These days you don’t just play videogames, you can watch them on the big screen, too.
As the first trailer for Adam Sandler’s Pixels is released, we take a look at some other movies that feature videogames as part of their plots, from Wreck-It Ralph and Her to Reign Over Me and The Last Starfighter.
Amnesiac child prodigy and secret android Daryl gained a good portion of his considerable proficiency behind the wheel from having watched and played Pole Position on an Atari 800 home computer.
“That’s a fun game!” he said, after innocently obliterating his foster family’s high scores.
Multimedia artist David O’Reilly oversaw the creation of a number of futuristic games for the characters of Spike Jonze’s film. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) explores caves on faraway planets and is confronted by a potty-mouthed alien boy; Amy (Amy Adams) is developing a game about being a mum.
So far, so semi-fictional, but O’Reilly fleshed out one of his concepts into a commercial game called Mountain, in which players help create and then observe a digital pet rock formation.
Reign Over Me (2007)
It might not have done too well in cinemas, but this comedy-drama about grief and recovery also starred Adam Sandler, alongside Don Cheadle and Liv Tyler, and made use of PlayStation 2 classic, Shadow Of The Colossus, which shared some themes with the film as a whole.
Meanwhile, a proposed film adaptation of that game has several key staff attached Carrie remake producer Kevin Misher, Hanna screenwriter Seth Lochhead, and Mama director Andres Muschietti.
The Last Starfighter (1984)
Teenager Alex Rogan is a regular on an arcade cabinet down at his trailer park’s watering hole. His proficiency at Starfighter leads to his recruitment by the Star League and he ends up flung into space as a talented rookie tasked with repelling an incoming intergalactic armada.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Stuck in the role of a villain but wanting to do something good with his life, arcade game bad guy Ralph endeavors to break away by jumping into a selection of other games in order to earn a medal just like the hero of the film’s Rampage and Donkey-Kong crossover Fix-It Felix, Jr.