How Video Games Would Look In Real Life

Dave Parrack 10-07-2013

How Video Games Would Look In Real Life super mario bros real lifeFor many people video games are a form of escapism. These slices of digital art allow us to break away from the real world and enter into a virtual realm, even if only for a few hours every week. We live vicariously through the characters 5 Video Game Characters I Wish I Could Hang Out With In Real Life [MUO Gaming] Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet up with your favorite video game characters in real life? There are some really cool characters in the video game world, and some of... Read More , often enjoying adventures that are impossible to experience in reality.


Video games have become infinitely more realistic over the decades, but they still offer a simple, stylized version of the real world we live in. These foibles often go unnoticed by gamers, but when you bring a video game into the real world the shortcuts and oddities are revealed in glaring detail.

What follows is a collection of videos showing how certain games would look when played in the real world. Some are stutteringly short, others are effortlessly epic. Some will make you laugh, others will make you laugh even harder. All will make you glad real life doesn’t play out like most video games.

The Sims In Real Life

The Sims is, on the face of it, the perfect game to translate to the real world. After all, it’s pitched as a simulation of real life, so this video becomes a real life simulation of a real life simulator. How very meta Meta - 7 Awesome Subreddits All About Reddit Reddit is rapidly becoming my favorite site on the Web. I'm a latecomer to its powers of seduction, being a veritable n00b compared to some of the other writers here at MakeUseOf. But I'm keen... Read More . There are some nice touches, such as the way food is cooked and eaten, and the completely inappropriate response to a fire breaking out.

Grand Theft Auto In Real Life

The Grand Theft Auto series has always been a source of controversy, with politicians and do-gooders claiming the obtuse violence in the games is a potentially harmful influence on adults and kids alike. Those people will absolutely love this video, which takes on many of the tropes and recreates them in the real world.

Mario Kart In Real Life

The Mario Kart series invented a genre, and remains at its pinnacle despite starring on multiple different consoles. Many have tried to better Mario Kart but all have failed, many miserably so. This guy manages it though, and in the real world too. He’s a brave man to have headed out into traffic on public roads in a regular kart. And he did it while dressed as Mario too.


Minecraft In Real Life

Minecraft can rightly be classified as a phenomenon A Latecomer’s Introduction To Minecraft [MUO Gaming] Minecraft, the block-based sensation that took gaming by storm, is now well over three years old. It’s almost hard to believe it’s been that long since the first alpha was posted – and it’s equally... Read More at this point in time. I don’t quite understand the appeal myself, but millions of people of all ages, genders, and nationalities can, so my opinion is of no consequence. This video shows what would happen if the physics and block-building capers from Minecraft were present in the real world.

Zelda In Real Life

The Zelda games from the beautiful mind of legendary video games designer Shigeru Miyamoto are almost universally perfect. It doesn’t matter how fantastical they are, there is something about Link and the supporting cast of characters that grabs people of all ages. And yet when he’s planted in the real world his odd habits are revealed as insane neuroses.

Pokemon In Real Life

The Pokemon games aren’t exactly based in reality, just in case you were under any illusion that they were. Yet millions of people regularly enter into this strange new world where magic animals can be caught and kept in balls. This video, which is the first episode of a continuing series, shows how bizarre some of the nuances of the games are when played out in life.

Street Fighter In Real Life

I was never a fan of hardcore 2D beat ’em ups such as Street Fighter, mainly because I absolutely sucked at them. After being owned by a snot-nosed kid who wouldn’t even let me get one punch in, it was time to quit the whole genre. Perhaps it was the lack of a third dimension that threw me, which is exactly the notion that this video plays on.


Portal In Real Life

The Portal games challenge the player with a series of puzzles that can be solved with a device that creates portals between two flat surfaces. In what has to be the most well-produced video in this whole rundown, these guys explore what it would be like if the Portal Gun existed in the real world. Oh, the fun that could be had.

Goldeneye 007 In Real Life

In the days before Call Of Duty conquered the world of video games, first-person shooters weren’t very revered. But Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo 64 managed to bring the genre to a new generation of gamers, myself included. It was a fantastic game, but one level was particularly frustrating. This video sees that level recreated in the real world, with Natalya’s woeful AI making the transition intact.

Call Of Duty In Real Life

It has become an annual tradition for many gamers to buy the latest Call Of Duty title, ignore the campaign entirely, and immediately head online to shoot other like-minded individuals. No one ever thinks of the endless casualties piling up in the virtual realm though. This video gives us a small insight into their sad, fatalistic existences.


This is just a small selection of the videos depicting games in real life that are available to watch on YouTube and beyond. In fact, many of the channels responsible for these videos have made more dedicated to other games. Explore the channels and let us know of any you find out there on the InterWebs.


Alternatively just let us know your thoughts on video games in the comments section below. Do you prefer video games that are grounded in reality? Is there a particular game or franchise you’d love or hate to either visit or inhabit full-time? Do you think the next-gen consoles — PS4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 E3 2013 marked the moment when the next-generation truly began, with all three contenders -- the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, and Wii U -- revealed in full. The Wii U is already on the... Read More , Xbox One PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One This year's E3 felt almost like it was over before it began. Though the conference lasts for days, both Microsoft and Sony made their announcements before the doors opened, showing not just hardware but also... Read More , and Wii U Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway Despite the increasing shift to mobile gaming, consoles are still very popular devices for playing immersive, graphics-intensive games; and that won’t change anytime soon as long as the major console makers continue to improve with... Read More — will up the realism ante?

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  1. Craig G
    July 10, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Ha! There are hilarious!