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11 Fake Video Games We Wish Were Real

Demonik (Grandma’s Boy)

From programmers to artists, making a video game usually requires a large team of people with wildly different skillsets. With that in mind, there is no way that a single developer would be able to make a full triple-A video game in his spare time. But if you can make it over that logical gap, there’s no denying that Demonik looks like it would be a hell of a lot of fun.

So what is Demonik? In Grandma’s Boy, Demonik is a long-gestating passion project for Alex (Allen Covert), a veteran man-child and video game tester who moves in with his grandmother at the beginning of the film. The genre is a bit muddled – Demonik has the competitive elements of a fighting game, yet looks more like a standard third person brawler – but the game does let players take control of powerful demons and run amok in an urban 3D landscape. That formula worked in Infamous and Prototype, so Demonik seems like a ready-made hit assuming the hybrid works.

Demonik gets bonus points for being accessible, a hardcore video game with all ages appeal. Alex’s grandmother is able to save her son’s career when she demonstrates her knowledge of the game, proving that you don’t need to be a lifelong gamer in order to enjoy the latest gaming trends.

Bonestorm (The Simpsons)

In truth, we could have filled this entire list with fake video games from The Simpsons. The show has consistently and enthusiastically mined video games for comedy over the course of its three-decade run, generating a B-reel that includes surefire hits like Hockey Dad, Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge, Nuke Canada, Yard Work Simulator, and Assassin’s Creed: Summer of Love. (Billy Graham’s Bible Blaster, on the other hand, sounds like it would be pretty terrible.)

However, one (fake) video game stands above all others in the storied history of The Simpsons. Bonestorm was an ultraviolent Mortal Kombat knockoff that first appeared in the 1995 episode “Marge Be Not Proud.” Bart would eventually find that it wasn’t quite as good as the heavy metal ad campaign that motivated his brief shoplifting spree, but its over-the-top violence and limited character count still made a lasting impression. Like Mortal Kombat, Bonestorm was a deeply silly game that did not warrant the level of genuine moral panic that followed. Now it would be primed for a killer, back-to-basics 2D reboot if it existed in the first place.


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