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Videogame Culture has two sides of stereotyped gaming by the media. One is the popular Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000 which is portrayed in media as a violent game that motivates a player to commit acts of violence in real life. The other is the extremely kiddy game rated eC (in America), PEGI 3 (in Europe), or S CERO (in Asia). The game in question involves an overly sweet character in a Sugar Bowl setting and may or may not involve farming.
When this trope is seen within a fiction, the game is often the alternative offered by the parent of the character when he proposes the latest violent game he wants for the holidays or his birthday. Needless to say, when given this one, it's seen as a yawn and our young man now seeks a chance to relish in laughable amounts of gore. Failure to do so will result in mockery.
To some people, every game that does not have an M Rating falls under this category, and even some games WITH an M-Rating if the graphics aren't hyper-realistic. Many of the people who feel this way are too young to be playing a T-Rated game, let alone M.
Most Real Life games that would seem to meet this definition are better received than their fictional counterparts (filtering out Sturgeon's Law, of course), either because they're actually marketed toward small children (who don't care much about quality, as long as the game isn't actually unplayable), or because they're actually good. Plus, the Rule of Cute exists for a reason. However, just like Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000, they don't get named like this in Real Life; some examples include Animal Crossing, Cooking Mama and Diner Dash just to name a few.
Contrast with True Art Is Angsty.
- A FoxTrot storyline had Andy joining a group called MAGG (Mothers Against Gory Games) and vowing to only allow MAGG approved games in their house. The storyline revolved around Peter playing a game called "Nice City" and later complained about the other games Andy had given him which included "Resident Good" and "Eternal Lightness."
- Yoshis Story
- Freshly Picked Tingles Rosy Rupeeland sounds ridiculous enough to be a game that Tingle himself invented. It's a real game, and not so ridiculous in Japan.
- Homestar Runner
- At a slumber party, Homestar isn't allowed to play M-rated games - the only game he is allowed to play was "Clapping Party", a game in which the goal is...getting the onscreen hands to clap. An Easter Egg at the end of the cartoon lets you play the game yourself, and it's about as fun as it sounds for the first two levels, until you unlock Blistergeist mode.
- The easter egg game "Duck Pond" on the Homestar site is incredibly simple, but also quite addictive. All you do is feed ducks. In a pond.
- The cell-shaded Halo 5: Master Chief & Friends Adventures in Dreamland. (It is introduced at 2:20.)
- Gabe from Penny Arcade is a hardcore gamer who is also a fan of Barbie Horse Adventures. (A real game.)
- The World of Warcraft episode of South Park has Butters' favorite game be "Hello Kitty Island Adventure."
- An episode of The Simpsons revolved around Bart attempting to get the ultra-violent popular videogame "Bonestorm". He instead ended up with "Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge"
Welcome to Lee Carvallo's Putting Challenge. I am Carvallo.
Now, choose a club.
You have chosen a 3-wood. May I suggest a putter?
3-wood. Now enter the force of your swing. I suggest: feather touch.
You have entered: power drive! Now, push 7-8-7 to swing.
Ball is in: parking lot. Would you like to play again?
You have selected: No.
- In Re Boot, "The Funhouse" would be this kind of game, if we weren't watching from the perspective of the Game Characters.