke had used for the patch:

it's quite obviously just html, printed in a cursive font (why?). did nobody notice? and both sheets are the same...

koogs, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 09:13 (twelve years ago) link

Everybody knows that real hackers use Comic Sans.

'scuse me, while I Rim the Sky... (snoball), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 09:23 (twelve years ago) link

cool. that code doesn't even do anything lol

PSOD (Ste), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 14:28 (twelve years ago) link

You don't handwrite code before you type it in?

smash sbros (Will M.), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 00:10 (twelve years ago) link

This, according to Eastenders, was what a videogame looked like in 2010.

I love how Phil Mitchell and his creepy son are playing it as if it's a two-player fighting game, when there's clearly only ever one player character on screen.

Pheeel, Friday, 11 May 2012 12:24 (twelve years ago) link

You don't handwrite code before you type it in?

― smash sbros (Will M.), Wednesday, May 9, 2012 1:10 AM (2 days ago)

pshaw! Only n00bs handwrite their code. Real programmers use punch cards and punch the holes with their teeth.

banal like anal (snoball), Friday, 11 May 2012 12:39 (twelve years ago) link

(i have pages and pages of handwritten z80 assembly... and i'm not alone:

but that's real code, not just random html)

koogs, Friday, 11 May 2012 12:49 (twelve years ago) link

that fake game has kind of awesome art

thomp, Friday, 11 May 2012 13:17 (twelve years ago) link

xp Guess I was spoilt by the BBC Basic's built in assembler.

banal like anal (snoball), Friday, 11 May 2012 14:28 (twelve years ago) link

SVU is a hall of famer at hilarious video game depictions, between the hooker-beating GTA rip Tenacity (which totally hooked Fringe's Lincoln Lee) and the MMO obsessed South Korean parents becoming US trailer dwellers addicted to something that looked like a single-screen Dragon's Lair. Oh and that way early episode where Kragan brags to a murderous preteen baout how he made it all the way to level 14 and bagged himself a Gorgon.

GM, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:45 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

ok, heads up for uk people

CH4 this saturday @ 21:00
Charlie Brooker - How Video Games Changed The World

followed @ 23:05 by
Indie Game: The Movie

koogs, Thursday, 28 November 2013 20:37 (ten years ago) link

I wonder how much of this is going to be new stuff, as opposed to a retread of Gameswipe plus Minecraft plus GTAV.

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Thursday, 28 November 2013 20:46 (ten years ago) link

Seems like the bulk of the programme is going to be a chronological order countdown of twenty influential games.

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Friday, 29 November 2013 19:08 (ten years ago) link

holy crap, rab florence got mad skinny. so was this any good?

Nhex, Saturday, 7 December 2013 05:46 (ten years ago) link

I enjoyed it but it's one of those things where you could spend days arguing about the omissions. talking heads generally good. first time I'd heard Jeff Minter talk. thought the #1 entry was a bit fatuous though

koogs, Saturday, 7 December 2013 06:58 (ten years ago) link

I forgot this came out.

An Android Pug of Some Kind? (kingfish), Monday, 9 December 2013 17:42 (ten years ago) link

five years pass...

i keep forgetting this thread.

Dead Pixels, the channel 4 (UK) thing has large chunks of people grinding in a mmorpg. last episode had three of them punching a mammoth to death.

koogs, Sunday, 28 April 2019 19:20 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

there's a whole gamergate episode of SVU. lots of acronyms being explained. and tutuola is a massive gamer, despite never having mentioned it ever before.

koogs, Thursday, 14 October 2021 11:16 (two years ago) link

"Trivia: This episode holds the record for the lowest rated episode for the whole series."

koogs, Thursday, 14 October 2021 11:19 (two years ago) link

iirc that was the one that had a blatant Anita Sarkeesian stand in, hoop earrings and all. never did see it

Nhex, Thursday, 14 October 2021 13:52 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

"Burger Boss" in Bob's Burgers

looks to be pretty fleshed out with proper 8-bit sprites and multiple themed levels (city rooftops, icy caves...)

koogs, Sunday, 5 May 2024 15:32 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Law and Order, Series 17, Captive
kidnapped boy is playing on a 'GameBox III'. they use the saved-game data to establish a timeline.

koogs, Friday, 28 June 2024 13:52 (two weeks ago) link

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