Movie Details That Call Back To Classic Video Games

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Movies have long been an art form that pays homage to other mediums, so it's not uncommon to find a scene or a character who is something of a callback to an aspect of popular culture. When video games became a thing in the 1970s, it didn't take long for movies to notice. Before long, they started featuring references to whatever was popular in arcades at the time — especially when they're video game movies. It's also not uncommon for a movie to feature references to multiple games, and that's pretty much what Ready Player One and Pixels are all about.

Still, there are plenty of movies that aren't overtly about video games, but they still tip their hats to them. Occasionally, someone will notice one of these references or Easter eggs, and when they do, they head over to the MovieDetails subreddit to share their findings. This list highlights the best examples of movie details that call back to classic video games people have shared. 


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    39 VOTES

    'Thor: Ragnarok' Pays Homage To 'Doom' And 'Altered Beast'

    From Redditor u/FuyuhikoDate:

    I saw your Thor Ragnarok (2017) - Doom homage and wanna add the Sega Altered Beast Arcade recreation on their movie poster.

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    39 VOTES

    The Creator Of 'Pac-Man' Is Repairing A 'Pac-Man' Cabinet In 'PIXELS'

    From a now-deleted Redditor:

    PIXELS (2015) - In the opening arcade scene, the real Toru Iwatani can be scene repairing a Pac-Man arcade machine.

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    33 VOTES

    There's A Code For 'MKIII' In 'Mortal Kombat'

    From Redditor u/shir0uemiya:

    In Mortal Kombat (1995), there are six symbols on the wall during the Reptile fight. A question mark, Goro, and the MK logo repeating. It's a code for the Mortal Kombat 3 arcade game that, at the time, was just released. Entering the code would have you switch characters at random.

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    30 VOTES

    There's A Familiar-Looking Control Panel In 'Street Fighter'

    From Redditor u/Wrxpk:

    In Street Fighter (1994) M. Bison's control panel is actually a joystick from Street Fighter 2 arcade cabinet.

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    27 VOTES

    Reptile's Appearance In 'Mortal Kombat' Comes With His Arcade Game Announcement

    From Redditor u/WippitGuud:

    In Mortal Kombat, when Reptile takes humanoid form, you hear him announced by the game. The voice was sampled directly from the Mortal Kombat II arcade game.

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    21 VOTES

    Dr. Robotnik's Playlist Features A Song From A Band That Composed Music For The Franchise

    From Redditor u/Numerous-Lemon:

    In Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), you can see a band named "Crush 40" in Robotnik's playlist They actually composed music for various sonic games.