What Games are Mocked or Mentioned the Most in Pop Culture?
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This is a list of references to games that are mocked in pop culture. Some include parodies that have been made to copy real games. I have included what book, cartoon, TV show, or magazine that the parodies are from. I have also included several that are mentioned in pop culture, but not necessarily mocked.
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1. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.37 Overall Rank:18184]
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In the Simpson's Cartoon, they played games of Edna Krabopoly and Gallipolopoly. MadTV created a parody of Monopoly that they called Welfare. On the cartoon Ren and Stimpy, they played Monotony. The TV Show Green Acres also made reference to Monotony. In Discworld, a fictional version of Monopoly was created which was called Exclussive Possession. In DC Comics, there is a fictional version called Land Baron. In Maxim Magazine, in an article by Dave Itzkoff, refers to Dotcomopoly. Clearly, the most mocked game in pop culture is also the most mocked game on BGG.
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2. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:432] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
 
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In the Fantasy Book Series, Discworld, a variant of Chess is played in the Assassin's Guild where the pieces move invisibly. This was called Stealth Chess. In the Harry Potter books, Wizard Chess is played. In the MASH TV show, Pierce & Hunnicutt create a game they call Double Cranko which combines checkers, chess, poker, and gin rummy. In Edgar Rice Burrough's novel "The Chessmen of Mars", a game similar to chess is introduced which is called Jetan. In John Norman's (Dr. John Lange) "World of Gor" he describes a chess-like game called Jetan. From "The Tar-Aiym" by Alan Dean Foster, we get the game called Personality Chess. Chess is played several time in the TV Show "Lost" and several movies have been made about this game, also. While I admit, some of these are not "mocking" the game of chess, it is worth mentioning in this list.
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3. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1674] [Average Rating:6.28 Unranked]
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On the Simpson's cartoon they play a game called Scrabbleship which is a combination of Scrabble and Battleship. Lisa claims the game makes no sense to her. On Ren and Stimpy, Scribble is introduced. The TV show Green Acres also mentions Scribble. Then, on CSI, a pseudo-scrabble game is mentioned which they call Logos. The movie "Sneakers" also includes a great scene with the game Scrabble in it.
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4. Board Game: Hungry Hungry Hippos [Average Rating:4.12 Overall Rank:18177]
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The Simpson's have a couple esisodes where parodies of this game show up. They refer to Hippo in the House and also to Ravenous Ravenous Rhinos. Also, on The Man Show, this game is altered. The hippos were replaced with Oprah Winfreys and the game was called Hungry Hungry Oprahs.
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5. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.26 Overall Rank:18187]
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The Simpson's have a Game of Lent which parodies the game of Life. In the cartoon South Park, a game is played called Living, which is also a parody of Life. This is also one of the games given to the "Coach" men when they are quarantined because they are thought to have a monkey virus.
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6. Board Game: Operation [Average Rating:4.08 Overall Rank:18183]
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In an episode of House, an Operation clone called Surgeon is introduced. In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Shores, an operation-like game is shown where players dissect real rats. The game is called Vivisection.
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7. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.61 Overall Rank:18174]
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The Simpson's play a game they call Scrabbleship, which is a combination of Scrabble and Battleship. Lisa claims that the rules do not make sense. I wonder why . . .
 
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8. Board Game: Mystery Date [Average Rating:4.73 Overall Rank:17135]
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Ren and Stimpy introduce a parody of this game which they call Misery Date.
 
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9. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:606] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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In the TV show Green Acres, they play a parody of this game which they named Cabbage.
 
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10. Board Game: Chutes and Ladders [Average Rating:2.82 Overall Rank:18191]
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In the Cartoon Sponge Bob Square Pants, they play the game Eeels and Escalators.
 
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11. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1210]
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In the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother", they play a game called Marshgammon. In the TV Show "Lost", several people play this game, including Locke, Walt, Hurley, and Kate. In fact, Hurley lost $83,000 to Walt.
 
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12. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:8617]
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In "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy", they play the game Who Killed Who? which parodies Clue. Also, there are several movies which have been made about the game Clue, which I guess could fit in this list too.
 
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13. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:154] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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From Fallout 2 we get the game called Tragic: The Garnering.
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14. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:17438]
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Risk players were made fun of on Seinfeld.
 
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15. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:975]
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I think this qualifies

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16. Board Game: Happy Days [Average Rating:4.64 Overall Rank:17241]
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On Friends while they were vacationing on the beach during rainy season, they were playing Strip Happy Days.

This is the one where Rachel convinces Ross' girlfriend to shave her head. .. Ya know, I may know a little too much about Friends.
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17. Board Game: Pictionary [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:4449]
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This game got mentioned in Friends at least two times.
When losing it, Monica lost her temper and started throwing dishes at the other players (no, didn´t happen on screen).
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18. Board Game: Klumpeduns [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:13618]
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In one episode of Monk, Lt. Disher becomes obsessed with playing this Jenga clone. Later, in the climactic sequence, he and the captain are chasing the bad guy through some kind of lumber warehouse when he realizes that he can use his Timber skills to find a loose board in a stack of wood, which he pushes out to whack the bad guy in the head, knocking him out.

I thought Timber was just a "greeked" version of Jenga until I looked it up here and found that it was an actual game.
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19. Board Game: Connect Four [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:18161]
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Connect Four was the game played by Leonard Simms at Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. It appears he was playing both colors, while chanting the Numbers over and over again.
 
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20. Board Game: Mouse Trap [Average Rating:4.09 Overall Rank:18182]
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Locke demonstrated the game Mouse Trap to a child before catching a glimpse of his mother. ("Deus Ex Machina")
A Mouse Trap game (box upside down) was seen in front of the window Kate was staring at in the barracks rec room. ("Left Behind")
 
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21. Board Game: I've Never... The Outrageous Game of Truth [Average Rating:5.02 Unranked]
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On the Lost TV Show, Episode "Outlaws" Kate and Sawyer play this game.
 
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22. Board Game: Toss Across [Average Rating:4.41 Overall Rank:17972]
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This one was in The Santa Clause II.
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23. Board Game: Starship Troopers: Prepare For Battle! [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:11986]
 
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THIS travesty, was unleashed on the ignorant masses and purported to BE based on the 'book'! Not even a badly illustrated and storied 'comic book' could have turned out as BAD!
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24. Board Game: World of Warcraft: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1277]
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I know it was the vid-game version, but South Park did an excellent job of skewering this bad boy.
 
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25. Board Game: UNO [Average Rating:5.37 Overall Rank:18089]
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Strong Bad has something to say about everything. Skip-Bo makes a cameo appearance as well.

http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail180.html
 
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