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Video Games in Veronica Mars TV Series - List

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:39 pm
by Jagosaurus
I've posted before in several threads that I really enjoyed the Veronica Mars series (as well as the 2014 movie release). If you're not familiar, see here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412253/

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The series ran from 2004 - 2007 (3 seasons) which was late high school and early college for me. The director and writers were obviously fans of technology and video games. Throughout the series there are cool gadgets & tech such as: Veronica's Side Kick phone, the use of the internet via wifi & hacking, USB sticks, new laptops/iMacs, digital cameras, AND yes, video games. There is even an episode completely revolving around the development of a new FPS! 8)

As a fun fact, Kristen Bell also voiced Lucy Stillman in 3 Assassin's Creed games

Because technology is always evolving, this created a nice time capsule of sorts to go see what was "cool" during this time in my life. Yup, I remember thinking all of these were awesome!

I found several places on the web mentioning isolated occurrences of video games and consoles featured within VM (review sites, comments, etc) and I remembered a few from memory, but I wanted to place the episodes I was aware of in one thread. I'll re-watch the series again at some point and update this. Also, if you guys who have watched the series can help me add to the list!

Video games played or referenced within VM:

Madden 200x (oXbox) game play shown > likely Madden 2004
» Need to verify, episode aired 10/12/04, Madden 04 released 8/12/03
Golden Tee arcade game referenced in same episode
◦ "Meet John Smith" (S1, E3: 10/12/2004)

Halo: CE (oXbox) game play shown
» Need to verify, shooting from memory but I believe Halo is the game they're playing via LAN in the video game club when she yells "OWNAGE" lol :lol:

Quake and Asteroids referenced in same episode
» Veronica: 'The so-called Silicon Mafia has developed a game that'll make Quake look like Asteroids.'
» Episode centered around the development of a fictional new, revolutionary FPS
◦ "The Wrath of Con " (S1, E4: 10/19/2004)

X-Men Legends (oXbox) game play shown, oXbox system box shown
◦ “An Echolls Family Christmas” (S1, Ep10: 12/14/2004)

Fable (oXbox) game play shown
◦ "Lord of the Bling" (S1, E13: 2/8/2005)

Dead Or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (on oXbox IIRC) game play shown
◦ "One Angry Veronica" (S2, E10: 12/7/2005)

Mario Kart Double Dash (NGC) game play shown
» Silver NGC console shown in plain view
» MKDD online play mentioned, possible reference to tunnel software hack allowing this
◦ “Postgame Mortem” (S3, E13: 2/13/2007)

Gears of War (Xbox 360) game play shown
◦ “Un-American Graffiti” (S3, E16: 5/1/2007)

Mortal Kombat (oXbox)
Not sure if Armageddon, Deception, or Deadly Alliance - TBD
Episode # TBD

... while I can't recall the game shown (if any) or episode, Logan is definitely holding a PS2 or PS3 dual shock controller at some point.

VM is a cool series. Even more awesome it placed some ground breaking tech and video games from a fun time in my life on the screen which leads to great memories today. Let me know if you recall any other games shown in the series :D


Edit: isiolia contributed Fable to the list. Thanks!

Edit: 1/29/15: added Madden (oXox) and Golden Tee

Edit: 11/5/15 added MK (oXbox)

Re: Video Games in Veronica Mars TV Series - List

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:44 pm
by noiseredux
this is an awesome thread.

#KristenBellFansUnite

Also, wasn't she the voice in the Astro Boy games on PS2/Wii?

Anyway, it's a series I've always wanted to get into cuz I'm a fan of hers. I've seen a couple episodes randomly, and meant to watch the series before the movie came out. Maybe I'll use this thread as a reason to start plowing through to look for games.

Re: Video Games in Veronica Mars TV Series - List

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:59 pm
by isiolia
noiseredux wrote:#KristenBellFansUnite

Also, wasn't she the voice in the Astro Boy games on PS2/Wii?

Anyway, it's a series I've always wanted to get into cuz I'm a fan of hers. I've seen a couple episodes randomly, and meant to watch the series before the movie came out. Maybe I'll use this thread as a reason to start plowing through to look for games.


IMDB says so (or they just used clips from the movie, since she voiced the same character in that).

She's a national treasure. <3

I think most of Veronica Mars tended to used technology in fairly realistic ways, which was nice. The series is available to stream on Amazon Prime.


Another to add is Fable, which Logan was playing during the funeral reception in S1E13.

Re: Video Games in Veronica Mars TV Series - List

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:10 pm
by J T
noiseredux wrote:#KristenBellFansUnite


Fanboys was a fun comedy if you are a bit of a Star Wars nerd.

Re: Video Games in Veronica Mars TV Series - List

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:10 pm
by Jagosaurus
noiseredux wrote:this is an awesome thread.

#KristenBellFansUnite

Also, wasn't she the voice in the Astro Boy games on PS2/Wii?

Anyway, it's a series I've always wanted to get into cuz I'm a fan of hers. I've seen a couple episodes randomly, and meant to watch the series before the movie came out. Maybe I'll use this thread as a reason to start plowing through to look for games.


Yeah, looks like she did those voice overs also. Cool.

It's a great series. Seasons 1 & 2 aired on UPN and S3 on CW. A lot of ppl didn't have UPN & CW viewers had to jump in late. Had it been on a major network, it would've been big versus a cult classic. At least the movie was made!

Definitely watch them & let me know if I missed any games shown or mentioned :)

Boo! VM was available on streaming NetFlix but looks like it was removed & is now Amazon Prime only. The TV channel Pivot shows them. Unfortunately, they are the original 4:3 SD footage cropped to 16:9 so it looks dated. I own the DVDs and they look much better.

Re: Video Games in Veronica Mars TV Series - List

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:18 pm
by noiseredux
crap, they're off Netflix now? That's lame. Although my wife has Prime, so I can always watch them there.

Re: Video Games in Veronica Mars TV Series - List

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:29 pm
by Jagosaurus
isiolia wrote:Another to add is Fable, which Logan was playing during the funeral reception in S1E13.


Added! Thanks :D

Also, a note left on her Blackberry plays a big part in this episode. LOL have to love that top of the line tech! 8)

Re: Video Games in Veronica Mars TV Series - List

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:27 pm
by Gamerforlife
Shame that whenever TV shows show video games it's usually just mainstream crap. I roll my eyes every time a show tries to get some nerd cred by name dropping Call of Duty or Halo.

Smallville really surprised me once though:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaxvtqPzHrs

Re: Video Games in Veronica Mars TV Series - List

Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:29 pm
by Gamerforlife
Course everything else about that scene is fucking ridiculous

Re: Video Games in Veronica Mars TV Series - List

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:26 pm
by Jagosaurus
Gamerforlife wrote:Shame that whenever TV shows show video games it's usually just mainstream crap. I roll my eyes every time a show tries to get some nerd cred by name dropping Call of Duty or Halo.

Smallville really surprised me once though:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaxvtqPzHrs


Can't tell if you're giving VM props for showing some cool games or hating on it bc they shoed Halo lol :roll: ? Halo was still fairly fresh and new at the beginning of this series. Might've even been Halo 2 right around release now that I think about the timeline...

LOL nice. Lois Lane plays Dynasty Warriors apparently :lol: