At this point, whether you’re an avid South Park fan or just a casual viewer, the World of Warcraft and Guitar Hero episodes are pretty much legend. But did you know that showrunners Trey Parker and Matt Stone have referenced a ton of other video games over the course of their 19 seasons?
In honor of South Park's upcoming Season 20, l compiled a list of every episode where the show directly alludes to real-life video games. Enjoy!
Real-World Game References:
Video Game: Batman: Arkham City
- Cartman discovers that someone has broken into his room. Luckily for him, his stormtrooper watch and copy of Batman: Arkham City for the Xbox 360 were left untouched.
Episode: "The Ungroundable"
Video Game: Call of Duty: World at War
- Cartman and his classmates are all seen playing Call of Duty: World at War on their computers during class.
- Ike is seen watching YouTube sensation PewDiePie commenting on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Video Game: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
- Cartman offers to turn in his friend to the bloodthirsty makeshift economic council without hesitation; all he asks for in return is Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for hand-held Nintendo DS.
Episode: "Let Go, Let Gov"
Video Game: Grand Theft Auto V
- Cartman goes online to hunt for a copy of Grand Theft Auto V.
Episode: "You’re Getting Old"
Video Game: L.A. Noire
- One of the more obscure video game references, in this episode Cartman, Kyle and Kenny are seen playing the 2011 hit game.
Episode: "Guitar Queer-O"
Video Game: Guitar Hero
- Who could forget the episode in which Stan and Kyle become Guitar Hero masters, whatever that’s worth?
Episode: "Black Friday"
Video Game: Metal Gear Solid V
- Perhaps one of the subtler video game references in the series, in Part 1 of the “Black Friday” trilogy, Metal Gear Solid V is mentioned as being part of the PlayStation “Brack Friday Bunduru.”
Episode: "Tweek x Craig"
Video Game: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
- Tweek and Craig are spotted together playing Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate.
Episode: "Informative Murder Porn"
Video Game: Minecraft
- Harkening back to the famous “Make Love, Not Warcraft,” in this ep Parker and Stone once again utilize what looks like in-game footage to tell their hilarious stories.
Episode: "Whale Whores"
Video Game: Rock Band
- Not to be confused with the famous “Guitar Queer-O” episode, in “Whale Whores” Cartman sings a soulful rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” while playing Rock Band.
Episode: "Sexual Healing"
Video Game: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011
- Yes, South Park went there. In the Season 14 premiere, Parker and Stone give their own dark twist on the famous Tiger Woods PGA Tour game franchise. Very topical indeed.
Episode: "Broadway Bro Down"
Video Game: The Settlers of Catan
- Although The Settlers of Catan was not originally a video game, in “Broadway Bro Down” Shelly can briefly be seen playing the board game with her boyfriend.
Episode: "Make Love, Not Warcraft"
Video Game: World of Warcraft
- Perhaps the most iconic video game reference in South Park history, “Make Love, Not Warcraft” heavily features in-game footage from the timeless MMORPG.
If I missed any references, please let me know in the comments section below!
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