TV shows have done plots about anything and everything over the years, and video games have proved no exception.
Going back a little before the turn of the century, gaming has made a step into the mainstream, and our culture has reached the stage where icons like Mario, Lara Croft, Crash Bandicoot and Master Chief would be recognisable to most people.
This means that you don’t need to be a hardcore fan to understand the world of video games, or to appreciate when they’re used as part of a great episode of television. However, a lot of these do feature little Easter eggs and winks for those who know the titles inside out.
It’s clear that some of the show runners are massively into games as well, with an extra touch of attention paid to these stories to bring them to life.
Some of these episodes use the games as simply a plot device within the story, while others dive in completely and construct entire narratives around the virtual world. Either way, they turn out some of these shows’ weirdest episodes when they get into full swing.
Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.